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The unthinkable has happened in Syria.

The world now teeters on the brink of all out war in Syria as a Russian Il-20 was downed by Syrian missile after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack, according to statements made by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

President Vladimir Putin, answering a reporter’s question during a press conference with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, said the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane looks like “a chain of tragic circumstances.” 

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the tripwire triggered that has the potential to tip the fragile balance in Syria towards conflict between Russia, Iran and Israel.

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The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said…

“Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone.”

The statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean.

The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region.”

The statement further said that 15 Russian military service members have died as a result…

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile.”

According to reports from RT, the Russian military said that the French Navy’s frigate ‘Auvergne,’ as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area during the Israeli operation.

Map of the incident on September 17 in Syria provided by the Russian defense ministry.

The Russian ministry said the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, but this did not stop them from executing “the provocation.” Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came just a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,”the statement said.

The statement gives a larger death toll than earlier reports by the Russian military, which said there were 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. It said a search and rescue operation for the shot-down plane is underway.

A later update said debris from the downed plane was found some 27km off the Latakia coast. The search party collected some body parts, personal possessions of the crew, and fragments of the plane.

Meanwhile Israel has come out to blame the Syrian government for the downing of the military plane, according to an IDF statement.

Israel said that it “expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” of the Russian plane. However, it stated that the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident.

Israel further blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the incident.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) explained that its jets were targeting a Syrian facility “from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel claimed that the weapons were “meant to attack Israel.”

Via RT

The IDF assumed that the Syrian anti-air batteries “fired indiscriminately” and didn’t “bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.” The Israelis said that when the Syrian military launched the missiles which hit the Russian plane, its own jets were already within Israeli airspace. “During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.”

According to the Israeli military, both IDF and Russia have “a deconfliction system,” which was agreed upon by the leadership of both states, and “has proven itself many times over recent years.” The system was in use when the incident happened, the IDF stated. The IDF promised to share “all the relevant information” with Russia “to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.”

The military presented a four-point initial inquiry into events in Latakia. It insisted that “extensive and inaccurate” Syrian anti-aircraft fire caused the Russian jet “to be hit and downed.”

The Russian Il-20 aircraft, with 15 crew on board, went off radar during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province late Monday. Later on Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.

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Donna

Putin may “forgive” Israel, but the Russian people will not. And no sane person believes that Netanyahu is “sorry” for what his murderous military does.

Hes
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Hes

This plane was quite important for Russian operations in Syria. They did it intentionally.

Brad Isherwood
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Brad Isherwood

The Russian Military was way to quick to say S 200 before Proper Investigation. That’s a possible cover up which often happens when Israel has done something criminal …using its global media reach to control the story/damage control. Looking at the claimed flight track of the IL 20m…it is flying while missiles slam into Latakia. Syrian Airdefence is lit up…there’s no way the IL 20m is flying around unawares of the threat level occuring. 4 IAF F16i on stand off attack suddenly know a IL 20m is near, Adjusting their speed and altitude to that of the slower IL 20m,… Read more »

TEP
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TEP

Yes, one has to wonder why such irreplaceable EW assets were not escorted, and since the RuAF AD and SAAF AD are integrated one also has to conclude that, based on the current cause conclusion, that Russian AD was also involved. It all seems a little odd to say the least.

Brad Isherwood
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Brad Isherwood

There are posters saying the IL 20m had No IFF transponder. Some 2nd hand mumbo jumbo from Russian DoD …that the IL 20m had no IFF Transponder. What? SR-2M Khrom: IFF transponder (Khrom – Chromium) IL 18/Wiki/Avionics. The IL 20m is Uber ELINT with top of the line Avionics! The Web publish which pushes the official narrative of S 200 shot the Russian plane down by accident is full court press. Numerous Web forums have posters calling them out on it…saying things are not…”Certain” Coments that things don’t add up is evident in growing public pause of official story. This is USS… Read more »

Sally
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Sally

That type of talk only plays into the Democrat playbook, holding grudges, resentment anger without proof or evidence of intent early on is exactly how the Russians were smeared tainted and blamed for hacking without proof, evidence or facts. Sanctions were actually put on by the senate early on without a single bit of evidence to justify such actions. Its truly insane how fast we are willing to jump on the hate bandwagon and risk our own survival and war versus measured responses and leveled out emotions.

Simon
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Simon

Well said! You’re absolutely bang on!

Sally Snyder
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Sally Snyder

As shown in this article, two American politicians have shown the world that they clearly do not believe Washington’s narrative on the war in Syria:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/09/american-politicians-and-syria-what-if.html

When we read reports about the situation in the Western mainstream media we have to ask yourself one simple question: “Has the person that wrote this report spent any time on the ground in Syria?”. If not, then their views are likely not to be trusted.

Courtney
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Courtney

In my travels on social media today I have been struck,though not surprised,really,by how many people are commenting on this with things like “Putin is weak,he’s a Netanyahu bitch,he should nuke Israel immediately” etc.Not too many saying he is doing the right thing by waiting for all of the facts. As of now,it appears to be an accident,Bibi has apologized & I am sure that Russia is investigating exactly what happened & why. I am American,but I,for one,believe Putin’s response is absolutely correct.This is what makes him,in my mind, a great leader & earns him the respect of his people… Read more »

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john mason

Won’t be any war, Russia will do what it excels at and that is crawl their way out of a confrontation. What makes this so alarming is that the Israelis have had Russian OK to violate Syrian air space and carry out their attacks. This has been going on all along, most likely same agreement with the US and coalition, too bad about International law, Syrian sovereignty and those killed, injured and loss of property let alone possible annexations by the Turks and the US. Seems like Russia has been in collusion with the Turks, US and Israelis all along.… Read more »

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JNDillard

Many intelligent people are of the opinion that Putin’s response to the downing of the Russian surveillance aircraft is a sign of weakness. I am not. Putin was trained in the martial arts; he does not play by the win-lose competitive rules the West inherited from ancient Greece. The West does not understand, much less appreciate his mindset and therefore is constantly caught flat-footed by him. When you meet children at their own level you demean yourself and justify them making your immature behavior the issue instead of their own. The more I observe Putin, the more amazed I am.… Read more »

Elin Ohlsspn
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Elin Ohlsspn

I am tired of all this “putin playing chess & judo” stuff. Its a storyline pushed by weak men never been on the streets, mamas boys.You can NEVER shown the slightest sign of weakness to potential Predators in the Wild, if you do, you are DONE.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Don;t “kid” yourself, this “little” bugger has been on the streets, and knows his way around, “TNT” comes in small packages and also bides it’s time (fuse)!!!!

john vieira
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Damn well believe you are right…however EVERYBODY has their limits and methinks the aggressors are pushing his…

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

Putin now sounds as an Israeli apologist. An Il-20 is an expensive and highly specialized aircraft- of which there are few- and the loss of that crew is significant. Putin is overrated as a nationalist and in ‘martial arts’ diplomacy.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

I feel as you do and (I agree) and have also respect for yourself !!!

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

Just think for a moment about that headline: “Israel Blames Syria”. It reminds me of the mugger who kills his victim, and then reasons that it was the victim’s fault for resisting. How can Syria be to blame? A Russian aircraft, sent to Syria to protect Syria (and Russians) against enemies which obviously include Israel, was shot down in the act of defending against an Israeli attack. If Israel had not attacked Syria, the Russian plane would not have been shot down. That is obvious. For anyone to blame Syria – the victim – is surreal. The truth is that… Read more »

Michael Green
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What you wrote is sensational, but not true: “The unthinkable has happened in Syria. The world now teeters on the brink of all out war.” What happened is hardly unthinkable–it’s just like the September 16, 2016 “accidental” USA bombing of the Syrian military base coordinated with a jihadist attack in Deir Ezzor, followed by a false-flag attack on a humanitarian caravan. The only differences is that it came from the Zionist end of the Anglo-Zionist empire. Nor is the world teetering on “all out war” because Putin has walked back the threats from the Russian military, calling the incident an… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

American sailors should be well familiar with the hazards of ‘playing’ with Israeli forces.. REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY .. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident] The Russian generals have voiced their displeasure and assessment and are not going to change anything they have said.. It is by contract and essentially the Russian NO FLY ZONE is up and operational. Furthermore .. Israel should watch their words and statements and offer more than a condolence, more like a retraction of certain statements of claim to certain airspace and what such weapons here to be deployed against certain territories.. making false claims does not further their cause.

Mathew Neville
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Mathew Neville

Tom ,
you say “essentially the Russian NO FLY ZONE is up and operational.”
this is nonsense or the “No fly zone” does NOT apply to Israel.
Israel attacks Syria with their “micky mouse” excuse that they are attacking Hesbolah or Iran & Israel OPENLY admits to attacking Syria using probably US planes & bombs & of course has US support which is ALL totaly illegal under “International Law”.
Distruction of Syria is Israel’s Plan to secure a Kurdistan to control while
the USA will continue to be Israel’s Poodle & obey instructions .
Go to “Blackstone Inteligence Network” . com to educate yourself.

A.F.
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A.F.

Well done, Assad, kiling Russian soldiers is no crime!

Simon
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Simon

Rubbish. Putin brazenly lies by showing no respect for the lost lives of 15 servicemen. The Russian aircraft was downed by Israeli jets. Syria strongly denies any involvement. Moreover, Syrian Air Defence had delivered to Russia, its registrated radar data of 17/9/2018, just a few hours after the incident. These data prove that Syrian Air Defence is not responsible for the fall of the Russian aircraft.

Constantine
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Constantine

Is that so? That seems to be quite serious, as I haven’t seen anywhere Syria’s response on the issue. Could you post a link or a reference?

spike
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spike

who fired the weapon? who id’d the air target?

not israel, but syrian monkeys who shouldn’t be allowed within 1000m of a functioning air defence set-up

and all the non-russian, but pro-russian fools; have a read of andrew koryboko’s article and stfu about what you would do!

Ghifari AL Mukhtar
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Ghifari AL Mukhtar

Hora Hora ! Israel was FORCED to make a rare admission…..We’ve taken the Criminal for all he’s done/Got….Could my President consoled me with such fantastic Bereavement, I’d wiped my tears and bust into Evangelical joy, speaking in Hebrew tongues – Justice alas Justiceeee

Cat Pillar
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Cat Pillar

Come on Alex – why don’t you bring Mark Sleboda on for this one?

David Bowlas
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David Bowlas

So what are you going to do about this Russia? Just sit on your hands again?

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Photos of swastika on Ukrainian mall stairway creates a stir [Video]

Ukrainian nationalist press in damage-control mode to explain away the Nazi sign, but they forgot the name of the street the mall is on.

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One of the aspects of news about Ukraine that does not make it past the gatekeepers of the American and Western news media is how a significant contingent of Ukrainian nationalists have espoused a sense of reverence for Nazis. The idea that this could even happen anywhere in the world in an open manner makes the claim seem too absurd to be taken seriously. Gone are the days when the Nazi swastika adorned streets and buildings in Europe. Right?

Well, maybe, wrong.

This was seen in Kyiv’s Gorodok (or Horodok, if you insist) Gallery, a shopping center in that city, located on Bandera Avenue.

The pro-nationalist news service UNIAN wasted no time going to press with their explanation of this incident, which admittedly may be accurate:

Children and teenagers who participated in the All-Ukrainian break dance festival held in the Kyiv-based Gorodok Gallery shopping mall were shocked to see a swastika image projected onto an LED staircase.

The mall administration apologized to visitors, explaining saying that their computer system had apparently been hacked.

“The administration and staff have no relation to whatever was projected onto the LED-staircase, and in no way does it support such [an] act. Now we are actively searching for those involved in the attack,” it said in a statement.

According to Gorodok Gallery’s administrative office, it was not the first time a cyber breach took place.

As reported earlier, Ukraine is believed to be a testing ground for cyberattacks, many of which are launched from Russia. Hackers have earlier targeted critical energy infrastructure, state institutions, banks, and large businesses.

This time, it appears, hackers aimed to feed the Kremlin’s narrative of “Nazis in power in Ukraine” and create a relevant hype-driving viral story for Russian media to spread it worldwide.

The Gorodok Gallery also apologized on its Facebook page and said that this was a result of hacking.

But what about the street that the mall is on? From the self-same Facebook page, this is what we see:


To translate, for those who do not read Ukrainian or Russian, the address says the following:

23 Steven Bandera Prospekt, Kyiv, Ukraine 04073

This street was formerly called “Moscow Avenue.” Big change, as we shall see.

Steven Bandera got his birthday designated as a national holiday in Ukraine last December. He is known in Ukraine’s history for one thing. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The street where the shopping mall is located is named for Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who briefly collaborated with Nazi Germany in its fight against Russia.

His troops are believed to have killed thousands of Jews.

Several Israeli papers picked this bit of news up, and of course, the reasons are understandable. However, for the West, it appears possible that this news event will largely go unnoticed, even by that great nation that is often called “Israel’s proxy”, the United States.

This is probably because for certain people in the US, there is a sense of desperation to mask the nature of events that are happening in Ukraine.

The usual fare of mainstream news for the West probably consists of things like “Putin’s military seizes innocent Ukrainian sailors in Kerch incident” or, “Ukraine’s Orthodox Church declared fully independent by Patriarch of Constantinople” (not that too many Americans know what a Constantinople even is, anyway), but the overriding narrative for the American people about this country is “Ukraine are the good guys, and Russia are the bad guys,” and this will not be pushed aside, even to accommodate the logical grievance of Israel to this incident.

If this article gets to Western papers at all, it will be the UNIAN line they adhere to, that evil pro-Russia hackers caused this stairway to have a swastika to provoke the idea that Ukraine somehow supports Naziism.

But UNIAN neglected to mention that the street name was recently changed to Stephan Bandera (in 2016), and no one appears to have hacked this. Nor does UNIAN talk about the Azov fighters that openly espoused much of the Nazi ideology. For nationalist Ukrainians, this is all for the greater good of getting rid of all things Russia.

A further sad fact about this is the near impossibility of getting assuredly honest and neutral information about this and other similar happenings. Both Ukrainian nationalists and Russian media agencies have dogs in the race, so to speak. They are both personally connected to these events. However, the Russian media cannot be discounted here, because they do offer a witness and perspective, probably the closest to any objective look at what is going on in Ukraine. We include a video of a “torchlight march” that took place in 2017 that featured such hypernationalist activity, which is not reported in the West.

More such reports are available, but this one seemed the best one to summarize the character of what is going on in the country.

While we do not know the motive and identities of whoever programmed the swastika, it cannot really be stated that this was just a random publicity stunt in a country that has no relationship with Nazi veneration.

The street the mall is on bears witness to that.

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It’s Back to the Iran-Contra Days Under Trump

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela.

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Showing that he is adopting the neoconservative playbook every day he remains in office, Donald Trump handed the neocons a major win when he appointed Iran-contra scandal felon Elliott Abrams as his special envoy on Venezuela. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information on the secret sale of US weapons for cash to help illegally supply weapons to the Nicaraguan right-wing contras, who were battling against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Abrams would have headed to a federal prison, but President George H. W. Bush, an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal, issued pardons to Abrams and his five fellow conspirators – former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and former Central Intelligence Agency officials Alan Fiers, Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, and Clair George – on Christmas Eve 1991, during the final weeks of Bush’s lame duck administration.

Abrams escaped being charged with more serious crimes by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh because he cut a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors. Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for cooperating federal witnesses, would have normally called Abrams a “rat,” a gangster term meaning informant. The man who helped engineer the pardons for Abrams and his five convicted friends was none other than Bush’s Attorney General, William Barr, who has just been sworn in as Trump’s Attorney General. Trump, who is always decrying the presence of the “deep state” that thwarts his very move, has become the chief guardian of that entity.

During a recent hearing of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, newly-minted congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, reminded her colleagues and the world about the sordid background of Abrams.

Omar zeroed in on Abrams’s criminal history:

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.”

Abrams, as is the nature of neocons, refused to respond to Omar and cited her comments as “personal attacks.”

Abrams’s and his fellow criminals’ use of mercenaries and “death squads” to conduct secret wars in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s has made a re-entrance under Trump. Abrams was brought on board by neocons like National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to oversee a US military build-up in Colombia, said to be 5000 US troops, to support Venezuelan paramilitary and military efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Abrams and Bolton are also believed to have retained the services of another unindicted conspirator in the Iran-contra affair, Michael Ledeen, a colleague of the disgraced and convicted former Trump National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Ledeen and Flynn co-authored a book titled, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies.” The book contains nothing more than the standard neocon tripe one might expect from the likes of Ledeen.

An official investigation of the Iran-contra scandal by the late Republican Senator John Tower of Texas concluded that Abrams’s and Ledeen’s friend, Iranian-Jewish middleman Manucher Ghorbanifar, a long-time Mossad asset and well-known prevaricator, was extremely instrumental in establishing the back-channel arms deals with Iran. Ghorbanifar has long been on the CIA “burn list” as an untrustworthy charlatan, along with others in the Middle East of similar sketchy credentials, including the Iraq’s Ahmad Chalabi, Syria’s Farid “Frank” Ghadry, and Lebanon’s Samir “Sami” Geagea. These individuals, however, were warmly embraced by neocons like Abrams and his associates.

Abrams, whose links with Israeli intelligence has always been a point of consternation with US counter-intelligence officials, is part of an old cabal of right-wing anti-Soviet Democrats who coalesced around Senator Henry Jackson in the 1970s. Along with Abrams, this group of war hawks included Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, William Kristol, Douglas Feith, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Abram Shulsky, and Paul Wolfowitz. Later, this group would have its fingerprints on major US foreign policy debacles, ranging from Nicaragua and Grenada to Lebanon, Iraq, and Libya. Later, in December 2000, these neocons managed to convince president-elect George W. Bush of the need to “democratize” the Middle East. That policy would later bring not democracy but disaster to the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela. They have old scores to settle with Nicaraguan President Ortega. The initiation of “regime change” operations in Nicaragua, supported by the CIA and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, have been ongoing for more than a year.

The Trump administration has already achieved a regime change victory of sorts in El Salvador. Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of San Salvador, who was expelled from the formerly-ruling left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation (FMLN) party and joined the right-wing GANA party, was recently elected president of El Salvador. Bukele has quickly re-aligned his country’s policies with those of the Trump administration. Bukele has referred to President Maduro of Venezuela as a “dictator.” He has also criticized the former FMLN government’s recognition of China and severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan. It will be interesting to see how a sycophant like Bukele will politically survive as Trump continues to call hapless asylum-seeking migrants from his country, who seek residency in the United States, “rapists, gang monsters, murderers, and drug smugglers.”

Another country heading for a US-installed “banana republic” dictator is Haiti. President Jovenal Moise has seen rioting in the streets of Port-au-Prince as the US State Department removed all “non-essential” personnel from the country. Moise, whose country has received $2 billion in oil relief from Venezuela, to help offset rising fuel prices, has continued to support the Maduro government. However, at the US-run and neo-colonial artifice, the Organization of American States (OAS), Moise’s envoys have been under tremendous pressure to cut ties with Venezuela and recognize the US puppet Juan Guaido as Venezuelan president. Moise’s refusal to do so resulted in armed gangs hitting the streets of Port-au-Prince demanding Moise’s resignation. It is the same neocon “regime change” playbook being used in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

There will be similar attempts to replace pro-Maduro governments in his remaining allies in the region. These include Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Abrams was also brought in as an adviser on Middle East policy in the George W. Bush administration. The carnage of Iraq is a stark testament to his record. In 2005, it was reported that two key Bush White House officials – Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams – gave a “wink and a nod” for the assassinations by Israeli-paid operatives of three key Lebanese political figures seeking a rapprochement with Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah – Member of Parliament Elie Hobeika, former Lebanese Communist Party chief George Hawi, and former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2008, a United Nations panel headed by former Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare later concluded Hariri was assassinated by a “criminal network” and not by either Syrian and Lebanese intelligence or Lebanese Hezbollah as proffered by Abrams and his friends in Washington.

Representative Omar was spot on in questioning why Abrams, whose name is as disgraced as his two fellow conspirators – Oliver North and John Poindexter – whose criminal convictions were overturned on appeal, is working for the Trump administration on Venezuela. The answer is that the neocons, who can sense, like raptors, Trump’s political weakness, have filled the vacuum left by top-level vacancies in the administration.

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Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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