Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Getting Beyond Our Mental Colonization

I was out walking today and stopped in at a local shop for some things I needed.  I had an excellent (eye to eye) talk with the shopkeeper about the US killing enterprise and climate change.  The man gets it.  He is praying that the public quickly wakes up.

We know we are fed a pack of lies - but we still keep listening to the Big Machine.  Our minds get colonized and we become filled with fear. We like to be comfortable - avoid conflict - and who wants to fight the system anyway?  Can't we all just get along?

I told the shop keeper (with two others waiting in line for me to finish my biz) that the US was crazy.  We can't even beat Afghanistan and we want to take on Russia and China?!

But the US has not really been interested in 'beating' Afghanistan - the Pentagon always wanted to occupy Afghanistan and all of Central Asia - similar to Korea and Europe since those wars.  The empire in action.

On the way home I was thinking about all the lies I hear each day on NPR about Syria and Russia.  I practically ran to the computer so I could share this excellent story on Syria by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. called Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria: They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. 

Instead it [the US-NATO decision to go for regime change in Syria] began in 2000, when Qatar proposed to construct a $10 billion, 1,500 kilometer pipeline through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Qatar shares with Iran the South Pars/North Dome gas field, the world’s richest natural gas repository. The international trade embargo until recently prohibited Iran from selling gas abroad. Meanwhile, Qatar’s gas can reach European markets only if it is liquefied and shipped by sea, a route that restricts volume and dramatically raises costs. The proposed pipeline would have linked Qatar directly to European energy markets via distribution terminals in Turkey, which would pocket rich transit fees. The Qatar/Turkey pipeline would give the Sunni kingdoms of the Persian Gulf decisive domination of world natural gas markets and strengthen Qatar, America’s closest ally in the Arab world. Qatar hosts two massive American military bases and the U.S. Central Command’s Mideast headquarters.

Of course, the Russians, who sell 70 percent of their gas exports to Europe, viewed the Qatar/Turkey pipeline as an existential threat. In Putin’s view, the Qatar pipeline is a NATO plot to change the status quo, deprive Russia of its only foothold in the Middle East, strangle the Russian economy and end Russian leverage in the European energy market. In 2009, Assad announced that he would refuse to sign the agreement to allow the pipeline to run through Syria “to protect the interests of our Russian ally.”

Assad further enraged the Gulf’s Sunni monarchs by endorsing a Russian-approved “Islamic pipeline” running from Iran’s side of the gas field through Syria and to the ports of Lebanon. The Islamic pipeline would make Shiite Iran, not Sunni Qatar, the principal supplier to the European energy market and dramatically increase Tehran’s influence in the Middle East and the world. Israel also was understandably determined to derail the Islamic pipeline, which would enrich Iran and Syria and presumably strengthen their proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas.

Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria. It is important to note that this was well before the Arab Spring-engendered uprising against Assad.
Zbigniew Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928, the son of a diplomat posted to Canada in 1938. In the private sector, Brzezinski serves as an international advisor of several major US/global corporations. Brzezinski's career with the US government spans several presidents, most notable is his time as National Security Adviser for President Jimmy Carter.  (Brzezinski will always be known as the father of the plan to arm the Afghan Taliban terrorists in order to drive the former Soviet Union out of that country and region.) He also made sure to embed his strategic thinking by serving as co-chair of George Herbert Walker Bush's National Security Advisory Task Force (1988).

In his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard, Brzezinski wrote, “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”

Brzezinski wrote that the US must dominate Eurasia in order to control the world.  He said his plan would be an expensive long-term military occupation that the American people were not likely to support without a Pearl Harbor like incident to galvanize their thinking and emotions.  'Lucky for them' 9-11 just happens to come along and the rest is history.

Brzezinski was the man to identify Obama at Columbia University and bring him to the oligarchy for consideration as future White House material.  Obama's coronation was long in the works.  Just before Obama's first election Brzezinski was quoted in a British publication saying, "I vetted Obama early on."  The oligarchy years ago determined that they needed more candidates of color, under their control, if they hoped to stay in power as the American population soon becomes majority black and Hispanic.

Brzezinski wrote:

In that context, how America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe's largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources.

So Syria and Russia are in the way of Brzezinski's grand vision.  They both must be taken down even if that means the final war. You can see for yourself how things are stacking up these days.



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