In the US, we have one political party but pretend it’s two and that they oppose each other. I explained briefly here to Americans that you the people have almost nothing to do with your government’s policies.
Trump now says he is considering banning all US investment in China. Yahoo Finance agrees it is a swell idea but admits it will hurt US investors, whose portfolios include, for example, mutual funds that invest in China. The Yahoo investment “expert” even says it is unfortunate that investment in China supports China’s security. The author doesn’t bother to explain why the security of an entire race of people sharing our planet could possibly be bad. Wouldn’t it be best if all peoples and all nations were more secure? He knows, of course, that the American public has bought into Washington’s anti-Chinese racism and its conviction that a win-lose solution is good for America. Now remember that China and Russia always publicly support win-win solutions, with opponents being brought together through dialogue in contrast to the US strategy of demonizing one side while treating the other like royalty. These Easterners reject the notion that they will be better off if, say, America becomes poorer. After all, common sense would tell anyone (Asian or Western) that if a trading partner becomes richer, then the other trading partner stands to make more money from that partner in trade deals.
Yet the entire US Establishment is convinced that if Russia and China become poor, then that automatically makes the US richer. This not only makes no sense on its face but in reality, it has led to an unsustainable debt and has led investors to avoid US Treasuries, which must now be propped up only by printing unbacked greenbacks. Deutsche Bank tells us that the Trump trade wars have cost the global stock market $5 trillion so far, while US farmers beg for an end to the wars because they are being bankrupted; US manufacturing indices have plummeted to 2008 level, and all economists tell us that trade wars are always a lose-lose policy. Only Washington thinks this is a good thing.
So what is driving this insanity? Not just Trump and not just Republicans. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer has said that Trump has “hit the nail on the head” with his trade wars. Just as both parties are in virtually complete agreement that endless war is good for the US, they also agree that trade wars are somehow beneficial – though no one can explain how or why. And yet Trump gets little push back from his grassroots supporters and grassroots Democrats obey their “leaders” in agreeing with Trump. This is the scariest example of group think of modern times and it can only hasten the economic collapse that economists predict.
In other news, according to Al Masdar, Wikileaks has shown that the OPCW (Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weaons), supposedly an objective investigative body, is in fact nothing but a cheerleader for the Western warmongers who want Assad dead. OPCW has in fact played a decisive role in orchestrating unjustified Tomahawk attacks in Syria. New Silk Strategies has been warning of this scam for quite some time, as described in these links:
We have written here about Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett, two independent journalists who dared to venture into the Syrian war zone and report honestly on the situation on the ground, interviewing ordinary Syrians, not just opposition figures, even as mainstream journos pretended it was unsafe to enter Syria and sat on their rears regurgitating stories from anti-Assad organizations located in Europe, with only opposition activists as local correspondents.
Allow me also to comment on the news, as reported, for example, in Israel Nation News and elsewhere, that UN Chief Gutierrez is now urging Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah, which Washington assures is a “terrorist organization” but which, oddly, saved Lebanon from annihilation in 2006 and fights real terrorism in Syria and Iraq. Nonetheless, Lebanon is supposed to show its ingratitude by kicking Hezbollah out of the country it saved. Really?
Now isn’t it strange that we are just now digesting news that Israel destroyed several Syrian military positions near the Damascus airport – firing missiles into an area frequented by international air passengers! – but Gutierrez, who is supposed to be looking out for the world – is now focused only on eliminating the only group that is willing and capable of countering the out-of-control IDF, and he is conspicuously refraining from admonishing Israel for its recent strikes on three of its neighbours, ie, Lebanon (which it nearly destroyed in 2006), Iraq and Syria (which it has attacked hundreds of times since the start of the armed conflict there). Also highly irregular is that Israel has for many years been justifying its strikes on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon with the claim that just before each strike, Iran had been planning to attack Israel and wipe it off the map. Why then, one wonders, is Israel still on the map? Surely just one of those multiple “planned strikes” to “utterly destroy Israel” would have succeeded, no?
But the reason the UN is hewing to the Washington story line is that the US is the world’s shadow government and the UN is subservient to it even as it issues anemic diversionary statements in defence of Arab victims of Israeli aggression. When ex Lebanon premier Rafic Hariri was assassinated in 2005, ultrawar hawk and pro-Israeli puppet John Bolton, then the US ambassador to the UN, pressured the UN’s investigatory team to name an investigator who was blindly anti-Assad and pro-Israel, and who would infallibly blame Bashar al-Assad (though Assad was the least likely to have done the murder), while calling in Israeli officials as witnesses, even though Mossad has a long history of conducting dozens of such assassinations and had a clear motive to kill Hariri. The UN admitted it couldn’t pin the blame on Bashar al-Assad but said he was the most likely to be behind the murder.
There are several reasons why Assad should not have been on the suspects list in the first place. Firstly, the slain Rafic Hariri was no longer premier and therefore had little influence in Lebanon. Secondly, Rafic had been a friend of Bashar’s father Hafez, and no self-respecting Arab Muslim would even think of harming a friend of his departed father. But Israel had a motive, namely, removing the Syrian occupying force that had been acting as a peace keeping mission for several years and was the main obstacle to Israeli aggression. Due to the murder and the phony UN investigation, Assad’s troops were forced to abandon Lebanon, leaving the country vulnerable. Sure enough, the following year Israel attacked Lebanon on a flimsy excuse. It is clear that the reason the US-led West is anti-Assad is that this democratically elected president (who is routinely called a dictator by the Western Establishment) stands in the way of Israel’s aggressive plans. Indeed, throughout the war years, Israel has been regularly attacking Syrian sites claiming they were manned by Iranians who sought Israel’s destruction, and they have just this year launched missile attacks in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. And of course, when Israel wins a war against another country, it attempts to claim land in that country. That is the thinly disguised purpose of Israel’s wars of aggression and it is why it now claims part of the Syrian Golan Heights.
What I am saying here is uncomfortable for some Evangelicals who have been indoctrinated to believe that the Israel of today is the Israel of Ezekiel’s dry bones prophecy. But if you read Ezekiel 37:24 you see that the resurrected Israel was to be “obedient to God’s decrees,” whereas a WIN/Gallup poll shows that 65% of Israelis have no religion at all.