Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: WHO’S WINNING THE US-CHINA CORONAVIRUS PROPAGANDA WAR?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
There are always two sides to every propaganda campaign, the propaganda source (disseminator) and the targeted news consumer who receives the propaganda. The characteristics of both sides determine the efficacy of the campaign.
If the propaganda is based mostly or all on facts and reason, and if the target group is intelligent, then this more refined type of propaganda will likely succeed.
On the other hand, if the propaganda source is based on low information and emotional language targeted at a group predisposed to respond favourably to certain psychological and cultural triggers, this coarse type of propaganda can also succeed if the target group is not well educated or is mentally ill-equipped to recognize and resist psychological suggestion and is poorly informed about the subject matter involved.
The US almost invariably resorts to the latter kind of propaganda and so far has succeeded in many ways. For example, the US people in general (though not all) responded well to the false reports of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which led to a war that was disastrous for both he US and the Iraqis. They also responded favourably to Trump’s ban on travel visas for Muslims because the people were conditioned by reports from the Middle East of Muslim radicals committing atrocities. Propaganda in the msm and in pro-Israel blogs reinforced their prejudice toward Muslims in general even though the Muslims who were terrorists were a tiny minority and almost all were Sunni Wahhabists who were taught from childhood that everyone who believes differently from them is evil and ought to be killed (which is not to say that all Wahhabists are potential killers because many are decent people).
During these deceitful propaganda campaigns, very few Americans ever stopped to think that the US had slaughtered millions of civilians from Dresden to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, to Korea (3 million!), to Vietnam (2.5 million), Iraq (estimates up to a million), Syria, Afghanistan, and has recently hinted it may do more killing in Iran and Venezuela, and this being the case, wouldn’t that make Christianity the religion of death? But thinking people know that the people in government who decide to wage these wars are hardly guided by Christian principles, and that likewise, Muslim radicals are not good Muslims, so perhaps except for Trump and his followers, most people realize that no mainstream religion is responsible per se for any atrocity.
Thus the propaganda that prompted people to accept these wars was low on information but targeted at a group that generally self-described as Christians (but were indoctrinated to believe that God loves American warmongers) and had little or no knowledge of a highly nuanced Middle East that can only be understood, and just to some extent, after years of intense detailed and nuanced study.
This same devious principle is currently being used by the US government to stoke hatred against the Chinese.
America was always generally kindly disposed to the Chinese and relations between the two countries were good. But clever propaganda, disguised as “news” or statements of deranged politicians managed to convince a certain group of ideologically bound ultra-nationalists that China, the country that sweated day and night for decades to provide Americans with cheap clothes, medicines, toys, electronics and other necessities, was the enemy. This propaganda effort by politicians and msm is a grave injustice. Incredibly, the higher echelons of the US government are working overtime to make their citizens believe that a proud nation with 5,000 years of history and achievements such as the invention of gun powder, rocketry, paper, a writing system, canal building and the wheel (independently of elsewhere), and with the hardest working and smartest people on the planet, are their enemy. Nothing could be more despicable.
As for the Chinese propaganda, it is a completely different style because it is based on demonstrable facts and reason. Ultimately, that means it is not exactly propaganda in the traditional sense but rather a kind of educational campaign. The Chinese have every right to wonder why the CDC closed down an army bio lab in August 2019 because of inadequate waste water treatment and whether an American carrying the disease acquired from this wastewater may have come to the army games in Wuhan in October and stayed there for a while, infecting a person who later carried the virus into the Wuhan market in November, when, according to the Chinese government, it actually started with a then-unrecognized case (Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in November 2019 – January 2020 - Wikipedia). The timeline fits the events as we know them. Please tell me what’s wrong with questioning the origin of a disease that has turned into a global pandemic and may affect every human being on the planet! Yet the US government says they should not air these questions, just keep them to themselves — even though the US government and low-life activists in msm have been working 24/7 to smear the Chinese and ultimately to put them out of business. But perhaps this is not surprising in a day and age when award-winning journalist Julian Assange is sitting in jail enduring daily abuse, even being denied access to his lawyer. What is he doing there if America and the UK are really democracies as they claim to be?
What if the notion that the West is democratic is a conspiracy theory?
You don’t have to believe the Chinese government’s theory, which may or may not correspond to reality. But instead of reprimanding them for thinking out loud, the State Department could have chosen the more civilized approach of sitting down and discussing the issue with them. And if they really believe the US narrative is accurate and the Chinese theory is erroneous, then that would eventually come out during these talks.
But that would have required diplomacy, and who would ever expect the highest-level, highest-paid diplomats in the world to use diplomacy when their government has the biggest arsenal, the US dollar cum printing press, and economic sanctions at their disposal with which to punish people who dare to think the thoughts banned in the Land of the Free?
In the following is our translation of an article from RIA Novosti with notes [in brackets] by Vince Dhimos (notations in parentheses are the author’s).
Donald Trump is not doing well in handling the US part of the pandemic, but after all, he's never done this before. But the good news is that it's all China's fault.
Feel safer now?
US President names the culprits of the epidemic
March 18, 2020
In an ideal world, periods of global epidemics and natural cataclysms of a planetary scale should lead to the unification of mankind to combat a common threat.
Moreover, in the case of coronavirus, the disease does not check the passport, nationality and registration before infecting a particular person. Thus, this is exactly the very kind of danger that directly relates to all representatives of our biological species.
The reality turned out to be rather disappointing, because the search for ways to combat the disease is accompanied by disputes about the "nationality of the virus," and this is occurring not only, and not so much, among the idle inhabitants of different countries in quarantine, but at the highest international level.
The stakes in these disputes, unfortunately, are much higher than might appear at first glance: a country that cunning sponsors of information warfare manage to label as coronavirus "initiators" may well be forced to "pay and repent" in the truest sense of the word.
In Berlin, Washington was severely criticized for trying to lure with big bucks the German firm CureVac, which is developing a vaccine against coronavirus.
Donald Trump can safely be considered the main beneficiary in the search for the "ethnicity" of the virus, and for several reasons. First of all, the epidemic simply fits perfectly with the main political narrative of the Trump administration, which boils down to the formula: "China is to blame for everything, China must be punished, and only then will we make America great again."
It is impossible not to notice that while other countries did not tightly close the borders or failed to close them at all, they prepared tests for coronavirus and generally prepared for the risk that an epidemic would come to them (which, in fact, happened), senior representatives of the White House were promoting the idea of exporting American factories from China, because, due to the quarantine (which was then perceived by the Americans as a "totalitarian measure"), American consumers risked "not getting Chinese goods."
In part, this was justified – due to the shutdown of Chinese production, the United States risked being left without medicines, medical masks and medical equipment (which they had forgotten how to produce on their own), but still the situation in which the administration is concerned about the "Chinese question" rather than steps for protecting Americans from an epidemic, it didn’t look very savoury. "In an interview with Fox News and the Fox Business Channel, [Peter] Navarro (Trump's adviser. - Ed.) Stated that the presidential administration is focused on moving production chains to the United States from China, India and Europe in the context of a coronavirus outbreak," wrote American news portal Breitbart on February 26.
It is easy to guess that "moving production chains" is a matter of several years, but they were talking about for days. The New York Times aptly noted after the outbreak in the USA that "China gave the West time to prepare. The West was ineptly wasting it."
The American solution was easily found (and this time “Russian intervention” could not be blamed), and they are now absolutely consciously and absolutely consistently “politically branding” the epidemic as having been caused by the “Chinese virus.” Donald Trump systematically calls it that on his personal twitter, and his supporters do likewise. [China thinks the US may be behind the pandemic, and an increasing number of Westerners and Russians agree: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news--analysis/march-17th-2020]
For example, in his message of support for US airlines, Trump wrote: “The United States will provide strong support to industries such as airlines and others that are particularly vulnerable to the Chinese virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” Despite all the protests of Chinese diplomats that were transferred to the US State Department and voiced through the official Chinese media, Trump continues to speak in the same vein. The calculation is clear: if China is to blame for everything, then it would be impossible to make official Washington claims for poor quality work to prevent the epidemic, and this will not work if all public anger is directed towards Beijing. This strategy already has consequences that would be funny if they happened in less sad circumstances. Americans are now lining up long lines in supermarkets, trying (sometimes with physical violence against other customers) to acquire supplies of toilet paper, products and weapons, and information about this is all over American social networks and the media. At the same time, numerous stores located in Chinatowns (and other "Asian" areas) are empty of customers, despite the fact that their shelves are bursting with "scarce items" (that is, the same toilet paper and canned goods that the Americans crave). The phenomenon has even attracted the attention of regional media that publish life hacks that the way to find a "scarce item" is precisely to go for a purchase in Chinatown.
When the foundation of Chinese billionaire Jack Ma published information that he would make 500 thousand tests for coronavirus and medical masks available for free in the USA, the reaction of American social network users in places was extremely negative: Mr. Ma was criticized because “China was to blame,” and some commentators insisted that tests and masks should be discarded precisely because of their Chinese origin.
It is worth noting that refusing the help of a Hong Kong philanthropist (who also sent aid to Italy and African countries) would not be the most rational step, because in America there are indeed problems with tests for coronavirus. The Atlantic magazine reported on March 13 its investigation, showing that "it can only be confirmed that 13,953 tests (for coronavirus. - Ed.) Were conducted at the national level." For comparison, according to a TASS report dated March 15, "in the laboratories of Rospotrebnadzor [Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare], more than 104 thousand studies have been performed on coronavirus. <...> The department pointed out that all the subjects of Russia are provided with sufficient quantities of test systems."
It is significant that the US State Department in the person of Mike Pompeo is very offended when Chinese diplomats begin to publicly ask uncomfortable questions about the source of the virus, hinting at the possibility of its American beginning. [Here is our story on that: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news--analysis/march-17th-2020]
One can already say that the diplomatic and informational struggle for the right to blame someone else for all the problems associated with the epidemic will continue for many months – or even years – after the epidemic itself ends. But it is unlikely that the efforts spent on this will bring even a little comfort and help to those who have suffered or will suffer from the virus.
Today’s news on the Middle East war, from Southfront:
U.S. FORCES WITHDRAW FROM KEY BASE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER. MORE ROCKET ATTACKS ON US TARGETS IN IRAQ
March 18, 2020
Late on March 17, at least three rockets struck the area near the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. This was the fourth such attack in the span of a week. A day earlier, a pair of rockets struck the Besmaya base south of Baghdad. This military facility is the second largest military base operated by the US-led coalition in Iraq after Camp Taji.
The threat of rocket attacks already forced the US military to announce that it is evacuating some of its bases in the country. The al-Qaim base, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, is among them. The al-Qaim facility has been an important logistical and operational hub employed by US forces for operations in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Its presence there, as well as in Syria’s al-Tanf, has allowed the US to project its power along the Syrian-Iraqi border more effectively and to support Israeli military actions against Iranian-backed forces in the area.
Al-Qaim is located on the highway between the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. The town of al-Bukamal, which Israeli and US media often label as a stronghold of Iranian-backed forces, is located on the Syrian side of the border.
The withdrawal from al-Qaim is a signal that the US has been forced to admit that its attempts to cut off the land link between Syria, Iraq and Iran have failed. Washington was seeking to prevent a free movement of troops, weapons and other supplies from one country to another.
Meanwhile in Syria, the Idlib zone remains the main focus of tensions. Idlib armed groups and their supporters continue blocking efforts to create a security zone along the M4 highway in southern Idlib, as had been agreed by Turkey and Russia. These actions are accompanied by a fierce war propaganda campaign against the Damascus government, Iran and Russia. If the situation develops in this direction and further, the only remaining option to implement the new de-escalation deal and neutralize the terrorist threat will be a new military operation.
This just in from Al Masdar
Ansarallah forces bomb several Saudi oil facilities
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces announced on Wednesday that their air force heavily targeted several Saudi economic facilities, including oil and gas fields.
The spokesman for the Ansarallah-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Sare’a, stated at a press conference broadcast: “The Saudi enemy received painful strikes in response to its escalation on the ground and air in the battle to liberate Al-Jawf.”
“The Air Force conducted 54 operations, including 33 operations targeting several Saudi military and economic sites,” he continued.
“The operations of the air force managed to inflict heavy losses on the enemy in terms of equipment and lives in addition to economic losses as a result of targeting vital installations related to the oil and gas industry,” he would add.
His statement comes at the same time that the Ansarallah forces announced that their troops had reached the gates of Marib city in northern Yemen.
Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHY DOES AMERICA WANT TO TAKE THE FUTURE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE AND NOT SHARE IT WITH EUROPE? ARE WE NOT ALLIES?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
All we know now is that a report to this effect exists:
Covid-19: Trump allegedly wanted exclusive rights to vaccine, Germany trying to intervene
“Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists' work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States”.”
I found this gem in a German magazine (my translation):
USA wollen deutsche Coronavirus-Impfstoff-Firma übernehmen
Previously, the “Welt am Sonntag” reported without mentioning sources that the federal government was trying to keep the company in Germany with financial offers. The US government is interested in an exclusive use of the vaccine for the United States.
ORIGINAL: Zuvor hatte die “Welt am Sonntag” ohne Nennung von Quellen berichtet, die Bundesregierung versuche das Unternehmen mit finanziellen Angeboten in Deutschland zu halten. Die US-Regierung sei an einer exklusiven Nutzung des Impfstoffes für die USA interessiert.
To be fair, there may be a misunderstanding here, but if Trump is attempting to use the vaccine ONLY in the US and keep it away from the rest of the world, then that sounds a lot like a crime against humanity. And after Trump’s naked attempt to cause great harm to the Russian economy and force Germany to buy high-priced US LNG by shutting down the Nord Stream 2 project that was almost completed, can anyone honestly say this report is uncharacteristic of Donald Trump?
If true, it would also support the theory, expressed in Russia and China (but almost completely suppressed in the West), that the US may have been at the origin of the COVID19 release in the first place. I am not opining on that theory, just saying that if the German report above is accurate, the US position sounds Kafkaesque and a country that would callously deny the world the use of a vaccine that could save millions of lives is capable of anything. This would be predatory capitalism taken to the utmost limits of depravity.
Let’s hope the report of Trump demanding exclusive use in the US is somehow inaccurate, although it has been published in many German media outlets.
Whether true or not, the report will have permanent repercussions on the relations between the US and Europe — as well as the rest of the world. Who will ever trust America again?
It’s not just health issues. The US Establishment – including both parties – is guided not by considerations of security or safety, but purely by politics.
I had shown before that, for example, Trump’s ban on visas for Muslims was not about keeping Americans safe because, while purporting to ban “Muslims,” in a bid to cater to the Islamophobia of many voters, it actually exempted Saudis, who adhere to the most intolerant and violent religious sect in the world, ie, Wahhabism. Trump didn’t want to offend his pals in Riyadh by keeping Americans safe.
The blanket travel ban for the EU is controversial but at least it may well save lives. However, the UK and Israel are not subject to any US travel bans although the number of COVID19 cases there are comparable or higher than in some European countries. The US wants to be “nice” to these two countries. But in so doing, it risks harming them and Americans. For one thing, since air travel from the rest of Europe is now banned, we can expect people from all over Europe –including countries with high infection rates – to flock to the UK to board planes en route for the US. This means more exposure of UK citizens to carriers of the disease.
Meanwhile, that friend of all nations Donald Trump has generously offered unspecified “help” to Iran now that it is inundated with COVID19 cases – despite not having any more contact with China than other nations. Trouble is, he has been “helping” through further sanctions that impoverish the “noble Iranian people,” preventing them from obtaining adequate nutrition and medicine. Now he says he wants to help and the Iranians have said “that’s ok, just lift the sanctions.”
Of course, he won’t. But sometime take a look at a map of Iran. You will see Afghanistan over on its eastern border, with 12,000 US troops currently stationed there. You will see on the western border Iraq with 12,000 US troops who have been asked by the Iraqi parliament to leave but won’t. You will see Kuwait, with 13,000 US troops stationed there, and just 400 miles south of there, lies Saudi Arabia, with at least 3,000 US troops. Just across the Gulf of Hormuz from Iran lies the tiny country of United Arab Emirates (UAE), with about 5,000 US troops. That makes at least 45,000 US troops in countries bordering or very close to Iran, which is a breeding ground for COVID19 and, despite the heroic efforts of the msm to squelch rational suspicions, there is much speculation on the true origin of the epidemic (as we reported here and here).
The US has been painfully slow to react to the epidemic. On March 9, Defense One ran the self-explanatory headline: The US Has Tested Fewer than 5,000 People for the Coronavirus — and That’s a Big Problem.
And another Defense One report states:
“...while the American capacity to test for the coronavirus has ramped up significantly over the past few days, local officials can still test only several thousand people a day, not the tens or hundreds of thousands indicated by the White House’s promises.”
The US approach to COVID19 testing is emblematic of how Western democracy works. It is a matter of politicians’ and oligarchs’ greed vs the people’s need.
Time magazine describes the plight of a man who went for COVID-19 testing after a trip abroad:
“...the bill arrived for $3,270 and his insurance company said he’d have to pay $1,400 out of pocket.” The testing is now free in the US, but they were free from the outset in China, allowing that country to proceed rapidly in controlling the spread of the disease.
In South Korea, COVID-19 testing is free and fast. Consequently, over a quarter of a million have been tested so far, as opposed to around 5,000 in the US.
That is the steep price we pay for “democracy.” The Chinese, on the other hand, have taken a unified national approach, and according to the WHO document:
Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission
“China’s bold approach to contain the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of a rapidly escalating and deadly epidemic. A particularly compelling statistic is that on the first day of the advance team’s work there were 2478 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in China. Two weeks later, on the final day of this Mission, China reported 409 newly confirmed cases. This decline in COVID-19 cases across China is real.”
Chinese policies save lives, US policies make politics.
Vince Dhimos answered a highly biased and inaccurate question at Quora.
Q: AFTER COVID-19 IS OVER, SHOULD THE WORLD CRITICISE CHINA AT SOME POINT FOR CAUSING MOST PANDEMICS?
Of the past top ten pandemics, if you wanted to sue a government, the one most responsible would be Britain. (source: Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History - MPH Online).
Only two of the top ten historic pandemics originated in physical China. We can attribute only one to the responsibility of a Chinese government, and that would be the Asian flu pandemic of 1956–58. This outbreak originated in China under Chinese rule, namely, the Chinese Communist Party under Chairman Mao Zedong. The other, the so-called Hong Kong flu, originated in Hong Kong but there was no Chinese national government there. The province was a British colony and was administered by a British governor. There was no Chinese official you could have held responsible for the outbreak.
As for today’s COVID-19, while Western media do not permit an open discussion, it is not yet 100% clear where the strain actually originated. Chinese media and social media are blaming it on a malicious infection that would have been a product of bio warfare waged from abroad. The fact that the two countries that the US deems its worst adversaries, ie. China and Iran, were the first to experience an outbreak, fuels the debate. The most detailed and cogent indictment I have seen was at Quora, in the Spanish language sector. My translation of that is here: https://es.quora.com/Podr%C3%ADa-Estados-Unidos-haber-implantado-el-virus-China-para-da%C3%B1ar-su-econom%C3%ADa; I also posted at Quora, my translation of an interview with an ex UN commissioner on bio weapons, appearing in the Russian site RIA Novosti: https://www.quora.com/Was-coronavirus-created-by-the-USA-to-destabilize-China-in-the-midst-of-trade-war/answer/Vince-Dhimos. US msm shield their audiences from this allegation and other viewpoints not approved by the US-led West. (It is therefore hard for monolingual Americans to know what the rest of the world thinks, precluding meaningful dialogue on sensitive issues).
The reason Britain carries considerable responsibility is that, in addition to the Hong Kong flu, which broke out in British-administered Hong Kong as stated above, both the 3rd and 6th Cholera pandemics broke out in India, which was then under British rule. The Third Cholera pandemic lasted from 1852 to 1860. While India was not yet a colony until 1858, it was administered by the British East India Company from the 18th Century onward and the Pitt's India Act of 1784 gave the British government effective control of the private company. Thus, if you wanted to hold a government responsible for the Third Cholera pandemic, the British government was the party to be held accountable.
Likewise, the 6th Cholera pandemic broke out in British-ruled India in 1910 and lasted until 1911.
That makes 3 pandemics originating in territory that was under British responsibility vs only one demonstrably originating in territory under Chinese control.
Before attempting to answer a question at the Spanish language sector of Quora, I read through the other answers, most of which were standard fare conforming to Establishment propaganda. But one stood out like a sore thumb. It was a very long answer by Chen Yongqi, an American of Chinese ethnicity, who had done an enormous amount of research and presented unusually cogent arguments. I asked Mr. Chen for permission to translate his thesis into English and post it at New Silk Strategies. He agreed.
Chen Yongqi Studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley Graduated 1970. We thank him for this excellent analysis.
CHEN YONGQI’S ANSWER TO A QUESTION AT QUORA shows that the US could be behind the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and China, and is in fact the prime suspect.
The following is our translation of this response. Foreword and notes [in brackets] are by Vince Dhimos.
US scientists have almost all spoken out against an artificial origin of the Chinese COVID-19 virus epidemic that started in China, and they have, for some reason, only focussed on refuting the possibility that the Chinese themselves would have unleashed the epidemic in their own country. The fact that none of them mentioned the possibility of a foreign country using the virus as a bio weapon was highly suspicious in itself. After all, the US is waging a virulent trade war on China and even demanding of its allies, eg, UK, not to use Chinese assistance in rolling out their 5G project. And yet, these interviewed geneticists go to the basics, insisting that no one – meaning no Chinese geneticists – could have unleashed the epidemic because there are no signs of tampering in the cell. Therefore, of course, no US specialist in bio warfare could be involved either. So no need to mention this embarrassing possibility. It is all so convenient.
So what does the above-described argument of US scientists mean? It means nothing at all. The US scientific community has its hands tied by certain unspoken rules set by the US political and journalistic Establishment and enforced within its own ranks. The most convincing evidence of this can be seen in the documentary film Expelled, where scientists who have been fired for being too open minded about the theory of intelligent design are interviewed. This theory is not the point of the movie, which focusses on academic freedom and shows that there is no such thing in the US. To understand this, go to minute 5 of this film to see what happened to a reputable scientist who made the mistake of expressing open mindedness to the intelligent design theory.
It is clear to me that the possibility of an artificial introduction of COVID-19 among the population in Wuhan may not be entertained in the media, under penalty of unknown consequences. All scientists interviewed in the media have denied this possibility, but strangely, the “evidence” they point to is highly questionable. They all seem to agree that the viral cell shows no signs of having been subjected to genetic manipulation. End of argument. Gotta go now. The problem with this argument is that genetic manipulators are capable of inserting any compatible genetic material into virtually any part of a cell, and since this is so, they should be able to design a virus that shows no sign of manipulation, should they not? After all, we can assume the designers would not leave their tools lying around in the cell.
Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intel officer, suspects that Israel or the US may have developed and released the virus in China and Iran.
Philip M. Giraldi is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Phil is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.
Apparently, like myself, Quora respondent Chin Yongqi also had misgivings about the way this issue has been treated in the media. And his detailed answer left few stones unturned.
I have read all the answers and almost all of them are sensible and logical. I would like to add my two cents.
The USA could do something like this, so the answer could be yes. The United States is an extremely rich country, as many have commented. Thus at the end of this year the congress and its deputies approved a military budget of 934 billion dollars for their annual expenses, a single year, this dollar amount is immense to those who understand large numbers. Why do I mention this? In order for you to understand what is going on internally with the advance investments of the United States.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.
This advanced research department was founded in 1958 and people like me [Mr. Chen is a computer expert] understand that dozens of technologies, which provide advancement and technological energy to the world comes from DARPA. This US research group is responsible for the following:
1. We could not communicate as we are doing right now if it had not been for DARPA. This group generated the Internet.
2. DARPA invented what we now use on Google Maps 30 years before Google.
3. DARPA produced Siri, Electronic Assistant using Apple's iPhone.
4. The UNIX Operation system for scientific computers.
5. The concept of Cloud or where your data or programs that run on super computers reside.
6. GPS, the global positioning or locating system that you use on your cell phone.
7. Anonymity on the Internet or the means of not being located while using the Internet, also called VPN or personal virtual network, makes it difficult to find you if you use the VPN when your computer is on the internet.
I could enjoy praising DARPA but you can do more research on the Internet. This face of DARPA is the positive part. Its annual budget is only 4 billion dollars above the table, but the dark part of the group cannot be seen by anyone, even those who govern the United States and this includes the president. There are unreported secret and dark projects that produce negative inventions for the world but are very positive for the black side of the powerful hegemon. We already indirectly know about technology used to commit murder throughout the land. All the most advanced technology of stealth, which is undetectable, is produced by DARPA, including Avionics and biological electronic weapons and an infinity of technologies that are used in the military or civil battlefield, yes, killing you in your bed or while you’re walking in a park or dining in a restaurant. You never find out that you’ve been killed. A tiny drop of liquid falls on your plate from the ceiling of where you’re eating and in 3 hours or exactly 2 weeks you will go missing. There are rifles that don’t use bullets but small cartridges that use dry ice to deliver their message of death. You feel a mosquito bite before falling ill two days later when the tiny wound has disappeared with you in front. You will realize because I talk about this below.
Most of the authors who answered the question cannot accept that the current hegemon could dare to generate tragedies without cause or in a non-chivalrous manner. This is nothing more than a rationalization because we can no longer understand the modern political world, the variables of a normal problem in politics have changed. What was soft is no longer, what was forbidden is no longer, what was logical and fair is no longer. The modern world is so complex that in order for you to understand it, you will also have to change your mind. Let me explain and enter to answer the question.
The president of the United States was challenged by his congress since the month of November 2019 and finally accused of crimes of corruption and high prosecutable misdeeds against the constitution of the country, he was finally judged legally impeached in congress and his legal case was passed to the Senate to adjudicate sentence. The Senate having a majority of Republicans, the president's party, declared him innocent of the charges brought by congressional Democrats. But the political damage to the president can never be erased and Trump went down in US history forever as the third president legally impeached by his own government.
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I have read all the answers and almost all of them are sensible and logical. I would like to add my grain of sand.
USA can do something like that, the answer could be yes. The United States is an extremely rich country many comment, so it is that at the end of this year the congress and its deputies approved the military budget of 934 billion dollars for their expenses of the year, a single year, this amount of dollars is immense for Those who understand large numbers. Why do I talk about this? In order to understand what happens internally with the advanced investments of the United States.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.
This advanced research department was founded in 1958 and people like me understand that dozens of technologies, which give advancement and technological energy to the world comes from DARPA, this research group from USA generated:
1. We could not communicate as we do at this time if it had not been for DARPA, as we called in those years, this group generated the Internet.
2. DARPA invented what we use on Google Maps 30 years before Google.
3. DARPA produced Siri, Electronic Assistant using Apple's iPhone.
4. UNIX Operation system for scientific computers.
5. The concept of Cloud or where your data or programs that run on super computers reside.
6. GPS the global position or location system that you use on your cell phone.
7. Anonymity on the Internet or the way of not being located while using the Internet, also called VPN or personal virtual network, is too difficult to find if you use the VPN when your computer is using the internet.
I could have a good time praising DARPA but you can do more research on the Internet. This face of DARPA is the positive part, its annual budget is only 4 billion dollars above the table, the dark part of the group nobody can see even those who govern the United States and this includes the president. There are secret and dark projects that are not reported that produce negative inventions for the world but very positive for the black side of the powerful hegemon, we already know indirectly of technology used to commit murder throughout the land. All the most advanced technology of stealth, what is undetectable is produced by DARPA, including Avionics and biological electronic weapons and an infinity of technology that is used in the military or civil battlefield, yes, killing you in your bed or walking in a park or eating something in a restaurant. You never find out that you have been killed. A tiny drop of liquid falls on your plate of the sky where you eat and in 3 hours or exactly 2 weeks you will be missing. There are rifles that do not use bullets but small projectiles that use dry ice to deliver their message of death. You feel a mosquito before before falling ill two days later when the tiny wound has disappeared. You will understand because I talk about this below.
Most of the posters who answered this question cannot accept that the current hegemon could dare to generate tragedies without cause or in a non-chivalrous manner. This is nothing more than a rationalization because we can no longer understand the modern political world, since the variables of a normal problem in politics have changed. What was soft is no longer soft, what was forbidden is no longer forbidden, what was logical and fair is no longer. The modern world is so complex that in order for you to understand it, you will also have to change your mind. Let me explain to answer the question.
The president of the United States was challenged by his congress since November 2019 and finally accused of crimes of corruption and high crimes against the constitution of the country. He was finally impeached in Congress and his legal case was forwarded to the Senate to pass sentence. Since the Senate had a Republican majority, the president's party, it acquitted him of the charges brought by congressional Democrats. But the political damage to the president can never be erased and he went down in US history of the United States forever as the third president impeached by his own government.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IRAN
By 2 AM this morning 210 people had died in this country and Covid-19 was the cause of this nightmare. Interesting that 4 of these are senior government officials. Using Chinese statistics to result in 210 deaths from the coronavirus, we must have 98% of this number of infected or 10,500 and the infection began more or less in mid-January or later depending on the number of vampire bats that bit their victims or victims that bit vampires. Since this is one of the natural routes to start the pandemic. While returning from the supermarket last night, on the radio I heard an Iranian father say he would die of grief if his wife or his 3 girls became ill because he had to work and bring food from the market, so he had to use a bacterial solution before entering the home, and while running to the bathroom to shower he didn't want to breathe. This broke my heart and I decided to write this answer. I had already communicated the idea to another Quoran yesterday in an almost private comment.
• Iran is in an undeclared war with my country, the United States. In my opinion what is happening in Iran, the murder of its military general and its Covid-19 pandemic is a direct consequence of this war. There is no other logical explanation. There is no pandemic of this virus in Yemen, Iraq, Syria or Saudi Arabia or any neighbouring country ... Why di the vampires decide to go to Iran first ...? Dystopia has come to Iran with extreme vengeance, and what enemy would have reasons and means to produce this catastrophe? The Russians? I don't think so, the Chinese neither, the Israelis? Who knows? The US? Very likely.
• Fortunately, China began sending aid to Iran yesterday, 20,000 boxes for virus tests and hundreds of thousands of units of preventive material.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CHINA
The United States as the world's hegemon cannot easily tolerate commercial, military or cultural competition from any country. From the time of the Greek hey-day, Thucydides tells us that a hegemon will never accept competition or be displaced by an aspirant to his position. This tells us that conflict is inevitable and that war is also inevitable. But he didn't know about covert biological warfare. [This principle is generally called the Thucydides trap].
The intellectual world had been discussing this for 3 years as China began to show signs of accelerated and successful progress.
China has been waiting for the first attack for more than 10 years. Many soft attacks are already documented with different levels of impact. Most use media and internet, and there other spies and funded items that internationally discredit China. No soft attack has been successful to date.
I have been watching my country, the USA, do scary things against everything that is just in the world. We are trying to conquer and take over everything valuable on the planet at the tip of a bayonet and the barrel of a gun. For over 150 years we have not stopped waging war. We are at war continuously without declaration with all countries that seem antagonistic to what we want. Now it is no longer possible to cover the sins of colonization or exploitation and direct crime ... everything is evident in a matter of minutes due to the internet, photos and videos.
[Below, the author is introducing his own idea about the real origins of the epidemic, with strong evidence but no proof as of yet]
In November 2019, the president of the USA decided to use one of the magic arrows generated by DARPA to cause the catastrophe that would begin the collapse of the Chinese country. There are no other possibilities for the facts that we observed since the beginning of the year 2020.
The magic arrow consists of planting a virus designed by the USA in Wuhan, China and other places around the world to sink the Chinese once and for all. Sounds ridiculous but it sounds plausible when we reach our conclusion below.
1. In Dec 2019 the first Covid19 contagion occurs in Wuhan and the sick person is transferred to the hospital. No one knew anything about the epidemic and many were infected working in the hospital…. 2 weeks passed.
2. Other people become infected in Wuhan and arrive at the hospital. No one still had any idea about Covid19 and the barbarity that lies ahead….
3. The hospital began to suspect Covid19 and they called in scientific reinforcements, which discovered the coronavirus and the possible consequences of global contagion ... the government was notified. It was already the first week of January 2020.
4. This morning I just saw that there are several places on earth with people infected with Covid19, especially in IRAN, a city in northern California, another in Oregon and one more in the state of Washington. There is no way that these people have been infected by Chinese or others arriving from China.
https://www.kgw.com/article/news/investigations/several-oregon-facilities-among-nations-secretive-biolabs/67238190 ] Nor did they receive packages from anyone outside the region. So who infected them? They were infected to ensure that there would be victims in California when the great pandemic was to be unleashed around the world, but it will not happen. China has begun to control its pandemic. It is not possible that the 4 American people have been bitten by infected vampires or that they ate infected vampire meat. So how did this happen? They tell us that Covid-19 is only generated by vampires and bats. [Scientists are now walking that back]
5. Covid19 infected the first victim in Wuhan ... precisely where the contact happened, when it happened and how it happened I am more than sure that the Chinese security authorities already know. Likewise, the other 13 infected outside the Huanan market have been interviewed and thoroughly investigated and the information is in the hands of the members of the Chinese politburo.
6. With what I have stated above: it is likely that the origin of this evil and cheap project to produce chaos and destruction comes from the American hegemon. It is easy to deduce that it was not executed by the CIA because those people leave no trace, but there is little doubt that the project originated in the USA, but it was executed by inexperienced amateurs.
7. The fact that they did not count on the Chinese government to quarantine an entire province of more than 50 million inhabitants in a few days and thus stop contagion strongly, reveals that the infections were planted in Iran and California without any link or connection to China. I am sure there are original Covid19 seeds in Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America and possibly in Venezuela and Mexico. But I would like to be wrong on this, especially for Venezuela.
Of course, what I expose you is just conjecture. However, we will wait a while for the truth to come to light.
But how fantastic are the coincidences in China, the virus appears infecting people 2 weeks before the annual stampede of the new year and in a city so central as to spread contagion as efficiently as possible. If this had happened 2 weeks after New Year's Day or anywhere else, no one would have suspected. The plan was [apparently] to infect as many as possible while the celebrations occurred, when the annual influenza covers sin for 2 or 3 weeks and after the holidays when everyone returns to their jobs, the pandemic is impossible to contain, trains and planes would spread the virus to all provinces and all countries of the world. And to be sure that there is a good distribution of the seed, let's adopt other points of origin so that everyone will “benefit.” If the USA generated these viruses by modifying genes, then we will also have a vaccine that will come to light at the appropriate time.
It was discovered that Covid-19 does not affect children or young people with a healthy and strong immune system.
I recommend that you keep your immune system and those of your family in excellent condition. You should consult a doctor for this or use something simple and homemade until you can find formal medical help.
When waking up and before bed:
Drink a glass of hot water with the juice of 1/2 green lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Do this every day until the emergency passes or a vaccine is found. Do not use baking soda if your health does not allow sodium intake.
This chemical solution will help your kidneys to alkalize your blood to produce the pH of 7.3 in your saliva, this alkaline level of saliva is the most appropriate for a strong immune system. The virus will be better eliminated and you will have a lower risk of being infected.
If you are going out on the street, use a N95 filtration level mask or better, these are not cheap. If this is not possible a very wet wipe could save you in an emergency.
This is not the first time this kind of war has been waged. The MERS of Saudi Arabia in 2012 when the war in Iraq and Afghanistan was at its zenith, was one of them. The virus reportedly needed camels to appear. The spread of SARS (needed civet cats to manifest) in 2002 in China was a trial for MERS of Saudi Arabia. The Ebola of the Congo in 1976 and the H1N1 in the USA and Mexico in 2009 are cases of viruses manufactured in the same way as the HIV/AIDS that appeared in the US in 1981. But for years the propaganda gives information saying especially that these viruses come from a natural source and it is not possible to use genetic engineering to generate them, especially the HIV / AIDS virus.
The species Homo sapiens and its ancestry originated 7 million years ago, and it is not possible that the virus causing HIV has waited for millions of years to infect homosexual Homo sapiens in 1981 when gays began to demand, with public protests, more legal rights, including marriage and government protection for married gay couples, enabling them to adopt children and obtain health insurance, etc. HIV caused the US gay social problem to decrease for the government. Eventually gay people managed to pass the protection laws but it took time.
The SARS, MERS and Covid19 viruses happen to be based on a coronavirus format that DARPA originated. Two of them directed to China, 1 to Iran and 1 to Iraq.
“However, while many of these theories are clearly speculative, there is also verifiable evidence regarding the recent interest of one controversial U.S. government agency in novel coronaviruses, specifically those transmitted from bats to humans. That agency, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), began spending millions on such research in 2018 and some of those Pentagon-funded studies were conducted at known U.S. military bioweapons labs bordering China and resulted in the discovery of dozens of new coronavirus strains as recently as last April. Furthermore, the ties of the Pentagon’s main biodefense lab to a virology institute in Wuhan, China — where the current outbreak is believed to have begun — have been unreported in English language media thus far.”]
It is not a matter of evolution for viruses that have been asleep for millions of years, suddenly waking up to affect the world specifically when we start using genetic engineering by modifying DNA/RNA in laboratories.
Is it possible that the United States caused the Covid-19 pandemic in Iran ...?
Is it possible that the United States caused the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan China ...?
It is too coincidental that Covid-19 should appear mainly in China and Iran since the USA has major conflicts and differences with these 2 areas of the world and receives the most benefit from the tragedies that have occurred.
It should be said that if Covid-19 is not stopped in China and Iran, the result would be catastrophic for their populations and it would take years for their economies to recover. What country would benefit most according to the Greek thinker Thucydides?
None other than the United States.
For many there is no doubt that the answers to the questions without answering above are YES due to the immature reaction of a corrupt president, with no moral compass and convicted by his own congress for crimes against his constitution.
Sorry I had to write as much to conclude as I did.
Vince Dhimos wrote an answer to a question at Quora.
IS CORONAVIRUS BIOLOGICAL WARFARE? IS THIS ALL OVER AIIB.
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
The only appropriate answer to this at this time is nobody knows.
However, AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) is only one of many things that the US hates about China. The Shanghai gold exchange is another thing. The BRI is the biggest thing.
But none of these things are at the heart of the problem. Back in the 80s when the US Congress was debating whether or not to grant China Most Favoured Nation status, one congressman happened to mention that free trade with China would help drive a wedge between Russia and China. I have always suspected that was the real reason for MFN status. The fools in the Establishment — think tanks, government, Kissinger, etc — believed implicitly that they could buy China into the Western sphere of influence and that China would turn its back on Russia. But after the turn of the millennium, and after the US showed its true face as a bully that did not shrink from bombing millions of civilians into smithereens to get its way with all the nations in the world and be the global cop forever, neither Russia nor China was interested in being pals with Washington. It turned out that neither country had a price and that this notion of morality and common sense actually had survived the 20th century in the most unlikely places. This righteousness on the part of Russia and China really infuriated Washington, which felt that it had invested hugely in corrupting China and they had betrayed it by staying true to their principles and not turning their backs on each other and the world. To the misfits in Washington, not having a price is unforgivable if they see you as part of its grand plan and has invested heavily in you.
The most unmistakable signs were joint military and naval drills and Russia’s statement that it considered Iran and ally, and the icing on the cake was the 3-way naval drills involving Iran, Russia and China. Washington felt betrayed and wanted big time revenge. The trade wars and the killing of Iraninan folk hero Soleimani were a signal that the US was willing even to destroy what little was left of its reputation and even its economy — because all economists were horrified at the trade war and warned of dire consequences. But unlike Russia and China, the US was clearly willing to sink its own ship just to get revenge.
Which would of course give the US a motive to start an epidemic in China and Iran, if that is what it did. Again, no one knows or will ever know for sure. But we do know that the hegemon will not shrink from shooting itself in the foot to get revenge.
I wrote a post on this possibility at Quora, with a translation of an interview with a an ex UN expert on bio warfare.
Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: WHAT SHOULD THE EU STRIVE TO ACHIEVE IN RELATIONS TO RUSSIA?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
The EU needs to achieve a significant rapprochement with Russia while distancing itself from the US.
The Trump administration is openly hostile to European interests. It makes no bones about it’s desire to make America great at Europe’s – and everyone else’s -- expernse. Hands up. Hand me your wallet.
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has repeatedly tried to bully Germany into refusing Russian gas at a very cheap price while buying expensive US LNG. This is a very unfair and unfriendly trading practice, particularly considering that the US imposed third-party sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline at a time when the project was almost completed. If the US had succeeded in stymying the project at this stage, the European companies involved would have lost billions. The administration’s flimsy excuse was that somehow buying Russian gas would make Europe less “energy secure” but buying extravagantly priced US LNG would be the appropriate remedy. This ridiculous argument was based on the old Cold War notion that Russia is the enemy of Europe. But even if this were true, and even if Russia were to apply undue political pressure on Europe using the pipeline as a bludgeon, a hub for US LNG could certainly be built in a reasonable time frame to enable Europe to cut the ties to Russia. But let’s get real. Are they more “energy secure” being strong-armed by the nuclear-armed US to buy US gas, which they can ill afford, than voluntarily buying cheap Russian gas?
What is worse, Bank of America just issued a dismal forecast calling for a “Gasmaggedon,” with gas prices falling below $2 MMBtu mark and below throughout 2020. This would add to the already existing troubles of US shale gas producers, who have been fighting a losing battle to stay afloat, as we reported here and here. But even before the more-recent spate of bankruptcies in US natural gas, I noticed in 2018 that since almost all the US energy is extracted from shale by the expensive fracking process, US energy was bound to be more expensive than energy from countries with traditional extraction processes and that it would be a miracle if US energy could compete successfully in the free market. This fact led to the US becoming the only country in the world using purely political means to bully other countries into buying its overpriced product. Trump was killing the free market and his “conservative” followers were calling that “great.”
Europe must also reject NATO’s insistence on the nonsense that Russia is an “enemy.” The only way to escape this unwanted pressure, leading to military exercises right at Russia’s border, is to eventually quit NATO and found a pan-European military alliance with ties to Russia. Russia is not the aggressor. The US is the aggressor. I explained this in detail at Quora.
As if on cue, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement in early February that NATO’s provocations including the latest, dubbed Europe Defender, with NATO’s military drills scheduled on the eastern flank are increasingly more reminiscent of purposeful preparations for a large-scale military conflict. Moscow has promised to respond.
Here is why it is important for Europe to leave NATO:
The US pressure to buy US LNG and the pressure to pay more money to NATO are part of one and the same unfair trade strategy aimed at making the US richer and Europe poorer. NATO’s only raison d'être is money for the US, in the form of contributions to the alliance and purchases of US-made arms. Russian arms are cheaper and in many cases, superior.
Never before in US history has Washington so blatantly and openly bullied its allies in an undisguised effort to enrich itself at their expense.
The mask is off. So is the trust.
Top link above: American GIs liberating Auschwitz. Oops! Sorry, did I say Americans? No, they were the Red Army.
Bottom link: Here is the historically challenged US vice-president Mike Pence at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel, infamously not saying that the soldiers who liberated Auschwitz were Soviet. The poor thing just couldn't bring himself to say it. It must be horrible to be a US politician. You are manoeuvring in a mine field, unable to tell the truth and obliged to obfuscate on many issues. But wait, the average Joe in the West faces the same problem. Just yesterday one of our posts was removed without warning or explanation. It related to a topic that apparently is now banned. With Assange now facing extradition for a putative crime that does not exist, every Westerner with a tendency to ask questions or express non-PC thoughts is a target and no one is safe from the thought police.
Vince Dhimos answered another biased question at Quora.
Why has Russia been, for decades, a traditional enemy of Israel? What did the Israelis ever do to them?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
This question is more of a statement and it is erroneous. Russia has never been a traditional enemy of Israel ever. Now if the querier had asked why Russia has always been blamed for being an enemy of Israel, that would have been more accurate. The Soviet Union was the country that sent more of its people to Israel than any other, but only Jews who wanted to go. 20% of Israelis were born in Russia and many more are descended from them. Not only that, Putin frequently meets with Netanyahu and is so friendly with him that the Russian people are annoyed, as can be seen by reading the forums of Russian news sites.
And as for traditional enemies of the Jews, no nation under the sun has come anywhere near to Germany in terms of persecuting Jews. The Holocaust and concentration camps like Auschwitz were not located in Russia, of course, and Russia bitterly opposed Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. Auschwitz was in Poland, run by German Nazis, and who was it that liberated these Jewish prisoners? Yes, it was the Russians. So how are they traditional enemies of the Jews? Only in someone’s overheated imagination.
This myth of Russia as an enemy of the Jews was first popularized by Charles Scofield, the author of the commentaries in the Scofield Bible. Scofield’s footnote at the bottom of the first page of Ezekiel 38 (p. 883) started a pernicious myth among English-speaking Christians, particularly Americans, who have a tendency to read the Bible through the prism of Bible “scholars,” and for decades, Scofield was their favourite "scholar." Many US fundamentalists have believed since the publication of the Scofield Bible in 1909, that Scofield was inspired by God to write his footnotes. Thus, while Protestants criticised the Catholics for insisting that only the priests were qualified to read and understand the Bible, Protestants eventually adopted the same kind of man-centred principles in their doctrines, holding mostly doctrines that some Bible “scholar” had invented. In 1909, on said p. 883, Scofield added a note to Ezekiel’s description of the battle of Armageddon, that he would not have written if he had lived through WW II by that time. He wrote:
“That the primary reference is to the northern (European), headed up by Russia, all agree. ..... “Gog” is the prince, “Magog” is his land.”
This gave rise to the belief – which lasted in US Christian circles until far into the 20th Century and beyond, including the present day – that Gog and Magog were a man and a place, respectively, in Russia. But Assyrian court records discovered after this was written show that Gog and Magog were places in what is now Turkey. Thus, standard Christian views were forged by fallible men with faulty logic.
Scofield continues (remember, it was 1909 and no one had yet heard of the Holocaust in the Third Reich):
“Russia and the northern powers have been the latest persecutors of dispersed Israel.”
Note that Scofield does not say which of the northern powers he is referring to. Certainly, if he had had even the slightest inkling which ones they were, he would have mentioned them. In mentioning only Russia, he is infecting most of Protestantism with a pernicious fear and distrust of Russia that has persisted to this day.
Thus in one footnote, Scofield, through the fruits of his vivid imagination, has set the tone for US-led foreign policy for over a century to come, effectively endorsing a fear and distrust of Russia that extended into Western foreign policy, carried by “Christian” Zionists, also willing victims of Scofield’s warped ideas.
Thus this one man’s notes on Israel and its supposed future enemies has contributed greatly to the phenomenon we call Russophobia, which, BTW, got its start in his homeland, England, where it held sway by the middle of the 19th Century and was no doubt the primary impediment to relations between Europe and Russia. In fact, it seems likely that Scofield’s view of Russia was shaped not by his reading of the scriptures but by good old fashioned English Russophobia.
The following is my translation of part of an article from the Kremlin site:
Владимир Путин встретился с представителями еврейских общин России
“The President of Russia declared the need to put a barrier to xenophobia and religious extremism in society.
“Russia is a unique country, said the head of state, where for centuries, Christianity, Judaism and Muslim culture not only coexisted but were in harmony. According to the President, this fusion is the basis of the strength of the multinational Russian people.”
Contrast this with America, where, despite many years of human relations based on biased race and religion-based foreign policy, little if anything has been learned. A president has forged and enforced an immigration policy denying access to people because they are Muslims (but only enforced against Shiites, not the more dangerous Sunni Wahhabists) and US planes have bombed and killed thousands of Muslims for reasons that no one has ever been able to adequately articulate, except that they were Shiites and the US is partial to Sunnis [as explained here: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/military-affairs/vince-on-quora-which-of-us-global-inteventions-were-purely-well-motivated]. As for the Jews and Israel, there are no attempts to actually keep Israel secure, for example. US policies simply give Israel what it thinks it wants, generally by military and propaganda support, thereby putting the people of Israel in grave danger of retaliation. Pulling out of the Iran deal did nothing but infuriate the Iranians and Hezbollah but nothing to promote understanding (in fact the murder of Soleimani was in part a desperate attempt to keep him from going through with a planned peace initiative for rapprochement between Iran and Saudi). Tolerating the abuse of Palestinians indulges Israel but does not help it learn how to deal with others in a civilized way. In the final analysis, these war-centred policies not only do not help Israel, they actually expose it to the gravest of dangers and therefore, ultimately, are in fact anti-Semitic – the opposite of what they purport to be. The rumour that the US had been at one time preparing a strike on the Tehran nuclear power plant does not help bring peace to Israel, quite the opposite. If the US strikes, there is a good chance that Iran will strike Tel Aviv, and it may use enough missiles to swarm the air defences in such a way that many missiles will get through and actually destroy a large part of Tel Aviv. They may also strike a US aircraft carrier, but none of this is a high-priority concern to Trump who is obssessed with giving Israel what it demands. Everyone knows that if the Iran deal had been kept intact, none of this would be happening. It is a perverse kind of racism that threatens Israel and can easily get thousands of Israelis killed. But in the final analysis, for the US Extablishment, it is a matter of doing what they want, not giving them what they need, and though it may seem to the blindly naive like a love of Israel on the surface, it is merely an indulgence of the religious beliefs of the American “Christian” Zionists and of the Israelis, with no thought given to possible consequences. Is it not a soft kind of anti-Semitism?
Russia too deals with Israel and never harshly, but at the same time, refuses to go along with the abuse of Palestinians and sets limits as to what they may bomb in Syria.
Russia is the only true friend they have.
Vince Dhimos answered a question on Quora.
IS GIVING SOME COUNTRIES VETO POWER IN THE UN AGAINST THE RULES OF DEMOCRACY?
As in Animal Farm, where “some are more equal than others,” democracy is defined variously from one system or country to another. It’s so complicated that Russia claims the US has no democracy while the US says the same about Russia.
They say that Greece invented democracy, but the United States invented Western democracy, and if Pericles came back today and saw US “democracy” in action, he’d laugh himself silly.
In the US, the presidential candidates are trotted out every 4 years before the TV cameras and asked questions about how they would run the country.
Now, as we all know, the most important issues the US faces are:
And yet… and yet… ever since the first televised TV debate, no debate moderator has ever asked any of the presidential candidates how he or she would reduce the debt or how he or she would stop these endless wars. It’s not nice to talk about these things in a polite democracy. And it’s even more gauche to ask if such a democracy is really a democracy.
In other words, there has been an unspoken rule throughout the country that these two issues, war and debt — the most important by far, mind you! — may not be discussed by candidates. Therefore, while Americans are all urged to vote and blamed for everything if they don’t, they are not even allowed to know how the candidates stand on the most vital issues. In fact, in most cases, the candidates have nothing at all to say about these absolutely life-and-death issues for their country. Only in a few rare instances have candidates gone around the moderators and discussed them anyway.
Ross Perot bucked the system when he pushed for fiscal reform that would have paid down the debt. But he was forced to run as an independent because neither of the two established parties wanted the voting public to even consider this issue. He was considered a kook for his unorthodox views. And yet most Americans warmed up to his ideas. The problem is, the gatekeepers of the established parties were very adroit at making the public think the only candidate with a brain was an unbalanced misfit.
Ron Paul ran an excellent campaign (though many were disappointed when he went independent) and managed to persuade millions of Americans to send him their widow’s mite as it were in the form of what he called “money bombs.” He brought in millions of campaign dollars that way because he wanted to end the endless wars while also reining in the Fed, and the people in the middle warmed up to those ideas. Clearly millions of Americans were ready to vote for him and if the Republican Party had chosen him, he would have had a good chance of winning the election. Instead, the Republican candidate What’s-‘is-Name with the official stamp of approval lost to Barack Obama, who was expected to end war but instead dilly-dallied around in the Middle East pretending to wage a “War on Terror” but in fact capitulated to ISIS, which famously toured the Syrian and Iraqi deserts in their shiny new white Toyota trucks in broad daylight while Obama’s ordnance-packed A-10 Warthogs stood idle at the air bases as their pilots watched ISIS pouring into the big cities where they could only be eventually routed out at great expense of civilian life. Naturally, when the Russians and Syrians eventually got around to routing them, this fine Nobel laureate for peace blamed all the carnage on Assad and imposed savage sanctions on his hapless people while threatening to Tomahawk what was left of his military after ISIS got done with it. Only Russia, the country we accuse of not being democratic, saved the Syrians. 8 years later, the Syrians and Russians are still grappling with ISIS and a half dozen other terrorist groups in Syria’s Idlib, with the US nipping at their heels sternly warning them to lay down their arms and let Obama’s protégés, now backed by Caliph Erdoğan, have their way with the citizens of Idlib and Aleppo, using their now-famous methods of governance, ie, beheadings, kidnappings for ransom, sharia law with ample amputations of limbs, etc. [see Russian report: all Syrian opposition fighters are terrorists].
Ok, so the US got another of its famous black eyes in the Middle East, but folks, that’s democracy and it was the “will of the people.” Well, at least the will of the reluctant people who voted for the lousy choices as usual.
So what can we say about the veto rights in the UN for those who are more equal than others? It all depends on what you call “democracy.”
I imagine Pericles is laughing in his grave somewhere.
So let’s see. Your question was whether the UN is complying with the rules of democracy. Well, as I think I have shown you, except for might makes right and survival of the fittest, there are no rules in Western “democracy.” So there is nothing to worry about. If enough people think a UN rule has been broken, the people in charge – and I don’t mean The People (o dhimos, as the Greeks called them) – can just make a new one to replace it.