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11th month, 11th District, Friday the 13th

It happened on Friday the 13th (commemorating the massacre of the proto-illuminati Templars) in the 11th month, in Paris’s 11th district. It’s going to be remembered as “11/13” or “Friday the 13th.” Illuminati numerology or coincidence?

…by Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor  (just back from Paris)

I left Paris Friday at noon. As my plane landed in Chicago at 3:15 p.m. local time (9:15 p.m. Paris time) the media was screaming “Terrorists kill dozens in central Paris; hostages taken.” The French military was occupying the City of Lights. It looks like another Charlie Hebdo situation, only bigger and bloodier.

By an eerie coincidenced – at least I hope it was a coincidence – I spent Thursday evening walking around central Paris being interviewed about January’s Charlie Hebdo false flag attacks. Little did I suspect that in less than 24 hours an even bigger terror attack would rock the city.

Filmmaker Vincent LaPierre of Egalité et Reconciliation filmed me at the Fontaine St. Michel, in front of the Notre Dame cathedral, and in various Left Bank locations as well as at E&R headquarters with leader Alain Soral. As I pontificated to the camera about false flag terror in general and Charlie Hebdo in particular, passersby looked on with interest; one customer at the outdoor café table next to us told us she loved what she was hearing and appreciated the work we were doing.

Since we now know the Charlie Hebdo attack was a Gladio 2 false flag by the usual suspects (NATO hardliners and Zionists), can we safely make the same assumption about these new Friday the 13th Paris atrocities?

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I think we can. Almost every really big, spectacular terror attack turns out, after extensive critical examination, to have been the usual state-sponsored false-flag stuff. There is no reason to think this one will be any different.

The first question, as always, is: Who gains? And the answer, as always, is: Authoritarian insiders. Zionists. Militarists. Islamophobes. New World Order-Out-Of-Chaos freaks.

Speaking of which, the order-out-of-chaos thing is going into overdrive. Between the destruction of several Middle Eastern countries, refugees flooding Europe, preparations for World War III vs. Russia and China, and ongoing false flag terror, it seems the “creative destruction” people are staying busy.

The authorities will surely use these new attacks in the same way they used Charlie Hebdo: As an excuse to shut down critical thinking and dissent. They may even try to prevent me from returning to Paris on December 11th to present a paper exposing the Charlie Hebdo false flag at a mainstream academic conference.

After all, I was already prevented once from entering Canada to give a talk on We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11. France’s president Hollande has attacked Charlie Hebdo “conspiracy theorists” in harsh terms, and his think tank, the Jean Jaurés Institute, named me as one of the world’s top five “conspiracy intellectuals” to watch out for.

If I were a truly paranoid conspiracy theorist, or conspiracy intellectual, or whatever, I would think somebody staged these new attacks just as I was leaving Paris and planning to return one month later because…well, because they’re afraid that my book We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo is picking up steam and threatening to expose the state-sponsored crimes of last January. According to this paranoid interpretation, the Charlie Hebdo high perps are “fleeing forward” into even bigger chaos and an even bigger crackdown on freedom…especially the freedom to seek the truth about false flag terror.

This new attack may throw a monkey wrench into my efforts to get We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo translated into French–which was one of my items of business in Paris.

It may also impede efforts to save Mohamed Boutiche, a witness to the fact that the Kouachi brothers, the designated Charlie Hebdo patsies, were intelligence assets. I just got word that Boutiche has been jailed and will be audited for trial on November 23rd. The authorities will undoubtedly use the new wave of terror hysteria to try to railroad Boutiche and keep a lid on his Charlie Hebdo revelations.

And let’s not forget that the EU just instituted mandatory labeling of products from the Occupied Territories; the Zionists are throwing a gargantuan hissy-fit…just like right before the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Beware of Zionists throwing hissy-fits.

So the least that can be said is that the timing seems extremely suspicious.

Then again, maybe it’s all just coincidence. Maybe this is an actual attack by angry Muslims. Maybe there is no state sponsorship. Maybe this time, for once, it actually ISN’T a false flag.

But what would “radical Muslims” gain? It’s already being blamed on ISIS; yet that makes no sense, since Russia, not France, is fighting ISIS in Syria. And ISIS, of course, is a fabricated synthetic-terror group, not a real Muslim group, anyway.

To believe the official “Muslims did it” stories of the big terror attacks starting with 9/11, you’d have to think of the ostensible Muslim perps as complete idiots, utterly incapable of strategic thinking, desperate to hand the Zionist neocons exactly the kind of PR they want.

Sure, there are undoubtedly some stupid angry Muslims out there. But they’re likely to be patsies, not orchestrators.

So although it’s too early to say for sure, I think we can tentatively assume that this Friday the 13th massacre in Paris is just the latest in a long series of false-flag spectacles. And if we let the perps get away with this one, as they’ve gotten away with all the others, we can expect more of the same.

Kevin Barrett

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is Host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly LIVE call in radio show. He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

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Who was killing Paris tonight…the usual suspects or someone new?

As it hits 5am in London, the number of dead in Paris nears 160. We hope it goes lower, but are not optimistic

[ Editor’s Note: After the Russian plane, the Damascus bombing, and then the suicide attacks on the Lebanon Hezbollah neighborhood I had thought we might have had a triple play message from the Jihadis and their supporters that, “While you are celebrating us getting killed in Syria and Iraq we can still kill you at home any time we want. Our sponsors are quite supportive.”

The news wires are filled with preliminary news which you don’t need us for. We will be sifting through the chaos for anomalies in the reporting as this event was done, like all the others, to herd public opinion in a particular direction. With so many Western and Gulf States joining the Israelis and the CIA in supporting terrorist groups it would be an easier task to make a list of who is not a suspect.

Gordon and I will be posting. The only gut impression I will make now is that I hope we are not seeing the kick off of what might be a very different holiday seasonJim W. Dean ]

Update one 11:00pm EST:  There is some early confusion on the number of dead terrorists, 5 or 7, and possibly one in custody. The restaurant bombers were suicide vest guys, just like in Beirut yesterday. Hollande is promising revenge, but what is he going to do, attack Saudi Arabia and Israel?


We have multiple terrorist attacks on Paris, an obviously well staged event to put on a show. From the Daily Mail we have:

  • As many as 140 people have been killed, several wounded in a series of terror attacks in the heart of Paris tonight 
  • Up to 112 were massacred in the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists were said to be holding people hostage
  • The terrorists shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ and ‘this is for Syria’ as they burst in and opened fire, witnesses have said
  • Police raided the theatre at around midnight, killed the three extremists inside and freed the remaining hostages
  • French President Francois Hollande declared state of emergency for whole country and shut all of its borders

A series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris have left as many as 142 dead and paralysed the French capital with fear.

French police arrested one man who claimed to have been recruited by ISIS alongside three other extremists, it has been reported.

Around 112 were massacred at the Bataclan concert hall alone, where terrorists were holding around 100 people hostage, and another 11 at a restaurant shootout yesterday evening.

[ Note: This seems too soon to be reporting specific figures so early. All that would generally be known is the casualty numbers from what emergency services have dealt with. But there is always a race to put numbers out quickly for headlines….JD]

Police raided the theatre at around midnight, killed the three terrorists inside and freed the remaining hostages.

Just five miles away, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France sports stadium where the French football team was playing a friendly match against Germany.

French President Francoise Hollande declared a national state of emergency following what he called ‘unprecedented terror attacks’, shut its borders and deployed 1,500 extra troops to the capital.

Source: Who was killing Paris tonight…the usual suspects or someone new? | Veterans Today

Netanyahu Pushing NATO to the Brink of Nuclear War

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Israel downed the Russian commercial airliner over Sinai using a missile, most likely from an F 15 operating in conjunction with US and German planes during their concurrent exercise only miles from the crash site.  Netanyahu personally ordered the downing knowing that he could prove American and German commanders who took part in combined NATO Israel exercise were fully complicit.

Thus, Netanyahu arrived in Washington with a carrot and stick, the carrot being his virtual control over Russia, purchased with Saudi cash over the years, that and the Jewish oligarchs he has convinced the West that Putin is enslaved to.

While there, behind closed doors, Netanyahu prays, puts his head between his knees, mutters in tongues and raves about the “end times.”

PT Barnum is spinning in his grave.

As to whether any of what Netanyahu asserts is actually true is something else, if fact if anything Netanyahu ever assets is true, it would genuinely be “something else.”

However, the control over congress purchased by “Citizens United” cash, money from drug and human trafficking, that controls the GOP, give him real leverage, that and the threat that America may well be totally left out of any Middle East political settlements in the future, pushed to the curb as it were but Putin’s brilliant moves.

The stick, of course, is murdering 224 people and risking nuclear war.  Another carrot, of course, is that Washington wants another very war “Cold War” to push corrupt military spending and support more domestic crack downs like those after the 9/11 attacks were staged.

Investigative records smuggled to Russia by Snowden, received by VT in May and June of 2014 cited Netanyahu among the cabal cited as planning the 9/11 attacks.  These records had been reviewed by the Bush White House, key members of congress and all 9 justices of the Supreme Court before being buried.

Netanyahu is simply doing it all again.



What has also pushed America to knuckling under to Netanyahu blackmail is Russia’s deal with the Free Syrian Army.  The recent successful SAA and Hezbollah offensives in Northern Syria were done with intelligence supplied by the FSA.

Reliable sources in the region are reporting on divisions within the FSA and other “moderate rebels” who are working with Russia and Damascus since the “not so secret” meetings in Moscow.  The deal cut there was to come to a political settlement “sometime in the future” but no details were given.  Some FSA leaders are less than trusting and the FSA may split over this.

Israel has gone to the US over this, with new missives from Tel Aviv even today, intended to “buzz up” Obama and Kerry with the usual “red horde” scares, reflecting the rhetoric of the Iranian babble out of Tel Aviv that no longer is marketable.

Then, last night, to prove to Obama that he has Putin “over a barrel,” Netanyahu bombed Damascus, something not reported in any mainstream media.

Syrians were shocked as Russia has full air defenses in place around Damascus and this attack, by Syria’s estimation, was a betrayal.  Attempts to ascertain whether this was a fighter/bomber attack or cruise missiles (which Israel is not supposed to have) is still up in the air.

Syria has clamped down on reporting and the required information that would lead to an understanding of Russia’s position in allowing this attack or at least failing to respond is not available.

It is reasonable that Netanyahu is using the “fog of war” and his personal proclivity for prevarication to spin Russian hesitation into a tale of his own imaginary power and prestige, not for the first time, maybe not for the hundredth time.  Why do people fall for this guy’s crap?

Because of the total lack of experienced analysis available to the public, few if any have an idea how the real world works.   Putin really did “go with” the idea of a mechanical failure and crash.  Now he is considering the “bomb” tale.  Nobody around him will tell him the truth, they are terrified of him.

American and Russian teams that visited Sinai know it was a missile attack but neither Putin nor Obama have received those reports other than what we assume Netanyahu told Obama and Kerry when he gave them the ultimatum that he planned on keeping all Syrian territory on Golan, including those regions occupied by Israeli forces pretending to be Free Syrian Army, the Israeli forces Russia has been bombing into obliteration over recent days.

America has decided, or so Netanyahu has told the world, to follow Israel’s lead into a full nuclear confrontation with Russia.  No one in the American leadership really believes anything Netanyahu says.

Netanyahu’s other leverage over America is his control over key American commands.  Israel runs much of the State Department through the Kagan Brothers and their wife, Vicky “Noodleman” Nuland, the “Donut Dollie” of the Odessa slaughter.

Netanyahu runs NATO, with military commanders there totally “rogue” and cranked up on either hokey religion or dreams of marching on Moscow as was tried in the past by Napoleon and Hitler.  Poland and the Baltic States are to be armed to the teeth while “Noodleman” and the Kagan’s push for the overthrow of Belarus and one or more of the Caspian Basin states.

Russia’s answer to this has been to draw upon technologies, including “non-ordinary physics,” that DARPA is only now funding but which, inside Russia, have been fully operational for sometimes, LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) and others.  These are game changers, the kind of game changer than can make an F 35 fall from the sky like a rock.

Simultaneously, America has been politically destroyed.  The longest political campaign in history, in its 3rd year now, has destroyed every potential candidate with endless smears taking out everyone.  While Democrats are running Hillary and Sanders with strong economic and domestic agendas and, as usual, non-existent foreign policies, the GOP with Carson and Trump as “last man standing” have descended into the abyss where, at the 11th hour, a JEB Bush and Kasich ticket is supposed to be pulled out of “where the sun seldom shines.”

The reason for this is simple, the GOP through gerrymandering and Citizens United has been able to gain control of the House of Representatives with only 30% of the total vote.  The Senate has always been in play, with air crashes, midnight indictments and drug money keeping up the suspense.

The White House is pure Democratic territory without the vote hacking hijinks of 2000 and 2004, turning Democratic landslides into Republican victories.

Those “in charge” have been busy since 2000, and we aren’t talking elected officials, undermining the US Constitution and putting the reigns of government into the hands of special interests outside the US.  There is little left of any of the constitutional guarantees, equal protection, the Bill of Rights, all systematically destroyed.

Within the military and intelligence community, there is one area of total agreement, among those still sane, a minority.  All are afraid of the United States and look to Russia and China to save the world from what the United States has become.

Remember, this is a nation where the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee openly meets with the head of al Qaeda.

Source: Duff: SitRep November 12, 2015, Nasty Business Afoot | Veterans Today

Yes, Jews ARE the victims – of Zionist propaganda

By Alan Hart

My headline takes me back 35 years to the day when I had a remarkably frank (honest) conversation in Tel Aviv with then retired Major General Shlomo Gazit, the very best and the brightest of Israel’s Directors of Military Intelligence. I put to him my conclusion that “It’s all nonsense.” I meant and said that contrary to the assertions spewed out by its leaders, Israel’s existence had never, ever, been in danger from any combination of Arab and other Muslim military force and was never likely to be. Through a sad smile Shlomo replied, “The trouble with us Israelis is that we’ve become the victims of our own propaganda.”

In reality the problem is much bigger than that because most Jews everywhere are  victims of Zionism’s propaganda.

On most days of most weeks of most months the Israeli who makes the most outrageous and ridiculous propaganda statements about threats to Israel’s existence is Prime Minister Netanyahu. But  leaving aside his assertion that the Mufti of Jerusalem was more responsible for the Nazi holocaust than Adolf Hitler, the most outrageous and ridiculous Zionist statement of recent years was not made by him. It was made by Dr. Ben Chouake. Who’s he?

This gentleman is the president of NORAC, a political action committee which works to strengthen Israel’s relationship with America. It is also the agency which distributes much of the money raised by the Zionist lobby in all of its manifestations to fund the election campaigns of those seeking election to Congress and who are prepared to put Zionism’s interests before those of their own country.

Last year in a statement to the National Journal Chouake asserted that with nuclear weapons “Iran wants to do to the Jews in 12 minutes what Hitler did in 12 years.”

That statement has no relationship whatsoever with reality.

Even if Iran did possess a few nuclear bombs the notion that it would launch a first strike on Israel is crazy in the extreme. If it did Iran would be destroyed in a counter-strike. Its leaders know that, and unlike some of their counterparts in Israel they are not mad.

More to the point is that the intelligence services and other security agencies of all the major powers know that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons and does not want to possess them. And over the last few years there have been indications that most of Israel’s security chiefs and top military people know this, too.

The question arising is this.

Why, really, does Zionism put so much propaganda effort into making Jews everywhere believe not only that they are victims today but will remain so for ever?

The answer is obvious.

It’s the only way Zionism can prevent most Jews everywhere from stopping for a split second to consider the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel.

This truth, which includes the fact that Israel was created mainly by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing and is today continuing the ethnic cleansing process slowly and by stealth, is not to be considered, even for a split second, because of the conclusion it invites (I say demands)  – that Israel is the oppressor not the victim.

In my view it follows that all Jews everywhere who support Israel right or wrong and/or remain silent in the face of its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians are complicit by default in Zionism’s oppression.

The upshot of Zionism’s brainwashing propaganda is not only that  most Israeli and very many other Jews regard themselves as victims, more to the point is that they are beyond reason on the matter of justice for the Palestinians.

To put it another way, they are suffering from PARANOIA.

My Chambers Dictionary describes this condition as follows.


A form of mental disorder characterized by constant delusions, especially of grandeur, pride, persecution, intense (especially irrational) fear or suspicion.


That being so it seems to me that political and diplomatic efforts to get a credible peace process going – one with a real chance of bringing the Israel-Palestine conflict to an end on the basis of an acceptable amount of justice for the Palestinians and security for all – will never succeed unless, first of all, the mental disorder of Israeli and other Jewish paranoia is treated.

The treatment for paranoia is psychotherapy and from the web site Psych Central I learned the following.


As with most personality disorders, psychotherapy is the treatment of choice. Individuals with paranoid personality disorder, however, rarely present themselves for treatment. It should not be surprising, then, that there has been little outcome research to suggest which types of treatment are most effective with this disorder.

It is likely that a therapy which emphasizes a simple supportive, client-cantered approach will be most effective. Rapport-building with a person who has this disorder will be much more difficult than usual because of the paranoia associated with the disorder. Early termination (of the treatment by the client) therefore is common. As the therapy progresses, the patient will likely begin to trust the clinician more and more. The client then will likely begin disclosing some of his or her more bizarre paranoid ideation. (The term “ideation” is new to me. My Cambers Dictionary tells me it means “the power of the mind for forming ideas and images.”)

The therapist must be careful to balance being objective in therapy and with regards to these thoughts, and of raising the suspicions of the client that he or she is not trusted. It is a difficult balance to maintain, even after a good working rapport has been established.

During times when the patient is acting upon his paranoid beliefs, the therapist’s loyalties and trust may be called into question. Care must be used not to challenge the client too firmly or risk the individual leaving therapy permanently. Control issues should be dealt with in much a similar manner, with great care. Since the paranoid beliefs are delusion and not based in reality, arguing them from a rational point of view is useless. Challenging the beliefs is also likely to result in more frustration on both the part of the therapist and client, too.

All clinicians and mental health personnel who come into contact with the individual who suffers from paranoid personality disorder should be more keenly aware of being straight-forward with this individual.

Long-term prognosis for this disorder is not good. Individuals who suffer from this disorder often remain afflicted with prominent symptoms of it throughout their lifetime.


In my view the question of how to treat Israeli and other Jewish paranoia is one  that should be urgently addressed by the world’s most eminent and universally respected psychiatrists. I also believe that in private world leaders should urge them to do so.

As I have previously written and said on public platforms, the consequences of not treating this mental disorder are predictable. They will most likely include a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, which almost certainly will speed up the transformation of the rising, global tide of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism, setting the stage for, at some point, another great turning against the Jews.

Could this be what sickenly, self-righteous Zionism really wants in order to have in its own deluded mind never-ending justification for its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians?


Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who has covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Vol. 1: The False Messiah, is a three-volume epic in its American edition. He blogs on

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Putin: Russia’s Next Target Libya and Yemen ‌‘to Protect Interests’

Vladimir Putin has issued his strongest warning yet of fresh military interventions in the Middle East, with lawless Libya and war-torn Yemen in the Kremlin’s crosshairs.

The Russian president said his priority was to protect citizens living abroad, regardless of where they were.

That could include action to safeguard Russians living in the North African state of Libya, which has been ravaged by violent ISIS terrorists since the fall of dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

Speaking at the fifth World Congress of Compatriots in Moscow, Mr Putin said: “People who are not in Russia due to various reasons should be firmly sure: we will always protect your interests.”

“Moreover, in difficult and crisis situations, such as in Libya, Syria or Yemen.”

Russia has been providing humanitarian aid to Yemen since the outbreak of the civil war in March

Source: Russia’s Next Target Libya and Yemen ‌‘to Protect Interests’: Putin

Putin Tells It Like It Is

A Note from Paul Craig Roberts:

At the final plenary session of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club on October 22, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that Washington relies not on diplomacy, discussion, and compromise, but on lies and coercion and treats its allies not as allies but as vassals. Putin described the folly of Washington’s plan to “fight terrorism” while using the terrorists to overthrow governments that refuse to be Washington’s vassals.

Every time I read a Putin speech, I encounter a highly intelligent and moral person who is trying to lead the world to peace and away from war.


This topic of this year’s Valdai conference is Societies Between War and Peace: Overcoming the Logic of Conflict in Tomorrow’s World. In the period between October 19 and 22, experts from 30 countries have been considering various aspects of the perception of war and peace both in the public consciousness and in international relations, religion and economic interaction between states.

* * *

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me to greet you here at this regular meeting of the Valdai International Club.

It is true that for over 10 years now this has been a platform to discuss the most pressing issues and consider the directions and prospects for the development of Russia and the whole world. The participants change, of course, but overall, this discussion platform retains its core, so to speak – we have turned into a kind of mutually understanding environment.

We have an open discussion here; this is an open intellectual platform for an exchange of views, assessments and forecasts that are very important for us here in Russia. I would like to thank all the Russian and foreign politicians, experts, public figures and journalists taking part in the work of this club.

This year the discussion focusses on issues of war and peace. This topic has clearly been the concern of humanity throughout its history. Back in ancient times, in antiquity people argued about the nature, the causes of conflicts, about the fair and unfair use of force, of whether wars would always accompany the development of civilisation, broken only by ceasefires, or would the time come when arguments and conflicts are resolved without war.

I’m sure you recalled our great writer Leo Tolstoy here. In his great novel War and Peace, he wrote that war contradicted human reason and human nature, while peace in his opinion was good for people.

True, peace, a peaceful life have always been humanity’s ideal. State figures, philosophers and lawyers have often come up with models for a peaceful interaction between nations. Various coalitions and alliances declared that their goal was to ensure strong, ‘lasting’ peace as they used to say. However, the problem was that they often turned to war as a way to resolve the accumulated contradictions, while war itself served as a means for establishing new post-war hierarchies in the world.

Meanwhile peace, as a state of world politics, has never been stable and did not come of itself. Periods of peace in both European and world history were always been based on securing and maintaining the existing balance of forces. This happened in the 17th century in the times of the se-called Peace of Westphalia, which put an end to the Thirty Years’ War. Then in the 19th century, in the time of the Vienna Congress; and again 70 years ago in Yalta, when the victors over Nazism made the decision to set up the United Nations Organisation and lay down the principles of relations between states.

With the appearance of nuclear weapons, it became clear that there could be no winner in a global conflict. There can be only one end – guaranteed mutual destruction. It so happened that in its attempt to create ever more destructive weapons humanity has made any big war pointless.

Incidentally, the world leaders of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and even 1980s did treat the use of armed force as an exceptional measure. In this sense, they behaved responsibly, weighing all the circumstances and possible consequences.

The end of the Cold War put an end to ideological opposition, but the basis for arguments and geopolitical conflicts remained. All states have always had and will continue to have their own diverse interests, while the course of world history has always been accompanied by competition between nations and their alliances. In my view, this is absolutely natural.

The main thing is to ensure that this competition develops within the framework of fixed political, legal and moral norms and rules. Otherwise, competition and conflicts of interest may lead to acute crises and dramatic outbursts.

We have seen this happen many times in the past. Today, unfortunately, we have again come across similar situations. Attempts to promote a model of unilateral domination, as I have said on numerous occasions, have led to an imbalance in the system of international law and global regulation, which means there is a threat, and political, economic or military competition may get out of control.

What, for instance, could such uncontrolled competition mean for international security? A growing number of regional conflicts, especially in ‘border’ areas, where the interests of major nations or blocs meet. This can also lead to the probable downfall of the system of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (which I also consider to be very dangerous), which, in turn, would result in a new spiral of the arms race.

We have already seen the appearance of the concept of the so-called disarming first strike, including one with the use of high-precision long-range non-nuclear weapons comparable in their effect to nuclear weapons.

The use of the threat of a nuclear missile attack from Iran as an excuse, as we know, has destroyed the fundamental basis of modern international security – the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The United States has unilaterally seceded from the treaty. Incidentally, today we have resolved the Iranian issue and there is no threat from Iran and never has been, just as we said.

The thing that seemed to have led our American partners to build an anti-missile defence system is gone. It would be reasonable to expect work to develop the US anti-missile defence system to come to an end as well. What is actually happening? Nothing of the kind, or actually the opposite – everything continues.

Recently the United States conducted the first test of the anti-missile defence system in Europe. What does this mean? It means we were right when we argued with our American partners. They were simply trying yet again to mislead us and the whole world. To put it plainly, they were lying. It was not about the hypothetical Iranian threat, which never existed. It was about an attempt to destroy the strategic balance, to change the balance of forces in their favour not only to dominate, but to have the opportunity to dictate their will to all: to their geopolitical competition and, I believe, to their allies as well. This is a very dangerous scenario, harmful to all, including, in my opinion, to the United States.

The nuclear deterrent lost its value. Some probably even had the illusion that victory of one party in a world conflict was again possible – without irreversible, unacceptable, as experts say, consequences for the winner, if there ever is one.

In the past 25 years, the threshold for the use of force has gone down noticeably. The anti-war immunity we have acquired after two world wars, which we had on a subconscious, psychological level, has become weaker. The very perception of war has changed: for TV viewers it was becoming and has now become an entertaining media picture, as if nobody dies in combat, as if people do not suffer and cities and entire states are not destroyed.

Unfortunately, military terminology is becoming part of everyday life. Thus, trade and sanctions wars have become today’s global economic reality – this has become a set phrase used by the media. The sanctions, meanwhile, are often used also as an instrument of unfair competition to put pressure on or completely ‘throw’ competition out of the market. As an example, I could take the outright epidemic of fines imposed on companies, including European ones, by the United States. Flimsy pretexts are being used, and all those who dare violate the unilateral American sanctions are severely punished.

You know, this may not be Russia’s business, but this is a discussion club, therefore I will ask: Is that the way one treats allies? No, this is how one treats vassals who dare act as they wish – they are punished for misbehaving.

Last year a fine was imposed on a French bank to a total of almost $9 billion – $8.9 billion, I believe. Toyota paid $1.2 billion, while the German Commerzbank signed an agreement to pay $1.7 billion into the American budget, and so forth.

We also see the development of the process to create non-transparent economic blocs, which is done following practically all the rules of conspiracy. The goal is obvious – to reformat the world economy in a way that would make it possible to extract a greater profit from domination and the spread of economic, trade and technological regulation standards.

The creation of economic blocs by imposing their terms on the strongest players would clearly not make the world safer, but would only create time bombs, conditions for future conflicts.

The World Trade Organisation was once set up. True, the discussion there is not proceeding smoothly, and the Doha round of talks ended in a deadlock, possibly, but we should continue looking for ways out and for compromise, because only compromise can lead to the creation of a long-term system of relations in any sphere, including the economy. Meanwhile, if we dismiss that the concerns of certain countries – participants in economic communication, if we pretend that they can be bypassed, the contradictions will not go away, they will not be resolved, they will remain, which means that one day they will make themselves known.

As you know, our approach is different. While creating the Eurasian Economic Union we tried to develop relations with our partners, including relations within the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. We are actively working on the basis of equality in BRICS, APEC and the G20.

The global information space is also shaken by wars today, in a manner of speaking. The ‘only correct’ viewpoint and interpretation of events is aggressively imposed on people, certain facts are either concealed or manipulated. We are all used to labelling and the creation of an enemy image.

The authorities in countries that seemed to have always appealed to such values as freedom of speech and the free dissemination of information – something we have heard about so often in the past – are now trying to prevent the spreading of objective information and any opinion that differs from their own; they declare it hostile propaganda that needs to be combatted, clearly using undemocratic means.

Unfortunately, we hear the words war and conflict ever more frequently when talking about relations between people of different cultures, religions and ethnicity. Today hundreds of thousands of migrants are trying to integrate into a different society without a profession and without any knowledge of the language, traditions and culture of the countries they are moving to. Meanwhile, the residents of those countries – and we should openly speak about this, without trying to polish things up – the residents are irritated by the dominance of strangers, rising crime rate, money spent on refugees from the budgets of their countries.

Many people sympathise with the refugees, of course, and would like to help them. The question is how to do it without infringing on the interests of the residents of the countries where the refugees are moving. Meanwhile, a massive uncontrolled shocking clash of different lifestyles can lead, and already is leading to growing nationalism and intolerance, to the emergence of a permanent conflict in society.

Colleagues, we must be realistic: military power is, of course, and will remain for a long time still an instrument of international politics. Good or bad, this is a fact of life. The question is, will it be used only when all other means have been exhausted? When we have to resist common threats, like, for instance, terrorism, and will it be used in compliance with the known rules laid down in international law. Or will we use force on any pretext, even just to remind the world who is boss here, without giving a thought about the legitimacy of the use of force and its consequences, without solving problems, but only multiplying them.

We see what is happening in the Middle East. For decades, maybe even centuries, inter-ethnic, religious and political conflicts and acute social issues have been accumulating here. In a word, a storm was brewing there, while attempts to forcefully rearrange the region became the match that lead to a real blast, to the destruction of statehood, an outbreak of terrorism and, finally, to growing global risks.

A terrorist organisation, the so-called Islamic State, took huge territories under control. Just think about it: if they occupied Damascus or Baghdad, the terrorist gangs could achieve the status of a practically official power, they would create a stronghold for global expansion. Is anyone considering this? It is time the entire international community realised what we are dealing with – it is, in fact, an enemy of civilisation and world culture that is bringing with it an ideology of hatred and barbarity, trampling upon morals and world religious values, including those of Islam, thereby compromising it.

We do not need wordplay here; we should not break down the terrorists into moderate and immoderate ones. It would be good to know the difference. Probably, in the opinion of certain experts, it is that the so-called moderate militants behead people in limited numbers or in some delicate fashion.

In actual fact, we now see a real mix of terrorist groups. True, at times militants from the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other Al-Qaeda heirs and splinters fight each other, but they fight for money, for feeding grounds, this is what they are fighting for. They are not fighting for ideological reasons, while their essence and methods remain the same: terror, murder, turning people into a timid, frightened, obedient mass.

In the past years the situation has been deteriorating, the terrorists’ infrastructure has been growing, along with their numbers, while the weapons provided to the so-called moderate opposition eventually ended up in the hands of terrorist organisations. Moreover, sometimes entire bands would go over to their side, marching in with flying colours, as they say.

Why is it that the efforts of, say, our American partners and their allies in their struggle against the Islamic State has not produced any tangible results? Obviously, this is not about any lack of military equipment or potential. Clearly, the United States has a huge potential, the biggest military potential in the world, only double crossing is never easy. You declare war on terrorists and simultaneously try to use some of them to arrange the figures on the Middle East board in your own interests, as you may think.

It is impossible to combat terrorism in general if some terrorists are used as a battering ram to overthrow the regimes that are not to one’s liking. You cannot get rid of those terrorists, it is only an illusion to think you can get rid of them later, take power away from them or reach some agreement with them. The situation in Libya is the best example here.

Let us hope that the new government will manage to stabilise the situation, though this is not a fact yet. However, we need to assist in this stabilisation.

To be continued.

Source: Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

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