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Daesh Document Tells Daesh/ISIS to NOT Strike US/Coalition Planes

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 16:08
hattip ! Charles FasolaNovember 16, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Sputnik's Arabic bureau has obtained photos of a decree by Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders instructing its fighters not to attack US-led coalition aircraft operating over Mosul and the surrounding area.

The document, discovered in the recently-liberated Iraqi city of Bakhdida, about 32 km southeast of the Daesh-held stronghold of Mosul, explicitly tells jihadis not to attack any coalition aircraft over Mosul or its suburbs.
Of course, ISIS/Daesh is there to help with the cleansing of Mosul.

According to Sputnik Arabic, the decree was discovered by Assyrian Christian militia on an information stand in central Bakhdida, at a so-called Daesh 'mobilization center'. Such centers were established by the terrorist group to mobilize the local population and train new recruits. 

The text of the decree reads: "It is strictly forbidden to shoot down, using any weapons whatsoever, any aircraft that is in the air, no matter what height they are flying at, even if the aircraft lands on the rooftop of houses."

The document is signed by local Daesh leader Abu Muawia.The decree was discovered by the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, a militia group composed mostly of Assyrian Christians, who are concentrated in northern Iraq. The militia was formed in late 2014 to defend against Daesh, which has treated those who refused to convert to their faith with extreme brutality.It should be noted," Sputnik Arabic stressed, "that the competency to conduct airstrikes against Daesh in the Nineveh region lies [strictly] with planes of the international coalition led by the United States, which has repeatedly been accused of airstrikes on forces of the People's Militia and the Iraqi military, and of dropping humanitarian and military aid which has ended up in Daesh's hands."
Complex and Expansive post from earlier:
Representing hours of work....

The Impact of the Kurdish/US Campaign to Take Raqqa: Syria/Turkey's Betrayal/Russia
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The Impact of the Kurdish/US Campaign to Take Raqqa: Syria/Turkey's Betrayal/Russia

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:44
Atlantic Council
 "The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced in a statement on November 5 that they would be launching Operation Euphrates’s Wrath to isolate Raqqa—the Islamic State (ISIS)’s de facto capital. The operation—backed by the US-led coalition—aims to encircle Raqqa by taking control of surrounding villages and access routes to weaken ISIS and ultimately liberate the city. 1*The short-term focus of this operation, however, has created internal ethnic divisions between Arab and Kurdish groups within the SDF."  1* Syria's Kurds Announce "Euphrates Rage" There will be Ethnic Cleansing of Arabs

 It also created new waves of displacements among locals, which could be used as a recruiting tool by ISIS. Additionally, it has 2*increased tension between Syrian Kurds and Turkey, which could lead to full-scale military confrontations in the future.
 2 *US Led Coalition Should Stop Turkey's Advances Towards Raqqa

The reported  ongoing planning for imminent significant external terror attacks from Raqqa and the Obama administration’s search for more significant achievements against ISIS have 3* led to the immature announcement of the operation to isolate the extremist group in Raqqa. The United States views the SDF as the only local force capable of executing such an operation in the near term, despite the challenges facing this alliance. 3* Whose Timeline Will Win In Raqqa? Was the US forced Into a Move on Raqqa?

3* The US & Israel's Taking of Raqqa Impeded by Intermeddlers
Turkey opposes any cooperation between the United States and Syrian Kurds. The country is worried that advances by Syrian Kurdish fighters will embolden Kurdish militants in its own southeast, where it has been fighting an insurgency for three decades led by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The United States, focused on its short-term objective of militarily defeating ISIS, is sending mixed signals to all of its allies—neglecting the long-term consequences of such actions and the risk of sparking secondary conflicts. Raqqa’s campaign has led to internal divisions between Arab and Kurdish groups within the SDF and resulted in the withdrawal of Arab forces from the operation. In a statement released on November 8, Liwa Thuwwar Raqqa (Raqqa Revolutionaries’ Brigade)—the main 4*Arab group within the SDF and most popular in Raqqa—announced that it would not participate in the operation. "The brigade refused to participate in the operation because the YPG [the People's Protection Units—the main military wing of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration] did not keep to what we had agreed—that the battle be led by the [Raqqa Revolutionaries’] Brigade and that the fighters all come from Raqqa itself,” Liwa Thuwwar's political office leader, Mahmoud Hadi,said. “But what happened on the ground has unfortunately been the complete opposite to what we had agreed," he added. The Brigade’s move aims to pressure the United States to meet its  statement to let Arab forces take the lead in the operations. 4*Arab ‘element’ withdraws from Raqqa Offensive- Doubting Ethnic Cleansing by Kurds?

 Reported Kurdish forces’ violations against Arab communities, especially during their June 2015 attack on Tal Abyad, have led Arabs to mistrust the Kurdish forces. As a result—and due to Turkey’s hostile position towards the YPG and the Kurdish Democratic Party leader (PYD)—the United States supported and funded the creation of the SDF, a Kurdish-led alliance with some Arab and Assyrian fighting groups. The absence of Arab forces in the fight to isolate Raqqa, where Arabs are the majority, will increase tensions and mistrust in the SDF operation and lead to confrontations with local communities, which will directly benefit ISIS. The SDF’s Raqqa operation also led to new waves of displacements among local communities, where Arabs are the majority, which is playing into the hands of ISIS. On November 11, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported large-scale displacement among locals in the Hamisha district, as well as in other villages in eastern Raqqa province. The SDF-ISIS fighting displacement of locals, and US-led airstrikes—which reportedly killed twenty non-combatants in Hamisha have forced many locals to leave their houses. Ethnic cleansing was always the plan-
Moreover, there has also been a growing trend where local communities do not welcome people fleeing from ISIS-controlled territories for fear that they belong to sleeper cells for the terror group. Such violations and practices caused the people living in communities under ISIS to feel indifferent towards the operation because they believe this will simply be replacing one enemy with another. In other cases, it has reportedly contributed to pushing people to join ISIS because they are fearful of what might happen once ISIS is kicked out; they see ISIS as “the devil they know.” Thus, ISIS losses against the Kurdish-dominated SDF, which locals in ISIS-controlled areas do not see as friendly, allows the terrorist group to benefit from its defeats and use fear as a recruiting tool. To achieve its short-term objective of driving ISIS out of Raqqa, the United States is sending mixed signals in an attempt to please all of its allies at once. The same day that the SDF announced its Raqqa operation, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, rushed to Ankara for a four-hour meeting with his Turkish counterpart. He assured Turkey that the Kurds will not take on the main role of liberating Raqqa and that Turkish views would be taken into account before any final assault.  I'm quite certain Dunford lied! Equivalent to the Manbij lie. Betraying Turkey..Turkey isn't buying the US lie! Also, still at a loss why the so called alternative media has not noticed and reported on, save for myself, the fact that the US chose YPG/PKK over Turkey's offer of assistance? (Same as the msm and alt media never mention the fact that Kurdish militias have annexed Syrian and Iraqi territory- why the silence?)
Why the US  didn't take Turkey's offer up,  is obvious. Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. Remaking the middle east. The US could have worked with both Syria and Russia to take Raqqa from ISIS- But they rejected that cooperation too! Again, doesn't fit the agenda. 

hattip Ally! : US rejects cooperating with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation  
"The US-led coalition will not work with Russia or the Syrian government to take Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS), according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner. Moscow and Damascus have in the past suggested that the United States coordinate the Raqqa campaign with them."  Speaking of Syria's concerns with Raqqa: New pro-Assad force in the works for east Syria 

"Days after US-backed troops announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out in pro-regime circles for the Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira." 
 BEIRUT - Days after US-backed forces announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out for a new pro-regime militia ostensibly slated to operate in northern and eastern Syria. A number of pro-Assad media outlets on Tuesday posted an advertisement for the “Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira,” the latter term an old designation for the Hasakeh province under the de-facto control of Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). 
 Atlantic Council -Salih Muslim 

 Nonetheless, in a recent interview, Salih Muslim—a co-leader of the PYD—said that Dunford’s statement “was more of a ‘declaration of intent’ on the part of the Americans rather than a firm commitment toward Turkey.” This is not the first time that the United States has made promises to Turkey with regard to Syrian Kurds that it has not been able to keep. It promised Turkey in August that the SDF would allow local Arabs to run the city of Manbij after liberating it from ISIS; however, the SDF still remains in Manbij three months later. The US failure or unwillingness to fulfill its promises in Manbij—which is likely to happen also in Raqqa—led to a number of clashes between the SDF and Turkey backed by its Syrian rebel allies. 
There it is folks the US betrayal of Turkey- (a) Refusing to work with Turkey to clear ISIS, instead choosing their ethnic cleansing Kurdish partners. (b)The US did not ensure that YPG/PKK removed themselves from Manbij and they will not ensure the Kurds will remove themselves from Raqqa because Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0, aka remaking the middle east- Exactly as stated here for years now!   Just in case you're still doubting the US has betrayed Turkey? 

Turkey again asks US stop arming Kurdish militia in Syria (and PKK in Turkey) 

  “The U.S. says they don’t give arms to the YPG. But we know that they have done since the Kobane [battle between the YPG and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]. We captured those arms from [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK militants in Turkey. So we know that the U.S. gives weapons to the YPG. And we told [U.S. Chief of General Staff Joseph] Dunford not give weapons to them,” Çavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak.
 Long time readers here KNOW that the US has backed and armed the Kurds against Iraq, Syria and Turkey. And all the cheer leading for Kurdish militias done by alt and msm was just more of that cheering for the US backed destabilization of all the named nation states under the guise of rooting for a perceived "underdog"

 And finally from Atlantic Council
The Raqqa operation is a continuation of the US’ balancing act between Syrian Kurds and Turkey. This strategy, which avoids confrontation by sending mixed signals to its allies, has allowed the US to degrade ISIS in Syria, but this has come at the cost of increasing local tensions. The current operation, in the absence of clear roles and agreements among the US allies, will likely increase the frequency and intensity of military confrontations between Turkey and the rebel groups it backs and the SDF as they come into further contact along shared frontlines. This fighting, as well as the lack of a credible alternative to ISIS that enjoys popular support, will benefit radical groups like ISIS.  Coincidentally the US's Brand Ambassador  for the Middle East/north Africa remake proclaims.. Al Baghdadi Says Target Turkey and Saudi Arabia.. "I Can See For Miles & Miles"
 A few of so many related posts!

  1. AnonymousNovember 16, 2016 at 8:41 AMThe Kurds have made their final pact with the devil.Delete
  2. PennyNovember 16, 2016 at 12:05 PMThe Kurdish militias have made deals with the devil time and time againDelete
The Kurds’ Proxy Trap? No Meme Kurdish HistoryFrom Earlier Today:
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Russia Resumes Airstrikes in Syria- Targetting Industrial Production of Weapons

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:44
Russian sources did not mention Aleppo as a target (as of these reports)
Activists are reporting strikes on Aleppo (those claims need corroboration)

Link "Today at 10:30 and 11 am (0730 and 0800 GMT), we started a major operation to conduct mass fire damage on the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front's positions in the Idlib and Homs provinces," Shoigu was quoted as saying by TASS news agency, using the former name of Fateh al-Sham Front.

"For the first time in our naval history, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov started taking part in combat," he added.
Link: Russia announced a major air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as Syrian opposition activists reported the first airstrikes in three weeks in the besieged, rebel-held part of the northern city of Aleppo.
WSJ provides us with an image from the rebel occupied section of AleppoWSJ—Russia resumed large-scale airstrikes around Syria Tuesday, launching what the U.S. and its allies fear could lead to a devastating assault on the besieged city of Aleppo and set off a wider humanitarian crisis.

The strikes, which included the use of Kaliber cruise missiles, hit the provinces of Idlib and Homs, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in remarks carried by state television.

“We started a large operation to deliver massive fire strikes on ISIS positions,” Mr. Shoigu said. Mr. Shoigu didn’t make direct reference to Aleppo, but said factories used to make chemical weapons were also being targeted and destroyed.

“This is the first time in history that the Russian navy has used the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier,” Mr. Shoigu said. 
"The main targets of the strikes are warehouses with ammunition, [terrorist] gatherings and terrorist training centers, as well as plants for the production of various kinds of weapons of mass destruction of the population," Shoigu detailed.He stressed that terrorists had actual factories, not merely workshops, for weapons production. "They are factories, not workshops, more specifically the plants for the production of all sorts of rather serious means of mass destruction.""Clearly, this is a well-established industrial production, these are the targets for today's strikes. And they will continue," the minister stated.The minister noted that the Russian military had thoroughly surveilled the targets before striking them, choosing the most important."You are aware that we have sent a large group of our radiation, chemical and biological protection troops to determine the toxic substances which are used by terrorists. Within the past week they used them twice – in one case, 27 people were hospitalized and three died, in the other case 30 people were hospitalized – I mean the Syrian Army soldiers," Shoigu said.Journalists asked presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov about the possibility of the operation which started on Tuesday to be expanded to include Aleppo."Aleppo has not been mentioned in the report of the defense minister; it concerned other areas – Homs and Idlib [provinces]," Peskov told the press.Air cover for Russian forcesPresident Vladimir Putin previously ordered the Defense Ministry to provide reliable air cover for the Russian forces in Syria. On Tuesday, Shoigu said the Russian military has been covered with S-300 and S-400 Triumph air defense systems.
The S-400 has been running for a long time now. Apart from that, we have added S-300 to cover the sea area, nearly all the way to Cyprus, the minister said. “Additionally, the Bastion coastal missile complexes have covered almost the entire coastline,” Shoigu said, noting that with these complexes, we are able to destroy both sea and ground targets” at distances of 350km for sea targets and nearly 450km for ground targets.

Shoigu noted that the issue of providing cover from low-flying targets has also been solved.
“That’s what the Pantsir complexes have been deployed there for, he said, also reporting that Syrian S-200 air defense systems have been restored over the past four months.


 Last 24 hours or so

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Keep Speaking the Truth

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:21
Rather then promoting lies:

Truth Exists: Only Lies Are Invented
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Trump Election Cartoons- The View From Outside of the USA

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 16:38
 hattip Gallier for sharing these cartoons reflecting on the recent US election.
Clearly E& R is having some fun with this election!
I'm just going to include 5 of them, that easily cross any language or cultural bridges.
Gallier did translate them all in his comment below (at the link) and all cartoons are accessible at highlighted link.

Merci Gallier

gallier2November 14, 2016 at 1:07 PMHi Penny,

E&R published its weekly cartoons. As its theme is about Trump, i.e. it can be applied to a broader world wide public, I offer here the translations for all of them. I will add some comments in brackets to add a little bit of context when I think necessary).

First, here the link:  No translation necessary!

Why didn't the Americans vote Clinton in the end ? Madonna and Lady Gaga back Clinton!Gallier 2- [I love the Madonna caricature here, really fitting]

Gallier2- [ nice quenelle, if one wanted to understand what a quenelle represents, Trumps election looks very close to be an archetype]

Pretty sure everyone here understands the quenelle?

 19. Garbage media.


 22. Post-election spéléological analysis.
-1: federal reserve
-2: elites
-3: pollster
-4: mainstream media
-5: show business
-6: Wall-street
-7: multi-culturalism
-8: globalism
-9: political correctness
-10: human right-ism
-11: immigrationism
-12: identity politics

From earlier:
Three US Special Forces Soldiers, Working For the CIA, Killed in Jordan.
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Three US Special Forces Soldiers, Working For the CIA, Killed in Jordan.

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:38
Interesting news- came across this over the week end - Yet the incident occurred nearly ten days ago.

-the three Special Forces soldiers were killed at the entrance to a Jordanian military camp
- Some troops were assigned to 'mobile artillery units'
- the result of a mistake at the gate?
-chain of unfortunate event
-accidental discharge from an American humvee? following a 'training' operation with Syrian rebels

The obfuscation is thick and liberal
Were the US special forces playing ISIS? And the Jordanian soldier believed himself and the base to be under attack? 

US Special Forces Soldiers Killed In Jordan Were Working For the CIA

 The three Army Special Forces soldiers killed at a Jordanian military base on November 4 were working for a CIA programme to train “moderate” Syrian fighters when they were shot at a checkpoint under still-unclear circumstances, US officials said.

The killings of the three soldiers is believed to be the deadliest single incident involving a CIA team since December 2009, when seven officers and contractors were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan.

The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based soldiers – all members of the 5th Special Forces Group – were killed by a Jordanian soldier at an entry control point to Prince Faisal Air Base near Jafr, in the southern desert about 240km south of the capital, Amman, according to the officials. The shooter also was wounded in what was described by US and Middle Eastern sources as an exchange of gunfire.

The soldiers, identified as Staff Sergeant Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sergeant Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sergeant James Moriarty, were among roughly 2,000 US troops working in Jordan while participating in the US-led campaign fighting Islamic State. Some of the troops have been assigned to mobile artillery units along the Jordanian border while others assist CIA-led training programmes for Syrian opposition fighters.

The CIA declined to comment on the shooting incident or on the soldiers’ possible role in agency programmes.

What prompted the week-old shooting remained unclear, as US and Jordanian officials have painted different narratives of the incident.

The FBI is investigating the possibility of a terrorist attack, but it has not discounted the possibility that the deaths could have been the result of a mistake at the gate, said a US defence official who, spoke on the condition of anonymity because an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

But Jordanian investigators say the evidence so far points not to a deliberate attack but to a “chain of unfortunate events”, according to a senior Middle Eastern security official briefed on the results of an internal Jordanian probe.

According to Jordanian accounts, the incident began with the accidental discharge of a weapon inside one of the Americans’ Humvees as a small convoy was preparing to enter the base following a training exercise with Syrian opposition fighters, the Middle Eastern official said. In the ensuing confusion, shots were fired at US personnel, some of whom got out of their vehicle to take cover.

“Security was heightened at the time,” amping up the adrenaline among a guard force trained to respond rapidly to perceived threats, the official said. Investigators have found no evidence suggesting a deliberate targeting of the Americans, he said.

The incident took place five months after six Jordanian border guards were killed in a suicide-car bombing near the Syrian border. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.
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Why Would Anyone Want a President?

freedominourtime - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:46

No, he isn't -- unless you consent to be ruled. I don't know why anyone would.

“How small, of all that human hearts endure, that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.”
When Samuel Johnson wrote those measured words of welcome consolation, kings generally behaved with more restraint than presidents do now. The essential wisdom of his observation remains intact even our era of world-bestriding chief executives who have access to power not imagined by sages such as Johnson, the Framers who created the office, or even, for that matter, unalloyed despots like Lenin and Hitler, each of whom murdered millions but couldn’t vaporize people on a whim. 
Though he presides over a vast apparatus of coercion and punitive violence, the U.S. president falls well short of the divine status often imputed to him. Most importantly, he has no constitutional authority to “rule” anybody, and is the “leader” only of those who choose to follow him. And, may God be praised for it, the president does not “run” the country. 
It is difficult for me to comprehend a life so sterile that it becomes meaningless unless it finds validation through the election of a presidential candidate, yet lives of that kind are quite commonplace. This is proven by the flood-tide of pathos resulting from the nation-wide meltdown of campus-dwelling leftist snowflakes – and by the triumphalist gloating from collectivists of a different flavor who believe that the “greatness” of the United States is defined by the identity of the federal government’s executive figurehead. Their continent-spanning conniption fit demonstrates that at a level below sentience they understand the essential function of the state they worship – destruction of property, disruption of productive lives, and violence against the innocent. 
Frank Herbert’s literary masterpiece was an elaboration on the following insight: “Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” For all of its substantial flaws the U.S. Constitution does embody, however imperfectly, the insight that corruptible human beings cannot be entrusted with power, especially in an executive capacity.  How Trump's Alt-Right adherents see him....The presidency, as originally conceived, was custom-designed to be occupied by Washington, who was seen by many Americans as worthy of becoming a hereditary monarch. The Framers, acting on John Locke’sinsight that “the reigns of good princes have been always the most dangerous to the liberties of the people,” deprived that office of most of the attributes that would entice those who lusted for power. The president, once again, was to be a servant, not a ruler. 
Many believed that Washington was well-suited to the exercise of power, but the Framers understood that there is no such thing as a genuinely benevolent ruler. As Locke warned, the acts of such men become inimical to liberty “when their successors, managing the government with different thoughts, would draw the actions of those good rulers into precedent and make them the standard of their prerogative – as if what had been done only for the good of the people was a right in them to do for the harm of the people, if they so pleased….”
This point was made more recently by commentator Jimmy Dore of the progressive news site The Young Turks. During the Democratic primary, Dore – like many of his colleagues -- was an outspoken critic of Hillary Clinton. After the nominees were selected, Dore consistently warned that Clinton was not going to prevail against the populist tide that was propelling Trump’s campaign. As a more doctrinaire progressive, Dore preferred Bernie Sanders – but as someone who remembered, and took seriously, his High School civics classes, Dore was more concerned about the dangerously distended powers of the presidency itself. 
Speaking in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s victory, Dore emphasized that a Trump administration would inherit from Barack Obama a fully operational police state, with all-encompassing warrantless surveillance and a legal mechanism allowing the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are suspected of being “unlawful combatants.” 
“We’ve allowed our government to get rid of habeas corpus,” Dore lamented. “We’ve allowed our government to have a complete 24-hour surveillance system. That’s the opposite of liberty. That’s the opposite of freedom.”
“People were warned when they did this,” he continues, but liberals and progressives insisted that “it’s OK, because everybody likes Barack Obama right now. But what happens if there’s a next president – and nobody predicted Trump then, but now here we are.”
Dore and his fellow panelists also noted that by declining to seek the prosecution of officials who committed acts of torture during the Bush administration, Obama effectively decriminalized the practice – which his successor has promised to implement and expand. Of course, the same lamentation would be offered by conservatives in the election aftermath had Obama’s police state been inherited by Hillary Clinton. In a political environment increasingly defined by Lenin’s maxim that the only relevant question is “Who does what to whom?” neither of those factions is terribly concerned about the “what” in that equation – and the Bill of Rights is supposed to define the “what” in terms of things the government cannot do to the individual, no matter who presides over the executive branch. 
The greatness of America is inversely proportionate to the role government plays in the daily lives of its citizens. Hillary Clinton embodied the conceit that no facet of life anywhere on the planet should be a refuge from the totalitarian impulse to “improve” human conduct through the application of state-licensed violence.
...but he's just a bit more complicated. Donald Trump’s ambitions aren’t as vast, and he acts out of impulse rather than ideology – specifically, the impulse to punish others. His campaign was devoted to recovering “greatness,” rather than restoring “liberty.”

One of his most persistent refrains was “We have no choice” – a phrase that would serve as a coda to a proposal involving torture, or mass deportation, or invasive surveillance of a religious minority, or some other expansion of state power at the expense of the individual. His consistent critique of Obama – who currently presides over a half-dozen foreign military conflicts and has ordered the summary execution of US citizens by drone strikes – is that he is too “weak” in exercising the powers of his office, when he has actually been far from diffident in that regard. 
A constitutionalist would describe Obama’s weakness as an inability to restrain himself in the exercise of power. Those who understand the state to be a malignant fiction recognize that the exercise of power is itself an unqualified evil. No honest observer will discern in Donald Trump, an individual whose life has been a constant hymn of self-celebration, the smallest hint of a capacity for self-restraint. 
Since the Republicans control both houses of Congress, Trump won’t face the external restraints afforded by partisan gridlock. His ignorance of the Constitution being comprehensive, Trump doesn’t understand the legal restraints on the office he will hold. The insouciant disregard for contractual commitments he routinely displayed in his business career indicates that he wouldn’t consider himself bound by those restraints if he did understand them.  He's not mine, either. Trump’s victory on November 8 shocked people who take opinion polls seriously, but it didn’t surprise those who followed the political prediction markets. Given the superior predictive ability of investment markets, there is ominous significance in the fact that Trump’s victory sent prison stocks skyward in anticipation of a dramatic expansion of what is already the world’s largest carceral system. 
The throngs who gleefully chanted “Lock her up!” at Trump rallies are the kind of people who think our country is under-policed and our prisons are under-populated. Hopefully, their fever will eventually break, and they will recover their capacity for reflection. At that point they should consider a parable found in Armando Valladares’s memoir Against All Hope, which describes his decades of captivity in Fidel Castro’s gulag.
For most of his 22 years of incarceration as a political prisoner, Valladares was confined in the “Model Prison” on the Isla de Pinos. It was constructed under the reign of Cuban military dictator Gerardo Machado in the 1930s, and at the time it was regarded as ridiculously outsized, given that Cuba wasn’t overrun by violent criminals.
When his advisors asked why he would order construction of such an unnecessarily large prison, General Machado blithely replied: “Don’t you worry. Somebody will come along who’ll manage to fill it up.”
“That somebody,” Valladares grimly wrote, “was Fidel Castro.”
It has been said that every ruler builds a house another will inherit. A better way of expressing that insight is that every ruler expands the architecture of oppression, thereby fortifying the prison in which his subjects – and their children – will live. This is true even – no, especially -- of rulers who supposedly have a democratic mandate to exercise violence on behalf of the collective. 
Seven years ago, at the beginning of Obama’s reign, attendants at Tea Party rallies often displayed signs advertising that the occupant of the White House was “Not My President.” Obama’s partisans denounced that sentiment as seditious. The same slogan has now been adopted by participants in anti-Trump tantrums – and the underlying sentiment is now being denounced by people who had once seen that phrase as a form of patriotic poetry.
Apart from employees of the executive branch, or active-duty members of the military who have been called into service by Congress, no American really has a “president.” The office was intended to be peripheral to the daily concerns of Americans, rather than the central focus of their existence. What a wonderful thing it would be if Americans of all persuasions adopted the motto “Not My President” – and then learned to regard the state itself with the proper mixture of hostility and contempt.
 This week's Freedom Zealot Podcast: What Obama built, Donald Trump now inherits --

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US ADDS Rebranded AQ/Al Nusra Group, Jabhat Fateh Al Sham, to Terrorist List- Worrisome

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 11/12/2016 - 19:12
Why the sudden change of heart?  Timing? Immediately after the election.
In that void between old leadership and new? 
While everyone is distracted with their Trump hysterics?
An excuse to expand or increase the bombing of Syria? Definitely. Even admitted.
Read below
The US Department of State has amended the designation of al-Nusra Front as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and added the ‘new alias’ of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham as a terrorist organization. “U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Jabhat Fateh al Sham, and all property and interests in property of the organization subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. In addition, knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to the organization is prohibited,” the state department said. In July 2016, al-Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammed al-Joulani announced his group would henceforth be known as Jabhat Fateh al Sham and distanced itself from al-Qaeda.
“Despite attempts to distinguish itself from al-Nusra Front by developing a new logo and flag, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’s principles continue to be the same as those of al-Qaeda and the group remains committed to carrying out terrorist activity under this new name,” the US State Department said. As a result, the US-led coalition continued to carry out airstrikes against the group in Syria, killing two of its members in the beginning of November. “Whether it calls itself Jabhat Fateh al Sham or al-Nusra Front, the group remains al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,” the state department added. “Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control today designated four key leaders of al-Nusra Front pursuant to Executive Order 13224”, which included Abdallah al-Muhaysini, a Saudi, JFS’s religious advisor.“The United States and therefore the international Coalition is about to step up its operations against Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), al-Qaeda’s recently rebranded Syrian branch,” Kyle Orton, an analyst for the Henri Jackson Society wrote in a report.This is a necessary policy, but pursued in isolation—without replacing the capacities that JFS provides to the insurgency—this action will strengthen the coalition supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” he said.
Kyle Orton from the zionist/NATO Henri Jackson society cannot possibly approve of strengthening the coalition supporting "the regime of Bashar al Assad" Though Henri Jackson and Kyle Orton would certainly approve of expanding the bombing campaign...

I'm suspicious of US intentions with this move!
Excerpt from Kyle Orton's report- You're all gonna love it (very facetious)

The United States and therefore the international Coalition is about to step up its operations against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS), al-Qaeda’s recently rebranded Syrian branch. This is a necessary policy, but pursued in isolation—without replacing the capacities that JFS provides to the insurgency—this action will strengthen the coalition supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the actors chiefly responsible for the humanitarian abomination in Syria that has deliberately given rise to the security menace of the Islamic State (IS) and the flow of refugees into Europe that has destabilized Western security. Assad’s coalition also includes the Islamic Republic of Iran, a more significant global terrorism threat than IS which has repeatedly attacked the West."without replacing the capacity that JFS provides to the insurgency" 

Left this comment at Sypers regarding the replacement of the capacity?
Penny says: November 13th, 2016 at 8:45 AM [Level 7 - Tribunus Angusticlavius] Hi again Daniel
was thinking more about this situation..
from the Scoop Jackson report

"without replacing the capacities that JFS provides to the insurgency—this action will strengthen the coalition supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad"
we know the US and co do not want to strengthen the Assad regime- Trump or no Trump
So "replacing the capacities"?
Another rebrand- since the first was a fail?
More boots on the ground from NATO?
More Kurdish proxies?
More gullible recruits from Europe?
Options, options, options..

All the stuff about Iran..Definite Israeli first gibberish.. al Assad and allies 'responsible for the humanitarian abomination in Syria? Deliberately given rise to ISIS? Iran a more significant global terrorism threat then ISIS?

Sure reads like Israeli/NATO/US spin!
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Gilad Atzmon and the National Socialism of George Orwell- Interview

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 16:48
hattip Gallier2!
It's amazing the reads that post, of more then three years ago, still receives.
Recently there were a batch of comments and an offer of a book

 Wednesday, March 13, 2013- Aldous Huxley letter to George Orwell
gallier2November 8, 2016 at 12:14 AMThere's also this interview with Gilad Atzmon about George Orwell which is very interesting

showing that he was in fact national-socialist (not nazi) a thing that the PC lefty crowd will be incapable to understand.

This is an excellent interview- Very enjoyable

Entretien avec Gilad Atzmon sur le national... by ERTV

Playing catch up today!

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Francis Fukuyama, Excerpted: US Against the World? Trump's American & New Global Order

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:56
 FT: US against the world? Trump’s America and the new global order- Francis Fukuyama

Interesting FF notices the Trump win is similar to the Brexit vote? Couldn’t help but notice that myself.
"We appear to be entering a new age of populist nationalism, in which the dominant liberal order that has been constructed since the 1950s has come under attack from angry and energised democratic majorities.

The manner of Trump’s victory lays bare the social basis of the movement he has mobilised. A look at the voting map shows Clinton’s support concentrated geographically in cities along the coasts, with swaths of rural and small-town America voting solidly for Trump. The most surprising shifts were his flipping of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three northern industrial states that were so solidly Democratic in recent elections that Clinton didn’t even bother to campaign in the latter one. He won by being able to win over unionised workers who had been hit by deindustrialisation, promising to “make America great again” by restoring their lost manufacturing jobs.

We have seen this story before. This is the story of Brexit, where the pro-Leave vote was similarly concentrated in rural areas and small towns and cities outside London. It is also true in France, where working-class voters whose parents and grandparents used to vote for the Communist or Socialist parties are voting for Marine Le Pen’s National Front.

But populist nationalism is a far broader phenomenon than that. Vladimir Putin remains unpopular among more educated voters in big cities such as St Petersburg and Moscow, but has a huge support base in the rest of the country. The same is true of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has an enthusiastic support base among the country’s conservative lower middle class, or Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban, who is popular everywhere but in Budapest"
Fukuyama  plays the ‘social class’card. But presents it in a way that suggests the lesser educated are ill informed- Au contraire- The lesser educated are the lesser indoctrinated and more likely to understand what is truly important- Family. Community. The ability to support that family and have a succesful community- I’m not speaking of the identity politics community- I’m speaking of the physical community- Where you live.

FF: “Social class, defined today by one’s level of education, appears to have become the single most important social fracture in countless industrialised and emerging-market countries. This, in turn, is driven directly by globalisation and the march of technology, which has been facilitated in turn by the liberal world order created largely by the US since 1945"
At least FF talks about the liberal world order for what it is! It is NOT truth, justice and human freedom for the identity politics indoctrinated.

FF: “When we talk about a liberal world order, we are speaking about the rules-based system of international trade and investment that has fuelled global growth in recent years. This is the system that allows iPhones to be assembled in China and shipped to customers in the US or Europe in the week before Christmas”

“But as everyone is painfully aware now, the benefits of this system did not filter down to the whole population. The working classes in the developed world saw their jobs disappear as companies outsourced and squeezed efficiencies in response to a ruthlessly competitive global market.
This long-term story was hugely exacerbated by the US subprime crisis of 2008, and the euro crisis that hit Europe a couple of years later. In both cases, systems designed by elites — liberalised financial markets in the US case, and European policies such as the euro and the Schengen system of internal migration — collapsed dramatically in the face of external shocks. The costs of these failures were again much more heavily borne by ordinary workers than by the elites themselves”
Why didn’t this anger manifest earlier? FF asks that question too.

FF: “The costs of these failures were again much more heavily borne by ordinary workers than by the elites themselves. Ever since, the real question should not have been why populism has emerged in 2016, but why it took so long to become manifest”
My answer would be because the masses have had their small minds distracted by their enter-entrainments- iphones & video games. Along with their ability to pile on debt thanks to extremely low interest rates- remaining hopeful that the elite classes would right the wrongs- fools! It also seems to me that the pushing of extremist identity politics and political correctness were factors in the masses finally manifesting their disenchantment.

FF: In the US, there was a political failure insofar as the system did not adequately represent the traditional working class. The Republican party was dominated by corporate America and its allies who had profited handsomely from globalisation, while the Democratic party had become the party of identity politics: a coalition of women, African-Americans, Hispanics, environmentalists, and the LGBT community, that lost its focus on economic issues”Clinton played the identity politics card repeatedly and openly- employing divide to conquer strategy

FF: “The failure of the American left to represent the working class is mirrored in similar failures across Europe. European social democracy had made its peace with globalisation a couple of decades ago, in the form of Blairite centrism or the kind of neoliberal reformism engineered by Gerhard Schröder’s Social Democrats in the 2000s.

But the broader failure of the left was the same one made in the lead-up to 1914 and the Great war, when, in the apt phrase of the British-Czech philosopher, Ernest Gellner, a letter sent to a mailbox marked “class” was mistakenly delivered to one marked “nation.” Nation almost always trumps class because it is able to tap into a powerful source of identity, the desire to connect with an organic cultural community. This longing for identity is now emerging in the form of the American alt-right, a formerly ostracised collection of groups espousing white nationalism in one form or another. But even short of these extremists, many ordinary American citizens began to wonder why their communities were filling up with immigrants, and who had authorised a system of politically correct language by which one could not even complain about the problem. This is why Donald Trump received a huge number of votes from better-educated and more well-off voters as well, who were not victims of globalisation but still felt their country was being taken from them. Needless to say, this dynamic underlay the Brexit vote as well”

So what will be the concrete consequences of the Trump victory for the international system? Contrary to his critics, Trump does have a consistent and thought-through position: he is a nationalist on economic policy, and in relation to the global political system. He has clearly stated that he will seek to renegotiate existing trade agreements such as Nafta and presumably the WTO, and if he doesn’t get what he wants, he is willing to contemplate exiting from them. And he has expressed admiration for “strong” leaders such as Russia’s Putin who nonetheless get results through decisive action. He is correspondingly much less enamoured of traditional US allies such as those in Nato, or Japan and South Korea, whom he has accused of freeriding on American power. This suggests that support for them will also be conditional on a renegotiation of the cost-sharing arrangements now in place.

The dangers of these positions for both the global economy and for the global security system are impossible to understate. The world today is brimming with economic nationalism. Traditionally, an open trade and investment regime has depended on the hegemonic power of the US to remain afloat. If the US begins acting unilaterally to change the terms of the contract, there are many powerful players around the world who would be happy to retaliate, and set off a downward economic spiral reminiscent of the 1930s"

This is where I will end this post. You can and should read the rest at FT’s- Link posted at the beginning of this post- It's certainly thought provoking.

From about an hour ago... maybe a bit longer:

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Arab ‘element’ withdraws from Raqqa Offensive- Doubting Ethnic Cleansing by Kurds?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:08

This news, certainly, corroborates my earlier claims-

Is the US going to reign the PKK/YPG militia in?
I certainly don't think they will.
 How about You?

“The Raqqa offensive is on shaky footing now that a key Arab element—Thuwar ar-Raqqa—has withdrawn from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, “declaring Kurdish forces had broken an agreement to allow them to lead the charge” on the Islamic State group’s de facto HQ in Syria.

The agreement was that the SDF would only provide logistical support for the operation,” Mahmoud Hadi, a Thuwar ar-Raqqa official, told the Middle East Eye Thursday. “Everything had been agreed beforehand, we even agreed which flags would be raised…and that the brigade would be in charge of the administrative and security management of the city afterwards. But what happened on the ground has unfortunately been the complete opposite to what we had agreed.”
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Is the US getting it's "colour revolution"? - Identity Politics aka Divide to Conquer

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:39
A colour revolution fomented via identity politics? Sure looks that way!

When  I made this comment:
"US election- Think I said this last year and I'm stickin' with it- It's a Clinton steal/win

And a lose for the entire population of the US"

I meant the lose part- One could see how divisive this election had been. One couldn't help but notice that yesterday all the news was identity politics news.
-women and glass ceilings
-the reviled 'white middle class'

 Hillary's speech was pure identity politics- she dropped all  the right memes
"The American Dream is big enough for everyone—for people of all races and religious, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities"

  And to all the women, and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign, and in me—I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

 And to all the little girls who are watching this: never doubt that you are valuable, and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. If she ever has a grandchild, let it not be a grandson. Cause that's some real man hate going on.

What she should have said was the American dream is big enough for ALL Americans.

That would have signaled unity. And inclusiveness. She mentioned men only once. But played the 'girl power' card repeatedly

Today what's the news? "anti Trump marches"

Thousands join anti-Trump protests around U.S
Throngs of demonstrators held marches across the United States on Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, blasting his campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.Identity politics.

A.N.S.W.E.R. SD & a phone number? Fight Neo Fascism? How about fight identity politics? Cultural Marxism? And divide to conquer? No, instead  CHOSE to be a useful idiot and participate/promote the manipulation of the masses at the behest of the elite classes! That's what I see in the picture-  Useful Idiots! Unthinking, stupid, reactive  but useful idiots. (Likely payed by some NGO run by George Soros or someone of his ilk)

The US is getting colour revolutioned!!

That explains the surprise Trump win quite succinctly:

Recall? 21st Century Wire: Gilad Atzmon Identity Politics and Pre Traumatic Stress

 In the second and third hours we’re joined by best selling author and renowned international artist, Gilad Atzmon, to discuss life as a “proud self-hating Jew” and the identity politics dilemma shared by two very strange bedfellows: Zionism and the so-called ‘Islamic State’, George Soros and the international Cultural Marxist agenda, and also the real roots of Islamophobia in America
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The Donald Triumphs!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 07:40
Hillary and her extensive network of crooked cronies couldn't even steal this election.
 I actually watched a bit of election news coverage last night and it was obvious to me who Martha Radditz and company wanted to win... Hillary

The media showered praise on her constantly. While heaping disdain on Donald Trump and all his followers.

Usually what the media says is what goes with the masses. Maybe it was too much?

The headlines this morning call this a "stunning win"

Canadian headlines:

CBC -Donald Trump wins US election in astonishing victory
Toronto Star- Donald Trump wins, America elects an unthinkable president  It can surely be said that Americans are misogynistic racist haters (facetious, so take it easy)
And it will be said over and over. In fact it's already begun!

 What Clinton's loss says about women in politics
(Of course it says nothing at all about women in politics)

The Guardian  Panel: What does the US election result say about misogyny?
Faced with the choice between a qualified woman with flaws and a man who had lied, evaded taxes and faced many sexual assault allegations, voters chose the manA qualified woman with flaws? Seriously?

Oh yeah and Russia wanted Trump to win, so a win for Trump, is a win for Russia!

 Putin gives thumbs-up to Trump's U.S. election win
 Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump's victory.
In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning. Putin expressed "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state."
2014 washington times image- nothing to do with the election at all! Just thought I'd throw it in to show how easily imagery can be used to create a concept in the mind

"Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning" The same telegram would have undoubtedly been sent had Clinton won- the thumbs up is media spin

Greg from Goon Squad left a you tube link here. Clearly the corrupt Clinton's loss has warmed Greg's heart and filled it with song..  

Don't Miss these two previous posts:
Aleksander Dugin Visits Turkey- Moscow & Ankara Discuss Deploying Air Defense Systems to TurkeyJay Dyer on Tragedy & Hope 7: Cold War Psy Ops & the Bomb Almighty 
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Aleksander Dugin Visits Turkey- Moscow & Ankara Discuss Deploying Air Defense Systems to Turkey

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 18:06
Hattip Ally for some interesting info!

AllyNovember 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM Daily Sabah

I find the timing of the visit- interesting. Considering Dugin visited Turkey the day before the July 15 coup and rumours have been flying regarding a second coup. And then there is Raqqa.
 Russian President Vladimir Putin's advisor, political scientist and strategist Aleksander Dugin visited the parliamentary group meeting of ruling Justice and Development (AK Party) on Tuesday.
Dugin, who said earlier that Russia had warned the Turkish state authorities of the ongoing junta preparation one day prior to the failed coup attempt of July 15 organized by the Gülenist terror cult (FETÖ), visited the Turkish parliament. He visited the site of the Turkish parliament, which was bombed by pro-coup jets on the night of July 15; he also had a short conversation with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, following the group meeting speech of the latter. In response to the questions of Turkish journalists, Dugin said that he did not bring any private message from Putin; his presence in Ankara was to show the special friendship of Russia to Turkey. Dugin highlighted the FETÖ threat, pointing out that the terrorist group aimed at harming Russian-Turkish bilateral relations. On July 15, 2016 a FETÖ-led coup attempt took place in Turkey. FETÖ is designated as a threat to national security of Turkey and terrorist cult, and stands accused of a long sheet of crimes, the latest being the failed coup attempt in which 246 people were killed and 2,200 were injured. Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday.  Very, very soon then? 
Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the meeting's agenda was the deployment of an air defense system to Turkey. Fomin stressed that a decision over a possible deployment of an air defense system to Turkey could be taken at the commission meeting. In October, Turkish foreign ministry sources said that Ankara was ready to accept an offer from Russia for a Turkish tender to build long-range air defense systems. Russian official added that the upcoming meeting will once again strengthen both military and technical cooperation between the two countries.

From earlier and very much related:
Jay Dyer on Tragedy & Hope 7: Cold War Psy Ops & the Bomb Almighty
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Jay Dyer on Tragedy & Hope 7: Cold War Psy Ops & the Bomb Almighty

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 17:33
Finally got to catch up with Part 7 of Jay Dyer's "Tragedy and Hope"

If you've not caught the previous 6 parts, some of them are here, but all of them are available at Jay's site or Jay's You Tube Channel.

I've enjoyed this series immensely and commend Jay for actually reading through this book.
What was interesting about this part in particular? Well considering my calling Kurdish militias proxies.... Lo and behold.... Right there in Caroll Quigley's tome "Tragedy and Hope" is the mention of the West using the Kurds to turn Turkey towards the West and away from Russia.
Facts is facts people- Truth Exists.
At 25:30 Jay says "This is interesting because it sounds like today!" In 1945 Russia denounced it's treaty of friendship with Turkey- Yes, the west was involved.  According to Caroll Quigley's book Anti-Turkish agitation was incited amongst the Kurds ensuring Turkish alienation was complete. And unsurprisingly Turkey was welcomed into NATO shortly thereafter- Undoubtedly the old "protection racket" tactic had been employed.

That historical tidbit ties right nicely into yesterday's post  The Kurds’ Proxy Trap? No Meme Kurdish History

Wikipedia -

"On 19 March 1945, the USSR's Foreign Minister Molotov advised Turkey's ambassador in Moscow that the USSR was unilaterally withdrawing from the 1925 Non-Aggression pact;[6] the decision was explained by asserting that "due to the deep changes that had occurred especially during World War II" the treaty did not cohere with "the new situation and needed serious improvement."[7] The Turkish government was subsequently informed by Molotov that in addition to bases in the Straits, the Soviet Union also claimed a part of eastern Turkey, which was assumed to refer to the districts of Kars, Artvin and Ardahan, which the Russian Empire (and the short-lived Democratic Republic of Armenia) had held between 1878 and 1921.[8] At the Potsdam Conference (July 1945), Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin demanded a revision of the Montreux Convention; the Soviet demand that the USSR should be allowed to join in the defence of the Straits was rejected by Turkey, with the backing of the West.[8] In March 1947, with the proclamation of the Truman Doctrine, the US underwrote the frontiers of Turkey (as well as Greece) and the continued existence of non-communist governments in the two countries.[8] Turkey sought aid from the United States and joined NATO in 1952. The USSR and Turkey were in different camps during the Korean War and throughout the Cold sucks but for a bit of background it's ok.

Jay Dyer Tragedy and Hope Part 7

Previous lectures:
Lecture 1 is here.Lecture 2 is here.Lecture 3 is here.Lecture 4 here.Lecture 5 is here. Lecture 6 is here
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The Kurds’ Proxy Trap? No Meme Kurdish History

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 16:25
I'm not certain how many times the writings of Ofra Bengio have been featured here?
This is certainly not the first or second time! Ofra writes quite regularly about the Kurds.
Their history. Maybe their future? Especially as it pertains to Israeli interests.
She's certainly not writing from a hostile perspective. She writes quite sympathetically from what I've read.  (Who is Ofra Bengio? )

Ofra Bengio is calling the Kurds proxy fighters- because that is what they are
That is what they have long been. Particularly vicious marauders while attacking Christians as you will learn. Then as now. Except now it's Arabs too. Sunni and Shiite.

Uncovering fact and separating it from fiction to better understand the reality that Kurdish militias have willingly been proxy fighters and ethnic cleansers for far longer then most are aware. 
In fact one could safely state,  by all appearances, there has been a concerted effort to clean up blood thirsty Kurdish history-- for political reasons. Geopolitical reasons.

FYI: There will be additional links at the bottom of this lengthy post

From American Interest- where one read a month is granted.

Will the Kurds’ proxy fight against ISIS work against their national aspirations in the long run?
"Since 2013 President Barack Obama has been repeating the mantra that there would be no American boots on the ground in Syria, explaining, “We are going to have to find effective partners on the ground to push back against ISIL.” No doubt, the Kurds have proved to be effective fighters both in Iraq and Syria, but the crucial question is whether they are really partners or mere tools in a proxy war, to be summarily dispensed with when the war is over.
The Kurds are well known for having played a proxy role for various warring parties, be they old empires or modern states. This record raises questions such as: What circumstances led them to play such a role? Why did they commit themselves to it? How did they expect to benefit from it? And what is the balance of their gains and losses over the years?"The Kurds as proxy fighters is a topic broached repeatedly here. Rather then the commonly presented noble warriors meme. The kurdish militias have a long history of service and plain opportunism as proxy fighters/mercenaries on behalf of more powerful parties but taking liberties for their own gain!

 Discussing fact over fallacy doesn't win any popularity contests that's for sure! However to understand a situation, any situation, one must have a grounding in reality. When I write things here such as Kurds are proxy fighters it's because they are present time and they have been historically. The common memes of Kurds as the perpetual victim or the noble warrior are nothing more then simplistic mind viruses used to persuade one to believe that which should not be believed

Ofra Bengio
"Historically speaking, the proxy wars in which the Kurds have taken part assumed three main patterns. 1- The Kurds were either fighting as proxies: for their government against an internal or external enemy; 2-for a neighboring government against their own government; 3-or for regional or international actors against their government or various non-state actors. But while the patterns may have been different, the results have been tediously familiar.An early case of the first pattern is that of the Kurdish Hamidiye cavalry, established by Sultan Abdulhamid in 1890 and active until the Young Turk revolution of 1908. Since the Ottoman Empire by that time had become weak relative to its encroaching adversaries, the Sultan needed this cavalry, composed of different Kurdish tribes, to fight Russia and contain the Armenians. Indeed, the Hamidiye was said to have played a no small role in the Armenian massacres of 1894–96.For the Kurds involved in the Hamidiye, the experiment had mixed results. On the one hand, it taught them how to organize, train, and fight; on the other, it deepened rivalries between the tribes and their chieftains. And this doesn’t even factor in the repercussions of their participation in the Armenian massacres. Ataturk promised the Kurds autonomy for their support in the war of independence, but then he reneged on it"

Not sure if Ataturk promised these proxy mercenaries autonomy- However, based on my previous reading it seems the Kurdish Hamidiye kept all the spoils of their terror. Land. Homes. Stolen wealth.
 It is most interesting that  the Turks under Ataturk the Donmeh (crypto jew) and the Kurdish hordes were both complicit in the murder of Christians- It seems so familiar. Likely because it is ongoing today.

Important: Hamidiye and Hamidian when referencing the Kurdish mercenaries and the Armenian massacre is the same.

Additional Information:

"The Assyrian civilian population of upper Mesopotamia (the Tur Abdin region, the Hakkâri, Van, and Siirt provinces of present-day southeastern Turkey, and the Urmia region of northwestern Iran) was forcibly relocated and massacred by the Muslim Ottoman (Turkish) army, together with other armed and allied Muslim peoples, including Kurds, Chechens and Circassians, between 1914 and 1920"  All Assyrian men were slain and the others were forced to flee. These massacres were often carried out upon the initiatives of local politicians and Kurdish tribes"In other words the Kurdish militias went above and beyond the call, on their own!  It's interesting to observe that modern day Kurds including PKK claim all the land that was once occupied by Assyrian Christians and Armenian Christians as their own. 
 "The Aramean and Armenian massacres of the end of the Ottoman times are mainly, preponderantly and predominantly a Kurdish responsibility"
Back to the article "The Kurd's Proxy Trap"
"The modern incarnation of the Hamidiye is the Korucular—the village guards system established by the Turkish government almost a hundred years later (1985) to fight the ascending power of the PKK. It was designed, as the Turkish saying has it, “to have the Kurds kill the Kurds” (“Kurdu Kurde Kirdirmak”). Numbering between 50,000 and 90,000, the still-active guards have important tactical advantages because they are familiar with the language, the people, and the geography of the region, and they are armed to do a job comparable to that of the regular army. An undeclared aim of creating the Korucular was to revive the tribal regiments in order to control other tribes and build structures similar to those of the Hamidiye. In fact, despite the high salaries and benefits its members have gotten from the Turkish government, the Korucular could not overpower the PKK. It did, however, further divide Kurdish society.Another example of a proxy involvement aimed at “divide and rule” is the Kurdish auxiliary force that the Iraqi monarchical regime established, and that the Ba‘athi regime revived under the cynical title of the “Salah al-Din Forces” for the purpose of fighting Mulla Mustafa Barzani’s guerrilla force, the Peshmerga. Nicknamed juhush (donkeys), this force did not prove to be loyal to the Ba‘athi regime; indeed, it turned against it on various occasions, especially during the Kurdish uprising in 1991 following Operation Desert Storm.2The second pattern includes the backing that Iran granted intermittently (1960–90) to the two major Kurdish parties in Iraq—the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)—so as to destabilize the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. For its part Baghdad, supported the Iranian KDP to destabilize the Islamic Republic"The Kurdish role of killers for hire between Iran/Iraq etc was mentioned in this post: Kurds: Betrayers Are Often Betrayed- Victims of and Parties to Conflict

"Another example is the support Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad granted to the KDP and PUK during the 1970s in order to weaken the rival Ba‘athi regime in Baghdad. Shortly afterward, the elder Assad granted asylum and bases to PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to engage the Turkish army. However, in all these cases the support of the neighboring countries turned out to be a double-edged sword for the Kurds. When it no longer suited its interests, Iran abandoned the Kurds in 1975 for a deal with Baghdad. Similarly, under Turkish pressure Assad evicted Ocalan from Syria in October 1998 and shortly afterward Syria and Turkey signed the Adana agreement “against PKK terrorist organization,” paving the way to “development of relations in all areas.”The Adana agreement has been mentioned at the blog previously
Regional governments and those extrinsic to the region have also employed the Kurds extensively in struggles against certain governments or non-state actors. The most glaring example is the secret tripartite support given to the Kurds of Iraq in their war against the Ba‘ath between 1972 and 1975. Iran, Israel, and the United States, the partners in this plan, had one common target, namely, to destabilize the radical Ba‘athi regime. But when in March 1975 interests dictated temporary reconciliation with Baghdad, both Iran and the United States abruptly stopped their support to the Kurds. (As for Israel, its government was genuinely interested in a Kurdish victory, not just the weakening of Baghdad, but it could not continue its aid since it had to pass through Iran.)The most recent case of Kurds acting as proxies is the role they are fulfilling today in fighting ISIS on two fronts, in Iraq and Syria. From early on it was clear that neither the United States nor the European Union were eager to send ground forces to combat ISIS. But they could not detach themselves from the several repercussions of this war: Their own citizens were being targeted by ISIS, and the Europeans had to contend with a flood of refugees trying to escape the war zones. In the absence of developing a full-fledged Turkish option to suffocate the violence in Syria, the next-best solution to the dilemma was the well-tested device of Kurdish proxy war" It's not credible to believe, suggest or otherwise claim the kurds are fighting ISIS. I don't care much who makes the claim. ISIS is a proxy force for the US/Israel/NATO. The kurds are a proxy force for the US/Israel/NATO. Since they are both proxies it is absurd to believe they are truly fighting one another. I've covered on multiple occasions the FACT that  the ISIS proxy regularly melts away 'to fight another day when the kurdish proxy comes to town.
"On the Iraqi front the Kurdish forces—the Peshmerga—have been the most effective boots on the ground. While the Iraqi army collapsed in June 2014 before ISIS’s disproportionally smaller forces in Mosul, the Peshmerga managed to stop the ISIS onslaught and even to take control of important chunks of territory around Kirkuk. Shortly afterward, ISIS initiated another onslaught on the Kurdish region, but Kurdish forces stopped them from reaching Erbil. They were less successful in Sinjar, which proved to be a prelude to the Yezidi massacres of August 2014. Ever since, however, the Peshmerga (with the help of Kurdish Syrian forces) have reoccupied Sinjar and held the line against ISIS along a front of more than 1,000 km"The above paragraph is the stuff of 'official narrative' It is not, however, reality. The Iraqi army collapse was due to the fact that it was filled with Sunni Muslim Kurds or Arabs who dropped trou' and joined up with ISIS. It was yet another example of Kurd/ISIS symbiosis.

 It is being said that U.S.-trained government troops have fled the city, many of them **stripping off their uniforms so as to not be identified.**  "US trained government troops?"
 Troops loyal to which government? Being US trained? Who paid them? Who supplied these troops? Exactly who were these people that the US trained?
All we know is that they are US trained government troops- See Israeli/Kurdish cooperation.
 "Stripping off their uniforms" 

And changing into what? Camouflage clothing?

"So as not to be identified"

You should not assume this is to avoid being targeted by ISIS. If these were plants, they would have stripped off their uniforms, changed into clothing pictured below and would became easily identifiable to their cohorts. In ISIS. This also explains the ease with which ISIS took Mosul.  “Kurds made public statements that this is not their fight, and everyone pulled back from the battlefield. The withdraw of 35-40% is enough for the collapse of the army.” The official bogus narrative isn't the truth. And Kurdish withdrawal reads exactly like ISIS's typical withdrawal

Kurd Proxy Trap Continues
"The secret to this success is the degree of cooperation between Kurdish forces on the ground and the air support the U.S. military and its allies have granted them. This symbiotic relationship goes back to the 2003 Iraq War. At a time when Turkey’s AKP government denied the U.S. military the use of Incirlik Air Base, it was the Peshmerga who performed a proxy role by occupying the whole of northern Iraq. This Kurdish achievement was vital for the U.S. military, which lacked boots on the ground in that part of Iraq. The numbers speak for themselves: While more than 4,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq since 2003, none have died in the Kurdish region?I've mentioned the troubles between the US &Turkey in 2003, repeatedly, here at the blog.
"The Kurdish proxy war in Syria has been much more complicated than that in Iraq. In contrast to the Kurds of Iraq, with whom the Americans had a long-standing acquaintance going back to the 1991 Gulf War, the Kurds of Syria were an unknown quantity in Washington. The PYD and its military organs, the YPG and the YPJ, came to the fore only in 2012 when they took control of three Kurdish cantons in northern Syria and established the autonomous region dubbed Rojava. Furthermore, the PYD is an offshoot of the PKK; its Marxist-Leninist leanings do not fit well with the West"More official narrative nonsense- I've articles here, linked, that report on the movement and presence of PKK in northern Syria as early as 2010. The US acknowledged the YPG was affiliated with PKK, until they cleansed their own websites of the connections. I would expect no less from Ofra Bengio but adherence to the official Israeli sanctioned narrative

OB continues....
"At the time, U.S. policy was also still pinning its hopes on the Syrian opposition, which it helped establish (to what extent remains a matter of contention) in order to fight the Assad regime. But it soon transpired that this opposition was no match either for the Assad regime or the jihadis, certainly not ISIS and not even Jabhat al-Nusra, then the al-Qaeda proxy in the war. Those who carried the battle to ISIS were mainly the YPG and the YPJ. However, employing them in a proxy war in Syria presented the Obama Administration and its allies with a problem: It sought to support them militarily, but it resisted endorsing their political agenda out of concern for roiled and deteriorating relations with Turkey.Turkey did not see eye to eye with its NATO allies. The Turkish leadership reasoned, not without justification, that the fuel enabling ISIS to burn the region and beyond came from the murderous Assad regime; it therefore even granted ISIS tacit support in Syria and Iraq at a certain point in the fight.3 More importantly, Turkey regarded the PYD and its military wings as mortal enemies because of their close ties with the PKK. The last thing Ankara wanted was a Kurdish entity on its southern border that could become a model for the Kurds of Turkey, and that might unite Kurdish forces against it in the long run"To those that say Turkey supported ISIS??? ... Ofra Bengio says Assad supported ISIS. Yes, Assad fueled ISIS.  Totally ignoring the US/Israeli/NATO connections. Convenient. Never mentioning that ISIS came right on out of Iraq, chock full of Sunni Kurds and Arabs!
"The West had thus to reconcile its need for effective Kurdish boots on the ground against Turkish permission to use Incirlik Air Base for sorties against ISIS. The recipe was to refrain from declaring the PYD a terrorist organization and continue supporting the YPG despite Turkey’s remonstrations, but at the same time appease Turkey by turning a blind eye to its attacks against the PKK in Iraq and Turkey.This arrangement worked for two months—from July to September 2015—when a familiar player re-emerged on the already complicated scene: The Russian regime decided to salvage the Assad regime via air attacks against its opponents. This turned Syria into an expanded politico-military battleground in which various regional and international forces are vying for influence. The proxy war also took a new turn. Russia’s declared aim was to fight ISIS, but in fact its targets were the other opposition and jihadi forces, leaving the fight against ISIS to the Kurds.Thus both Russia and the United States sought to use the YPG against ISIS. The PYD ably used this new status to leverage an improved standing in the international arena. Unlike the PKK, which is still on U.S. and EU terrorist lists, PYD members have achieved some measure of acceptance. Furthermore, the Kurds of Syria have managed to open representative offices in Moscow and in certain European countries. The Turks don’t like it, but the only way to diminish the PYD and destroy Rojava is for Turkey to undertake the brunt of the anti-ISIS fighting itself"And Turkey has taken it upon itself to fight ISIS, which is the Kurds too. I'm really hoping my readers are not deluding themselves. There kurds and ISIS are bff's.

""Many reports suggested that the Daesh (ISIS) fighters who attacked Kirkuk were Kurds rather than Arabs"
OB continued:
"Looking back, the Kurds’ experience with proxy wars has been rewarding in the short term but mostly disastrous in the long term. The Kurds have been able to best many opponents and establish a reputation for martial skill, but at the cost of exacerbating internal divisions and serially alarming everyone from their state “hosts” to neighbors. So why do they continue playing this role, what are the lessons they may draw from it now, and will it turn out better for the Kurds this time?On the face of it, the present proxy war is different from earlier ones because there seems to be a greater convergence of core interests between the proxies and their employers. Partly for that reason, the support is overt rather than covert. As for the Kurds, they now seem to display higher degree of national consciousness and cohesion, which conduces to their gaining wide autonomy or even independence. The powers also seem to have changed their stances. The air support the U.S. government had granted to Kurdish forces fighting both in Iraq and Syria was so crucial that, without it, Erbil and Kobani would have collapsed. Similarly, the military training and equipment given to both fighting forces were critically important. So a true mutual dependence has been demonstrated to a degree that transcends all previous engagements.I'll agree that there does seem to be "a greater convergence of core interests between the proxies" kurds and their employers: US/NATO/Israel- Remaking the middle east for Israel 2.0 seems to be on the menu. And yes "the support is overt rather than covert." Not just arms flowing, but through the media mouthpieces too! Main stream and alternative NATO media. Hence the two main memes met to garner support "noble warrior" and/or the "always betrayed"

I disagree that the Kurds have a 'higher degree of national consciousness or cohesion" 
What they have is duplicity, tyranny and coercion

Is there a rub?
"But here’s the rub: Even during this current bout of proxy war, U.S. and EU policy has been to systematically block Kurdish representatives from participating in any international forum arranged to discuss strategy for combating ISIS or finding solutions to the Syrian civil war. Similarly, the weapons granted to the Peshmerga do not fulfill all their needs; they do not include heavy equipment such as tanks or aircraft—the kind of equipment the Iraqi army lost to ISIS when Mosul was captured. Moreover, for a long time all military support to the Peshmerga had to be transferred via Baghdad, which was reluctant to deliver it to Erbil. In Syria, too, the support given far from covers the needs of the Kurdish forces"Have the US and EU systematically blocked Kurdish representatives from participating in international forum.... etc., ? Not from what I've read. It looks to me as if the Kurds have tanks? Do they need aircraft? When they  have the US/NATO airforce at their beck and call? 
Perhaps the Peshmerga had to get their arms via Baghdad. But PKK and YPG sure didn't! 
"The most recent turn of events in the war in Syria may be an omen of things to come. For the first time since the war erupted, Turkey sent its military forces into Syria in late August to prevent YPG forces from liberating the border town Jarablus from ISIS. Turkey’s main purpose has been to stop the advance of the Syrian Kurds toward de facto autonomy, specifically to prevent the linking up of all three Kurdish “cantons” on the Turkish frontier. So dangerous has Ankara deemed this autonomy that it quickly mended its relations with Russia, which had suffered a blow following the Turkish downing of a Russian ground attack jet in November 2015. One important aim behind the reconciliation has been to diminish or end Russian support to the Kurdish enclave in Syria.In addition, Ankara called on the U.S. government to bring pressure on the YPG to evacuate their forces from Manbij after they had spilled their blood there in the fight against ISIS. This might have confronted the Administration with the need to choose between a state and a proxy. However, Secretary of State John Kerry quickly solved this dilemma: He called on the YPG to leave Manbij immediately. The only logical conclusion for all Kurds to draw from this action was an old one: State sponsors are fickle. They should only count on their backing for as long as the fight against ISIS continues, and then only to the extent that such aid does not antagonize other central governments in the region. Furthermore, all the major powers—including the United States—continue to pursue the goal of preserving the integrity of the Iraqi and Syrian states, ultimately at the Kurds’ expense"Ankara called on the US to keep a promise made to Turkey regarding the Kurdish taking of Manbij. I've covered the Manbij promise on more then one occasion.

The US told Turkey that once their Kurdish proxies cleared Manbij of their pals in ISIS the Kurds were going to leave. But they didn't. And the US didn't make them leave either. There was no 'fickle' behaviour on the part of state sponsors

 Covered the Manbij promise here
So, there was the matter of a promise given by the US to Turkey- once ISIS was removed from Manbij, the Kurds were to vacate the area- They, of course, did not. And it looked as if the US had no intention of encouraging them to do so- Resulting in Turkey taking matters into their own hands. We know the Manbij Kurdish fighters let ISIS go free, displaced a whole bunch of residents and destroyed the registry records making it difficult for the displaced to return. Run of the mill stuff for the Kurdish militias and their US backers. This failure to keep a promise appears to be a factor in Turkey’s move into Jarablus, Syria- Turkey surely noticed the the US didn’t keep their word regarding Manbij- so it appears they moved on their own. Evading the fall into the proxy trap?
"Can the Kurds manage to evade falling once again into the proxy trap? This question is all the more pertinent now that the Peshmerga and the YPG are poised to play a crucial role in liberating Mosul and Raqqa respectively from ISIS. Since they remain a non-state actor, they must prove to their partners that they are important not just for short-term tactical military tasks, but also for longer-term strategic considerations—namely, that they are reliable partners and a buffer for the duration against jihadi forces in the region"Ofra Benigo never mentions the PKK in all this? Amazing.
Ultimately, the Kurds will only stop getting shafted by opportunistic or desperate state sponsors when they take their fate into their own hands. That means getting and staying unified, and proving that they can govern people and places effectively. In that regard, the recent troubles in the KRG are not helping. Alliances are not typically meant to dole out philanthropy to their members; payoffs are earned, not begged. The Kurds must either rise to the occasion, or they will once again validate the famous line from Friedrich Schiller’s 1783 play, Fiesco (Act III, Scene 4): “Der Mohr hat seine Arbeit gethan, der Mohr kann gehen.” (“The moor has done his duty, the moor may go.”) Bad KRG.

 Additional Reading:
"Kurdish raids on villages in the Diyarbekir Vilayet intensified in the years following a famine that ravaged the region. This was followed by fierce battles between Kurds and Shammar Arabs. In August 1888, Kurdish Aghas led attacks on Assyrian villages in Tur Abdin killing 18. Requests for an investigation by Patriarch Ignatius Peter IV went unanswered by the Porte.[2] Another Kurdish raid in October 1889 targeted several Assyrian/Syriac villages during which 40 villagers including women and children were killed.[3] These events were the first signs of the massacres that would characterise the Diyarbekir Vilayet for the following decade.[4]
The Hamidian massacres came when some 4,000 Armenians in the Sasun district of Bitlis Vilayet in 1894 rebelled against Kurdish nomadic tribes, who demanded traditional taxes from them"There is an image link above from the time of the slaughter of Christians, by Kurds in Sasun

 Some, but not all of the related posts at the blog regarding Kurdish ethnic cleansing/displacement:
 Ofra Bengio's work is featured in this post: Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East and this post:  Israel & the Kurds: Love by Proxy
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US Led Coalition Should Stop Turkey's Advances Towards Raqqa

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:54
Isn't this interesting news?


Just yesterday Dunford was giving the impression everything was hunky dory with Turkey?
-Was he spinning? (which was my suspicion?)
-Or do we have divided loyalties within the Turkish military?
The Kurdish Syrian Democratic Fighters (SDF) are ready to respond to any Turkish advancement toward Raqqa and the international coalition is responsible for making Turkey withdraw from the region, senior member of the Syrian Democratic Council, SDF's political wing, Rizan Hado said on Monday. "Any attempt by Turkey to make an aggression against Manbij will certainly impede liberation of Raqqa and we will not remain silent. Our priority is confronting Turkey's aggression against Manbij. The ball is now in the coalition's court and its seriousness will be shown in forcing the Turks to withdraw from the region," Hado was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.I flat out do not believe the paragraph below:
 Hado added that he welcomed any advancement by the Syrian army toward al-Bab and expressed hopes that the battle to liberate Raqqa, which is under Daesh control, would be carried out in coordination with the Syrian troops.It is not a direct quoted statement- Therefore it cannot be taken seriously.
It's beyond any realistic belief that the Kurdish militias backed with US/UK/French air power would want or welcome Syrian armies involvement to liberate Raqqa. When the intent is to annex territory.

More about Raqqa from from SDF spokesperson Talal Sallo, who cannot keep a story straight!
 "The liberation operation of Raqqa will start soon. The US-led coalition will play no role in Raqqa operation, but they have vowed to only supply the SDF with equipment. They will also dispatch their military advisors with the combat forces for coordination and advice," the SDF spokesman said.  
The US led coalition will play no role but will supply SDF with equipment and dispatch their military advisers AND it's being reported all over that US/UK and France are raining fire from the sky- but according to Talal Sollo the US coalition is playing no role, except for arming them, sending advisers and raining fire from the sky, but other then that? Nothing!

He should get his facts straight-
“The issue of Turkey’s partnership came under discussion with the (US-led) coalition and resolved definitively. There will be no Turkish participation in the Raqqa operation,” he said.
“We are ready. We have the sufficient number of fighters for this campaign and we will start it soon,” Sallo added. G & M
The U.S.-led coalition has carried out a series of air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria to aid a new offensive by armed groups toward the city of Raqqa, the militant group's de facto capital in Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the targets of the air strikes included Islamic State fighting positions and vehicles, including some that could be used to deliver explosives. The US led coalition has done everything for the SDF save for wiping their runny noses. And maybe they've done that too!

If the attack on Raqqa follows the usual route- Aerial bombing is massive. Civilians are being targeted. Kurds, no doubt calling in the coordinates- Which is why I said there will be ethnic cleansing- because there has already been!

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Serial Flu Shots Reduced Ability to Fight Virus in the Future- Post Flu Immunity Better Then Vaccine

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 09:45
Has everyone noticed the signs outside of every pharmaceutical temple, in every town, advertising flu shots? Every time I see one of these question pops into my mind.
 If the vaccine was really beneficial for anyone but big pharma, would it really be tax payer funded? Makes me think of the troubles with the disgraceful wind turbines. No one wants them. They aren't necessary. The electricity isn't needed. And yet they too are tax payer funded! Sure, someone's benefiting, but, it ain't me! 

Because flu shots don't make you immune 
This should come as a surprise to no one-


 Every year, those who swear by the influenza vaccine eagerly get jabbed. Others vehemently maintain that flu shots are either useless or do more harm than good. The latter camp, however, may now have some additional ammunition.

Although doctors maintain that flu shots are life-savers that everyone should receive, some researchers are uncovering hints that "serial vaccination" -- that is, consistently receiving annual flu shots -- may in fact limit one's ability to fight the virus in the future.

"Nothing surprises me anymore with influenza," Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, told CTV News. "It's such a changeable virus."

Although flu season typically starts in late November and peaks towards the end of December, influenza cases have already been reported across Canada, with spikes occurring over the past month in southern British Columbia, western Manitoba and southwestern Ontario though numbers remain low.

New evidence, however, is raising the spectre that the more influenza vaccinations you receive in your lifetime, the less protection you have from the virus in subsequent seasons.

Skowronski published a study earlier this year showing that people who were vaccinated consecutively in 2012, 2013 and 2014 appeared to have a higher risk of being infected with new strains of the flu.

"If we're seeing some signals of declining vaccine protection, we want to respond to that -- but we don't want to overreact," Skowronski cautiously says.

Skowronski's study, however, is one of several that suggest a similar troubling pattern.big pharma only wants to make profits 
In the aftermath of 2009's H1N1 flu epidemic, the Canadian flu surveillance network reported that Canadians who had received a flu shot in late 2008 were between 1.4 and 2.5 times more likely to contract an H1N1 infection that required medical attention, compared with those who didn't get a shot.

 The more flu shots you received the more likely you were to get the flu! Obviously a compromised immune system is at play.

A more recent report even states that during the 2014-2015 flu season, those who had not been vaccinated the previous year were more likely to benefit from flu shots than those who received them two years in a row.

To discuss these troubling findings, Skowronski convened a meeting in Vancouver in mid-October with 40 scientists from around the world.

"The actual implications of current findings are unclear -- but important enough to warrant investigation -- to differentiate signal from noise," Dr. Mark Loeb, a scientist with McMaster University who is conducting research into the question, said in an email to CTV News.

Although more research is needed, it's now believed that annual flu shots may make it harder for the immune system to fight off new strains of the virus that show up after immunization. More studies are underway in Canada, the U.S. and Europe to determine this. Quebec, however, has already put its multi-million dollar flu vaccination program under the microscope.Annual flu shots make it harder for the immune system to fight off 'new' strains of the virus aka mutated viruses- Again compromised immune system...

Post flu immunity better then vaccine 

When a flu virus enters the body, the immune system fights the infection by producing a robust antibody response that can spring into action if the same strain of the virus returns. That protection can, in some cases, last a lifetime. "The evidence we have is that people who were infected back in the '30s still have immunity to those viruses," said Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.People who were infected in the '30's still have immunity to the viruses they were exposed to!
Before their immune systems were compromised by the endless push for flu vaccines?
 A 2011 study in PLoS One, for example, found that just over half of patients infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu still had an antibody response after six months, while only about a third of vaccinated subjects did. The article then goes on to downplay your ability to gain natural immunity over time, that would protect you when your older, without mentioning this would apply equally to vaccine exposure to viruses! 

"Finally, there's no guarantee you'll get a robust immune response from infection. It depends on several factors, including your previous exposure to flu viruses, your body's ability to respond and how much of the virus you're exposed to, according to Dr. Suryaprakash Sambhara, an immunologist at the CDC"  There is much less of a guarantee you will garner a robust immune response from the vaccine.
Pro pharma pieces won't mention it, but I will!

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Whose Timeline Will Win In Raqqa? Was the US forced Into a Move on Raqqa?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 15:22
Quite frankly the move by the US backed Kurdish terrorist militias on Raqqa caught me off guard!

Very little fanfare for the kick off. Appearing to be on the QT. Just days before the election?
Will there be fallout for the US election? By all appearances this will be a real fight! Not like Mosul. (Which is quite frankly, an ethnic cleansing operation, killing and displacing the residents for the middle east remake)

*My suspicions are the US hand was forced into this move. Now. 

*As mentioned previously if Aleppo was to be taken back by Syria- The US and Kurds would need Raqqa for leverage over Damascus. It seems the US backed terrorists will lose Aleppo.

*There was news that Turkey, Russia and Syria were making a deal to cooperate on taking Raqqa? Did they succeed? If they did the US would be forced to make their move sooner rather then later.
*There were also reports that Shiite militias from Iraq were set to join up with Assad forces to assist in taking Raqqa

AnonymousOctober 30, 2016 at 12:42 AMNo one wants to die for Raqqa. Cut to the chase-

 But, but, but, there is a light in the tunnel!
Iraqi PMU recently announced that after Mosul the next target for its forces will be Raqqa. The offensive will be coordinate with Syrian governemnt. Maybe this is why Americans are getting nervous. If PMU and the SAA manage to captured Raqqa, the Syrian government will be able to establish a friendly administration in this city. Then the game is over.
Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the Iraq-sanctioned paramilitary known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), said on Saturday that they will fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces in Syria after finishing their battle against ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

 * It's also been openly stated the US and Turkey are NOT cooperating on the safe zones.
The United States is not working Turkey to create a "safe zone;’ for refugees along the Turkish-Syrian border for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, the Department of Defense spokesperson Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik.*There is also the FACT that the US and their Kurdish proxies are creating the conditions to draw Turkey into a quagmire

 Will Turkey enter Raqqa alone?The US won't support them (Turkey) . But I  suspect the US wants them to enter so they will become over extended and weakened.  In other words, yes, I'm suggesting the US and their Kurdish proxies are creating the conditions for Turkey in Raqqa that could see Turkey 'get in over it's head'

Syria, Russia and Iran had better pick up the slack on Raqqa or Syria will be much worse off in the long run!  Turkey can build their border wall and defend the territory they have presently.
  Finally: Hubby found this for me because I was talkin' timelines at home, with himFPThe problem vexing U.S. policymakers and military planners is that ethnic Kurds make up about two-thirds ( Fact the SDF is almost entirely Kurdish. About two thirds = about 7/8ths- get what I'm saying? ) of the 30,000-strong Syrian Democratic Forces. That’s a problem not only for Raqqa’s predominantly population of Arabs, who have sparred with Kurds for generations, but also for Turkey, a critical ally who flatly rejects Kurdish participation in the battle.Dorrian said the U.S. and its Syrian allies are looking for local Arab fighters from the Raqqa area to be the city’s primary holding force. Those fighters haven’t been identified yet, and they’ll have to be trained and equipped before they’re ready for action — all of which pushes the timeline for the taking of Raqqa back monthsClearly the US and it's terrorists don't have the Arabs to fight, or Raqqa would not have begun today. Hence my comment on ethnic cleansing. I hold the opinion the US ALWAYS intended to ethnically cleanse Raqqa, and the FP writing about looking for Arabs is rubbish.

In a sign of concern over the growing Kurdish military might on its southern flank, Ankara in August sent a Turkish-backed Syrian Arab militia into northern Syria. Its aim: Both to push ISIS away from Turkey’s border, and place a wedge between two Kurdish-held cantons in the eastern and western parts of northern Syria. The move sought to dent the long-held Kurdish dream of a continuous homeland stretching from Iraq all the way through the entirety of northern Syria. Turkish military and government officials have warned repeatedly that the plan for their special forces and allied militias in Syria is to first evict Kurds from the ground they had seized, before the Turks and their allies turn their attention to Raqqa.  Was the US forced to move on Raqqa ahead of moves planned by other parties?


1-Did the US whisper sweet nothings inTurkey's ear?

2-Did Hulusi Akar betray Turkey? (I don't trust him and have said that repeatedly)

3-Are the claims made by Dunford and reported on below totally bogus- Which is entirely plausible and the stuff official narratives are fabricated from

We have out of context quotes and Dunford is saying stuff I cannot  personally believe. Can't take at face value.  It sounds like the promise regarding Manbij, again. It seems preposterous the Turks would believe that a second time! When they didn't believe it would be kept the first time! The betrayal over Manbij resulted in Operation Euphrates The official story of the US
“The coalition and Turkey will work together on the long-term plan for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa,” Dunford said following his meetings.The coalition AND Turkey? So Turkey is NOT part of the coalition. 

 Dunford said he meet with Akar to coordinate operational planning in many areas, including operations against ISIL in Raqqa, operations in Mosul and others. “Obviously as a close ally, we really just want to make sure that we’re completely tight as we work through some challenging issues,he said. “[The SDF] are moving south to isolate the enemy that’s in the vicinity of Raqqa and in Raqqa,” the general said. “We always advertised that the isolation phase is going to take months.” "We always advertised that the isolation phase is going to take months.”- Often what is advertised is not what is delivered!

The SDF is making sure the ISIL forces that are in Mosul cannot reinforce the ISIL forces in Raqqa, and that the force in Raqqa cannot conduct external operations into  Turkey, into Europe and into the United States,” Dunford said
I'm always highly suspicious of out of context quotes.. If ISIS/L carries out external operations are all cards off the table?

 “We always knew the SDF wasn’t the solution for holding and governing Raqqa,” Dunford said. “What we are working on right now is to find the right mix of forces for the operation.”If Dunford KNOWS the SDF wasnt the solution why move on Raqqa now?

 “[The operation needs] a predominantly Arab and Sunni Arab force,” he said. “And there are forces like that. There is the moderate Syrian opposition, the vetted Syrian forces and the Free Syrian Army forces, and there is some initial outreach to forces in Raqqa proper.”Some initial outreach to forces in Raqqa proper? So why the move now?

 The meeting today reinforced the long-held promise that the coalition would not move ahead with the seizure phase in Raqqa “without incorporating the Turks and their perspective into our plans,” Dunford said. “They will be helpful in identifying the right forces to do that.”More out of context quotes..

  “We want to be totally transparent about this with our Turkish ally,” Dunford said.

I'm leaning towards number 3 being the correct answer
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Syria's Kurds Announce "Euphrates Rage" There will be Ethnic Cleansing of Arabs

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 07:24
The Kurds announce the launch of military operation with their US besties to annex Raqqa from Syria:

The chosen name of the US/Kurdish operation- "Euphrates Rage" makes clear this is both a response to Turkey's operation "Euphrates Shield" and a targeting of Turkish sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 Featuring the obligatory female fighters- rolls eyes- 'girl power'
Undoubtedly this will warm the hearts of Israel's expansionist day dreamers everywhere?
Three cheers for those plucky NATO backed terrorists (facetious)
The US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday announced the launch of military operations to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS, the militants’ so-called capital. 

SDF commanders said at a press conference in the Syrian town of Ain Issa that the US-led coalition would provide air cover. They added that the offensive began Saturday and that some villages already had been liberated and that confrontations are ongoing.
A female commander said that the goal of the operation, called Euphrates Rage, was to evict ISIS from Raqqa.  Eighty percent of the force is made up of locals from Raqqa, with SDF having 30,000 fighters in the offensive, the commanders said.
“We in the general command of the Syrian Democratic Forces give you the good news of the launch of our big military offensive to liberate the city of Raqqa and its suburbs from the clutches of the terror forces of the dark world, represented by Daesh (ISIS) which made the city the capital of its self-styled caliphate,” a female commander of the SDF said in a televised statement.UPDATE: BRAZEN. IN YOUR FACE PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT

The statement bellow is grade A- 100 percent bullshit! Raqqa is not being freed by it's 'own sons'- It's being annexed by US backed proxy fighters! Turkey has to protect it's own territorial integrity and future
 "Our hope is that the Turkish state will not interfere in the internal affairs of Syria," Ahmad said at the news conference, suggesting SDF forces would defend themselves if it did. "Raqqa will be free by its own sons."UPDATE # 2- Why Raqqa Now?

The move counter SAA by US backed proxies failed- We know the US backed terrorist proxies have been killing civilians en masse . Therefore the US and Kurds need Raqqa  both for leverage against the Assad government and to join the Kurdish held territories in Syria and Iraq.
*Turkey Protecting Border from US Middle East Remake.Turkey, Russia, Syria To Cooperate on Raqqa?*Turkey: No US Cooperation on Safe Zone/Border Wall Construction Continues & Raqqa Kurds Willing to Die to Annex Raqqa
And ethnically cleanse more Arabs... Which shouldn’t really come as a surprise to readers here. Remaking the middle east. Oil. Water. Electricity. Raqqa has it. The US BACKED Kurdish terrorists want it. As do their American & Israel benefactors. Raqqa is necessary for the joining of Iraqi and Syrian territory into one unified Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0Iranian Kurds fighting in Iraq"There is one Kurdistan," he says as the sun breaks through. "Our enemies divided us between four countries, but we want to be united. We are nationalists and want one democratic Kurdistan."How very, very Israeli... 


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