April 19, 2018

West's Triad Bitch Slaps Syria: Russia Ruins Plans


Sure, a few of those missiles launched last weekend did actually arrive at their intended destinations, but when the best that today's Western military tech can offer is a strike ratio of barely 30% (32/103), moreso against a country with 30-year old anti-missile tech (Russian air defenses weren't activated), then words like pin prick or even bitch slap seem somewhat more appropriate and even more so when many missiles were directed against abandoned (undefended) facilities & with zero human casualties!

Indeed, so worried were Western military heads about Russian retaliation, a result that would lead to a feared escalation which might quickly spiral out of control into a potentially nuclear confrontation, that they delayed the strike by 48 or 72 hours as feverish negotiations took place behind closed doors with their Russian counterparts in order to arrive at an acceptable list of targets - a list that was then passed on by the Russians to the Syrians, giving them the opportunity to reposition men and matériel! Unfortunately for the Western Triad, however, the heads-up allowed Assad's men the necessary time to position their aging missile defenses to intercept the incoming missiles - which, at an average cost of US$1.55M, will clearly result in some key defense contractors being more than happy to resupply!

So when the American president refers to the missile strikes as 'perfect', his actual meaning may have nothing to do with either the dismal strike rate or the lack of destruction of soldiers & military assets. Rather, it may be all about having achieved its real intended purpose, namely to provide a perception on the world stage of America & its allies standing up to 'Animal Assad', while maneuvering to avoid the very dangerous specter of escalation due to Russian retaliation, whilst still managing to save face! The strikes were also 'perfect' in terms of timing, in using the fake chemical attacks as an alibi --- launching them before the newly arrived OPCW team had been able to finish its work and prove the gas attacks a complete lie - thereby removing the very basis under which the strikes were carried out!

Perhaps the most telling aspect of Friday's fiasco is that the real mission that the missile strikes were merely cover for: to severely degrade Syria's air force by destroying its air bases, failed spectacularly! According to releases from the Russian military, 64 of the 71 missiles that targeted 6 Syrian air bases were shot down, while of the remaining 32 missiles targeting undefended facilities 7 were shot down. Note that, while the airstrips were defended with the most modern of the Syrian air defense systems (Pantsir 23/25 hits, Buk-M2 24/29), the targeted facilities were either undefended or had old systems. To cover for the disastrous failure (Russia's more advanced air defenses were not brought into play), the US generals turned to playing charades, claiming all 100+ missiles were aimed at just 3 facilities!

But, does it end here? Not fricking likely - while there are those within the Trump administration who falsely believe that Putin's response will be confined to 'whining to the UN', they are sorely mistaken! Putin will likely wait until the moment is right to launch the asymmetric response he often advocates. This may likely involve an attack on American proxy forces in the region, in a manner that degrades key ground assets (secret bases) whilst feigning ignorance about the existence of any secret facilities!

Make no mistake, the top military planners for both major powers know the real score... both what just happened in Syria & the superiority of Russian air defenses - you just won't hear the truth on TV! What took place last Friday was along the lines of a bitch slap, delivered by a Triad Gang in the West which did everything possible to avoid directly confronting the vastly more formidable Russian Bear. Their fears are well founded- the Bear's response will be no mere slap, more likely a knockout punch!

The missile strikes are likely the culmination of a failed mission - a secret plan by the West to link its proxy forces at al-Tanf with the 30,000 jihadists in Ghouta to reach Damascus and topple the regime. Russia's alertness shifted Syrian forces to foil the West's plan which would have seen Assad removed!

The Skripal incident was orchestrated to demonise Russia, thereby ensuring that coalition members would remain united. The bombing assaults in East Ghouta were so intense that an estimated 200 US special forces were eliminated, with a further 200 UK special forces captured, embarrassing the West!

For the time being, an uneasy sense of calm obtains. It should now be clear to Western powers that their proxy forces have failed & that any crossing of Russian 'red lines' can lead to a military debacle. A last-ditch attack may come (through turncoat Turkey?) later this year, possibly after the mid-terms!

By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai
Donald Trump has climbed down from the tree he climbed up a few days ago when he gathered a large military force and firepower similar to “operation desert storm” (but without ground forces).  “Plan A” consisted of a destructive attack on Syria to destroy its army, presidential palace, command and control bases, elite force, strategic military and ammunition warehouses, radar, defence systems and political leadership institutions.
Prior to the triple attack on Syria by the US – UK – France, intensive contacts were carried out by Russia and President Vladimir Putin himself – at around 04:00 am– to reduce the attack and go to a softer, less significant “Plan B”.
Russia, in its contact with several heads of state, rejected any hit that could cripple the Syrian Army and instructed the leadership in Damascus that the West would now think very carefully before radically changing the balance of power in the Levant.
But what is the real reason behind the US – UK – France’s attack? Is it the claim of the “chemical attack” on Duma? The Organisation for the prohibition of the chemical weapons is already in Damascus and its members visit Duma this Saturday to inspect the location where the claimed use of a chemical attack was alleged to have taken place. Why not wait for the results?
Sources in Damascus explain that the Syrian Army and its allies, supported by Russia, were carrying out a large attack on rural Idlib and had reached Abu al-Duhur airport when, all of a sudden, the military operation stopped. The entire spearhead force was moved to Ghouta. What happened?
Russia had informed the Syrian leadership of a large gathering of forces at Al-Tanf US-occupied military base on the Syrian-Iraqi borders, where tens of thousands of US proxies have received continuous military training. The Russians identified unusual military movements and understood that the US was preparing to push Syrian proxy forces to reach eastern Ghouta, linking itself with around 30,000 jihadists in Ghouta itself. This attack was planned to take place simultaneously with a diversion from Daraa, southern Syria, attacking south of Damascus so as to deceive the Syrian army and its allies into leaving smaller forces around the capital.

Syrian Research centre bombed by US/UK/France
The US plan – said the sources – consisted in supporting its proxies and the Ghouta jihadists to reach Damascus and take full control of it. But the shifting of the military operation from rural Idlib to Ghouta spoiled the US plan to impose on Russia an enforced stay in Lattakia and Tartous confined to a limited place, and to finally change the Syrian regime. This “genius’s plan” would have spoiled all Russia’s efforts deployed through almost three years of heavy involvement in the war in Syria, and would have given the US the upper hand , just at the moment when Moscow and the Syrian Army were about to end the war, with only few more pockets left to liberate.
Russia’s hit in Ghouta broke the US plan into pieces, and imposed the withdrawal of tens of thousands of militants from Ghouta along with their families, to the north of Syria. The capital is now much safer, with the remaining area south of Damascus occupied by Al-Qaeda and the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) in Yarmouk camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad.
Today Russia rendered the US – UK – France strike meaningless, both in respect of its content and its objectives. Russia was able to impose that US – UK – France carry out only a “limited attack” of little value, and with not much chance of altering the reality on the ground in Syria.
When Russia vowed to shoot down missiles fired at Syria, Trump answered: “Get ready Russia because they will be coming, nice, new and smart”. Russia, after the hit, replied: “We have used the old Soviet anti-Air defence system against these smart, new and very expensive missiles fired by the Americans”. Not only that, the US-UK air strikes hit objectives which Israel bombards almost on a regular basis. By showing the capability to stop two thirds – as declared by Russia – of the incoming missiles, Syria is taking it as a kind of “training with live ammunition against any future Israeli attack on Syrian territory”. Israel is very disappointed and seems not at all pleased with this end result.
Showing restrain and control, the US Secretary of Defence James Mattis – he who said “the Pentagon still has no independent evidence to confirm that there was a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week”-contested any wide scale attack on Syria that could have triggered a direct Russian involvement and deadly return of fire against US objectives. Mattis accepted “an honourable strike” to save his boss’s inexperienced face. In point of fact, the trio’s strike on Syria seems have boosted the Syrian Bashar al-Assad’s reputation: the population celebrated in the streets of Damascus,  and mocked the western attack on their country!
The trio avoided at all times direct provocation of Russia, circumvented Russian bases and operational theatres instead of overflying. Russia imposed its presence and provoked the US and French navy by carrying out a simulated air attack, to show its willingness to hit back. The Russian navy was positioned opposite the Lebanese coast to cover that angle and avoid blind spots.
Moscow managed to avoid a direct confrontation with Washington outside its territory: US military bases surround Syria (Israel, Jordan, al-Tanf, al-Hasaka, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrein, Iraq, Turkey). Russia remembers how Leonid Brezhnev fell into the CIA’s trap in 1979, supporting  the Mujahedeen six months prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan- trap.  Zbigniew Brzezinski said the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was deliberately provoked by the US: “It was an excellent idea. It drew the Soviets into the Afghan war and we gave them Vietnam”. Putin has avoided the same US trap almost 40 years later.
What is the next step?
All eyes are directed on the northern city of Idlib controlled by al-Qaeda now that the fate of Damascus is secured. But why Idlib?
The situation in Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, seems directly linked to that of Fua and Kfarya. During the Zabadani negotiation, it was agreed between al-Qaeda and Damascus’s allies to keep away from al-Yarmouk, in exchange for the two besieged cities in the north of Syria. However, Damascus is now pushing to clean the capital completely, attempting to persuade its allies to bypass previous commitments.
As far as Daraa and Quneitra in the south are concerned, it seems no one in Syria seems willing to provoke the US and Israel at this tense moment; this will maybe be left to the end. In al-Badiyah, the Syrian steppes, ISIS is totally surrounded and can only wait to be exterminated in the coming months.
Idlib remains despite the Turkish-Russian-Iranian economical and financial agreement. There is no doubt about the existence of strong differences of an economic nature between partners over Syria.
Turkish President Erdogan expressed his support and later satisfaction with the US strikes on Syria. Russia answered by asking him to deliver the city of Afrin to the Syrian government. Iran’s special envoy for Syrian affairs Ali Akbar Velayati overtly stated that the next objective is Idlib. Therefore, it is now feasible for Turkey to pull out of its dozen observation bases around Idlib, even as Russia pulled out of Afrin prior to the Turkish attack. And Russia expects Erdogan to cancel the previously agreed sale of the S-400 missiles any day.
Thus, the compass points to Idlib, Rastan, Jisr al-Shoughour and the Syrian Army forces gathering in rural Lattakia, ready to divide Idlib after liberating the many villages around it.
This will bring the world to the next “chemical attack” appointment in the next operational theatre of the Syrian army and its allies. Would the US stand by al-Qaeda? Why not? It has never really been a question of the use of chemical weapons, since the US holds the largest stockpile of chemical weapons worldwide: the real issue is the defeat of the US faced with the dominance of Russia over the Levant.

November 19, 2017

US Two-faced Syria Game Continues: Russia Losing Patience

November 19, 2017
US Two-faced Syria Game Continues: Russia Losing Patience

From the tone of their latest statements, it is now patently obvious that
Russia's patience with the US's obstructionist presence in Syria is wearing thin,
insisting that their "flirtation" with the terrorists is the "main obstacle" to eradicate ISIS!

Sowing the seeds of confusion seems to be a mainstay of US Middle-East policy.
On the one hand waging a pretend war against ISIS, whilst on the other providing support
in the form of logistics & weaponry, to frustrate & delay legitimate efforts at their eradication.

Though studiously unreported by the Western media, the BBC has now broken ranks,
revealing in a bombshell report that US & UK colluded to allow ISIS fighters to escape Raqqa.
More than 3,500 fighters were allowed free passage to Abu Kamal, US jets deploying flares to aid
their night-time progress, so as to thwart the Syrian army's efforts to recapture the key border town.
Included among them was a group headed toward France to carry out attacks in "a day of reckoning"!

According to neighboring Turkey, the US now has as many as 13 military bases in Syria.
Reports also indicate the presence of 4,000 or more troops, despite an official claim of only 500.
All this, despite the fact that the US very presence in Syria is illegal according to international law.

From here it does not require much imagination to see that the conflict could all too easily erupt
into a conflagration between 2 major powers - only one of which has a legal basis for its presence.
Against this backdrop, recent declarations by a top military official about open-ended plans to stay
to supposedly fight ISIS appear ominous- proving again the power of the military-industrial complex!

Rather than continuing to hinder the legitimate efforts to terminate ISIS presence in Syria,
the US coalition would do well to see the writing on the wall, simply pack up its bags and leave.
But if, as many suspect, the real purpose for being there is not 'as advertised', then watch out world!

Finally! - The BBC Outs U.S./ISIS Complicity in Syria

Even Western media can't keep a lid on U.S. assistance to ISIS
I know this will come as a shock to my regular readers, but the U.S. has been working with ISIS the entire time.  Previously the Russian Ministry of Defense released unequivocal evidence of our allowing ISIS to move through areas controlled by U.S/Kurdish SDF forces to avoid Syrian Arab Army confrontation.
Now, no less a news source than the BBC, itself a major member of the U.S. Department of Disinformation, is now openly reporting this and outing Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ lies about why we are still in Syria.  Of course, the BBC is whitewashing all of this and portrays it as some triumph of humanitarianism.
But, it isn’t. Allowing ISIS to roam freely was always the plan in Syria so that it could overthrow the Assad government.  Now that that operation has failed, Plan D is to remain in country to keep a toe-hold in the region.
Without them as the bogeyman how can the McCain-wing of the U.S. Deep State and the Pentagon continue to justify our presence there?  And the reason why we are there is to keep Iran and Russia from running the table.
But, newsflash, they already have.  So, leaving our troops there is, at this point, sour grapes with no upside for anyone.
Remember, we are there illegally.  Our original allies in this operation, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are all operating there illegally as well.
Turkey, led by Racep Tayyip Erdogan, is still trying to act like it’s playing both sides against each other, but they are in Syria without an official invite from President Bashar al-Assad to both clean up its former proxies in Idlib and keep the Afrin Kurds from taking advantage of the power vacuum.
And that’s the way Iran, Iraq and Turkey want it.  The Kurds will be put back into their bottle and the U.S. will eventually have to leave.  But, for now, we’re continuing to try to have it our way by trying to get Assad to step down in Damascus.
And that is not going to happen.

Geneva Two-Step

So, despite the propaganda which terms our involvement as saving Syrians from the evil Assad, quite the opposite is the truth.  We are there to continue sowing chaos and prevent peace from breaking out.
Russia is adding to the pressure by putting the diplomatic screws to the Pentagon and its mendacity concerning the end of the Syrian ‘Civil War,’ a war began by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and continued as policy now a year into the Trump administration.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has taken the diplomatic gloves off calling ISIS and other separatist forces “wards of the United States.” And they are the ones in the most danger.  Moreover, the Pentagon has given these ISIS fighters cover to leave under the Geneva Convention since they ‘surrendered.’
But, in many cases they ‘surrendered’ while leaving with their war materiel.
The deal involved allowing more than 4000 ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa, a city the U.S./Kurdish SDF forces leveled by the way, as a convoy. This is not the first time this has happened.  The Russians bombed a similar convoy that was allowed to leave the Tabqa Dam months before the supposed “Battle for Raqqa” was even engaged.
Again, to repeat, these ISIS fighters and their families left under U.S. cover of the Geneva Convention but did so with their weapons in hand.  That’s, by definition, not surrender.
The U.S. military is in Syria to provide tactical and strategic cover for ISIS for future operations (Iran?  Afghanistan?) while it and its Kurdish proxies build a myriad of military bases in Eastern Syria.  And then to make things worse the actual Battle for Raqqa was simply a controlled evacuation while the U.S. Air Force leveled the city to hinder its rebuilding.
It’s a proud day to be an American, let me tell you.
Why we’re doing this is to continue influencing the settlement process along the lines of Israeli desires. The problem is that the U.S. no longer has much, if any, diplomatic pull around the region.  And this comes right back to Putin’s masterful turning of Turkish President Erdogan towards Russia.
That Putin and Erdogan were all smiles after yesterday’s meeting tells you that Putin realizes the Kurds are no longer needed to contain Turkey.  Watch the statements that come from Russia in the near future.  They will stress the ‘territorial integrity of Syria.’
That’s code for, “the Kurds get to stay split across Iran, Iran and Syria.”  It is also code for, “Turkey works with us, now.”

The End of U.S. Diplomacy

So, when Gen. Mattis makes statements about our mission in Syria it is looked at as a cruel joke by foreign diplomats, much like Nikki Haley’s performance at the U.N.  This level of double-speak was the hallmark of the Obama administration.  It’s supposed to have no place in Trump’s.
The continued shrieking about evil Iran lurking behind every minute move in the Middle East is becoming as ridiculous sounding and contra-factual that the Democrats’ continued harping about Russiagate is.
The BBC filing the report that is has which attempts to make cooperating with ISIS palatable for a western audience suffering from an unending string of disgusting terrorist attacks on their homes, is the height of chutzpah.
You can’t demonize ISIS for four years, allow them to run amok in London, Lisbon, Paris and New York and then call the Russians animals for not following the Geneva Convention’s Rules on treatment of prisoners.  And then, after letting them go their merry way, TOW rockets in hand, say that we need to stay there to combat them in the future.
And yet, that’s exactly what we are doing.
Diplomacy rests on the ability to keep to one’s deals.  If you continually say one thing and do something else eventually no one will listen to a word you say.  The U.S. is in that place now in the Middle East, so short of invading the entire region and/or ‘turning it into a parking lot,’ there is little influence we can exert over what happens next, other than to leave our troops there, stranded and without clear operational purpose.
Mattis should know this is an unacceptable outcome and should be talking about withdrawal, not an open-ended commitment to further the interests of our own nightmares.

More on US Two-faced Syria Game:

May 05, 2017

Crazed Nuclear Ambitions: Western Powers Prepare First Strike

Fifty-six years ago, senior Pentagon officials drafted a 33-page blueprint for initiating - and winning - a nuclear war against the Soviet Union. Even though their own analysis conceded that such a plan could result in the deaths of 3 out of every 4 Americans, the Joint Chiefs strongly recommended that JFK use the ratcheted up tensions over Cuba and Vietnam as cover to carry out a preemptive strike. Fortunately for Americans, Russians and the rest of the world, JFK categorically rejected that advice! The top-secret Pentagon Plan (along with others like their planned false flag, Operation Northwoods) was kept hidden from public view, until finally being declassified over three and a half decades later. So, do not expect to receive any forewarning - you will be just as clueless as 1960's Americans were!

Half a century after the top echelon of the US military brought us to the brink of nuclear catastrophe Russia has replaced the Soviet Union as the West's leading bogeyman (beyond even ISIS or al Qaeda) and Cuba & Vietnam have been supplanted by Syria & North Korea, the hotspot battlefields of today. The common denominator however, appears to be the power-crazed generals leading the US military. Lacking the military background of JFK, has Trump been persuaded by a convincing sales pitch by his neocon generals and/or his presidental briefings that such a preemptive strike is indeed winnable? Then this may be the real reason behind his unfathomable 180° turn, mere weeks into his presidency. If the military madmen have taken control, then whatever crisis is being engineered may occur soon!

Since WWII, the US has employed the tactics of regime change, using the CIA to foment revolutions, alongside waging localized wars (Korea & Vietnam to Iraq & Libya) to advance its global hegemony. Sometime after Nixon severed the link between gold & the US dollar in 1971, US military strategists began to recognize a direct correlation between overseas military action and capital flight to the USA as fearful investors seek safe haven - today this helps finance new debt without raising interest rates! At least one major power - China, acknowledges the new reality of America's Financial War Strategy. Of course, it's one thing to deploy a strategy of heightened military tensions for financial imperialism, but an entirely different matter when a misstep among major powers could bring a nuclear holocaust!

Five and a half decades ago, a youthful and idealistic JFK thwarted the plans of the military complex his predecessor Eisenhower had warned about, before paying with his life for his audacious behavior! Will the 10th president to follow (26 years his senior at inauguration), with a savvy borne of years in the cutthroat world of business adopt a more pragmatic approach, by kowtowing before the neocon powerbrokers who have faced no serious opposition post JFK and would welcome a President Pence?

I long ago concluded that notwithstanding the few who are awake & able to see past the shenanigans, the vast masses of humanity are simply too conditioned to believe the BS and will not awaken in time to forestall the inexorable march toward conflict between the major powers, or nuclear armageddon! If I am wrong in my assessment that the collective fear factor (reptilian brain) will again override our propensity for rational thinking then the planet may somehow be spared the brewing nuclear disaster!

History shows that to draw Americans into war, they must first believe that they have been attacked. Operation Gotham Shield, simulating a 10 kt nuclear detonation in NY/NJ (the last large-scale terror drill to take place in New York coincided with the 9/11 false flag attack) just ended without incident. With parliament prorogued until after the June 8 election, the window of opportunity for joint action with Britain is rapidly closing- remember, UK MP's voted against Syria intervention last time around!

Adding to the intrigue, a mystic who has been uncannily accurate (predicting Brexit, Trump election, even the recent missile strikes on Syria) has forecast a devastating false flag to take place by May 13, involving Syria & North Korea, leading up to a world war starting on May 13, ending 5 months later!

Even as the press sleeps, the world may be just days away from the biggest conflagration since WW2, one that only the fully coordinated efforts of Putin and Trump has any real chance of keeping at bay. If Trump has indeed been coopted by the Deep State then it may already be too late to avert disaster.

Nobel laureate John Boyd Orr put his finger on the problem when he diagnosed a condition afflicting many world leaders: "It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by a propaganda of fear & hatred is the prelude to destruction"!

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China
Paul Craig Roberts
Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.
In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done.
Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington in pursuit of global hegemony is implementing an anti-ballistic missile system that Washington believes can prevent a Russian nuclear response to a US pre-emptive attack. http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/us-forces-preparing-sudden-nuclear.html
Careful studies have convinced the Russians that Washington is investing in and arranging components that have no other function than to devastate Russia and cripple the country’s retaliatory capability. In short, Washington is preparing to launch a nuclear war. https://www.rt.com/news/386276-us-missile-shield-russia-strike/
As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.
Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.
Yes, Washington is sufficiently criminally insane to risk the destruction of life on earth based on the supposition that Washington’s offense will work perfectly and Russia and China’s capabilities will be so degraded that no retaliatory response will occur.
One might hope that the American and Western populations would be outraged that Washington is so power-crazed that Washington is subjecting all life to such risks. But there is no sign of an anti-war movement. The Western leftwing has degenerated into Identity Politics in which the only threat comes from white heterosexual males who are portrayed as misogynists, racists, and homophopes. The Western leftwing is no longer war-conscious. Indeed, the leftwing has become diverted into such silly irrelevancies as transgender rights to toilets of their choice. The impotence of the Western left is so overwhelming that the left might as well not exist.
Where then is the hope? Russia and China cannot simply sit there and await America’s preemptive nuclear strike.
Possibly Washington does not intend a preemptive strike, but only to convince Russia and China that Washington’s preparations give Washington so much predominance in a conflict that Russia and China will submit to Washington’s hegemony. But this interpretation of Washington’s intention implies no less risk. Why would Russia and China wait for Washington to complete its preparations for war, preparations that permit Washington to turn Russia and China into puppet states?
The US military/security complex has clearly prevailed over Trump’s intention to normalize relations between the US and Russia, and anti-Russian venom continues to pour out of NATO and Washington’s European vassal states. The majority of the American people seem to have accepted the propaganda that Russia is the number one threat to the United States. With propaganda controlling the explanation, Washington’s aggressive actions are explained as defense against a threat and not as a policy that will end life on earth.
The chances are high that life on earth is approaching its end. The responsibility lies heavily on the American people, whose success, due to the mistakes of others, made Americans think that they are exceptional and privileged. Unaware of the inhumane threat to all life that is embodied in the neoconservative claim that Americans are exceptional and indispensable, the self-satisfied American public is unaware of the consequences of such hubris. Hubris is leading them, and the entire world, to slaughter in thermo-nuclear war.
The neoconservative claim of American exceptionalism is the identical claim made for Germans by Hitler. If Americans are indispensable, everyone else is dispensable and can be “bombed into the stone age” as one US government official put it, or nuked as Washington intends to do to Russia and China. The claim of American exceptionalism is not accepted by Russia and China. Therefore, the insane, crazed monsters who rule over the West in Washington are bringing life on earth to an end.
And there are no protests. The idiot British, the idiot Germans, the idiot French, Italians, Canadians, Australians, Belgians, Greeks, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, rally behind the insanity that is Washington.
And so apparently do the American people, a population stupid beyond all belief.

March 06, 2016

Gulf War Redux: Iraq 1991 Equals Turkey 2016?

As Mark Twain astutely observed: "History may not always repeat itself, but it certainly does rhyme"! Are we about to witness the latest example of this repetitive rhyming with the current Syrian conflict? To start, let's recount the sequence of events surrounding the first Gulf War a little over 25 years ago. Following ongoing provocations (illegal slant drilling for oil) & after getting assurances from the US that it would not intervene, Iraq invaded its smaller neighbor to the South, Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Five months later, an international coalition led by the US launched an offensive on January 17, 1991, going on to successfully retake Kuwait, the combat phase of operations ending on February 28, 1991, when the Soviet Cold War ally was defeated - ceasing hostilities before entering the capital, Baghdad!

Fast forward 25 years to September 30, 2015 - Russia kicks off a campaign of airstrikes against ISIS (created, armed, & funded by Western allies, blazing a long trail of destruction across Iraq and Syria)! In a surprise move that caught the Western alliance off-guard and likely forestalled a Syrian invasion, planned as a preparatory step to an assault on Iran to continue its strategy of encirclement of Russia, they soon had ISIS forces in retreat, a task the pretend allied bombing seemed incapable of achieving! Coming midway between both operations was the Iraq War, post-9/11 in response to cooked evidence of non-existent WMD, launched on Mar 20, 2003 (4½ months prior to the mid-point of the war cycle) which lasted over 8 years and left a country so unstable as to be the perfect breeding ground for ISIS!

The two campaigns were starkly different - so much so that one could refer to them as mirror images! Whilst the first Gulf War came about when a US ally was invaded by a former Soviet Cold War ally, after being misled by the US that it would not intervene, the Russian bombing campaign only began after it had become obvious to all that ISIS was simply a tool by the West for regime change in Syria, as part of an ongoing strategy following Afghanistan & Iraq to create a domino effect leading to Iran. Failure to act would have meant a significant shift in the balance of Mid-East power, Russia the loser. Having almost certainly forestalled an invasion by Turkey to the North, & Saudi Arabia to the South, (both key regional US allies), the key question that remains is whether such an invasion will proceed!

Viewing all these conflicts as separate & disconnected would be a serious error - fact is, the false flag attacks of 9/11 & 7/7, alongside the various Mid-East operations all form part of a master plan geared to advancing US hegemony worldwide laid out in the neocon Project for the New American Century! Though it took some time, a resurgent Russia and a powerful China have awakened to the new reality -will the historical powerbrokers in the West abandon longstanding plans or will they risk world war?

Adding to the complexity of the situation is that opposing forces belong to either Sunni or Shia sects, historical enemies, & that the PNAC plan would have meant the Sunni factions dominating the Shia! Another factor (ignored by the media) is Obama's religion - though ostensibly Christian, there are strong indications (verbal slips, upbringing) that he is a Muslim - if so, indications suggest he is Shia. Taqiyya - a Shia doctrine justifying deception (pretending another faith) - is frowned upon by Sunnis!

A previous article highlighted the cycle (unearthed by Martin Armstrong) governing major conflicts from the early 20th century until today - 25 years, 1 month, 2 weeks. Applying this cycle to the first Gulf War (August 2, 1990) takes us to September 16, 2015 - a mere 2 weeks before hostilities started! Continuing the conflict cycles model to the offensive launched by coalition forces to drive out Iraq on January 17, 1991 we arrive at March 2, 2016, adding the two extra weeks takes us to March 16, 2016!

Meanwhile, despite giving assurances that the West wants no war with Russia (& potentially, China), there continues to be a build-up of troops & heavy weaponry in South Turkey & North Saudi Arabia, along with reports of a surreptitious gathering of military manpower - posing as tourists - in Lebanon!

So if history doesn't exactly repeat, are we about to see the latest example of it nonetheless rhyming? Thirteen years after the last wrongful invasion of a Mid-East country which neither possessed WMD nor played any role in 9/11, are we about to witness a rerun by a nearby power that is destined to fail?

Is Obama a Muslim of the Shia sect, and if so is he about to mislead a key ally Turkey, into launching an invasion in order to rid himself of a Sunni opponent Erdogan, by 'feeding him to the Russian bear'? Will Saudi Arabia follow suit, resulting in a major power shift from Sunni to Shia in the Middle East?


Realizing a massive invasion of Syria would provoke a Tactical Nuclear response by Russia, the Saudis and Turks have changed strategy: neutralize Russia first, then take Damascus in one fell swoop, with troops sent covertly as tourists inside nearby countries!
In a staggering and cunning change, Saudi Arabia and its “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” as well as Turkey have changed plans from an initial, massive invasion from Saudi Arabia, through Jordan to Syria. Once that plan for a massive invasion became obvious, and the tactical nuclear response to such an invasion became inevitable, the Saudis and Turks had to switch gears and form a new plan.
They have now commenced that new plan – an order of magnitude more cunning and perhaps even MORE outrageous – to neutralize Russia (inside Syria) first, then take Syria by directly attacking Damascus.
The map below gives you a layout of the area involved:


Hints that something was afoot came this morning when Saudi Arabia (SA) publicly warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon and told any Saudis inside Lebanon to leave immediately.  About two hours later, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) told its citizens the exact same thing.
SuperStation95 made a quick inquiry to our sources in the Pentagon and they confirm that days ago, Turkey, SA and other Arab Coalition countries ordered re-deployment of TurkSubBosporussubmarines, into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, some told to take up station west of Latakia, Syria and others told to take up station southwest of Tartus, Syria.  Both those places are the location of Russian bases and troops inside Syria.
It is widely believed the submarines are targeting Russian ships which are equipped with the advanced S-300 or S-400 anti-missile system.
Upon receiving an attack order, those submarines will fire torpedoes at the Russian vessels patrolling the Mediterranean near Syria  AND FIRE AT SHIPS DOCKED IN TARTUS AND LATAKIA, with the intent of disabling (not sinking) them, to neutralize the anti-aircraft capabilities of those ships.
Since the Turks, Saudis and other nations in the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” ALL have submarines, there will be no way to tell which nation is responsible for attacking the Russian ships.  All of them will have “plausible deniability!”
Once the ships on patrol and those in port are disabled, there will be a gaping hole in the air defenses protecting Syria.  At that time, warplanes from Incirlick Air Base in Turkey will commence attacks into Syria, through that air defense gap, and attack Damascus directly.


In preparation for this new plan, for over a week, Thousands of troops from the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism” have been quietly traveling in small groups, as “Tourists” into LEBANON, as well as to Amman, Jordan.  
It is now also known that the Israeli government has been quietly working with Jordan and Saudi Arabia to prepare for a large force of Arab troops to USE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS to travel north into Syria, to attack Damascus and topple its President Assad.
Our source in the Pentagon told us “It is in Israel’s interest to overthrow Assad because in doing so, they get to keep the Golan Heights which for years, they have only occupied.”  By working with Arabs to achieve this purpose, Israel is generating good will inside Arab nations with the goal of long-term peace and stability!  The fact Israel has authorized armed Arab troops to move, en masse, through the Golan Heights, is a risk for Israel, but one they believe will foster trust with the (new) Syrian regime.  (By deception they shall wage war.)
Cargo ships carrying container loads of weapons and supplies, have been traveling up the Suez Canal, docking in Lebanon, and unloading containers of weapons and ammunition to warehouses outside Beirut.
The covert troops are then called to come to the various warehouses to pick up the weapons they will use.


It is only about 60 miles from Beirut, Lebanon, to Damascus, Syria. It is about 80 miles from the Golan Heights to Damascus.
According to our sources, there are already over thirty thousand troops covertly inside Lebanon and the number is growing by the hour.
In addition, we are told there are over fifty-thousand troops inside Jordan, filling hotels and apartments throughout the Amman area.
Of course, there are still about 150,000 troops in northern Saudi Arabia for their “military exercise.”
Before the attacks commence, Turkey will move troops across the Syrian Border near Azaz to commence the fighting and draw attention to this area; an area where a Turkish invasion has been expected for weeks. As this fighting gets severe, troops in Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will be quietly on the move, north, into Jordan.
According to our sources, the covert troops will move from Amman, Jordan, into the Golan Heights, with orders to attack Damascus from the SOUTH.  Their colleagues from Beirut will move to attack Damascus from the WEST.  At the same time, the remaining 150,000 troops, still participating in the “exercise” in Saudi Arabia which began last week, will move  from Saudi Arabia into Jordan, crossing into Syria to strike Damascus from the EAST, perhaps branching off prior to arrival to also attack from the NORTH.  The blue lines on the map below show the ground invasions:
Due to the significant land distance involved, each segment of troops will be required to begin moving at different times.  This will be the only alert/advance warning the Syrians and Russians will have that the attack is on.


Within the last 24 hours, France – who opposes Russia’s participation in Syria — suddenly ordered its only aircraft Carrier, the Charles DeGaulle and its Battle Group, to proceed “forthwith”from the Persian Gulf to the eastern Mediterranean. Right where the Turkish subs were sent to decapitate the Russian fleet.
This will put French Naval Power right in the fighting, and French Air Power close enough to Latakia and Tartus to make sure the Russian s-300 and s-400 systems are knocked out, allowing the Turks coming from Incirlick air base to get through to Damascus.


It is now clear that the “cease fire” being negotiated by the US with Russia/Syria, was designed merely to be a delaying tactic, to allow for the re-positioning of SA/UAE and Turk forces!  The cease fire has been a ruse, a deception, to allow the aggressors time to reposition and redeploy in a way that prevents Russia from using Tactical nukes AND overwhelms Russian defenses, allowing a swift decapitation strike against Damascus.
Unless the Russians, who have been acting in good faith and ardently seeking solutions to the Syria issue, prepare (and prepare fast) they will be totally overwhelmed in a manner against which they cannot use nukes.  Russia will lose Syria and be humiliated on the world stage for all to see.
At that point, Russia will be given a choice:
  • Take your losses, push back from the table, call it a day and go home, OR;
  • Engage in massive full-scale war to save a country (Syria) that has already been conquered.
It would be a crushing defeat for the Russians, who did everything according to International Law, but were defeated by the unimaginable treachery of those in the US, UK, France and the “Arab Coalition against Terrorism.”
Unless Russia is prepared to react by sinking the Turkish subs at the first torpedo, or makes other arrangements to protect their s-300 or s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to prevent a gaping hole, or perhaps to cross into Turkey from Georgia and Armenia, so as to derail the Turks, all will be lost.
UPDATE 4:25 PM Eastern US Time — Bahrain has just announced its citizens should not travel to Lebanon and any who are already there should leave.  They now join Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates who issued same warnings earlier today . . . .
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February 02, 2016

Democracy Devious Deception: Slavery Dressed Up As Freedom

Down With Democracy, Long Live Liberty


“Democracy passes into despotism.”
-- Plato

“Democracy is the road to socialism.”
-- Karl Marx

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
Aldous Huxley

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Alexander Fraser Tytler

“The species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything that ever existed in the world. The supreme power covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute & uniform, through which the most original minds & the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, & guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting.
Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, & stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid & industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
— ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America

The American Founders abhorred democracy as a form of government, with Alexander Hamilton declaring his view that: "the ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity"! Rejecting mob rule, where fifty-one % of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine, John Adams counseled fellow Americans to remember that: "democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide", while Benjamin Franklin in his inimitable style, left us this eloquent description: "Democracy is two wolves & a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote"!

A century & a half ago, enslaving fellow humans under a master who got to decide how much of the fruits of their labor they would be allowed to keep was accepted as law by a large majority in society! Not all slaves objected to this, among those who were less ill-treated many were reluctant to escape, even when presented with the opportunity. Imagine, therefore, if slaves had been allowed to vote on whether to stay under plantation rule so the majority would decide the fate of freedom-loving slaves. And, if such a system had been extended across the land, would that have made slavery permissible? If slavery could not be justified by the majority even if slaves were allowed to vote for their masters, then what renders such a situation any different than what obtains today under a modern democracy?

It is becoming increasingly clear that a large segment of society has been conditioned to look to an all-powerful entity to protect them from every peril, seen or unseen- in this regard they see the State as benevolent parent & as Huxley said: "do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude"! Another quite significant grouping would like to escape this unnatural & confining human servitude, but do not believe it is possible, so they keep trying to tie down the 'beast' in legal chains- to no avail. Finally, there exists a 3rd group, small but rapidly growing, who are awake to the fact that the ability to vote for your master does not equate to freedom- these are determined to carve out a new reality, one which recognizes and respects the inherent human rights of self-ownership & self-determination!

Today's system of democracy didn't suddenly appear out of the blue, it replaced a monarchical system justified under the so-called 'divine right of kings to rule' - merely replacing the divine right of a king with the divine right of a majority did nothing to address the illegitimacy of top/down coercive rule! What remains is a parasitic system which is sustainable only "until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury"... it ends as soon as the inevitable collapse occurs!

When Bastiat opined: "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else", he clearly had in mind the form of government called Democracy, under which, as another astute (anonymous) observer pointed out: "The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living". And, yet another brilliantly observed: "Voting only changes the players. It doesn’t change the game."!

The 'game' is a system of political warfare where each group seeks to impose its values on the whole; whether religious, political or cultural, the end result is the same - enslavement of the whole society! Diversity is turned from a strength into a weakness - perpetual warring leads to permanent instability. All the while, the ruling elites revel in the inter-group rivalry for dominating other groups, knowing that the real winner in wartime is not the victor, but whoever finances all factions on the battlefield!

Democracy is that wonderful system wherein rulers can take your money and strip you of your rights, knowing they can reliably depend on a fearful, easily controlled majority to neutralize any objection! In the time it takes them to awaken to the first bogeyman, 2 - 3 new ones have already been created!

In the end, this need not be a battle between those who believe they ought to be ruled by others and those who ascribe to the inalienable human right of self-determination - both can peacefully co-exist! To do this however, each must respect the other's right to decide which group they wish to belong to!

This fight won't be won by persuading the majority that they need to break The Chain of Obedience! Sadly, the masses continue to be pre-occupied with the illusion of security rather than with freedom, so our efforts are best placed on awakening those who can be, whilst preparing for life after collapse!


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"Representation" ... and "Consent"
Freedom And Central Planning Can Never Coexist
The Most Deceptive Word In The English Language
If We Are Free Sovereign Beings, Why Do We Ask For Permission?
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Getting the Idea of Government & Political Authority Out of Your Mind
Until Recently There Was No Such Thing as "Government" in Most of the World 

The Democracy Deception

Who Owns You?

Are You a Thug?

Some people are thugs.  As a practicing criminal defense attorney, I sometimes get to meet and talk with thugs.[1]  Most of the thugs I represent know they are thugs, and some of them are even proud to be thugs.  Most people don’t think of themselves as “thugs.”  This is because most thugs don’t realize they are thugs.  As with most things, the first step to change is an acknowledgment of the facts.  I encourage you to honestly consider whether you are truly a thug.

All human interactions can be boiled down and assigned to one of two possible categories, “voluntary” or “coercive.”  The “voluntary” interaction category includes things like charitable acts, all contractual relations, and most interactions among friends.  A truly “voluntary” interaction is one that is knowingly entered into by competent and consenting adults.  The “coercive” interaction category includes things like theft, assault, fraud, and other old fashioned concepts of criminal activity.  The hallmark of this category is the concept of one person forcing his or her will upon another.

Although the vast majority of interactions can easily be identified as either “voluntary” or “coercive[2],” there are some interactions that can be difficult to determine.  Reasonable people may judge differently some hastily occurring interactions between people in the midst of difficult or emergency circumstances.  That there exist rare and difficult interactions to judge doesn’t change the fact that all are either “voluntary” or “coercive.”

Thugs regularly engage in coercive transactions.[3]  Sometimes, thugs join with other thugs to accomplish their coercive transactions.  As an example, if one person knowingly gives a ride to another person for the purpose of burglarizing a home, both are thugs.  This is true even though the driver merely drove the car and never entered the home.  Because the driver knowingly assisted the burglar, the driver is also equally responsible for the burglary.  In criminal law, this concept is known as “accomplice liability.”

Accomplice liability is very broadly defined.  In Arizona, we define an accomplice as follows:

“accomplice” means a person, other than a peace officer acting in his official capacity within the scope of his authority and in the line of duty, who with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of an offense:

  1. Solicits or commands another person to commit the offense; or
  2. Aids, counsels, agrees to aid or attempts to aid another person in planning or committing an offense.
  3. Provides means or opportunity to another person to commit the offense.

As you can see, it doesn’t require much effort to be an accomplice.  A mere agreement to aid another to commit an offense is sufficient to be an accomplice.  To utilize my previous example, actually giving the ride to burglarize the home isn’t necessary.  Simply agreeing to give the ride, even in the planning stage, is sufficient.

That there are many accomplices to a crime doesn’t negate the guilt of any one member.  Said another way, even if most people agree to commit a theft, it is still a theft.  Sheer distance from the scene of the crime doesn’t matter either.  One can still be an accomplice from many miles away.

Thugs engage in many different coercive acts.  The crime of theft is simple and easy to understand for illustration purposes.  A theft is committed when a person, without consent of the owner, knowingly controls the property of another with intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property.  This is clearly a coercive act.  As such, people who engage in such acts, or who are accomplices to such acts, are acting as thugs.

Many thugs attempt to conceal their thuggery by some or all of several different methods.  Let’s review some of the most common ways many thugs attempt to conceal their thuggery:

1. Democracy
This method sometimes employs a majority of thugs working together to coercively impose their will against a peaceful minority.  That the thug engages in such thuggery at the behest of a majority of other thugs arriving at their decision to engage in thuggery through some scrupulously fair democratic process is of no consequence.  Because a majority of people in a group decided to forcefully impose their will on a peaceful person or group of peaceful people doesn’t magically convert such thuggery into a voluntary act.  Democracy is routinely used as a way to appear to legitimize ordinary group thuggery.
2. The Purpose of Spending the Loot
Some thugs attempt to legitimize their thuggery by focusing attention on the ends; such as how the loot is spent or accomplishing some other perceived worthy goal.  However, what a thug does with the proceeds of the thuggery is irrelevant.  A  “humanitarian” thug who coercively extracts money or property from another person only to then donate some or all of the ill gotten gains to some worthy charitable purpose is nonetheless still a thug.  The same can be said of people who impose their views on others to force them to make some perceived improvement in their lives such as pursuing better health.  As such, well meaning but misguided people who solicit such “ends justify the means” acts of coercion are certainly accomplices to thuggery.
3. Official Titles
Generating an official title for the thug is a common way to distract attention away from the thuggery.  That the thug is referred to by another name such as “tax collector” or “building inspector” or “drug enforcement agent” or “custom’s agent” is of no consequence.  The issue is whether the act was voluntary or coercive.  A thug by any other name is still a thug.
4. Fancy Uniforms, Badges, and Clipboards
The stereotypical thug may be a poorly dressed or disheveled looking tough guy.  Dressing the thug up in a nicely pressed uniform with a shiny badge and a clipboard makes the thug erroneously appear to be a civilized man of peace.  What the thug is wearing is irrelevant.  The conduct of engaging in coercive transactions is the touchstone of thuggery even if engaged in by well-dressed thugs.
5. Well Defined Regulations
Many thugs engage in their coercive acts in random or disorganized ways.  However, some thugs act pursuant to well-defined, organized and even published rules and regulations.  That thugs carefully engage in their coercive acts pursuant to some well defined and predetermined plan does not make those acts any less coercive.  Predictable and measured coercion is still coercion.

You should consider whether you are an accomplice to thuggery.  If you knowingly engage in or support coercive transactions, you are indeed acting as a thug.  I urge you to consider abandoning your intentional thuggery in favor of joining the growing numbers of civilized humans who abhor coercion and promote voluntary and peaceful transactions.  I invite you to instead become a productive member of the civilized section of the human race.  Many people simply refuse to rethink their beliefs.  I hope this does not describe you.  I urge you to think about whether you really want to continue to coerce other human beings or whether you prefer to help promote a world filled with freedom and peace.

It is also possible you have unknowingly or unwittingly been an accomplice to thuggery.  I hope you now see thuggery is still wrong even when it is cloaked in a disguise as detailed above.  I hope you are repulsed by the notion of unintentionally supporting coercion against your fellow humans.  It is not too late to change.  Supporting only voluntary interactions is simple.  You may not always achieve the ends you desire, but you will soon discover that a free society is an end unto itself.

Sometimes thugs organize themselves into political parties to coerce others to live as they see fit.  For example, most Republicans support organized theft via our tax system.  That some want to reduce the amount of theft is very nice.  I prefer the thug to steal less money too, but the thug who coerces less money from people nonetheless remains a thug.  Additionally, most Republicans are thugs in countless other areas as well because they support and encourage the coercive actions of thugs employed by the government to forcefully impose their will upon others.  Most Republicans are eager to forcefully impose their will upon gay people, immigrants, recreational drug users, atheists, prostitutes, gamblers, and people living in other countries.

Most Democrats engage in thuggery just like the Republicans.  That Democrats seek to coerce in different areas, for different goals or to a different degree is simply a different flavor of thuggery from the Republicans.  Most Democrats are eager to forcefully impose their will upon workers, employers, entrepreneurs, traders, manufacturers, corporations, and gun owners.  Both Republicans and Democrats act as thugs when they seek to impose their will on others by force notwithstanding the fact that they act through the democratic process employing people who work for the government to accomplish their goals.

The act of voting must be analyzed as any other act.  As a criminal defense attorney, I am always interested in a person’s mens rea or, said another way, what the person intends.  If a person votes with the intent to reduce coercion as a means to eventually abolish coercion, I see such an act as a laudable, but mostly ineffective way, to attempt to end thuggery.  Such person is clearly not a thug.  However, the person who votes to control others is simply an armchair thug.

Another way to think about the voting issue is to acknowledge it is simply a principal-agent relationship.  A principal can always voluntarily delegate the principal’s rights or authority to an agent.  As a principal, a voter can always delegate the voter’s rights and authority to a politician or other government agent to carry out the voter’s legitimate rights and authority.  As an example, because a voter has a right to self-defense, the voter, as a principal, can legitimately delegate that right to an agent such as a politician or a police officer to properly exercise on the voter’s behalf.

However, a principal can never legitimately delegate rights or authority not possessed by the principal.  Nobody has a legitimate right to aggress against another competent adult.  Therefore, any purported delegation of a right to aggress against a peaceful competent adult is illegitimate.  A voter simply does not have a legitimate right to control the assets of another competent adult such as his or her neighbor.  As an example, when a voter votes to coercively ban smoking in a restaurant owned by the voter’s neighbor, such vote is an act of thuggery because it seeks to wrongfully control the property of another; a right not possessed by the voter and therefore beyond the legitimate scope of the delegation.  While voting against such action is not thuggery, voting for it is acting as a thug.[4]

Evaluating the mens rea is also important to determine whether a person is an accomplice to thuggery or simply being coerced by thugs.  As I have previously stated, voluntarily supporting and aiding people who work for the government to engage in acts of thuggery is also acting as a thug.  However, being coerced into aiding isn’t being a thug at all.  As an example, almost everyone who earns income in the United States is coerced into sending some of their money to people working for the government.  That people comply with the tax system to diminish the possibility of audits, penalties, seizures and possibly prosecution does not make them accomplices to thuggery.  They are simply victims of thuggery.

Not all uses of force constitute thuggery.[5]  It is important to note that employing force to defend against thuggery is not itself thuggery, but rather justified self-defense.[6]  People who encourage and support only voluntary transactions between consenting adults and abhor coercion are not necessarily pacifists and need not be resolved victim status.  As an example, shooting and killing a crazed gun toting lunatic poised to murder innocent people is certainly an act of heroism not thuggery.  Unfortunately, there will always be people who initiate violence against others.  Preventing them from acting, even by employing force, is heroic.  It is the initiation of force, coercion or fraud that qualifies as thuggery and ought to be abolished.

Those of us who support a free society believe we can live peacefully and prosperously without coercing our fellow peaceful humans in any way.  We truly are clever and sophisticated enough to devise ways to interact with each other to live successfully without imposing our will on our neighbors by force, coercion or fraud.  There is no reason to cave in to short-sighted approaches that resolve to coercive means of achieving our desired ends simply because we can’t yet envision achieving our goals through peaceful methods.

Said another way, peaceful and civilized people acknowledge and respect the rights of other competent adults to live however they wish so long as they don’t coerce others.  All peaceful and civilized people ought to aspire to eliminate all coercion from our world with the confidence we can still function effectively as humans to each enjoy and fulfill our lives.  Supporting coercion and thuggery perpetuates and encourages violence and conflict in our world.  It is long past time we loudly speak out against all forms of coercion against competent and peaceful adults.

The solution to many of our societal ills is to simply respect the rights of other peaceful and competent adults to run their lives as they see fit; even if we disagree with their peaceful and sometimes foolish choices.  The enemy of a free society is coercion against peaceful competent adults.  Just as the free market cannot be predicted, neither can the form and structure of a free society.  A free society is simply one in which peaceful and competent adults control their property and run their own lives.

victor-173The varied forms and structure such a society could take is restricted only by our own imaginations and creativity.  Imagine a world where independent communities can each freely experiment with rules, laws, structures, institutions, or the absence of these things, all with the goal of eradicating coercion against peaceful competent adults.  Only a market of free people can decide for themselves what works best for them.  If we truly cherish and desire freedom and peace, this ought to be our goal.

As a final thought, observe that “persuasion” and “coercion” are entirely different creatures.  Some of us who support only voluntary transactions feel entirely free to attempt to persuade others to adopt all varieties of views.  In fact, a free society always benefits from a vigorous and highly competitive marketplace of ideas.  Advocating only voluntary transactions doesn’t mean that speaking out loudly against or for any particular view is prohibited.  Indeed, it ought to be strongly encouraged.

The difference between the voluntary group and the coercion group is that if the idea isn’t persuasive enough to be voluntarily adopted, the voluntary group ultimately respects the sovereignty of other humans to decide for themselves what views to adopt.  In contrast, the thugs use brute force and coercion to impose their unpersuasive views on others.  A free society is only possible when we identify and convince enough thugs to abandon their uncivilized views and adopt a freedom and peace promoting voluntaryist view.  Don’t be a thug!