Thursday, June 22, 2017

Walking Stick - My Latest Wood Carving

Carved "Viking Prow" Walking Stick
by Greencrow

Hi Folks...here is a video showing the latest carving by Greencrow.  It's a walking stick I plan to use to walk to the top of a local mountain along a popular trail called the "Coquitlam Crunch".  I hope I don't scare the other hikers with this menacing stick!  The top with the Viking design is carved from basswood. I got the design off the Internet.  It's the prow of an ancient Viking Ship.  The bottom (staff) is an old broom handle that I whittled into shape.  I epoxy glued a piece of copper piping at the bottom.  I also put a band made from a thin sheet of copper foil around the base of the head.

The walking stick is about 3 3/4 feet.  The top is 11 inches tall and 3 1/3 inches at the widest part.  I stained it with a mixture of paint thinner and oil paint and then put 2 coats of satin veneer on it.  The eyes are green glass beads glued into the wooden sockets

I am going to add this to my collection of Arts and Crafts on my Special Page that you can access through the link at the top of the main page. Enjoy!

Water off a Duck's Back? Qatar crisis all about sanctioning and destroying Russian economic alliances

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin
braves heavy rain to honour war heros

How quickly the flea-brained Western media shifts its brief focus from one "crisis" to another.  Last week it was all about Qatar.  A lot of fake media bloviating was spent on Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies turning on tiny (but immensely rich with gas/oil reserves) Qatar.  Even for manufactured "crisis" this one was done and gone in the blink of an eye.  US nominal leader Trump came out in support of the Saudi vendetta on Qatar and then, 24 hours later, he was backtracking...belatedly remembering the huge US base in Qatar.  This was after his first visit to the Middle East as President where there was a even briefer photo show of unity:


Trump Stands with Arab Leaders and Earth Globe

From RT

Trump administration contradicts itself on Qatar allegations
The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. "The more the time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a briefing Tuesday. “At this point, we are left with one simple question: Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar's alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC countries.”

The State Department’s choice of words – “Qatar’s alleged support of terrorism” – appears to contradict President Donald Trump’s earlier statement when he said “The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," adding, "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding." On June 5th, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar, saying Doha supports terrorism while cultivating ties with Iran, the Gulf States’ rival in the region.

While Trump supported the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an easing of the ban. And adding further confusion, days after president Trump blasted Qatar for “funding terrorism,” his administration authorized the sale of over $21 billion of US weapons to the emirate. The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. ...

There are more than 10,000 American service members at the US central command base in Qatar. Doha recently reminded the America of the partnership: “When no one wanted to host your troops after 9/11, we did. We protected them. Saudi Arabia asked you to leave," said Meshal bin Jamad al Thani, the Qatari ambassador to the US.

The State Department spokeswoman said the countries “can work this out on their own,” without US mediation..."

Truth being such a rarified commodity these days, I take it from wherever I can find it.  I just put it to the "smell" test. In that regard,  Benjamin Fulford said something on his blog last Monday that made a lot of sense to me:

The crisis in Qatar marks a major turning point in the battle against the Khazarian mafia. Ostensibly Saudi Arabia and other oil exporting states decided to try to blockade Qatar “because it was supporting terrorism.” In reaction to this move, US President Donald Trump showed the world he was not in charge of the US by first supporting the blockade and then being forced by the Pentagon to change his stance 180 degrees the next day. What is really going on here is that Qatar reached a deal with Iran to export gas from its massive gas fields not [towards the] West, in exchange for worthless Euros or US dollars, but rather [towards the]East to places like India and China in exchange for their currencies..."

Finally, the whole thing was starting to make sense.  Qatar was being pilloried not for its long-standing obedience to the USrael's command to contribute to the "terrorist agenda" of Middle East distruction...but to the opposite...a willingness to "trade with the enemy"...ie, Russia, China, India, and Iran.  The USrael-agent legislators in the US Congress and Senate, unlike Qatar, fell meekly into line last week with the passing of new legislation sanctioning Russia (and its allies):
...mighty nation [US] which is intent on imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. As observed by Forbes, the new Bill «punishes Russian oil and gas firms even more than the current sanctions regime... Russia has no friends on Capitol Hill».

It is intriguing that the sanctions focus on oil and gas production, and Bloomberg reported that Germany and Austria consider «the measures sought to bolster US economic interests and included an unacceptable intervention in the region’s energy sector». In an unprecedented expression — indeed, explosion — of disapproval, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern said in a joint statement that «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United States of America... instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to economic interests» and that the Senate’s amendment heralded a »new and very negative quality in European-American relations».

As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea. The measures could affect European energy companies, including Shell, Engie and OMV, which are financing the pipeline. Shares in all four companies tumbled on Thursday».

Washington’s mission of lucrative destruction was partly achieved, but that’s where we come to the essence of the matter. The part of the Sanctions Bill involving Russia was an add-on to a series of vindictive measures against Iran, but it seemed a good idea to also sanction Russia’s oil and gas production, because nobody would benefit more than the oil and gas companies of the United States.

Bloomberg explained that the Nord Stream pipeline «would compete with US exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe». And the Senate made it plain that the US government «should prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy».

So, in plain talk, what was going on in Qatar [look for future "regime change" dynamics there] last week and what is going on in the Israeli-controlled US Congress and Senate this week is a declaration of economic war on Russia and its allies (BRIC) plus Syria and Iran.  The humiliated Trump administration is being mollified by the "rationale" that sanctioning Russia's gas sector and promoting the much more expensive and environmentally dangerous American shipped LNG to Europe...is "good for bidness".

The truth is, sanctions, as I have said over and over, are the best thing that have ever happened to the Russian economy.  Russia gets to keep all the profits reaped from the more challenging efforts to create new markets.  Russia gets to  develop its industries and related technologies...and sell THOSE to the world.  Russia gets to keep its citizens employed in REAL jobs that utilize their high level of education and training.  Not the MacJobs economy like Americans are toiling under.  Finally and most importantly, the sanctions de facto, PROTECT Russia from industrial moles, sabotage and subterfuge from within.  Canada should be so LUCKY!

And, as a bonus...the more sanctions are put in place and the more they impact on the economies of USrael's "NATO so-called allies" like France and Germany...the more the citizens and leaders of those countries will wake up to the self-serving agenda of USrael..which goes against THEIR best interests!

So, yes, sanctions (and bullying of little trade/economic partners of Russia, like Qatar), is "Water Off A Duck's Back" to Putin and Russia.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Breaking News: Another Day, Another Provocation - Who is in Charge of the US Navy?

"NATO" US Fighter Jet Threatens Russian
Defense Minister Jet in Neutral
Skies over Baltic Sea

Another day, another provocation, by the out-of-control US Navy.  As I said earlier this week. The US Navy for a long time now has been acting like a "rogue" within a "rogue State".  I have a particular axe to grind with the US Navy...because it was US Navy so-called "reserve" jet fighter pilots, flying out of a US airbase in one of the Arab countries that attacked the Canadian soldiers doing live fire night time exercises at Tarnak Farm just outside of the flood-lit (restricted air space) Kandahar air base in Afghanistan the night of April 17, 2002.  Four Canadian soldiers were killed and more injured.  Canadian Prime Minister of the day, Jean Chretien, sardonically commented immediately afterwards "They SAY it was an accident."  


At least, in those days they had a formal inquiry into the murders (unlike the recent US Navy jet attack on a Syrian jet flying in its own Syrian territory).  Do you know what the inquiry found out?  The pilots were all hopped up on caffeine pills or some kind of "uppers" when they flew wildly off course for thousands of miles...targeted the Canadians and held a conversation with their "ground control" about dropping the bombs on them.

"You're Cleared, Self-Defense"

Those were the infamous words of the "ground control" to the pilots...seconds after they dropped their bombs. Those weasel words became my tagline on the New York Times comments forums within days...as I rudely awoke to the evil that festered in the United States Military, Industrial, and Governmental complex.  All "truth bloggers" can share their "moment of truth" when they finally woke up and threw off their "sheeple" garments.  "The Tarnak Farm Incident" as it came to be known was mine.  Millions and millions of computer keyboard strokes later...I'm still fighting my keyboard warrior battles--against the evil forces who cowardly ambushed and killed my Canadian soldiers.  

So, when I see reports and videos like the chilling one below, like PTSD, it takes me back to that moment in April, 2002 when I realized that "Canada's best friend and ally" was actually its worst and most evil covert enemy.  Many other citizens of many other countries have made that discovery in the years of "perpetual warfare" since.  Please read the following and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Russian Su-27 warns off NATO F-16 trying to approach defense minister’s plane over Baltic (VIDEO) 


A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.
Russian plane was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is scheduled to discuss security issues with defense officials on Wednesday.

The incident was first reported by journalists of Russian state news agencies on board Shoigu’s plane.  While one NATO aircraft tried to approach the Russian airplane, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet got in its way and tilted its wings, apparently showing its arms. The F-16 then flew away.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he has no information about the incident.
“It’s probably better to ask the Defense Ministry,” Peskov said in answer to journalists’ questions. The alliance was not aware that the Russian Defense Minister was onboard, a NATO representative told TASS, stating that the F-16 made a “standard” check as Shoigu’s plane did not identify itself. “We consider the actions of Russian pilots during the encounter as safe and professional,” the representative said.

On Shoigu’s way back from Kaliningrad, his escort was bolstered by several Su-34 jets, according to reporters. A number of NATO planes followed the Russian Defense Minister’s plane at a distance without making attempts to get any closer. On Monday a US RC-135 spy plane flying toward the Russian border made a “provocative turn” toward a Baltic Fleet Su-27, which had been scrambled for an interception mission.

The encounters of Russian and US warplanes over the Baltic Sea waters have apparently become more frequent lately. A Russian fighter jet intercepted a small group of US warplanes, including Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker military refueling aircraft, two B-1 bombers and one B-52, during the BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) annual training exercise on June 10. Earlier in June, the Russian military intercepted another B-52 bomber in the same area, and escorted by an Su-27 fighter away from Russian territory."

Readers can be assured that the perps have Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, in their sights.  Sheeple don't know it but Shoigu is probably the second most powerful and popular man in Russia, after Putin himself.  Shoigu is credited with transforming the Russian Military into one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, dollar for dollar, military forces in the world.

Assassination of such a public figure and idol as Shoigu would make the crass and crude assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey a mere blip on the WWIII radar.  There has been a steady and relentless series of extreme provocations to the Russians over the past several years...in this series, I include the shoot down of two Russian passenger jets...including the one carrying the entire Russian military choir last Christmas...and the mysterious death of the Russian ambassador to the UN.

In his TV question and answer program in Russia the other day, Putin was asked what he would do if he found out someone was lying to him.  Putin said he would try and analyse WHY the individual was lying to him...but his last sentence was the most crucial...and I took it as a subliminal message to all those who have thought they were getting away with provocations...Putin said:  "But I would never forget!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Russia doesn’t care enough to respond to the US shooting down an Iranian drone. Here’s why.

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
taught me all I need to know
about military strategies

Geopolitical writer Alexander Mercouris has a theory, expressed in today's The Duran, for why Russia is not reacting to the US shooting down of an Iranian drone in the same forceful way that Russia responded to the shooting down of the Syrian Jet.  Here is a portion of his post:

.....The Russians nonetheless are most unlikely to respond harshly to this incident, and the location explains why.

Whereas the US shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter near Rusafa was clearly intended to deter the Syrian army from capturing Rusafa – a vital point in the battle for Deir Ezzor – the shooting down of an unmanned Iranian built drone – whether operated by the Syrians, the Iranians, Hezbollah, or someone else – close to a US base in southern Syria will not concern them anywhere near so much.

Provided the US military stays in al-Tanf and does not interfere in Syrian army operations against ISIS or other Jihadi groups either on the Iraqi border, or on the road to Deir Ezzor, or in the bitterly contested southern Syrian town of Dara’a, the Russians will leave them alone.

As I said in my article discussing the Russian reaction to the shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter, though their possession of a powerful air defence system in Syria gives them the whip hand in their dealings with the US in Syria, “the Russians must act carefully so as not to provoke the US into an unnecessary confrontation which would serve no-one’s interest”...."

Greencrow has an alternative theory.  My theory is based on growing up watching "The Roadrunner" cartoons.  My theory says that Russia/Iran/Syria is probably deliberately sending the drones to be shot down over USrael territory [stolen from Syria].  This is an easy, relatively low tech method of finding the hiding places of the militants.  They just track where the shots taking the drone(s) down are coming from and then they know where the terrorists and their handlers are holed up.  Once they are able to respond quickly enough, they can catch them in their lair.

"The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte"... by F. William Engdahl - Must Read on the Philippines

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.

Here is a very good background on what is currently going on in the Philippines by American professor and geopolitical writer, F. William Engdahl

The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte


The only word I find for it is cloddish. I refer to the latest CIA-instigated attempt to initiate regime change against outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The so-called ISIS terror attack in the minerals-rich southern Philippines island of Mindanao, a predominately Muslim part of the mostly Christian nation of 100 million people, took place literally in the midst of President Duterte’s talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Duterte Putin talks in turn followed Duterte’s attendance in Beijing on May 15 for the first New Silk Road or Belt Road Forum. America’s colonial asset since 1898 was clearly walking away from the Washington “reservation” .

The terrorist siege in Marawi City is blatantly a desperate Washington try to topple the very popular (80% popularity in polls) Duterte, who successfully won the Presidency last June over a US-backed Mar Roxas, a US-educated former Wall Street banker. Since taking office Duterte has made bold and quite courageous steps to steer the former US Colony towards a Eurasian alliance with China and Russia as his major supporters. In Beijing in October last year, Duterte met China’s Xi Jinping and signed numerous trade deals with China. Critically, taking an opposite policy to his pro-US predecessor Benigno Aquino III, Duterte agreed to resolve the South China Sea dispute between Philippines and China through peaceful diplomatic talks, and to as he put it, “seek a separation from the United States.”

Since then Duterte has sought closer ties with Russia as well, in a further effort to bring his nation out from under the yoke of a de facto US control. This does not sit well with the circles of the so-called Deep State in Washington –the CIA and their nefarious friends. Should the US lose the Philippines, it would pose a devastating strategic geopolitical loss to the US military containment strategy against China and Russia in the Pacific. Devastating.

The recent attacks and siege in Mindanao were nominally done by the terrorist Maute gang and Abu Sayyaf criminal terrorist organizations, both nominally tied to the US-created ISIS fake Islamist operation, a CIA terrorist project created with Saudi money going back to the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda Mujahideen Operation Cyclone during the 1980’s against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Duterte’s Eurasian Pivot
It comes as no surprise to anyone closely following the evolving dialogues between Duterte and the leaders of China and now, Russia that the CIA would try to destabilize Duterte at this critical time. They simply hide behind the black skirts of their psychopathic drug-running Maute and Abu Sayyaf, both now tied to the CIA and Mossad-created and Saudi-financed ISIS.

In Moscow, despite having to cut short his talks with Putin to fly back home and deal with the terrorist crisis in Mindanao, the Philippine leader and his Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs managed to sign a number of critical agreements with Russia. These included 10 major agreements aimed at deepening bilateral defense, strategic and economic relations. The two countries signed an Agreement on Defense Cooperation, a legal framework for military-to-military exchanges, training, intelligence-sharing. The Philippines and Russia also signed an intelligence exchange agreement to bolster counter-terror cooperation. That does not please Washington at all.

A ‘Country Bumpkin’ Not
Western mainstream media has delighted in portraying the 71-year-old veteran politician Duterte as a crude country bumpkin, a lower-than-peasant creature who is only capable of vulgar statements, such as when shortly after his inauguration he called the US Ambassador to Manila a ”gay son of a bitch“ for criticizing Duterte’s war on drug lords and dealers plaguing the country. Whether Duterte was factually correct, he clearly won sympathy of millions of his countrymen for having the courage to stand up against the American power.

After closely watching Duterte and his choice of close advisers now for almost a year, I’ve come to the conclusion a country bumpkin Duterte is definitely not. Rather, he is a shrewd political actor who is determined to bring his country out of the colonial servitude status it has held since the first Spanish colonialization in 1565.

Duterte is the first Mindanaoan to hold the Presidential office. Ethnically he is of Visayan descent. This fact is not irrelevant. The Visayans in Mindanao and other Philippine islands led a war for independence against Spanish occupation in 1896.

The United States, posing as the supporter of the Visayan-led war of independence from Spain, betrayed the trust assured the Philippines, double-crossed them and signed a Treaty with Spain, the Treaty of Paris of 1898, under which Spain ceded Cuba and The Philippines to the United States. The USA refused to recognize the independence of their erstwhile ally, the Philippines, and took the country by military force, America’s first genuine imperial grab. The nascent First Philippine Republic then formally declared war against the United States in 1899, unsuccessfully. It was put under US military control. It took until 1946 before the country could be recognized as an independent sovereign state, at least in name.

That historical heritage of Duterte as a Visayan clearly is a living fact for Duterte. He graduated Philippines University and earned a degree in law in 1972. As a lawyer, he was prosecutor in Davao City in Mindanao and later Mayor, one of the longest-serving mayors of the Philippines with seven terms over 22 years. As Mayor, Duterte passed the city’s Women Development Code, the only such code in the country. Its aim is “to uphold the rights of women and the belief in their worth and dignity as human beings.” He pushed for the Magna Carta for Women in Davao, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women. As President he has made a domestic focus on poverty reduction.

There is clearly more to the man than lurid western media reports reveal. Now this very popular President is determined to make his country a sovereign nation able to choose with whom it allies and for what ends, and how its economy develops. This is why the CIA and its fake Jihadist networks are being jacked up to try to get rid of Rodrigo Duterte.

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ISIS: Bloody Pawprints of CIA and Mossad2
The networks of the US Deep State, primarily the CIA have chosen their favorite cover, the otherwise laughable deception of head-choppers calling itself the Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL or DAESH (CIA central casting seems to have trouble settling on a name). In reality IS, or the groups that spring up conveniently in Syria, in Iraq, in Chechnya–wherever the CIA decides it needs a terror hit squad–are trained mercenary killers, trained variously by CIA or Pentagon Special Forces; by Pakistani ISI intelligence, at least formerly, or by Mossad, also known as Israeli Secret intelligence Service, or by MI-6.

In the Philippines, the IS alleged affiliates, especially the Maute group that has laid siege to Marawi City, are little more than a criminal band that finances itself by terror, occasional beheading to exert ransom in a protection racket, recruiting child fighters. Recently the networks of the CIA have been pouring in their foreign mercenaries from Syria, Libya and other places to beef up Maute’s gang for the attack on Duterte’s rule, portraying it as a religious-based “liberation struggle.”

ISIS came out of the CIA’s Al Qaeda franchise called Al Qaeda in Iraq. In 2010 its name was changed to ISIS. Then as Israeli journalists pointed out the embarrassing fact that the English acronym for the Hebrew spelling of Mossad was ISIS (Israeli Secret Intelligence Services abruptly they decided to call their band of mercenaries with their black flags and US M16 assault rifles, IS for Islamic State. Conveniently in Syria they control the very territory where competing Qatari and Iran gas pipelines to the Mediterranean would run. Curiously, despite the fact they are active in the Golan Heights where Israel has its eye on stealing a huge amount of newly-discovered Syrian oil, they have never attacked Israel. The one time an accidental hit on an Israeli target took place, IS apologized…Do real head-choppers ever apologize?

When the fake CIA Sarin gas attack in Ghouta in 2013 failed to get a UN mandate for all-out war to depose Bashar al Assad–Obama’s infamous “red line”–the NATO and NATO-linked networks created the monster they now call IS in 2014.

Today the CIA uses IS as the cover to justify keeping US forces in Iraq after the government asked them to leave; a cover to bomb Syria in order to topple Assad, something Russian presence has made embarrassingly difficult since September, 2015. And they use it to recruit thousands of young psycho recruits from over the Muslim work, train them and send them back to places like Chechnya in Russia or Xinjiang in China, or Balochistan Province in Pakistan where the Chinese have built a new deep water port at Gwadar on the Arabian Sea near Iran, the heart of its $46 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a strategic part of its One Belt, One Road Eurasian infrastructure project.

Now the West’s favorite terrorist mercenaries are being told to take down Duterte in the Philippines. They probably are too late and have badly underestimated their adversaries. But then with the deterioration over recent decades in the quality of American university education, the current generation of strategists at Langley likely missed the basic course in Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, especially the part that cautions generals who wish to be victorious to “know yourself and know your enemy,” something that Duterte seems to have thought about. How the IS destabilization try in the Philippines unfolds in coming weeks may well determine a major turning point towards creation of the emerging China-Russia-centered Eurasian Century.


F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”

Brinkmanship replaces Caution In Syria

Brinkmanship replaces
Caution In Syria

Breaking News:  USrael has blinked, according to The Duran

According to the last news I read before retiring last night, the US had "blinked" and is now attempting to reconnect the "hot line" that it had so recklessly pulled out of its socket over the weekend.  This latest double cross occurred when, without warning, it shot down a Syrian jet flying over its own sovereign territory.  Here is a report from RT on the latest USrael position:

The US seeks to keep open the communication channels with Russia over Syria but says it retains the right to self defense, according to the White House spokesman. Moscow suspended military cooperation following the US-led coalition’s downing of a Syrian warplane.

“It's important and crucial that we keep lines of communication open to deconflict potential issues,” Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday.

While seeking to keep contacts between the US and Russian military ongoing, the US-led coalition emphasized that it retains the right to “self-defense” amid the news and added tensions, the spokesman added.

Spicer’s statement echoed the comments made earlier on Monday by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Marine General Joseph Dunford, who said the US is working to reestablish communications with Russia in Syria, aimed at preventing possible incidents between the two countries’ troops.

“We'll work diplomatically and military in the coming hours to reestablish deconfliction,” Dunford said at a news conference, adding, that the contacts between Russian forces in Syria and a US air operations center in Qatar were still open as of Monday morning.

Moscow announced on Monday afternoon the decision to pause cooperation with its American counterparts in the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria following the coalition’s downing of a Syrian Su-22 warplane on Sunday.

“In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets,” the Russian Ministry of Defense stated, condemning the downing of the Su-22 jet as a “cynical” violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

The US military did not use the communication line with Russia during the attack on the Syrian Su-22, despite the fact that Russian warplanes were in the area during the US strike, the ministry underlined.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov branded the attack on the Syrian jet as an act of aggression which in fact helped the terrorists the US says its trying to destroy.

The US-led coalition shot-down the Syrian Su-22 warplane on Sunday, when it was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) some 40km from Raqqa, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The US military, however, claimed that the jet “dropped bombs near” US-backed Kurdish SDF militants. The pilot ejected from the plane above IS-controlled territory and is still missing.

The recent developments in Syria, specifically the shooting down the Syrian Su-22 by the US-led coalition, as well as the Iranian missile strike on IS terrorists’ positions, heightens the risk of escalating the Syrian conflict, the UN warned on Monday.

“It does bring up more broadly a deep concern about the risk of possible miscalculation and escalation in the conflict in Syria. We believe that this risk is heightened when efforts to combat [IS] and other listed terrorists groups are not combined with a pursuit of a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian conflict, based on the relevant Security Council resolutions,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General told reporters at a news briefing.

Trouble is, the US's word is worthless.  Nobody believes anything they say anymore or any commitment they make.  But, what has happened as a result of this latest desperate maneuver by USrael and firm, response by Russia....is that an observation window has been opened into what both nations are doing in Syria and what their short and long term agendas are:

The strategy of Russia has become clear
.  As per usual, Russia is setting up a military "cauldron" in Syria.  In other words, encircling (surrounding) the USrael proxies and their handlers and setting up a "siege".  Most importantly, the strategy of yesterday, where Syrian ally Iran fired on terrorist proxies in eastern Syria (Deyr al Ezzor) from bases in western Iran was, IMO, was a warning of such.  IMO, the Iranian attack on Deyr al Ezzor was more important militarily than the shoot down of the Syrian jet.  Iran signaled that it is going to provide the eastern side of the "cauldron"...Turkey the north (against the Kurds), Shite Arabs from Iraq are going to provide the Southern flank and, most significantly, the Syrian Arab Army of Bashar al Assad is going to continue to march east, reclaiming land.  

It was very significant that Russia warned the US away from flying "West of the Euphrates"...because the strategy is to box them in "East of the Euphrates" and leave them (the terrorists and their handlers) to the Iranians to take care of...from a distance...by way of ballistic missiles fired over the skies of Iraq.  Also, crucially, USrael will be separated from the Syrian oil and gas resources (and future pipeline route) that it covets.

As for what the US's long term agenda in Syria is (or was) The Saker has a good [Russian] summation of the USrael's geostrategic goals behind recent maneuvers in Syria.

GENERALIZATION

After the siege of the Syrian Raqqa (by the US-led coalition) became more active and the top leaders of ISIS were destroyed by Russian Air Force, the capital of the terrorist group was moved again to a new place.

Right now, most of the ISIS field commanders left Raqqa and moved to the city Al-Mayadin in Deir-ez-Zor province. Previously, ISIS leadership from Iraqi Mosul also moved there.

Why this insignificant (considering its size) city is so important? Why after the demise of top leaders did their sidekicks moved there from everywhere? The answer: because of resources (oil, natural gas) and its strategic (for all involved) location.

The thing is, the Americans started their war in Syria not only to control the price and sources of oil and gas, but also to put pressure on Russia (details here). To this end, directing the terrorists to the Central Asia (the Russian underbelly) was one of the key objectives, and the construction of a huge pipeline Persian Gulf – EU was supposed to be its final economic achievement. Next, that was supposed to be followed by explosions all over Russia (with concomitant fall of the economy and standards of living), organization of “opposition rebellions”, Western “support of the press”, “sweet promises”, and “democratic” replacement of Putin and “elites” by those subservient to the US.

The next few years showed that the American strategy was too ambitious, but despite the Russian victories, its implementation in Syria not been completely stopped. Thus, while the war is approaching its logical end, the US desperately needs to take possession of the largest possible and most convenient parts of pro-American Syrian territory, and via those, without deposing Assad, build those coveted oil and gas pipelines.

The first attempt to get this territory was made just a few weeks ago. Thanks to the able actions of the Russian Ministry of Defense it failed miserably (details here). The second attempt is being made right now and it is directly connected with little known Syrian township Al-Mayadin.


And, finally,  The "War Nerd" is back.  I followed "The War Nerd" starting back in the early days of the Iraq War.  Gary Brecher is an American who blogs from Russia.  He has a very deep understanding of the history of both the US and Russia and writes with a sardonic wit that keeps me coming back for more. Here is a recent "tweet" from him.  Almost, but not quite, worth opening a "Twitter" Account for....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Surrounded

Iran missile attack on ISIS travels
OVER Iraq to Dayr Al Zawr in Syria

If one looks at a map of the Middle East this morning, it will soon become clear that the terrorist proxies and their USrael handlers are surrounded.  Not only are they militarily surrounded on all sides...but they are legally and morally surrounded as well.  In Eastern Syria, as shown in the map above, the terrorist proxies were attacked in their stronghold of Dayr Al-Zawr by at least 6 Iranian ballistic missiles yesterday.  This was around the same time that the US shot down a Syrian jet that was attacking ISIS near Raqqa.

Meanwhile. Iraqi Shite military forces are moving to block American advances in Southern Syria near the US al Tanf base. In the north of Syria, the Turks are fighting the USrael-supported Kurds and, finally and most significantly, coming from Damascus in the West, Assad's Syrian Arab Forces are reclaiming land day by day.

It reminds me of the old '60's joke:

Lone Ranger:  "Tonto", it looks like we're surrounded!"
Tonto:  "What do you mean "WE", kimosabe?"

The US, uninvited in Syria and nudge, nudge, wink, wink "fighting the terrorists" is finding out what the world thinks of it's Unipolar Stance in the Middle East.  When you're trying to balance on top of a flagpole, things can be unsettling, to say the least. Again, from the 60's, the insulting command "Rotate!" comes to mind.

I had to source Press TV  for the Russian reaction to the Shoot Down of the Syrian Jet...since RT is "mysteriously" being attacked by computer "glitches" this morning.  Here is the Russian reaction:

...the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group had targeted one of its Sukhoi Su-22 warplanes over al-Rasafa area in the southern countryside of Raqqah Province.

The Syrian General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement that the military aircraft was on a combat mission against Daesh terrorists, noting that the pilot of the jet had gone missing after the “flagrant aggression.”

In return, the US-led Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement that pro-government Syrian forces had attacked the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Ja'Din south of Tabqa, wounding a number of the US-backed militiamen and driving the rest from the town.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry has terminated its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace, stating that it will now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River.
"The command of the coalition forces did not use the established communication channel for preventing incidents in Syrian airspace,” the Russian ministry’s statement read.

It added, “As a result, it now ends cooperation with the American side from June 19 based on a memorandum for prevention of incidents and ensuring safety of air flights during operations in Syria, and demands a careful investigation by the US command of the downing.”

“Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the international coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defenses on and above ground,” the statement pointed out.

So, now the American air force is again grounded...as it is surrounded...after yet another foray into Unipolar behavior (aka attacking a sovereign nation, Syria, on its own soil).  As Eric Zuesse says this morning, this time, the Rubicon has been crossed and, no matter which side decides to "back down", the "world will never be the same." There will be either total Armageddon WWIII OR...Russia will replace the US as the world's premier superpower:

Eric Zuesse
Late on Monday the 19th, was reported by Russia’s Sputnik: “In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River, will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets” — meaning ordered out, or else immediately shot down.

In international law, and as recognized by the U.N., Syria has been invaded by the United States, was never invited into the country but is instead there as an invader. Russia was invited in; Iran was invited in; but the U.S. are only invaders. And, now, Russia and Syria will start treating the U.S. as such.

When U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton repeatedly called for the U.S. government to establish a no-fly zone in Syria, she was proposing that the U.S. invasion of Syria become recognized officially by the U.S. government, and this would have meant immediate war by the U.S. against Syria, Russia, and Iran, in the battlefields of Syria. President Barack Obama had decided not to go that far — to war against Russia — but Hillary Clinton insisted on it. And now, Russia has actually done it — but (unlike if the U.S. had done it) legally, in defense of the sovereign government of Syria, not as an invader. (Furthermore, most Syrians support that government, and 82% of Syrians blame the U.S. for the invasion of Al Qaeda and other jihadist forces to overthrow it — most of which are foreigners — into Syrian territory.)


If the U.S. fails to apologize and to find some way to save face, but instead persists in its invasion, even after this warning, then either the U.S. or Russia will win that traditional war in Syria. At that point, the losing side will have only one way to win the war in Syria, and that way would be to go to nuclear war against the other side, bombing the other side’s homeland — Russia, or else the United States — by means of a blitz all-out nuclear attack, in order to obliterate as much of the other side’s nuclear weapons before they’re fired, as possible, and thus minimize the retaliation, and so ‘win’. Doing that — being the first to unleash Armageddon — would ‘win’ the war, but destroy the entire planet.

However, if the U.S. regime instead simply backs down now, before there will be any hot war against Russia, then big history will be made, and the world will never be the same again.


So, in either case, the world will never be the same again: the future is going to be very unlike the past, regardless of whether there even will be a future."

But there is something else that needs to be said.  In the absence of any response from President Trump on this (or any other significant issue) for the past several days...and where his activity has been restricted to railing against his domestic enemies on his "Twitter" account...the US is rudderless.  The only ones making the critical international decisions are anonymous ghouls hiding deep in the putrid bowels of the Deep State...in the basement of the Pentagon, or perhaps operating out of some underground bunker in the Virginia hills outside Washington.  Or, perhaps they're operating out of the Knesset in Tel Aviv.  Regardless...they're not saying anything either.