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Tulsi Gabbard Warns Ukraine Tensions Could Cause War

Tulsi Gabbard Warns Ukraine Tensions Could Cause War

Apr. 14 (EIRNS)–Appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show on Monday, former member of congress and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard warned the American people of the existential threat of conflict with Russia: “[The situation with Russia and Ukraine] is moving in a very dangerous direction. The question for the American people is, ‘are we willing to go to war with Russia on behalf of Ukraine’? And we need to understand that such a war would come at a cost beyond anything that we can really imagine. Because this is not a war that’s happening to someone else, somewhere else on the other side of the world. No, this is something that will directly impact me, and you, Tucker, every single one of your viewers, and all of our loved ones.

“And this is a war that is not a game. It’s a war in which there are no winners, because you’ve got thousands of nuclear weapons that the U.S. has aimed towards Russia; Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons that are aimed towards us, that could hit any town or city in the U.S. in less than thirty minutes, that could exact a cost on every one of us that would result in excruciating death and suffering beyond comprehension — hundreds of millions of people dying and suffering seeing their flesh burned from their bones. This is something that you can’t really even imagine. And it’s a cost that we will {all} pay.”

In response to Carlson’s question, “why in the world would we ever contemplate going to war with Russia, honestly?” Gabbard continued:

“It is one that we should not do, for those very reasons. You look at the impacts of what a nuclear brings. It brings about the end of the world as we know it. And our leaders should understand this consequence and take it seriously. This is why President Biden, instead of continuing to escalate tensions and escalate this new cold war between the United States and Russia, he needs to de-escalate these tensions, to take the heat out of it, and bring an end to this new cold war. Because if he doesn’t, it’s not a question of {if} we go to war with Russia, {if} this war goes to a nuclear holocaust: it really is then just a question of {when}. And if we continue down this path that we are on, it’s something that could happen a lot sooner than any of us think.”

Carlson concluded by referring to how he had opened the segment, by contrasting the importance of Gabbard’s warning to the war over pronouns: “I’m just amazed by the magnitude of the stories that all of us are missing, including those of us who are paid to follow this stuff, and especially this story. So, I appreciate how you so crisply and wisely addressed that. It’s terrifying.” Watch the interview here.

U.S. State Dept. Escalates Provocations Against China

U.S. State Department Escalates Provocations Against China

April 9 (EIRNS)—The same day that Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke with the French and German Foreign Ministers , to “confirm their [mutually] unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity … the need for Russia to end its dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric, its military buildup in occupied Crimea and along Ukraine’s borders, and unilateral Russian provocations along the Line of Contact in eastern Ukraine,” the State Department decides it’s a great time to escalate against China, as well, with new guidelines on U.S. interactions with Taiwan.

As stated in the State Department release, the guidelines are “to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship. The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community. These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations, and provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our ‘one China’ policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiqués, and the Six Assurances. The new guidelines have been issued following a review as set forth in the Taiwan Assurance Act.” Provide clarity, indeed. . .

Chas Freeman: Sanctions Are “Both Hypocritical and Counterproductive as Well as Cruel”

April 22, 2021 (EIRNS)–Chas Freeman, a former defense official and a career diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Deputy Chief of Mission in both China and Thailand, responded to the call by Helga Zepp-LaRouche to stop the genocide in Syria and Yemen with the following statement on the role of sanctions in foreign policy: 

“I disagree with our abuse and overuse of sanctions on the grounds that they are ‘feel-good’ rather than results-oriented diplomacy, are ineffective unless they are part of a negotiation with a ‘yes-able’ proposal from those imposing them, create market distortions that rapidly establish vested interests in their perpetuation, injure innocent people but allow those in authority to maximize political power through control of patronage involving humanitarian exceptions, facilitate the scapegoating of those who impose them for entirely unconnected suffering of the populations they are supposed to aid, are an excuse for failing to address the ills they purport to punish effectively, and allow politicians to posture without doing anything effective about the problems they are condemning. In short, they are both hypocritical and counterproductive as well as cruel. Since their real objective is to satisfy domestic constituencies rather than accomplish anything in the countries they target, they always succeed. But they cause immense, needlless, and inhumane deprivation where they are imposed.

“I will look for an opportunity to make these points whenever I can. I am appalled by our complicity in the immiseration of Syrians and Yemenis and say so, when asked.”

Bush-leaguers Warn U.S. Would Lose a War with China Over Taiwan

Bush-leaguers Warn U.S. Would Lose a War with China Over Taiwan

April 22, 2021 (EIRNS)–Two leading members of the CFR from the Bush administrations, Robert Blackwill and Philip Zelikow, have released a document under the title “The United States, China, and Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War,” calling for the U.S. to stand firmly behind Taiwan against “Chinese aggression,” but also warning that the U.S. can not win a war with China. The CFR blurb promoting the report quotes the report: “We do not think it is politically or militarily realistic to count on a U.S. military defeat of various kinds of Chinese assaults on Taiwan, uncoordinated with allies. Nor is it realistic to presume that, after such a frustrating clash, the United States would or should simply escalate to some sort of wide-scale war against China with comprehensive blockades or strikes against targets on the Chinese mainland.”

They state that Taiwan ”is becoming the most dangerous flash point in the world for a possible war that involves the United States, China, and probably other major powers.” They express a level of panic that the U.S. can no longer dictate global policy, and their proposals for U.S. actions show significant desperation. The U.S., they say, should: “affirm that it is not trying to change Taiwan’s status; work with its allies, especially Japan, to prepare new plans that could challenge Chinese military moves against Taiwan and help Taiwan defend itself, yet put the burden of widening a war on China; and visibly plan, beforehand, for the disruption and mobilization that could follow a wider war, but without assuming that such a war would or should escalate to the Chinese, Japanese, or American homelands.”

They conclude: “The horrendous global consequences of a war between the United States and China, most likely over Taiwan, should preoccupy the Biden team, beginning with the president.”

NATO and Ukraine Getting Ever Closer

NATO and Ukraine Getting Ever Closer

Apr. 6 (EIRNS) — Ukraine is not a member of NATO and therefore is not officially covered by Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty which defines an attack on one member as an attack on the alliance as a whole. NATO headquarters in Brussels nonetheless is tightening its relationship with Kiev. NATO’s Land Command, headquartered in Izmir, Turkey, announced on Twitter Monday, April 6, that it is adding Ukrainian representation to its staff. “DID YOU KNOW that Ukraine is the first partner nation to take part in the @NATO Response Force?” the headquarters said. “Ukraine is a valued partner of the Alliance & one of our six Enhanced Opportunity Partners. #LANDCOM currently has one Ukrainian officer serving in our headquarters.”

Also, US Air Force cargo planes have been spotted flying to and from Ukraine. UAWire reported yesterday that at least three US planes have been tracked flying into and landing in Ukraine, including a C-17 that landed in Lviv. According to a Ukrainian blogger, three flights were seen in the previous two days, one from the United States and two that took off from bases in Europe. While U.S. military transport aircraft are flying all over the world at any time, their presence in Ukraine is going to get more notice because of the current escalation of tensions with Russia. Questions will also be asked about what is the cargo they’re delivering. 

These moves are made maximally dangerous by their having followed Joe Biden’s provocative “Crimea is Ukraine” public statement two weeks ago.

The Ukrainian side, meanwhile, is claiming the Russian military has relocated elements of the 76th Guards air assault division, based in Pskov, to Crimea. The 112 Ukraine TV channel cites an outfit called the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) claiming that it tracked these troops’ movement by rail all the way from Pskov to Simferopol. CIT’s main source is apparently video posted on TikTok, which they say showed military equipment being loaded at a train station in the Pskov Oblast.

In the Donbas, the Ukrainian army claimed this morning that two more of its soldiers had been killed, apparently by snipers from the separatist side. At the same time, the Donetsk militia claimed that Ukrainian mortar fire hit a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Donetsk city, reported by the Donetsk News Agency. The clear implication of the report is that the mortar fire is a violation of last summer’s cease fire agreement.

Blinken Sheds Crocodile Tears for Syrians Forced into Poverty by US Sanctions

March 30, 2021 (EIRNS)–The UN Security Council held its monthly meeting on Syria yesterday, focusing heavily on the humanitarian situation. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who chaired the virtual meeting, delivered a statement about the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria without once referring to the economic sanctions that the US and its European allies have imposed on the country that have worsened living conditions for millions of Syrians. “While today’s session is focused on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, it’s important to note that the only long-term solution to this suffering is through a political settlement and permanent resolution to the conflict, as outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” Blinken said, “But even as we work to that solution, we can’t lose sight of the urgent needs of the Syrian people that we’ve heard described so eloquently today. It’s clear that these needs – including having enough to eat and access to essential medicine – are not going to be met by the Assad regime.”

Blinken followed this posturing with the demand that the UNSC authorize the opening of two border crossings in the northeast and northwest into areas of the country that are not under the control of the government. “We have a responsibility to ensure Syrians have access to lifesaving assistance, no matter where they live,” he said. “Given that goal, there was no good reason at the time for the council’s failure to reauthorize these two humanitarian crossings.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, who delivered the Russian response, minced no words about the roles of the US and Turkish occupying forces in creating the current conditions that prevail in all parts of Syria. “It is paradoxical, yet true — a significant deterioration in the life of the Syrian population has been observed precisely within the past year, when a significant reduction in violence was achieved on the ground,” Vershinin stressed, reported TASS. He also drew attention to the fact that “the most difficult situation is developing in the regions not under the control of Damascus in the northwest, north and northeast of Syria, the responsibility for which, let me reiterate, is with the de-facto occupying countries and local authorities.”

Vershinin accused Western powers of openly discriminating against the areas of the country controlled by Damascus, including with respect to deliveries of humanitarian supplies, the return of refugees, and efforts to control the COVID19 pandemic. “It is done in a bid to undermine Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, due to political motives,” he said.

Then there’s the matter of unilateral US and European sanctions, which are greatly hindering the economic reconstruction of Syria. “The reaction of Washington and Brussels to the call of the UN secretary general to ease and lift unilateral sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic was, on the contrary, to tighten in an unprecedented way the restrictions adopted bypassing the UN Security Council, including the introduction of the infamous Caesar Act in June 2020,” Vershinin said. “Unfortunately, the honorable representative of the US and other Western colleagues spoke about a lot of things in today’s speeches but for the US and EU sanctions and their dramatic negative effect on ordinary Syrians.”

Vershinin also pointed out the US looting of Syrian oil and wheat. “Reports continue to come in that American convoys are trucking out oil and grain from Syria to Iraq daily. The information [we] receive suggests that 300 oil tank trucks and more than 200 cargo trucks with grain had crossed the Syrian-Iraqi border by March 23 since the beginning of the month,” he said. “It turns out while Syrians are suffering from acute shortage of basic products, including bread and petrol, a wide stream of Syria’s smuggled natural resources is flowing from the Trans-Euphrates region controlled by the US, while the country is simultaneously suffocated with unilateral sanctions which essentially are a form of collective punishment,” he underlined.

Prior to the US and Russian (and other) statements, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock reported that the need for aid has jumped 20% from last year and humanitarian organizations coordinated by the U.N. are seeking an estimated $4.2 billion to reach 12.3 million Syrians inside the country. He said another $5.8 billion is required for support to countries hosting Syrian refugees in the region. “We need more money, not less, if we are to avoid a further deterioration — the consequences of which could be dramatic and widespread,” Lowcock said.

Henrietta Fore, head of the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, said Syria’s worst economic crisis is “plunging 90% of the population into poverty, and across the country nearly 90% of children now require humanitarian assistance.”

British Empire Prepares for Perpetual Geopolitical Confrontation

The U.K. Defence Command Paper, “Defence in a Competitive Age,” released by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday as a follow-up to the defense, security, and foreign policy review released last week, focuses on the “21st century threats” that the U.K. supposedly faces in a world allegedly characterized by permanent confrontation. “Those of us in government charged to protect and defend have a duty to enter new domains, as well as continuing investment in the traditional ones, but always adapting to the threat,” Wallace wrote in the foreword. “History shows us, time and time again, that failing to do so risks irrelevance and defeat. As the threat changes we must change with it, remaining clear-eyed about what capabilities we retire, why we are doing so, and how they will be replaced.” Therefore, the process for developing the new policy began with “assessing the threats we are encountering and anticipating, before considering how we should address them, and only then with which equipment, and what resources are required to field them.”

“We must actively champion those shared values of liberty, justice and tolerance that have given billions of souls the world over the chance of a better life, and do so through our actions, not just our words. U.K. diplomacy is underwritten by the credibility of the U.K. armed forces, and they will be more integrated, active and agile, capable of both deterring threats and defeating enemies,” Wallace declared. This is all to be backed up by £188 billion in defense spending over the coming four years–an increase of £24 billion or 14%–which, Wallace claimed, “is an investment in that vision of security and prosperity in 2030.”

But the real axiomatic basis for what’s behind the new policy is this: “The notion of war and peace as binary states has given way to a continuum of conflict, requiring us to prepare our forces for more persistent global engagement and constant campaigning, moving seamlessly from operating to war fighting.” The armed forces “{will no longer be held as a force of last resort} [emphasis added], but become more present and active around the world, operating below the threshold of open conflict to uphold our values and secure our interests, partner our friends and enable our allies, whether they are in the Euro-Atlantic, the Indo-Pacific, or beyond.”

In other words, the United Kingdom will be in a permanent state of confrontation, if not always a shooting war, against Russia, China, and any other designated enemies who refuse to submit themselves to the “rules-based international order” dictated by the Anglo-American empire.

Bolivian Coup Plotters Arrested

Bolivian Authorities Arrest Former Members of 2019 Coup Government, Charged With Sedition and Terrorism

March 13 (EIRNS)—Bolivian authorities arrested former members of the “government” illegally installed in November of 2019 following the coup d’etat that ousted President Evo Morales, on grounds that he had committed vote fraud. The government of current President Luis Arce is charging 13 individuals, including the former president Jeanine Anez, the former heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and several former cabinet ministers with “sedition, conspiracy and terrorism.” They are accused of orchestrating the coup, committing violent crimes against the Bolivian people, including the deaths of 37 people, and facilitating the economic looting of the state. Anez was arrested in the wee hours of this morning and flown to La Paz, and several others of the group are also under arrest. Anez’s Interior and Defense Ministers fled the country shortly after Arce won last October’s presidential elections.

EIR has documented that the ouster of Morales on Nov. 11, 2019 was a replay of the fascist 2014 “Maidan ” coup against Ukraine, straight out of the “color revolution” playbook of Gene Sharp and George Soros. Recently declassified documents from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), obtained by {DeclassifiedUK} and published by investigative reporter Matt Kennard on March 8, also reveal the role of the FCO, along with British and U.S. intelligence and financier networks in the period leading up to the coup, preparing the groundwork for financial looting, which was then facilitated once Anez took over and saw the U.K. as Bolivia’s “strategic partner.” Mike Pompeo’s State Department and the Trump National Security Council backed Morales’s ouster, as did British Foreigh Secretary, Dominic Raab.

As a result of revelations about the FCO’s role, on March 10, Bolivia’s Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta called in the British ambassador, Jeff Glekin, for an explanation. Glekin denied everything and immediately  had the embassy issue a press release proclaiming that charges against the U.K. were “disinformation.” But, as was documented in the Bolivian media in December of 2019 and January of 2020, Glekin participated in a planning meeting just a few days before the Nov. 11 coup at the Catholic University in La Paz, organized by the Archbishop, attended by the ambassadors of Brazil and the EU, as well as by the key local players involved in bringing down Morales. Discussion centered on the composition of the government that would replace him. 

As might be expected, Anez is screaming that her arrest is “aberrant political persecution,” that she is being charged with “a coup d’etat that never happened,” and lied that her taking power in 2019 was a “constitutional succession due to vote fraud.” On cue, Jose Vivanco, director of George Soros’s Human Rights Watch, tweeted that there were “irregularities” in Anez’s arrest, and concluded that since there is “no evidence” that any of those detained were involved in acts of terrorism–an outright  lie– the arrests were likely “politically motivated.” Now Anez is demanding that Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), who was instrumental in Morales’s removal, and the European Union send observers to Bolivia to see how she is being persecuted.

Yemen: A “man-made Hell” says WFP’s Beasley

WFP Chief on Yemen: “This Is Hell”

March 11, 2021 (EIRNS)–David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, called the humanitarian disaster in Yemen “man-made,” and described the conditions in the war-ravaged country as “hell… the worst place on earth,” in a March 9 interview with the Associated Press. Beasley was speaking by video teleconference from Addis Ababa, following a tour of Yemen which included the capital of Sana’a. The WFP needs at least $815 million in Yemen aid over the next six months, but has only $300 million, he said, adding that the agency needs $1.9 billion overall for the year.

Beasley said that at a child malnutrition ward in a Sana’a hospital, he saw children wasting away from lack of food. Many, he said, were on the brink of death from entirely preventable and treatable causes, and they were the lucky ones who were receiving medical care.

“In a children’s wing or ward of a hospital, you know you normally hear crying, and laughter. There’s no crying, there’s no laughter, there’s dead silence,” he said. “I went from room to room, and literally, children that in any other place in the world would be fine, they might get a little sick but they’d get recovered, but not here.”

“This is hell,” he said. “It’s the worst place on earth. And it’s entirely man-made.” Yemen has been the victim of a Saudi war of aggression and a merciless blockade, under the direction of British policy-makers and with American support as well.

Beasley stressed that despite all the accusations, the Houthis have actually eased up on their restrictions on the work of humanitarian aid agencies. “We’ve turned a corner with the Houthis… in terms of cooperation, collaboration,” he said, adding that the only obstacle now is the lack of funding.

Biden’s Syria Attacks Aid ISIS, says Sen. Black

Sen. Richard Black: Biden Attacks in Syria Are Aiding ISIS

March 7 (EIRNS) — Former Virginia State Sen. Richard Black told PressTV in an interview that the U.S. air strike on Iraqi PMF units operating in Syria actually amounted to U.S. support for ISIS. Colonel Black said he had previously reported his suspicion that ISIS could’ve been responsible for the middle of the three recent rocket attacks in Iraq, the one on the Balad air base, since Iraqi forces were engaged at that moment in an operation against ISIS cells north of Baghdad. Otherwise, he noted, there’s been very little discussion about the possibility of ISIS acting as a “third force” in Iraq to provoke conflict between America and Iran.

“The (Iraqi) PMU forces have mainly fought against Daesh, and they have been highly effective against them. Therefore, when the U.S. attacks the PMU, it assists Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria,” Sen. Black said. “The Biden Administration chose to use the rocket attacks on the Green Zone as a pretext to attack Iraqi (anti-terror) forces, who were effectively blocking Daesh militants from operating along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attacks targeted sovereign Syrian territory and were in clear violation of international law,” Sen. Black said. He noted that, “It is unlikely that the U.S. really knows who fired the rockets.”

Sen. Black suggested U.S. policy is giving ISIS a kind of “Syria White Helmets” capability. “A (U.S.) policy that always assumes that Iraqi anti-terror forces fired the rockets gives Daesh the power to trigger an American airstrike against its enemies whenever Daesh chooses. Daesh fires rockets; we blame the Iraqi militias; the U.S. bombs Iraqi forces. That strategy is unfair and immoral,” he said. It should be noted that Sen. Black’s interview was picked up by Sputnik as well, which highlighted his comments on the necessity of a U.S. military withdrawal from the region. “It is within the power of the U.S. President to stop these wars. However, he cannot accomplish this without totally removing military forces from the region. The U.S. has repeatedly used attacks on its military forces as justification for new troop build-ups. If Joe Biden wanted to create a lasting, positive, legacy, he would order all U.S. troops to leave the Middle East within 90 days. However, I do not expect this to happen,” Black concluded.

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