Of the erosion of international norms of war and the Western commitment to them

For the last five years we’ve been bombarded by story after story of Trump being a secret Russian agent directed personally by Vladimir Putin, while the Russians are portrayed as being particularly villainous.

Why, dear reader, do you think that is?

I believe that this propaganda campaign is in direct response to the maneuvers of the Russian military to stymie the US empire in the Ukraine and in Syria. But Russia, as a country free from the clutches of the American empire, would always be targeted. Going further, the deep state that manages US foreign policy, irrespective of parties or personal, attacked Trump with Russia-gate for his declaration to improve relations between the two nuclear armed super-powers.

I like to read. In so doing I try to follow the example of the legendary citizen journalist Izzy Stone. Stone didn’t bother trying to interview government officials or cultivate sources. He simply read official government documents and used his critical thinking to question the official “narrative”. I’m also partial to C. Wright Mills term “crackpot realism” that he used during the first Cold War as a way to describe the insanity of our leaders.

In 2019 a report from the Pentagon centric RAND think-tank, evaluated how to best ‘unbalance and overextend’ Russia. In the end it was clearly aimed at regime change in Russia, or if not otherwise possible, war.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Felbermayr, the president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, was asked by a German radio station about new sanctions the EU might impose on Russia. He is skeptic that those might work because: The aims we have towards Russia are very big. We do not want anything less but regime change in Russia, which is difficult to achieve by economic pressure.

President Biden’s new pick to be the Under-Secretary of the State Department was the author of a very interesting  final report that was presented to Congress in September 2019 by the Syria Study Group: “…The threats the conflict in Syria poses—of terrorism directed against the United States and its allies and partners; of an empowered Iran; of an aggrandized Russia; of large numbers of refugees, displaced persons, and other forms of humanitarian catastrophe; and of the erosion of international norms of war and the Western commitment to them—are sufficiently serious to merit a determined response from the United States. The United States underestimated Russia’s ability to use Syria as an arena for regional influence. Russia’s intervention, beginning in 2015, accomplished its proximate aim—the preservation of the regime in defiance of U.S. calls for Assad to ‘go’—at a relatively low cost. Russia has enhanced its profile and prestige more broadly in the Middle East.

What goes unmentioned in this report is that Russia intervened in both Syria and Crimea as a direct response to US regime change actions. The US, despite its commitment to the “international norms of war”, utilized al Qaeda terrorists in its campaign to oust Syria’s Assad, and neo-Nazi’s in the Ukrainian coup.

Despite this being an open secret, a DC Circuit has ruled that the CIA is under no obligation to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to its involvement with insurgent militias in Syria, overturning a lower court’s previous ruling in favor of a Buzzfeed News reporter seeking such documents.

As Sputnik‘s Morgan Artyukhina clearly outlines, this ruling comes despite the fact that mainstream news outlets have been reporting on the CIA’s activities in Syria for years, and despite a US president having openly tweeted about those activities.

Indeed, it’s public knowledge that the CIA trained, armed and directed these violent jihadists as part of Timber Sycamore. It’s public knowledge that the CIA has a well-documented history of doing extremely evil things. And it’s public knowledge that the US government has long sought control over Syria.

The US empire deploys the military, intelligence agencies and regime-change NGO’s like the National Endowment for Democracy for three main reasons: (1) to forcibly open up countries to foreign investment, (2) to ensure the free flow of natural resources into the hands of multinational corporations, and (3) because war is profitable.

And now the Biden administration, as evidenced by its endless coterie of neocon picks to staff their foreign policy, is demonstrating that they are set to resume the very same evil policies that make a mockery of the their commitment to “international norms of war”.

What’s beyond insane is that this extraordinary contradiction can go unnoticed for years while Washington justifies bombing and dispossessing millions of people in eight countries as “bringing them democracy”.

We are so living in George Orwell’s 1984, where we’ve always been at war with East Asia, while Newspeak limits our ability to think and articulate subversive concepts such as those expressed on this blog.

Hope that doesn’t’t make me a “domestic terrorist”.

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