Category Archives: Foreign Policy

What Russia Wants

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, spoke to the Duma, the Russian parliament, on March 18. The propaganda talking heads of the Empire’s media complex will be selecting passages of Putin’s remarks to attack. The DISSENTING DEMOCRAT on the other hand will provide a significant excerpt for review. We also urge readers to read the entire speech at http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/6889

Today, I would like to address the people of the United States of America, the people who, since the foundation of their nation and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, have been proud to hold freedom above all else. Isn’t the desire of Crimea’s residents to freely choose their fate such a value? Please understand us.

I believe that the Europeans, first and foremost, the Germans, will also understand me. Let me remind you that in the course of political consultations on the unification of East and West Germany, at the expert, though very high level, some nations that were then and are now Germany’s allies did not support the idea of unification. Our nation, however, unequivocally supported the sincere, unstoppable desire of the Germans for national unity. I am confident that you have not forgotten this, and I expect that the citizens of Germany will also support the aspiration of the Russians, of historical Russia, to restore unity.

I also want to address the people of Ukraine. I sincerely want you to understand us: we do not want to harm you in any way, or to hurt your national feelings. We have always respected the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, incidentally, unlike those who sacrificed Ukraine’s unity for their political ambitions. They flaunt slogans about Ukraine’s greatness, but they are the ones who did everything to divide the nation. Today’s civil standoff is entirely on their conscience. I want you to hear me, my dear friends. Do not believe those who want you to fear Russia, shouting that other regions will follow Crimea. We do not want to divide Ukraine; we do not need that. As for Crimea, it was and remains a Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean-Tatar land.

I repeat, just as it has been for centuries, it will be a home to all the peoples living there. What it will never be and do is follow in Bandera’s footsteps!

Crimea is our common historical legacy and a very important factor in regional stability. And this strategic territory should be part of a strong and stable sovereignty, which today can only be Russian. Otherwise, dear friends (I am addressing both Ukraine and Russia), you and we – the Russians and the Ukrainians – could lose Crimea completely, and that could happen in the near historical perspective. Please think about it.

Let me note too that we have already heard declarations from Kiev about Ukraine soon joining NATO. What would this have meant for Crimea and Sevastopol in the future? It would have meant that NATO’s navy would be right there in this city of Russia’s military glory, and this would create not an illusory but a perfectly real threat to the whole of southern Russia. These are things that could have become reality were it not for the choice the Crimean people made, and I want to say thank you to them for this.

But let me say too that we are not opposed to cooperation with NATO, for this is certainly not the case. For all the internal processes within the organisation, NATO remains a military alliance, and we are against having a military alliance making itself at home right in our backyard or in our historic territory. I simply cannot imagine that we would travel to Sevastopol to visit NATO sailors. Of course, most of them are wonderful guys, but it would be better to have them come and visit us, be our guests, rather than the other way round.

Let me say quite frankly that it pains our hearts to see what is happening in Ukraine at the moment, see the people’s suffering and their uncertainty about how to get through today and what awaits them tomorrow. Our concerns are understandable because we are not simply close neighbours but, as I have said many times already, we are one people. Kiev is the mother of Russian cities. Ancient Rus is our common source and we cannot live without each other.

Let me say one other thing too. Millions of Russians and Russian-speaking people live in Ukraine and will continue to do so. Russia will always defend their interests using political, diplomatic and legal means. But it should be above all in Ukraine’s own interest to ensure that these people’s rights and interests are fully protected. This is the guarantee of Ukraine’s state stability and territorial integrity.

We want to be friends with Ukraine and we want Ukraine to be a strong, sovereign and self-sufficient country. Ukraine is one of our biggest partners after all. We have many joint projects and I believe in their success no matter what the current difficulties. Most importantly, we want peace and harmony to reign in Ukraine, and we are ready to work together with other countries to do everything possible to facilitate and support this. But as I said, only Ukraine’s own people can put their own house in order.

Residents of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the whole of Russia admired your courage, dignity and bravery. It was you who decided Crimea’s future. We were closer than ever over these days, supporting each other. These were sincere feelings of solidarity. It is at historic turning points such as these that a nation demonstrates its maturity and strength of spirit. The Russian people showed this maturity and strength through their united support for their compatriots.

Russia’s foreign policy position on this matter drew its firmness from the will of millions of our people, our national unity and the support of our country’s main political and public forces. I want to thank everyone for this patriotic spirit, everyone without exception. Now, we need to continue and maintain this kind of consolidation so as to resolve the tasks our country faces on its road ahead.

Obviously, we will encounter external opposition, but this is a decision that we need to make for ourselves. Are we ready to consistently defend our national interests, or will we forever give in, retreat to who knows where? Some Western politicians are already threatening us with not just sanctions but also the prospect of increasingly serious problems on the domestic front. I would like to know what it is they have in mind exactly: action by a fifth column, this disparate bunch of ‘national traitors’, or are they hoping to put us in a worsening social and economic situation so as to provoke public discontent? We consider such statements irresponsible and clearly aggressive in tone, and we will respond to them accordingly. At the same time, we will never seek confrontation with our partners, whether in the East or the West, but on the contrary, will do everything we can to build civilised and good-neighbourly relations as one is supposed to in the modern world.

Americans should understand that Mr. Putin speaks as a Russian patriot. What he says and does is consistent with being the leader of a nation. The American media belittles that because American leaders do not adopt comparable positions. The apparent national leadership of the United States do not concern themselves with what is best for America and the American people, they serve the interests of Multinational Corporations, Banksters, Corporateers and the Military-Industrial Complex and hence lack understanding of a political leadership with national concerns.

An American leader would attend to American interests, the American economy, American industry and American jobs. A real American would not attempt to extend an international banking-corporate complex into other nations or into the sphere of influence of another great nation. If we understand the difference between a national leader and being a corporate puppet, we can understand the nature of the problem in eastern Europe.

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OMG! Russia Has Put Its Hands in its Own Pockets

The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s news and information pages provide comprehensive, objective coverage of economic facts useful for an understanding of the economy and current events. The WSJ’s editorial pages, in contrast, rarely even approach what could be considered as reality.

Most recently, the Journal’s editorial editors have upheld their standard devoted to simplistic ideology, Fox News-style OCD and right knee jerk pomposity. The Journal denounced President Obama for being soft on Russia and for failing to bait the Russian bear in his lair.

Americans, especially those who think that little Lindsay Graham can provide a “manly” alternative to U.S. foreign policy, need to attend to several facts:

  • What goes on in the Ukraine is none of our business;
  • Ukraine, historically known as “little Russia”, is well within the Russian sphere of influence and well OUTSIDE of the American Empire; and,
  • Even if the power elite wanted to extend its power to the Ukraine, there is no feasible way to do so.

In all the time since people with my surname have lived within the territory that became the United States, since 1640, the Ukraine has been subordinate to the Russian government. Russia entered the Ukraine at sometime about 1000 A.D.  Russians have been in the Ukraine BEFORE Normans conquered England, before France was a united kingdom and before Europeans dispossessed the native Americans. It’s silly to think that Russia should, or could, keep its hands off of the Ukraine.

“Mad Bomber” McCain would not be able to change this elemental fact. “Limp-wristed” Lindsay would not be able to exert his will on the plains of the Ukraine. For them to berate Barack Obama, who appears to be the only adult in Washington, is absurd.

Has Russia invaded a sovereign country? Yes, and the invader of Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Panama, Granada, and Vietnam lacks all moral credibility to protest. When the United States maintains troops and naval bases in 80-plus nations, it is not able to gripe and grouse. The United States has executed its will to interfere in and change governments in Libya, Indonesia, Syria, Honduras, and the Phillipines as well as many other locales far from our borders. It is quite understandable that Russia reaches out to stabilize a country adjacent to it.

When the United States pulls out of Texas, then we can assert our moral example to demand that Russia leave the Ukraine.

Syrian Commentary on the Obama-Al Qaeda Alliance

The United States has gone out of its way to involve us in another war far away from our borders and even farther away from our interests as a nation. Syria is governed by Hafez al-Assad and his Baath Party. President al-Assad is an adherent of Alawism, an Islamic sect persecuted by Islamic extremists which is generally friendly to Christians and non-Muslims, perhaps because of his heritage, Assad maintains a secular regime.

The opposition to Assad is made up of  Salafi extremists who seek to Islamize the world and kill Christians, Bahais, Druzes and the other minorities in the Middle East. For reasons we are unable to discern, the Obama regime has supported these extremists in their attempt to overthrow the Assad government. So our headline, although provocative, is accurate, there is a de facto alliance between Al Qaeda and the Obama regime.

The commentator we recently discovered on YouTube calls herself the “SyrianGirlPartisan”. While we cannot endorse everything she says, what she has reported on the Syrian civil war appears to provide a needed counterpoint to the clueless media which merely dittos White House press releases.

The U.S. Should Be Thinking about Ending, Not Joining the War in Syria

OPEN LETTER from Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, regarding Mother Agnes of the Syrian Reconciliation Movement

I write to you to ask your help for the people of Syria. All the people of Syria deserve your attention. Like you, they want the opportunity to live, love and labour in support of their children’s dreams. With your efforts we can make it a bright future in a peaceful and prosperous country where love will conquer all.

The people of Syria are a diverse people, a courageous and generous people with a proud history of tolerance. Over many centuries, their country has welcomed millions of disparate people seeking refuge just as the United States has done.

I visited Syria in May 2013. Despite the on-going violence, I found it to be a land of hope. I met tribal and religious leaders, political dissidents and grieving parents and widows. In Syria, there are millions of ordinary folk risking their lives for a peaceful, reconciled and united Syria they can all love.

Mother Agnes Mariam, one of the leaders of the Mussalaha (reconciliation) Movement in Syria, is on a speaking tour of America this November. Mother Agnes Mariam has sat at a table with the prime minister of Syria has and has eaten olives with a rebel leader. And recently she risked her life to negotiate the safe passage of thousands of civilians and of many fighters from a conflict zone.

Your heroes, the heroes we all uphold, show us bridges of nonviolence and peace must be built between people. War stems from hatred and lies. Peace requires courage, wisdom, and love. And foresight.

Mother Agnes is bringing to America a universal message your country knows well. She presents it through the story of Syria. I encourage you to hear the story of Syria.

Peace,

Mairead Maguire

For more information see the website of the Syria Solidarity Movement at http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/

Mother Agnes, and the Syria Solidarity Movement, urges the United States not to take sides in the Syrian conflict but to support peace for the Syrian people

Killing People for Fun & Profit in Honduras

Americans need to know that in Honduras as around the world, our Government continues to support MegaCorporations against the people living in those countries. The U.S. Military trains and supports local military which oppress their people.

In Honduras, a democratically elected President was removed by a military in collaboration with Multinational Corporations and with the connivance of the Obama Regime.

Afghan Welfare Cheats Give Finger to American Taxpayers

Now if a recipient of public assistance in this country ends up with an extra $ 10 in her check or food stamp allotment, he or she would be hounded by agents of the Government until the money was fully reimbursed. But the BILLIONS distributed to our allies in Afghanistan have been siphoned off into thousands of un-authorized hands, including many millions to the Taliban, and all the U.S. Government does is to ask the Afghan tinpots to pretty pretty please try to be more careful with American taxpayer dollars.

The Inspector General has examined our special relationship with Afghanistan to determine just where OUR money has gone. The findings were so bad that despite promises of transparency, the Government has sought to suppress the report. Nevertheless, it was released and we’ve found out that the Afghans use American dollars to buy things at 20x the market rate. They also pay off  the Taliban for protection on many purchases and neglect to account for expenses or salaries. Not one of the 16 Afghan ministries (departments) receiving U.S. aid has been able to property disburse and account for money spent.

What will the Government do with this information? It will ask, not demand, just ask, that the Afghan Government try to do better. Don’t you think that the welfare Mom with an extra ten-spot would be open to being asked instead of squeezed?

The Government is more concerned that our Afghani puppet Hamid Karzai will require a humongous new bribe so that he will permit U.S. troops to continue to die for him after 2014. Karzai has been holding our for more walking around cash (the last infusion pretty much went up his nose) before he officially agrees to extend his invitation to American troops.

Continuing to Die for ????

According to JUST FOREIGN POLICY at http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/obamavsbush 575 Americans died in Afghanistan during the Bush regime’s prosecution of that war. Bush said he had a reason for invading Afghanistan. Now the Obama regime has seen 1620 die although having declared that there is NO reason for the U.S. to be there. Nevertheless, the Obama regime asserts that American troops will have to continue dying for the foreseeable future.

Many, if not most, Obama votes were made because the candidate promised an end to the Bush wars for no good reason. Yet the wars have now become the Obama wars for no reason.