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Was Washington Complicit With Turkey In Downing Russia’s Aircraft?


Both countries are NATO allies, united against Assad, wanting him toppled, actively complicit in supporting and using ISIS, as well as other terrorist groups as proxy foot soldiers in the war Obama launched in March 2011.

It’s inconceivable Turkey acted on its own, independent of US-dominated NATO. Its action is a major geopolitical incident – a premeditated act of war against Russia in Syrian airspace.

Ankara claiming the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, ignoring multiple warnings, has the distinct aroma of a bald-faced lied to cover up a hostile act.

Erdogan’s recklessness ruptured Turkish/Russian relations, at least for the time being. Sergey Lavrov cancelled his scheduled Wednesday trip to Istanbul, saying “(a) decision has been made to cancel the meeting at the level of Russian and Turkish foreign ministers…”

He urged Russian citizens avoid visiting Turkey, leaving themselves vulnerable to terrorism, adding: “It’s necessary to emphasize that the terror threats with their roots in Turkey have been aggravated. And that’s true even if we don’t take into account what happened today. We estimate the threats to be no less than in Egypt.”

Russia’s state tourism agency Rostourism recommended suspending tour package sales to Turkey. Moscow-based Natalie tours already did so.

Putin minced no words blasting Erdogan, saying “(t)his incident stands out against the usual fight against terrorism.”

“Our troops are fighting heroically against terrorists, risking their lives. But the loss we suffered today came from a stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists.” He warned of grave consequence for Russian/Turkish relations.

A Turkish Lockheed-Martin produced F-16 warplane willfully and without provocation downed Russia’s aircraft posing no threat to Ankara’s national security, Putin explained.

He’s well aware of Erdogan’s complicity with terrorists Russia is combating in Syria – at the request of its government, its actions entirely legal and heroic against a common scourge.

“IS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling (stolen Syrian) oil. In addition they are protected by the military of an entire nation,” Putin stressed – leaving no doubt he means Turkey, well aware of Washington using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as proxy foot soldiers against Assad’s legitimate government.

“One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly,” said Putin. “Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe.”

Recalling Russia’s ambassador may come next. It’s too serious to ignore or smooth over through normal diplomatic channels between both nations.

Putin explained Ankara didn’t contact Russia after what happened, instead outrageously called an emergency late afternoon Tuesday NATO meeting – apparently wanting the Alliance to serve the interests of ISIS, he added. Its actions won’t be tolerated, he stressed.

Washington backed Turkey’s absurd claim about issuing “10 warnings” before downing Russia’s aircraft. Was it directly complicit with what happened?

It bears repeating. It’s inconceivable Turkey acted alone without permission or direct complicity with NATO’s highest authority. America provides 75% of its budget. It calls the shots – deciding whether, when, where and how to act or react.

Erdogan’s action was reckless. Obama is playing with fire if his involvement with what happened is determined. Putin won’t let it pass without appropriate actions in response, already begun.

An official protest was lodged with Turkey military attache. A Russian Defense Ministry statement said “(w)e are considering actions of the Turkish air forces as an unfriendly act.”

Moscow’s anti-terrorist campaign in Syria will continue as planned, maybe intensified further after what happened – Turkey now clearly and openly an adversary in the war on terrorism, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

“Numbing And Horrible”: Former Drone Operator Brandon Bryant On His Haunting First Kill (VIDEO)


Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant is one of the the first U.S. drone operators to speak out against President Obama’s global assassination program. Bryant served as a sensor operator for the Predator program from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on the unmanned aerial vehicles that carried out attacks overseas. After he left active duty in the Air Force, he was presented with a certificate that credited his squadron for 1,626 kills. We hear Bryant’s recounting of his first-ever lethal drone strike and the impact it continues to have on him today.

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Obama In Asia


Attending the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Obama ranted during a Sunday press conference, like he does at home – his usual demagogic mumbo-jumbo replete with misinformation and Big Lies.

He makes painful listening. Nothing he says is credible. America “will not relent” in the fight against the Islamic State, he blustered. “The most powerful tool we have is to say we are not afraid.” He insists US forces made significant progress in combating its elements.

False on all counts! ISIS is a US creation, used as foot soldiers wherever they’re deployed – armed and funded, trained by CIA operatives and special forces in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, taught to commit horrific atrocities, shown how to make chemical weapons.

Israel is involved in supporting its elements, including supplying weapons and treating its wounded in its hospitals.

Obama maintains the fiction of backing “moderate” rebels. None exist or too few to matter. He called on Putin to make a “strategic adjustment.” Stop supporting Assad, he said, claiming war won’t end with him in power.

“It will not work to keep him in power,” he blustered. “We can’t stop the fighting.”

Fact: International law (automatically US law under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause – Article 6, clause 2) prohibits nations from interfering in the affairs of others. No exceptions except in self-defense, permitted only with Security Council authorization.

Fact: No nation anywhere threatens America. It intervenes against one country after another politically, economically and militarily – above all, lawlessly.

Fact: All US post-WW II military interventions were and remain illegal acts of aggression – wars waged to advance America’s imperium, at the expense of world peace, stability and countless millions of lives lost.

Fact: Syrians alone should and hopefully will decide who’ll lead them, now and ahead, free from outside interference, notably from rogues states America and Israel.

Following the ASEAN summit on Sunday, Obama headed home to Washington. On Tuesday, he met with French President Francois Hollande, plotting ways to regain the initiative in Syria.

Obama’s rants would sound comical if issues at stake weren’t so serious, saying the Islamic State “can’t beat us on the battlefield so they try to terrorize us into being afraid.”

What nonsense! Separate articles discussed fear-mongering in Europe and America – state-sponsored to scare people into supporting policies, harming their self-interest and welfare, including endless imperial wars and harsh homeland crackdowns, gutting human and civil rights protections.

Obama’s pledge to fight ISIS relentlessly, “take back their land, cut off their financing, and hunt down their leadership” on all fronts is polar opposite policies he’s pursued since launching proxy aggression to oust Syria’s Assad and gain another imperial trophy in March 2011.

Important questions media scoundrels never ask include if he’s so hell-bent to defeat ISIS now, based on his posturing, why has he done nothing to achieve this objective so far? Just the opposite!

Why does he continue supporting its fighters – with arms, funding and training? Why has he systematically destroyed large parts of Syria, displaced half its population and turned a once peaceful country into a dystopian nightmare?

He bears full responsibility for massacring around a quarter million of its people, seriously injuring many others, creating appalling levels of human misery.

The same policies inflicted against Iraq, continuing where Bush left off, Libya, Donbass, Yemen and elsewhere, complicit with Israel against Palestine, besides horrors committed at home, including force-fed austerity enriching Wall Street, war profiteers and other corporate favorites, measures producing protracted Depression conditions affecting most Americans, along with police state harshness against resisters.

Obama is a disgrace to his people, America and all other world societies. He belongs in prison, not high office.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

ISIS – Intelligence Agencies Creation And Asset (VIDEOS)

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Now that the dust has settled in Paris from the latest “False Flag” mission to herd the sheeple into a pen of jingoistic fervor, the blood flow coming out of the latest version of Comité De Salut Public would make Robespierre proud. Setting the context, dauntless ex-CIA  Michael Scheuer out does his usual perceptive analysis. 

“Honoring Paris’s dead and wounded is now being done with crocodile tears, candles, moments of silence, crowds of strangers holding hands, pledges of solidarity, the endless, pro forma singing of national anthems, and bouquets of followers mounded up as colorful, if wilting, temples to the dead. 

None of this nonsense honors anyone, it is simply another meaningless iteration of the made-for-TV, post-Islamist-attack “Festival of the Dead”, an event to which Westerners seem to be intensely attached and are now institutionalizing.” 

The remainder of his essay is published on  and provides a true alternative to the failed policies that maintain endless war for a Greater Israel. The same parade of mourners for the collateral damage targeted from terrorist assets created and sponsored by Western Intelligence services, have an existential mental blockage accepting the true architects behind the carnage.  

Before timid deniers of the cold hard facts on how the world really operates dismiss this conclusion, take the time to do your own research and evaluation. Start with the links on Who Sponsors the Islamic State (ISIS)?  

Next face up to the documentation that proves the Faustian bargain entered into by Western governments and their intelligent services that create and fund militant adversaries to keep the chaos going. Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad is an important disclosure. 

“Among the batch of documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit, released earlier this week, is a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document then classified as “secret,” dated 12th August 2012.Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. 

According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).” 

Even with a causal exposure within the main stream media, it is difficult not to hear the savage attacks that blame the Snowden revelations, which compromised security and intelligence methods. Before swallowing the usual fear rhetoric, dig deeper and link the dots. The account, Snowden Bombshell: ISIS Leader CIA/MI5 Asset, Trained By Israel presents the linkage that most “PC” conditioned acolytes refuse to accept.  

“The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”. 

NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans. 

According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”. 

The C-SPAN video ISIS revealed as ISRAELI SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE is not easily brushed aside. Such an interview will not take place on network broadcasts.  

If you have an open mind, the report by Pete Papaherakles in the American Free Press, Is ‘IS’ a CIA-Mossad Creation? – reveals startling information. “The leader of the radical Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been reputed to be a Mossad-trained operative whose real name is Elliot Shimon, the son of Jewish parents.” 

The Gulf News source reports that ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal, adds: “Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech.” 

At this point you should be asking just how this ISIS threat got its start and where did the funding originally come from. A former Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, urges you to look towards the usual keepers of the secrets. Iran Says ISIS Created by U.S., Britain, Zionism, CIA, Mossad and MI6 “Moslehi said the coalition was a “bazeecheh” — a Persian word meaning a “plaything” or a “trifling amusement.” Islamic State, Moslehi said, was created by “the triangle of Mossad, MI6, and the CIA,” a reference to the Israeli, British, and U.S. intelligence agencies.” 

Do not think for a minute that the French intelligence agencies are purely operating in the interests of France. The controversial case presented on Former French Foreign Minister – Israel Controls French Intelligence, should not be rejected out of hand. Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas referred in a book he published entitled “Coups et blessures” (Assaults and Injuries), that “The “Israelis” are doing whatever they want in France, and are controlling the French Intelligence with what serves them”. 

The shadow governments are running the operations. Watch the Smoking gun proof that ISIS is a CIA/MOSSAD/MI6 job???, video.  

Allow your common sense to ask, Where Does ISIS Get All Those Tanks, Weapons And Shiny New Toyota Trucks? 

Toyota trucks aren’t all ISIS has managed to buy, capture or scavenge from us. In June, CNBC reported that so far we’ve accidentally furnished the Islamic State with at least $219.7 million worth of weapons, vehicles and other military supplies and gear — and that’s just the stuff we know about. 

Based on various reports, CNBC came up with the following laundry list of supplies the U.S. has so kindly provided to ISIS so far. 

2,300 Humvee armored vehicles at $70,000 each: $16 million 

40 M1A1 Abram tanks at $4.3 million each: $172 million 

52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems at $527,337 each: $2.7 million 

74,000 Army machine guns at $4,000 each: $29 million 

Surely this cache of arms was not acquired on ebay. Who has the budget to fund this armament supply and even more important the sources for the transfer? Believing that Iraqi forces simply abandoned the stash rings of having a bazeecheh newspeak script.  

isisbibi_jpg_w300h236ISIS has become the global scourge and is being hyped up as the latest crusade against the infidel. Islamic jihadists by any reasonable definition are not benign victims. However, when intelligence services encourage, plot, subsidize and support militant terrorists to become suicide bombers, the bloodline that benefits from the constructed threat must be acknowledged.  

Sentiment from Rabbi Dov Lior, Controversial rabbi says Paris attacks punishment for Holocaust, is despicable. Just how much of this mindset is behind Zionist thinking? Lacking in any serious discussion about ISIS is the absence of any attack by this deadly force of demented Muslim extremists on Israel. 

If the danger of a caliphate is the utmost threat that the establishment propagandists would have you believe, what is the difference in the way the Israeli’s conduct their affairs?  

Permanent terrorism is the ultimate growth endeavor no matter who is waging the violence. The intelligence services are at the forefront of engaging in perpetual acts of terrorism. America needs to take back control of its foreign policy by dumping Israel as an ally.  

Examine the steps to restore sanity submitted in the Washington Blog, Nine Ways to Stop Terrorism. 

I. Stop Overthrowing the Moderates and Arming the Crazies

II. Stop Supporting the Dictators Who Fund Terrorists

III. Stop Bombing and Invading When a Negotiated Settlement Is Offered

IV. Stop Imperial Conquests for Arab Oil

V. Stop Drone Assassinations of Innocent Civilians

VI. Stop Torture

VII. Stop Mass Surveillance

VIII. Stop Covering Up 9/11

IX.  Stop Doing It Ourselves 

The Paris massacre is a game changer that will intensify the same mistakes made over decades of shadow government conspiracy operations run by their own intelligence agencies. As incidences of further panic spread, just keep in mind that the globalists are intensifying their reign of terror. 

Go back and study in depth the six point steps made by Michael Scheuer, On cutting the crap, breaking the Caliphate’s back, and focusing on America. He ends his case:

“If successful, it allows the United States to bid farewell to the Middle East – leaving it to whoever is stupid enough to want to be involved — and begin to focus on genuine U.S. national interests, like reducing the debt, controlling the borders, rebuilding the conventional military, severely limiting immigration, withdrawing from NATO, evicting illegal aliens, eliminating domestic Islamist organizations, and generally minding our own business.” 

The Sumner Redstone version on the Showtime series Homeland will never portray the real terrorists. Are you mature enough to follow the wisdom in this Scheuer message or would you rather believe treasonous intelligence spooks?

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Hillary’s Foreign Policy: Endless Wars Of Aggression

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in "A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton" in Manhattan, New York

A Clinton presidency would be disastrous for America and humanity. She represents pure evil – the most reckless and ruthless of all current aspirants – a rogue actor on steroids, a real threat to world peace and stability.

The late historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. once called the New York-based Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) a “front organization (for) the heart of the American establishment.” It publishes only what it wishes the public to know.

It was Clinton’s venue for her Thursday foreign policy address, focusing on the Middle East, advocating escalated US military intervention, a reckless jingoistic proposal risking direct confrontation with Russia, possible WW III – using US-created ISIS and so-called “radical jihadism” as the pretext for her advocacy.

She called for America to lead “a worldwide fight…It’s time to begin a new phase and intensify and broaden our efforts,” she said. Assad is a vital part of the solution in Syria. She called him the problem, urging the  deployment of greater numbers of US special forces, invading Syria lawlessly without Security Council authorization.

She urged establishing no-fly and safe ground zones, lawless if implemented on and over sovereign Syrian territory, acts of war along with Washington’s illegal bombing campaign – directly challenging Russian control of all Syrian airspace, authorized by its government.

She wants America’s bombing campaign escalated – solely targeting Syrian infrastructure and government targets, not ISIS or other terrorists as claimed. She supports stemming the human refugee flood to Europe by keeping them in US-established internal “safe areas.”

She disgracefully called popularly reelected Bashar al-Assad “a vicious dictator,” blasting Russia and Iran for responsibly supporting him – at the same time, ignoring Obama’s aggression, affecting the entire Syrian population, using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as proxy foot soldiers.

She outrageously accused Putin of “making things somewhat worse” – arrogantly stressing “no alternative to a political transition” excluding Assad, ignoring his popular mandate.

She wants other regional nations joining more forcefully with Washington in the fight to replace his legitimate government with a US-controlled puppet regime.

She blasted Iran, calling its government a regional “threat,” saying the Islamic Republic and ISIS represent equal challenges, wanting Iranian sovereignty eliminated like Syria’s.

She urges greater Israeli involvement in helping Washington establish unchallenged Middle East control. She wants “an updated authorization to use military force” (AUMF) for unlimited, unrestrained preemptive war.

“The time for delay is over,” she blustered. “We should get this done.” She wants Washington “go(ing) after terrorists wherever they” are – code language for endless wars of aggression against humanity in the name of fighting a US-created terrorist threat, as well as assaulting the remnants of homeland freedom, eliminating them altogether on the pretext of protecting national security.

“(E)very pillar of American power” should be used, she ranted. A  Clinton presidency would be  nightmarish for Americans, world peace and humanity, assuring endless wars of aggression and likely full-blown homeland tyranny.

It bears repeating. Her agenda is pure evil, combining the worst of Bush and Obama, representing America’s permanent war agenda and its profiteering beneficiaries – a real threat to humanity’s survival.

A Final Comment

Clinton’s candidacy is symptomatic of longstanding US rogue state policy, intolerant of democracy at home and abroad, committed to endless wars of aggression for unchallenged global dominance, risking humanity’s survival to achieve its objectives.

No matter who succeeds Obama in January 2017, the same pure evil agenda will continue. The only solution is popular nonviolent revolution. Nothing else can work. Voting is a waste of time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

Major Intelligence Officials Convened To Discuss “Shared Mission” In Syria 16 Days Before Paris Terror Attacks (VIDEO)

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On October 27, 2015, sixteen days before the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks, Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former UK MI6 Chief John Sawers, Director of the French Directorate for External Security Bernard Bajolet, and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaacov Amidror met in Washington DC to discuss how to get rid of democratically-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, particularly in light of recent Russian involvement in destroying “ISIS”–the US proxy army.

The four officials discussed the problem and strategized on a panel (video above) “The Shared 21st Century International Mission,” moderated by Washington Post foreign policy columnist David Ignatius and co-hosted by the CIA and the George Washington University.

In addition to the fact that emergency drills were taking place in Paris on November 13, the unusual elements of the events themselves and the overall geopolitical trajectory leading up to the Paris attacks, this is yet another disturbing revelation previously posted on Scoopfeed one week ago.

As Scott Creighton comments:

Funny isn’t it how all the talk right now is about the “shared mission” we face in the wake of the Paris attacks just two weeks after their “shared mission” conference.

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

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Russia Targets ISIS Oil Tanker Vehicles

Russia Targets ISIS Oil Tanker VehiclesRussia Targets ISIS Oil Tanker Vehicles

Russia’s escalated campaign against ISIS and other takfiri terrorists includes striking their fighters, facilities, command centers, bunkers, weapons and munitions sites – and now vehicles these groups use to transport stolen Syrian oil to Iraq and Turkey for black market sales, never bombed by US warplanes.

According to Russian General Staff spokesman Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov, “(i)n recent years, Islamic State and other extremist groups have organized the operations of the so-called ‘pipeline on wheels’ on the territories they control.”

Russian warplanes already destroyed over 500 tanker vehicles used to transport oil for clandestine sales. It’s their main funding source along with what Washington and its rogue allies supply.

Russia now attacking their delivery system greatly impedes their oil exporting capability, Kartapolov explained. Still, their forces even on the defensive are far from being neutralized and eliminated as a major threat.

After UK defeats in Singapore and forced retreat from Dunkirk early in WW II, Churchill finally got a victory over Rommel at El Alamein. He won what he called “The Battle of Egypt” – promising only “blood, tears, toil and sweat ahead.”

Later in his November 10, 1942 address, he said “this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Whether his well-remembered remark applies for embattled Syria today remains to be seen. Hopefully with committed Russian involvement, the corner is being turned at last. Yet with US support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, the battle of Syria has miles to go.

Putin called on Western and Middle East nations to work cooperatively against the scourge of terrorism – to locate and punish “criminals” involved.

He invoked Russia’s right of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter – in the wake of the October 31 Russian Metrojet downing in Egyptian airspace, determined to be terrorism caused by an explosive device planted on board.

On Wednesday, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin submitted a revised Security Council resolution, calling for cooperation among Western and Middle East nations in fighting terrorism along with Moscow – mainly ISIS.

The draft “includes both coordination and joint work to locate and bring to justice those responsible for terror acts,” he said. It “clearly articulates a concept of self-defense and Article 51,” he stressed.

Washington and rogue allies rejected a previous Russian draft resolution, opposing cooperation with Assad in fighting terrorism.

“We have tried to revise our draft so that our French co-workers’ sentiments would be taken into consideration, but we thought it was unreasonable to wait for a new draft,” Churkin explained.

Expect no cooperation from Washington and rogue allies in combating the scourge of terrorism. Despite Putin saying French President Francois Hollande agreed to coordinate operational strategy with Russia, he remains closely allied with Obama in insisting Assad must go.

He’s shown no willingness to combat ISIS in Syria. He’s allied with America’s scheme to destroy the country and replace its popular government with a Western-controlled puppet regime – what Russia and Syrians strongly oppose.

The well-orchestrated fear-mongering campaign following last Friday’s Paris false flag indicates escalated conflicts ahead, not efforts to resolve them in Syria or elsewhere.

A Final Comment

Tass reported Russia’s escalated war on terrorism in Syria “delivered a second massive strike” Wednesday on ISIS positions “in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor, Aleppo and Idlib…”

According to its Armed Forces General Staff spokesman, Col. Gen. Andrey Kartapolov, “Russia’s Aerospace Forces delivered a second massive strike at armed formations of terrorists in Syria at 05:00 am Moscow Time.”

Tu-22M3 long-range bomber aircraft were involved for the second day. Cruise missile were fired from Russian territory. Around 100 sorties flown struck 190 ISIS targets, destroying them.

“The delivery of air strikes continues in line with the approved plan. To ensure security of flights, the time of strikes and aircraft transit corridors are beforehand reported to representatives of the international coalition,” Kartapolov explained.

Putin ordered escalated war on terrorism. Expect no letup until its objectives are accomplished.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

Lunatics In Washington Want NATO Article 5 Invoked For Total War

NATO Article 4 calls for members to “consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any” is threatened.

Article 5 considers an armed attack (real or otherwise) against one or more members, an attack against all. Collective self-defense is called for – perhaps in the wake of the Paris incident all-out war on humanity, risking global escalation if confrontation is provoked with Russia or China.

Unleashing US-led NATO’s killing machine could become the war to end all wars, risking world peace and humanity’s survival.

Republican presidential aspirant Marco Rubio called for “invok(ing) (NATO’s) Article 5,” requiring all 28 Alliance nations to defend a member under (alleged) attack.

Will the almost certain Western and perhaps Israeli-instigated Friday Paris false flag launch possible WW III? Put nothing past America’s lunatic fringe complicit with fascists running Israel and other rogue partners.

On ABC’s Sunday morning program, Rubio lied, calling what happened in Paris “an act of war and an attack on one of our NATO allies, and we should invoke Article 5 of the NATO agreement, and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge.”

His rant followed French President Francois Hollande calling the incident “an act of war,” automatically blaming ISIS despite no evidence proving it.

Fellow presidential aspirant Jeb Bush on CNN Sunday urged “conven(ing) the North Atlantic Council to discuss” invoking Article 5, adding:

“If that’s what the French want, then, our longest and strongest and most loyal ally over our entire history, we should certainly consider it.”

The only previous time Article 5 was invoked was after the 9/11 attacks. Bush irresponsibly called the Paris incident “a threat to western civilization, and we should consider it that way.”

Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes called what happened “an act of war,” a clear indication of what’s coming. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said member states are ready to assist France.

“We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism,” he blustered, a near declaration of all-out war.

Former NATO commander, retired Admiral James Stavridis, wrote a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) controlled Foreign Policy op-ed, calling the Paris attacks “an act of war…waged by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, by Daesh, against France…”

“The Islamic State is an apocalyptic organization overdue for eradication,” he ranted – ignoring his full knowledge of it being a US creation, used as proxy foot soldiers.

Netanyahu took full advantage of the Paris incident, saying “(t)he time has come for countries to condemn terrorism against us to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world.”

“The terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris” – ignoring his all-out terror war on Palestine and possible complicity with almost certain state-sponsored terrorism against Parisian civilians.

Fascist Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon blustered: “This must be a time of reckoning,” suggesting the worst to come against Palestinian civilians, defenseless against Israel’s rampaging killing machine.

New New York Times editors headlined “What Will Come After Paris,” saying Friday Paris attacks “along with twin bombings in Beirut on the day before and the downing of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, show a new phase in the Islamic State’s war against the West, a readiness to strike far beyond areas it controls in Iraq, Syria, and increasingly, Libya.”

“The challenge for threatened countries is huge,” Times editors barely stopping short of urging greater US-led war on humanity than already – never explaining ISIS is a US creation, used to wage war on Syria, Iraq and other targeted countries, heading for Russia if not stopped.

“France must take measures to protect its citizens, as must the United States” and other countries, Times editors blustered, ignoring what’s most important to explain to readers.

US-led horrors post-9/11 are well documented. Will escalated war on humanity follow Paris last Friday? Is the unthinkable possible: WW III?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

ISIS Is Being Aimed At The West By Globalists – Here’s What We Can Do About It


Over the past year and a half, I have been writing on the engineered nature of ISIS, delving deeply into its history and its backing by Western intelligence agencies in articles such as “Is Martial Law Justified If ISIS Attacks?” as well as “What Will You Do When Tyranny And Terrorism Work Hand In Hand?” and “The Time Is Ripe For A False Flag Attack On American Soil.”

Specifically, I compared the ISIS phenomenon to another establishment-backed terrorist program that began at the onset of the Cold War in Europe and was publicly exposed in the 1990s. That program was called Operation Gladio.

Gladio involved the manipulation of existing extremist groups as well as the complete fabrication of terrorist cells within Europe claiming to be “left-wing.” The reality was that these terrorist cells were made up of intelligence agency operatives (including CIA operatives) acting as handlers often for duped scapegoats and patsies. These proxy terrorists initiated decades of attacks in Europe, which focused on shootings and bombings in public areas with full media saturation. Gladio-influenced cells, such as Action Directe, carried out at least 50 different violent attacks in France in the 1970s and 1980s, along with groups like Red Army Faction, Black September and the PLFP.

Governments across Europe began using the attacks as a rallying cry for a centralized one-European nation; that cry culminated in the formation of the EU.

Operation Gladio began in France in 1947, when French Interior Minister Edouard Depreux revealed the existence of a secret stay-behind army codenamed “Plan Bleu.”

In France in 1948, the Western Union Clandestine Committee (WUCC) was created to coordinate secret unorthodox warfare. After the creation of NATO a year later, the WUCC was integrated into the military alliance under the name Clandestine Planning Committee (CPC).

The former director of the French intelligence service DGSE, Adm. Pierre Lacoste, said in a 1992 interview with The Nation, that France’s “secret army” was involved in terrorist activities against Charles de Gaulle, whom the CIA wanted to assassinate.

De Gaulle was apparently not entirely innocent in the Gladio affair, either. De Gaulle was very familiar with a secret organization called Service d’ Action Civique. It ended up being exposed as a training ground for Gladio Agents under Jaques Foccart, a government “adviser” who would go on to mastermind multiple military coups in Africa. Whether de Gaulle was fully aware of this problem is not known. It was discovered, though, that SAC had infiltrated communist student groups in the late 1960s through the 1970s and attempted to provoke violent actions.

De Gaulle was eventually driven out of office after the 1969 failure of the Referendum of Regionalisation. He was replaced by Georges Pompidou, who (what a surprise) was an avid promoter of European unification (centralization). Pompidou founded the French arm of the Pan-European Union Movement. And immediately after he took de Gaulle’s position, he helped initiate the European Communities Summit, which led directly to the formation of the European Union structure.

Gladio was not fully exposed to the wider public until 1990 when Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti came forward to the senate with detailed information.  After the information hit the mainstream, the European Parliament was forced to write a resolution against any future false flag projects.  Clearly, they have since ignored these promises.

For more information on Gladio, I highly recommend the intensively researched book “NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe” by Daniele Ganser, as well as the 1992 BBC documentary “Operation Gladio.”

As I have stated time and time again, government engineered crisis is designed to do one thing: drive the fearful public toward more centralization and less freedom. Although Operation Gladio was later exposed, it was too late; Gladio (along with other clandestine economic measures) had achieved the goal of a malleable citizenry desperate for more centralized governance; a social attitude which led to a transnational union in Europe with a single currency mechanism.

What does this have to do with ISIS? In order to defeat an enemy, you have to know where he comes from, what his motivations are, and who pulls his strings if he has any.  As I predicted in the pieces linked at the beginning of this article, ISIS has now been exposed as being supported if not entirely funded and managed by Western covert intelligence through documents obtained from the Department of Defense by Judicial Watch, making ISIS very similar to Gladio in its origins and tactics.

This DoD paper should not have been at all surprising to most of us in the liberty movement. The West had been shifting militants from Libya into Syria just before protests suddenly erupted into all-out war. Instructors from the U.K. and France, under U.S. advisement, had been training militants in Jordan specifically for the purpose of invading and disrupting Syria and overthrowing president Bashar Assad. This training continued well after it became clear that the same militants had formed under the banner of ISIS.

Establishment elites have openly applauded the radicalization of insurgents in Syria. The Council on Foreign Relations argued that the inclusion of what they called “extremist al-Qaida elements” in the Syrian insurgency “improved the moral” of the movement, stating that the “Free Syrian Army needs al-Qaida now.” The CFR acknowledges that the goal of al-Qaida operatives in Syria is not necessarily to overthrow Assad, but to establish an Islamic state. Despite this, the CFR continued to support the same strategy of militant training to overthrow Assad.

The facts are this:

– ISIS was created by covert intelligence and continues to be trained and supplied by Western governments.

– The tactics ISIS uses, including monstrous acts of genocide, were clearly taught to them by covert intelligence interests (look into the School of the Americas for similar programs), considering ISIS insurgents continue to receive aid from Western intelligence despite their behavior.

– Western governments are well aware that ISIS agents have been inserted into refugee camps and are being imported into Europe and the U.S.

– ISIS smugglers have openly admitted to this infiltration plan, yet the U.S. and EU governments continued the immigration surge.

– Lower echelon ISIS fighters that have actually been captured and interviewed apparently have wide-ranging views on Islam and are not the staunchly unified theocratic zealots the Western public has been led to believe. This is a considerable departure from groups like al-Qaida (also Western funded and trained), which required complete theological conformity.

In truth, the only unifying drive of many captured ISIS fighters has been a concerted hatred of the West and the U.S. in particular due to our government’s complete destabilization of the Middle East. Meaning, the establishment (globalists) brought chaos to the Middle East, then conjured the rise of ISIS out of that despair, then used ISIS to recruit young men with a hatred for the West, and has now led those fighters right to our doorstep.

The escalation of force in Syria by both Russia and the West is likely now useless, as thousands of ISIS insurgents have been removed from the combat zone and transported exactly where they prefer to be — right next door to us. But defeating ISIS has never been the goal.

One must conclude given these facts that the plan by the establishment to force public acceptance of Syrian mass immigration was a Trojan horse strategy to plant ISIS extremists within deadly proximity to western civilians. But why?

Again, this is yet another Gladio-style program designed to strike terror in the hearts of the public and condition them into accepting even greater centralization and less freedom. A European superstate with common border security and a single government authority will certainly be on the table soon. Not to mention, martial law is essentially in place in France today and will be expanded to other EU members as the attacks continue. As with Gladio, Europeans should expect many more events like the Paris attacks in the months to come.

The U.S. is set to receive over 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next couple months. Unlike in Europe, where numerous activist groups have been able to partially track numbers and types of people within refugee groups, Americans have little access to information surrounding Syrian immigration to the U.S. I suspect that, as in Europe, the claims that the refugees are only “single mothers, children and religious minorities” is mostly false, and many of them are actually single military-age males.

In the U.S., the federal government has been legally positioning for martial law for years, from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its indefinite-detention-without-trial provisions that apply to citizens, to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and mass surveillance measures without warrant, to resource confiscation provisions through executive order that apply during any event the White House labels an “emergency,” to elitist insiders like Wesley Clark planting the concept on national television of World War II-style internment camps for citizens deemed hostile to the status quo.

I would also point out that the U.S., and the global economy in general, is currently witnessing a massive slowdown rivaling the credit collapse of 2008. Widespread terrorist attacks are a perfect rationalization for a complete lockdown of Western peoples, as well as a perfect distraction from the banker-generated economic implosion that is progressing in exponentially harsher stages as we head into 2016.

Another major advantage to consider to the Paris attacks is that now, with a Syrian passport being conveniently found on one of the terrorists (possibly fake), the war in Syria is given greater rationale while the immigration plan continues unabated. NATO countries are gearing up for a large-scale assault in the region, while Russia is already entrenched. Imagine the potential for an “accidental” trigger event between the East and West as Russian troops and planes come within spitting distance of NATO troops and planes.

Americans should see a Paris-level attack as inevitable in the near term. They should expect similar events in unusual areas of the country, including more suburban and rural areas to ensure that no one feels safe anywhere. They should expect that said attacks will be high frequency and that they will occur in a coordinated manner. This is how Gladio operated, and this is undoubtedly how ISIS will operate.

The question is: What can be done about it?

We must first recognize that ISIS is only a surface problem; the deeper problem is corrupt governments across the globe creating dangerous terrorist groups out of thin air.  That said, ISIS is still a threat, and must be dealt with along with globalists.

If the government insists upon financing and training dangerous militant groups and directly immigrating them along with Syrian refugees without any vetting whatsoever, if they insist on wide open borders, then there is not much we can do to prevent ISIS from slipping into the U.S. We also cannot go the fascist route and round up every Muslim in the name of security as some neocons are suggesting; this is exactly what the elites want, public support for liberty destroying measures against one group that can then be applied to ALL groups.

We can, though, take some measures that we should have been instituting all along.

Higher pressure on prime immigration centers: Legal immigration should not be an issue normally, but it has been made an issue due to deliberately lax security measures by the federal government. If the government is not going to take action, then the American people must. There are a limited number of these relocation centers in the U.S.; and activist pressure could be applied, along with pressure on local and state officials. Michigan, Texas  and Alabama among other states have publicly announced that they will not be taking any more refugees until the government revises its vetting standards. That is a perfectly rational approach. Although I suspect the hour may be too late to disrupt the flow of ISIS sleeper cells into our country, we should do what we can to end the current insane immigration policies.

Locally managed border security: The federal border patrol simply is not getting the job done right now. And the great threat is that once an attack does occur within the U.S., the federal government will suggest a militarization of the border (or the entire nation) rather than taking simple measures they should have taken long ago. You see, the goal of false-flag terror is to motivate the public to demand more government power. This is why followers of the neoconservative mindset are idiotic. The establishment CREATED the problem of ISIS and potential ISIS immigration. And when it all goes sour, neocons cry out that the same government needs expanded militarized authority to do its job. I say, “No more.”

Border security should be handled at the local level rather than the federal level, meaning the people of the vulnerable states should be organizing their own security measure, patrols, alarms, response teams, etc. I am so tired of hearing that we should “let the professionals do the job.” Frankly, there are no “professionals” in the area of border security seeing as we now have wide-open borders. The locals have every right to secure their own states and will probably do a better job that the federal government ever has.

Your tactical response kit: Build an active-shooter kit for your vehicle and ALWAYS carry a sidearm, either open carry or concealed if you have a CCW. I open carry at all times as a matter of principle and have never been asked to leave an establishment as a result. But if you are worried about confrontation with people or businesses, then simply carry concealed. Open-carry citizens could dissuade attackers from striking a particular place altogether through blatant show of force, while CCW holders are less visible. There are advantages to both.

An active-shooter kit would require a lightweight folding-stock rifle or a short-barrel AR-style pistol with an arm brace, a lightweight tactical vest with mags and ammo, ballistic plates, smoke, a rifle light (for dark indoor spaces in particular; night vision with limited depth perception is far less effective than a simple light), a trauma kit with pressure bandages, celox gauze, tourniquets, chest seals, decompression needles, etc., as well as a radio communications kit.  All gear should be tailored to the individual’s expertise and needs.  This kit should be placed in a nondescript backpack or carrying case for easy transport. Obviously, train with all of your gear extensively before using it in the field.

Personal and team training for active shooters: The only way Americans can guarantee any measure of safety from a Paris-style attack is for as many citizens as possible to be armed and trained. This means mentally training to go TOWARD the sound of the shooting, rather than to run away from it, as well as tactical methods to marginalize a shooter’s ability to move and project violence. Team training is a must, and you should already be working within a group to learn how to function in combat without danger of friendly fire or misdirected fire that might put innocent bystanders at risk.

The common argument against citizens defending themselves is that they are untrained and are “likely to do more harm than good.” This is nonsense. One armed person in Paris could have made all the difference, as this man armed with a .38 revolver did when his church in South Africa came under attack by terrorists. Another argument is that when armed citizens respond aggressively to an attack, they risk being mistaken as terrorists by authorities. I have to point out that the authorities rarely arrive in time to accomplish anything, let alone mistake you on the scene as a terrorist while defending yourself.

Military-grade training far superior to the training mandated by law enforcement is widely available to U.S. citizens. It is time to accept that this is the world we live in now. Are you going to put blind faith in a corrupt government system that has deliberately put you in harm’s way, or are you going to take proactive measures to protect yourself and those around you? Make no mistake; your safety is in your hands whether you like it or not.

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France Declares War On Syria


It was predictable. What was just a matter of when came around 48 hours after what almost certainly was a Western-orchestrated false flag Paris attack, perhaps complicit with Israel – to create a pretext for escalated Middle East war and let Netanyahu terrorize the entire Palestinian population freely.

Syria is ground zero. More on the attack below. Paul Craig Roberts received an unverified report about “a massive cyber attack on French systems 48 hours prior to and during the Paris attacks.”

It “took down the French mobile data network and blinded police surveillance.” It was “a sophisticated attack…beyond the capability of” garden variety terrorists.

If the report is accurate, state-sponsored mischief was responsible. Draw your own conclusions. Did the attack have US and/or Israeli fingerprints on it? Was France complicit in murdering its own citizens?

Let’s not mince words. Multiple Friday Paris attacks were a well-planned, carefully executed military operation – a false flag unless independently proved otherwise.

The Middle East Eye (MEE) cited French police sources saying “Syrian passports found near the bodies of two of the suspected Paris attackers were fakes…likely made in Turkey.”

“Fake Syrian passports have become a valuable commodity in recent months and are freely traded on the black market, as they can help ease the path for non-Syrians to get protection as refugees in Europe,” MEE reported.

An Egyptian passport found near one of the attack sites belonged to Wael Abdel Razzaq, a victim of what happened. Incoming Polish foreign minister Konrad Szymanski said his country will halt accepting new refugees to assure “complete control of its borders.” Expect other European countries to institute similar policies.

In its late Sunday night online edition, The New York Times lied, saying French warplanes “str(uck) ISIS targets in Syria in retaliation for attacks.”

France, as expected, declared war on Syria, striking likely infrastructure and other government targets around Raqqa in northern Syria, east of Aleppo.

Damascus is in the southwest, near Lebanon’s border. Will areas around the capital be attacked next? It’s clear from the French operation that targets struck  were chosen well before the Paris attacks.

Military operations don’t commence overnight. Careful planning for weeks or months precedes them. Hollande’s bluster rang hollow, vowing “war without pity…to be unforgiving with the barbarians.”

Up to now, France has been active with Washington bombing Iraqi infrastructure targets – not ISIS. It’s attacked very few Syrian sites, the strategy apparently now changed.

Instead of helping to resolve Syria’s conflict, escalation looks likely, leaving peace elusive, precisely what Washington wants as part of its plan to replace Assad’s government with a US-installed puppet regime.

Everything going on related to Syria has Israeli fingerprints on it. Days earlier, its warplanes bombed Syrian targets, its latest in a series of airstrikes on its territory – acts of war ignored by the world community.

Will Israel now get more aggressive? Expect Washington to step up its bombing campaign – exclusively striking Syrian infrastructure and government targets, not ISIS as claimed – polar opposite Russia’s real war on terrorism.

A French Defense Ministry statement said 12 aircraft, including 10 warplanes, conducted Sunday’s attack with US forces. The Times reported targets struck included medical “clinics, a museum and other buildings in an urban area…” – civilian sites, not military ones.

It also lied claiming ISIS targets were struck. At least most people in areas struck were civilians, not terrorists.

The Times contributed to the fiction about France and America waging war on the Islamic State. In 14 months of bombing Syrian targets, US warplanes struck zero ISIS sites – infrastructure and government ones only.

The number of casualties isn’t known, likely a good number of civilians killed and injured. Ignore reports of names and nationalities of alleged Friday night attackers – as well as blaming what happened on the heavy refuge flow to Europe.

Desperate men, women and children fleeing Syria and other war-torn countries don’t enter Europe carrying automatic weapons and explosives.

Terrorists responsible for Friday’s Paris attacks obtained these weapons from unnamed internal sources. America and Israel are notorious for pulling off these type black operations. Odds favor their involvement in what happened, likely complicit with France against its own citizens – the same way Washington murdered Twin Tower victims on 9/11, blaming bin Laden and Al Qaeda for its high crime.

Reports indicate French authorities on a Muslim witch-hunt, conducting so-called anti-terror raids in Paris and other French cities, much like what happened in America post-9/11.

Muslims continue being targeted for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity. They’re political war on terrorism scapegoats, as unsafe in France as America.

RT International reported nearly 1,000 guests and staff evacuated from Moscow’s “iconic Cosmos hotel (in response to a) phone call with an alleged bomb threat…(S)pecialists with trained dogs are inspecting the building.”

On Sunday, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said his government had information about planned terrorist attacks in France, America and Iran. Appropriate authorities were notified before Friday’s Paris incident.

Kremlin official Yury Ushakov said Putin and Obama discussed Syria and Ukraine on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. He noted differences in the approach and objectives of both leaders.

White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said in the “coming days and weeks,” US and French forces will “intensity (their) strikes” – allegedly against ISIS, in fact, against Syrian targets.

Congressional and Pentagon hawks want escalated war on Syria. Is a post-9/11 scenario about to unfold? Will an undated Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) be enacted, giving Obama carte blanche to wage unrestricted war?

Greater than ever US war on humanity appears likely, the near-certain Paris false flag used as a pretext for escalated imperial lawlessness. Will global war follow?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

Syria Not Invited To Talks On Resolving Endless War

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On November 14, around 20 nations met in Vienna for more talks on resolving the long-running Syrian conflict – launched by Obama, intending to continue it until Assad is replaced by a US-controlled puppet.

Late October talks accomplished nothing. Participants agreed to disagree. Expect nothing more significant this time. Syria wasn’t invited to either session, left out of discussing its own status and future.

How can peace be achieved without its involvement? UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura ignored the affront, saying “(m)y job is to make sure that large countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran sit around the table and set out a political plan.”

It’s worthless without Syrian involvement, showing no US intent to resolve things responsibly. On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, suggested Tehran won’t participate in Saturday talks. Iranian Tasnim News Agency then quoted him saying “Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will definitely not attend the next round of Vienna talks on Syria.”

Washington must provide “answers regarding some unilateral actions taken by some of the (participating) sides,” Abdollahian stressed – acting “without consulting others,” the way US officials most often do things.

Iran opting out and excluding Syria suggests continued deadlock on resolving things. Obama didn’t wage war on Syria to quit. Washington abhors peace and stability. Endless wars defines its agenda, raping one country after another.

Afghanistan is America’s longest war. No end in sight looms. Syrian fighting could continue for years.

Washington just unilaterally rejected Russia’s proposal without consideration or discussion. Iraq and Libya remain cauldrons of violence and chaos. US-orchestrated war on Yemen is raping another country.

Is Iran next? Successful nuclear talks didn’t change Washington’s longstanding regime change objective – just sidelined it temporarily.

Russia’s intervention in Syria with perhaps Iraq to follow reflects a major wildcard, challenging America’s hegemonic agenda effectively for the first time in memory, not likely to let up until Putin achieves what he set out to accomplish – neutralizing the terrorist threat, ideally eliminating it, preventing its spread to Central Asia and Russia, as well as preserving Syrian sovereignty.

Washington can’t stop him, yet remains determined to try – again proving its hostile intentions.

The German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) expects things to worsen because Washington and Saudi Arabia intend increasing aid to Syrian opposition forces (aka ISIS and other terrorists) – directly challenging Moscow’s anti-ISIS campaign.

Reuters reported Rihadh “in a state of madness, escalating to the greatest degree,” citing an unnamed source close to Syria’s army.

On the one hand, Washington, Rihadh and rogue allies can’t effectively challenge Putin’s righteous mission. On the other, they can create endless violence, instability and chaos, making conflict resolution impossible.

On November 11, The Washington Post said Obama “will soon be forced to confront big decisions on Syria…Kerry will try to build momentum for a Syrian political transition” – wanting it externally controlled, putting him at odds with Russia, supporting Syrians’ exclusive right to decide who’ll lead them, no one else, especially not Washington, wanting hegemony over the entire Middle East, what Moscow is righteously contesting.

Later on Thursday (as this is written), Kerry will deliver an address on Syria at the hawkish, right-wing, misnamed United States Institute of Peace. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter are board members.

Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said “it’s an opportunity for him to lay out the efforts that we’re pursuing in Syria” – talking peace, waging endless proxy war of aggression, claiming Washington wants ISIS defeated while using its forces as US proxy foot soldiers.

Russia and America are miles apart on resolving Syria’s conflict. Both sides disagree on what groups are terrorist ones. America maintains the pretense about so-called “moderate” rebels. None exist.

Russia won’t agree to any proposal limiting its war on terrorism, targeting ISIS, Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and various splinter groups.

All Assad opposition fighting elements are terrorists. Washington distinguishing between good and bad ones is farcical on its face, fooling no one.

Following talks in Vienna, G-20 leaders will meet in Antalya, Turkey on November 15 and 16. Putin and Obama will attend. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(t)he schedule of bilateral meetings has not been finalized yet. It is now being drafted in cooperation with other countries. Talk of (Putin and Obama meeting) is premature.”

Each leader will hold a number of bilateral meetings. On September 28, they met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly for 90 minutes, perhaps to be continued in Turkey.

Their agendas remain polar opposite. War and peace don’t mix. Resolving Syria’s conflict remains nowhere in sight, not as long as Washington blocks responsible efforts to achieve it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

A Stunning Anti-War Polemic

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Years ago, I read author, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 classic novel “Johnny Got His Gun” – one of the most stunning ever fictional indictments of war, impossible to read his chilling account of its barbarity in human terms without being deeply affected.

Joe Bonham is the protagonist, a US WW I soldier, a war during which my father served in France, thankfully coming home in one piece, mind and body intact, no signs of what he may have seen or endured with one exception. He shunned discussing the war. I and my brother never pressed him.

Bonham awakens in a hospital after an artillery blast shattered his body beyond repair,  physically and emotionally numb to what happened.

Gradually he realizes he lost both arms and legs, his face, including both eyes, ears, teeth and tongue. His mind alone functions normally. The horrors of war destroyed him – Trumbo’s polemic a heart-wrenching testimonial indictment of all wars, the highest of high crimes.

So-called good ones don’t exist, not now, not ever, WW II worst of all, a nuclear one if waged will be the ultimate war crime, risking humanity’s destruction.

Bohnam initially can’t bear living in a shattered torso, nothing else remaining of his former self. He reconsiders, wants to be placed in a glass enclosed container and taken on tour nationwide – to show as many people as possible the true horrors of war.

Without any normal way to communicate, he does it by tapping Morse code statements on his pillow, using his shattered head.

He realizes his wish won’t be granted. His only option is enduring whatever time he has left in his shattered condition, unless able to end it by suffocation or other means.

He can’t walk, talk or do anything normally. He’s a living corpse, drifting between reality and fantasy, remembering pre-war times past, his normal life with family and girl friend.

Trumbo’s title is taken from the George M. Cohan song “Over There,” written during America’s involvement in WW I (1917 – 1918). The lyrics begin “Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun. Take if on the run, on the run, on the run.”

The memorable chorus continues, saying “Over there, over there, send the word, send the word over there that the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming, the drums rum-tumming everywhere…”

“Send the word, send the word to beware. We’ll be over, we’re coming over, and we won’t be back till it’s over, over there.”

Al Jolson and Enrico Caruso-sung versions were recorded. Nothing glorious about “over there” exists, not in WW I or any wars.

Trumbo deplored them. Pacifists in America are generally shunned publicly. His novel was well received, winning a 1940 American Booksellers Award, published days before WW II began, over two years before America’s direct involvement.

A 1940 NBC radio adaptation starred James Cagney as Bohnam. In 1971, Trumbo directed the film version of his novel, Timothy Bottoms in the lead role. A 1982 stage play followed, first off-Broadway, then worldwide.

Revived film and stage versions are vitally needed now – pulling no punches, revealing the horrors of war the way Trumbo explained them in his lead character.

It bears repeating. No wars are good ones. All are fought for wealth, power, conquest and dominance. No one endures their horrors without being scarred for life in some ways, lucky ones returning with their bodies and minds intact, managing to get on with their lives as normally as possible.

Too many others are physically and/or emotionally affected forever, traumatized or disfigured, their lives never the same.

To the victors go the spoils. For soldiers at all levels in battles, few are spared the horrors of war in some ways.

No one forgets the nightmarish experience – why humanity desperately needs a way to end wars or they’ll end us. With today’s super weapons, there’s no in between.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

US Supplying ISIS With Aircraft Downing Weapons


On November 4, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US, Allies to Boost Aid to Syria Rebels” – aka ISIS and other takfiri terrorists, US proxy foot soldiers, imperial death squads, no so-called “moderates” among them.

The Journal stopped short of explaining it, instead saying “(s)hipments of arms (and) supplies are aimed at pressuring Assad while countering Russia (and) Iran.”

Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Syria, eliminating its independent government, replacing it with one Washington and Israel control, raping the country, balkanizing it, and exploiting its people – at the same time, creating endless violence, instability and chaos like what’s happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and virtually everywhere America shows up, the greatest menace to peace in world history.

According to the Journal, increased weapons shipments to anti-Assad elements aim to “challenge the intervention of Russia and Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, US officials and their counterparts (from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf States) in the region said.

Obama declared proxy war on Russia after pledging to avoid it. He’s playing with fire. Putin is determined to eliminate the scourge of terrorism in Syria, and by implication perhaps regionally and beyond. That puts him on a collision course with Washington, wanting its proxy death squads protected and used destructively.

The more heavily armed ISIS and other takfiris become, the harder Russian aircraft will likely target them. Expect the battle to liberate Syria continuing for as long as it takes to achieve.

According to the Journal, “(i)n the past month of intensifying Russian airstrikes, the CIA and its partners have increased the flow of military supplies to rebels in northern Syria, including of US-made TOW antitank missiles, these officials said.”

“Those supplies will continue to increase in coming weeks, replenishing stocks depleted by the regime’s expanded military offensive. An Obama administration official said the military pressure is needed to push Mr. Assad from power.”

Shoulder-launched, man-portable, surface-to-air missiles (SAMS) defense systems (Manpads) are being supplied. “Those weapons could help target regime aircraft…and could also help keep Russian air power at bay,” said the Journal, citing unnamed US officials.

Manpads are relatively inexpensive, easy to operate and able to down low-flying aircraft. Helicopters are most vulnerable. So are fixed-wing planes during takeoffs, landings, and when operating at low altitudes.

Military aircraft systems alert pilots when missiles target them. Countermeasures to avoid being struck include evasive action, infrared flares and lasers.

Russian planes are safe at high altitudes. Special precautions are taken to protect them during takeoffs and landings.

On September 30, the die was cast when he intervened, a righteous mission fully in accord with international law – polar opposite US aggression throughout the region and beyond.

Obama didn’t wage war on Syria to quit. Putin didn’t intervene to back off in the face of US pressure.

Expect him to stay the course with plenty of effective military muscle – impressive enough to make Pentagon commanders leery about challenging him.

A proxy state of war between America and Russia now exists – a hugely dangerous situation, risking possible direct confrontation between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

ISIS Using Mustard Gas In Syria


US-supported ISIS and other terrorists were caught red-handed using sarin and other chemical weapons against civilians in Syria numerous times – Assad wrongfully blamed for their crimes.

No evidence suggests his forces used them at any time throughout the conflict. Plenty shows CIA and US special forces train takfiri terrorists in chemical weapons use, perhaps supplying them with toxic agents to use.

Saudi Arabia was caught red-handed providing them with toxic agents in containers marked “made in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).”

In early November, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts confirmed terrorists’ use of mustard gas and chlorine in Syria with “utmost confidence” – calling perpetrators “non-state actor(s).”

An OPCW statement said its Fact Finding Mission (FFM) “confirm(ed) that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard (commonly known as mustard gas), and that it is very likely that the effects of this chemical weapon resulted in the death of an infant.”

Mustard gas is a cytotoxic blistering agent, causing debilitating, potential lethal, internal and external chemical burns, affecting exposed skin and lungs when inhaled, able to penetrate wool and cotton fabrics.

A UK nurse during WW I commented on treating its burns, saying:

Patients “cannot be bandaged or touched. We cover them with a tent of propped-up sheets. Gas burns must be agonizing because usually the other cases do not complain, even with the worst wounds, but gas cases are invariably beyond endurance and they cannot help crying out.”

According to OPCW, “(m)ustard agent(s) (are) very simple to manufacture and can therefore be a ‘first choice’ when a country decides to build up a capacity for chemical warfare.”

In gas or liquid form, it “attacks the skin, eyes, lungs and gastro-intestinal tract. Internal organs may also be injured, mainly blood-generating organs, as a result of mustard agent being taken up through the skin or lungs and transported into the body.”

“The delayed effect is a characteristic of mustard agent. Mustard agent gives no immediate symptoms upon contact and consequently a delay of between two and twenty-four hours may occur before pain is felt and the victim becomes aware of what has happened. By then cell damage has already been caused.”

The 1925 Geneva Protocol prohibited use of “asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials or devices,” as well as “bacteriological methods of warfare.”

The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and 1993 Chemical Weapons Conventions prohibit their production, storage or transfer.

America and Israel notoriously use chemical, biological and radiological weapons in warfare. Major media report nothing.

Did Washington supply ISIS with toxic chemical agents, including mustard gas for use OPCW just reported? On November 6, Pravda said “Russian intelligence (in early October) obtained records of secret negotiations of ISIS militants about the use of chemical weapons.”

“It was said that the terrorists were going to use mustard gas ammo against  government forces of President Bashar Assad.”

In late August, The New York Times reported “ISIS using poison gas in Syria…according to local rebels (other terrorists) and an international aid group.”

The Syrian American Medical Society reported city of Marea civilian areas attacked with over 50 shells containing toxic agents. Symptoms showed chemical exposure. Some victims had blisters associated with mustard gas use.

So-called rebels said shells were fired from an ISIS controlled area.  Kurdish forces in northern Syria and Iraq were attacked with toxic chemical agents. Many injuries were reported. ISIS was blamed in both countries.

On November 23, an OPCW Executive Council special session will be held to discuss its findings of chemical weapons use in Syria. The organization last year said Assad completed handing over his government’s entire CW stockpile in June 2014.

No evidence suggests it has any remaining agents. Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaafari categorically said many times that “(t)he Syrian government has not used and will never use chemical weapons.”

Toxic chemical agents in the hands of ISIS and/or other terrorist groups pose dangers throughout the region and beyond.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at

The War That You Don’t See


(The Real Agenda) The war that we don’t see is the one being fought right before our own eyes, but our conditioning does not allow us to recognize it.

War begins before the first shot is fired. Governments, as the parties more often involved in military conflict, begin to prepare for war with lots of anticipation by making decisions to protect their assets and to attack their enemies’ resources so when the time to fight comes, they will be in a strong position to resist and counter-attack.

Although there hasn’t been a major declared world war since WWII, the planet has been in a continuous state of conflict mainly due to the imperialistic goals of the United States and its allies. This imperialistic drive, which many believe is a mandate to manage the world’s resources and to make them available to more people, is nothing less than a desire to hoard those resources in an attempt to maintain dominance.

Many societies have been waiting for WWIII to take place without recognizing that it has been going on since the last great war. Very few people understand that war is no longer fought on open fields and with heavy artillery, but via covert means. In today’s global battlefield, it is easier to kill millions of people than to keep them under control.

Incrementalism has been a powerful weapon of the shadow government. Their measures of control have been applied carefully and dutifully to raise the least suspicion possible. As it is now apparent, the mainstream corporate media has been complicit in the plan and are a great reason for the success of the globalist establishment to keep the planet in the current perpetual state of war.

The 99.9% is now fighting against a “monolithic and ruthless conspiracy“. That conspiracy is strongly supported by infiltration, subversion, intimidation, guerrillas and the most powerful surveillance apparatus that humankind has seen. But the conspirators are not always united. This is more evident now than ever before. There is an ongoing war between factions of the same criminal enterprise which can be compared to having two Godzillas fighting each other.

In the current war between the two “Godzillas” – Russia and the US- both countries are secretly preparing for what is coming: A fourth world war. Sanctions, proxy attacks, direct and indirect speeches condemning each other’s actions and attacks by mainstream media are some of the ways in which the fourth world war is being fought right now.

At the same time, the governments of Russia and the US are also taking preventive measures to resist. RT International has reported that Vladimir Putin has sanctioned a new law which enables his government to confiscate foreign assets as a form of retaliation, should it be necessary in the near future.

According to the law, “the jurisdictional immunities of a foreign state and its property could be limited on the territory of Russia on the principle of mutuality, in the case that the jurisdictional immunity of Russia has been found to be suffering limitations on the sovereign territory of that country,” explains RT.

This is Russia preparing for an eventual rise in tensions with the US or any other regime. Something similar was done by the US last year, when the US Congress voted to, for all intents and purposes, declare war on Russia. US Congressmen, led by neocon war-mongers passed Resolution 758, after Crimea voted to become part of Russia.

China is building islands in the middle of the South China Sea as it is preparing to face an imminent war with the US. In response, the Americans are carrying out provocative displays of force by sending armed ships to the region as well as military aircraft in recon missions. On the US homeland, the government has been very active with military exercises in urban as well as non-populated areas for what seems to be the upcoming war against its own people.

Apparently, despite great progress, it is not so easy to build and maintain a “tightly-knit, highly efficient dominance machine with military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic and scientific operations.” In spite of gargantuan efforts to keep their plans concealed, their crimes unpunished and its plans secret, war itself has shed lots of light on the intrinsic machinations of the current war-fed system.

The Legion of Doom that took over the world after WWII has been making war preparations for over 60 years, yet, they cannot get every member to agree to the way in which the plan should be executed. Unfortunately for them, time and more importantly, money is running out. There is very little room for unlimited money printing, as the system that they used to conquer the world is rapidly collapsing onto its own footprint.

The war that we don’t see is the one being fought right before our own eyes, but our conditioning does not allow us to recognize it.

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

“Rebel Groups” Using Families As Human Shields In Syria


(The Real Agenda) The guerrilla groups are caging innocent people to protect themselves from Russian airstrikes.

Hundreds of cages with seven or eight people in each roam Ghouta, a city near Damascus. The intention with the practice of caging people is to stop the bombing of the Russian and Syrian aviation. So-called rebels, captured soldiers and Alawite families -children included- to use them as human shields after the last airstrikes launched by the Russian air force.

According to Doctors Without Borders, on 30 October at least 70 people died and 550 were injured at a market in Douma, East Ghouta’s largest town. These people had been captured by the rebels and put into cages to be used as human shields.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) attributes this brutal practice to the Jaysh al-Islam group, the largest in Ghouta. Islam and Jaish al Ahrar al-Sham, incidentally, congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his recent election victory, According to the observatory, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar support these rebel groups.

The OSDH notes that local militias fighting alongside the Syrian regular army did the same a few weeks ago: they put ISIS prisoners in cages and placed on roofs at two locations in the province of Idlib, Al Fuah and Kefraya, to prevent attacks by rebel groups.

Ghouta is a particularly dramatic case in the history of the Syrian war. On 16 August at least 112 people were killed in air strikes on residential areas and markets.

In addition, the August 21, 2013 sarin gas was used to attack and kill a number innocent people which first was blamed on the Assad government, but that later was found to have been done by the rebels groups that are now using innocent men, women and children as human shields. The “red lines” set by Barack Obama against the use of chemical weapons were forgotten since the US was the Godfather of the militias that later became ISIS in Syria.

Just today, the head of the research team of the UN on the use of chemical weapons in the provinces of Idlib and Hama, Virginia Gamba, showed her pessimistic view about the situation in those cities: “Do I have the name, last name and the age of the authors? I have no idea,” she said.

It is particularly tragic that armed groups now resort to using human shields in the same place where last February local activists photographed children living in cages in the style of the Islamic State.

Four months after the chemical attack on Ghouta in December, Jaysh al-Islam and the Nusra Front -the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda- imprisoned hundreds of civilians, mostly Alawites, as stated by the UN. These would be the same people who are now used as human shields.

In a text accompanying the video released by Shaams News Network, though not attributed directly to any concrete group, it was said that there were at least 100 cages but that they expect to have up to 1000 for distribution through eastern Ghouta and in particular “markets and public places of Douma that have been attacked by the air forces of the Assad government and the Russians”.

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Syrians Among The Many Victims Of US State Terrorism

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US barbarity is longstanding. Imperial ruthlessness shows no mercy. Millions of corpses bear witness, Syrians among the latest victims of Washington’s quest for unchallenged global dominance, endless wars its strategy of choice to achieve it.

Meeting in late October with French parliamentarians in Damascus, Assad said “(t)he sufferings of the Syrian people are connected, firstly, with terrorism and destroyed infrastructure, and, secondly, with the blockade imposed on Syria.”

“Many countries…including France, do do not stop supporting terrorist groups and provid(ing) them political cover in Syria and in the whole region.” Eliminating their threat should be prioritized.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia’s position on Syria remains unchanged. Media reports suggesting otherwise are false. “We have grown accustomed to this” and dismiss them, she explained.

“(O)ur position is clearly expressed. (It’s) not the business of Russia” or any other foreign country to decide how Syria is to be governed or by whom, an issue for its own citizens exclusively.

“Preserving Syrian statehood is a principally important issue for us,” said Zakharova – (the best) “guarantee (in) the struggle against terrorism” nationally and regionally.

Replacing another government with one Western controlled assures greater regional chaos than already. “This is our basic position, and we are confirming it again and again, she stressed.

“There can be no talk about any changes.” Reports otherwise are false. Russian air power keeps battering terrorist positions in Syria – 263 targets struck in the past two days alone, according to a Defense Ministry statement.

Targets across the country continue being struck. Terrorists’ command and control operations have been destroyed or seriously damaged.

Terrorists, their weapons, munitions and facilities alone are being struck – not hospitals, civilians, other noncombatant targets or architectural sites as falsely reported.

Since operations began on September 30, over 1,600 sorties struck more than 2,000 terrorist targets, according to Russian General Staff Col.-Gen. Andrey Kartapolov.

Operations will continue until Putin’s mission is accomplished – eliminating the scourge of terrorism in Syria and beyond, preventing its uncontrolled spread.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. Visit his blog site at