I have to frankly admit that when I posted my “Where do YOU want to go” piece I was a little unsure as to the kind of feedback I would get. Reading through all your comments now, I am deeply touched by your words of support. Blogging is in many ways a somewhat frustrating activity as I have no good way to see whether anybody cares, whether anybody needs this. Your comments are a huge encouragement for me and they come at a good time for sure.
I began 2010 by literally wiping off tears off my wife’s face while hearing the fireworks going off outside our house (we are trying to avoid bankruptcy). Considering that the USA is now directly involved in at least five and a half wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and, covertly, Iran) I suspect that many families met 2010 in very similar circumstances, or worse. And make no mistake, things are only going to get worse. Consider this: the top 1% of Americans are now richer than the bottom 95%. Or how about this figure: nearly half of all US children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood. And I suppose that you already know that the USA spends more on
defense aggression then the rest of the planet together. As for the Zionist “Nomenklatura” which has taken over the USA, it has literally gone insane with imperial arrogance, hubris and delusion. Expect no reform of any kind. None. “More of the same, only worse” is the motto of Obomb’ya’s Administration.
The process of Zionization of the US polity which began under Clinton, which continued under Bush is now complete with Obomb’ya. For the vast majority of us this means even less civil rights or freedom, more state violence and much more economic hardship. The corporate press will, of course, write long articles about some “recovery’, but by know we all know better than to listen to their garbage.
In a time like that when we are all feeling discouraged and powerless to make any change, it is very important for me to know that I can make my own, small, tiny difference with my modest blog and I will keep working on this blog as best as I can.
I was very surprised to see that most of you did like the rather “format-less” format of my blog. For me, this is the easiest way as it grew naturally out of my own way of doing things, but to see that most of you are also comfortable with this rather eclectic mix of ‘recycled’ articles, short comments and lengthy analyses was a surprise to me.
One criticism which I did expect was that some of you suggested that I drop the 9/11 Truth topic. I understand your point of view which, after all, was also mine for 7+ years, but I have to very honestly tell you that I cannot follow your advice here. After making a great deal of research into the entire 9/11 topic I came to the rock-solid conviction that this was a false-flag operation orchestrated by the Zionist Nomenklatura currently in power in the USA. The fact that there are so many indisputable proofs that this was an ‘inside job’ is a crucial chink in this Nomenklatura’s armor and this chink needs to be exploited to the full. Simply put: if we can make the truth about 9/11 known we can most probably bring down the entire gang. Furthermore – we owe the truth not only to the thousands of Americans which died on 9/11 and thereafter, but also to the millions of people who have been killed, maimed, kidnapped, tortured or displaced as a direct consequence of this false flag criminal act. Lastly, the folks who are the real culprits are still out there, still in power, and they might well use a nuclear device next time. God only knows what will happen to the USA and the rest of the planet if that happens. No, the truth about 9/11 is not a topic I am willing to drop. No way.
Several of you have expressed a desire for more analyses about what is happening in Russia. Ok, I can do that and I will gladly try to do that regularly.
I will also try to report as much as I can about Hezbollah.
What is going on in Latin America is also hugely important and I will try to cover it the best I can.
I will also come back to the topic of the recent developments in Iran which, yet again, are grossly and obscenely mis-represented in the corporate media and, alas, a good part of the (supposedly) “Left-leaning” blogosphere. Russia, Lebanon, Latin America and Iran are all key battles being waged in the USraelian Empire’s long war against the rest of the planet.
There are three areas which I would like to cover, but for which I would frankly need help: India, Kurdistan and the Balkans.
India is clearly in a deep political crisis and the numerous acts of violence which repeatedly have taken there show that the government is either unable or unwilling to prevent them. While Pakistan has long been on my list of most dangerous states on the planet (along with Israel, Turkey and the KSA), India has all the signs of going the “Pakistan way”.
The topic of Kurdistan is also one which would deserve far more attention, if only because the the intricate relationship between Turkey, Israel and the USA and because the political importance of the Kurds in Iraq and Iran.
Sadly, I am frankly no expert on Turkey or Kurdistan and I don’t feel that I am competent to express myself on the intricacies of these issue. So while I realize that they are very important, I simply cannot pretend be a know-it-all and claim that I can cover them adequately. So I ask you all the help me with this and send me any and all materials which you find relevant to a better understanding to these issue.
On the Balkans my problem is somewhat different. I was professionally involved with the war in Bosnia, at least in the sense that I studied it in depth and that I had full access to the daily UNPROFOR intelligence briefings. In fact, this is the war which ended up costing me my career as a military analyst, but which also freed me from being a loyal accomplice of the US/NATO aggression against the Serb nation. Bottom line – I used to know the war Bosnia very, very well. I did “catch” the US/NATO war in Kosovo, but after that I simply had no time to follow the developments there. As a result, I now have only a very superficial understanding of what is really going on in Serbia and NATO/KLA-occupied Kosovo. Again – I know full well that this conflict was not “solved”, but only temporarily frozen and that the next “round” will inevitably happen. I just don’t have enough hours in a day to keep myself informed of the current situation there. If any of you can help me with this I would be very grateful to you.
I want to mention one more region here, the Caucasus. I don’t believe that Georgia will try to re-take Abhazia or Ossetia anytime soon, not with Russian forces now deployed inside this republic (including, according to at least one source, a full SU-34 wing already in Abkhazia). The situation with Chechnya is more worrying, I think. Yes, the Russians did, I believe, win the 2nd Chechen war, and the Wahabi insurgency has been practically wiped off (including all its main political and military leaders), but then the Russian did something rather risky: they handed the entire Republic to Ramazan Kadyrov and his thugs. Kadyrov is clearly smart and ruthless, but his violent and corrupt rule is clearly alienating a lot of Chechens. I do not believe that a full-scale insurgency is likely to resume there, at least not as long as the current government is in power, but a resumption of a terror campaign mixed in blood feuds between the various ‘teips‘ (clans) is, alas, a real possibility and I will keep an eye on developments there.
Another potential flashpoint here is the Ukraine which has been slowly but surely rotting out under the various US puppet regimes since independence. I do not expect Russia to overtly intervene as most Russians are now coming to realize that Russia is, in fact, better off *without* its western frontier (that is what the word “ukraina” means, by the way – ‘frontier region’. Before 1917 people used to speak of the “Siberian ukraina” or Siberian frontier). Sure, Russia wants the Crimean Peninsula (which only was administratively part of the ‘Ukraine’ because of a decree by Nikita Khrushchev), but the rest of the Ukraine is of no use to modern Russia besides as a transit point for Russian gas, and it is not even reliable in this aspect. No, the real risk for the Ukraine is a internal conflict opposing the pro-US wealthy elites from the Western Ukraine to the rest of the population. The entire Ukrainian polity is corrupt beyond belief and the country itself simply cannot be run solely on the systematic opposition to anything Russian. Chaos and collapse are inevitable there and that means that violence is inevitable. Since the US puppet regime in Kiev will always blame any and all problems on the hidden hand of Moscow, and since the US and UK will always automatically side with anything anti-Russian, we can be sure that trouble in the Ukraine will rapidly degeneration in serious tensions between Russia and the USralian Empire. I will try to keep an eye on this too.
I think I have pretty much covered my plans for 2010. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on any of this, and thanks again for your kind words of encouragement.
Best of luck for 2010 and kind regards,
Thanks a lot, Saker, keep up the good work! It doesn’t seem that 2010 will be a good year, though, we can expect quite a number of troubles in many aspects…
And I hope your family can overcome the economical problems. Best of luck!
thanks for your message , i enjoyed reading it , I hope 2010 will be better financially for your family than previous .
I strongly support the 9/11 inquiry , dont give up , the more i read about it and about the unanswered questions the more i want to know the truth . Dont give up and allow sceptics to discourage you . there is more to it than what they fed us in the official channels . hope all the best for you . and oontinue blogging , you are doing a fantastic job .
I wish you and all your family Merry Christmas, hope it will be merry and nice despite all these unfortunate things you are going through. We are all going through rough times now and then, especially now… Cheer up and fight back. There is no way we won’t fight. Carry on with your blog it will help you to stay focused. Glad you’re planning on keeping it up.
Just a few words in regards to your comments on Russia:
@Saker: “…but then the Russians did something rather risky: they handed the entire Republic to Ramazan Kadyrov and his thugs. Kadyrov is clearly smart and ruthless, but his violent and corrupt rule is clearly alienating a lot of Chechens…”
Russia is one of a very few powers in the world who have practically proved that insurgency can be eliminated given there is enough military power and what’s equally important – political will. The Russians managed to crash Uzbek, Tadjik, Azeri, Georgian, guerrilla fighters back in the 1920s. And, the Uzbeks and Tadjiks were the same breed that fight now in Afghanistan. The Russians have used a mix of terror and bribes and it worked then. Back in the late 1940s – mid 1950s the Russians had annihilated guerrilla fighters in the Western Ukraine, Chechnya, and Baltic republics. There were no bribes then – just terror. Najibulla had been able to handle Afghanistan for a few years after the Russians had left using Russian trained and equipped Afghan army, Russian money and military supplies up until Yeltsin fucked him up and cut all help when he was told to do so. Then all Najibulla allies quickly changed sides and he was finished. What’s happening now in Chechnya is a pretty awkward but so far effective way to keep it down for a while given the circumstances Russia is in now. Russia needs time. A lot of time to get back on her feet. It did it’s best in managing the situation in the region but it doesn’t mean it’s finished. Far from that. Ramzan is a tool, an awkward one but it works so far. He alienates a lot of the Chechens? Sure he does. The Chechens have never been united. Even under influence of a hatred of all Russian given a chance to become independent during Dudaev’s time they weren’t all united. There was a considerable movement against Dudaev and if there was a little bit less miserable piece of shit then Yeltsin was at that time things would’ve been very different now. Divided enemies are always better then united ones. So Ramzan splits the nation and makes his own people fight each other. Good man.
@Saker: “Another potential flashpoint here is the Ukraine which has been slowly but surely rotting out under the various US puppet regimes since independence.
I do not expect Russia to overtly intervene as most Russians are now coming to realize that Russia is, in fact, better off *without* its western frontier…”
The Russians are definitely much better off without all the rest of the USSR. As you definitely know there were just 3 republics out of the 15 who were the donors for the rest. Belorussia, Kazakhstan and Russia. And coincidentally all the three are still good friends. The problem with Ukraine is that it’s not really a state. Ukraine had never been a state as such in the current borders during all her history up until the end of the USSR when it was given all the attributes but without the national idea. Unless we can call Russo phobia a national idea of course. So there is a chance that Ukraine will split naturally. And if that happens Russia will have to get involved. I don’t think there are many Russians who would want a piece of Ukraine. Even the Crimea. If the Ukrainians didn’t push it with the Russian Black Sea Navy and NATO there would’ve been no problem at all with all that Crimea shit. Russia is just pushing back trying to keep it’s options open if a conflict escalates. The Ukrainians need a cool head in their government to realise that.
@Saker: “I don’t believe that Georgia will try to re-take Abhazia or Ossetia anytime soon, not with Russian forces now deployed inside this republic…”
Interesting info has been given by the former Georgian parliament speaker Mrs. Burdjanidze. She reviled that when she was present at some meetings prior to the August war Saakashvilly and his generals were discussing their chances at pushing the Russians back during a war and keeping them rolling back towards Moscow. She said that they looked pretty excited by the idea and it was for real. Burdjanidze for sure can’t be blamed for being pro Russian so she might be telling truth. Given the fact that all the good boys in Georgia are still there and the depth of their insanity who can tell what’s brewing there now.
A pretty interesting article which shows how completely insane are the Georgian elites (not less insane than the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian):
This will give you an idea of their madness:
“a professor from the university expelled from Sukhum promises to conquer back not only Abkhazia and South Ossetia but the Krasnodar Territory as well by 2020!”
Now a few quotes from Saakashvili taken from this article:
“If taken separately, 12 thousand people are unable to stop the evil horde, heiress of the Mongol hordes threatening the borders of Georgia, the horde that has penetrated and occupied the Georgian territory. (…) Your are millions but we are innumerable. Come on, try to fight us! Yes, we are Scythians! Yes, we are slant-eyed and greedy-eyed Asians!”
“Every Georgian family should be ready, each street, region, quarter, village, town, each location and each house and family should be ready to provide resistance and to be turned into a rampart, a citadel built for the sake of Georgia’s freedom”.
So, considering all this, I would give reason to Alibi and also think that it is far from impossible that Georgia will strike again. But we can be pretty certain that they won’t succeed, as now Russia has a lot of troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and is far more prepared.
Carlo quoted a Georgian professor: “…If taken separately, 12 thousand people are unable to stop the evil horde..”
That’s funny, considering that it was 30000 Georgian troops fighting for their motherland against 9000 Russian invaders.
Another quote: “Every Georgian family should be ready, each street, region, quarter, village, town, each location and each house and family should be ready to provide resistance and to be turned into a rampart, a citadel built for the sake of Georgia’s freedom”.
Sounds more like a wet dream for the Georgians. Even SNN reluctantly reported back in August 2008 that the Georgian soldiers had outrun their own civilians. The Georgians just seem to have no shame. I’m pretty sure that when the US gave a nod to Saakshvily for the Tskinvaly assault they were hoping that the Georgians would be at least capable of taking Tskinvaly digging in their own land and fighting the Russians for a while so the latter would get bogged down and would be put under enormous pressure from the world democracies appalled by the Russian crime. Thus the Russians would get something like another Chechnya but without the comfort of fighting their own citizens and the international community would have no limits intervening. The war would push Russia further back from the Old Europe so the relationship between Germany Italy and French on one side and Russia on the other which are going too well to be true would get frozen for long time. The Poles will get more loud and pushy pointing out that they had warned everybody about imperial Russia. And the Russians would get humiliating military defeat which would definitely weaken Putin‘s position in Russia.
Imagine how much the Americans got angered at the Georgians when it become clear that the latter were unable to fight at all, and the whole plot got ruined just like that.
But the professor seems to be not bothered by all this actual shit. He wants to keep dreaming. He understands that if there will be a factual analysis of what exactly was the Georgian military performance back in August 2008 it would be so destructive for the nation, so shameful, the cowardice so unexplainable that the nation would be devastated. So he come up with this dream, and who can blame him.
You mention the “successful” counterinsurgency efforts of the Soviet Union in the Caucasus and Central Asia, but I would argue that the mix of terror and bribes was counter-effective on the long term, nevermind fundamentally immoral (I oppose all terror and bribing on principle). I think that Imperial Russia had a far more effective policy of not touching the local cultures and leaders, of inviting the local elites into the ruling class of the Russian Empire, and of religious tolerance or, even more accurately, of pro-active support for Islam (see, for ex. the context of the building of the huge mosque in Saint Petersburg by Czar Nicholas II). As a result of all this, the Chechens actually fought *against* the Reds and you can make a good case that the Caucasus and Central Asia resisted the Soviet rule even more than the Russian part of the Empire.
Furthermore, I think that non-Wahabi Islam can be a powerful and loyal ally and friend to Russia, be it Shia or Sunni (in particular of the Sufi tradition like in Kazakhstan). Russia’s only Muslim enemies are a) the Wahabis and b) the Ottomans.
On the Ukraine, I fully agree with everything you said.
@Alibi and Carlos:
Yeah – the Georgian political elites are really insane lunatics. But they can dream about taking Moscow, Saint Petersburg. Omsk and even Petropavlk na Amure if they want, the fact is that if they so much as cross 1mm into Abhaz or Ossetian territory the Russian military will obliterate them. I have no respect whatsoever for the Fascist xennophobes in power in the Urkaine, Lithuania, Estonia or Latvia, but none of them are stupid enough to actually side with the Georgians in case of a new war. I don’t even think that the USA would do that. If the 08-08-08 war did something useful it was to show to the entire world that Russia now had the political will and state power to protect itself and retaliate against any aggression.
With 1/3 of all Georgians on the planet living in Russia, and with the remaining 2/3 living in a totally bankrupt and failed independent Georgian state I think the Georgian people will sooner or late do *a lot* of soul searching and come to the inevitable conclusion that they did not miss one single occasion to fuck up since they got their independence and that they might want to make a full 180 degree turn to avoid more misery.
About Ukraine, one thing is for sure: current president Yushchenko will lose the elections. He hardly will get 5% of the votes.
Then there will likely be a second round between Yanukovich (ex-prime minister and “defeated” candidate in the 2004 elections), who is now ahead in the polls, and Yulia Timoshenko (ex-ally of Yushchenko, current prime minister). None of them is “pro-Russia”, contrary to what the Western press and Yushchenko say, but they will do like most of CIS leaders: they will oscillate between Russia and the US, trying to get the most of favours from both sides. Even Lukashenko does this.
Now, the question remains: Yushchenko will lose the elections, that is for sure, but will he and his masters accept it? Or will they stage another “spontaneous protest for democracy”, with Western, pro-Polish, Ukrainians getting paid to go to Kiev, and threatening a civil war? This is my fear.
@Carlo: I simply cannot make a prediction about what might happen in the Ukraine and your guess is as good as mine (or better, in fact). Will Yushchenko loose the election or will some special crisis “rescue” him? Dunno. I know that he has the same puppet masters as that other sorry buffoon Saakashvili, so I would not put *anything* past him (them). When you write will they stage another “spontaneous protest for democracy”, with Western, pro-Polish, Ukrainians getting paid to go to Kiev, and threatening a civil war? This is my fear I completely agree with you that this a very likely scenario. And when clashes happen, they will blame it all on “Putin” and “his” “KGB”.
The Western Ukraine is full of Neo-Nazi nationalists ready to engange in violence at any moment and Yushchenko knows that he can count on them. What if instead of sending them to Kiev Yushchenko’s masters decide to send them the Crimea instead….? You catch my drift, I am sure.
I agree with the lion’s share of your points saker.
Something really huge is transpiring between Israel and India. THAT would be my only point to stress in your otherwise vast sweeping array of topics. 911 is crucial to cover.
@Peter: can you please go into some specifics? Arundhati Roy mentions a rapid development of undercover ties between India and Israel, but I don’t know much beyond that. Any info you could either email me or post here would be helpful.
Arundati Roy? I am unfamilar with him. I will look into his writings. If you are recommending him then I will certainly pay attention.
I have been following the blog, “therearenosunglasses” found here
I am just a student so I could never advise you on anything. This blog, “therearenosunglasses” seems very knowledgable of South Asian region. It sometimes goes over my head yet unquestionably the Pakistan Indian theatre, covered extensively there, is playing out something. Today, this therearenosunglasses blog had a strange post here
This really threw me for a loop. Is it an example of grotesque anti Iranian propaganda? Or is he of this opinion?Anyway, there is so much sophisticated propaganda on the net that I stuggle finding truth. Your site is as close to truth as any I have encountered
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@Saker: “I think that Imperial Russia had a far more effective policy of not touching the local cultures and leaders, of inviting the local elites into the ruling class of the Russian Empire, and of religious tolerance”
If you change “Imperial Russia” for the USSR in this sentence it would be still accurate. But all these nice little things were on offer AFTER all those cultures had been invaded by both Imperial Russia and the Commies. And these invasions were ruthless, very much so. If you check General Ermolov’s performance during his Caucasus’ campaign you will see that. Imperial Russia fought wars in the Caucasus for over 40 years, and yes Imam Shamil was given nobility after he took an oath of allegiance for the Emperor, but all that happened after Shamil had fought for 25 years against Russia was defeated, captured on a battlefield and extradited into Russia. And the nobility was offered to him in exchange for official loyalty so the rest of the insurgents would see the further resistance pointless since the Great Imam had taken an oath. So – you can call it “inviting the local elites into the ruling class of the Russian Empire” but I call it bribe.
@Saker: “As a result of all this, the Chechens actually fought *against* the Reds and you can make a good case that the Caucasus and Central Asia resisted the Soviet rule even more than the Russian part of the Empire”
Chechens actually didn’t fight against the Reds at all, they had been crashed by Denikin’s army within a year after the Caucasus had declared independence back in 1918, and the Reds just had to crash Denikin’s army to retake the Caucasus which they did very quickly.
@Saker: “Russia’s only Muslim enemies are a) the Wahabis and b) the Ottomans”
Russia’s biggest enemy is the USA as a heir of Britain, Wahabis and the Ottomans are just tools. That’s exactly why there is no way in having any mutual relationship with them because they are not entities that can decide and act on their own so there is no reason to built normal and civilised relationship with them. They are just tools and tools act as they are guided by their master. No matter if you are good to someone else’s hummer, it will swing and smack you on your head anyway when in the hands of your enemy. So – if you can’t finish off your enemy at least try to break the hammer.
@alibi: it appears that you and I will fundamentally disagree on the topic of whether the USSR was a continuation of historical Russia or, as I believe, it’s polar opposite. Frankly, I simply don’t have time to engage into a detailed refutation of your points. A blog like mine is just not the place to try to refute decades of Soviet and National-Bolshevik propaganda.
I will just say that the Communist which occuppied Russia since 1917 have eventuallyu found it expedient to claim that their crimes and genocides where not a product of their godless hate for mankind but nothing more or less than the continuation of the “traditional” imperial policies. That kind of logic ends up putting and equal sign between, say, the KGB and the Russian Okhrana or the Gulag and the type of place were Lenin or Dostoyevsky were deported.
Russia – I mean the real, pre-1917 Russia – is long gone, and it is gone forever, and no amount of discussion about it today will make any difference to that and the Russian Federation will never be the real Russia again. So I rather reply to you other point, about the “hammer”.
Yes, the USraelien Empire does use the Wahabis for its Imperial policies. But the Wahabis are still not a “hammer”, at least not in my mind. They are people first and foremost and while I always breathe a sign of relief each time when the Russian security forces finally kill mass murdering torturers and terrorists like Gelaev, Basaev, Maskhadov, Dudaev, Hattab & Co., I am quite horrified at the useless and immoral abuse of basic human rights of the Chechen people by Kadyrov’s thugs and, to a lesser degree, but Russian security forces.
So if by “hammer” you refer to the Wahabi leadership I say YES! – let’s break every single one of them as fast as possible. But if you mean the Chechen people, then I resolutely say no.
@Peter: thanks for your kind words! Arundhati Roy is not a “he”, but a “she”. And a quite remarkable one at that. Since you have never heard of her, please watch this speech of hers made in NY in 2003:
She is one of the most amazing persons alive today. I remember the awe I felt when I first heard that speech.
She recently published a very interesting book about India entitled “Listening to Grasshoppers”. I also highly recommend it.
But please take the time to listen to this speech and let me know what you think, ok?
Best wishes for the New Year, Saker and good luck with the financial problems – you’re certainly not alone, not that thats’ much consolation. I keep on having to renew my password before being able to post otherwise I’d comment more, but this remains one of my favourite blogs by far.
Re Russia – Surely the Russian Federation is a vast improvement on the old USSR, the Church has been restored and the level of state repression is hardly at Soviet levels.
It’s possible that the third generation of oligarchs will settle down into a reasonably benign and patriotic ruling class, or if not benign at least less predatory than those who carved out the business empires during the cowboy Nineties.
Much to my chagrin, yesterday, I googled Arunghati Roy’s name, and lo and behold a picture of HER. And what a “her”! Not only is she brilliant but beautiful to boot.
I have much reading to do. Thank you Saker, I appreciate the tip.
@Saker: “it appears that you and I will fundamentally disagree on the topic of whether the USSR was a continuation of historical Russia or, as I believe, it’s polar opposite”
I’m a bit confused here. No idea where you came from with that.
As to why I go as far as trying to compare the Caucasian policy by the Imperial Russia, the USSR and the now days Russia it’s just how I think we should go about any analysis. We will have troubles finding solutions if we wouldn’t look at the roots of the conflict. If we pretend to believe that it all came just from the commies and thus it will all go away as soon as we will shake their legacy off then we will just oversimplify the problem.
Cheers and Merry Christmas to all orthodox Christians.
Your current financial difficulties are yet another sad manifestation of the problems afflicting most of the American population today, thanks to the immoral war-mongers and bankers who have taken complete control over the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. I sincerely hope you and your wife will overcome them soon.
Please DON’T stop reporting about 9/11 Truths. IMHO, it is THE key to slowly but inevitably educating the masses about the crimes committed, and being committed, by the Dark Forces who have slithered into control and who have turned the USA into THE most Fascist and Imperialistic country in history.
Please continue to fight the good fight. The truth shall set us all free, one day.
Warm regards from the Great White North,