William Engdahl On World’s Great Challenge.

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-44Alphabet As someone who admits to being interested in the taboo-in-public subjects of politics and religion, it was only natural to come across geopolitical analyst William Engdahl – at least for the politics part. Since coming late to the “internet dance” in 2011 and obtaining a computer for the first time, Mr. Engdahl has become a source of information on what is occurring in the world unreported by corporate media. He comes across as an honest, serious man who has developed a loyal attachment to discussing the truth of world events. He talked to Sean Stone a few weeks ago and that interview makes up the body of this post.

In response to recent years’ global transition from unilateral, dominated by United States/western nations to multilateral, more-evenly distributed economic power reality, William Engdahl sees that American oligarchy is losing its influence everywhere, and using destabilization through violence to regain power. His view is that the so-called Arab Spring became designed to create disorder in the Middle East and militarize the region as an effort to regain influence, economic power, and banking/corporate control in that land of energy riches.

The most astonishing statement made by William Engdahl during the interview conveyed his perception that World War III has already begun and being fought. In line with historical wars and violence, today’s wars are all about power and wealth, namely control and profit of Earth’s abundant natural resources. In 2015 the world’s most powerful businessmen and women compete for markets, sales, and profits in all nations and regions, and, unfortunately – because war has yet to become eradicated as a business tool, strategy and tactic – the competition still at times becomes very ugly. And so coinciding with history innocent men, women and children make up the highest percentage of victims.

The theory that wealth-concentrating institutions – the largest banks and those who own them – are the nerve/epicenters from which final decisions on war and peace originate has in recent years and decades become more widely accepted – especially since the internet has freed human beings by providing them access to sources with relevant information. Mr. Engdahl illustrates that growing awareness in describing the 2011 NATO destruction of Libya, suggesting that Libyan leader Gaddafi, killed shortly after the NATO air bombing campaign, was planning with other Middle East / African leaders to set up an Islāmic bank independent of the dollar.

Engdahl’s analysis is that Libya, before the country’s destruction and Gaddafi’s death, had one the continent’s highest standards of living and that “reports” of its citizens’ impending slaughter was a cover for military operations focused on stopping the planned Middle East/Africa independent-of-the-dollar banking system from becoming reality. He perceives what happened in Libya (“bombing Libya into the stone age”), along with war and violence in Syria begun after a $multi-billion pipeline deal was struck in 2011-12 between Iran, Iraq and Syria to transport Iranian natural gas to Europe, as the results of “mental breakdown of an élite who thought they were gods”.

Sean Stone asked Mr. Engdahl for his thoughts on Russia and the Rothschild “international financial octopus”. Engdahl responded by pointing out that Vladimir Putin is “not a friend of Rothschild”, that during the time of Boris Yeltsin the Russian central bank went from state-owned to private-interest owned, and that Putin’s push for state-control of Russia’s central bank is a major cause for sanctions against Russia, including pressure and International Monetary Fund (IMF) “shenanigans” applied to major Russian companies like Gazprom. So, Russia’s movement to create a public/state central banking system, a choice for self-generated credit issuance and away from Wall Street and City of London control of credit through international currency exchanges, should, in Engdahl’s view, be seen as a major reason for economic warfare in the form of sanctions.

Engdahl went on to say that Russia needs to “clean house with all the US-educated finance ministers and bureaucrats” left over from governments before Putin became elected president, and focus on refining the country’s basic financial infrastructure. After Sean Stone brought up Crimea Engdahl responded, saying that Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet has been in Crimea for 200 years (Russia’s only warm water base and access to the Mediterranean), and that “if lost, a catastrophic military defeat”. The interview didn’t get into examining how the situation in Ukraine came about, why, and/or what factors fueled the events starting in November 2013. Early 2014 Maidan protests, then violence and sniper killings in February 2014 led to Viktor Yanukovich fleeing the country and a transition government, civil war resulting in (some estimates as high as) 50,000 deaths, and one million internally displaced or leaving the country.

Can Crimea tensions become resolved? A proposal for a solution.

Engdahl suggests the Russian naval base as a factor, implying a plan to remove Russia’s military entirely from Crimea and establishment of a NATO base in its place. As Crimea remains a source of significant tension, and each “side’s” narrative out of the discussion, a personal reflection related to possible resolution of the Crimea issue came to mind. Without clear understanding of exactly how large a factor Russia’s centuries-old naval base in Sevastopol/Crimea was and/or remains in the Ukraine situation, Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko has stated in recent remarks that regaining Crimea is a goal of his government. Therefore war over the peninsula remains as a threat to peace.

Many articles, discussions, and studies have manifested since the situation in Ukraine has developed and become a major international news story. Those who have followed events in Ukraine are well aware of the verbal agreement over East Germany between Gorbachev and Bush that “NATO will not move one inch to the east”.  The same men and women who have followed events are aware that the verbal agreement was broken, that NATO has moved to the east, and by a lot more than one inch. Is it possible that a treaty signed – not verbal – between Russia and Ukraine guaranteeing permanent maintenance of Russia’s navy fleet in Sevastopol would resolve the Crimea issue? Such a proposal, negotiated in good faith with the expressed goal of creating an agreeable compromise on Crimea could, depending on the real threat to peace Crimea presents now, lead to great reduction or total elimination of tensions holding the potential for developments leading to war.

Since the Russian naval base has existed and operated in Crimea for 200 years, is there any reason for the government in Kiev, the European Union, or the United States to oppose talks between Ukraine and Russia focused on a peaceful compromise agreement over Crimea? If all parties support talks toward that end, Russia – if actions leading to the Crimean people voting to rejoin the Russian Federation were completely motivated by belief that loss of the naval base was a real possibility – becomes satisfied by keeping the naval base. Ukrainians are accustomed to having the base in Crimea after 200 years, so essentially for them it’s life as normal – a satisfactory condition most Ukrainians would like to return to.

Perhaps a compromise on Crimea has become unachievable, beyond the point of no return – the way things are and will remain. It could be the best people can hope for is that Mr. Poroshenko lets Crimea and its people go their own way – that he wisely chooses peace over war.

“Neocons are stupid people, pardon me for being blunt. Stupid in the sense that neocons don’t think through their actions”.  Mr. Engdahl asserts that the United States, Israel and other factions are using the Islāmic State – “certainly no caliphate” – to get back into Iraq militarily, and to get into Syria militarily – “which hasn’t been possible up until now”. He sees creation of the Pentagon’s Africom/African command in 2008 as an explicit effort to “get the Chinese out of Africa by hook or by crook”. Destabilization of Sudan led to the break off of Southern Sudan into the Republic of Southern Sudan, and “fabricated terrorism” became used to wrest control of oil the Chinese were pumping out of the ground there. Engdahl told Stone the Chinese aren’t naive, and, after traveling to China ten times in recent years, “they have many problems, but certainly aren’t naive when it comes to protecting Chinese interests”.

He sees a relationship between Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Chinese being very active in making deals with the Goodluck government, which was just replaced by a former military general. He links other destabilization operations in Africa as “directly to do with strategic denial of stable long-term economic relations with China, with Russia, with other countries, and the EU partly as well”. At this point in the interview, William Engdahl shared his view that “we’re in World War III”, responding to Sean Stone’s question “Do you (predict) hot war with China and Russia, or will it just remain proxy wars, which people see as local?”

“It’s (World War III) in its early stages – how that’s resolved, that’s the next question the world has to address”. He describes the economic and financial sanctions against Russia as “a form of de facto declaration of war”, and the coup d’état in Ukraine as (quoting a Rand official) the “most brazen coup d’état in U.S. history”. In his view, Ukraine’s crisis was engineered to bring about chaos leading to severing of ties between Russia and Germany, France, Italy along with other nations in the EU, in response to increasing isolation of the United States, Wall Street and the military industrial complex.

After more revealing talk on Monsanto, GMOs, China’s ignorance in welcoming agribusiness methods of food production, its eventual “waking up”, color revolutions directed at China and related details, Mr. Engdahl ended the interview by saying that a coup d’état has taken place in America, Americans have become “hypnotized”, and that an outside force is needed to snap them out of it.

Listening to analyst William Engdahl as he shares his viewpoint on world events could be described as an almost masochistic form of activity. His view that World War III is in its early stages and underway, and that resolving it is the world’s next challenge to address, is painful to consider. Perhaps banning the use of war, destruction, and killing our brothers and sisters to conduct business on this Earth is a good place to start.

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(Thank you to TheLipTV at YouTube)

Worldwide Search For Middle East, ISIS Truth Continues.

 

Posted on October 8, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Speak then the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

– BEN JONSON (1573-1637) English actor, poet, dramatist

P1000889-1For men and women who spend any amount of time reading articles and watching interviews to find out what is really occurring in the Middle East, many found their minds filled with question marks after learning about what American Vice President Joe Biden said about Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey financing and arming ISIS last week.

Although Mr. Biden’s remarks were of the “bombshell” variety to any of those men and women, not surprisingly the western media conglomerates totally ignored a certainly gigantic revelation by the second most powerful person in the US government. The American corporate media’s failure to report on Mr. Biden’s colossal statements, although there is no doubt anyone employed as an editor or journalist at any of these news organizations were fully aware of the profound nature of his words, further reinforces whatever level of distrust people may have had regarding the so-called mainstream media.

The Middle East has always been about energy resources when it comes to reasons for wars and their accompanying human death and misery, destruction of property, and lasting harm to the unfortunate people who happened to have been born in a Middle Eastern country. What is frustrating is that the mainstream media, politicians across the Earth, men/women who transact business in the Middle East, and leaders in a variety of areas of human endeavor – including the world’s religious/spiritual traditions, university professors, experts in the energy field, etc. – aren’t focusing now on that essential factor of oil and natural gas.

For there to exist a situation where serious discussions concerned with solving the problem of extreme violence in the Middle East – and other regions on Earth – do not honestly tackle the real source/roots of the problems is equal to an imagined situation where the Middle East has a tremendous, epidemic problem of alcoholism and the word “alcohol” is never mentioned.

Whether the Middle East’s historical, and now current, disastrous events have been caused by an energy market control competition between groups of the world’s most powerful political, business, and ideological leaders, the clash between monarchies and pan-Arab/Nasserite or nationalist movements, or any combination of these plus other, less potent but still significant factors – oil and natural gas must become a major part of the discussions to stop the current violence and prevent future repeats. In other words, for there to exist any chance of peace breaking out in the Middle East region, for peace breaking out anywhere on Earth, there is no getting around the fact that truth is indispensable.

Because there is no escaping the reality speaking absolute truth is the only way to develop trust between people of the world and create the good relations which end wars and violence; because speaking the truth is the only way for men and women to become truly involved in relationships of brotherhood and sisterhood which is the basis of peaceful co-existence, people around the Earth would become thankful after putting in the necessary time and effort which results in conditions on Earth where truthfulness is the only acceptable character trait of any man or woman in positions of great responsibility and high-level leadership.

How is it that media commentators describe Joe Biden’s remarks last week as “major political gaffe” or otherwise in the pointing out that his truthful statements are deserving of criticism, like “how dare he speak the truth?” How is it that when a politician “leaks” the truth it is such an odd, rare occurrence that thousands of articles, millions of words, and millions of viewers become exposed to reports about it? How has speaking the truth become unusual, when it should clearly be a normal, everyday way for leaders to communicate? Such a state of affairs is profoundly absurd and highly disturbing.

One easily finds examples where failure of citizens to demand the complete truth from leaders has allowed incalculable harm to become carried out against humanity, the most recent being when George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, and others lied to the entire world, using massive deceptions to wage war against Iraq. Fortunately people the world over have access to the internet where, if one has determination, there is a decent chance of finding truthful information about major situations where many lives are endangered.

Fortunately there is a global movement which has emerged from people becoming determined to search and ideally find accurate, honest reporting of events occurring around the Earth. The following articles, and a video from The Real News Network, will perhaps result in more men and women around the world coming to an exact awareness of the phenomenon in the Middle East called ISIS or Islamic State. Thousands of articles have become published by men and women since  ISIS emerged, and many have described events, facts, and persons involved in brilliant ways adding to the measure of truth available.

The following links go to articles written by Nafeez Ahmed, Thierry Meyssan, and William Engdahl; all veteran journalists and geopolitical analysts. Mr. Ahmed’s article is the longest at about 4,000 words, and describes how ISIS has sold oil stolen from Syria and Iraq on the black market without any clear opposition from those who publicly call for their destruction. Mr. Meyssan delves into the energy/natural gas aspect of ISIS as well, and proposes a unique possible solution to end the violence. Mr. Engdahl raises some questions about the beheading videos which have resulted in Americans’ being much less opposed to military force used by the United States than last September, when only some 10% were in favor of airstrikes against Syria.

With regard to the beheading video of Steven Sotloff, it was first published on the internet by a company by the name of SITE, and a woman, Rita Katz, associated with the firm appeared on CNN for a short interview after which she hasn’t appeared on television. William Engdahl doesn’t mention this in his article, but during that CNN interview Ms. Katz said that her company SITE was somehow able to get the Sotloff beheading video from a website commonly used by ISIS – before ISIS published it on the internet – thereby beating ISIS in the race to publish. This seems to have been an impossible feat for the people at SITE, the same as if SITE had gotten into a YouTube channel’s library of videos, without a password, taken one of the YouTube channel’s yet-to-be-published videos, and published it themselves. Once again, before ISIS.

One can surmise how Rita Katz’s company SITE pulled off the seemingly impossible, but until either the media or governments/law enforcement directly question Ms. Katz and staff at her company about how they were able to do specifically what they did in the case of the Steven Sotloff video the truth will never surface. It is extremely important to authenticate this video because – although the American journalists may in fact have been killed by ISIS – there are many who have suspicions about whether the beheadings took place. They either occurred or they didn’t, but the result has been that – instead of the 10% of Americans in favor of airstrikes against Syria last September – the percentage of Americans favoring military action in Iraq and Syria has increased to over 50%. That large increase is attributable to the beheading videos and their widespread dissemination/reporting on global media.

Patrick Cockburn said in the interview that he found US Vice President Joe Biden’s “gaffe” statements “refreshing” because it was a rare display of truth coming from a high official of the United States government. Biden’s statements have analysts struggling to figure out the motives behind them. Mr. Cockburn’s assessment of the air campaign of bombing against ISIS is that of complete failure, and that ISIS is growing in size while continuing to seize large areas in Iraq and Syria. In contrast to Ahmed, Meyssan, and Engdahl, one senses that Patrick Cockburn – although he’s recognized these days as an expert journalist on the Middle East – is holding back information. He may or may not be holding back what he knows. It’s just a feeling perhaps born from the absence in Mr. Cockburn’s interviews of the oil/natural gas/energy aspect, the elephant in the room.

Hopefully the information here will answer some questions, generate some questions, and possibly help in small to large extent the sincere efforts focused on finding and demanding the truth about ISIS and the devastating, harmful events now occurring in the Middle East. Again, for peace in that region to have any chance, worldwide dissemination of truth is indispensable.

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Nafeez Ahmed:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/12/how-the-west-created-the-islamic-state/

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Thierry Meyssan:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article185495.html

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William Engdahl:

http://journal-neo.org/2014/10/06/is-former-israeli-idf-officer-behind-fake-videos-of-foley-and-other-beheadings/

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(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)