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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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The Empire Strikes Back Again, and Again, and Again . . .

Deja vu all over again, we first published the following four years ago. It seems relevant today.

As of February 23, 2010, 4379 Americans have been killed in the Bush-Obama War on Iraq and 31,693 have been injured.

Remember, this is a war for which the Government has yet to float a satisfactory explanation — no WMDs, no involvement in 9-11 — we don’t know why we’re there, we’re just there, and we can’t leave until we fulfill our mission although we don’t know what that mission is.

One day in the live of Private John Smith would take the creative talents of Franz Kafka.

The United States maintains over 700 bases or installations in 148 countries. The American military maintains more bases than the British Empire when it controlled a quarter of the Earth and more than the Roman Empire. The American Republic has been transformed into an Empire without ever consulting the American people.

We spend over a TRILLION dollars annually to maintain this Empire. We spend more on the military than all of our potential enemies — China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea — combined. The U.S. Navy possesses firepower greater than the next 13 navies.

We’ve invaded Panama, Grenada, Iraq, Haiti, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Colombia. We’ve bombed Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia with more explosives than we used in all of World War II killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of children who never meant us any ill.

We are the Evil Empire we once feared in another.

What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear *

The situation in the Ukraine is disturbing. Warhawks in Washington are anxious to give the finger to the Russians and extend the American Empire well into the Russian heartland. On the other hand, Russia has been rattling sabers, piqued at losing to the American hockey team on its own ice.

What must be kept in mind, however, is that this is not simply a matter of the United States as the good guy and Russia as the villain. Things are far more complicated.

It’s been a long, long time since the U.S. could actually lay claim to being the knight in shining armor, and its parry and thrust in eastern Europe surely isn’t a revival of the disinterested American seeking liberty and justice for the world. The U.S., like Russia and many other nation-states, is run by a small power elite who use the nation and its national resources to pursue its own agenda. Whatever America seeks in the Ukraine, it is not to bestow the blessings of liberty but rather to consolidate ever-expanding markets and corporate connections. The American Empire and its European allies are looking to move eastward. They’ve already successfully broken the Yugoslav Federation and worked their way into Czech, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian economies. The Ukraine was next on the list.

Russia is not a Good Guy either. It wants to dominate the Ukraine, and believes that it must hold on to Crimea as essential to its national security. Despite the U.S. media lampooning Vladimir Putin, any Russian leader who was not a traitor to his people, would act to defend its own backyard from hostile foreign powers. Putin is not a conqueror set on re-establishing the Russian Empire, he is just trying to hold on to what has been Russian for centuries.

Ask yourself who has invaded more countries since 2000, Putin or Bush-Obama? Ding-ding-ding, no, the answer is: Bush and his smarter brother from another mother, Obama. Putin has shown he was ready use military force to defend his own, but the U.S. and the E.U. have been behaving provocatively.

The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have been pouring money into the Ukraine since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004. And the KGB, in its present incarnation as the FSB, has also been engaged in black ops with the intent of controlling the Ukraine for their side. No white hats, all black. The Ukrainian people are caught in the middle as pawns in a much bigger game.

From 1946-1956, the OSS, and later CIA, built on the Ukraine underground apparatus left by the Nazis. There was a very strong Nazi collaborationist puppet government in the Ukraine which welcomed and worked with the Nazis when they invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. For about 10 years after the War, the Nazi underground engaged in an on again, off again guerrilla war against the Soviet government.

In recent demonstrations it is notable that shirts and flags emblazoned with the word “Svoboda” were prevalent. Now the word itself is hardly frightening, it means Freedom. What is less well known is that Freedom, or Svoboda, was the name of the Ukrainian nationalist organization that succeeded the Nazi-collaborationist movement from WWII.

So, with much simplification, the conflict in the Ukraine is a Communist-Nazi redux. Only this time, the Empire is on the Nazi side while it chose the Communist side in the last go around.

It reminds one of Orwell’s “1984”, in a world of three “nations” or international alliances, sometimes it was Oceania against Eurasia and East Asia and sometimes it was yet a different combination. The chairs may shift but the players and the game are the same.

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* From the Buffalo Springfield song,

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Targeting Assange, and . . . . .

Democracy Now reports (Feb 18, 2014):

Top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed new details about how the United States and Britain targeted the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks after it published leaked documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. According to a new article by The Intercept, Britain’s top spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, secretly monitored visitors to a WikiLeaks website by collecting their IP addresses in real time, as well as the search terms used to reach the site. One document from 2010 shows that the National Security Agency added WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to a “manhunting” target list, together with suspected members of al-Qaeda.

This means that if you merely visited the WIKILEAKS website, as has the Dissenting Democrat, the NSA has monitored your visit.

And JULIAN ASSANGE is now on the “Target List”. Will he end up on Obama’s Kill List? We don’t know but it’s certainly possible. For those readers who live outside America, how does it feel to be subjects of the American Empire? For American readers, how does it feel to live in a Rogue State?

Heads up, drones in the air.

America’s Foreign Legions

The United States has Special Forces stationed in 134 countries around the world.

The Roman Empire at its height did not have its troops in so many countries. Germany and Japan together during the Second World War did not occupy 134 nations. Neither did the British Empire when it controlled a fourth of the planet. Nor did Russia at its maximum expansion.

The supposed threats to our national security, North Korea, Syria and Iran, do not occupy other nations.

Who is spying on the world? If your phones are being tapped or your emails tracked in all likelihood it is the NSA and not any agency of any other foreign government.

It is a painful conclusion for Americans but the American Empire IS the rogue nation we fear.

Readers can read more about it in “America’s Secret War in 134 Countries” in THE NATION at http://www.thenation.com OR at TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175794/

Rome from Republic to Empire

“The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections.  Later on, this process of corruption spread in the law courts and to the army, and finally, when even the sword became enslaved by the power of gold, the republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.”

___ PLUTARCH

That Sinking Feeling

Ever try to imagine what the last few hours on the Titanic would have been like?

No need to imagine, the U.S.S. United States is going down. All the lifeboats have already been commandeered by the One Percent.

The following excerpt from Chris Hedges’ latest exposition is powerfully written:

The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask the real work of the crew, which is systematically robbing the passengers as the vessel goes down. The mandarins of power stand in the wheelhouse barking ridiculous orders and seeing how fast they can gun the engines. They fight like children over the ship’s wheel as the vessel heads full speed into a giant ice field. They wander the decks giving pompous speeches. They shout that the SS America is the greatest ship ever built. They insist that it has the most advanced technology and embodies the highest virtues. And then, with abrupt and unexpected fury, down we will go into the frigid waters.

The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. So did the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Men and women of stunning mediocrity and depravity led the monarchies of Europe and Russia on the eve of World War I. And America has, in its own decline, offered up its share of weaklings, dolts and morons to steer it to destruction. A nation that was still rooted in reality would never glorify charlatans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, House Speaker John Boehner and former Speaker Newt Gingrich as they pollute the airwaves. If we had any idea what was really happening to us we would have turned in fury against Barack Obama, whose signature legacy will be utter capitulation to the demands of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex and the security and surveillance state. We would have rallied behind those few, such as Ralph Nader, who denounced a monetary system based on gambling and the endless printing of money and condemned the willful wrecking of the ecosystem. We would have mutinied. We would have turned the ship back.

See the complete article http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_folly_of_empire_20131014