US Recklessly Provoking Russia

By Stephen Lendman

June 23, 2017 ” Instead of fulfilling a campaign promise to improve bilateral relations, Trump so far continues acting provocatively.

He’s pursuing the same reckless agenda as Obama, pushing the envelope toward possible direct confrontation.

Despite neither country wanting war, unfolding events may cause the unthinkable to happen by accident or design.

Among major powers, Russia is the world’s leading peace and stability champion – America just the opposite.

It’s recklessly waging wars in multiple theaters, threatening conflicts against North Korea, Iran, and perhaps Russia the way things are going.

Madness defines US policy, state terror on a global scale, naked aggression its main expression, controlling planet earth, its resources and people its objective – risking potentially life-destroying nuclear war.

Last week, Senate members near unanimously imposed new illegal sanctions on Russia, including on its energy sector. House action awaits.

On Monday, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it “reinforced existing sanctions on Russia by designating or identifying a range of individuals and entities involved in the ongoing conflict under four Executive orders (EOs) related to Russia and Ukraine,” adding:

“US sanctions on Russia related to the situation in eastern Ukraine will remain in place until Russia fully honors its obligations under the Minsk Agreements.”

“US sanctions related to Crimea will not be lifted until Russia ends its occupation of the peninsula.”

Fact: Russia wages peace, not war. Alone it’s gone all-out to resolve things in Ukraine diplomatically, its good faith efforts sabotaged by Washington.

Fact: Crimea is Russian territory, its newest republic, supporting the will of its people, correcting a historic error.

Fact: The territory won’t be handed back to US-installed putschists running Ukraine. Its people won’t be betrayed for Washington or anyone else.

Russia and America are world’s apart on Syria. Moscow seeks diplomatic conflict resolution, the country’s sovereignty respected, its territorial integrity preserved.

Washington wants endless conflict, puppet governance it controls replacing overwhelmingly popular Assad, reelected president in June 2014 by an 89% majority.

International observers called the process open, free and fair despite ongoing war, creating enormous hardships for its people. They want no one else leading them.

They want their sovereign independence respected. They reject foreign meddling in their affairs – especially by America, NATO, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and their rogue allies.

On Wednesday morning, a NATO F-16 warplane, likely a US one, provocatively tried following closely behind Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s aircraft over Baltic Sea international waters while en route to Kaliningrad.

Russian Su-27 fleet fighters escorted his plane. As the likely US warplane approached, a Russian Su-27 maneuvered between both aircraft, waving its wings, displaying its arms, sending a clear message to back off or risk being downed.

The F-16 few off, ending the provocation, avoiding a possible serious incident. An unacceptable NATO statement said the alliance “can confirm that three Russian aircraft, including two fighters, were tracked over the Baltic Sea earlier today (21 June 2017).”

“As the aircraft did not identify themselves or respond to air traffic control, NATO fighter jets scrambled to identify them, according to standard procedures.”

“NATO has no information as to who was on board. We assess the Russian pilots’ behavior as safe and professional.”

Several Russian Su-34 aircraft escorted Shoigu’s return flight from Kaliningrad, NATO warplanes, likely US ones, following from a distance.

Baltic Sea provocations by US warplanes with Russian aircraft increased in recent weeks – risking possible direct confrontation if they continue.

America’s rage for unchallenged global dominance risks unthinkable nuclear war, its recklessness threatening humanity’s survival.

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Israel blows up Syrian tank and wants World War III again

The sarin gas lie didn’t work. Other fabrications didn’t work. Deceiving the international community didn’t work. Trump’s attack in Syria didn’t work, even though he was deliberately deceiving the American people. Now the Israeli regime are taking things into their own hands. They are out to strike. They are out to tell Assad, as they have been saying for at least four years now, that he has to go.

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

If you don’t think Israel is seeking World War III in Syria, if you still can’t come to the conclusion that the regime is a problem child in the Middle East, then consider this: the regime has recently blown up a Syrian tank in the region without even consulting the international community. The attack on the Syrian tank, they said, was “self-defense.”[1]

Russia Today reported: “Following the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will continue to attack targets in Syria as it sees necessary.”[2]

Now here is the interesting thing: the Times of Israel says that the attack on the Syrian tank occurred because of an “errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border.” But it doesn’t stop here: “Still, it held the Syrian regime responsible for attacks coming from within its territory.”[3]

Did you catch that? The alleged error occurred because the Syrian army is fighting terrorists in the region, but Israel blames everything on the Syrian government! Does that make any sense at all? And can they explain to us why they are still supporting heart eaters and head choppers in the region? Didn’t the Wall Street Journal say that Israel is sleeping with terrorist cells in Syria?[4] Haaretz declares:

“The Syrian army claimed that the Israeli airstrikes coincided with an attack by Islamist militants on the same positions. The Syrian army said it seemed the two attacks were coordinated and that the attack by Israeli military helicopters supported the Nusra Front’s assault on a Quneitra suburb.”[5]

The sarin gas lie didn’t work. Other fabrications didn’t work. Deceiving the international community didn’t work. Trump’s attack in Syria didn’t work, even though he was deliberately deceiving the American people. Now the Israeli regime are taking things into their own hands. They are out to strike. They are out to tell Assad, as they have been saying for at least four years now, that he has to go.[6]

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[1] “IDF releases footage of strikes on Syrian military targets,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2017.

[2] “Israeli warplanes target 2 Syrian tanks over spillover cross-border fire,” Russia Today, June 25, 2017.

[3] “IDF releases footage of strikes on Syrian military targets,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2017.

[4] Rory Jones, Noam Raydan, and Suha Ma’ayeh, “Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels,” Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2017.

[5] Two Killed in Israeli Airstrikes on Syrian Army in Golan Heights, Local Reports Say,” Haaretz, June 24, 2017.

[6] “’Israel wanted Assad gone since start of Syria civil war,’” Jerusalem Post, September 17, 2017.

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