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“Hajji Putin Better than Hussein Obama”: Iraqis Say

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Hajji Putin Better than Hussein Obama: Iraqis Say
Hajji Putin Better than Hussein Obama: Iraqis Say
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fight against ISIS in Syria has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await “Hajji Putin” like a saviour.

Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet.

“I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh (ISIS),” he says, referring to the so-called “Islamic State” group that last year declared a “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria.

“They get results. The United States and its allies on the other hand have been bombing for a year and achieved nothing,” the bespectacled artist says.

Russian warplanes began bombing targets in Syria on September 30 and on Wednesday Moscow ramped up its air war, unleashing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea.

Only a fraction of Russian air strikes in Syria may have been destined for ISIS but Mohammed, a young jobless man outside the painter’s shop, does not let statistics cloud his enthusiasm.

“Some of them crossed Iraqi airspace and many here, especially among the Shiite majority, would welcome a bit of Russia’s firepower on home soil as a much-awaited game-changer.”

“We don’t want the international coalition, we want only Russia and we will slaughter a sheep to welcome them,” he says.

Some Iraqis see Moscow — which has staunchly backed Damascus and Tehran in recent years — as a more natural ally than the United States, that occupied the country for eight years.

On social media, many have already made him an honorary citizen, with one widely circulated joke even detecting phonetic evidence of Iraqi antecedents in the Russian president’s name.

It goes like this: Putin’s father was an Iraqi grocer from the Shiite south, near Nasiriyah, who introduced figs (“tin” in Arabic) to local markets and thus became known as “Abu Tin”.

After World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union, married “a blonde Russian girl” and named their son Abdulamir. That proved a bit of a mouthful for locals who Russianised it into Vladimir.

The apocryphal nature of the story appears lost on some Facebook users, who have embraced “Putin the Shiite” and even replaced their profile pictures with a portrait of the Russian strongman.

“We should give Putin Iraqi and Syrian citizenship because he loves us more than our own politicians,” says Mohammed al-Bahadli, a student walking on a street in the Shiite shrine city of Najaf.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the recently restored St. Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles Church during celebrations marking the 1000-year anniversary of the canonisation of Great Prince Vladimir in Moscow on July 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO

“Meanwhile Putin, who is an Orthodox man, is defending us … Maybe he really is a Shiite and we didn’t know about it,” he says before flashing a huge smile, AFP reports.

Taxi driver Ali al-Rammahi says Putin is the only reason he hasn’t already joined the thousands of Iraqis fleeing the country to knock on Europe’s doors.

“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, has been more equivocal but has not ruled out enlisting Russia’s help.”

“I thank Putin because he convinced me to stay in Iraq … Hajji Putin is better than Hussein Obama,” he says, using the title given to Muslims who have performed the pilgrimage to Mecca.

“Putinmania” has also gripped some of Iraq’s politicians, creating some confusion over Baghdad’s stance on a Russian intervention.

Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s defence committee and a leader in a Shiite militia that once fought US forces, has suggested Baghdad has decided to request Russian air strikes.

Moscow recently increased its footprint in Iraq by joining a coordination cell set up in Baghdad to pool intelligence on ISIS fighters with non-coalition members Syria and Iran.

 

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Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Zio-Wahhabi regime Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools

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Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Saudi Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools
Iran’s Deputy FM Slams Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime Attacks on Yemeni Hospitals, Schools
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian deplored the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi attacks on residential areas, schools and hospitals in Yemen as a “blatant” violation of international law.

Speaking in a meeting with a senior delegation from the high council of Yemen’s revolution, Amir Abdollahian highlighted international organizations’ duty to immediately help stop the foreign attacks on Yemeni civilians.

“Attacking residential areas, schools and hospitals is a blatant violation of human rights and regulations,” he said, adding that the United Nations should take necessary measures to protect the safety and security of Yemeni civilians, especially women and children.

The Iranian diplomat went on to say that the UN is required to make every effort to lift the blockade imposed by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition on the Arabian Peninsula nation.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for months.

On March 26, I$raHell, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime and some of its C.I.A puppet Arab allies began to launch deadly air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive C.I.A puppet  Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of the Saud Zionist family.

More than 4000 people, many of them children and women, have been killed in the aggression against the Arab country so far.

The Saudi-led aerial strikes have targeted 61 hospitals and 13 ambulances.

 

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UN Demands Probe into Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Raid on Yemeni Wedding

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UN Demands Probe into Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Raid on Yemeni Wedding
A senior aid official with the United Nations (UN) has called for a swift investigation into a recent Saudi Zio-Wahhabi air strike on the location of a wedding ceremony in Yemen’s south western Dhamar region.

Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, demanded an impartial probe into the deadly aerial raid in a strongly-worded statement on Thursday.

“I call for a swift, transparent and impartial investigation into this incident,” the statement read, adding, “With modern weapons technology, there is little excuse for error.”

The UN official said he was “deeply disturbed” by the news that dozens of civilians, among them many women and children, had been killed in the Wednesday evening bombing.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets targeted the location of the wedding ceremony on Wednesday in Dhamar, situated about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, killing at least 51 civilians there.

It was the second air raid to target wedding parties in Yemen recently.

‘More Deaths Caused than in any Other Country’

In late September, at least 135 civilians lost their lives and many more sustained injuries after Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warplanes hit the location of a wedding celebration in the port city of Mokha, located in Yemen’s south western province of Ta’izz.

Elsewhere in his remarks, O’Brien said 4,500 civilians had been killed or injured since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi launched air strikes against Yemen in March. “That is more than in any country or crisis in the world during the same period.”

The UN official also stressed that all sides involved in the conflict have a responsibility under international law to avoid damage to residential areas and civilian structures.

“Real accountability for parties to conflict, whether they are states or non-state groups, is urgently needed, to ensure that the commitment under international law to protect civilians is meaningful,” he said.

A Resolution Withdrawn

A resolution calling for a UN investigation into rights violations committed during the ongoing Saudi Zio-Wahhabi aggression against Yemen was withdrawn last week at the UN rights council due to protests from Saudi Arabia.

Yemen has been under military strikes on a daily basis since Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime launched their military aggression against their southern neighbor on March 26, in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of  Zio-Wahhabi family.

 

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Historic, Crushing Defeat Awaits Saudi Zio-Wahhabi in Yemen

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Nasrallah: Historic, Crushing Defeat Awaits Saudi Arabia in Yemen
Nasrallah: Historic, Crushing Defeat Awaits Saudi Arabia in Yemen
The head of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says Saudi Arabia will suffer a “historic and crushing defeat” in Yemen, on which the Riyadh regime has waged war.

“Saudis seek to dictate to Yemen, so that this nation genuflects to them and surrenders; but Yemenis seek independence today,” Hezbollah Secretary General Nasrallah told Iranian Arabic-language television channel AlAhvaz, IRNA reported on Friday.

Saudis cannot stand to see their neighboring countries have popular governments and a change of power, fearing that it could set an example for people in Saudi Arabia, he said.

Riyadh, Nasrallah said, seeks to turn Yemen into “scorched earth, prevent its unity and development, and even not let the Yemenis prospect for natural resources on their own soil, so that they stay poor and in need.”

He, however, stressed that “the Yemeni nation’s victory is near” and said the Arab country “is not willing to return to the time of servitude to Saudis,” referring to the reign of former Saudi-friendly regimes in Yemen.

“Because of this, what we are witnessing in Yemen today is the carnage of the country’s people,” Nasrallah said, referring to the ongoing Saudi war on Yemen.

Yemen has been under military strikes on a daily basis since Saudi Arabia launched military strikes against its southern neighbor on March 26, in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Some 6,400 people have reportedly lost their lives in the Saudi attacks, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since March.

‘Syria Pivotal in Resistance Front’

In his interview, the Hezbollah secretary general also commended Syria with having a “pivotal and great position in the resistance front.”

“Resistance is a key factor in preventing the realization of American plans and that’s why they seek to destroy it,” he said.

The Hezbollah chief said, in order to make Syria collapse, billions of dollars have so far been spent, tons of weaponry and tens of thousands of armed troops dispatched, and campaigns waged by international and Arab media outlets to trigger religious rifts.

Syria has been gripped by a foreign-backed militancy since 2011. The United Nations says more than 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Without any authorization from Damascus or a United Nations mandate, a US-led coalition has been pounding the purported positions of ISIS, which has been among the terrorist groups wreaking havoc in Syria, since last September.

The mission has fallen severely short of dislodging the terrorists, who have seized parts of the violence-scarred country; Press TV reported.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’Terrorists Throw 4 People from High Buildings in Iraq

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News ISIS Crime, Terrorists throws 4 people from high buildings in Iraq
Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ terrorists has executed four people accused of homosexuality by throwing them from a high place, in Iraq.

The extremist organization in Mosul called the people who gathered in “Bab al-Toub” area to watch the execution of two men by throwing them from the roof of a building.

In a separate execution, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ threw two men under the same pretext in Nineveh, from a roof of a building on a pile of cement blocks.

The published images posted on Twitter shows an ‘ISIS’ element reading the death sentence against the men, as the organization has executed many others before these two men under similar pretexts, Shafagh News reported.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime Increases Arms Supplies to 3 Syrian Terrorist Fronts

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi is ramping up its supplies of lethal weaponry to three different rebel groups in Syria in response to the Russian airstrikes on Syrian rebels, British media reported, citing a Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime.

The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said supplies of modern, high-powered weaponry including guided anti-tank weapons would be increased to the Arab-and Western-backed rebel groups fighting the forces of Syria’s President Bashar Assad, the BBC reported on Friday.

He did not rule out supplying surface-to-air missiles to the rebels, a move resisted by many in the West for fear that they would fall into the hands of ISIL and end up being used to shoot down warplanes of the US-led coalition or even civilian airliners.

He said the weapons would go to three rebel alliances — Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), the so-caled Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Southern Front.

On October 2 the United States and its allies — Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — urged Russia to end its airstrikes against the forces of the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria, warning this would further escalate the conflict and lead to a new weave of extremism and radicalism in the war-torn country.

Russia insists its aerial campaign in Syria exclusively targets the forces of the ISIS terrorist group.

In Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday Russia’s airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria will continue while Syria’s government-led army carries out its ground offensive, Spuntik News reports.

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Zionist Erdogan and Zio-Wahhabi family Will be the Biggest Losers

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the Biggest Losers
Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the Biggest Losers
Rida M. Harb head of “Center for Global Security and Geopolitical Studies” in an article analyzes turkey and Saudi Arabia future in Syria when Russia as a new game changer directly involved in fight against terrorism, he thinks Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the biggest losers.

I recall saying to two Turkish guests “Turkey will be the biggest loser”. That was about a year ago. I believe they did not bother to take my initial perspective into consideration because they were still obsessed with the idea that the battle for and over Syria was almost over and the fall of Bashar Al-assad was inevitable. Now, from analytical perspective I am more convinced that Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the biggest losers. Saudi Arabia is sinking in the Yemen quagmire.

In June, I wrote an article about Turkey. I concluded it “Turkey’s summer is going to be very hot, perhaps uncontainable”.

I am certain that many people did not agree with my views that time. However, there are strong indications that chaos will hit Turkey unless a shift in the regime’s regional policy emerges.

Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Davutoğlu thought that deepening ethnic and sectarian fault lines in Syria and Iraq may offer them a unique opportunity to meddle with the geographical lines in Northern Syria and Northern Iraq, without considering that Turkey’s demography is not in a better position, ethnic fault lines are deeper than predicted. Regardless of how observers define the confrontation between Turkish forces and Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), Erdogan’s hostile attitude risks a full scale confrontation with the entire Kurds community which represents about 15 percent of the Turkey’s population.

Furthermore, Turkey faces a combination of serious internal problems that could add up to chaos: political instability, economic slowdown, political polarization, Erdogan’s crude method in dealing with opponents and adversaries, his mental reprisals, if Erdogan managed to withstand Taqsim Square, he is now too vulnerable to  withstand multiple shocks.

Unlike USA, Russia’s strategy in the ‘War on Terror’ is no less than ‘Check mate’. Such strategy adds up to Turkey’s problems. Turkey’s attempts to play with Syria’s geographical lines are over. Multi-national Takfiri terrorists are on the run. They have no other choice than crossing Turkish borders.

Turkey accused Russia of violating its airspace south of Hatay province and threatened to take necessary steps, although Prime Minister did not say what kind of measures “Necessary steps would be taken against whoever violates Turkey’s borders,” said Mr. Davutoğlu. He also threatened to activate rules of engagement. What does that mean?

Yesterday Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that warships in the Caspian Sea had launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 ISIL targets, including command and control centers and ammunition depots.

It is still too early to understand the Russians intentions. However, the use of such precision cruise missiles against targets 1500km away carries a message that Russia is willing to lift its intervention to the necessary level.

The strikes came as Syrian troops backed by Russian air power launched their first major ground offensive. New reports say that after Hama and Homs, another major offensive will take place – the Idlib showdown. How Mr. Erdogan reacts to his allies’ defeat could be vital to Turkey’s internal and border stability. Erdogan is not in position but to act in concert with the 5+1. However, His rationality is questioned.

Russia’s move is calculated in the context of vital changes in balance of power, and such move does not afford failure, else will be catastrophic.

 

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Russian Ships Launch Missile Attack on Syria Targets, Clearing Way for Iran Ground Invasion

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Zero Hedge figues Syria’s next offensive will really be fought by Iranians

In case it wasn’t clear enough what was set to happen soon after the Russian air force had spent a few days softening up anti-regime positions on the ground, allow us to spell it out: with the opposition on the run thanks to five days of aerial bombardment, Iran will now send in the Hezbollah militia/Quds clean up crew, who will personally ensure that whoever is left in the wake of the Su-34 strikes is swiftly eliminated at close range.

You see, this is how you conduct an actual war and you needn’t be a West Point graduate to understand it.

Russia has essentially debilitated Assad’s opposition from the air and now, Iran will (both figuratively and literally in all likelihood), simply walk up and execute anyone who’s left and that, as they say, will be that.

Of course Damascus will get to claim that the SAA emerged victorious with the help of Russian air support, but in reality, there is no SAA. Just as we said weeks ago, the ground campaign is being orchestrated from Damascus by Quds commander Qasem Soleimani. Here’s Reuters:

“The Russian government says its Syria deployment came as the result of a formal request from Assad, who himself laid out the problems facing the Syrian military in stark terms in July, saying it faced a manpower problem.”

“Khamenei also sent a senior envoy to Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin, another senior regional official said. “Putin told him ‘Okay we will intervene. Send Qassem Soleimani’. 

“”Soleimani is almost resident in Damascus, or let’s say he goes there a lot and you can find him between meetings with President Assad and visits to the theater of operations like any other soldier,” said one of the senior regional officials.”

What’s going on here really couldn’t be much clearer. Iran is simply taking over Syria with the help of the Russian military juggernaut and as we’ve documented exhaustively, Putin gets to spin the entire Mid-East power grab as a “war on terror.” Here’s AP (reporting from Beirut by the way, so just Google “Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon,” and draw your own conclusions about who’s feeding them these headlines):

“Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents.”

Again, there are no “Syrian troops.” They were defeated a long, long time ago, but there are most certainly dozens of fierce Shiite militias from Iraq and there’s always Hezbollah and when you combine these groups with the Russian air force, what you get is a formidable land/air military presence and now, Moscow is also firing on anti-regime targets from the sea. Here’s RT:

“Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea.”

““Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.

“The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, probing their efficiency.

“The missile attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries. The precision weapons hit all intended targets.

“The attacks apparently required cooperation from Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to travel through their airspace to reach Syria.”

Yes, “the attacks apparently required cooperation from Iran and Iraq” which we certainly imagine wasn’t too difficult for Moscow to obtain, because as we outlined in “Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic, this was the plan all along. Skeptical? That’s ok, just consider the following out today from WSJ:

“Iraqi Shiite lawmakers and militia leaders are urging Russia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in their country, an escalation that would heighten tensions with Washington and increase risks of a clash between the two powers.”

“Since Moscow began bombing opponents of the regime in Syria last week, Iraq’s Shiite politicians, who dominate government, have been largely united in their praise of Moscow’s intervention and in calls for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to invite Russia to join the battle. Mr. Abadi said he would welcome Russian strikes as long as they were coordinated with the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq.

““We welcome Russian airstrikes in Iraq to help hit Islamic State headquarters, target Islamic State supply lines from Syria and target the oil smuggling lines,” said Moeen al-Kadhimi, a spokesman for the Badr Corps, an Iranian-backed militia and political party that plays a front-line role in fighting Islamic State. “We welcome Russia as they have advanced military technology and can help with intelligence.”

“For Moscow, any involvement in Iraq would be even more complicated than its current Syria gambit. A Kremlin play in Iraq is likely to spotlight weaknesses of U.S. policy there, while exposing the contradictions in the Iraqi government’s dueling alliances, said Anthony Cordesman, a longtime Iraq analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

““It would be difficult to sustain congressional support for an Iraq playing off Iran and Russia against the U.S.,” he said. “The administration would have very tough calls to make.”

“Options would include leaving Iraq or finding a way to operate in parallel with Russia and Iran, raising questions about broader U.S. goals in Iraq.

““We don’t really have a strategy, just a set of short-term engagements,” he said.”

No, Washington doesn’t “really have a strategy” in Iraq, but do you know who does? Tehran. And the very same General who is running the Syrian gound war from Damascus and who Putin sent for directly to organize the entire campaign has long been known to control these Iraqi Shiite lawmakers and millitia leaders and now, Russia is apparently set to just kick the US out of Iraq altogether.

And while Russia literally takes over the Mid-East, the West is busy trying to find silly excuses to claim that Moscow is in violation of NATO members’ sovereignty. Here’s CNN:

“Russian involvement in the 4½-year-old Syrian civil war seems to be escalating, with NATO’s secretary general confirming Tuesday a second incursion by Russian planes into Turkish airspace and saying Russian ground troops were in Syria as well.”

“”It’s unacceptable, it’s dangerous, and it’s reckless behavior and it adds to the tensions,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN about the incursions into Turkish airspace.

“”We see the violation of the Turkish airspace becomes more important, more dangerous, because it happens in a context where we see more fighting, more Russian military presence in Syria.”“

So basically, Washington wants the public to focus on some Russian fighter jets that may or may not have accidentally crossed into Turkey’s airspace, because after all, the good folks in Ankara are allies of the West, and because they are allies you should pay no attention to the fact that the Erdogan government is systematically exterminating its political opposition in the name of a fake fight against the very same group of terrorists who Putin is actually fighting. In other words: NATO is crying foul because Moscow, in its attempts to fight the terrorists that Turkey has helped to support all along, accidently flew a few miles into Turkey’s airspace.

As you can see from the above, the Western hypocrisy and outright panic is accelerating here as Washington is simply bewildered about what to do next. Meanwhile, the Russian military has, in the space of a week, cleared the way (literally) for an Iranian gound invasion in Syria on behalf of Assad. Once that’s finished (which, if recent events are any indication, should be in about two weeks), the entire campaign will shift to Iraq, where the US will either need to confront Russia or simply pack up and leave.

On the “bright” side, open war between Russia and the US would be great for GDP growth…

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US: The World’s Silliest Empire

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It would be humorous if people weren’t dying because of it

 I couldn’t help but notice that over the past few weeks the Empire has become extremely silly—so silly that I believe it deserves the title of the World’s Silliest Empire. One could claim that it has been silly before, but recent developments seem to signal a quantum leap in its silliness level.

The first bit of extreme silliness surfaced when Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of the United States Central Command, told a Senate panel that only a very small number of Syrian fighters trained by the United States remained in the fight—perhaps as few as five.

The tab for training and equipping them was $500 million. That’s $100 million per fighter, but that’s OK, because it’s all good as long as the military contractors are getting paid. Things got even sillier when it later turned out that even these few fighters got car-jacked by ISIS/al Qaeda in Syria (whatever they are currently calling themselves) and got their vehicles and weapons taken away from them.

General Austin

General Austin’s previous role as as Lt. General Casey in Tim Burton’s film Mars Attacks! It was already a very silly role, but his current role is a definite career advancement, both in terms of rank and in terms of silliness level.

The next silly moment arrived at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, where Obama, who went on for 30 minutes instead of the allotted 15 (does Mr. Silly President know how to read a clock?) managed to use up all of this time and say absolutely nothing that made any sense to anyone.

General Casey – Mars Attacks!

But it was Putin’s speech that laid out the Empire’s silliness for all to see when he scolded the US for making a bloody mess of the Middle East with its ham-handed interventions. The oft-repeated quote is “Do you understand what you have done?” but that’s not quite right.

The Russian «Вы хоть понимаете теперь, чего вы натворили?» can be more accurately translated as “How can you even now fail to understand what a mess you have made?”

Words matter: this is not how one talks to a superpower before an assembly of the world’s leaders; this is how one scolds a stupid and wayward child. In the eyes of the whole world, this made the Empire look rather silly.

What happened next is that Russia announced the start of its bombing campaign against all manner of terrorists in Syria (and perhaps Iraq too; the Iraqi request is in Putin’s in-box).

What’s notable about this bombing campaign is that it is entirely legal. The legitimate, elected government of Syria asked Russia for help; the campaign was approved by the Russian legislature.

On the other hand, the bombing campaign that the US has been conducting in Syria is entirely illegal. There are exactly two ways to legally bomb the territory of another country: 1. an invitation from that country’s government and 2. a UN Security Council resolution. The US has not obtained either of them.

Why is this important? Because the UN, with its Security Council, was instituted to prevent war, by making it difficult for nations to engage each other militarily without all sorts of international economic and political repercussions. After World War II it was thought that wars are rather nasty and that something should be done to prevent them.

But the US feels that this is rather unnecessary. When a Russian correspondent (Gayane Chichakyan from RT) asked the White House press secretary under what legal authority the US was bombing Syria, he at first pretended to not understand the question, then babbled incoherently, looking rather silly.

You see, the US likes to fight wars (or rather, its military contractors like to fight wars, because that’s how they make money, and they happen to own a big piece of the US government). But the US can’t win any wars, and that makes its entire war effort rather silly (in a murderous sort of way).

In spite of American recalcitrance, the UN does in fact prevent wars. Recently it prevented the US from mounting a “limited strike against the Assad regime in response to the brazen use of chemical weapons” (or so said Obama during his UN speech). This was helped by a deft bit of Russian diplomacy, in the course of which Syria voluntarily gave up its chemical weapons stockpiles. Undeterred by diplomacy, the US squeezed off a couple of cruise missiles in the general direction of Syria, but the Russians promptly shot them out of the sky, triggering a major rethink at the Pentagon and, of course, making the US look rather silly.

But once you make a fool of yourself, why stop? Indeed, Obama shows no intention of stopping. Just about the entire audience at the UN General Assembly knew that the Syrian government’s chemical attack on its own people never happened. The chemicals were provided by the Saudis and were unwittingly used by the Syrian rebels on themselves. Lying, when everybody knows that you are lying, and knows that you know that you are lying: what could possibly be sillier?

Ok, how about continuously prattling on about “freedom and democracy”—in the Middle East, after throwing the whole region into chaos through their brain-dead interventions? The only voice of reason in the US seems to be that of Donald Trump, who recently declared that the Middle East was more stable under Saddam Hussein, Moammar Khaddafi and Bashar al Assad. Indeed it was. The fact that the only non-silly politician left in the US is Trump—that bloviating moneybag—sets a rather high bar for silliness for the country as a whole.

Prattling on about “freedom and democracy” in the Middle East is also silly because the entire region is tribal—has been tribal for a few thousand years, and will be tribal for a few thousand more. In each locale, some tribe is on top. If the idea is to carve it up into sovereign territorial units (none of which qualifies as a nation, because each one ends up being multinational) then each territorial unit ends up being ruled by some tribe while others grumble. Blunder in and exploit their grumbling to bring about “regime change”—and the whole place invariably burns down.

A case in point is Israel: it’s got the top dog tribe—the Jews, and they can shoot or bomb anybody else with impunity. It is considered “democratic” because the Jews get to vote, which is very nice for the Jews. The Alawites in Syria get to vote too—and vote for Bashar al Assad—so why isn’t that good enough? Because of American hypocrisy and double standards.

It’s like that right down the line. Saudi Arabia is owned by one tribe—the House of Saud, and everybody else is disenfranchised. Iraq used to be run by the Sunnis from Saddam Hussein’s tribe, but the Americans dislodged them, and now what remains of it is ruled by the Shia from the south of the country while the Sunnis ran off and joined ISIS. This can all seem like super-simple stuff, but not for the Americans, because it runs counter to their ideology, which dictates that the world must be remade in America’s image. And so they keep trying to do this (or keep pretending to be trying, because results don’t matter as long as their military contractors get paid) and don’t seem to care one bit that this is making them look very silly.

And so the typical pattern has been this: the US bombs a country to smithereens, mounts a ground invasion, sets up a puppet regime and, promptly or not so promptly, pulls out. The puppet regime falls apart, and then you have either ungovernable chaos or some new, especially nasty form of dictatorship, or a little of each: a failed state, like Libya, and Yemen, and much of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It doesn’t much matter that this is the result (as long as the military contractors are getting paid) because America’s motto seems to be “Look Silly and Carry On.” Wreck a country—and it’s on to the next bombing campaign.

But this is where it all gets meta-silly: in Syria they can’t even achieve that. The Americans have been bombing ISIS for a year now; meanwhile, ISIS has gotten stronger and occupied more territory. But they haven’t gotten around to overthrowing Assad; instead, the ISIS boys have been busy prancing around the desert in black head rags and white basketball shoes taking selfies, blowing up archaeological sites, enslaving women and beheading anyone they don’t like.

But now it appears that the Russians have achieved in five days of bombing what the Americans couldn’t in a year and the ISIS boys are running away to Jordan; others want to go to Germany and ask for asylum. This has made the Americans upset, because, you see, the Russians were bombing “their” terrorists—the ones the Americans recruited, armed and trained… and then bombed? I know, silly—but true. The Russians will have none of that, because their approach is, if it looks like a terrorist and quacks like a terrorist, then it is a terrorist, so let’s bomb it.

But it is understandable that this approach is unpopular with the Americans: here they were carefully pumping the place full of weapons and equipment, and bombing carefully around the edges so as not to blow up any of it, and the Russians just blunder in and blow it all up! The Saudis are absolutely livid, because it was they who paid for much of it. Plus the terrorists are their own Wahhabi-Takfiri brethren—the ones who like to declare various other Muslims that they don’t happen to like to be infidels, in direct violation of their own Sharia law. Does that remind you of anyone? Anyone silly?

But it doesn’t appear that the US can do anything to stop the Russians, or the Chinese who also want to get a piece of ISIS to stuff and mount, or the Iranians and the Hezbollah fighters who are ready to march in and mop up what remains of ISIS once the bombing missions destroy all the war materiel it has amassed. And so it’s time for Americans to start an information war by accusing the Russians of causing civilian casualties.

Of course, being Americans, they have to prosecute this information war in the silliest way possible. First, you trot out your claims of civilian casualties before the Russians fly a single sortie. Oops! Then you stuff the social media with fake pictures of wounded children produced beforehand by performers in white helmets paid for by George Soros. And then, when asked for evidence, you refuse to provide any.

So far so good, but let’s get even sillier. Immediately after screaming loudly about Russians causing civilian casualties, the Americans blow up a hospital in Afghanistan that was run by Medecins sans Frontières, in spite of being informed of its location both before and during the bombing. “Don’t kill civilians… like this!” Could it get any sillier than that? Of course it can: the US can start blatantly, nakedly lying about the event: “There were Taleban fighters hiding in that hospital!”—no, there weren’t; “The Afghans told us to bomb that hospital!”—no, they didn’t. Bombing that hospital was an actual war crime—so says the UN. Are are the Russians now going to listen to criticism from war criminals? Don’t be silly!

It’s really hard to tell, but anything seems possible now. For example, the US no longer seems to have a foreign policy: the White House says one thing, the State Department another, the Pentagon a third, Samantha Power at the UN pursues a foreign policy of her own using Twitter, and Senator John McCain wants to arm Syrian rebels to shoot down Russian planes. (All five of them? John, don’t be silly!) In response to all this confusion, America’s political puppets in the European Union are starting to twitch uncontrollably and go off-script, because the nerve center in Washington is no longer sending them clear signals.

How is this all going to end? Well, since we are all just being silly, let me make a humble suggestion: the US should bomb everything inside the Beltway in Washington, plus a few counties in Virginia. That should significantly degrade the country’s capability for being extremely silly. And if that doesn’t work—so what? After all, it is clear that results don’t matter. As long as the military contractors are getting paid, it’s all good.

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Snowden Has a Simple Solution to Get to the Bottom of the US Afghan Bombing ‘War Crime’

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But then maybe some don’t want the truth

Overnight, Medecins Sans Frontiers, or the “Doctors without Borders” medical group which suffered a tremendous loss of life at the hands of US bombardment this past Saturday, stepped up its criticism of what it has previously called a US “war crime.”

As Reuters reports, earlier today it called for an independent international fact-finding commission to be established to investigate the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which it deems a war crime, and which it would use to decide whether or not to file criminal charges, although it was unclear against whom precisely: perhaps 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama?

Why independent: because as MSF said “we cannot rely on internal investigations by U.S, NATO and Afghan forces.”

Instead, the medical charity said that the commission, which can be set up at the request of a single state under the Geneva Convention, would gather facts and evidence from the United States, NATO and Afghanistan. MSF said it sent a letter on Tuesday to the 76 countries who signed up to the additional protocol of the Geneva Convention that set up the standing commission in 1991.

There is one problem: neither the United States nor Afghanistan are signatories and Francoise Saulnier, MSF lead counsel MSF, said that the consent of the states involved is necessary.

Good luck getting it.

Assuming the US does “agree” to comply with this fact-finding mission, we expect the full data dump – after all the necessary scrubbing of the evidence of course – to take place, some time in 2019.

For now, however, the MSF is not backing down: “If we let this go, we are basically giving a blank check to any countries at war,” MSF International President Joanne Liu told a news briefing in Geneva. “There is no commitment to an independent investigation yet.”

MSF is in talks with Switzerland about convoking the international commission of independent experts.

“Today we say enough, even war has rules,” Liu said.

Again, good luck with all of that.

Then again, none other than US persona non grata #1 has provided a quick and easy solution.Yes, quick and easy, unless it is mysteriously revealed that all the AC-130 audio and video record is stored on the clintonemail.com server. We all know what happens then.

 

AC-130 warplanes record the gunner’s video and audio. It’s time to release the tapes to an #IndependentInvestigation.pic.twitter.com/jtFyVCJ7Uw

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