Detention is torture – WRITTEN BY JULIAN BURNSIDE

David Isaacs has published a compelling piece in the British Medical Journal  titled “Are healthcare professionals working in Australia’s
immigration detention centres condoning torture?”

You can read it here

So this is how the rest of the world sees us.

And don’t forget what we are doing to little children:

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Defend our unions – WRITTEN BY JOHN PASSANT

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Mal Brough, Jamie Briggs, Bronwyn Bishop, Tony Abbott, Craig Thomson, Peter Slipper … Put in the name of your favourite politician. Clearly it is not just one bad apple. It is systemic.

Which leads me to the Trade Union Royal Commission. Unsurprisingly Liberal Party hit man Dyson Heydon delivered the report his political masters wanted. Without much evidence Heydon talks about widespread and deep-seated misconduct by trade union officials. You would think that with all this widespread and deep-seated misconduct the criminal courts would be full of officials charged with various crimes.

They aren’t full of officials because for ruling class toffs like Heydon and Turnbull, and the men who set this witch hunt up, Abbott and Abetz, the very existence of unions is misconduct. Unions undermine the ability of the market (ie capital) to completely screw workers and to allow bosses to make even more profit. They offend the sanctity of the altar of profit.

The TURC and the Australian Federal Police have already tried it on before withJohn Lomax, a union organiser in Canberra with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. In July Lomax was charged with blackmail for doing his job – winning a pay increase for his members. In October the Director of Public Prosecutions offered no evidence (because there was one) to support the charge and the case against Lomax was dismissed.

The Australian Federal Police in Canberra also raided the CFMEU offices on an invalid warrant (Justice Refshauge’s words, not mine) and used the bomb squad to hinder the CFMEU from monitoring, as is its legal right, the actions of the AFP during the raid.  

Then there is the arrest and charging of Victorian CFMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon with blackmail for the ‘crime’ of pressuring Boral in the struggle over safety on Grocon sites. Deaths of course continue on Grocon sites with not one criminal charge against those running the company. It is all about profit before people and criminalising any union activity that challenges that fundamental law of capitalism.

So, tell me again how all this TURC hyperbole and actions are not a carefully orchestrated ruling class attack on unions, in particular one of the few unions that defends its members, the CFMEU?

Even the prize alleged union criminals, Kathy Jackson and Ceser Melham, show the reality of the witch hunt. Jackson of course was a whistle blower whose allegations of union corruption were part of the justification for the Trade Union Royal Commission. In August this year the Federal Court found that Jackson, the Liberals’ union hero, misappropriated $1.4 m in union funds. TURC has recommended she be charged. Now, given the Federal Court in a civil case found she had misappropriated funds, you don’t need a $100 million royal commission to justify the decision to refer her to the police for investigation. Indeed, my guess is the cops are already investigating her, or should be.

Then there is Cesar Melham. Cesar is a Victorian ALP politician but was previously the head of the Australian Workers’ Union in Victoria. He took over from Bill Shorten, the current Labor Party leader. The TURC says ‘he may have committed offences relating to a payment from Cleanevent and an agreement with Thiess John Holland.’ So it referred him to police for investigation. Gee, that $100 million is looking like it is payment for a bit of mud throwing. All that money and all we have is a recommendation Melham be investigated.

Let’s be clear. Neither Melham nor Jackson have been charged. Two years and $100 million has produced what looks like a pup.

As ABC News says, there are some other criminal referrals:

‘Former National Union of Workers NSW secretary Derrick Belan was referred to NSW police, along with his brother Nick and their niece Danielle O’Brien in relation to possible fraud and larceny offences.

‘In addition, new NSW NUW secretary Wayne Meaney was also referred to police regarding the severance terms negotiated with Mr Belan.

‘Other people and corporations referred to police include:

  • Sydney construction industry figure George Alex
  • NSW CFMEU official Darren Greenfield
  • Former Queensland CFMEU boss Dave Hanna
  • AWU (referred to Victorian police over dealings with Cleanevent, Thiess John Holland, ACI Operations, Chiquita Mushrooms, Winslow Constructions and Downer EDI)
  • Former Thiess John Holland manager Julian Rzesniowiecki, in regards to dealings with the AWU over Melbourne’s Eastlink project
  • John Holland Pty Ltd, Chiquita Mushrooms Pty Ltd and Winslow Constructors Pty Ltd over dealings with the AWU’ 
    Notice that three of the dot point referrals are bosses or companies.

    Again, let’s be clear. Referrals are not criminal charges, and they are certainly not convictions. Let’s see if any of these eventuate in charges and then convictions. In the meantime the Turnbull government can run with the story about the ‘criminal organisations’ that are unions, all the way to a March election before the horror Budget in May.

    Most of the referrals appear to be to non-criminal bodies like the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Charities Commission.

    The attack on Cesar Melham and the AWU was part of the wider attack on Bill Shorten and the Labor Party he leads. It is a high risk strategy because if there is a bosses’ union it is surely the AWU. Undermining its control in vital sectors of the economy risks, however slight, the possibility that more militant unions might take over.

    Nothing highlights the toffs’ divorce from the hurley burley of unions fighting the bosses than Heydon’s comment:

    ‘It is clear that in many parts of the world constituted by Australian trade union officials, there is room for louts, thugs, bullies, thieves, perjurers, those who threaten violence, errant fiduciaries and organisers of boycotts.’

    This is the born to rule attitude. Unions offend me and the natural order of capitalism. They are bad per se. We may not be able to specifically criminalise union membership – the good old days of William Pitt and the Combination Acts are gone forever – but we will throw half truths, innuendo and other scuttlebutt to paint a picture of union corruption and criminality which has no relation to reality.

    But that is the whole point of the Royal Commission – to paint unions as bad in and of themselves and further restrict their capacity to win wage increases, defend jobs and protect life and limb at work. If the government can get away with using TURC as the springboard to further emasculate the union movement then Workchoices will seem a picnic compared to what the ruling class will have in store for workers. Kiss goodbye to penalty rates, and welcome longer unpaid hours, more deaths and serious injuries at work, more job insecurity, individual contracts and massive cuts to the social wage.

    Heydon’s TURC may force some unions to fight. The recommendations threaten the existence not just of particular trade union bureaucrats but perhaps of the trade union bureaucracy as the retailer of labour power. Given the 30 years of class collaboration by the trade union leadership, most of them are unlikely let alone capable of organising or leading a fightback. It will be up to union members and the more left wing leaders to do that.

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Now The Bad News – WRITTEN BY BOB ELLIS

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Malcolm’s fabled bad luck continues. A Minister he didn’t want in the first place, Jaime Briggs, was forced to resign after admitting to having groped in ‘a crowded bar in Hong Kong’ an attractive female staffer. A second Minister, Mal Brough, whom Malcolm had resolutely defended for years of his having been charged with the sexual harassment of a male staffer, James Ashby, resigned, or ‘stood aside’ also.

This follows days of ‘only the good news’ reports of bushfires and floods and an ‘exciting time to be Australian’ by a blithe and beaming Prime Minister; and calls for Tony Abbott to return to his Ministry, or Barnaby Joyce to replace Mal Brough and then, as Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss.

One shouldn’t get too over-excited by this. A Minister groping a female staffer is as old, as news, as John Gorton and Ainslie Gotto. A Minister covering this up as old as Ben Chifley and Phyllis Donnelly. A Minister loyal to his friend, or staffer, as old as Petrov, or Fergin O’Sullivan. All that is different this time is how quickly it has all occurred.

What can the ‘virtuous’ Turnbull do about it? Can he let Abbott back in the tent? Unlikely. Can he praise Dyson Heydon for his righteous exposure of thye union rorter Shorten? It’s doubtful. He can be loyal, as Abbott was with Credlin and Loughnane. He can stick to the plan, altogether, and look a fucking fool. Can he demand that Shorten resign his position, as he did, once, of Rudd and Swan over UteGate? Unwise. He may be in big trouble, altogether, now as he was then.

This is a government of criminal tendency, and it will soon be known to be like that, and on its way down, with Turnbull, his chute in flames, plunging after it.

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THE VIEW FROM THE BALCONY IN DAMASCUS; HOW TO DEAL NOW WITH THE ENEMY’S RAMPANT FAILURES – WRITTEN BY ZIAD FADEL

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VLAD THE MANIPULATOR

This year was marked by a signal event which changed the whole character of the Syrian conflict.  For months, the president of Syria and his advisers were engaged in heated discussion about how to turn the tide of the battle which was entering its 5th year without any seeming light at the end of the tunnel.  As I have written before, Syrian Ba’athists, like all Arab nationalists, have a shared hostility toward foreign interventions, or worse, occupations, no matter how amiable the intervener might be.  But, all other things being equal, this war could drag on forever, as the Americans and British clearly wanted, with no winner on the ground and the country split into de facto cantons or principalities reminiscent of 18th Century Italy.  The objective for the West was to block the rise of Iran as a regional power stretching all the way to the Mediterranean via the planned natural gas pipeline crossing Iraq to Syria’s coast whose ancillary result was to render Qatar, an American puppet state,  into nothing more than a mild infection on the buttocks of an old camel.  For the Zionist State, there was more than mere Iranian power emerging on the stage; there was the issue of the technological monopoly the counterfeit apartheid state had planned to impose on the region which was now being challenged by a resilient Iran with capabilities far outstripping the Lilliputian dreams of these contemptible settlers from Eastern Europe.

The signal event was Russia’s entry into the war in Syria.  And there was more to this than merely sending bombers and advisers to help the Syrian Army.  For years, Russia had withheld crucial satellite and human intelligence from the Syrian high command for the simple reason that Russia wanted desperately to wrangle openly with Western machinations in Syria in order to send the message, which Vladimir Putin wanted to convey, especially to Obama, whom he despised perhaps more than Boris Yeltsin, that Russia was going to protect its turf wherever that may be on this earth; and that Russia would no longer be a willing partner to the mayhem which befell Libya after Britain, France and the U.S. snookered the world by using an S.C. resolution, meant to merely protect civilians, as a tool to effect total “regime change”.  Russian fury over this event in Libya has not been properly studied, and, it may never be a subject of study, given President Putin’s own background as a KGB officer in East Germany,  an agency notorious for its cult of secrecy in a country blacked out to the rest of the world by Markus Wolf, head of the STASI, who was even more secretive than Putin.

The reason why Russia did not share such intelligence with the Syrian Army was linked to Russia’s plans to expand into the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.  If the Syrians were not willing to entertain an overture for a deeper strategic relationship, then, Russia would withhold these benefits until their minds would change.  In Putin’s way of thinking, why should the Syrians deny to Russia, an ally for decades, the selfsame emoluments enjoyed by the United States in Qatar, Kuwait, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia?  If the Syrians are serious about a full strategic relationship, they had to offer more than letters of encouragement, pleas for credit or photo-ops.  Putin is quite serious about this.  The Syrians would have to accept a long-term Russian presence in their country in the shape of expanded port facilities and significantly enlarged air and ground bases.  Syrians would have to consider sloughing off some of their irrational nationalistic apprehensions in favor of gaining the full trust of the Russian Federation.  Dr. Assad and his Ba’athist counselors eventually buckled and came around to Putin’s way of thinking.

The robust Russian appearance has caused the United States to rethink what it was doing in the region.  This writer, by no means, is suggesting that Secretary Kerry’s recent agreeableness on the diplomatic stage with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, evinces a departure from the malignant schemes of the entrenched neo-conservative fifth column on the East Coast – to the contrary – nothing has changed but the methodology of achieving ends consistent with the desire to blunt Iranian power; to satisfy Zionism’s technological bloodlust; to assuage the hurt feelings of the Saudi Wahhabist vultures who (as I have written before) fear Persia’s dynamism more than they fear their shabby excuse for a god;  and to preserve American control over a Europe which may become increasingly dependent for fuel on the East to the detriment of American hegemonism.

Once Foreign Minister Waleed Al-Mu’allim was tasked with inaugurating this new age of cooperation, and no sooner than the ink had been applied to the treaties which would bind Syria’s future to that of Russia, than the Russians unloaded the prize which was to alter the course of events which would bloody the noses of the deceitful, hypocritical and criminal mass murderer in the White House and his cabal of nihilistic Zionist pettifoggers.  Today, Syria has access to the rich butterfat of Russian intelligence which includes satellite images on the battlefield and Russia’s century-old network of carefully planted human resources.  What this means is American failure is at its most blatant – so blatant in fact, the left-leaning Western Media won’t even hint at it.

HOW THE SYRIAN CONFLICT IS SHAPING UP (THE ACTORS) 

The Syrian Army today is much more powerful than it has ever been.  The arrival of first-class Russian and Iranian equipment and technology has had a salubrious effect on army morale with attendant improvement in recruitment opportunities.  With over 20,000 Iranian-trained fighters positioned in the coastal mountains whose purpose is known to be dedicated to eventually liberating Idlib Province, and with over 150,000 members of the Popular Defense Committees (NDF) who are made up of thousands of reserve officers, tens of thousands of superbly trained Hizbollah commandos,  and with over 10,000 Palestinian fighters within this core force – not to mention tribal groups now fighting with the SAA in the east, the Syrian military is capable of fielding a force of over 500,000 men and women in uniform.  This is not what the American, Zionist, Saudi, British, French and Turk planners expected.  Robert Ford, one of the architects of America’s disastrous policy, thought that the Syrian Army would collapse early on and turn against the Ba’ath government of Dr. Assad.  He banked on this.  Why, he paraded his stupidity around Syria by openly visiting traitors and various forms microbes in Hama and Homs, accompanied by his Gallic soul-mate, the hapless and corruptible Eric Chevalier, whose only saving grace was his penchant for fine wines.  Ford’s mistakes are some of the most humiliating in the history of the 21st Century.   And, yet, despite all that, known and suspected, the American government, under the leadership of Barack Obama, persists in prosecuting a foreign policy of abject failure and nightmarish incompetence.  Stuck to the Saudi Arabians, the Americans and Zionist Neo-Cons, are doomed to play out their dismal black comedy on a barren stage in a wilderness created by Samuel Beckett.

The power of the Syrian Army is linked tightly to the obdurate support it gets from Iran.  With a government in Baghdad that tacitly, but decisively, favors the continuation of the Syrian Ba’ath administration in Damascus, Iran consistently guarantees itself the access routes it needs for its natural gas pipeline to the Mediterranean and its military assistance to Syria’s army and Hizbollah.  Iran’s formidable domestic industrial capabilities make it a reliable ally on every level.  Iran’s money, its military industries, its technology have made it the pillar upon which the Syrian Army can rely in its war to rid the nation of the stench of Anglo-American-Zionist-Arabian terrorism.  Iran needs no detailed analysis.  Iran is a Shi’i state committed to the protection of fellow Shi’is across the Fertile Crescent.  It is also most interested in the development of its natural gas capabilities, (it has one of the biggest reserves in the world), and the extension of its influence to Europe.  With Russia as its ally in both military and economic areas, the Iranians have staked out a mammoth arena for the revitalization of their economy and international influence.

Iraq has a largely Sh’i government which shares the concerns of Iran, Syria and Lebanon over the evolution of radical Wahhabist militancy.  Iraq is most cooperative when it comes to the fight against ISIS or Alqaeda or any of the other groups who receive assistance from the Saudi regime.  And so, it is true, also, of Hizbullah, a group intimately linked to Iran’s theocratic government – a group so well-trained and financed that it is called the “special forces” of terrorism by the United States – even though the organization is anything but terroristic – and even though the United States has killed over a million Arabs in its persistent wars of genocide against nations of the Middle East – whilst Hizbollah has mostly killed Zionist soldiers and Saudi-supported savages in the defense of Lebanon and Syria.  There will be no change in the policies of Iraq, Iran and Hizbollah for the foreseeable future.

 

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The exiled Syrian Opposition is exactly that: an opposition barking at the moon.  Oh, they have all the gestures of an opposition – they snarl at the cameras, froth at the mouth, roll their eyeballs, twitch and cringe  – make orotund pronouncements regarding the future of the Syrian president;  they ramp up their rhetoric at every opportunity to give the impression that behind the seemingly flaccid effects of their various conferences in Istanbul, Doha, Riyaadh and Cairo, there is something substantial going on which is ethereal, mystical and incomprehensible which merits consideration, even, awe.  If the truth be told, the exiled Syrian Opposition, call it what you will, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, is an empty bladder.  Even the shifty-eyed American president once described them as a bunch of doctors.  In reality, they are mostly a bunch of felons who struck it rich by scamming the empty-headed Wahhabist Arabians into shelling out moneys on the promise that these effete and craven ne’er-do-wells could deliver the MacGuffin, as Hitchcock used to call it, but, instead, delivered something else, a Golden Fleece, which is exactly what they did to the Arabians – fleeced them.  The names of the various luminaries in this astral cosmos of squelched fantasies are legendary, Ahmad Mu’aadh Al-Khateeb, George “Captain Kangaroo” Sabra, Ghassan “Shitto” Hitto, Burhan “Le Pipe” Ghalioun, Khaled “Mad Turk” Khoja, and the list goes on.  They are all united by one running theme – they are nobody.  Everyone of these hotel-rats would be beheaded if they were ever captured by the one and only opposition which has some credibility on the battlefield, to wit:  the Jihadist cannibals and savages created by none other than the same antagonists we mentioned earlier.  What a circus.

The terrorist groups infesting Syria are many, so many, in fact, they could fill a Yellow Pages for Terrorists.   Their names range between the frightful and the preposterous:  Jabhat Al-Nusra/Alqaeda, ISIS (or ISIL, IS, the Caliphate), Ahraar Al-Shaam Al-Islaamiyya, Jund Al-Shaam, Jund Al-Aqsaa, Free Syrian Army, The Offspring of the Caliph Al-Mustansir, The Offspring of Muhammad, The Front for Struggle Against Western Toiletries, Southern Front for Zionism, and the immortal “The Brigades of Elvis the King”.  It is almost certain that the rubes who concocted this plan did not expect these hundreds of groups, some of which are just mini-Mafias, to proliferate like bacteria in a Petri Dish.  But, they did.  And in so doing, the present state of the “Opposition” on the ground in Syria is pure anarchy.  While the larger groups have, at times, combined their efforts in a coordinated fashion, they, however, spend most of their time plotting against one another; decrying the other’s pontifications; seizing the other’s territory; executing the others’ best officers and, generally, making life impossible for the ordinary Syrian citizen who is expected to believe that fundamentalist Islam has some foundation in a rational world.

One of the consequences of the expansion of Saudi-supported terrorist groups in Syria was to convince the Syrian population that the present government was the best of all possible governments.  The Saudis, Turks, Americans, French and British, the last three being self-congratulating purveyors of Western democratic ideals and snake oil, have made it clear that elections are not the answer to Syria’s problems, because, you see, if such elections are held, Dr. Assad would win hands down no matter who was running against him.  This is not what the Americans, Saudis and Qataris want.  They want Assad out, period, no matter if the entire democratic construct collapses like a pyramid made of toothpicks – which would never bother the Saudis or Qataris since their rule is based on one of the most tyrannical forms of governance known to ape or man.  The British, as I have written before, just want a failed state so that they can rekindle an affair with traditional imperialism, an idee fixe for David Cameron, England’s resident sociopath.  The French, well, they’d like to have their Francophonic subjects back in line to sing the Marseillaise – to expatiate for the sinking of the Jean D’Arc and for the other injuries their former slaves inflicted upon well-meaning French High Commissioners.

Now, the Russians and the Chinese, especially the former, are playing this whole democratic thing to the hilt.  As Pat Buchanan once wrote, Russia has become today’s Byzantium – the protector of Christianity in this world.  But, he also forgot to mention, that by insisting on a democratic resolution to the Syrian conflict, they, the Russians,  were also nominating themselves as the world’s true champions of democracy, diplomacy, sovereignty and pacifism.  When you know your man will win any election, how can you not come across this way?  Vladimir Putin, no stranger to manipulation, has struck pay dirt with this stratagem; leaving the Civilized West looking like an embarrassed clique of sophists huddling together to figure out how to explain the queer glue which binds them to the Saudis and Qataris.

The Germans are the odd man out.  Notwithstanding Angela Merkel’s proven competence in running a complex nation like Germany – she appears too much a Romantic when it comes to her European Union and the NATO Alliance.  She actually seems ignorant when she is confronted with the Syrian conflict.  She first sent over a “Shpionschiffe” which docked in the waters off Southern Turkey in order to monitor the movements of the Syrian Army, and, ergo, to help what was called back then in 2012, “the Syrian Opposition FSA”.  I don’t know what happened to that boat, but, it has fallen off everybody’s radar.  Today, she has ordered withdrawal of the German part of the NATO-provided Patriot Missile batteries from Turkey in what appeared to be a fit of pique.  Then, she manically, sent an aerial radar detection system to the Turks as though it were some consolation prize.  In the meantime, her chief of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, Gerhard Schindler, has been all too accepting of Syrian offers to work in the field of anti-terrorism and there is today a contingent of German BND operatives in Damascus working with Dr. Assad’s security services to improve Berlin’s chances of interdicting terrorist movements to the German Heimat.  The schizo nature of German policy as it relates to Syria only proves how little Berlin has been involved in this region.  The Germans appear to be at sea, all their sheets to the wind.  We must assert this, nonetheless:  Germany’s main interest is in being the first in line to engage Iran in very lucrative business and technological ventures.  This will control how Berlin deals with the Syrian crisis.  Look more and more for German opposition to any more sanctions against Iran, or for that matter, Russia.

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If Cameron of the U.K. is a “sociopath”, then, Turkey’s Erdoghan is certifiably insane.  Some people believe, erroneously, that political leaders don’t allow their personal feelings to influence their decisions.  But, with some leaders who are afflicted with the disease of vainglory, it’s the personal dimension which dominates.  Only the presence of rational beings around him limit his ability to project pure pandemonium into every crevice of Turkish society.  Erdoghan’s madness is best reflected in his membership in the Muslim Brotherhood which is the foundation for his Justice and Development Party – an Islamist political party which is increasingly adopting measures more akin to theocratic systems of governance.  He lashes out at opponents in the media, closes their offices, bans them from the kiosks, arrests them for treason if they reveal his vital relationship to terrorism, chemical weapons and nepotism.  He encourages reversions to backward Islamic traditions and, thus, claims to be a proponent of social liberty – although, if the truth be told, he is trying to take the Turkish Republic back to the darkest of Ottoman times;  he is trying to unravel the legacy of Kemal Mustafa Ataturk, the founder of the secular Turkish Republic.  This maniac, who dreams of the restoration of the Sublime Porte in Istanbul, openly flouts the history books, ignoring the fact that the Ottoman Empire fought 12 wars with Russia and lost every single one of them.  And now, with malice aforethought, planned to shoot down a Russian Sukhoi 24 bomber, which, if it did invade Turk airspace, only did so for no more than a few seconds, and only in order to provoke the Bear.

Erdoghan wants to bring NATO into the conflict in Syria.  He is allied to the Saudi Arabians in that he is obsessed with the longevity of Dr. Assad.  He is willing to ignite a global confrontation between the nuclear powers just so he can be rid of a mild-mannered ophthalmologist whose secular life-style and taste in educated women does not meet his strict demands for the most rigid form of backwardness.  Dr. Assad is a member of the Alawi denomination of Islam, to be sure, and, he is extremely respectful of other religions which makes Erdoghan chafe.  Dr. Assad is not Muslim enough.  He has to be like Erdoghan, a relic of a corroded principle called Ottomanism.

Talk in Turkey of a “no-fly zone”, which never made any sense anyways, is now muffled because of Russia’s domination of the skies over Syria.  Talk of a “safe zone” is also a thing of the past.  With no more space for his bluster, he has shifted his focus to Iraq where his troops have unlawfully invaded the country on the pretense he is fighting ISIS, the same ISIS which is now using Iraqi routes to smuggle stolen Syrian oil and refined gasoline to Turkish middlemen in Turkey!  The terrorists had to find new routes because the Russian and Syrian Air Forces had wiped out hundreds, if not thousands of gasoline tanker trucks which the Turks helped ISIS to find.  That Turkey has negligible fuel resources is well known.  Its dependence on Iranian and Russian gas and oil is hardly a secret.  This madman in Ankara, actually envisioned, like Hitler, a kind of Lebensraum, in which Turkey would expand into both iraq and Syria, to commandeer their natural resources and enslave the people.  If you don’t believe Erdoghan is insane, then, you may be suffering from anosognosia yourself.
But, psychosis, in the face of emptiness is hardly the terrifying condition it is purported to be.  The Arabians of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are afflicted with a disease far more treacherous and pernicious than mere insanity.  They are vacuum-headed plutocrats. Imagine a shrewdness (?) of apes with trillions of dollars at their control, pumping their money into any cause which satisfies their simian tastes.  How much emptiness does it take to consume a fortune based on nothing more than luck?  And how much of a void can add up to something more than an empty zero?  And, yet, that is exactly where they are at.

Saudi Arabia is broke.  It is broke because the House of Saud has been siphoning the nation’s money in order to replenish once-engorged accounts in Western banks.  But, the House of Saud is now almost penniless.  You see, their infatuation with the power of the rial, caused their former “intelligence” supremo, Bandar Bin Sultaan, to travel to Moscow for 2 meetings with Vladimir Putin.  Bandar came with all the power of a state bursting at the seams with money it wanted to use to overthrow the legitimate government of a member state of the U.N.  He offered Vlad money – lots of it.  When Vlad rebuffed him, he returned to Arabia only to reprise his visit when he would openly use his control over Alqaeda to threaten the Russian Olympic games in Socchi.  Vlad was not impressed at all, but, he would, nonetheless, conceal his contempt for this ape’s willingness to blackmail the leader of one of the world’s great nuclear powers.

Apes just don’t get, do they?  After Bandar’s fall from grace,  the Deputy Heir Apparent to the Throne of the Simian Kingdom and its Minister of Defense, Prince Muhammad bin Salmaan, also visited Vlad in Moscow in 2015 with another offer to buy Russian betrayal of Dr. Assad.  He offered huge amounts of loot which Vlad knew the Saudis no longer had.  He sent the prince back empty-handed.  However, to prove my point about the emptiness of the Arabian brain, the Saudis began a campaign to punish the Russians by driving the price of oil down to a level which they, in their mindless ways, thought would pressure Moscow into dumping Dr. Assad.  It didn’t work because the Russian economy is not solely based on oil.  Russia is an industrialized nation.  But, what happened instead was the bankruptcy of the kingdom.  They bit off their beaked noses to spite their own face.

Then, the Saudis did the unthinkable:  they invaded Yemen, a nation which, like Afghanistan, is viewed uniformly as the graveyard of conquerors.  If the Romans with all their grandeur, the Mamelukes, the Byzantines, the Ottomans and the British could not conquer it, how would the Saudis with their fake army and phantom equipment?  Why did the Saudis need a coalition to beat back some scruffy mountaineers?  Why did they implore Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco, the UAE and the Sudan to come to their rescue?  Why, after 9 months, have the Saudis accomplished nothing but murdering wedding party attendees?  Why, after 4 years of the Syrian mess do the Saudis continue to finance terrorism by dipping into the personal accounts of the “royal family”?  Why are the members of the royal family leaving royal Arabia?

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No discussion of mindlessness would be complete without an evaluation of Qatar’s frenetic foreign policy.  I rarely become vicariously embarrassed by the conduct of others unless it is so lacking in grace, poise and finesse that I cannot help but imagine my own humiliation as I am secretly filmed desecrating my personal existence.  A meeting of select members of the Arab League took place in Cairo in 2013.  The then-reigning Foreign Minister of Qatar, Shaykh Hamad bin Jaassem `Aali Al-Thaani (seen in the photo on the left with some Zionist Ghetto grub) stormed late into the meeting, all dressed in the same linens between which he slept the night before, and without even saying `hello’ screamed out about Dr. Assad:  “He must resign!”.  (Laazim yastageel!) Gee Whizz.  I mean, where did this guy learn his decorum? Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, these rabid weasels have been financing terrorism and proving their own connections to it by conveniently appearing during times of hostage crises to save the day through some form of preternatural knowledge.

A small country with a negligible population of indigenous apes, its real inhabitants are mostly foreigners who have come to work for subsistence wages only to live in cages designed for feral beasts.  The Al-Thaani family, like its cousins in the House of Saud, steal everything they can while leaving just enough morsels to keep their dipsomanic population satiated on dates, bananas, gin and porno movies.  Fearing a cataclysm of poverty after the Iranian oil gas line successfully reaches Syria,  the Qatari royals have already begun packing their bags in anticipation of the rage that will inundate their foreign-designed high-rises and skyscrapers built over the bodies of Filipino and Bangladeshi unfortunates who, through destitution, were forced to work for a race hardly worthy enough to shovel their human droppings.

And talk about small countries.  The Zionist Entity, (ZOC), a creation of the British, populated by Eastern European Jews drunk on tall tales of a deity who deals in real estate with the reckless abandon of a Greek God; positively pixilated by stories of sacred origins, of building pyramids in Egypt, of exile to Mesopotamia and all the other fatuous myths linking them to slovenly, disheveled males with a direct line to Jehovah, he, himself,  being a creation of sun-stroked Canaanites  living on the land of Southern Syria for a time, then, tossed out by the Emperor Titus only to return 2,000 years later in their Slavic incarnation, with their Khazar/Ukrainian DNA,  to play a game of “pin the tail on the Palestinians” – a Nazi improvisation no different than Jew-baiting.

And today, advertising their special genius, the anti-terrorist Zionists are sudden hoteliers for terrorists.  They provide Alqaeda with hospital care only to send the patient back to fight the good fight against secular Dr. Assad.  Since the Saudi allies control these terrorists, there is nothing to fear.  It’s the ones not controlled by the Saudis who are to be vilified, denied the comforts of Jewish clinics and quacks.  If Saudi Arabia says its okay to help Alqaeda, it must be just fine.  And so, the Zionists continue to provide haven, medical care, logistics, weapons and advice to the same monsters who devastated the Twin Towers in New York, Judaism’s second major holy site next to Jerusalem.  It is any wonder this apartheid state must be annihilated?

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Our discussion of the situation in Syria has to address the role of the Kurds and the media.  These actors are like the proverbial elephant in the living room.  The Kurds have no real program other than an ideal which resembles that of the moderate Palestinians: they want a state of their own, however, across the north of Iraq to the north of Syria and, maybe, a part of southeastern Turkey.  The latter seems to be a non-starter and they might be happy with some kind of “self-governance” or “semi-autonomy” in that corner of Erdoghan’s Ottoman Otherworld.  In northern Syria, which concerns this writer, the PKK or the Kurdish Workers Party, a communist-inspired movement enjoys some cooperation with Damascus.  It is certain that the SAA delivers weapons to the PKK, although, it appears that many parties are vying for their fealty.  The United States tries hard to depict the Kurds as the “only” force which is fighting the Islamic State, although, as we all know the Americans are lying, as usual.

If American policy in Syria is to create mini-states which can be easily controlled through financial incentives courtesy of Washington D.C., the PKK has turned up as the most enticing object of American largesse.  The very fact that the Kurds seek a state of their own and are willing to fight for it makes them an ideal candidate for U.S. manipulation and empty promises.  I have discussed this matter before, but, I’ll repeat it, again and again, if necessary: The U.S. is intent on blocking the gas pipeline from Iran to Syria for the reasons I have set out ad nauseam.  If it has to be ISIS, then, to the U.S., so be it and the U.S. will continue to balance the existence of that terrorist organization against the secular government of Dr. Assad.  If it has to be the Kurds, who will police the territory under which or over which the pipeline has to extend, then, so be it.  It makes no difference to the U.S.  It’s the fact that an intractable, immovable obstacle is put in place to stop the pipeline.  And the more nominees for this role, the merrier.

The PKK is fully aware of the fact that the U.S. and other Western states view it as a terrorist organization and the few hints we get about the direction of that organization is that its leadership is cognizant of the cynical approach the U.S. is taking.  Add to that the fact that the U.S. is loath to alienate the Turkish regime and you have the Kurds of the PKK approaching American generosity with much circumspection.  Nobody likes to be manipulated for ends which don’t fit in with his or her ideals.  The Kurds are no different.  What also rankles the Kurds is the fact that Erdoghan is openly attacking them in their Syrian territory and the Americans don’t seem to be able to make the Turkish tyrant stop.  Moreover, the Kurds know the Syrians better than they know the Americans.  There is comfort in familiarity and a shared history.  The Kurds appear to be Hamlet in this play.  However, they have to make a final decision and it looks like they are leaning to Damascus.

Now, we are at the end of our list of actors in this violent tragedy so filled with the tartness and irreverence of a humour noir.  It started out with the Mainstream Media in the West curiously synchronizing its reportage with exactly what the Department of State and the British Foreign Office were hawking to the world.  I don’t’ need to repeat to my educated readers the kind of terms the MSM used and how it tried to manipulate opinion in the West while terrorizing our people in the East.  I don’t need to add anything about how the MSM protected murderous terrorists by ignoring their true nature and referring to them as “rebels”, or the fact that the MSM refused to tell its audiences that over one half of the killers were foreigners from over 90 different countries, all financed by the Stone Age regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The MSM, inadvertently created an Alternative Media – people who were committed to telling the truth and alerting audiences to programmatic lying in the discredited world of journalism.  We were websites like Global Research, Activistpost, MoonofAlabama, Pennyforyourthoughts, Almasdarnews, The Saker, and the list is long.  There were writers like Pepe Escobar, Tony Cartalucci, Michel Chossoudovsky, ‘Abdul-B aari ‘Atwaan, Dr. Rick Staggenborg, Ron Paul, even Pat Buchanan, all of whom contributed to enlightening Western audiences about the truth.  There were courageous and knowledgeable American politicians like Senators Richard Black and Tulsi Gabbard. We owe to them the gratitude of millions whom, if the AM did not exist, would be skulking about in a twilight world with rank villains like Obama and Cameron tripping them into the abyss.   The way it looks now,  it appears the MSM has been defeated in the U.S., England and France.  Italian media are becoming increasingly vocal in their support of the Syrian people and the government.  German news sources are viewed uniformly in Germany as yellow rags, disgraced by best-selling tell-all books revealing the lies they purvey to a very suspecting public.  For the MSM, it’s over.

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT OPTIMISM IS CONTAGIOUS

Dr. Assad looks around at all the actors only to see pure anarchy infecting his enemies.  All the while, he pursues the endgame to its logical conclusion: victory for the Syrian people.  I feel it coming.  Dr.Assad has announced through his spokeswoman, Dr. Buthayna Sha’abaan, that his country would be participating in the talks in Geneva sometime in January.  Stefan DeMysterious, another Western patrician assigned to the “tilting-at-windmills” portfolio, is helping to put together a credible opposition to negotiate the future of Syria.  With such a cast of characters, how can we doubt the success of the talks?  With such a cast of characters, why even go?  EXEUNT.

ZIAD     

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

We have discussed Dr. Assad’s durability before.  Here is an article which lays it out quite plainly:

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151227/1032363093/syria-assad-coup.html

Adam Baum sends this interview with Senator Richard Black about Turkey’s relationship to ISIS:

https://twitter.com/Adam1Baum/status/681445868638191616?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&sig=1f06b414173210f16cbf98eeb36e08c5948ce3b7&al=1&refsrc=email&iid=6cc45abaad1b4b1d988f8073fe1af2ab&autoactions=1451313008&uid=1179929389&nid=244+590

Did John McCain meet with Al-Baghdaadi?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/did-john-mccain-meet-with-abu-bakral-baghdadi-the-alleged-head-of-the-islamic-state-isis-isil-daesh/5498177

Brandon chronicles the Christmas misery of Erdoghan and his miserable family:

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/12/captured-daesh-fighter-reveals-turkeys-connection-to-isis-predicts-new-911.html

Don’t ever say Alabamans are uninformed.  Analysis of Russia’s non-quagmire in Syria and American fantasies:

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2015/12/russias-quagmire-in-syria-turns-out-to-be-a-well-designed-campaign.html

THE VIEW FROM THE BALCONY IN DAMASCUS; HOW TO DEAL NOW WITH THE ENEMY’S RAMPANT FAILURES by Ziad Fadel

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Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh urged increased Islamic cooperation against Daesh, claiming that the militant group was a “part of the Israeli army.” – WRITTEN BY SPUTNIK NEWS

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The Mufti’s statements followed remarks attributed to secretive Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a 24-minute audio recording released last week. In the recording Al-Baghdadi called the new Saudi-led alliance a US ‘puppy’ and threatened to turn Israel into a “graveyard,” saying Daesh has “not forgotten Palestine for a single moment.”

During a telephone interview with the Saudi Gazette, Al Sheikh spoke in support of an Islamic anti-terrorism military alliance and vowed to defeat the Daesh extremists, claiming that the actions of the violent religious group are heretical and un-Islamic.

“They cannot be considered as followers of Islam,” he said. “Rather, they are an extension of Kharijites, who rose in revolt against the Islamic caliphate for the first time by labeling Muslims as infidels and permitting their bloodletting.”

As for al Baghdadi’s pledge to attack Israel, the 72-year old Al Sheikh said that it was a lie and that Daesh jihadists were part of Israeli army.

“Actually Daesh is part of the Israeli soldiers,” he stated, asserting an alliance between the Israeli army and Daesh militants.

The pronouncements by both Al Sheikh and al-Baghdadi make it obvious that Israel remains a politically charged issue in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia on December 15 announced the formation of a coalition to counter terrorism, created by Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Muhammed bin Salman. Member states include Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and several African states.

 
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BUSTED: Fake Info in German Putin Film Could Explode into Major Scandal – WRITTEN BY ENRICO BRAUN ( RUSSIA INSIDER )

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Russia is charging that the biggest German channel ZDF hired actors to portray separatist soldiers, allegedly paid by Russia, in a major documentary film about Putin which was released a week ago.

Enrico Braun 

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This is absolutely astounding
Just when you thought the Russophobic propaganda put out by Western mainstream media couldn’t possibly get any worse or more hysterically absurd, German state-run US-sponsored TV channel ZDF has exceeded all bounds.

Not satisfied with the truth of what’s really happening in Ukraine’s war-torn Donbass region, they decided to hire actors to show exactly what they wanted their audience to believe about Russia’s supposed involvement. Or at least that is what Russia’s channel 1 is charging in an explosive expose that verges on the unbelievable.

If true, the allegations are sure to set off an uproar in Germany, where crassly dishonest reporting about Russia coming out of the main media companies has become a national scandal and a serious political liability for Angela Merkel, who many observers say is about to lose power due to a series of missteps over the last several months. This could be the final nail in her political coffin.

ZDF immediately put out a statement denying the allegations, but the Russian case appears so conclusive it is hard to see how it could be otherwise than what the Russians are charging.

Most major television stations are taxpayer funded in Germany, and 100% owned by the government, and Germans are famously finicky about following “the rules”, so this is sure to be a major bruhaha, ending up with who knows what.

See Rossiya 1’s exposé of this disgraceful farce for yourself.

It is truly extraordinary.

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Untold history of Finland: Fascist origins, Russophobia and today’s anti-Muslim hysteria   – WRITTEN BY SEPPO ILMARINEN

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Finnish Volunteer Battalion of the Waffen-SS (5. SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking”) in Tampere, Finland, 1943

The pen has been used to fix what the sword has ripped to shreds in our history.

– J.K Paasikivi

Every state that participated in the Second World War has written its history in support of national unity, with its narratives eliminating certain facts and emphasizing silence over controversial and ‘unpleasant things’. This has resulted in the patriotic, religious and quasi-scientific mythologization of war events, and fomented a hysterical attitude towards anyone who disagrees with the official narratives. Today we are in a situation where those unpleasant things are unconsciously avoided because openly confronting them causes fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

A specific interpretation of history, in which absolute evil and blame for the war is projected onto the adversary, even decades later, becomes, for most people, ‘how it was always so’. Conversely, ‘absolute good’ is measured by good deeds on behalf of the constituted authorities of the motherland, and done in the name of liberal-individualist ‘freedom and democracy’. Such a black-and-white ‘division of values’ has no place for self-criticism, compassion/forgiveness, or openness to new ideas.

In Finland, we have been so strongly raised (conditioned) in this “patriotic” (i.e. non-questioning) way that even the slightest hint that our war-time leaders bear some responsibility for the war invites accusations of heresy and evokes strong emotional resistance in most, along with pronounced cognitive dissonance.

Selective memory theories and the Separate War Thesis

Finnish historian Heikki Ylikangas wrote, in Mitä on historia – ja millaista sen tutkiminen (‘What is history and how is it researched’), about the factors hindering renewal of historical narratives, not least the control of research by policy-makers. Commenting on the 1939-1940 Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland, he wrote:

Even today, contemporary policy-makers limit the picture of the political background behind the Winter War. The hand of the clock that measures the progress of research on this issue is stuck in place. It is stuck at the point where Tanner, Ryti and Mannerheim penned their words on the matter. From the perspective of historical research by the amateurs of like mind in this field, and from the point of view of strongly biased people in legal research, a historical picture of the political background of the Winter War was constructed, which continues to be almost fully in force.

This is a very common problem in the writing of history. The closer the personal ties historians have with a topic, the more critical we should be about what they say. A classic example is the great effect Cicero and his writings have had in shaping today’s perception of Julius Caesar: Many historians have ignored the fact that they were political rivals, which makes Cicero a very questionable source when building an objective portrait of Caesar. Ask yourself, would future societies get a realistic description of Russian President Vladimir Putin by only using American politicians and Western media as sources, or the fifth column of Russian ‘opposition’ leaders?

With this in mind, let us examine a generally accepted historical narrative from the Second World War: the Finnish ‘Separate War Thesis’ (Erillissotateesi). Finland and Nazi Germany fought together against the Soviet Union. In Finland this war is called The Continuation War (Jatkosota), which commenced in the summer of 1941, after the Winter War had ended. This invasion formed part of Operation Barbarossa on the Eastern Front, which set the course of the Second World War between the Axis and Allied powers.

Barbarossa comprised the largest ever series of battles. The Nazis, approximately 4 million strong and spread from Finland to Romania, stormed towards the Soviet Union. In Russia, this war is remembered as the Great Patriotic War. By enduring attempts to conquer Leningrad (in which Finland participated indirectly through Operation Brazil), Moscow and Stalingrad, the Soviet Union suffered gargantuan losses (27 million Russians were killed) but finally managed to crush Nazi Germany. Germany’s defeat became clear at the end of the Battle of Stalingrad in February 1943. Two years later, Germany finally surrendered. Meanwhile, Germany’s allies began rewriting their history.

When catastrophic defeat on the Eastern Front was becoming increasingly clear, Erillissotateesi or ‘The Separate War Thesis’ was invented to help the Finnish government distance itself from Germany. A biased and politically-distorted interpretation of events, the Separate War Thesis sought to prove that the German and Finnish wars against the Soviet Union were separate and independent of each other within the Second World War as a whole. While this thesis is today, more or less, abandoned by most academic researchers and experts, political rhetoric and public opinion relies on them more strongly than ever. Professor Markku Jokisipilä wrote in his book Sodan totuudet (‘Truths of War’):

During the last 15 years a constantly intensified effort to make Finland’s war years 100 percent right and of high moral standards has produced an almost monolithic, unrealistic and positive picture. Even the grey area of international politics is no longer recognized in this picture at all, not to mention a dark side. As Professor Henrik Meinander has stated, “it is almost as if the collapse of the Soviet Union has released the Finnish people from considering the war years self-critically.”

Lack of self-criticism is clearly reflected in poll-results. For example, according to the Continuation War survey conducted by MTV News, 61% of Finns felt that Finland had been in a “Separate War” and only 16% considered Finland and Nazi Germany to have been allies. Among Finns, therefore, there is a crushing single-mindedness that Finland was not an ally of Germany, but rather a state that participated in a ‘separate war’. Why is that, even though the facts are there for all to see? The researchers interviewed by MTV said:

The popularity of this so-called Separate War Thesis, according to Finnish historian Jenni Kirves, stems from the teaching of history. It has been based on a separate war and this is very deeply entrenched in the Finnish mind. After the war, shame followed when the reality of Hitler’s Germany dawned on the general public. It seems repulsive to think that the Finns would have been an ally of Nazi Germany. After the Second World War, with Germany’s defeat and the revealing of the Third Reich’s atrocities, Germany’s reputation collapsed.

So the ‘Separate War Thesis’ basically quibbles that Finland de jure was not allied with Nazi Germany, and has proven to be one of Finland’s coping mechanisms for ending up on the wrong side of history. It has also given meaning to the absurdity of war, placing emphasis on Finland’s “lack of real options”, as it was “between a rock and a hard place”. It is true that Finland was (and still is) in a very awkward position geopolitically, hampering its pursuit of neutrality in relation to Russia. Nevertheless, the Finnish leadership made choices that, when viewed retrospectively, weakens confidence in its claim to have preferred a policy of neutrality. There were also ideological reasons for aligning with Hitler; the extreme right in Finland resonated strongly with Nazi Germany.

There is no escaping the fact that Germany attacked Russia through Finland, and delivered war materiel to the invading troops, and was therefore ade facto ally. Among the former Axis states seeking to clean their reputation, Finland is not exceptional in this regard. Each of Germany’s partners have distanced themselves from the Third Reich’s atrocities.

A younger generation of scholars have revealed a lot of new information about the relationship between Finland and Nazi Germany. Researcher Oula Silvennoinen has called for the complete rejection of the Separate War Thesis, arguing at the Presidential Forum organized by the President of Finland Tarja Halonen that the security services in both countries co-operated to a much stronger degree than previously thought:

The Einsatzkommando Finnland‘s most important task was the implementation of ideological cleansing in Murmansk, guidelines for which had been agreed with the [Finnish] State Police. Since progress in the northernmost part of the Eastern Front remained modest, Einsatzkommando Finnland’s main task consisted of sifting out ideological and racial enemies from among the prisoners of war. The State Police, in conjunction with the German Security Police, also made preparations for the invasion of Leningrad. This joint security operation meant the search for, and destruction of, active communists, council officers, members of the educated class and Jews.

There was another key Finnish part played in this dark drama. Management of Prisoner of War Prison Camp Number 3 in Ruokolahti collected ‘suspected active Communist prisoners of war’ from other Finnish POW camps. By autumn 1942, the department in tasked with prisoner transfers had delivered a total of 520 suspects into the hands of Einsatzkommando Finnland. All surviving sources suggest that the fate of these prisoners was a quick execution.

The Finnish security services did not engage in a ‘Separate War’, but rather in an ideological war of exterminationalongside Nazi Germany. The basis of cooperation was radical anti-Communism. Through the Finns, Jewish prisoners of war also ended up in the hands of Einsatzkommando Finnland.

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“Finland was not an ally, but had a separate war”

The Finnish military leadership had ideological connections – and contacts – with Nazi Germany, through the German education system and comradeship stemming from Germany’s involvement in the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Bolshevism served as a unifying ideological enemy. Additionally, cultural and academic leaders like V.A. Koskenniemi, Yrjö Kilpinen, Olavi Paavolainen, Maila Talvio, Heikki Klemetti, Rolf Nevanlinna, Emil Öhmann, Mika Waltari, Jalmari Jäntti, Wäinö Aaltonen, Eino Jutikkala, Bernhard Wuolle and Kaarle Sanfrid Laurila were strongly pro-German. InKolmannen valtakunnan vieraat (‘Guests of the Third Reich’), Markku Jokisipilä and Janne Könönen list Finnish leaders that were under the sphere of German influence, not least among them C.G.E Marshal Mannerheim:

When considering who was the main driving force behind foreign policy in Finland, Marshal Mannerheim stands above all others. He was, as a foreign policy leader, many times weightier an actor in his formal position than the chairman of the defense council. His opinions were closely listened to in military and right-wing circles, and also by those in government and the foreign ministry.Not even in the 1930s would it have been possible for the government to conduct foreign policy that Mannerheim would have objected to, nevermind during the war years. In the 1930s, Mannerheim gave his support to German-mindedness by, for example, participating in the 1918 Finnish-German ‘brothers-in-arms’ memorial ceremonies, regularly going to the German embassy, discussing with major German visitors to the country, as well as maintaining his own personal relationships with German officials – above all, with Hermann Goering. Most importantly, his extensive ‘covet’ military-security network was allowed to pursue its own pro-German diplomacy, which often competed with the public government position.

Mannerheim probably was not, however, a genuine Nazi, nor a Hitler sympathizer, but rather a cold tactician, who chose the best path of self-interest. In a letter he wrote to his sister, Eva Mannerheim, in 1939, he describes how the peoples of Europe have been made slaves of the Third Reich, and that “we complained about Russian repression here and are angry about it, but it is only child’s play compared to Adolf’s, his chief Himmler and their helpers. We are facing the end of the world.” His realization came too late to do anything about it. Just a few years earlier, Mannerheim had said of Hitler that “it is always nice to see a man, who puts acts before speaking rather than wasting his time on fruitless conferences“.

Mannerheim gave different versions of his motives to different people, depending on their position and the direction unfolding events took. It seems that he played ‘multi-board chess’, wanting to keep Finland’s options open. One of Mannerheim’s motives can be clearly highlighted; the desire to fight for “White Russia”, that is, on behalf of the old empire. He strongly despised Bolshevism. In a speech he gave in 1920 following the White Guards’ liberation of Tampere and Rautu, Mannerheim described the Finnish Civil War as a struggle between absolute good and evil:

White Guards! Old Medes tales tell of the battle between Ormuzd, the god of light, and Ahriman, the god of darkness. When Ormuzd gives sunshine and rain, so Ahriman brings darkness and frost, as well as the desert winds. When Ormuzd tries to protect the people and lead them to the path of truth and purity, so Ahriman lies in wait for a chance to seduce them to the path of human debauchery and falsehood. This battle between light and darkness is as old as mankind.

When you achieved victory in Tampere through bloody sacrifice two years ago, it was not only a great victory, but also a resolution of fighting between two world views. When you you fought on behalf of religion, the fatherland and home, religion was used as an unheard of object of ridicule and reproach from the side of your adversary, who does not recognize the fatherland, and not even home. When you attempt to gather all the citizens for common work for the benefit of the beloved fatherland, then the other side instigates hatred between different ethnic groups. When you consider having a job as a blessing, your adversary considers it a crime.These two world views can not agree, a bridge cannot be built between them.

In Mein Kampf, Hitler also identified Bolshevism as the ideological enemy of Germany, so the two leaders clearly shared a common enemy. Early Bolshevik Russia was certainly a horror story in itself, and Finland’s birth as an independent nation during that turmoil could only happen thanks to imperial Germany. But by later aligning Finland with Nazi Germany, was Mannerheim blinded by the earlier ideological confrontation with Bolshevism?

Be that as it may, time has treated the public image of Mannerheim exceptionally (and maybe even suspiciously) well; he has been made a mythical, superhuman character in Finnish history, which is why examining Mannerheim’s actions and motives from a critical point of view is considered, to this day, to be a somewhat reprehensible position.

The years before the Winter War was an era of nationalism in which the left was politically marginalized and the right dominated the Finnish political field. Accordingly, much radical thinking was accommodated in the military and political hierarchy, as well as in national movements. Loudly conforming with Nazi Germany clearly had an impact on relations between Finland and the Soviet Union: after Germany, Japan and Poland,Moscow saw Finland as the next most aggressive state. Visits with military representatives and close relations with Germany throughout the 1930s certainly did not nothing to weaken this impression.

It is a historical fact that Finland opened its gates to the Third Reich. This truth has petrified our nation’s spiritual climate, leaving it in a kind of no-man’s-land, where ownership of this historical fact is not recognized by anyone, and everyone hopes it will just disappear through silence. This absence of confronting the past limits the nation’s ability to foresee the future.

Silence has led to the depolitization of the Finnish SS-voluntary movement, whose connections with the German SS have been obscured. In 1983 a monument to commemorate members of the Waffen-SS Finnish volunteers corps was set up in Helsinki at the Hietaniemi cemetery. In probably no other European country would it have been possible to set up a public memorial in honor of the infamous elite Nazi army combatants, who were responsible for countless atrocities during the war. Oula Silvennoinen explains in Luvattu maa (‘Promised Land’) the Waffen-SS troops’ operating principles:

The Waffen-SS was simply the SS’s military wing, and its members were required to be enlightened and reliable National Socialists in just the same way. Foreign recruitment, of which the SS began from 1940 onward, does not change the idea in principle. Foreign volunteers were trained in the same way to be sympathetic to National Socialist Germany and loyal drivers of “Germanic ideology” in their home countries. The Waffen-SS and its foreign volunteers were not isolated from the National Socialist regime’s engine of terror. On the contrary. As the Waffen-SS were required to be a politically aware and well-informed group, it was normal practice to reuse its members, for example, convalescents, for tasks in the concentration camp system. There was no fundamental difference between the Waffen-SS and the rest of the SS. The Waffen-SS members were political soldiers.

The memorial to the fallen Finnish Nazi Waffen-SS troops erected in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki in 1983.

Rejection of the Separate War Thesis in political and social debates at every level could do good for Finnish spiritual well-being. It would encourage us to look at our past honestly and to understand that our own leaders also have made poor decisions that had an impact on the course of the war. This does not mean that we should accept the injustices that occurred in the Soviet Union, but that as a nation we could release the war trauma that is passed from one generation to the next, that still today affects our ability to interpret current events and recognize our role in them.

Greater Finland Ideology and the Extreme Right

The notion of “Greater Finland” holds, for various historic, linguistic, and ethnic reasons, that particular areas outside the country’s eastern borders ‘belong’ to Finland. Those supporting this tribal ideology believe that the areas of Eastern Karelia and the Kola peninsula belong to Finland. At times this ideology included Estonia, Ingria (Inkeri) and Finnmark (Ruija). Although less common, the most ambitious dream places the eastern border of Greater Finland in the Ural Mountains. This ‘ideology’, if we can call it that, is based on a late 19th century national romanticism, termed ‘Karelianism‘.Kalevala, the most significant national epic of Finnish folklore, inspired the glorification of Karelia by artists, writers, and composers in all cultural circles. Very few actually visited eastern Karelia, and those who did often found a strange culture with a strongly Russianized population who spoke in a language that was very difficult to understand. The experienced soldiers of the Finnish Jägers and other military volunteers of the Kindred Nations Wars (1918-1922) noticed the same thing after attempting to liberate eastern Karelia from Bolshevik control and bring the area under Finnish influence.

During the Finnish Civil War, Mannerheim, then top military chief of the ‘White’ side in the conflict, infused the German-backed White soldiers with the Greater Finland ethos in his famous Sword Oath speech:

“I will not sheath my sword before law and order reigns in the land, before all fortresses are in our hands, before the last soldier and thug of Lenin is driven not only from Finland, but from the White Sea of Karelia as well.”

Mannerheim planned to invade Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) with a volunteer army, however this failed due to lack of support from the Finnish government. From 1920-1930 Finland supported Russian ‘White’ emigrants and other anti-revolution resistance groups. From these Finnish bases, several terrorist attacks were conducted in Russian territory, in both Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Finnish security officials including the Central Police and General Staff Intelligence often turned a blind eye to these actions or even assisted in carrying them out together with the British intelligence agency SIS (MI6). Due to the geographic location, Finland was a strategic passageway for underground anti-Soviet combat groups. The newly published book by Aleksi Mainio, The Nest of Terrorists (Terroristien pesä) explores the happenings and actors in detail during this time. According to a review by the newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat:

“The main findings of the book show how repeatedly and profusely Finland promoted the Russian counter-revolution. With permission from Finnish authorities, the eastern border in the area of the Karelian Isthmus was often crossed to carry out bombings, murders, and sabotage. Often these groups experienced humiliating losses.

Contrary to what has been thought, Finland was not a terrorism-free zone in the decade from 1920-30, and the Finns were not “particularly immune to the philosophy of bombs and assassinations”.

At the same time, from the ashes of the civil war, and the unsuccessful ‘kindred nations war’, in which Finns raided parts of Russia where Baltic Finns lived, arose nationalistic organizations aspiring to ‘Greater Finland’, such as the Academic Karelia Society (Akateeminen Karjala-Seura, AKS), Independence Union (Itsenäisyyden Liitto, IL) and the later Patriotic People’s Movement (Isänmaallinen Kansanliike, IKL). The socialist version of the Greater Finland movement led an insignificant historical existence as ‘red’ leftist groups were completely marginalized in Finland, and could not compete with ‘white’ right-wing nationalism.

© Terra (1941)
The Greater Finland geographic division was to be formed via the so-called tri-isthmus border of Viena, Karelian Aunus, and the Kuola peninsula – according to the article by Geographer Väinö Auer “Upcoming Finland from an Economic Geographical Perspective” (Tuleva Suomi talousmaantieteellisenä kokonaisuutena, Terra, 1941)

From the 1920s onward, the Greater Finland ideology became strongly personalized by Elias Simojoki, a member of parliament, ordained priest, and the founding member of the Academic Karelia Society. His writings and speeches were frothing displays of anger and bitterness, containing a mix of nationalism, racism, and religious fanaticism. As part of its propaganda, the nationalistic organizations of the Lapua movement, IKL, and IKS openly spread anti-Russian hate speech (“ryssäviha”). One of the main objectives of this propaganda was the militarization of the youth, as can be seen in a 1938 speech by Simojoki from the parliamentary speaker’s podium: “Our battlefield is the soul of the Finnish youth“.

These nationalistic organizations were able to operate freely, which was not a surprise as most of the members of AKS were officers in the Finnish armed forces. Simojoki’s schizoidal/psychopathic mental state came through in his speeches. An example is from this excerpt of an article titled ‘Hatred of the Ruskies’, published in the Helsinki University student newspaper Ylioppilaslehti (issue 5, 1923):

Finnish students! Within you, the hope of this country, a miraculous patriotism – a great patriotism – excitement and love has awakened. Join us in the forefront also in hatred! Our fatherland does not need those kinds of lovers who do not know how to hate. If you wish to be great in love, then you must be great in hate. The more passionately a citizen loves his country, the more bitter his hatred toward the enemy. Oh how beautiful is the Finnish student in love, but even more beautiful in hate.

Therefore in the name of glory and freedom let our motto resound: Hate and Love! Death to the Ruskies, whatever their colour may be. In the name of the shed blood of our forefathers, death to those destroyers and rapists of our homes, our close ones, and our fatherland; death to the shatterers of the Kaleva tribe, the polluters of the Finnish people. In the name of the lost glory and the future greatness of Finland: Death to the Ruskies!

How was this kind of hate speech regarded? The prevalence of a ‘Greater Finland’ mentality can be deduced from the published text of the Finnish popular magazine Suomen Kuvalehti (23.8.1941), in which we read:

“Russians under the leadership of a civilized nation could be a very good weapon of war as first-class colonial troops would be gained for the use of keeping Russian regions in check. Likewise a prime and cheap labor force would be achieved, provided that the whip is used frequently, and rigorous / merciless discipline is kept.”

In addition, fascist operations were given support and approval among some military officers. For example, in 1931 Generals Hagford, Runolinna, and Strann recorded the political agenda of the ‘Association of the Soldiers of the Independence War’ (Vapaussodan Rintamamiesten Liitto), which Mannerheim himself later acknowledged to have read:

“Enthusiasm towards matters of Karelia is to be maintained and supported as part of the propaganda mechanisms of AKS. Contact must be kept with the leadership of Karelia in the midst of the refugees. With the help of newspaper propaganda and speeches, hatred towards the Ruskies is to be maintained and incited in all possible ways, along with carrying out terrorist acts to provoke the threat of war. Propaganda must be created for the benefit of the ideology of Greater Finland. The situation and the developments across the border must be monitored both militarily and politically.

Terrorism, war provocation, and the incitment of hatred towards Russians: this is the core of Finland’s “patriotic” organizations laid bare, and all with the blessings of the highest military officers. When the objectives of these nationalists are examined, it is not difficult to understand how deeply “Ruskie hatred” has been rooted in Finns’ souls. Politician Eino Yliruusi wrote about the political dimensions behind these nationalist groups, and what they were used for, in his 1945 book The Guilty Ones of the War and Finnish War Politics (‘Sotasyylliset ja Suomen sotapolitiikka’):

The university student youth who took part in the military invasions into Karelia founded the organization called the Academic Karelia Society (AKS). They established themselves as leaders of the ultra-nationalistic Greater Finland propaganda against the Soviet Union. Above all, AKS took care of the political upbringing of the university youth and turned it into a politically indiscriminate group lacking any independence – a group inspired only by the zealous ultra-nationationalism of the Greater Finland ideology. Under the spell of the Greater Finland ideology they [AKS-members/sympathizers] have been led to also support ideas of unconstitutional dictatorship, because it was understood that during normal conditions the general population never gives their support to war of conquest.

In this way the AKS formed to become the nurturer of both Italian fascism and German Nazism, as well an agent to larger circles. Already from the beginning stages a very solid connection was formed with Nazi Germany. In parallel with the Nazi dream of world domination, the imaginings of a Greater Finland ripened to new life. Increasingly, even in the public eye, the thoughts born from fanatic brains were seeded to militarily shift the border to the Urals.

As far as there was any common sense behind these ideas at all, it was imagined that everything was possible with the help of Germany. In this way AKS and its academic youth were completely driven into the lap of Nazi Germany as their humble and weak-willed servants in both domestic and foreign politics. It can be mentioned that in 1930 when the Nazis won a landslide victory and went from a small party of 12 to 107 representatives, at the same time the Nazi-like Lapua movement gained significant attention as it attempted by non-parliamentary means to take over the whole government [in Finland]. But this ultra-nationalist dictatorial movement would never have formed into any kind of real danger to our internal democracy nor to our foreign relations,had it not been for those wholly imprudent and irresponsible powerful capitalist circles financing and supporting this movement. These elitist groups gathered for themselves a huge amount of wealth during the gulag period following the World War.

At the same time all of this was going on, the warmongering and revolutionary right-wing began to water down our democratic and parliamentary state organization. Degree by degree the most important citizen freedoms such as the press, gathering, association, and freedom of speech were removed. Simultaneously the criminal code and regulations around treason were widened to include almost all actions of opposition parties, and could be explained away as “supporting the act of treason”, as the letter of the law was written.

All of this activity was deliberate preparation for war and revolution. It was feared that at a critical moment some party might start to openly oppose the plans for war and make its declaration very questionable, and therefore a coup d’état was prepared. However, a formal coup was not needed, as all parties submitted in a common understanding to support and drive the plans of the right-wing chambers of Nazi-fascists. Militarization started already in 1935 when the Department of Defense accepted a procurement program of 1.65 billion marks. A few years later at the suggestion of the Social Democratic Party leader, the budget was increased to 1.9 billion, for a total of 3.5 billion marks worth of equipment. In addition, the permanent military department expenditures rapidly increased over a few years, doubling itself from 500 million to 1 billion.

Yliruusi was an experienced politician and his writing supports the view that among those with power in Finland were an extreme nationalistic clique who sought open conflict with the Soviet Union, in complete contradiction to the narrative that Finland was ‘a victim of Stalin’. Among ordinary Finns, the Greater Finland ideology did not receive strong support, but this ideology received high visibility because the loudest supporters were from the top echelon of culture, politics and business life. This radical movement is partly responsible for the fate of the dead and traumatized veterans of the wars.

What can we learn from history?

War is madness. It creates a social state in which citizens’ hysteria completely rules their behavior. Parties driving for peace are alienated and regarded with suspicion, requiring each member of society to either adapt or perish. Orwell’s words, “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength”: this double-think does not allow room for shades between black and white. There is only “us” and “them”.

War creates space for psychopaths to exercise their innate impulse to control and dominate normal people, and the situation in Finland was unexceptional in this regard. Prisoners of war, and other prisoners, were killed, with abandon, in prison and labor camps. Atrocities were carried out, people starved by famine, and documentation of the deeds were later destroyed. Of 67,000 prisoners of war, nearly 20,000 died. People were placed in “protective custody” for their political opinions, and the probability of being branded a dissident significantly increased as WW2 approached. Researcher Sari Näre relates in her book Ruma Sota (‘Ugly War’):

The pre-war period created strict standards for allowable thinking and different viewpoints from it meant the risk of being denounced, even with treason. A law called ‘the protection of the republic’ came into force at the beginning of the Winter War, the purpose of which was to prevent agitation and sabotage against the state. By some estimates, one in five Finnish adults were in the secret police registry in 1940, some half a million citizens.

During the war, Mannerheim-established concentration camps were brought into use. There were in total 14 concentration camps in Eastern Karelia. The mortality rate in these conditions was very high. Forced into the camps were “anti-national material“, “politically unreliable” national and non-national individuals in the military-occupied areas, as well as any Finnish people “whose freedom would not be considered desirable.” The camps reached a peak of 24,000 prisoners, mostly elderly and children. An estimated 4,600-8,000 people died. Later the name concentration camps was changed to ‘migrant camps’ in order to make the connection with their Nazi equivalents less obvious.

Petrozavodsk concentration camp. Picture from 1944, taken one day after the Finns had retreated. The plaque reads: “Accessing the camp and socializing through the fence forbidden under threat of being shot.”

Today, a nationalist renaissance is rampant in Finland. Previously-dormant extreme right-wing activists have awoken, and old fascist organizationsare being reactivated, emboldened now by the global anti-Muslim hysteria of anti-immigration. Daily Russophobic propaganda in the media has nurtured Finnish enthusiasm for war to the highest level in Europe. In both cases, the nation’s fears are being directed to emerging contrived ‘external threats’, Muslims and Russians.

The activation of the extreme right in Finland also has been noticed in Russia:

The Russian Federation’s Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev, said, according to news agency TASS on Thursday, that Finland has seen the activation of nationalist and revenge seeking organizations. According to him, they increase their influence in Karelia with the help of Russian NGOs.

According to University of Jyväskylä researcher Tommi Kotonen, Finland currently has a favorable atmosphere for extreme right-wing thinking: “We have, to some extent, a stronger nationalist tradition, which makes right-wing extremist thinking more acceptable.” Greater Finland ideology is one explanatory factor behind this neo-nationalism. On the surface, fascist ideologies were silenced after the war, but their remnants have been hiding in the national subconscious, waiting for a new and better time. You can see this in the fact that war veterans are considerably more generous in admitting their own mistakes, than the following generations. As researcher Oula Silvennoinen says (related to the contents of his book Salaiset aseveljet – or Secret Brothers In Arms):

“From not one veteran have I received nothing other than positive feedback. The relationship to war by the generation after them seems to be more difficult. They look [to the matter] to defend the honor of the veterans. Those experienced in war have not criticized the research. They know what it was like then.”

Veterans know that war is ugly, but the new generations with diminished understanding often mythologize the past, which opens the door to pathological thinking.

A sudden increase in asylum seekers has increased support for the nationalists, and it is seen in the increase in protests. During a recent protest in Lahti, a man dressed in a hooded Ku Klux Klan outfit was seen, and a bus transporting families with children was shot at with fireworks. In Kouvola, Red Cross workers, journalists and security guards were pelted with stones and a Molotov cocktail. In connection with a demonstration in Helsinki, the re-establishment of the fascist Lapua movement was announced. In Kemi, the Soldiers of Odin neo-Nazi group, at least some of whose members were involved in a stabbing in Jyväskylä with the analogous Finnish Resistance Movement (called Suomen Vastarintaliikke or SVL), has started an independent street patrol with an active force of approximately 50 “to improve people’s sense of security.” The irony of this situation is that for years Islamophobes have fear-mongered that immigration will lead to stone-throwing, fires, people cloaked from head to toe, and radical movements. Well, all that is here now, and it’s coming from white Finns, not immigrant Muslims.

Finland’s most famous anti-immigration politician, MEP Jussi Halla-aho (PS), has proposed the construction of a “village of barracks” for refugees, in which living standards should be kept at a minimum in order to be remove “unhealthy attraction factors”. According to Halla-aho, applicants should remain in the village as long as the asylum application is being processed. Last year, the average processing time for asylum applications was about half a year.

Such extreme views undoubtedly resonate in today’s Finland, strongly than ever. The economic situation continues to deteriorate and the government has implemented strong austerity measures. Immigrants and refugees are easy scapegoats for people. Writing about the immigration debate, a lawyer, Saku Timonen, describes the situation on his blog:

If anyone, besides a believer in democracy and human worth, is afraid of anything, then it is certainly this country’s government. It fears for its own position. It is afraid of its own people. A right-wing government makes unprecedented cuts to the poor, low-income, families with children, and against civilization, and consolidates their own ranks by allowing political violence. Actually, the government incites violence by requiring us to understand the political terror [against immigrants].

The government’s proclaimed working party without socialism [True Finns party] has eaten all of its election promises. It has nothing to appeal for other than support for its opposition to immigration, and it has zealously stuck to this. It accepts any kind of cuts, as long as the supporting goons can kick refugees and put them into camps. The other two parties allow this, so that the final redistribution of wealth to the rich is realized under the cover of this noise.

This country has changed itself, in just a few months, into a travesty. Racist rampage is a demonstration that is not being condemned. Attacks against aid workers is seen as an expression of fear. Proposals for concentration camps are held to be just ‘sensible discussion’. Who do you think will be put into these camps when the supply of refugees is exhausted? The weaker portion of society? Those ‘tolerants’ [a term used in Finland for people who have sympathy for refugees] who oppose government, who in their tolerance are downright intolerant and therefore a danger to society?

In recent years nationalism has gained a foothold in the political arena, resulting in new parties and raising the True Finns party to the second largest political party with a number of “immigration-critical” politicians. In addition to the recent furore caused by Olli Immonen, for example, the current defense minister, the True Finns’ Jussi Niinistö has a right-wing radical background. According to journalist Kai Byman, “in the early 1990s he was in a close relationship with the Kansallinen Kulttuuririntama or KKR (National Cultural Front) organization, characterized as extreme right-wing. Niinistö wrote an article for the Valkoinen Rintama (White Front) magazine, and knew intimately the National Cultural Front’s founder, Jukka I. Mattila.” In the summer of 2011, Niinistö demanded that Karelia be ‘returned’ to Finland. Now, this same person is responsible for Finland’s security policy relations with Russia.

Jussi Niinistö has described the spread of Russia-hatred by AKS-founder Elias Simojoki in glowing terms: “In my view, the historical significance of Elias Simojoki was specifically to awaken motivation for Finland’s national defense during the Winter War […] Elias Simojoki was one factor behind the Winter War miracle.” The Finnish Defence Minister believes that Simojoki was, therefore, a defense motivator. However, to the reader of Simojoki’s psychopathic writings it should be clear that he drove the Greater Finland ideology and incited a specifically offensive mentality towards Russians that lasted for decades.

Elias Simojoki, famous russophobic writer and fascist.

Russophobia-fueled tabloids have done a sterling job in Finland. Last year, according to oneGallup poll, a record 40% of respondents believed that Russia is to be feared. This numberhas doubled in four years. When this is combined with the urge to grab arms, for defense of course, you can see how Finns are easy to manipulate into making bad foreign policy decisions, like joining NATO. But then, Finland opened its doors to the Third Reich, so why not the ‘Fourth’ American one?

Both Russians and Muslims are the scapegoats for many different social problems, which are ultimately caused by deep structural problems in the global economic system. Few can see what kind of danger is hidden behind this, especially if the economic situation continues to deteriorate, resulting in national crises. So-called ‘Western values’ of ‘freedom and democracy’ have been exposed for what they are: aggressive and insane behavior justified through self-deception and falsehood. At some point this will break down under the weight of its own absurdity, probably taking ‘Western civilization’ with it.

Human memory is short at the best of times. It is significantly shorter when hysteria abounds. Most do not seem aware that the current refugee crisis is the result of Western wars. ‘The war against terrorism’ – ‘You are either with us or against us’ – ‘Axis of evil’ – ‘Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction’. Do people even remember those? Do people see what has happened, how much our world has changed? Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria… hundreds of thousands, millions dead – so-called collateral damage. The September 11 attacks justified these wars and gave the US and its allies the green light to suppress countries that seek a multi-polar world instead of uni-polar hegemony.

Milton Mayer, writing in his book, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, describes how underlying psychopathological currents in a society change it, step by step, to become increasingly totalitarian. I recommend reading it, and considering how the atmosphere in the West in general has become so hysterical in a very short time. We fear contrived threats ‘from outside’ so much that we giving away all our freedoms for the illusion of safety:

“What no one seemed to notice,” said a colleague of mine, a philologist, “was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. …

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security.

“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

“How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Frankly, I do not know. I do not see, even now. Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—’Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done, by ordinary men or even by extraordinary men? Things might have. And everyone counts on that might.

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

… in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

“And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

“But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off in little organizations, and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to—to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

“But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked…. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.

“And one day, too late…. and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.

“You have gone almost all the way yourself. Life is a continuing process, a flow, not a succession of acts and events at all. It has flowed to a new level, carrying you with it, without any effort on your part. …”

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Seppo Ilmarinen joined SOTT.net in 2014. Seppo is from Finland and has a professional background as a teacher. He enjoys reading, winter swimming and eating bacon.

 

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TURNBULL CAN’T BE TRUSTED ON MEDICARE REVIEW – WRITTEN BY CATHERINE KING MP

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Labor is happy to look at sensible reforms to Medicare, but Australians are right to be deeply suspicious about the motives of a government which has already ripped more than $60 billion from health, and sought to slug them with a tax every time they visit the doctor.

The Turnbull Government has confirmed that instead of reinvesting savings back into health and improving Medicare, its “review” will be used to prop up the Budget.

“We will also reinvest back into the government’s bottom line.”

Sussan Ley, Sky Newsday, 28 September 2015

In Government, Labor commenced the process of reviewing and updating Medicare, working with the medical profession to improve the quality and safety of Medicare, and where savings were realised, they were reinvested back into the health system.

By contrast, instead of working with clinicians the Turnbull Government has sidelined the medical profession and continues to rip billions out of the health system with a further $2 billion in health cuts in the Mid Year Budget Review.

Despite promising new leadership, Malcolm Turnbull has –  

  • Ripped another $650 million out of Medicare by slashing bulk billing for diagnostic imaging and pathology.
  • Gutted crucial health workforce training programmes by $595 million
  • Ripped another $146 million out of health prevention and eHealth programmes
  • Continued Tony Abbott’s $1.3 billion hike in the price of essential medicines
  • Continued Tony Abbott’s $267 million attack on the Medicare Safety Nets.
  • Continued Tony Abbott’s $2 billion four year freeze on Medicare rebates for GP visits.
  • Continued Tony Abbott’s $800 million in cuts to health flexible funds.
  • Continued Tony Abbott’s $60 billion in cuts to public hospitals

Malcolm Turnbull has proven that no matter who the leader is, the Liberals only ever see health as a source of Budget cuts, and will always look to make health less affordable for those who need it most – the sick and the poor.

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ZAHRAAN ‘ALLOOSH DISMEMBERED BY SYRIAN AIR FORCE MISSILE AND SYRIAN PERSPECTIVE; SUCCESSOR MAY HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OPERATION BY SYRIAN MILITARY – WRITTEN BY ZIAD FADEL

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In this exlcusive SyrPer photo taken of ‘Alloosh’s carcass after it’s removal from the tons of bricks which were destined to envelop him in his own private tomb, you can see how much he had eaten from the stocks of food he had stolen from the people of the Ghouta where he established his Kingdom of Rats based on the model of the Saudi monarchy.

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On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015, the leader of the Jaysh Al-Islam called for a meeting of his terrorist gangs and leaders of Faylaq Al-Rahmaan and Ahraar Al-Shaam Al-Islaamiyya, to discuss a new program of violence against the Syrian Arab Army, Hizbollah and the Ba’ath Party.  The meeting was to be held in a 3 story building in the Doumaa village of Utaayaa, a part of the Eastern Ghouta.  The meeting involved 25 commanders from all the groups mentioned herein-above.  Among the terrorist “mindermasts” was ‘Alloosh’s own brother who didn’t bother checking his crystal ball before sitting cross-legged next to Zahraan.  They reportedly prayed to their ridiculous god before starting a lavish dinner made from all the goodies they had hoarded and stolen from the local farmers.  Seated, also, at the meeting was the Josef Goebbels of the terrorist group, Baasim Bayraq-daar, the leader of Ahraar Al-Sham, Muhannad Al-Masri (‘Abu Yahya Al-Hamawi”) and ‘Alloosh’s deputy, “Abu Muhammad.  

What the rodents did not know was that an agent of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence had penetrated the organization and was delivering high quality Intel to the Syrian military establishment.  In fact, as bizarre as this may sound, my source tells me that that agent is the one who made the calls for ‘Alloosh to all the commanders invited to the meeting.  The calls the agent made were deliberately sent out over unsecured lines allowing monitors to get the message about the meeting.  The decision was made to strike at the location where ‘Alloosh was to convene his conference.  As it turned out, it was in ‘Utaayaa.   The operation had to be okayed by the Syrian Air Force Chief, Lt. Gen. ‘Issaam Hallaaq and the Director of the Air Force Intelligence branch, Lt. Gen. Jameel Al-Hassan.  No problem.  It was a “go”.

In order not to alert the rats to the upcoming foray,  the bomber which was used to fire 10 air-to-ground rockets described as KAB 500s and OFAB 500s. The primary target was the meeting, and in the videos shown on Pan-Arab television, the first rocket strikes exactly the place where the rodent ‘Alloosh was commencing his exhortation.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=246794&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=20&s1=1  (Thanks to Khaled Nawaz Al-Nouri)

Muhammad Zahraan ‘Alloosh, the eldest son of ‘Abdullah ‘Alloosh, (a Syrian-born Takfiri shaman who resides, appropriately enough today, in Saudi Arabia) and was called “Abu ‘Abdullah” by his coterie of sociopaths, was born in 1971 to a family whose origins were Kurdish.   His birthplace is Doumaa which he personally turned into an island of perversity as any resident there can tell you.  He was known to have sadistic tendencies as a child what with his father inculcating him in Islam’s most hateful tenets, tenets espoused by such savages as Ibn Taymiyya and Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab, the sewer faucet which gave rise to the shameless cult which now infests Saudi Arabia.   In reports compiled by the General Intelligence Directorate-Palestine Branch, he was remembered as a pugnacious little freak who not only fought constantly with his peers, but, also was notorious for torturing insects by carving holes in asphalt, placing the creatures inside the hole and, then, lighting up the asphalt around the victim to melt them to death.  He thought that was really awesome.

It was natural for such a psycho to gravitate toward sicko cults.  He took up Shari’ah Law at the University of Damascus in 1991, but found the atmosphere in the capital too “tolerant” with such great emphases on the rational Maliki, Hanafi and Shaafi’i Schools of “Fiqh” (jurisprudence).  No, that would not do for the son of a raving lunatic like ‘Abdullah ‘Alloosh.  No!  He had to find his way to a place where deviant thoughts and sado-masochistic ideations prevailed.  There was no other choice for this rising celebrity in the annals of mass murder and religious genocide than to find his way to the Islamic Shari’ah School in Madina, Saudi Arabia, where his Hanbali jurisprudential inclinations could find their voice.  He became a true believer and espoused the philosophy undoubtedly patented by Ibn Taymiyya which, in a nutshell,  can be stated as: “the only route to Paradise is by practicing rampant ignorance”.

In 2009, the rabble-rousing crypto-Wahhabist freak, ‘Alloosh, ran afoul of the security services as he began to unleash his venom openly against the government and the minority groups he claimed were running the country.  He had an especial animus for the Ba’ath Party with its secular message of mundane ideals like unity and freedom.  He was arrested by the Palestine Branch, as stated earlier, and did his stint in the Saydnaayaa Prison north of the capital.  There, he was placed with fellow hokum-peddlers who shared his raging hatred of minorities.  The big mistake was when his 8-year sentence was commuted to time served under an amnesty declaration which allowed this wretched grub and son of a cheap slattern to only serve 2 years in prison.  In essence, Dr. Assad’s kindness was transmogrified into an act of pure insanity when, in 2011, this recently released terrorist prodigy, his fellow reactionary inmates included, joined the sectarian violence erupting in Syria.

‘Alloosh had made significant contacts with Saudi General Intelligence (talk about oxymorons) whilst he was in Medina.  There is no doubt about this and the Syrian Intelligence Services exploited his relationship with the KSA-GI and his Saudi-resident father by monitoring his communications.   However, the security services did not know that he was going to cobble together a group of terrorists to work in harmony with the Saudi terrorist enablers in Jordan in an effort to oust the legitimate secular government of Dr. Bashar Al-Assad.   It started out as “Kateebat Al-Islam”, then, became “Liwaa` Al-Islam”, and, then, burgeoned into the totally Saudi-controlled: “Jaysh Al-Islam” with a budget of 50 million dollars annually

In the attack on Utaayaa, the Syrian military aborted a significant effort by ‘Alloosh to further promote the nihilistic agenda of the illegitimate regime in Riyaadh.  He is now brown bread, as the Cockneys say.  His body was reportedly just unearthed and there is much beating of breasts and moanings in the ranks of the parasites in his organization.  But, now imagine, how loud the wails are in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two capitals of state-sponsored terrorism in this world.  The rodent ‘Alloosh leaves behind 3 wives and 10 children, all of whom are infected with the stench of his DNA.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF ALLOOSH’S SUCCESSOR; KING FOR A DAY!!

 

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من هو عصام البويضاني القائد الجديد لـ«جيش الإسلام» الإرهابي؟The heir to the Kingdom of Vermin, ‘Issaam “Abu Hammaam” Al-Buwaydhaani, seen here watching a porno movie with male transvestites in the starring roles.  It appears that his couch-potato days are over.

 

Within hours after ‘Alloosh’s much-anticipated trip to Hell, the big brains in the Jaysh Al-Islam convened a meeting in Al-Hajjaara to elect a successor.  He is one, (or he was one), ‘Issaam ‘Ali Al-Buwaydhaani, a/k/a “Abu Hammaam”).  Born in 1975, also, in Doumaa, Al-Buwaydhaani was distinguishable by a complete lack of education or refinement.  He was a paid agent of Saudi Arabia handled by Bandar bin Sultaan himself, making numerous trips to the Arabian Planet of the Apes in order to receive secure instructions on how to increase the suffering of the Syrian people.  In fact, it was Saudi money which allowed this dung beetle to open a supermarket in Doumaa and a Damascene Sweets Shoppe in the same area.  His home was right across from the sweets store on Shukri Al-Quwwatli Street.

At the time of ‘Alloosh’s death, this child molester was “Chief of Operations” for Jaysh Al-Islam.  It is interesting that he was not invited to the meeting in Utaayaa given his status.  It might be that he was too busy shaking down the locals for their money and their food.

In 2008, he was wanted under a warrant issued by the Political Security Directorate (No. 701183).  He evaded capture by traveling to KSA.  In 2014, a warrant for his arrest was issued by the General Security Directorate (No. 138129).  He avoided capture by virtue of his membership in the JI.  He headed a terrorist group called “Kateebat Bilaal Ibn Ruhillaah” and, then, “Liwaa` Al-Ansaar” before he accepted the post that would lead to his demise.

I have unconfirmed reports that he was just killed by a unit of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence commandos in a spectacular operation.  I will update you on that as I receive more data.    

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الجيش السوري: سلاح الجو ينفذ عملية نوعية ويقتل الإرهابي زهران علوش وعدد من القيادات الإرهابية

COMMUNIQUE OF THE SYRIAN ARAB ARMY HIGH COMMAND REGARDING THE DEATH OF ‘ALLOOSH AND OTHER RODENTS WHO WERE WITH HIM. (Translated from the Arabic by your editor, Ziad, Michigan Supreme Court Certified Translator/Interpreter for Arabic/English)

“After a series of surveillance operations and follow-up; in reliance on precise intelligence data and through the cooperation of honorable citizens,  the Air Force of the Syrian Arab Army executed a qualitatively unique aerial operation targeting a grouping of terrorist groups and their headquarters in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus which resulted in the death of the terrorist “Zahraan ‘Alloosh”, the leader of what was called “Jaysh Al-Islam” and a large number of leaders of “Jaysh Al-Islam”, “Faylaq Al-Rahmaan” and “Harakat Ahraar Al-Shaam Al-Islamiyya” who were responsible for firing rockets aimed at peaceful civilians in Damascus and its environs.”  (Statement from Gen. ‘Ali Mayhoob)

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HUNDREDS OF FORMER TERRORISTS SURRENDER TO SECURITY SERVICES AND ASK FOR AMNESTY IN THE WAKE OF RAT ‘ALLOOSH’S” DEATH:

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

12,000 oil tankers on the Turk border?  And, people still think Dr. Assad buys oil from ISIS?  (Thanks, Nicholas Reardon):

https://www.rt.com/news/327063-russian-intelligence-oil-tankers-turkey/

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151225/1032314961/turkey-daesh-oil-evidence.html

ZAHRAAN ‘ALLOOSH DISMEMBERED BY SYRIAN AIR FORCE MISSILE AND SYRIAN PERSPECTIVE; SUCCESSOR MAY HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OPERATION BY SYRIAN MILITARY by Ziad Fadel

Read more at http://syrianperspective.com/2015/12/zahraan-alloosh-dismembered-by-syrian-air-force-missile-and-syrian-perspective-successor-may-have-been-killed-in-operation-by-syrian-military.html#yrJmsypeRspSIgfs.99

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Russian warplanes never hit civilian targets in Syria – Air Force chief – by RT

A Su-24 bomber Su-24 of the Russian Aerospace Forces lands at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov
The head of the Russian Air and Space Forces denied reports that Russian warplanes had hit civilian targets during its two-month counter-terrorism campaign in Syria. The allegations were previously voiced by some rights groups.

“I want to say this with dignity. Not a single time did my pilots hit any ‘no-go’ sensitive targets such as schools, hospitals, mosques or holy sites,” Colonel General Viktor Bondarenko said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 news channel.

He added that all strikes are carefully prepared by the Russian reconnaissance specialists working with the Syrian Army.

Russian warplanes started targeting terrorist forces in Syria on September 30 and have since conducted over 5,200 combat sorties. Allegations of civilians being killed by the strikes surfaced even before the operation actually started.

Amnesty International accused Russia this week of a failure to acknowledge civilian deaths from its strikes in at least 25 incidents. Amnesty’s report was based on witness accounts and footage and pictures published online, but the group didn’t sent its own investigators to Syria.

The UN said it couldn’t independently verify the allegations. Russia denied the accusations, saying the report lacked proper evidence.

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