The U.S. And Israel’s Common Enemies

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As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington and speaks to Congress, bypassing the Obama administration, the stakes could not be higher. But President Obama is not the only, and certainly not the most significant, opponent of Israel. The important new book, “The USA and The New World Order,” features a debate in which one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s key advisers, Alexander Dugin, criticizes Israel’s “imperialist” role in the Middle East and America’s role in the world as a whole.

A careful reading of this important debate, which occurred in 2011 and has recently been published in book form, demonstrates that it is Russia which is the main threat to Israel and the United States.

Dugin’s debate opponent, the anti-communist Brazilian writer and philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, sees Dugin as the brains behind Putin’s geopolitical strategy that embraces “genocidal violence.” He notes that Dugin has “advocated the systematic killing of Ukrainians—a people who, according to him, do not belong to the human species.”

As for Israel, the debate transcript shows that Dugin regards the Jewish state as “a modern capitalist and Atlantist entity and an ally of American imperialism.” This is a rather straightforward view of how the Moscow regime views Israel today, and why it backs the government of Iran with weapons, nuclear technology, and diplomatic support.

The term “Atlantist” or “Atlanticist” is meant to refer to trans-Atlantic cooperation between Europe, the United States, and Canada in defense and other areas.

Iran is a key part of the anti-American alliance. Dugin has explained in the article, “Eurasianism, Iran, and Russia’s Foreign Policy,” that a “strategic alliance” exists between Iran and Russia, and Russia “will not cease its efforts to reduce sanctions against Iran” over its support for terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In the debate with de Carvalho, Dugin proclaims, “I have nothing against Israel,” then quickly added, “but its cruelty in repressing the Palestinians is evident.”

To which de Carvalho counters, “The rockets that the Palestinians fire practically every day at non-military areas of Israel are never reported by the international big media, whereas any raid by Israel against Palestinian military installations always provokes the greatest outcry all over the world.”

He tells Dugin, “I know the facts, my friend. I know the dose of violence on both sides. I know, for instance, that the Israelis never use human shields, while the Palestinians almost always do it. I know that, in Israel, Muslims have civil rights and are protected by the police, while, in countries under Islamic rule, non-Muslims are treated as dogs and often stoned to death.”

This exchange is only part of a debate that puts Israel in the context of a global conflict that Dugin sees as “The West against the rest.” The world is going through a “global transition,” away from dominance by the U.S. and its allies, he asserts.

De Carvalho commented that Dugin, himself the son of a KGB officer, is “the political mentor of a man [Vladimir Putin] who is the very incarnation of the KGB.” He said that Dugin has emerged as “the creator and guide of one of the widest and most ambitious geopolitical plans of all time—a plan adopted and followed as closely as possible by a nation which has the largest army in the world, the most efficient and daring secret service and a network of alliances that stretches itself through four continents.”

De Carvalho describes Eurasianism as “a synthesis of the defunct USSR and the Tzarist Empire” that includes philosophical elements of Marxism-Leninism, Russian Messianism, Nazism, and esotericism. The last element is a reference to certain occult influences in Russia.

“In order to fulfill his plans,” de Carvalho explains, “he counts on Vladimir Putin’s strong arm, the armies of Russia and China and every terrorist organization of the Middle East, not to mention practically every leftist, fascist and neo-Nazi movements which today place themselves under the banner of his ‘Eurasian’ project.”

He says the historical roles played by Russia and China in sponsoring and arming terrorist groups help explain why global Islam has targeted the United States and Israel. “Some theoreticians of the Caliphate allege that socialism, once triumphant in the world, will need a soul, and Islam will provide it with one,” he notes.

In this global war for domination, however, he also identifies a “globalist elite,” including in the U.S. government and society, which wants to destroy traditional Christianity and share in “the spoils” from the decaying West.

What we are witnessing, he writes, is an “alliance of Russia with China and the Islamic countries, as well as with part of Western Europe,” that has come together in a “total war against the United States and Israel,” which is to be followed by “the establishment of a worldwide dictatorship.” It is the replacement of an “Atlanticist Order” by the “Eurasian Order.”

For those who doubt such global schemes could come to pass, de Carvalho says that Dugin “is not a dreamer, a macabre poet creating imaginary hecatombs in a dark dungeon infested with rats.” Rather, he is “the mentor of the Putin government and the brains behind Russian foreign policy,” whose ideas “have long ceased to be mere speculations.”

De Carvalho identifies among these “material incarnations” of the Dugin vision the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a group founded by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which “intends to be the center of a restructuring of military power in the world.” Iran has been an observer state at the SCO since 2005. He also cites the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis, a geopolitical term for countries which are seen as developing a mechanism to replace NATO, the one-time anti-communist alliance.

Another such international organization is the BRICS alliance of nations, incorporating Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Iran is also discussing joining BRICS.

On January 20, Iran and Russia signed an agreement expanding their military ties. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow wants to develop a “long-term and multifaceted” military relationship with Iran. Just a few days ago, Russia offered to sell the Antey-2500 anti-aircraft and ballistic missile system to Iran. “The United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, saying it could be used to shield Iran’s nuclear facilities from possible future air strikes,” Reuters reported.

For its part, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been warning about Iran while simultaneously conducting cordial relations with Russia and refusing to condemn Putin for invading Ukraine. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel will maintain “neutrality” in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. “Maintenance of good relations with Russia is a priority moment for Israel and its principal stance,” Lieberman said.

It has been estimated that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of the country. The Obama administration has refused to supply Ukraine with weapons for its own self-defense.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Vlad Is Preparing For Global War – Are You?

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Due to the fall in the price of oil and the sanctions imposed by the West, the Russian economy has been battered. This is a well known fact. What is not so well known in the West is that the increase in Russian defense spending continues unabated.

Russians have demonstrated in the streets of Moscow recently about the cuts to hospitals, education, transportation, and other social services. Inflation is beginning to bite. So the Kremlin cuts the budget in response to all of this negative fiscal pressure but does not cut defense spending.

In fact, they increased it. Why?

The Wall Street Journal editorialized this week:

“I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years—not that they’re going to start a war in five or six years, but I think they are anticipating that things are going to happen, and that they will be in a war of some sort, of some scale, with somebody within the next five or six years.”  So says Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe.   

Russia is preparing for war, a global war. They are modernizing their military, including their nuclear forces. Large-scale exercises have become commonplace.

These types of drills are not cheap and consume large amounts of financial resources that could be much better used elsewhere in Russia. Again, why is this happening?  It is happening because the Kremlin believes they are in a fight-to-the-death struggle with the West.

Moscow believes conflict is inevitable. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said as much. That is why they are strengthening their buffer zones in places like Ukraine against NATO.

Again, the Wall Street Journal quotes Lt. Gen. Hodges:

What Russian President Vladimir Putin “has done in Ukraine,” he says, “is a manifestation of a strategic view of the world. So when you look at the amount of equipment that has been provided, and the quality and sophistication of the equipment that has been provided to what I would call his proxies . . . they clearly have no intention of leaving there.”

Meanwhile, America continues to disarm; and NATO is splintering in the face of Russian pressure. The one thing Putin says over and over again that the Western press ignores is: “Don’t forget Russia has nuclear weapons.”  Russia is preparing for global war.

Are you?

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Greece Undermines Europe On First Day Of New Leftist Government

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During the first few days of the new leftist government in Greece, Europe has been shown a frightening scenario. We are literally witnessing the end of the Eurozone as we know it before our eyes. It is unraveling quickly.

In just the span of forty-eight hours, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (pictured above) has stopped the privatization of Greek assets as required under the bailout, reinstated welfare provisions that were to be cut, and cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who would like nothing more than to split the European Union. Putin may very well get his wish. In short, we are seeing the dissolution of the Euro project and the possible destruction of the western alliance against Russia.

Putin has not just been attempting but has actually been interfering in western European politics and economic policy for months now. Tsipras actually met with Putin prior to the election. Greece has now called for the end of sanctions against Russia and will not, it seems, move to tighten sanctions against the Kremlin for its recent actions in East Ukraine.

The European leaders seem surprised; they are being played for the ineffective leaders that they are.

Now, Europe must make a decision.

Do they allow Greece, after being loaned hundreds of billions of dollars in a bailout, to just rip up those agreements and demand debt relief? Do they allow Greece to unilaterally end EU foreign policy? Do they allow Greece to appease Russia for short-term populist electoral gain?

Europe must show Tsipras that Greece is not too big to fail. The appeasement of this communist thug should not happen. Europe should swallow the red pill and allow Greece to go under and live with the consequences of their corruption and bad fiscal and economic decisions.

The other choice will cost them even more money. Because if Greece is allowed to do this, guess what? Spain and Italy will follow.

Europe and NATO will dissolve, which is exactly what Putin wants.

Then we, here in America, will be left to defend ourselves against a resurgent aggressive Russia, without allies in Europe.  And, with a weak, indecisive, corrupt, anti-American president.

Your children will live to regret that day.

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Obama Poking Russia In The Eye Could Start A War

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The President of the United States gave an interview recently to National Public Radio.  He used the interview as an opportunity to gloat on his supposed success in destroying the Russian economy.  This type of behavior is typical of our Dear Leader and is irresponsible and reckless.

This is the type of rhetoric that pushes foreign leaders into a corner with no way out but violence.  It is not diplomacy and is beneath the office of the presidency. It also makes the chances of a conflict with Russia much more possible.

Russia is a proud country, and its people are very patriotic. They understand the deficiencies of their current government; but when it comes to defending Russia’s sovereignty, security, or even respect, they will band together and support a dictatorial leader.

They have always done so. It is in their blood.

So when our president gets on a national news outlet and brags that he has destroyed the Russian economy, it only plays into Russian President Putin’s hands in his propaganda campaign towards the Russian population. It gives him a chance to further his agenda of blaming America for everything.

The Financial Times reported:

US sanctions helped ensure that Russia’s economy would be devastated by the plunging oil price, President Barack Obama said, as he lauded the success of “strategic patience” in combating his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Putin can now say, “See, I told you the Americans are now trying to destroy us!”

Why does President Obama need to say such things? Is he insecure? Does criticism get to him?

We’ve heard the reports of him throwing raging, expletive-laden tirades against the news media, especially Fox News. Is his self-confidence so low that he has to go on a national media program and poke his finger in the eye of our old Cold War adversary (that is modernizing their military and is laden with nuclear weapons)?

I am not defending Russia’s actions in Georgia, Crimea, or East Ukraine.  I’m not defending their use of force to settle political scores. What I am saying is that our president is acting like a child when dealing with Russia.

This is not the first time. He has previously made comments about Russia being a third-rate power that doesn’t make anything. And he has made fun of President Putin’s slouch.

This is stupid. It only can lead to bad things, and it’s not leadership.  We need an adult in the White House who can deal with these grand geopolitical issues in a self-confident, responsible way.

President Obama has none of these qualities.

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Ukraine Just Increased The Chances Of All-Out War With Russia

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Today, the Ukrainian parliament overwhelmingly passed a resolution rescinding its non-aligned position in a bid to eventually seek NATO membership. This action follows earlier statements by Ukrainian President Poroshenko that NATO membership is the best defense against an aggressive Russia taking territory from Ukraine. This may well be the case; however, this action makes the possibility of all-out war with Russia a much more likely possibility.

The simple fact is, as we have said before, Russia will never allow Ukraine to join NATO regardless of international norms, laws, or global opinion, at least while Russian President Putin is in power. This is just reality. Putin has based his entire presidency on this truth. He has stirred up Russian public opinion over Ukrainian Nazi sympathizers in Kiev and in the East. He has whipped up resentment against the United States and blamed them for the Ukrainian revolution which deposed Yanukovych and which was illegal in their eyes. There is no way Putin could just say, “Oh, everything I said was not true and Ukraine can join NATO and the Americans win.”

The Moscow Times reports today, “Any accession to the Western military alliance is likely to take years, but a NATO spokesman in Brussels said: ‘Our door is open and Ukraine will become a member of NATO if it so requests and fulfills the standards and adheres to the necessary principles.’” This is Putin’s worst nightmare and he will not allow it to happen.

In addition to the current political realities, there is the historical connection, which we have discussed on these pages before. Slavic civilization started in Ukraine, in the old kingdom of Kievan Rus’. Once Kiev was overrun by the Mongols in the thirteenth century, the princes moved north for safety and this was the beginning of what we now know as Russia. Russia and Ukraine are brothers. No Russian leader who is attempting to rebuild the Russian empire can allow them to join NATO. It would be political suicide.

The Moscow Times also reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Ukraine’s renunciation of its neutral military and political status a ‘counterproductive’ step that would only boost tensions around the crisis in the east.”

Russia has shown its willingness time and time again during this conflict to openly use overwhelming force in order to get what it wants in Ukraine, Western sanction be damned. They will not hesitate to do what is needed to keep their influence over Ukraine in the future. What form this control takes is yet to be seen.

 

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