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US Completely Invalidates All Of Its Own Arguments About Crimea

Well the worst Putin Puppet of all time is at it again, this time tweeting that the US must recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel despite the fact that the Israeli occupation of that Syrian land is illegal under international law.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”, Trump’s tweet reads.

Russian parliament member Oleg Morozov made a statement in response to Trump’s proclamation, saying that “Russia will never agree to recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan. Trump is damaging the international community and the Arab world”.

Trump’s tweet follows a report last week that his administration has deliberately softened the US government’s language concerning the Golan Heights in a way that is favorable to Israel, referring to the region as “Israeli-controlled” instead of “Israeli-occupied” as it had always previously been. This is just one more of the many, many ways in which the facts demonstrate a virulently anti-Russia posture by the Trump administration in the face of a funhouse mirror mass media narrative which claims the exact opposite, another of those facts being the administration’s sanctions and hawkish posturing over the Russian Federation’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“More red meat for Trump’s Evangelical base,” tweeted journalist Mark Ames in response to Trump’s tweet. “Doubt anyone will care about US hypocrisy since hypocrisy is what defines us—rewarding Israel’s armed seizure/colonization/annexation of Golan; yet punishing Russia’s Crimea annexation, which at least had local majority-Russian support.”

“How do the delusional @Maddow #Russiagate peddlers explain that ‘Putin puppet’ @realDonaldTrump still refuses to recognize Russian annexation of Crimea, but just did Netanyahu’s bidding and recognized illegal Israeli annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights?” asked Electric Intifada‘s Ali Abunimah.

“Putin will use this as a pretext to justify Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” former US ambassador to Israel Martin S. Indyk told the New York Times. “The Israeli right will use it as a pretext for Israel’s annexation of the West Bank. It is a truly gratuitous move by Trump.”

Twaddle,” tweeted the Global Policy Institute’s George Szamuely in response to Indyk’s NYT statement. “Putin doesn’t need any ‘pretext to justify’ anything. The return of Crimea to Russia took place 5 years ago, via a referendum in accordance with the constitution of Crimea. Putin won’t bring up the Golan because the two situations are so different.”

In an excellent article for Strategic Culture titled “US Duplicity over Golan Demolishes Posturing on Crimea” written prior to Trump’s statement, journalist Finian Cunningham breaks down the differences and similarities between Washington’s position on Crimea versus the Golan Heights, and explains how its current push to validate Israel’s annexation completely invalidates its own arguments about Crimea. I highly recommend checking out Cunningham’s article in its entirety for anyone who’s interested in this, as its arguments are largely unassailable, but here are some excerpts:

Israel has occupied the western part of the Golan since 1967 as a spoil from that war. In 1981, Tel Aviv formally annexed the Syrian territory. However, the UN Security Council in 1981, including the US, unanimously condemned the annexation as illegal. The resolution mandates Israel to return the land to Syria which has historical claim to the entire Golan. The area of 1,800 square kilometers is a strategic elevation overlooking the northern Jordan Valley.

 

If Washington confirms its recent indications of recognizing the Golan as officially part of Israel, the development would mark an egregious flouting of international law.

Claims by Washington and the European Union of “illegal annexation” of Crimea by Russia are the central basis for five years of economic sanctions imposed on Moscow. Those sanctions have contributed to ever-worsening tensions with Russia and the build-up of NATO forces along Russia’s borders.

 

Those claims are, however, highly contestable. The people of Crimea voted in a legally constituted referendum in March 2014 to secede from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation. That referendum followed an illegal coup in Kiev in February 2014 backed by the US and Europe against a legally elected president, Viktor Yanukovych. Historically, Crimea has centuries of shared cultural heritage with Russia. Its erstwhile position within the state of Ukraine was arguably an anomaly of the Cold War and subsequent break-up of the Soviet Union.

 

In any case, there is scant comparison between the Golan Heights and Crimea, save, that is, for the latest hypocrisy in Washington. While Crimea and its people are arguably historically part of Russia, the Golan Heights are indisputably a sovereign part of Syria which was forcibly annexed by Israeli military occupation.

The discrepancy between the White House’s positions on Crimea and the Golan Heights can easily be explained by the nature of America’s overarching imperialist agenda. The US-centralized empire, of which Israel is an inseparable part, operates much like the creature in the 1958 movie The Blob: its goal is to absorb as many geostrategic territories into itself as possible, growing larger and stronger with every absorption. The Golan Heights is a resource rich region dominated by plutocratic interests and provides Israel with a third of its water supply, as well as a strategically valuable location for attacking and undermining the unabsorbed nation of Syria and its unabsorbed Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

Crimea, meanwhile, is another highly strategically important location, but its control shifted outside the blob of empire when its people chose Moscow over Kiev. The blob of empire is strengthened and enlarged with the addition of the Golan Heights, but weakened and shrunk with the loss of Crimea.

We see this dynamic playing out all over the globe. Bolsonaro’s election in Brazil was a huge victory for the blob, strengthening its ability to attack and absorb other unabsorbed nations like Venezuela. This is why John Bolton recently tweeted that “We’re proud to make Brazil a Major Non-NATO Ally, and look forward to working with them on Venezuela, Iran, and China. A great meeting with a strong new strategic partner!”, and why Bolsonaro refused to deny the possibility of Brazil aiding the US in military action against Venezuela during his press conference with the president the other day.

The tight network of US allies which functions as an empire on foreign policy is constantly attempting to expand roughly eastward and southward, and to undermine the interests of any government which presents an obstacle to that expansion. Many people have grown very rich by the exploitative and frequently violent nature of this expansion, in precisely the way colonialists and conquistadors grew very rich with the exploitative and frequently violent expansion of European power into the rest of the world hundreds of years ago. The alliance of secretive government agencies and thieving plutocrats has been ensuring a concurrent metastasizing of corporate and government power along the waves of that expansion, and it won’t stop until either the empire is overthrown, the world is completely absorbed, or these bastards get us all killed in a nuclear holocaust with their reckless imperialist aggression.

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  • I read a good article today written by “The Saker ” .Hard to contradict the writer . So well done.
    https://astutenews.com/2019/03/24/the-great-fraud-of-national-zionism/comment-page-1/#comment-9002

  • Giving the Golan Heights to the Israel will not change anything .It will only continue the Yinon plan .Israel will not be content with the Golan ,they will continue to push for more just like they are doing in the West Bank illegally developing it for the settlers .

  • “The discrepancy between the White House’s positions on Crimea and the Golan Heights can easily be explained by the ” …. word ‘doublethink’.

    The word doublethink was of course coined by the author George Orwell in his book “1984” and is described has made it into dictionary dot com as “the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.”

    Orwell wrote that doublethink was “To know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy is impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself.”

    • Well said .

  • The man is demented.

    • Unfortunately this orange monstrosity has millions of Americans solidly behind him. They are a big part of the problem. And the deep state actors ruling our world actually love Trump, although they wish thy could control him better. But as time goes by they are directing him more and more completely.

  • The United States of America has been delivered into the hands of evil people. What do I mean by “evil”? The evil are those of no conscience, who will lie, torture, and kill others in vast numbers without a qualm. America is now ruled by these people. Unless we get rid of these monsters, our fate is sealed – they will destroy everything precious on this Earth, including perhaps all living beings.

    • Where have you been? The US has been in the hands of evil people for a very long time. Guess you were watching the NBA…

  • Commentary and support aside, there is a reality here that Israel itself will not ignore. The name of the place is Golan Heights, a basic fact of local geography. No militarily-aware state will allow the tactical advantage of high ground to be lost.

    • Being on top of a hill was important in the age David’s sling. It is less so in the age of satellites and missiles.

  • Caitlyn you are a shining light .The compromised writer always follows the money .Conformity and opportunism go hand in hand the uncommitted intellectual travels in the middle road. He is a willing tool to write what he is told and to the American people to even consider over 30 years or more now to elect considering warmongering redneck vulgar Presidents Have Americans morphed and expertly trained to despised anyone or anything different from them and their “values” and the American way of life No honest journalist can allow himself to be unbiased and objective. Besides impartial to what ? To lies ? to rampant hypocrisy? Are most people so cloned culturally and mentally by the power cultivaters. Wow

    • “Crimea, meanwhile, is another highly strategically important location, but its control shifted outside the blob of empire when its people chose Moscow over Kiev.”

      Correction: They chose Moscow over Washington DC, which is what caused all the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  • …Or, we call out the 800 pound Neanderthal–this is where are and who is leading the charge–we will simply need to call a spade a spade–when everyone is ready to hear it: https://www.mintpressnews.com/16-years-iraq-us-become-nation-passive-neocons/256387/

  • Much study is needed for the average Joe blow in U S citizenship skin… Zionist crypto Trump??? What is a crypto Zionist Jew? Trump in my opinion is nothing other than a Nazi Zionist with red hair… He is sitting on his wall waiting for the great fall, and no one will put him together again… As long as he tows the Bi Bi Nut-In-Psychopath line, he will not end up like Jack Kennedy. Oh U say? Kennedy was not pleased with the Massod and Israel’s double dealings and double crosses. It has been stated that Israeli security firms will produce the Mexican wall surveillance towers as they are masters because of the wall in Israel… the massive wall they have built liken to some ancient walls of Jericho as they reel carnage and mayhem on the Semite Palestinian’s…way past the boarders of the 1948 Lord Belfour agreement… But do not hesitate to realize that Zionist Judiacs care nothing for goyim slaves (Non Jews) and can lie or twist a lie to be believed as truth. It’s all in the Talmud, the holy book of the Rabbis that created it! Anything goes folks…anything…they have no boundaries as Christians have been thought.
    Michael Hoffman’s book on Judaism Discovered was banned from Zio-Amazon as the ADL blackmailed Bezos (Bozo) $$$ truth in reading and non-censored bookmanship goes rouge… now we have unbridled book burning and the inability for readers to make up their own mind what is truth and what’s a lie! Anything revisionist has been compromised for public consumption… Why don’t Zionist Jews want there lies discovered… WAKE UP CITIZENS OF THE HOLY CROWN OF FREEDOM,,, be ready to be enslaved by your masters!
    This Israel has nothing to do with the Biblical Israel of the old Testament or the Masonic texts of the Torah (The first five book of the Old Testament)… What we see in the Oral Talmud is as secular and divisive as a worldly regime backed by $$$$$ controlled by the latter… and AIPAC is part of the silencing lobby of the ADL and the Sothern Law and Poverty Center… and numerous other Jewish traditional social alliances used to suppress the truth. What’s good for Israel is good for the rest of the planet… Make no mistake about who controls Americkan foreign policy… Trump is their inside man, top dog… they will through him to the wolves if he screws with the Zionist Rabbinical order of radical Judaism.

    The trouble with most Americkan is they just do not understand the who’s-who of what’s-what, the how where and why of object destruction of the constitution by the mob of Zionist that control the purse strings of the Fed. I say no more!
    Trump is a traitor and a phony…a Trojan horse made to look like a fool… Earthly riches will be his if they allow him to live…

    • Is there anyone you don’t hate?
      You may hate Trump, and I might agree that I don’t like him either. But, it was Dr. King who taught us that hatred cannot defeat hatred, that only love can defeat hatred. Thus, long spews of hatred towards many peoples, thoughts and believes is not likely to improve the world nor is it likely to do anything but to increase levels of hatred.

  • The one who arrested and imprisoned Lula for corruption charges in Brasil is now also being charged with corruption by an evangelist Goyim President serving ISrael. M. Temer an Jewish Brazilian oligarch and last reigning Brazilian president in the long time controlled Jewish colony of corruption and racism Brasil will face jail – or maybe not and get what all Jewish criminals worldwide deserve – deportation to his homeland ala Diaspora. Lets remember here – to blame or prosecute a Jew for any criminal charges is recognized as international hate crime and is protected by UN as the puppet show court on world stage. While in the middle east massive oil reserves have to be harvested by the rightful owner Israel as the Golan heights are still and always will be part of the kosher Greater Israel – coming soon to your screen in the living room as will Trumps commission as part of the deal.
    Always the same stage shows of conflict, hatred and diversion while the (Jewish) stock takes of other countries riches moves along. A long tradition of kosher combustion we are all so well used to in the Goy world – aren’t we not?
    Very soon emails, blogs, articles and books criticising International Jewry will be severely penalised by the evil dictator that runs the regimes and all earthly oppositions. We are already are toast, but lets argue about that first followed by discussion about Trump!

    • This is even more insane than the average Anti-Semitic screed. Temer is a Roman Catholic of Lebanese Maronite Catholic origin. Reinterpreting all the real and principal differences between humans, social classes and ethical attitudes in our world as a literal ethnic distinction is moronic and delusional.

      • You might would like to inform yourself of the dramatic internal changes that happened in Brasil during and after “socialism” spent too much money on caring for the poor and underprivileged. USA, and Goldman & Sachs came to the rescue (BRICS a threat to the world empire of thugs) and the true heroes of Brazilian politics were purged and went to jail as criminals while Temer openly bribed opposition into submission or arrested them. Quite a star of the Brazilian Lebanese Maronite orthodox Catholic community while being on Goldman’s payroll and pulling strings for the US. One cant be more catholic then that. If Temer goes to jail I will happily accept to be a moron F. Foundling.
        Temer by the way is as “poor and humble” as Putin, at least nobody really knows where all the money is he syphoned out of Brazilian politics during his political career – but it wont be in Brasil.
        https://www.mintpressnews.com/wikileaks-brazils-acting-president-michel-temer-us-diplomatic-informant/216425/

        • I don’t like Temer, I don’t like that President Rousseff was illegally removed, nor do I like that Lulu was imprisoned to keep him from running again and winning again. But none of that makes me agree with your strange anti-semetic beliefs. Nor your Russia-gate conspiracy theories about Putin and his hidden billions.

          • How can truth ever be established when the “J” word invalidates and diverts everything into anti semitism? Lula & Dilma are in jail because they gave something back to the Brazilian people deceiving the usual international blood suckers feeding of Brasil. Justice needs urgently to be changed from superiority and mob rule to equality without the interfering of anti semitism, favoritism or corporate leadership.

  • Until 9/11, the mother of false flags, the American empire at least went through the motions of adhering to international laws, sort of. The gloves and mask have come off since then. No more subtlety, no need for even token UN resolutions as coalitions of the willing can be manufactured/purchased at will and R2P trumps sovereignty anytime.
    The ‘blob’ will never absorb the whole world as long as China, India and Russia exist. And exit they will because they are anchored to cultural roots going back thousands of years. In contrast, the empire is led by an upstart nation whose hotchpotch culture is coming apart even before it took any distinct shape.
    But there is no overthrowing this empire without a war. It has grown way too powerful and its tentacles have spread far too wide under an unprecedented model of colonization without occupation. Overthrowing it non-violently means simultaneous people’s uprisings not only in the US but also in almost every other country which has become its satrap. Not going to happen. What is being billed today as Cold War II is really the buildup to WWIII. The most we can hope for is it will be a long buildup.

  • The main Israel-controlled country is the United States.

  • The only difference between the fall of the Roman empire and the current decline of the U.S. empire:
    the Romans were not facing destruction of the planet’s eco-system, which will ultimately destroy civilization as we know it.

    The same human DNA that put the Hubble Telescope into space, wrote beautiful literature, composed beautiful music and artwork, is also hell bend on destroying our planet for profit.

    What a friggin’ paradox.

    ‘ ‘ goddamn the pusher man ‘ ‘

    • I suppose the paradox comes about because the creative elements of America are not the same as the destructive forces which are in control.

      BTW, how did you manage to get your picture on this site? I have been squirming at the default caricature I have been assigned without finding a way to replace it.

    • IMHO we are dealing with entirely different personality types. The sublime music, art and literature which make our world a better place are manifestations of their creators’ sensitivity without which their work wouldn’t exist. And many of these artists lived and died poor, eg Mozart, Beethoven, Van Gogh. On the other hand, the planet destroyers are filthy rich and don’t give a toss for fellow humans, animals, or the environment. The super-sensitive vs the totally insensitive. The creators vs the destroyers. The people who make the world a better place vs the people who make the world hell for large numbers of people. Powerless vs powerful.

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