Archive | August 19th, 2017

God has spoken only to Moses and no U.S. Presidents

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Dear editor,
Texas pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, has released a statement, saying, “God has given President Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”  He then added, “God would back Trump’s ‘war’ with North Korea.” That is precisely what former President George W. Bush said after he invaded Iraq and left it in total ruins, that God ordered him to bomb Iraq to the Stone Age.  Besides, last time I checked, God has spoken only to Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) and no one else.
If it is OK for the president to murder millions of North Koreans in a preemptive strike, presumably using nuclear bombs, then why does President Trump calls Islam a violent religion?
Mahmoud El-Yousseph

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The ‘Race War’ Meme: And Truth About the CHARLOTTESVILLE Unrest and Attack

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It’s fair to say that what unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday is the kind of thing that has been expected for some time now.
The ongoing inflamation of identity politics and provocation of divide-and-conqueror ‘strategy of tension’ conditioning has been paving the way for incidents like this one; with more probably to come.

What has been building – and has been amplified (deliberately or otherwise) by last year’s toxic presidential election – for some time has been a societal breakdown, racial tension and an atmosphere of totally toxic ideological conflict.

It has been inflamed deliberately and carefully by both the mainstream media and elements on the Left (or probably more accurately, elements involved in manipulating aspects of the Far Left) and, more openly and overtly, by the Right and Far-Right (with the so-called ‘Alt Right’ media also carefully stirring things up as much as possible).

The likes of  CNN or the  New York Times are just as responsbile for this climate as the likes of Info Wars or Breitbart are.

I’ve been talking about this divide-and-conquer manipulation for a long time now and, in US terms, did so here in this piece after the Dallas shootings, and, more broadly, here in this piece about how white supremacists and Islamist extremists are both being used to create a sectarian conflict to destablise Western societies. The main theme of this was to highlight a manufactured psy-op/predictive-programming going on in multiple countries to cement the idea of an ‘inevitable’ race war or civil war type scenario, which might occur in both the US and several other Western nations – the point also was to look at the funding for some of this and where it comes from.

In that article, I wrote about ‘how the key players on both sides of the extremist divide are being cleverly used to try to plunge our societies into sectarian turmoil’ and about ‘the divide-and-conquer programme or ‘strategy of tension’ designed to play off different parts of society against each other – and this is a big part of where that programme appears to be heading.’

It also focused on how the society breakdown or the ‘Civil War’ meme was being so obviously planted into popular consciousness by both the mainstream media and the hate-preaching ‘alt-right’ media; so much so that, as I noted, ‘it qualifies now as something of a cliche; I also often wonder whether the entire thing is itself a psy-op involving predictive programming or self-fulfilling prophecy (I previously suggested that Info Wars, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson were playing this psy-op from one side, with COINTELPRO-style elements of things like the Black Lives Matter movement playing it from the other)’.

 


I will get back to those points shortly; but let’s focus first on what actually happened in Charlottesville at the weekend.

On Saturday, a mass gathering of white nationalists and Far-Right activists from across the US gathered in Charlottesville for a march called ‘Unite the Right’, initially organised by members of the alt-right blogging community. ‘Alt-right’ figureheads and activists like the wealthy Richard Spencer were present for the event, as were Members of Nazi groups (brandishing Nazi flags) and members of the KKK.

A counter demonstration by groups of liberals and also more extreme ‘Far-Left’ groups resulted in clashes, intimidation and some violence.

James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20 year-old, apparently plowed into a sea of anti-fascist protesters with his car, killing one 32 year-old woman and injuring nineteen others.

Some more background info is useful here. The clashes that led to the terrorist act were actually preceeded, the day before, by hundreds of white nationalist marchers carrying torches and employing Nazi symbolism.

In all honesty, anyone who looks at these scenes and doesn’t see (deliberate) echoes/invocations of Nazi Germany is sorely in need of some history lessons.

This stuff was actually going on earlier too; in May, for example, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer were in town for similar Nazi style orgies. Spencer, for the record, is one of those key Far-Right nationalist influencers and opinion-makers (along with people like David Horowitz and Pamela Gellar) whose vast funding is linked to the wealthy ‘Islamophobia Network’ (as highlighted in an article a couple of months ago) that has been conducting a vast enterprise across the Internet to steer large chunks of society towards fascism and ethno-nationalism.

The car attack in Charlottesville looks, essentially, like a Far-Right terror attack – albeit somewhat mimicking some of the Islamist-extremist attacks we’ve seen elsewhere (in the same way the alleged Finsbury Park attacker did in July).

Most alt-right platforms were quick to talk about the car attack being a false-flag. Some even suggested the anti-fascist protesters targeted by the vehicle were themselves behind it, while the general claims are also being made – as usual – that the anti-fascist protesters are themselves a conspiracy (because, I guess, who in their right minds would be against fascism?).

Most of this reads as standard, silly right-wing drivel (it’s also fascinating how, according to alt-right websites and channels, Islamist extremist attacks are never false-flags, only the right-wing ones are).

However, it remains entirely possible the incident could have been not a false-flag op precisely, but an act of state-enabled terrorism.

If it was, the motive could be something specific, such as a more dramatic way to undermine or demonise the Trump administration – given the pre-existing associations (rightly or wrongly) between Trump’s election campaign, the ‘alt-right’ and Far-Right/white-nationalist organisations, the way this could presumably be spun is that the Trump/Bannon gang have emboldened and inflamed white supremacists and militants into action.

This certainly has some truth to it anyway, as even a cursory glance at Far-Right or white nationalist platforms since the presidential election shows quite clearly that those guys see the Trump administration as meaning ‘Our time has come’ or something to that effect (“This is victory day, my brothers” was one I remember reading).

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Given those associations – and it isn’t Trump’s fault necessarily that these groups support him – it is very easy for anti-Trump elements in media, government or Deep State to spin this attack as being a product of Trump’s presidency or a representation of who and what he stands for.

Which raises a suspicion that perhaps this car attack could’ve been (Deep) State-enabled – as in a real attacker, but being either a patsy or someone who was allowed to do something like this, as it could be useful.

Playing up this particular ugly side of the ‘Taking Our Country Back’ hysteria could also be very useful right now as a vehicle for trying to (eventually) make Trump’s presidency untenable, particularly if the ‘Russia-Gate’ business continues to be ineffective and some other way is needed to undermine Trump.

Or it could be something more general – simply some more, tweaked divide-and-conquer ‘strategy of tension’, involving a white-nationalist terrorist instead of a Muslim extremist. The motive then would simply be to maintain or increase the level of tension and insecurity.

Such incidents also provide testing grounds for armed state interventions and Martial Law type scenarios.

On that note, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a sweeping state of emergency after the Charlottesville incident. Which, in these circumstances, was probably the right thing to do.

However, the point is that incidents like this provide the opportunity to implement such measures; and if more of these types of incidents or clashes occur in different parts of the country, Martial Law type measures can become more and more normalised and commonplace and the population slowly becomes acclimatised to it (basically, it’s the slow boiling of the frog in the water technique – where you heat the water gradually so that the frog doesn’t leap out of the pan).

States of Emergency in general are a tricky business: take the State of Emergency implemented in France in 2015, which is still ongoing, with armed soldiers still out in public places.

I wrote back in December that the Trump election was probably going to pull the US into major civil unrest or ‘civil war’ type scenarios, designed for Martial Law – although, at that time, I thought it was going to happen a lot quicker and be more centered on the criminal Hillary winning the election and Trump’s support base rising up in anger.

All of that is assuming that this Charlottesville attack was a false-flag: I’ve got no real sense of whether it was or wasn’t.

It may just as easily have been precisely what it appears to be on the surface – random, angry act of murder by angry Far-Right nutjob.

At this point, it almost doesn’t matter (in societal terms), because the conditions, atmosphere and sectarianism is clearly really there, with different groups of extreme, indoctrinated people frothing at the mouth – meaning that, as I said at the start, an attack like this was inevitable at some point.

It would be no shock to me that some braindead white supremacist would ram a car into a crowd of “Leftist, Lib-tard scum” (I’m paraphrasing pretty much every ‘alt-right’ website in the world – they’re not big on vocabulary), particularly after having his imagination inflamed by those lovely KKK/Nazi marches with torches and swastikas.

Just as it was no shock to me that braindead Islamist extremists or ‘ISIS’ supporters would ram a van into civilians in Nice or in London.

But in all such instances, that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the whole story – given how common false-flag ops now are.

Is there any actual evidence for a false-flag here?

Probably not. It’s mostly motive and suspicion rather than clear evidence.

Aside from the vehicle attack, there was also the other thing that happened in Charlottesville. Two Virginia State Police were also killed during the rally when their helicopter crashed. The helicopter crash was being reported by a number of sources on Saturday as having been an accident, unrelated to the unrest in Charlottesville.

However, Associated Press clearly reported the downed helicopter was connected to the event: ‘State Police said in a statement that the helicopter was “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation” when it crashed in a wooded area.’

It may have been an accident; but with all the armed people and milita men about, one tends to wonder what really happened.

Also, according to the state’s ACLU chapter, police were told to stand down and wait for commands to intervene — which, to suspicious minds, raises the question of whether the situation was deliberately allowed to get out of hand and even whether the Far-Right terrorist attack was allowed to unfold.

The explanation appears to be that the police were worried about all of the armed militia people present and didn’t want to get involved in an exchange of gunfire if things got out of hand – though I’m not entirely sure that explanation makes sense given the heavy militarisation of the police at other times and in other places.

There are also lots of claims that the police essentially backed off and allowed the two sets of violently opposed groups do whatever they wanted – even though some of the Far-Right groups came armed with guns and armour.

What we have, at any rate, is a criminal act of murder or terrorism at the very least (it should always be defined as terrorism if it is ideologically or politically motivated – likewise, Neo-Nazi Thomas Mair’s brutal murder of MP Jo Cox last year should’ve been regarded an act of terrorism and not merely a murder).

And, as stated at the beginning, it was only a matter of time, given how much the racial tension and identity politics has been ramped up and how insanely toxic the divide has become.

But it should also always be borne in mind – as previously argued – that, aside from the useful idiots on all sides who get caught up in all this toxic division and brainwashing, there are also other parties, agencies and interests carefully stoking those fires and playing different parts of society against each other.

A lot of this was covered both in the ‘Civil War’ article here and, even more so, in the ‘Seeds of Fascism’ article here, which focuses specifically on the clear links between a number of Far-Right or white nationalist organisations (including people like Bannon, Trump and Geert Wilders) and Zionists in Israel – as well as overt warnings from a former Israeli Prime Minister about what’s going on.

Alt-right conspiracy theorists can talk about Soros or about Deep State backed ‘Leftist’ protesters or opposition. They can also talk about this attack as a false-flag to further discredit Trump by association with unsavory groups and ideologies. Some of that probably has some truth to it.

But what they can’t do is pretend that the leader of the KKK wasn’t in attendance, that Nazi flags weren’t being waved by the ‘Unite the Right’ attendees, along with Nazi slogans being chanted, that those in attendance weren’t white supremacists or that the person who organised the event specifically called it a “pro white” rally.

And why would they even bother to? They’ve been encouraging this kind of stuff for years now.

Regardless of whether elements of the counter-protest – presumably the extreme anti-fascist or ‘antifa’ activists – were also making trouble or causing violence (and the evidence seems to suggest they were – they were reports of verbal abuse, physical violence and pepper spray, with no doubt that the ‘antifa’ protesters were provoking the Far-Right marchers), there is no question as to the nature or ideology of those who came to hold the rally.

And it is blatantly obvious that the rally’s intention was to stir up trouble, provoke opposition and cause an incident – for one thing, the location is widely regarded as a liberal, intellectual and progressive enclave, and the march (with torches, Nazi slogans, and guns) was clearly conceived as a kind of invasion or intrusion to both intimidate and provke a response.

On that note, it should also be borne in mind that the area has even more recent resonance due to the white-nationalist (and Aparteid-supporting) teenager Dylan Roof shooting dead a bunch of black people in a church – given this recent event, there’s no doubt that the act of conducting Nazi-style marches in the area was specifically intended to intimidate and threaten (there were also people making Nazi salutes and chanting “Hail Trump” or possibly even intended as “HeilTrump” – there is video and audio evidence of this).

And when the President himself then appears hesitant or unwilling to denounce or condemn white supremacist groups – as he has been repeatedly unwilling to do – he really isn’t doing much to legitimise himself in the eyes of anyone outside of his primary support base.

I wrote immediately after Trump’s inauguration that one of the best things he could’ve done to really legitimise himself as President for the whole country was to denounce and distance himself from some of his most unsavory supporters and advocates, such as the KKK and American Nazi groups – all of whom were using his campaign and his presidential victory as a rallying signal for action.

The events on Saturday gave him the perfect occassion to do so – and he appeared to hesitate. Which is disappointing, and also is likely to undermine his position even further.

On the subject of Far-left activists causing trouble, I’m not making any excuses for them.

There are serious problems with elements of the Far-left who seem to be constantly inserting themselves into any situation possible to incite unrest or trouble, both in the US and in the UK.

It’s also fair to say that the BLM movement has become toxic due to probable infiltration or co-opting by other elements and there’s probably some COINTELPRO style operations in play here.

And it is clear from the reports that the ‘antifa’ counter-protesters caused trouble (with some of them turning violent). These groups have, in fact, probably caused more trouble and public violence on the whole than their polar opposites in the Far-Right.

But, in this instance, it should also be borne in mind that the torch-carrying Nazi-esque march preceded the ‘antifa’ trouble – and was therefore, arguably, what acted as the initial provocation in Charlottesville.

That Soros or some other external entity has involvement, at some level, with some Leftist organisations or protest movements is nothing new; but, as previously pointed out, the ‘alt-right’ has its own dubious webs of funding and support from wealthy backers with vested interests in the sectarianism being formented.

And this brings us right back to what I was arguing in the Islamist extremism/White Supremacists article – specifically, that those brainwashing and manipulating the dumb sheep from the alt-right and those doing the same from other side(s) are probably both delberate, concerted operations designed to divide and play-off different elements of society against each other.

I focused a lot in that article on people like Paul Joseph Watson and Tommy Robinson, but the arena is much wider than that and involves a number of manipulators and extremist preachers – some of whom are no doubt genuine extremist nut-jobs, but others being likely psy-op merchants working to indoctrinate people and create the conditions for the societal breakdown.

The Charlottesville march organiser was right-wing White Nationalist blogger Jason Kessler, who had called for what he termed a “pro-white” rally in Charlottesville. Kessler – a favorite of Alex Jones and Info Wars – has links with multiple Far-Right or ‘alt-right’ You Tube vloggers and other platforms. White nationalists and their supporters promoted the event for weeks.

The white nationalist organizations ‘Vanguard America and Identity Evropa, ‘the Southern nationalist League of the South’,  the National Socialist Movement (Nazi); the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the supremely dumb-sounding ‘Fraternal Order of Alt Knights‘ also were on hand, Kessler said, along with several groups with a smaller presence.

In the older article I referenced earlier, I had also noted – concerning the race war or civil war meme – that ‘The Donald Trump presidency almost seems designed to amplify all of that and bring it to a head at some point.’


In fact, I have been wondering if the Donald Trump presidency is in fact designed specifically for that purpose – if possibly Trump himself is an actor playing a role (as a kind of rallying point for the Far-Right and the Left to gather around or against), the purpose of which is to trigger the societal breakdown and ‘race war’ or ‘civil war’ type scenario.

I’m still not sure whether this is the case or not; but, at any rate, his presence is probably being manipulated by various agencies for that purpose.

The key has been for the media (both mainstream and alt-right) to focus people obsessively on identity politics, so that people are made to identify agressively with those issues (being black, being gay or transgender, being a minority, being a woman, or – in the case of the ‘alt-right’ agenda, being white) so that they *don’t* care as much about broader issues that pertain to all of society.

In other words, the effect is to fragment everyone in society into sub-groups that they identify with and who can then be manipulated into fighting each other and hating each other instead of being invested in the best outcome for all of society.

That’s the essence of what the divide-and-conquer psy-op is. And it also plays somewhat into the point that Noam Chomsky recently made about the Trump phenonemon being essentially a deliberate and massive “distraction” to occupy everyone’s attention while the military-industrial complex, the corporations, banks and the 1% have a field day thanks to Trump carefully putting all of their agents into key positions in the administration.

What happens is that everyone – led by the media – stays focused on the race or sectarian issues that the Trump situation is agitating, all of it based firmly in identity politics, while ignoring what’s quietly going on behind the scenes.

This is because it is much better for the so-called ‘ruling elite’ to manage and manipulate a civil war type paradigm with society divided against itself than to manage more of a revolutionary type paradigm where all of soceity is protesting against the elite interests at the top of the pyramid.

That’s why – going back to the themes of the ‘civil war meme’ article – this ‘civil war’ programming or divide-and-conquer paradigm is happening in multiple countries at the same time: primarily France, the United States and the UK, but also much of Europe.

At any rate, the divide-and-conquer programme appears to be accelerating, with very many people being drawn into that narrative and paradigm – a paradigm and narrative that is part scripted, part psy-op and part entirely real.

At this stage, our hope should be that the majority of people are more intelligent and discerning than that and will refuse to get drawn into it. And that the majority of peoples’ better natures will prevail.

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Trump, the ‘Alt-Right’, Nazis – And the Weird Reality/Reality-TV Overlap

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Just an add-on here to some of what I was talking about yesterday.
The more I look at the entire paradigm, the stranger it gets and the more I wonder if we’re trapped in a kind of weird reality TV show.

I use the term ‘reality TV show’ not just because the US President is a former reality TV star; but because the term ‘reality TV’ doesn’t, strictly speaking, denote a ‘fake’ reality, but a kind of staged production that nevertheless purports to be showing us a true reality (even though, in many cases, a reality TV show isn’t showing us a true reality at all).

In the previous article, I was talking about how some of the alt-right opinion-makers and figureheads are probably psy-op merchants, helping to advance a divide-and-conquer agenda by brainwashing gulible people.

Lots of them aren’t, of course – lots of them are just genuine hate-preaching nutjobs. But it only takes a few of them to be psy-op agents (Paul Joseph Watson still strikes me as a likely candidate) in the same way that some Islamist extremist preachers like Anjem Choudary and Abu Hamza turned out to be working with intelligence agencies.

Well, today I did a little more digging on this Jason Kessler guy – the alt-right blogger who organised the ‘Unite the Right’ march in Charlottesville.

And, it turns out, Kessler – currently an alt-right figurehead – may have been previously a Leftist who was involved in Occupy (!) I give a massive hat-tip here to a fellow W/P blog – Alt-Right Exposed – for bringing this to my attention.

As it happens, Kessler was not allegedly only on the Left and engaged with Occupy, but actually admits to being a ‘professional provocateur’ in his older online content (see here). “I can’t think of any occupation that I admire more than the professional provocateur…” he wrote in one archived blog entry from 2015.

In another, he also seems to muse on the benefits of mass violence and attacks, which he referred to “somewhat of a blessing in disguise”.

Indeed, according to the SPLC, there has been doubt or questions in racist/Far-Right forums and websites for a while as to where Kessler came from and whether he might’ve been – just a short while ago – both an Occupy activist and an Obama supporter. He appears to have transformed himself into a die-hard Trump supporter and rabid white nationalist only after Trump won the election.

If – as alleged – he was involved in Occupy, I would immediately speculate that he may have been one of the many infiltrators or COINTELPRO-style agents assigned to undermine the Occupy movement.

Even more curiously (and confusingly), ibankcoin points out that eagle-eyed people have spotted that a CNN report on Occupy Wall Street from 2011 is credited to a ‘Jason Kessler’, specified as ‘Assignment Editor’.

Might not be the same guy; but it’s a pretty odd coincidence.

Which reinforces my existing belief that some of the influential alt-right talking-heads on You Tube or on various platforms might be psy-op operatives. Kessler has also been a frequent guest with psy-op supremo Alex Jones and of course has links to various other alt-right activists.

The point about it being a psy-op is, to be clear, not that all the nutjobs holding up torches or wearing swastikas or KKK hoods aren’t genuine crazies – they are. It’s that various key influencers, organisers and preachers might be intelligence operatives in place to stir up and direct the crazies.

For a good example of how this seems to work, we can look to the Islamist preacher and ‘ISIS recruiter’ Anjem Choudary.

Choudary was accused of indoctrinating numerous young men, sending them to Syria to join the IS ‘Caliphate’, as well as having been involved with one or two young men who ended up carrying out terrorist acts (the Lee Rigby killers and one of the London Bridge attackers were both linked to Choudary).

What Choudary was most famous for, however, was making inflammatory public appearances, offending people, appearing on TV programmes – all of which had him gleefully espousing the virtues of the Islamic State and, generally, embarassing the shit out of the mainstream Muslim community in the UK, while at the same time helping to amplify anti-Muslim sentiment among much of the general population.

According to an article last year in the Telegraph, one counter-terrorism source, who investigated Choudary a number of times, ‘insisted the decision not to prosecute him had come from the security service, MI5.’ He is quoted as saying “I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority.”

Interestingly, when asked by Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme (in 2010) about his financial affairs, Choudary was very evasive, saying that his finances were a private matter. But he did, very vaguely, say that he was “doing something, and I don’t want to discuss that with you. I’m not on Jobseeker’s Allowance…”

If Choudary was an intelligence asset, the point is that his role might’ve been simply to brainwash, indocrinate and direct a number of young men into extremist views (and later, extremist acts) – and to help amplify and play up the ‘Islam Threat’ and thus contribute substantially to the divide-and-conquer operation.

He may have been simply an actor playing a part. In that scenario, the various young men he influenced or recruited were not actors but became genuine extremists, some of them even terrorists.

We know that similar cases have unfolded in the United States – with, for example, the Al-Qaeda cleric, recruiter and figurehead, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to a number of terrorists and terror plots (including 9/11), yet was protected by the FBI from legal action and was even revealed to have dined at the White House after 9/11.

There’s no reason to think that some similar operations might be going on in the White Supremacist movement too. And if someone like Jason Kessler, who organised the Charlottesville rally, really was an Obama or Occupy supporter just a year or so ago, the implications are certainly that he might be an actor too – or, in his own words, an ‘agent provocatuer’.

Along similar lines, I have also – as I pointed out yesterday – been wondering if the Donald Trump presidency or reality TV show presidency is actually a pantomime designed to play out some kind of planned collapse or chaos, with Trump himself being basically an actor playing a scripted role.

The more this nonsense goes on, the more it looks to me like he really is simply playing a part in a choreographed drama, with both the anti-Trump mainstream media and *some* of the pro-Trump ‘alt-right’ media playing out their own scripted roles at the same time. I say *some* of the alt-right because most of the alt-right does just consist of genuine hate-filled white supremacists – but all it takes is a few well-placed and well funded ‘actors’ in the mix.

In terms of the ‘reality TV show’ paradigm overlapping with reality (I mean, realityreality), it just gets weirder and weirder the more you look at it.

I was re-watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier a few weeks ago and noticed something I hadn’t noticed when I first saw it in 2014. Specifically that the villain – played by Robert Redford – looks and soundseerily like Donald Trump.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think Redford’s character – a Nazi/fascist engaged in a secret fascist takeover plot while pretending to be the nice guy – was actually based on Trump (given the visual similarities); but, of course, the film was made a few years before Trump ever became a presidential candidate. Which makes me wonder about predictive programming again and the notion of the scripted pantomime being played out.

After all, Marvel Studios has some form with this kind of thing, having previously also laid out the Osama bin Laden myth in Iron Man 3, where the terrorist villain – the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley – in fact turns out to be an alcoholic, drug-addled actor who was hired to play the role of making menacing video messages threatening America with terrorism for the sake of a fake War on Terror (see article here).

With some of this, I admittdly might be clutching at straws: but the Robert Redford character really does look (and come across) like Trump in the film – and that plot was basically about a secret network of Nazis/fascists (Hydra) who had been biding their time and infiltrating a government agency since World War II in order to one day completely take over.

It also always struck me as jarring that Trump’s inauguration speech – as I noted at the time – both referenced the ‘America First’ fascist sympathisers of the 1930s and looked and sounded a lot like the Nazi-esque ‘First Order’ speech/rally from Disney‘s relaunching of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, in December 2015. What was, at the time, bizarre in itself about that scene in the film was that it was clearly staged to resemble a Nazi rally and it took the unprecedented and excessive step – for a Star Wars movie – of having the Stormtroopers actually perform a Nazi salute in response to the speech; something that I had found very inappropriate for that franchise.

For the record, both the Star Wars franchise and the Marvel Studios are presently under Disney control (also, coincidentally – and sticking with the ‘civil war’ meme – the follow-up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier was literally 2016’s Captain America: Civil War).

Now, you might think it’s sheer paranoia or folly to refer too much to blockbuster movies in an article like this one: however, bear in mind that Trump himself was found to have been directly quoting the Batman villain Bane *during his inauguration address*, which again makes me wonder about predictive programming and general pantomime.

In any case – and regardless of actors or psy-op properties – the actual rank-and-file White Supremacists, KKK or Neo-Nazis are of course dangerous and would, in a worst-case sceario, be a great threat to any society in which they were enabled to flourish or have access to power.

Just as the so-called ‘Islamic State’ – regardless of its origins in Western intelligence operations and the Iraq War and its obvious psy-op properties – is/was genuinely a real threat to civilisations in the Middle East once it was up and running. Something can start off as a psy-op or intelligence operation simply to get it going – and then, after a certain point, it becomes its own nightmare with its own momentum. The examples of ‘ISIS’ in Iraq or parts of Syria, or the US-backed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, demonstrates how quickly it can happen.

‘ISIS’, for that matter, itself is yet another example of the confusing overlap between reality and a production with  ‘reality TV show’ like properties to it – a point we’ve explored a number of times before, in regard to so much of the ‘ISIS’ brand, production and propaganda and the way it was being presented by the media (particularly in 2014).

Unfortunately, once you start down this ‘reality-tv/reality’ rabbit-hole, it just keeps going.

For example, as previously explored, the claims have always been there that the Islamic State ‘caliph’ or leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadidoesn’t exist – and that he was originally being played by an elderly actor. There actually remains, even now, very little evidence for his existence (see here).

Given how big a deception and operation this ‘Islamic State’ thing has been – involving the conquest of entire terrirories, the near-destruction of entire nations, and an international military intervention involving multiple countries (not to mention destabilising effects on Western countries) – it really isn’t that much of a stretch to consider that the problems now wracking the United States might also be running along staged-production/psy-op lines too.

There is still, of course, an underyling reality to all of it – but, as stated at the beginning, the ‘reality tv’ paradigm is that the ‘show’ is a staged production that nevertheless purports to depict a true reality.

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Corruption is Legal in America ”VIDEO”

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Lebanon army discovers US-made weapons cache left by Nusra terrorists

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This Photo purportedly shows a discovered weapons cache left behind by Takfiri Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants in northeastern Lebanon.

This Photo purportedly shows a discovered weapons cache left behind by Takfiri Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants in northeastern Lebanon.

The Lebanese army has discovered a weapons cache left behind by defeated militants from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the northeast of the country.

The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA), citing an unnamed official from Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security, reported on Friday that a patrol of the intelligence agency had found an ammunition and missile cache in Wadi Hamid Valley east of the border town of Arsal, without providing further details.

However, Reuters quoted an unnamed security source as saying on Friday that the cache contained at least a surface-to air missile (SAM) and a number of US-made TOW anti-tank missiles as well as plenty of other types of shells and rockets.

The following photos of the cache were provided by the security source.

On July 29, commanders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement said the group had successfully concluded a week-long military offensive against al-Nusra on the outskirts of Arsal and the adjacent town of Flita in Syria, seizing land in the rugged, mountainous area and killing about 150 terrorists.

In August 2014, the al-Nusra and Daesh Takfiri terrorist groups overran Lebanon’s northeastern border town of Arsal, killing a number of Lebanese forces. They took 30 soldiers hostage, most of whom have been released.

Since then, Hezbollah and the Lebanese military have been defending Lebanon on the country’s northeastern border.

Friday’s development come as the Lebanese army has been targeting Daesh hideouts along the Syrian border over the past several days, regaining more areas from the terror group. It also comes after Syria accused the US and the UK of supplying chemical weapons to terrorists in the country.

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Balfour’s shameful legacy: UK government must say sorry and protect Christian churches in Palestine

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David Mundell MP

Open letter to a Secretary of State

By Stuart Littlewood

To: Rt Hon David Mundell MP [pictured above], Secretary of State for Scotland

Dear Mr Mundell,

It was a pleasure meeting you at the Dumfries Agricultural Show. If you recall, we talked briefly about Mrs May’s perverse plan to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration “with pride” and invite Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to the jollifications.

The infamous declaration was a pledge contrived by Zionists inside and outside the British government. It was in effect a “promissory note” to the Zionist movement for their help in bringing the US into World War I; and it was made with utter disregard to the consequences for the majority Arab population in Palestine. Worse, it amounted to a betrayal of our Arab allies, cutting across an earlier promise for their help against the Turks. There was strong opposition in Parliament even from Lord Montague, the only Jew in the Cabinet. Lord Sydenham remarked: “What we have done, by concessions not to the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, is to start a running sore in the East, and no-one can tell how far that sore will extend.”

Well, we know now. And it’s high time the wound was healed.

The Declaration by Balfour, a Zionist convert, needs to be read in parallel with The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism, a joint statement by the heads of Palestinian Christian churches which rejects Christian Zionist doctrine as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.

We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organisations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States [they could have added the UK] that are presently imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine… We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war.

Justice groups are urging the British Government to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in November by saying sorry instead of toasting the blunder in champagne. Mrs May could do some real good here. She could, at a stroke, help quell the destructive turmoil in the Middle East and begin repairing Britain’s tattered image. She could even open new trade routes into Islamic markets, vitally important as we leave the European Union. By apologising on our behalf for 100 years of agony inflicted on a lovely people in a lovely part of the world, Mrs May could take a giant step for mankind on the world stage.

But no, she’s pressing ahead with the revelry. And her principal guest, the ruthless Israeli prime minister, is on many a wanted list for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He’s also under investigation in his own country for corruption. This is not just poor judgement on Mrs May’s part, but insanely provocative when a UN report recently branded Israel an apartheid regime. It’s even more regrettable considering the desperate cry for help a few weeks ago from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine in an open letter to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement, signed by over 30 organisations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. You can read this disturbing document here.

They issued a similar cry for help 10 years ago but the tyranny of the occupying forces has gone from very bad to much worse. Their latest message is frighteningly stark:

Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status quo is unsustainable. This could be our last chance to achieve a just peace. As a Palestinian Christian community, this could be our last opportunity to save the Christian presence in this land.

“The name of the game: Erasing Palestine” (Miko Peled)

I was encouraged to hear you say that you visited occupied Palestine independently rather than accept the usual propaganda tour organised by Conservative Friends of Israel (CFoI) and the Israeli government. Nevertheless, claims by the CFoI that 80 per cent of Conservative MPs and MEPs are signed up members is alarming and puts us almost on a par with US Congress, which is controlled by the Israel lobby through AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). It is ludicrous that a foreign military power which has no respect for international law and rejects weapons conventions and safeguards can exert such influence on foreign policy in the US and UK. Pandering to Israel has been immensely costly in blood and treasure and damaging to our reputation.

Everyone outside the Westminster bubble knows perfectly well that there can be no peace in the Holy Land without justice. Everyone knows that international law and countless UN resolutions still wait to be enforced. Everyone knows that Israel won’t comply unless sanctions are imposed. Everyone knows that the siege on Gaza won’t be lifted until warships are sent.

… everyone knows that Her Majesty’s Government’s hand-wringing and empty words serve no purpose except to prolong the daily misery and buy time for Israel to complete its criminal scheme to make the occupation permanent.

Miko Peled, son of an Israeli general, former Israeli soldier and now a leading voice in the struggle for Palestinian freedom, tells us that “by 1993 the Israelis had achieved their mission to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible [and] the Israeli government knew for certain that a Palestinian state could not be established in the West Bank”. What’s more, everyone now knows that the US is not an honest broker and peace won’t come from sham “negotiations” between the weak and the all-powerful. Everyone knows who is the real threat to peace in the Middle East. And everyone knows that Her Majesty’s Government’s hand-wringing and empty words serve no purpose except to prolong the daily misery and buy time for Israel to complete its criminal scheme to make the occupation permanent.

Mrs May praises Israel for being “a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance”, when it is obviously neither. She says our two countries share “common values” when we obviously don’t; and given the Israeli regime’s incessant crimes against humanity and cruelty to the indigenous people it terrorises such a remark is insulting to anyone who lives by Christian values. She even claims that Israel is a country where people of all religions “are free and equal in the eyes of the law” and “Israel guarantees the rights of people of all religions, races and sexualities, and it wants to enable everyone to flourish”. This is arrant nonsense. The lady needs to tone down her misguided adoration of the rogue regime.

She also needs to call off attempts to criminalise the successful BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaign calling it wrong and warning that her government will “have no truck with those who subscribe to it”.  Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights bestows on everyone “the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

As the Secretary of State for Scotland, the senior central government figure hereabouts and a member of the Cabinet, you have the ear of the prime minister on heavyweight matters of state – such as this. I hope you’ll allow me, please, to pursue the matter through your good self (keeping my MP Alister Jack informed). I do not wish to receive the usual proforma reply from the Foreign Office about the UK’s adherence to the two-state solution – a futile position, as anyone paying attention to the situation has known for years. What I do hope for is reasons why HMG is still exporting weaponry to Israel when it is used against the Palestinians to maintain the illegal occupation, why no move is made to break the 10-year blockade of Gaza which has brought nearly two million citizens to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, why HMG keeps rewarding Israel for its other never-ending crimes, its contempt for international law, its disregard for the provisions of the UN Charter, and its continued breaches of the EU-Israel Agreement. And why Mrs May seeks to appeal against the recent court decision defending our right to boycott Israel. Does she not realise that HMG’s inaction leaves civil society no choice but to resort to BDS?

In particular I’d like to know, please, Mrs May’s reaction to the desperate plea from the Christian churches in the Holy Land, and I hope you’ll bring to her notice that letter to the World Council of Churches if she hasn’t already seen it. She wears her Christianity on her sleeve, is seen regularly attending church etc, but her faith credentials will be in question if she ignores the contents of the letter.

Whether the questions raised here are tiresomely ducked as usual or given the consideration they deserve, the story will find wide circulation. This request is therefore sent as an open letter.

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Talk Emerges of a Diplomatic Boycott of the Trump Administration

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There is increasing chatter among mostly European diplomats that their nations’ displeasure about President Donald Trump would best be shown by staging a diplomatic boycott, namely, recalling ambassadors in Washington and leaving only chargés d’affaires in charge. This type of measure has been used in the past to show opposition to the domestic and foreign policies of foreign governments. Recently, Saudi Arabia led such a boycott, albeit for spurious reasons, against Qatar. Many nations have recalled their ambassadors to Israel following moves by that country against Palestinians.

The disgust and frustration by Europeans over Trump’s defense of neo-Nazism and Ku Klux Klan protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, is evident on the front cover of The Economist, a magazine that has wide readership among the diplomatic and business communities in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. A Trump caricature is shown with a bullhorn in the shape of a KKK hood.

Currently, there are 23 chargés in Washington, but very few of these have been left running their missions because of political problems. Venezuela, Bolivia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Belarus withdrew their ambassadors some time ago amid diplomatic rifts with the United States. Other nations, including Uganda, the Philippines, Gambia, St. Lucia, Zambia, Hungary, and Argentina just have not gotten around to naming new ambassadors, which has nothing to do with Trump. However, the absence of a European Union ambassador in Washington may have something to do with Trump’s repeated criticism of the organization.

Ambassadors do not carry the clout that they once wielded in Washington under previous presidents. If nations decide to withdraw their ambassadors for “consultations,” diplomatic-speak for a subtle downgrading of relations, the functions of the embassies—issuing visas, conducting intelligence gathering, attending receptions, and lobbying Congress—would carry on with little overall impact on operations.

When Trump signaled his willingness to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, some Arab leaders called for the closure of all Arab embassies in Washington. Nabih Berri, the speaker of Lebanon’s parliament and president of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, called for such a boycott if Trump carried out his promise. However, the Trump administration put off its plan and the boycott never materialized.

The aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War saw several Arab nations sever diplomatic relations with the United States.

If a diplomatic boycott of the Trump emerges, expect it to start with the Nordic and Benelux blocs in Europe, perhaps followed by Germany, France, Ireland, and Greece. Trump’s support for the KKK activists in Charlottesville could also see a negative reaction from Africa, with South Africa being the most likely to join in a diplomatic boycott of Trump.

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The CIA Torture Case: On Eve of the Trial, Psychologists Agree to Settlement in ACLU Case on Behalf of Three Torture Victims

Featured image: Drs. James Mitchell (left) and John Bruce Jessen (right)

NEW YORK — In a first for a case involving CIA torture, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement today in the lawsuit against the two psychologists who designed and implemented the agency’s brutal program. A jury trial was scheduled to begin on September 5, after the plaintiffs successfully overcame every attempt by the psychologists to have the case dismissed.

The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah SalimMohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Gul Rahman, who froze to death in a secret CIA prison. The three men were tortured and experimented on using methods developed by the CIA-contracted psychologists, James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen.

“This is a historic victory for our clients and the rule of law,” said ACLU attorney Dror Ladin. “This outcome shows that there are consequences for torture and that survivors can and will hold those responsible for torture accountable. It is a clear warning for anyone who thinks they can torture with impunity.”

The full terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

“We brought this case seeking accountability and to help ensure that no one else has to endure torture and abuse, and we feel that we have achieved our goals,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement praising the settlement. “We were able to tell the world about horrific torture, the CIA had to release secret records, and the psychologists and high-level CIA officials were forced to answer our lawyers’ questions. It has been a long, difficult road, but we are very pleased with the results.”

Mohamed Ben Soud

Until now, every lawsuit trying to hold people accountable for the CIA torture program has been dismissed at initial stages because the government successfully argued that letting the cases proceed would reveal state secrets. But unlike previous cases, this time the Justice Department did not try to derail the lawsuit. The defendants attempted to dismiss the case multiple times, but the court consistently ruled that the plaintiffs had valid claims.

“Government officials and contractors are on notice that they cannot hide from accountability for torture,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project. “Our clients’ groundbreaking case has changed the legal landscape. It showed that the courts are fully capable of handling lawsuits involving abuses committed in the name of national security.”

The case was filed in October 2015, basing its legal claims on the declassified facts in the executive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture. During the lawsuit’s discovery process, dozens of new documents detailing the torture program were unearthed, and the case forced former senior CIA officials Jose Rodriguez and John Rizzo — in addition to Mitchell and Jessen themselves — to testify about torture during depositions.

“Thanks to our clients’ commitment and bravery their stories are public, as are new details about the design and implementation of the CIA torture program,” said ACLU attorney Steven Watt. “This settlement is a testament to their perseverance and will help them heal.”

In the court’s ruling earlier this month sending the case to trial, the judge wrote,

“The evidence would support a finding Defendants designed the [enhanced interrogation techniques] to be used on detainees, and thus they clearly had knowledge they would be so used.”

In addition to torturing prisoners themselves, Mitchell and Jessen trained other CIA personnel in their methods. In 2005, they founded a company that the CIA contracted with to run its entire torture program, including supplying interrogators for the agency’s secret “black site” prisons. The government paid the company $81 million over several years.

“I am so glad to help our clients make a difference through this case,” said Lawrence Lustberg of the law firm Gibbons PC. “We have long partnered with the ACLU in torture transparency and accountability litigation, and it is deeply satisfying to have come this far.”

Suleiman-Abdullah

The plaintiffs sued Mitchell and Jessen under the Alien Tort Statute — which allows federal lawsuits for gross human rights violations — for their commission of torture; cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; nonconsensual human experimentation; and war crimes.

As part of the settlement, the plaintiffs and defendants agreed to the following joint statement:

“Drs. Mitchell and Jessen acknowledge that they worked with the CIA to develop a program for the CIA that contemplated the use of specific coercive methods to interrogate certain detainees.

“Plaintiff Gul Rahman was subjected to abuses in the CIA program that resulted in his death and in pain and suffering for his family, including his personal representative Obaidullah. Plaintiffs Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud were also subjected to coercive methods in the CIA program, which resulted in pain and suffering for them and their families.

“Plaintiffs assert that they were subjected to some of the methods proposed by Drs. Mitchell and Jessen to the CIA, and stand by their allegations regarding the responsibility of Drs. Mitchell and Jessen.

“Drs. Mitchell and Jessen assert that the abuses of Mr. Salim and Mr. Ben Soud occurred without their knowledge or consent and that they were not responsible for those actions. Drs. Mitchell and Jessen also assert that they were unaware of the specific abuses that ultimately caused Mr. Rahman’s death and are also not responsible for those actions.

“Drs. Mitchell and Jessen state that it is regrettable that Mr. Rahman, Mr. Salim, and Mr. Ben Soud suffered these abuses.”

The attorneys representing the plaintiffs are Shamsi and Ladin of the ACLU National Security Project and Watt of the ACLU Human Rights Program; Emily Chiang of the ACLU of Washington; Lustberg, Kate Janukowicz, Daniel McGrady, and Avram Frey of the law firm Gibbons PC; Paul Hoffman of Schonbrun, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman LLP, Los Angeles; Anthony DiCaprio of the Law Office of Anthony DiCaprio; and Jeffry Finer of the Center for Justice, Spokane, Washington.

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US Policy Paradox: How to Lose Friends and Influence Nothing

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When Paul Robeson belted out the lyric “I’m tired of living, and scared of dying,” he stumbled on to a paradox of emotional dissonance that could easily define the geo-strategic cognitive dissonance that the US exhibits when dealing with its fellow superpowers Russia and China.

Time and again the United States has shown that it does not want war with either of those countries, and these feelings are of course mutual. However, the US has a strange penchant for conducting provocative measures that inexorably harm relations with both Russia and China in mind-blowingly close proximity in time to moves suggesting rapprochement or, at minimum, de-escalation of tensions.

The most recent example is the Pentagon signing an agreement to open lines of direct communication with the commanders of the People’s Liberation Army to avoid “miscalculations” in areas ranging from the Korean Peninsula to the South and East China Seas.

In a rational environment, this would be seen as a US climb-down over actions China finds unacceptable in Korea and in its maritime waters. But in the current environment, while the US has signed an agreement that would ideally reduce tensions between the Chinese and US armed forces, the US president has also authorized his government to open an investigation into Chinese trade practices. While the proximate issue is US intellectual-property rights in China, the phrase “anti-Chinese sanctions” is on the tip of everyone’s lips.

Far from being out of character, the dichotomy of cooperating with China and engaging in a would-be pre-emptive trade war that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has warned could be deeply dangerous is actually par for the course under the Trump administration.

On July 7, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met for the first time. The most meaningful outcome of the meeting was the agreement jointly to police a ceasefire and accompanying de-escalation zone in southwestern Syria, along with Jordan.

Less than a month later, Trump signed a sanctions bill against Russia that Moscow remains furious about. Détente 2.0 officially lasted from July 7 to August 3, 2017.

In respect of Iran, the Trump administration has quietly but officially stated that Tehran has not violated a single clause of the 2015 nuclear deal, but US officials continue to sanction Iran and continue to speak of Iran as though it has violated every agreement ever signed in history.

This has the aggregate effect of making the United States appear tired of warring but scared of cooperating.

In reality, neither Russia, China nor Iran wants war with the United States. One could also add North Korea, Mexico, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe or just about every other country on the planet to that list.

Therefore, while moves to de-escalate military tensions are positive developments no matter where they happen, the mixed signals the US is sending will only serve as a demonstration that the US is not serious about proper de-escalation and cooperation and therefore it is only natural for the wider world to assume the worst about the United States, which far too often translates into “the tense status quo hasn’t changed”.

What’s more is that while pundits argue over whether this is part of a larger American geo-strategic plan to sow confusion or is simply an inexperienced Trump administration that cannot decide if it is coming or going, the wider world is more concerned with the effect than the cause.

In this sense, the US is less like the longing voice of “Old Man River” than it is like the author of a future worst-seller, “How to Lose Friends and Influence Nothing”.

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South Korea: There Will Be No War on Korean Peninsula

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There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In stated Thursday, adding that Seoul effectively had a veto over US military action in response to the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

 

Tensions have soared on the peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM], bringing much of the US within range.

Last week it threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the US territory of Guam – although it appears to have backed off for now – while US President Donald Trump promised “fire and fury” and said that Washington’s weapons were “locked and loaded.”

The intense rhetoric on both sides raised fears of a miscalculation leading to catastrophic consequences – Pyongyang has vast artillery forces deployed within range of Seoul, where millions of people live.

But Moon stressed:

“I will prevent war at all cost.”

“I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war,” he told a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.

The US has been the South’s security guarantor since the end of the Korean War in 1953, which left the peninsula divided and technically still in a state of conflict with no peace treaty signed.

Washington has 28,500 troops stationed in the country to protect it from the North.

Moon, however, said Seoul effectively had a veto on military action by the US.

Washington and Trump had agreed that “no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting agreement with the Republic of Korea.”

Trump’s rhetoric raised alarm among observers but Moon, who visited Washington at the end of June, declined to criticize his choice of words.

The US leader was “trying to pressure North Korea by showing a firm resolution,” he said.

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