I am quite sad, and want to offer my condolences for all the missing innocent souls who died unjustly and prematurely, as the result of the dastardly Iranian missile attack against their own civilian passengers, in the Ukrainian airplane taking off from Teheran this past week, that killed all 138 Iranian citizens alongside many others, Ukrainian, Canadians, British et al, all together numbering 176 innocent souls.

Apparently, the Iranian mullahs, intentionally shot down the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752, taking off from Teheran full of their own people, in a misguided effort to both terrorize their citizenry and at the same time galvanize public opinion against the United States — because they blamed the US for the downing of this passenger aircraft taking off from their main airport right after they had shot some missiles at the American bases in Iraq.

It was a red-herring operation by the Islamic fundamentalist Ayatollahs whose sole mission was to blame the US and thus provide their agents, sleeper cells, and their student terrorists embedded deep inside the United States to undertake terrible acts of terror…

But the terrible Truth has now fully come out.

The missiles that brought down the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752, on Wednesday morning, were homegrown, Iranian manned, and the death of the civilians came directly from their own missile batteries surrounding the Teheran airport, as they were ordered to fire, from the highest authority — the Chief Ayatollah himself.

Playing spy-ops with 176 innocent people’s lives is what marks these Evil Islamists, as the spawn of Satan himself and not even fit to be amongst human species. They are indeed a stain on Humanity and need to be eradicated from he face of this earth sooner rather than later.

And mark my words — their day has ripened, as they have far extended their expiration date on the leadership of this ancient nation, whose people today harken for a fresh leadership that gives them Truth, a measure of Liberty, and the stability and security of Self governance, through the gifts of Democracy and a secular Constitution that promotes a full separation of Church and State.

Enough with the Evil Theocracies and Tyrannies lording it over Iran, like the Arab Islamists have done for over a Millenia while constantly raping this ancient culture of Persia and its many beautiful people.

And if you don’t believe me — ask the Zoroastrians about the suppression of the ancient faiths of Persia and the murder of all their people.

And as the Mullahs carry on their murderous disinformation campaign by shooting down innocent passenger airplanes — now that they have been fond out — they claim “Operator Error” that is the typical Orwellian military “doublespeak” for their dastardly crimes against Humanity.

Am quite sorry for all those who lost loved ones, Persian, Ukrainian, Canadian, British etc, but I am especially gutted for a dear friend who was amongst those traveling, Because all those attempting to fly and flee out of that country of tyranny & terror, in order to escape the twin evils tantalizing this country that is ruled by the evil regime of Ayatollahs — are now angels up in heaven.

Yet my friend was amongst them, and as they were all taking off, and rising above Teheran’s main airport and heading out of the mountain ridges that surround Teheran, and once they all had sighed a sigh of relief thanking God for their safe departure — they were “gunned-down” in a double-tap of a missile blast.

Their death must have been fairly instant and that is the only silver lining on this terribly dark cloud, that descended upon this earth when they were blasted from the sky, but I now must grieve for my friend Ghazal, that had taken off on the doomed flight #PS752 of UIA, during the early morning hours of January 8th, of 2020.  And as I grieve for this beautiful woman — I also grieve for all the others that were brought forth dead amongst all the evil tidings, that befell all of us, on this grievous day that is now called a black day and a day of mourning, for the all the otherwise extraordinarily happy people of the country of Persia.

And I grieve with them on the other side of the world, for all the fallen people, as well as for the friends of the victims, and their families, and especially as I mourn privately for the passing of Ghazal and her sparkle that brought joy to my world.

Because of that personal tragedy, I am of course sad that so many beautiful people lost their lives in this awful tragedy — but I also feel the blood, and vow to get awful revenge against the Ayatollahs, in order to help the Persian people get rid of the Clerics, set things straight with their lives, and all together lift their ancient country, that is full of resilient, worthy and much treaded upon people, upright again.

And because this murderous missile attack against a civilian passenger plane, came just a few hours after the earlier Iranian missile attack that was launched against two US bases in Iraq — as a red-herring disinformation-campaign missile attack against their own people — leaves me no doubt that the Ayatollahs, the Mullahs, and their minions must go because they are habitual criminals and the spawn of the Devil.

And even though the first missile attack was ostensibly conducted in retaliation for the killing of Iran’s Master Terrorist Soleimani — who was obliterated in a drone attack on January 3rd in the Bagdad airport in Iraq — the second Iranian air-missile attack was performed against their own citizens and innocent passengers in the civilian aircraft flying off from Teheran’s airport. And this was No Operators’ Mistake as the Ayatollahs and their spokespersons in the West now advertise it as.

The “Kill” signal came form the highest authority and as we all know the chain of command to fire on a passenger airplane is clearly from the top. The Mullahs must go and be charged for the unique Crime against Humanity.

So no matter how you slice it — this missile attack was a clear assassination, against a mass of civilians, and it represents an act of State sponsored terrorism. Even though it is a direct “auto-goal” by the Iranian regime, this doesn’t stop it from being used by the evil & fox-minded, thieving & uber-wealthy hermaphrodite Clerics, as a terror weapon to further terrorize & subdue their own people.

Because these clerics know that their evil regime will very likely get toppled soonest, and thus they want to terrorize their people, before the people rise-up and bring down all of the Ayatollahs, along with the crazy Islamic terrorists ruling this beautiful and ancient country.

Mark my words — the People of Iran will bring down the ayatollahs, smite their with their own scythes, and scatter their bones and spread them as far as the eye can see, amongst the debris of the wreckage they have created out of this ancient civilization country that saw the apogee of its glory a couple of Millennia ago and has since been destroyed by the Arab conquest of the 7th century.

However, any-way-you-slice-it, the wreckage that the Mullahs, the Clerics, and the Ayatollahs have created when they fired their deadly missiles up in the night sky of Teheran airport, killing all 176 civilians in one go — also wrecked their chances of remaining in power by turning the whole country against them, because each and every one of the honest and beautiful Iranian families, had a friend or relative, or someone they had known directly or indirectly, amongst the innocents flying in that unfortunate plane…

Two “degrees of separation” is the distance amongst all Iranians throughout Persia and their diaspora around the World, and especially in the United States and Europe. So they all “know” someone in that doomed flight and are now agitating against the evil clerics who have literally hijacked their country.

And of course the complete incompetence of the Ayatollahs is proven by the chronology of events that led to their decision to fire on the Civilian plane, because it was literally just a few hours right after the earlier Iranian missile attacks against the US forces stationed in Iraq — when the UIA flight took-off from Teheran airport before dawn on Wednesday’s early morning, when it was shot down by the Iranian military anti-aircraft forces.

As an excuse the Clerics now claim that the trigger happy missile command chiefs, were ostensibly on high alert, and always trigger-happy, because they were expecting an American bombing counterattack.

That imaginary attack by the US, of course remains a figment of their very active imagination since it never materialized.

And yet the incompetent Iranian missile command, fired another salvo of missiles, straight up in the air, except that this time they attacked one of their own civilian airplanes. The luckless UIA plane, taking off from the Teheran airport and thus the evil Ayatollahs managed to kill every single one of the passengers flying aboard. It is telling that as the plane dropped from the sky in a pile of debris strewn over a space several miles wide, in a vast field interspersed with human limbs, bloody detritus, burnt human belongings, personal items, toiletries, children’s toys, pieces of clothing, teddy bears, pillows, seats, and several hard sided plastic encased suitcases, that were the only items that were found on the ground, almost fully intact…

As an explantation, the Ayatollah’s Cleric regime says that the Iranian Army’s anti-air missile military command was confused and mistook the UIA passenger jet for an enemy aircraft, and immediately ordered the firing of antiaircraft missiles that struck the luckless passenger airplane, in about three minutes after takeoff, erasing it from the sky above the Teheran airport.

THAT IS NOT A MISTAKE — THAT IS MURDER.

Of course now, all of the cities of Iran are up in flames because major & violent protests are raging everywhere, as the incensed and as of yet peaceful protesters are combating the tear gas aimed at them by the regime’s riot police, and they have to set fires to stop its effectiveness. Thus the demonstrators have to defend, and while the Police and Military attack them — they resist and barricade, since they are also facing off in main public spaces, thoroughfares, and public squares of the five most important cities of Iran.

The protests have engulfed the capital city of Teheran, Isfahan, and event the deeply religious city of Qom. In Teheran, the protesters over the weekend had spilled out onto all the main streets, stopping traffic and barricading themselves behind simple trenches made of trash cans, cars and buses. And for this week of angry demonstrations against the country’s leaders after the government acknowledged having shot down their own people as they targeted a Ukrainian passenger plane flying off from Teheran airport … there seems to be no end in sight, because the citizens protests range between virulent emotions, emanating from their national shame over the “self inflicted wound” of their Cleric led incompetent Military missile command, targeting their own Airplane, taking off from their own airport in Teheran, and killing their own civilians.

If that is not an intentional crime, this level of incompetence is criminal in and of itself, and their abundant military lack of intelligence, is so blatant that even the Iranian lawmakers now demand some form of governmental accountability from the errant clerics themselves.

And indeed, all the street protesters repeat this most popular chant: “Clerics get lost!”

And that is the most potent lesson here, as all the protesters still walk about chanting this slogan “Clerics get lost” again & again — directing their ire against Iran’s clerical rulers. The protests rage on, while many more citizens come out on the streets and many functionaries resign, and leave their government posts, same as several prominent journalists, TV personalities, and TV channel newscasters are quitting their jobs, and they all apologize for broadcasting the regime’s lies, for far too many years.

Methinks that this spectacle reminds one, of the old sailor’s tale, that “The rats are the first ones to abandon the sinking ship.”

Because as it stands, the widespread anger at the Iranian government for shooting down their own people inside the Ukrainian passenger plane and then lying, & misleading the public about it, simmered for a third day on Monday, and for a fourth day today Tuesday — with the police firing bullets and clubbing open the heads of the protesting students & civilians in Teheran, and in at least two other major cities, while in other places the Police is using plenty of tear gas, water cannon, and rubber bullets.

Yet in all the places of demonstrations in Iran, the protesters are met with violence.

And all this came to a boil, because after days of denying, lying, obfuscating, and blaming the Great Satan — the United States — the Iranian military finally had to acknowledge on Saturday, that it had mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 people aboard who were mostly Iranian citizens.

Naturally the people are irate, and especially incensed, because the government still lied to them, seeing as the main government spokesman, Ali Rabeei, said on Monday that the Iranian officials had not lied to the public when they insisted the plane crashed because of mechanical problems, but were providing the limited information they had. He said that President Hassan Rouhani had learned that missiles were fired at the plane only on Friday, two days after the passenger plane was brought down mid-air, and exploded, and then the remaining debris fell back down on earth, near the Tehran airport.

Demands for government resignations spread Monday, and even came from hawks, and governmental hard-liners, who support Iran’s clerical fundamentalist Ayatollah government and yet called for all responsible officials to step down over the weekend. Naturally these calls were also echoed by members of the more moderate reformist parties, that comprise Mr Rouhani’s base.

Bahram Parsaie, a prominent lawmaker from Shiraz, said that it was not enough for Mr. Rouhani and his government to issue statements and that they needed to resign. He warned that if the president and his cabinet were not transparent with the public, Parliament would take legal action against them.

Ali Shakouri Rad, the head of a reformist political party, said the growing rift between the public and the clerical government had become insurmountable: “Covering up the mistake of downing the passenger jet with missiles was throwing acid at the image of the Islamic Republic.”

In a sign of the tensions between Iran’s clerical rulers and the elected officials, the government said Monday that it had disqualified 90 current lawmakers from running for re-election, Iranian official news media reported. The lawmakers, mostly members of reformist and centrist factions, account for roughly a third of the 290-member Parliament.

Several leading reformist politicians responded by calling for a boycott of the parliamentary election next month.

The rift over how the plane crash was handled also spread to the official news media on Monday, with several prominent state television and radio hosts quitting their jobs, saying they could no longer lie for the government.

Gelare Jabbari, the popular host of state TV’s Channel-Two programs, changed her profile picture on Instagram to black and posted a public apology.

“It was very hard for me to believe the murdering of my countrymen,” she wrote. “Forgive me for believing it too late. I apologize for lying to you on TV for 13 years.”

The journalists’ union for the province of Tehran also issued a public apology for helping spread the government’s misinformation about the cause of the crash.

“We are currently holding a funeral service for public trust,” the statement said. “The first coffins are for state broadcast company and all media and websites.”

The union called on all Iranian journalists to no longer “amplify the cover-ups of officials” and to conduct their reporting with skepticism and independent investigations.

State television, however, continued to play down the mistaken downing of the plane, with one anchor saying “it was nothing compared to the main event” — the Iranian missile attack on American forces in Iraq hours earlier.
Video

The timed sequence bellow describes how the Ukrainian Flight 752 Airplane was shot and downed in 7 Minutes, and here’s everything we know about that seven-minute flight.
We first learned that it was a missile that took down a Ukrainian airliner over Iran because of the citizen shot video that shows the moment of impact. All 176 people on board were killed. To find out what happened to Flight 752 after it left Tehran airport on January 8th, Iranian citizen journalists have collected flight data, analyzed witness videos and images of the crash site, to paint the clearest picture yet of that disastrous seven-minute flight. This is how they will walk us through the evidence, minute by minute, from the time of the airplane’s takeoff to the moment it crashed

It’s the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 8th and the Iranian military has just launched ballistic missiles against two US military targets in Iraq in retaliation for an American drone strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassim Suleimani. Iranian defenses are on high alert, on guard for a possible US attack. Four hours later, at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, Flight 752 operated by Ukraine International Airlines is getting ready for departure. At 6:12 am, the plane takes off. It follows its regular route, flies northwest and climbs to almost 8,000 feet in around three minutes, according to flight tracker data. Until now, the plane’s transponder has been signaling normally. But just before 6:15 am, it stops. We don’t yet know why. But we do know the plane keeps flying. And within 30 seconds, a missile hits it. A video filmed here captures the moment. Let’s watch it again and slow it down. Here’s the missile, and here’s the plane. Where did the missile come from? Just a few miles away are military sites equipped with Iranian defense systems. A nearby security camera films a missile being launched from one of those sites shortly after 6:15 am. The missile hits the plane seconds later. An Iranian military commander said a defense system operator mistook the passenger jet for a cruise missile. The missile sets the plane on fire. But the jet continues flying for several minutes. We don’t know its precise path after 6:15 am. But we do know that it turns back in the direction of the airport, engulfed by flames. Around 6:19 am, a bystander films the plane slowly going down. There appears to be a second explosion before the jetliner plummets outside Teheran about 10 miles from where the last signal was sent. Footage from a security camera shows the scene as the plane crashes toward it. Here on the ground we see the immediate aftermath of the crash. As day breaks, another witness films the smoldering wreckage. Debris is spread out over 1,500 feet along a small park, orchards and a soccer field, narrowly missing a nearby village. A large section of the plane looks badly charred. More jet parts are found here. And the plane’s tail and wheels have landed over 500 feet away. It is a gruesome scene. The passengers’ personal items — toys, clothes, photo albums — are scattered around. After days of denials, Iran took responsibility for the crash, blaming human error at a moment of heightened tensions.

Iranians have taken to the streets in protest after the government admitted, after three days of denials, that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet.

On Monday, the government closed the popular reformist news website Entekhab for publishing false rumors over the weekend that Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of National Security Council, had resigned.

Videos from inside Iran shared on social media on Monday showed university students in Isfahan and the capital, Tehran, chanting against the country’s clerical rulers while riot police officers were deployed nearby.

Thousands of students gathered at Iran’s elite technical university, Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, 14 of whose recent graduates died when the plane was shot down. Some lashed out our Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“We want transparency,” said one student, addressing the crowd. “This country has not had transparency for thirty years. You have lied to us. the state broadcast company has lied to us. You think we are all stupid. The supreme leader must answer to us about the country’s problems. Mr. Khamenei, why are you lying?” The crowd cheered his words…

A group of more than 30 artists, filmmakers and actors issued a joint statement on Monday saying they would not participate in the government-sponsored Fajr competition, Iran’s equivalent of the Oscars.

One of the signatories, the well-known filmmaker Rakhshan Bani Etemad, was briefly detained and interrogated for several hours after she called for a nationwide vigil for the victims of the crash.

There were no reports of violence in the protests on Monday, as there had been over the weekend, when there were videos of protesters carrying off bleeding comrades as gunshots echoed in the background. The authorities in Iran denied that security forces had opened fire.

Late Sunday, President Trump warned Iran not to target the demonstrators. Framing himself as a supporter of the media, which in other circumstances he has frequently disparaged, Mr Trump exhorted Iran’s leaders to allow unfettered reporting.

“To the leaders of Iran — DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”

In addition to the domestic outrage, Iran may also face demands for compensation from nations whose citizens were killed on the plane, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko of Ukraine told Reuters on Monday in an interview in Singapore.

Foreign ministers from five nations will meet in London on Thursday to discuss legal action, he said. The participants will include Canada, which lost 57 citizens, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Sweden and another country he did not identify.
Mr. Prystaiko said Tehran had agreed to hand over the jet’s black boxes for analysis, but had yet to set a date to do so.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared since 2018, when Mr. Trump pulled the United States out of an international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program and imposed the first in a series of sanctions on Iran to punish it for what his administration sees as its destabilizing activities across the Middle East.

After a number of attacks on United States assets and allies in the Middle East in recent months, Mr. Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds force. He headed Iran’s efforts to direct allied militias in the region.

Those militias include an Iraqi group that the United States accused of firing rockets at a military base in Iraq late last month, killing one American contractor. United States forces retaliated against militia bases, killing more than two dozen fighters, and militias responded by surrounding the American Embassy compound in Baghdad, breaching its perimeter wall, setting fires and throwing rocks.

The killing of General Suleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport raised fears that Iran or its network of allies across the Middle East would respond against the United States and its allies, possibly igniting a regional war…

In another related matter, the US calls the Pensacola AirForce school killings by the Saudi military student, a Terrorist attack and now our Attorney General William Barr pressures Apple to open up the locked I-phones of thew terrorist and his Islamic radical Saudi cohorts at that US Air Force flight school.

Today, the United States government has called the December Pensacola Naval Base shooting a “Terrorist Act” and additionally, the US is expelling another 21 Saudi military students from a flight training program, amid an FBI investigation into a deadly shooting at a Florida Navy base last year, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday, for the first time describing the attack as terrorism.

Now these people were all conspiring how to create another devastating 9-11 attack on US soils and all they get is “Detention” and “Expulsion” back to their home country were they were radicalized in the first place…

What the hell is this?

High School?

Obviously our Attorney General must be thinking that he is some kind of High School principal, and he can only offer extra study hours of the Quaran, or home detention, or even expulsion, but no other stronger remedies. And now, he says that he seeks more information about the radicalization of the Saudi Air Force personnel that were in our country as flight school students, DUHHH, and yet they were planning major coordinated attacks of dropping airplanes onto buildings, like their counterparts did on 9-11.

Thankfully their large terrorist “cell” within our own Military naval base of Air Force flying school in Florida’s Pensacola navy hot-dog air base, was infiltrated by an informant, and when the leader of the Terrorists got wind of that — this terrorist scum, decided to act fast and went on a rampaging terrorist shooting spree that killed three people inside the US naval Air Force base in Pensacola Florida where he was studying to learn how to fly planes — this past month, while screaming Allahu-Akbar at the top of his lungs before shooting all of his victims with a couple of automatic handguns…

At long last today, attorney General William Barr has finally called a spade, a spade, by identifying the December Pensacola Navy Air Force flight school attack by the Saudi Air Force aviation student that killed three people at the Florida Navy base as “AN ACT OF TERRORISM” — indeed an act of terrorism,as if it could ever be anything else, and all the while Mr Barr, is now asking Apple Inc, to help unlock all of the terrorist’s i-phones in hopes that they could provide more information about the Islamic new 9-11 plans of this sleeper cell of terrorists learning to fly planes but not learning how to land them, and about their path to radicalization, about their cohorts, and about all of their other plans…

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And so its starting, because as it seems now — all around us, international tensions and terrorist alerts are quite high, and especially within the United States and around the World right now, because Iran has called on its sleeper cells around the world to hold retaliatory attacks against the US, Saudi Arabia’s foolish students in the US are all thinking how to teach a lesson to the infidels instead of learning something and going back to fix their broken tyrannical country, and so on, with all the dissatisfied stupid people suffering from serious Daddy issues…

They all want to kill us and that means that although you may have no intention of being involved in the terrorism game — someone else may make that choice for you, and you and your family, may end up dead or maimed just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time…

Except that for the bloody schizophrenic terrorists — their actions are never at the wrong place or at the wrong time, because for them we all are the right type of target. Children, women, innocent civilians, and in short all of us, simply because we do not believe the same type of idiocies that they choose to believe in…

Funny how intolerant these deluded and schizophrenic islamist fundamentalists can all be — but there you have it…

So, in the interest of helping you survive – here are some things to remember at times like these:

– Be Aware of the fact that we are all TARGETS of the deluded crazy TERRORISTS.
– Be aware of the General State of our Reality.
– Keep your head up and your eyes out of your phone, while you are in public.
– Pay attention to your surroundings and make mental notes of the locations of the nearest exits.
– Have no less than half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
– Make sure your phone is charged when going out.
– For those willing and able to, carry your gun. Carry it concealed. Carry additional magazines.
– Have a small medical kit handy. Tourniquet, bandages, etc. A quick YouTube search will have you set up cheaply and quickly.
– Have a flashlight on you. Have a spare in your vehicle. In case of an attack in an enclosed building, lights going out causes confusion, makes you lose track of the people with you and can make a bad situation 10x worse. A simple, reliable flashlight can help alleviate these issues.
– Always carry a sturdy, lockable knife. It has many more uses than cutting cheesecake.
– Avoid stupid places, with stupid people, doing stupid things. This applies to anytime, not just during times of heightened security.
– Trust your instincts. If your spidey-senses are tingly while you are out, then that is your body sensing danger of some type. Listen to that few hundred thousand years of human evolution telling you that something nearby wants to hurt you and your family, and go be somewhere else.
– If something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.
– Don’t let someone else’s Selective Ignorance deter you from being Properly Prepared to Provide Protection to your People.

I say these reminders not to scare the friends and family that read this but to make sure they are aware of the clear and present dangers that exist right here and now.

Bad people are intent on doing bad things to Americans. They do not care if you have kids, they don’t care how you vote, and they don’t care what church you attend. They care that you are an American, and they want to hurt as many Americans as possible.

They are not going to only target military bases stateside. They will go after and attack civilians. They will attack women and children specifically. This is what they do. This is why they are called “terrorists”. Their goal is to create enough fear that others voluntarily bend to their will. Know that upfront and don’t sugar-coat that fact.

Our country has been dealing with these issues for more than two decades by now, and honestly, we as a society have become quite lax to the possibility of terrorist attacks, specifically from Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

And although most of us have been more worried about the mentally unstable school-shooter-types that have filled the news this past couple of years — the terrorists are far more effective at causing widespread damage to all.

And because that has seemed the more plausible and likely threat scenario for the average American citizen — we have to be ready and awake.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Because our enemies are actively planning to hurt Americans, on American soil — we best be aware.

Therefore — please be aware and on the defense, yet, also be ready to act and react, according to the circumstances shamelessly…

PPS:

Rest in Peace beautiful Ghazal.

My thoughts and prayers are with You in your everlasting journey to Heaven for evermore…

May the Good God of Heavens above, favor you through his Grace and keep you in his presence for all eternity.

My heart has been gutted and now rests in a thousand pieces … and yet it remains loving, hoping and steadfast, that somehow against all hope you’ll show up to be with me again, this year at Half Moon Bay.

دل من هزار تکه شد.

I remain faithful to your memory, because I know this too shall pass, and these tough times, together we shall overcome.

Now is time to bid you Adieu…

Adieu, till we meet again.

Dieux Merci.

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Recently we have heard calls from those who claim that we are experiencing a so called Constitutional crisis, and they call for the removal of the main Safeguards of the protection of Minorities within our Republic.

Indeed they obviously hate minorities, but they manage to mask their mob-rule mentality, and their sinister power putsch, as some ideal and principled quest for a form of Pure Democracy, and they successfully convince a lot of otherwise innocent citizens to carry water for them, in their foul mouthed intent to destroy and overthrow, that which holds all of us together in tolerance, compassion and understanding for everyone’s Civil, Lawful, and Constitutional Rights — backed up by the strength of the laws of the land and their enforcement.

And recently, some of these people have also claimed that it is the Electoral College that is one of the most dangerous institutions of American politics, and it needs to be removed from our tool kit for governance.

And because often-times these pushy voices tend to carry the weight of some errant politicians, ignoramuses, and mob leaders, who actually blame the Constitution, our system of governance, and even our Founding Fathers, for their own loses, shortcomings and failures — as Hillary Clinton famously does, is a calculated political animal attitude, witch creates a stirring that muddies the waters adequately so that they can then obfuscate and hide their crimes underneath the bottom mess. Flounders do this often in order to evade predators, and so do errant politicians in order to avoid the reach of the long arm of the law.

Yet, what these bottom dwellers, fail to understand is that they are effectively throwing hand grenades inside their own Glass-House, such as when our lovely Hillary goes around talking and blaming the basic safeguards of the minorities in our country for her fully warranted loss — her otherwise impolite and impolitic behavior, becomes intolerable.

After eating and pigging out, at the trough of the State and Federal Government for so many years and enriching herself to the tune of many Billions through her State department stint — to blame the Government system that she violated wholesale for her failure is akin to blowing up the Church in order to prove that God does not exist.

You can’t do that Hillary.

You simply do not do that not only because it is wrong, and really really awful, and that is why some people like Bill your husband, invite you to stop talking like that, and instead, go ahead and take some time off, and maybe bake something for Fax’s sake, or paint, or knit, or box, or go study in order to learn the Art of Rocketry like the little man of Pyongyang does in his free time — just to do something else in order to get your mind off things that make you go bat shit crazy.

I recommend taking some time off and learn “How to Bake” only because learning the ‘Art of Rocketry” might lead you into the related pursuit of wanting to learn the “Art of Nuclear Missiles” and because we are all savvy that you really want to blow up the White House with its current occupant during his sleep — you might get us all in a heap of troubles — so better please take up baking, without explosives.

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And also because building safeguards like the Electoral College in our system is a way to prevent erstwhile bombers like your alter ego from blowing up our edifice of a Republic, we had these safeguards built within our Governance system from the get-go, as essential, and thus when you blame those institutions, for your stunning and outlandish — yet wholly expected defeat — during the last American presidential election of 2016, as you claim in your memoirs titled “What Happened?” — You effectively make yourself, the subject of scorn and ridicule.

And since … well … you seem uneducated and maybe it is time that somebody must break the news to You, and if that someone is to be Me, so be it — here it goes.

The answer to your question: “What happened?” is that “Hillary Happened.”

Just that.

Yet, Hillary is not alone in this fools’ errand, because all these sore-loser politicians, the political bloviators, and the all around sour-pusses amongst the television window talking heads — usually all ask the same basic but altogether silliest of questions every time they lose:

“What happened?”

Asking what happened after receiving a body blow from the People, might be a good starting point towards understanding defeat and towards recollecting your thoughts, but it is not an acknowledgement of reality.

You know what happened.

“Hillary Happened.”

Of course, it will take some time to get all of the other relevant and minute answers, yet for now — you need to only know one thing: You tanked.

And taking a holiday and naturally maturing and understanding that this defeat might be a blessing in disguise for the People, if not for yourself as well — might be a good way to get over it.

But not just Hillary, but most of the eager beavers of Politics, do not stop their illusion right there, nor do they go for a long quiet holiday, but they attempt to remain relevant, by stirring up the people’s resentment, hate, and reptilian emotions, while in order to mask their ignorance, they are asking the acutely stupid follow-up question:

“Why do we need the Electoral College system, when we know that the electoral college distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy since electoral votes are not distributed according to population, and thus the will of the majority can be thwarted?”

Then, these unstoppable intellectual lightweights, usually go on to bloviate about the demerits of the electoral college and of our Constitutional Republic, as opposed to a simple majority vote Democracy…

They always do this hoping that they sound knowledgable and trendy in the same way that your friends oftentimes sound like reasonable deep thinkers, even though they are drunk, stoned and stupid, — at last in those few coastal States of these United States of America, where legalized weed is permissible and widely consumed, ingested, or smoked openly in fun and games party gatherings.

And here comes the reason that this question is the silliest of all political questions bar none — because it is obvious t anyone who has basic knowledge of our system of Governance, that the sore losers and erstwhile politicians, always blame the system for their loses and never blame themselves. And they always count on their pleas falling on willing ears of useful idiots, who would just as easily throw out the baby with the bathwater, because their darling lost her place in the queue of hereditary succession promised by her husband, and now she is acting like another Marie Antoinette proposing to force-feed “Intellectual-rotten-cake” to the angry masses starving for the simple & nutritious bread of the United Republic.

Still these folks remain unfettered and try to back up their claimant’s point by buttressing their earlier question with further salient points as when they reflect that the Electoral College system of governance, gives small states undue weight and influence that is not commensurate with their population strength, such as the state of Alaska, whose citizens exert a disproportionate weight in a presidential election, as well as in the Senate and therefore in the judiciary as well, and in all other extensions of Law and Governance stemming from the the upper house of the legislative branch of our governance system.

Put another way — a state like Alaska with a population of about 737,438 people has one member in the House of Representatives (Lower Congress) and two members in the United States Senate (Upper Congress), which gives the citizens of Alaska three electoral votes in our combined Houses of Parliament AKA House of Congress, or one electoral vote per 245,812.666667 people approx.

By contrast, a state like California, which is our most populous state, and which has almost 40 million people, and 55 electoral votes, or approximately one vote per 727,272.727273 people, and therefore, the common syllogism goes — these people ought to feel slightly … well … slighted.

Roughly and comparatively speaking, the individuals of Alaska have nearly three times the power in the Electoral College as Californians do.

But the Californicators have better weather, you could argue.

Yet many people in California still keep complaining, bitching and moaning about some imaginary slight… and the sleight of hand of those willy Founders who stole their “Rights” even though at the time of the Constitution there was no California to speak of, and the original 13 states had their own grievances to contend with, and through resolving these original State Rights’ grievances, they carefully planned for the future of many more states joining their nascent Union offering an equal footing as an incentive for Unity and Plurality of Common Sense support for the Federal institutions of a federated government that relied on the very States for the Existence of said Union.

However, in all seriousness, clearly complainers haven’t read anything about the Constitutional Convention, or about the Federalist papers, or even about State’s Rights — otherwise they might have had a better understanding of our Republic and the framework system that we live in, and they wouldn’t bash it at will…

Still far too many people whine, bitch and bemoan the fact, that using the Electoral College instead of the popular vote and majority rule in our Republic is an undemocratic method of choosing our Presidents, our Senators, and by extension, our Supreme Court and Federal Judges.

In a one word response I’d simply have to say:

“YES.”

YES, these grippers are absolutely right.

We do not live in a Democracy.

Period.

They are all absolutely CORRECT. All of my California friends are unfailingly and unseeingly correct, in their assessment that we do not live in a Democracy.

Because, not deciding who will be the US President by majority rule is obviously not the hallmark of democracy.

Yet, it is right here where political correctness takes a deep dive into the cesspool of turbidity and stupidity, because if they had read the simple memo that came with their voting privilege AKA the US Constitution — they would have known that the Founding Fathers went to great lengths to ensure that our system of Governance was that of a Republic and not of a Democracy.

As a matter of fact, the word Democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence, nor inside the Constitution, nor in any other of our founding documents or in the papers of the Constitutional Convention or even inside the Declaration of Independence.

Tellingly, when Dr Benjamin Franklin came out of the Constitutional Convention of Philadelphia, and was asked by an old lady: “Doctor, what form of Government have you all decided to give us?”

Benjamin Franklin replied simply thus:

“Madam, It’s a Republic, if you can keep it.”

And here are a few other notable quotations that were expressed by the Founding Fathers when asked about the merits of simple Democracy VS the Republic, as a means, mechanism, and method of Governance of the United States of America…

1) In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison wanted to prevent rule by majority faction, saying, “Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”

2) John Adams warned in a letter, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”

3) Edmund Randolph said, “That in tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

4) Then Chief Justice John Marshall observed: “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

5) Indeed, all of the Founders expressed severe contempt for the tyranny of majority rule against the minorities, and thus throughout our Constitution, they placed in effect serious impediments to that tyranny.

As an example here is a litany of those obstacles to Majority’s tyranny against the minorities:
A) Two houses of Congress pose one obstacle to majority rule. That is, 51 senators can block the wishes of 435 representatives and 49 senators.
B) The president can veto the wishes of 535 members of Congress.
C) It takes an over-majority of two-thirds of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto.
D) Another over-majority is required to make amendments and changes to the Constitution, because that act requires not a simple majority but a two-thirds vote of both houses, and if an amendment is approved, it requires ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures.
E) “E” stands for Electoral College, because literally the Electoral College is yet the stronger measure that thwarts simple majority rule, because it absolutely makes certain, that the highly populated states of today, mainly the 12 most populous coastal states, cannot run roughshod over the rest of the 38 states that make up these United States of America that stands as our federated nation. And that simple arithmetic of power balance amongst all states, forces a President and the Legislatures, as well as all potential presidential candidates, to seriously take into consideration the wishes of all of the United states regardless of size and socio-political make up.

So for those Americans who are obsessed with mob-rule, or a simple arithmetic popular majority rule stemming from the stuffed ballot boxes in a few popular states with one kind of voter preference — they just might want to get rid of the Senate as well, because guess what?

All states, regardless of population, have two senators.

Should we change representation in the House of Representatives to a system of proportional representation and eliminate the guarantee that each state gets at least one representative?

Because under our current system, seven states with populations of One million people, or even fewer citizens, still have one guaranteed representative — apparently giving them an undemocratic and disproportionate influence in the upper House of Congress.

And while we’re at it, should we make all congressional acts by majority rule?

So that when we’re finished with establishing mob-majority rule in Congress, should we then move to change our court system, which requires unanimity in jury decisions, to a simple majority rule?

And how far do you think that mob mentality will last before they elect to erect Guillotine on the public squares and in front of all the Courthouses and start decapitating scores of people who tend to think differently than the mob-majority?

Maybe you could ask the question to the scores of victims of the era of “Terror” that was ushered in after the storming of Bastille, during the French Revolution that employed the Guillotine in that era of Mob Majority rule that saw Robespierre and his reign of stark terror, reign supreme, in that mob-rule, ravaged country, that literally “ate its own children” when the guillotines were finally turned around and starting feeding on the heads of the revolutionaries and their families…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

So to my fellow Americans, my question is simply this:

“Is it ignorance of, or contempt for our Constitution and for our Founding Fathers, as well as for the DNA of this nation — that fuels the current Democratic party’s call towards abolishing the Electoral College and the other safeguards that were instituted in the first place for venting the rage of the mobs, and defusing the riotous force of the mob-majority-rule, and instead protecting the peaceful co-existence of the minorities?”

I would follow that one question up, with this last one:

“And would you then be ready to yield, to the pressures of the pure democracy harpies, and the empowered majority mobs, that will push to go ahead and remove all other safety mechanisms that are in place now for the protection of the weaker ones in our Nation and for the protection of the longevity, and the healthy long term maintenance of our Republic?

PPS:

Please give me your answers on those questions right here and we shall track your responses, through simple majority arithmetic.

PPPS:

And if anyone of you even thinks for a moment that Bill’s suggestion of Hillary taking up baking as therapy is a sexist one — I shall have you be informed that the vast majority of bakers are burly men, and that we should take pity on poor Bill who looks awfully malnourished and on the throes of starvation, amongst all the other privations that he suffers now that Hillary is always at home, and therefore, he could really use the benefit of some home baked goods.

Of course, knowing Bill, I venture that maybe he would like his baked goods, to be mixed with some edibles within … but that’s another story and is wholly dependent on which State of the Union he can be at the time to see if he can lawfully ingest those. I recommend a quick visit to Washington state where the bakers had had some time to experiment with the various dosage formulations and the bakery consistencies of the “Edibles” they purvey to the general public, and where he will be able to satiate his hunger for all things edible…

However even simple food bakers, like Yours truly, who not only know how to bake bread, but also know how to bake a decent apple pie and also knows how to serve it A-La-Mode, would be happy to Fed-Ex some good and wholesome American apple pie with a wedge of Wisconsin cheese, to Bill, just to save him from imminent threat of famine.

So as you are all thinking of preparing a Baked-Goods-Food-Aid box to send to poor Bill to save him from death by starvation — here is his address where you can post all of your baked creations containing adequate supplies of edibles within.

Please send all such baked goods to this address by post directing it to:

Ex-President
William J. Clinton,
Paramount Plaza,
1633 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

I assure you Bill, the man, will be eternally grateful for receiving your edible baked goods, and so will be the plump interns at the office…

By the way:
Blue colored fabric packaging is not necessary…

For the baked goods I mean.

Not for the Interns.

Capice?

In an election year, it is time to look for alternatives to the establishment political duopoly of the two main parties … whose division, bigotry and hate, are pushing our country to the brink of a new Civil War by making our nation ungovernable.

And that’s why George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and many others, always warned us about the evils of the two party system and recommended for all true Americans, to escape the alternating monopoly of the two parties’ monopoly, through the addition of the Independents to the party system, because “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.”

Yet sadly today we are limiting ourselves to the binary and bipolar choices of a simple to party system that is not so much different than the one party system of communist China.

And even though the party bosses of the Tammany hall type of politics prevalent in American today, try to convince you that you have some type of Democracy — you know that you ain’t got any such thing, being bipolar and depressed, as well as being perpetually oppressed by this alternating Monopoly of power.

That is why the Great Emancipator is quite depressed today and is holding his face in his hand.

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As a matter of fact, even the X-large affirmation of history is on the side of Independent third party movements and parties, because they are willing to touch third rail issues. For example, the fledgling Prohibition and Socialist parties supported women’s suffrage during the late 1800s, and by 1916 both Republicans and Democrats saw the light, and felt the heat.

Although the success of the Prohibition Party was fleeting, it is a model of how an issue can come from a single constituency and evolve into raw political power.

The Prohibition Party has run candidates for President in every election since 1872 (yes, this year too), but none received more than 300,000 votes or about two percent of the ballots cast. However, its “dry” candidates for state and federal office often siphoned off votes that cost the major party “wet” nominees their winning margins. That proved to be powerful political leverage. In the 1918 contest for US Senate in Colorado, the incumbent Democrat polled 48% of the vote, but the Prohibition Party candidate, who scored just 2.3% gave the Republican nominee the edge – one of the two seats the GOP needed for majority status on Capitol Hill.

In 1992, Reform Party candidate Ross Perot hammered away on the issues of reducing the deficit and the need for a balanced budget. President Bill Clinton went on to coordinate a bi-partisan coalition that created several balanced-budget deals.

The Libertarian Party had a significant impact on the passage of the 2012 Colorado referendum to legalize the use of marijuana – it had already elected a mayor, two city councilmen, and a sheriff on their party line.

The Lincoln party and its leader yours truly — have done a far better job than most other historical Independent parties in terms of longevity and effectiveness, but we still have a long way to go in order to supplant the power of the major parties. Still we are on a league all our own, with the best prospects for a win in the upcoming elections…

According to a recent ABC News & Washington Post survey, 57% percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the binary choices of Dems VS Reps and say that they would prefer a third-party Independent candidate to run. A recent Associated Press & University of Chicago poll revealed that 71% of millennials want an Independent alternative to the Republican and Democrat nominees.

Yet although three quarters of voters self identify as Independents, there is no free market of ideas and Independent candidates to choose from come Election Day when people go to the polls…

That’s because ballot access laws are the new poll tax.

The establishment parties benefit from gerrymandering, grandfathering, nepotism, dynastic succession, corruption & byzantine ballot access laws that make it difficult for alternative candidates to “qualify” for our vote. Forty-five states have “sore loser” laws denying defeated candidates the right to run again on a third party line. If a candidate believes political kingmakers thwarted his prospects of winning the Democrat or Republican nomination, his political job application cannot be re-submitted to the voters – it’s against the duopoly’s rules. Nine states don’t even allow voters to write-in names of their preferred candidates.

Therefore, getting on the ballot on all fifty states is a real challenge for any Independent party or Presidential Candidate as well…

As it seems, disenfranchising Independent candidates is part of the Oligopoly power elites’ election game as well, because the two main parties, both represent the front and rear axle wheel part, of the wagon of corporate influence in Politics of America as both parties feed at the same trough of corporate money and lobbying.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Perhaps now is the time to literally throw out both Democrat and Republican corruption, as Abraham Lincoln once famously suggested by saying: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties…”

Because back in the 1860s it was evident that the two party system had failed since it was those two parties that caused the Civil War, and therefore, then President Abraham Lincoln warned us against both the Whigs and the Democrats, the two main parties of the day, who were both proponents of Slavery to differing extents, and thus complicit to that system of vast corruption, human degradation and terror, and who through their own power hungry conflicts for supremacy, had hurled the country headlong into the bloodiest conflict of its history — the Civil War.

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

And yet by a providential act of deliverance — this newbie and at that time new Third party (Republic) Independent candidate Abraham Lincoln, managed to squeeze through the warring parties, into the Victory and thus win the Presidency, and bring about the True Emancipation of all human beings, for the betterment of this country and the World as a whole.

So…

Methinks, it is time to do more than just dread the seemingly inevitable and far too limiting choice of Biden VS Trump, and seek Independent alternatives.

Because simple black and white, or blue and red, is never a full choice, and since we live in a spectacularly multicolored World, made up of the many multihued types of intelligence, shared and distributed amongst the vast variety of Homo-Sapiens living in America today — we better open up our eyes to the full spectrum of color variance…

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | January 10, 2020

I really don’t give a Fax about this Iran thing…

Retro technology rocks.

Retro-tech, the stuff that the Neo-Luddites love, like steampunk, off grid grow your own food living, and kill your own animals, and even goth cosplaying with re-enactments of ancient wars — will surely entertain you, because these things are time intensive activities that give meaning and fulfillment to some peoples’ lives — but did you know that our President is a Neo-Luddite too?

Got you there — didn’t I?

Am sure you are stumped by this revelation, but even for a sworn Luddite residing in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to go from ordering a rather complex weapons carrying Boeing drone to successfully target & train-down a massive missile on the head of a Chief Arch-Terrorist in the environs of Bagdad airport — to get back to the 1980’s retro-tech of the fax machine, in the space of a couple of days, is a monumental achievement. And yet that is apparently what Trump did over the last week or so…

Obviously our Supreme Leader, means it, when he says that he wants to Make America Great Again — like in the good old day.

He will surely make America great again, by revisiting the 80s and reutilizing their long gone high technology … of the Fax machine.

Next up, carrier pigeons …

For diplomacy.

Oh God — please spare me for “Fax” sake…

But on a serious geopolitical note — as you would expect from the mind of a Churchill — the timeline of the provocative tit-for-tat events that led us to this moment of a fortuitous lull of hostilities between the US and Iran — truly spans a long time.

As for the timing of all this coming to a boil — it took a few years, but it was all quite predictable, as seen bellow in the carefully organized chart of sequential events, of the last couple of years of President Trump learning the ropes of his office… and roaring at the top of his lungs to no one in particular, except to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats and he is using the Iraq-Iran crisis as his megaphone.

Am just showing you the way, because Iran’s missile attack on two American bases in Iraq didn’t come out of the blue, but instead it all came in response to the droning of Soleimani that didn’t just happen because he was on a junket in Bagdad and the US decided to strike Iran’s top military general. This whole thing is in the offing since 2016, and it is actually the culmination of more than three years of steadily rising tensions, especially, since President Donald Trump withdrew from 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the World’s powers.

Indeed, the two countries are now engaged in their most serious confrontation since the 1979 Islamic revolution and takeover of the US Embassy of Teheran, yet today both sides have signaled restraint following the missile attacks against American & Iraqi bases inside Iraq, and the “accidental” downing of an Iranian jetliner full of civilians and many Canadian people by the air defenses of Iran — right after takeoff at the airport in Teheran, but the threat of an all-out war remains a distant nightmare …

At least for now.

A timeline of the main events leading up to this week’s hostilities goes as following:

May 8, 2018: Trump announces that the U.S. is withdrawing from the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, which had provided sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and stepped-up U.N. monitoring. Over the next several months, the U.S. ratchets up sanctions, exacerbating an economic crisis in Iran.

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Nov. 5, 2018: U.S. imposes tough sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, the lifeline of its economy, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces a list of 12 demands it must meet for sanctions relief. Iran rejects the wide-ranging demands, which include ending its support for armed groups in the region, withdrawing from the Syrian civil war and halting its ballistic missile program.

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May 5, 2019: The U.S. announces the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without providing details. It threatens “unrelenting force” in response to any attack.

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May 8, 2019: Iran vows to enrich its uranium stockpile closer to weapons-grade levels if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its nuclear deal. The European Union urges Iran to respect the nuclear deal and says it plans to continue trading with the country. Trump says he would like Iran’s leaders to “call me.”

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May 12, 2019: The United Arab Emirates says four commercial ships off its eastern coast “were subjected to sabotage operations.”. Trump warns that if Tehran does “anything” in the form of an attack, “they will suffer greatly.”

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June 13, 2019: Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz are hit in an alleged assault that leaves one ablaze and adrift as 44 sailors are evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushes to assist. America later blames Iran for the attack, something Tehran denies.

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June 20, 2019: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shoots down a U.S. military surveillance drone. Trump says he called off a planned retaliatory strike on Iran over concerns about casualties.

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July 1, 2019: Iran follows through on a threat to exceed the limit set by the nuclear deal on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, which is used for civilian applications and not for nuclear weapons.

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Sept. 14, 2019: A drone attack on Saudi oil facilities temporarily cuts off half the oil supplies of the world’s largest producer, causing a spike in prices. The U.S. says Iran carried out the attack directly, calling it an “act of war” against Saudi Arabia. Iran denies involvement, while the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claim responsibility.

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October 2019: Massive anti-government protests erupt in Lebanon and Iraq. While the protests are primarily driven by economic grievances, they target governments that are closely allied to Iran. In Iraq, protesters openly decry Tehran’s influence and attack Iranian diplomatic facilities.

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November 2019: Protests break out in some 100 cities and towns in Iran after authorities raise the price of gasoline. The scale of the protests and the resulting crackdown are hard to determine as authorities shut down the internet for several days. Amnesty International later estimates that more than 300 people were killed.

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Dec. 7, 2019:  An American freed by Iran in prisoner exchange … has been freed after the Trump administration agreed to a prisoner exchange with Teheran. The communications channel for this was the Swiss diplomatic FAX machines that effectively managed the exchange agreement between the two warring sides. The American graduate student was imprisoned in Teheran Iran, for more than three years and has now been freed after the Trump administration agreed to a prisoner exchange with Tehran. This was accomplished in a simultaneous release of both American Xiyue Wang, and the Iranian stem cell scientist Masoud Soleimani, who was held in the United States on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran, because of his purchase of recombinant proteins, and it comes at a moment of exceptionally high tensions between Iran and the United States. This prisoner swap took place in Switzerland, and unlikely as it may seem — did not lead to any further thaw in the relationship of the two countries, although it offered some measure of hope for other Americans imprisoned in Iran, as well for some Iranian prisoners of the US.

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Dec. 27, 2019: A US contractor is killed and several American and Iraqi troops are wounded in a rocket attack on a base in northern Iraq. The United States blames the attack on Kataeb Hezbollah, one of several Iran-backed militias operating in Iraq.

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Dec. 29, 2019: US airstrikes hit Kataeb Hezbollah positions in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 fighters and bringing vows of revenge. Iraq calls the strikes a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty.

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Dec. 31, 2019: Hundreds of Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters barge through an outer barrier of the US Embassy in Baghdad and hold two days of violent protests in which they smash windows, set fires and hurl rocks over the inner walls. US Marines guarding the facility respond with tear gas. There are no casualties on either side.

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Jan. 3: A US airstrike near Baghdad’s international airport kills Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force and the mastermind of its regional military interventions. A senior commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq is also killed in the strike. Iran vows “harsh retaliation.” Trump says he ordered the targeted killing to prevent a major attack. Congressional leaders and close US allies say they were not consulted on the strike, which many fear could ignite a war.

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Jan. 5: Iran announces it will no longer abide by the nuclear deal and Iraq’s parliament holds a non-binding vote calling for the expulsion of all US forces. Some 5,200 American troops are based in Iraq to help prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group. Trump vows to impose sanctions on Iraq if it expels US troops.

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Jan. 8: Iran launches several ballistic missiles on two bases in Iraq housing American troops in what it says is retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. There are no immediate reports of US or Iraqi casualties. Trump tweets that “All is well!” and says he will deliver a statement Wednesday. Iran’s supreme leader says “we slapped them on the face” but that “military action is not enough.”

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Jan. 9th: An Ukrainian jetliner taking off from the Teheran airport, was targeted by Iranian air defenses and attacked by a missile battery that caused it to be destroyed in mid-air, and then the wreckage crashed back on earth near Teheran, early Wednesday, in the morning hours after Iran had launched massive missile attacks against two Iraqi military bases housing American troops. Iran has now admitted that it mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet on Wednesday, blaming human error and “US adventurism” for the crash, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for measures to prevent similar accidents in the future amid heightened tensions and military alertness. However this is a little too late for the victims, that number 176 people who died in the crash, including: 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three British nationals… all innocent victims of the amateurish way the Iranian military plies its trade. Apparently, bazar merchants, unschooled teenagers, and highly untrained operators, are the drafted people that pretend to be professional soldiers that are manning the missile batteries of the Iranian Air-Defense systems and that is the freaking outcome…
Scores of dead civilians thanks to the clowns of Iran’s leadership.

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And as if that wasn’t enough — here comes the FAX machine…

Because this ancient telecommunication instrument was used recently, by the US to communicate with the Iranians — via the Swiss diplomatic mission’s fax machine in Bern and Teheran — for the December scientist prisoner exchange, and also just now for the current de-escalation of the US-Iran conflagration.

This tidbit of yesterday’s tech use, reminded me of the pivotal role that the old trusty Fax machine has played past as well as it has played during this time of conflicts and troubles all around.

Indeed, according to highly placed US sources: “The Swiss diplomatic fax, as a back channel of communications, has become enormously important because of what it can do in the short term, to lessen tensions. In fact it is the only viable channel right now.”

Same as the Swiss cuckoo clock, that has been keeping up generations of people who for some unknown reason, like to have Swiss time technology in their homes, along with the infamous fondue machines gathering dust in their kitchen cabinets, alongside all other kits, and kitsh-stuff, that represent retro tech’s resurgence.

Kind-a-like the Disco lights and the 80s M.C.Hammer breakdance & EDM music, that are staging a comeback along with M.C. Hammer’s harem pants, and the inimitable breakdance moves of Michael Jackson. Those are also the moves of Donald Trump’s pinnacle as a dancer in the Manhattan nightclubs. Moonwalking and all … the guy is most likely sleepwalking his way to Studio 64 all over again.

But, I digress…

Because this article is about another aspect of the character of this creature of the 80s. This is about the personality of the Real Estate mogul & developer, who has a true affinity for messenger boys, fax machines, and other outdated technology, like Twitter. And since President Trump, had much to say both via Twitter and via FAX, at the same time — we have new knowledge about the brewing kerfuffle, or rather the stormy conflict in the tea cup, that seems to have been resolved via fax machine, right when the US was having a melee with the Theocratic regime of Iran.

And this is the highlight if not the Twilight of the Fax Machine era, and of the US-Iran conflict which was recently solved — wait for it — you guessed it, by fax.

As a matter of fact, (or fax) the conflict was solved by careful applications of “FAX” technology, because at the same time that Trump was apparently rage-tweeting on Jan 4th, two days after the killing of Iran’s top military leader Qassem Soleimani, when Prez Donald Trump, was tweeting that he would hit 52 major targets including Iranian heritage sites for potential retaliation if America suffered losses following an Iranian attack, warning that “those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD”, the US president was secretly busy, using an encrypted back-channel through Switzerland, in order to bring the world back from the brink of war.

So was it all a Psy-Op for the benefit of the US president and his endangered “rump” because of the issues stemming from the ungovernable impeachment mad and power hungry masses of the representatives of the peasants, the plebs and the pols, all residing at the lower levels of Congress, like the old beasts of the Roman arena at the Colosseum?

Or was it a well thought out Presidential act, like Trump supporter and confidante, Aussie puccoon-journalist magnate and owner of the Wall Street Journal reported, that just hours after the US strike which killed Iranian Major General and Master Terrorist, Qassem Soleimani, “The Trump administration sent an urgent back channel message to Tehran, saying: Don’t escalate.”

The encrypted fax message was sent via Switzerland’s capital Bern to the Swiss Embassy in Iran, and then hand delivered to the Iranian leadership through Iran’s Foreign Minister. As a matter of fact, this fax machine method of communications, is one of the few means of direct, confidential communication between the two sides, as top US diplomatic officials told the Wall Street Journal reporters. So this fax machine telecommunications was used effectively on numerous times, as was this week, when, in a series of frantic attempts to de-escalate the tensions — the two warring sides communicated — even as top US and Iranian leaders were stirring patriotic sentiment and nationalistic fervor on their respective sides of the “church & mosque.”

To be sure, the White House and the Iranian leaders exchanged several further messages in the days that followed, which officials in both countries described as far more measured, than the fiery rhetoric that was traded publicly by the erstwhile politicians and nominal leaders of both nations.

Playing Nice…

Playing nice, was not supposed to be part of Trump’s repertoire, and not that of the Iranian Ayatollahs either — and yet both of them played nice, both for our benefit and for our slight edification, just now.

Isn’t it NICE to play nice?

“Playing Nice” like the uber-nice Swiss diplomats and like the nice Swiss ambassador to Iran, Markus Leitner, who helped transfer these fax messages between the US and Iranian leadership directly to the Ayatollah’s mouth like a nice little messenger boy.

And as it turns out this type of fax & messenger boy diplomacy worked, because a week later, and after a minor retaliatory, and highly theatrical Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi military bases hosting American troops — in missile attacks that purposefully inflicted no casualties — Washington and Teheran have stepped back from the brink of open hostilities and are reimagining PEACE and purposeful Co-Existence amongst them.

Nice…

A Senior US official had this to say to the WSJ reporters: “We don’t communicate with the Iranians that much, but when we do the Swiss fax machines have always played a critical role to convey messages and avoid miscalculation.”

And while a spokesman at Iran’s mission to the United Nations declined to comment on the fax exchanges, he said “we appreciate the Swiss, for any efforts they make to provide an efficient channel to exchange letters when and if necessary.”

Another Iranian public official said that the fax channel provided a welcome bridge, when all other bridges had been burned.

“In the desert, even a drop of water matters.”

In retrospect, it should hardly be a surprise that the perpetually neutral Swiss and their tried and true technology of the fax machine, were the last and the best communication recourse, used to prevent the potential war between Iran and the United States.

And as the WSJ notes, from the Swiss Embassy, a Shah-era mansion overlooking Teheran, Switzerland’s role as a diplomatic intermediary has stretched through four turbulent decades and seven presidencies, from the hostage crisis under Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, and now to the era of the Trumpster fire burning at the White House.

But the Swiss fax machine was never tested like this, before this minute by minute de-escalation.

And here is the play by play account of how it happened.

The first American fax was sent immediately after Washington confirmed the death of Soleimani, the most important figure in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the U.S. officials said. It arrived on a special encrypted fax machine in a sealed room of the Swiss mission – the most enduring, and secret, method since the 1979 Islamic Revolution – for the White House to exchange messages with Iran’s top leadership, especially when the two nations are concurrently parading in public media in their bellicose propaganda to earn political brownie points.

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This bespoke fax equipment operates on a secure Swiss government network linking its Tehran embassy to the Foreign Ministry of Switzerland in its capital city Bern, with its embassy in Washington. Thus say the soft spoken and fondue eating quiet Swiss diplomats. Apparently only the most senior officials have the key cards needed to use the fax equipment, and the junior staff are not allowed to steal fax paper rolls for other uses such as when the toilet runs out of paper, or then they need to write a fresh caves d Qumran message for the ages…

Back in the jungle, and in the early hours of Friday morning, just a few hours after Soleimani’s death-by-drive-by-drone, Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner, delivered the American fax message, by hand, to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Predictably, Zarif responded to the US fax missive saying that “US President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are bullies, and that is why America is the cause of all these problems.”

Now, there might be some truth to that statement, and even if we admit that the US may indeed be the cause of all the problems — it also has all of the advanced weapons. So despite the pompous rhetoric, Iran knew full well that it could not hope to escalate in tit-for-tat fashion without risking virtually everything going up in flames.

Which is why, Iran was fairly quick to take advantage of Leitner’s mediation and to counter the US response by another fax.

The Swiss ambassador Markus Leitner – who regularly visits Washington for closed door assignations and sessions with Pentagon along with State Department and intelligence officials eager to tap his knowledge about Iran’s opaque and fluid politics – spent the next several days after Soleimani’s killing shuttling back and forth in a low-key but high-wire diplomatic mission, designed to let each side speak candidly.

Indeed, the two combatant’s communication back channel by fax and messenger, was a quiet, yet vivid contrast to the public jabs of President Trump and Mr Zarif on Twitter and on the Reuters news service, and on all of the news networks.

Because shortly after Trump tweeted on Jan 4th that the US had picked 52 Iranian targets for eventual escalation, Zarif responded just as belligerently on the next day: “A reminder to those hallucinating about emulating ISIS war crimes by targeting our cultural heritage,” he wrote. “Through MILLENNIA of history, barbarians have come and ravaged our cities, razed our monuments and burnt our libraries. Where are they now? We’re still here, & standing tall.”

However, at the same time as the Iranian foreign minister Zarif was seeking to emulate Trump’s twitter bluster, he called the Swiss ambassador in Teheran Markus Leitner, to take and fax a message to the US that was far more restrained, and this led to a fluid exchange of subsequent more mellow secret statements from both sides. It was these simple fax statements, that helped prevent errors, trigger happy responses, and miscalculations, by the militaries of the warring nations, according to the officials of both sides.

A Senior Trump administration official said: “When tensions with Iran were high, the Swiss played a useful and reliable role that both sides appreciated. Their system is like a light that never turns off.”

That is in full contrast to the Twitter shouting and outrageous claims, which has emerged as a medium for spreading premeditated, fake, outrage, for mass consumption and whose sole purpose is to distract from what is truly happening behind the scenes.

And of course, it is not the first time the Swiss have helped pull back the warring tribes of the Middle East from the brink of mushroom clouds… Because indeed, they have served as messengers between Washington and Teheran many times since they started this fax machine back channel, in 1980, in the wake of the seizure of the American Embassy, and the 52 diplomats that became hostages in Teheran, at the hands of the Iranian revolutionaries, after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.

Since then, the humorless Swiss diplomats call their role the “brieftrager,” or “the postman” in earnest.

I call them the shepherds of the fax machine messages, because since the years after the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Swiss “shepherded” messages to help avoid direct clashes. When President Obama assumed office, Switzerland hosted the talks that led to a nuclear deal, and thus when Washington lifted Iran’s sanctions, the Swiss businessmen had an early jump on rivals. When Trump reimposed sanctions, he gave the Swiss a phone number to pass to the Iranians, saying: “I’d like to see them call me.”

I can reveal that number in a world exclusive, and it is the (202) 456-1111 telephone & fax number, where you can send your own loopy & looping fax messages too.

No wonder — so far — Teheran has continued to communicate through the Swiss fax machine back channel.

Yet one wonders, why has this archaic method of communication proven so effective at pulling the world back from the edge of crisis and from the brink of war?

Former Swiss ambassadors say the diplomatic channel is effective because the US and Iran can both trust that a message will remain confidential, be delivered quickly, and will reach only its intended recipients. Statements passed on the back channel are always precisely phrased, diplomatic, and free of emotion, something which is clearly impossible on Trump’s favorite social media platform, which he uses for precisely the opposite purpose, in order to spark outrage, and in order to appeal to the base reptilian brain emotions of his core supporters & to the groups of pugilistic sycophants all around him.

By contrast, Switzerland, is a landlocked country of nine million people, with no standing army and yet it is a country where everyone is given military training since the time of William Tell, and after heir training they are all given a military rifle, and bullets by the government, and are required to participate in monthly military weekend-long exercises. This militancy and the banker’s unavoidable seriousness, along with the boring nature of all the Swiss, is what helps this small nations’ diplomats, to play their role as the world’s neutral “fax machine postmen, middle-men, and bankers” in order to lever access to the great powers and to the lesser powers out there.

And apparently the Swiss also have a good way of keeping the old fax machines like their cuckoo clocks and their fondue sets, all well oiled, and fully operational.

Darn it, can anyone please tell me, where is it that I have misplaced my trusty old fax machine, that was a telephone and a computer modem and a fax with printer and scanner, all in one?

Methinks that I should definitely find my old fax machine, reclaim it from the tip, and reinstall it with a Swiss number.

Because seriously now…

Who knows what kind of messages I might receive?

Maybe the looping cavorting nudes of the 1980s coming out as dirty Disney cartoon sequences?

Or something of a more recent vintage.

Like Iran’s latest entreaties by fax, to Donald Trump to build a TRUMP Casino-Hotel inside the ruins of the old palace of Persepolis, for the use of the waves of Chinese tourists soon to be flocking to Iran?

We’ll see…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And speaking of Swiss banks, and bankers, they need to be paid for their efforts, because nothing in this world is free of charge, especially in Switzerland.

So in order for the Good Bankers to be able to put fondue on the table — the WSJ notes that currently Swiss diplomats are “politely asking” the President in Washington, to give the green light for Swiss banks to finance exports to Iran that aren’t subject to sanctions — like food and medicine.

A former Swiss ambassador had this to say: “We do things for the world community, and it’s good. But it is also good for our interests.”

Of course it is, because for the privilege of funding the most basic human needs, those same Swiss banks can charge exorbitant rates of interest to the impoverished country of Iran, that for years has had a negative official interest rate.

Yet, Iran isn’t the only geopolitical hot spot where the Swiss Embassy represents U.S. or other countries’ interests after the breakdown of diplomatic relations: the Swiss now holds six mandates including representing Iran in Saudi Arabia, Georgia in Russia, and Turkey in Libya, and the USA in Cuba, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Back, in April of 2019, the Trump administration asked the Swiss, to represent us in our disputes with Venezuela but President Nicolás Maduro’s government has yet to approve this back channel communication method.

And so, if the world has any hope of avoiding an all out war between the US and Iran, it will have to go through the Swiss fax machine, at least figuratively, because as tensions between Washington and Tehran escalate, the Swiss backchannel has remained active.

Again, back in December when the two countries released prisoners at the same time at a special hangar in the Zurich airport – the US special envoy on Iran Brian Hook and Iran’s Zarif sat in separate rooms of the same hangar, as the Swiss police carefully directed the well orchestrated and minutely choreographed exchange…

So from now on I will rename & count my fax machine “Swiss Fax” and expect that it will work hard for Global Peace and along the way generate massive amounts of revenue and goodwill for All…

PEACE ON EARTH is the call sign of my Fax machine in case you are wondering how to reach me…

Go search that one and Have a Happy new Year in the balance too.

And please don’t give too many “faxs” about the psychos and the psychops of Washington and Teheran, because both of them will pass, as soon as the 80s call, and ask for their Fax machines and their mannequins, back.

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These guys are made for each other.

Cheers

PPS:

In our next installment we shall examine how President Trump will make America Great Again and at the same time avoid Global Nuclear Armageddon, through carrier pigeons and smoke signals between the US and North Korea.

I wish him Good Luck with that … and by the way, Donald, please send me a FAX and let me know how it all worked out for you.

Thanks a Million.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | January 4, 2020

Man’s Search for Meaning…

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary ‘thing’ called love, and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
Without the arising of love in your heart, life has very little meaning.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Posted by: Dr Churchill | January 3, 2020

A Just War…

Thinking and voicing the open ended Question of why is it that after more than 40 years of Iran’s poisonous activities, sponsoring terror worldwide, and unlawful development of nuclear weapons, alongside with their spreading of Hezbollah style flat-footed Islamic fundamentalist Shia militancy throughout the region, and throughout the wider world — the United States of America’s policy for the region, has been one of steady decline of security & safety architecture for the Middle East?

That question is somewhat closer to be answered now that things came to a boil in Bagdad, Iraq with the successful and bloodless droning of the chief architect of the Syrian genocidal war, and the man who has consistently propped up the failed tyrannical regime of Syria that has costed humanity upwards of a million dead civilians, mostly children and women.

The target of the successfully targeted drones was Quasem Soleimani – a chief terrorist and a stain on humanity, that has now been bleached from the face of this earth.

Indeed the latest answer to this pivotal  came with a “whooooshhhh…” sound that cleared this one persistent stain, from the fabric of humanity — and that is a giant understatement…

Because for far too long, upwards of forty long years now, Quasem Soleimani and the Iranian militant Islamists, along with their proxies and their agents, have been killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians, children, mothers and the infirm, all of them ordinary people like you and me — with impunity, both domestically within their country, and in the wider Middle East, as well as internationally throughout the world.

Surprisingly, America has pretty much been a silent bystander, in that special Middle Eastern theater of the absurd, and thus allowed that naked terror shit-show to go on, by making deals and giving cash to the crazy Ayatollahs.

And what did we get in return?

We got a terror show.

A terror show, that would make horror films made in Hollywood by my friend Tarantino, look like Disney’s animated children stories with lame ducks and feathered friends…

Yet suddenly, and especially after the election of President Trump, and with the strong encouragement of Mr Bolton and my countryman, the marine general from Washington state James Mattis — the United States attempted to stop the merry-go-round by disentangling our policies from Obama’s idea of paying Iran a Pirate’s Ransom of Billions in cash for a “deal” and instead we stopped drinking Cool-Aid out of that “poisoned well” and we scuppered the Iran deal, and reimposed severe sanctions on Iran for their nuclear weapons developments and for their terrorism sponsorship.

But the new US administration had intentionally left a few back doors open, as we had also left some waivers in place, in order to offer an inducement, and a quiet signal, about wanting to re-negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.

Additionally further approaches were made from our side, in a stream of constant “asks” for third party intervention, and invitations for meetings, that went back and forth, as well as assurances given for an imminent round of negotiations, and even inducements offered for the Iranians to sit alongside us, and start the “Horse Trading” games of one-up-manship anywhere they pleased…

These overtures to the “Islamic Terror Tyrants” that I call ITT, were often times offered by the refusniks of the last administration, like John Kerry and some other hold-outs of the long gone past, who they thought that they will be back in power soon, and thus they always spoke with the Mullahs, of making a “cash-deal” for when the Dems would come back to power in America, and that Iran should “cut them some slack” during their first days back in power.

Pipe dreams. And their wishes are pipe dreams too.

All of them pipe dreams, coming out from the mouth of that medical Mary-Jane that they are all smoking to their heart’s content… or from the same “Habili-Bibili” hashish infused “nargile” the Ayatollahs are smoking too.

Because however long that day might be from today — the errant refuzniks who now are trying to help Iran, didn’t flinch while giving Iran billions of dollars and additional reasons to stay in the game long enough, until they come back to power…

Yet, after the sea change in American security policy for the MENA region — apparently the Ayatollahs missed the Memo, and thus neither the Supreme leader of Iran the Theocratic tyrant Khamenei, nor the arch-terrorist mastermind Soleimani were sufficiently alerted to the changes made, and thus the US’s lenient treatment of Iran at the hands of the so-called hawks of the present US administration did not penetrate deep enough in their tiny souls, and in their small minds, to alert them to the fact that they had to change their criminal terrorist ways…

So they went ahead and ordered their minions to make the state of Iraq also part of their theocratic regime — come hell or high water, resting firmly in the past, and believing their erroneous assumption, that the US will continue to stand down, and silently observe their misdeeds, while making no move to stop or deter them…

And thus it came to pass, that the Iranian stooges were emboldened and attacked and stormed the US embassy in Bagdad, having been allowed to penetrate deep inside the Green Zone by the Iraqi security forces under the proviso that they will only attack the American embassy, and thereby hoping that they will cause another “Benghazi Terror Incident” looking for blood by killing the American diplomats who were barricaded inside the US embassy’s main building that was defended by a few Marines.

Yet quite unexpectedly for the attackers, our Marine guards were fortified with reinforcements, and thus repelled the riotous attackers who had managed earlier to penetrate the first perimeter zone, and had set fire on the embassy’s entrance reception hall, and on some other outbuildings of the Embassy compound.

Naturally, the Marines counterattacked with non lethal force and dispersed the crowd of Hezbollah and other Iran supported militia men that had gathered on the embassy’s front buildings they had already burned, as they were attempting to storm the main building itself, in order to kill our Diplomatic personnel housed within the walls of the main embassy building…

This deliverance was quite unexpected by the attackers who were vast in numbers and unsurprisingly well equipped.

Further unexpected events followed…

Unexpected events that the masterminds of the terror attacks in Bagdad clearly were not prepared for…

Apparently in the timeline of unintended consequences for the Iranian tyrannical regime — after repelling the dastardly attacks against the US embassy in Bagdad and after evacuating the American diplomatic personnel from Bagdad — the US sent some drones who rained down a measure of “whoop-ass” on Soleimani, and his co-conspirators as they were leaving Bagdad, after their plan of terror was foiled — and thus the US came out of this skirmish resurgent and brimming with strength, having clearly demonstrated to all and sundry, that our current President, and the United States military, are willing and able to effectively strike back at Iran, and at their terror masters, after striking them hard, exactly where it hurts.

Sending the message to the insane terrorists that by droning and killing the mastermind terrorist Soleimani and his cohorts, the United States is doing what is necessary by removing that human stain, and is simply taking care of business — then that is what the Memo to the Mullahs, to the Ayatollahs and to all other terrorists, says.

And further the US says that no more “Benghazi Tragedies” will be allowed, because that is what happens to the perpetrators of terror. And seeing as Soleimani, was personally responsible for organizing, overseeing and orchestrating this reign of terror in Iraq’s capital Bagdad, as he had done to so many other cities, towns and villages throughout the region, and he was gleefully admiring his handiwork by being present on the “ground” directing his minions that were recently attacking and burning down the American embassy of Bagdad — he seems to be asking to be droned and evaporated.

Thankfully, Soleimani’s labors were largely unsuccessful, because his attack on the American embassy of Baghdad did not become another tragedy for America like that of our embassy in “Benghazi” in 2012, and instead it turned in our favor, because he made himself visible as a viable drone target in “foreign territory” deep inside the American battle theater of Iraq, and well outside the sheltering skies of his home country of Iran.

So in my mind — this droning of a Chief Terrorist in the filed of his terror — is clearly justified, because that is exactly what St Augustine had in mind when he termed certain types of conflict as “Just War.”

And as it comes at the heels of the Bagdad terror wave that Soleimani was personally responsible for — his “droning” was fully justified, because he brought this sentence of death to himself.

As a matter of fact Soleimani owned, his own “Sentence to Death” as expressed by St Augustine’s axiom that “Punishment is Justice for the Unjust.”

And in some form this was his deliverance too. And a form of closure for the many thousands of his victims that still today mourn their loved ones, lost in this awfulness of constant terror in their homelands…

So aside from the meting-out of justice, and from the realization of the “Just Punishment” for terrorists, what comes next?

What’s next is anybody’s guess…

Maybe war, maybe battles, maybe regional conflagrations, and maybe nothing at all.

Surely some more dronings will follow as the plan seems to be working well. Spot terrorist in an operating theater of battle — drone said terrorist, and eliminate the stain of humanity once and for all.

Rinse.

Repeat….

Ad infinitum.

That is all that is going to happen.

And therefore, on the part of Iran — I am most likely to believe that nothing at all is going to happen, because that is the preferred “modus operandi” of the Ayatollahs, who like all reptilian beings are right now scurrying to hide under the nearest rock, in order to find some cover, lest they be “droned” in their sleep.

And my further assessment is that they will remain quiet until things die-down.

Because the Ayatollahs and the Mullahs all know, that any other provocation, including possible Iranian strikes against Israel or against Saudi Arabia, or even Iranian strikes against US troops stationed in Iraq, even unleashing even more terror in their own sphere of influence, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey etc —  the now famously trolled Ayatollahs of Iran, have been defanged and are all presently scurrying, for their caves in pell mell fashion, leaving their flip flops, their turbans, along with their beads, far behind.

As a matter of fact a wave of vast anti-theocracy and anti-tyranny unrest both inside Iran & Iraq, coupled with anti-Ayatollah and anti-Mullah regime demonstrations and civil disobedience within Iran itself, has been unleashed and that is the best tool for the US and our Allies, to be utilized in order to further disable this State Sponsor of Terrorism and replace the Mullahs and the Ayatollahs for good, giving a breath of fresh air for all Persian peoples.

We must do this, because keeping up the pressure on the foolish Ayatollahs makes one thing abundantly clear, and places the devilish Mullah’s calculating minds at a new equilibrium, by removing any doubt about the New American Middle Eastern policy, fully alerting the fundamentalist leadership of Iran, that they can no longer continue to spread terror across the World, or to expect that killing American citizens and striking at US embassies will be met with any degree of impunity.

There is a new sheriff in town and they best behave themselves.

And that visible shift in the US security policy for the Middle East, represents a New Dawn for the whole of the MENA region, as well as for the rest of the World and for Iran in particular.

All, because finally, some people in these United States woke up, and realized that after spending upwards of a Trillion dollars and sacrificing more than five thousand American lives in this errant conflict of the Iraqi oil wars against Saddam Hussein — we now have turned the page and realized that we can no longer supplant one crazy dictator for a bunch of loony fundamentalist Islamist dictators, who want to usher hastily the end of the world, because they believe in teleological Islam.

The end of times will come for their silly heads, one at a time, as deservedly required payback for their actions of terror — justly.

Justly, as the Pentagon has now confirmed that at the direction of President Donald Trump, the United States military unleashed a drone attack inside Iraq and rather near Baghdad airport — that struck a convoy of automobiles carrying the famed Iranian terrorist, so called “Major General” Qassem Soleimani, the notorious terrorist commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ “Quds force,” and his Iraqi lieutenant, who is known by his nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, annihilating both men along with their drivers and personal security detail…

This US drone strike took place in the theater of war territory, deep inside Iraq, inside Baghdad, and very near the major civilian airport of this much suffering country, that cannot bear up any more terror, having lost more than a million people in the recent war conflicts and the very many years of terror and tyrannical regimes.

Now it’s time for the Iraqi people to receive the dividends of Peace and Prosperity that their wealthy country can afford to give to all of their citizens. Now it is the time to engage in Democracy and civilian institutions building. Now is the time to rebuilt their infrastructure. Now is the time to fix up their schools and educational systems and stop the genocide of their minorities. Now is the time for Iraq to finally unfetter themselves form the terrible effects of tribalism, and receive the benefits of progress and civilization that it’s people are thirsting for…

The prayers of the Iraqi people have now been answered as they see the nasty virus of terror, slowly being exterminated; one terrorist at a time, thus giving the space for the germination of the green shoots of Liberty and Democracy, as it happened in our own country after 1776… when our own people prayed for deliverance.

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May the tree of Liberty and Democracy take hold in Iraq, now that the American military command, with one swoop has decapitated the Iranian regime’s chief architect of terror, along with Iran’s most prominent leader in Iraq — where the US Embassy was set ablaze and our diplomat’s lives were hanging in that awful balance of terror, but. a few days ago…

We do not want to see another Benghazi, where our Ambassador that was working hard to improve the lives of the Libyan people, was tragically tortured and unceremoniously killed, back on September 11th of 2012, when members of another Iranian inspired terrorist cell named “Ansar al-Sharia” attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi Libya, killing the much loved American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and the US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith…

That is the playbook of the now removed stain on humanity, who lived under the name Soleimani, and his “removal from the field” is a military success far superior to the removal of Osama bin Laden and, more recently, of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

And I am saying that because these “stain removals” pale by comparison, because Mr Soleimani, in addition to being responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers during the Iraq War — had directed the largest ever state project of officially sanctioned “State Terrorism” which has shaped the geopolitics of the MENA region and beyond.

And since Soleimani, who arguably was the second most important man in the Iranian power hierarchy, and had led Iran’s military campaigns throughout the Middle East — his removal is a coup of unprecedented proportions for the current conflict with Iran.

So maybe this time around, the lesson will not get lost as Iran’s campaigns, that resulted in the lengthening of Iran’s shadow across Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon — campaigns that Mr Soleimani had directed, along with all of the armies, militias, and terrorist groups that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, devastated civilian infrastructures, and turned millions of people into refugees, will be redirected towards erasing his negative influence and thus remaking Iran a beneficial force in their own neighborhood…

One can wish for that, and am certain that if the Iranian people  had their way — they would deliver on this, as they have done throughout the ages of their brilliant history. Because who can forget Epic of Gilgamesh? Or the value of Cyrus the Great to the whole world? Or the many civilizing influences of the great empire of Persia over the ages? And who can dispute their amazing contributions to humanity in times past?

So Soleimani’s droning was long overdue, in order to replace him with a benevolent force for good and for the benefit of the people, and not for terror. Enough said.

He had to go, because Soleimani’s main job was commanding a network of Shiite militias subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which have served as the foot soldiers for his military campaigns. His subcommander in Iraq was al-Muhandis, an old Iranian asset who headed the Hezbollah Brigades and oversaw the so-called Popular Mobilization Units, the umbrella structure under which Iranian-controlled Iraqi militias were grouped. Over much of the previous decade, many of these militias were deployed in Syria, alongside the IRGC’s Lebanese unit, Hezbollah, to defend Iran’s interests there in support of the genocidal regime of the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Soleimani’s militias, which were formally integrated into the Iraqi security apparatus, have long been the real power in Baghdad.

But they have also taken ample advantage of US support — especially during the Obama administration years, as part of the anti-ISIS campaign, to take control of large sections of the Iraqi border with Syria, which allowed Soleimani to move missiles, personnel, and other materiel across the border and point them at Israel’s head. Recent Israeli strikes along the Iraqi-Syrian border and inside Iraq are testament to Iran’s use of Iraqi territory in its broader geopolitical play, which includes the positioning of missiles on Iraqi and Syrian soil, after having turned Lebanon into a forward missile base against Israel, Turkey and even Europe.

And lest we be misled and mistaken by the Iranian regime’s propaganda that activates the useful idiots in the West — we ought to remember that Israel is hardly the only terrorism target, since amongst many others — Soleimani used Iraq as a forward base to target other US allies, like Saudi Arabia, and all of the Emirates, as well as people from all other nations as when he indiscriminately killed the United nations personnel in Bagdad, with his “truck bombing” of the United Nations building inside the Green Zone of Bagdad, when my friend the Commissioner for Refugees Sérgio Vieira de Mello, also perished in that dastardly act of naked & hateful terror unleashed against the very people who were trying to give succor and help to the much maligned millions of refugees and IDPs, all fleeing from the carnage after being displaced by the Iraqi wars of succession, and bloody civil war and insurrections.

The “Canal Hotel Terrorist Bombing” in Baghdad, Iraq, took place on the afternoon of August 19th, of 2003, and it killed at least 22 people, including the United Nations’ Special Representative in Iraq Sérgio Vieira de Mello, and wounded over 100, including prominent human rights lawyer and political activist Amin Mekki Medani.

That was the handiwork of Soleimani, and it had his fingertips all over it, as that is the hallmark and the kind of inhuman and decidedly evil strategic threat, that Soleimani personified against the whole World.

He was such a singular threat because only a state sponsor of terrorism, with large resources could pose such danger, since terror group leaders like bin Laden, and al-Baghdadi, could only dream of doing what Soleimani did, while hiding in their respective subterranean caves.

And yet, despite the size of the threat Soleimani posed — two successive US presidents steered away from removing him, from the playing field.

Because even when Soleimani and his minions, were killing and maiming American soldiers and scores of innocent civilians in Iraq with children wearing suicide belts and women dressed in suicide explosive vests, along with young men equipped with antitank missiles and night time placing of roadside IEDs with a great regularity — President George W. Bush, and his military commanders, were too afraid to pull the trigger and remove this stain on humanity from the scene…

Indeed, General Stanley McChrystal revealed to us, about a year ago — how, when he was serving as the head of the Joint Special Operations Command in 2007, he had ample opportunity to kill Soleimani, and very good reason to do so: “At the time, Iranian-made roadside bombs built and deployed at his command were claiming the lives of US troops across Iraq.”

But he did not remove him, in order “to avoid a further firefight, and the contentious politics that would follow.”

A year later, another opportunity to kill Soleimani was wasted. During the operation to assassinate Hezbollah’s senior military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, in Damascus in 2008, Soleimani was present with Mughniyeh. “At one point, the two men were standing there, same place, same street. All they had to do was push the button,” a former US official disclosed in 2015. “But the operatives didn’t have the legal authority to kill Soleimani, because there had been no presidential authority to do so.”

Therefore, seemingly immune from US retaliation, Soleimani spent the Obama years strutting around Iraq and Syria like a peacock in ’70s-style turtleneck sweaters and an array of tailored military style jackets like an IRGC version of Al Pacino in Scarface, while garnering admiring magazine profiles.

This nauseating treatment started at the top.

Under President Obama, the US was realigning with Iran, which meant providing its regime with billions of dollars, some of it hand delivered by US officials in the form of large pallets of cash. The US also provided direct military support to Soleimani’s Iraqi militias as part of the anti-ISIS campaign. It was important not to cross Iran’s red lines, administration officials regularly leaked at the time, so as not to jeopardize the safety of U.S. soldiers while they killed Iran’s enemies in Iraq and Syria–a strategy that was variously labeled as “counterterrorism” or “the fight against Al Qaeda” or “the war against ISIS,” and which invariably involved aligning with Iran to kill Sunni Arabs, who form the majority of the region’s population.

Taking the red carpet treatment for granted, Iran appears to have badly miscalculated their chances this time around, with the United States under the leadership of President Trump, and there is obviously a lesson in the offing for those Islamists who just might be smart enough, and who might  want to learn, in order to adapt and consequently survive…

Because as it turns out, it is the US administration has now made made the lesson crystal clear, and delivered the relevant memo not just through the internet but directly through the mouth of the drones — and the lesson says that the United States of America would hold Iran, its leadership, and the Ayatollahs directly responsible and accountable, for any attack by Iran’s terrorist assets that would harm American military personnel, US diplomats, or the international peace and stability.

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Now I hope that may the Ayatollahs find a good psychoanalyst and spent some time on the couch in order to analyze the significance of this message now.

I wish you all Good Luck with that, and please do let me know how it is working for you…

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

The president personally tweeted that “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!”

Not only did Iran and its militias kill an American in one such attack, but they then orchestrated an attack on the US Embassy designed for maximum public humiliation. Soleimani, Al-Muhandis, and other senior Iranian militants in Iraq, took part in the attack, and even tagging and graffiti on the embassy walls, declared Soleimani to be the attackers’ commander.

As a matter of fact, there were no pretenses as to who was responsible for the attack. Iran’s head of state, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is often pictured with Soleimani at his side, publicly mocked the US, declaring that “You can’t do anything.” The stage was set for a replay of the Iranian US Embassy takeover of 1979 in Tehran.

Apparently, Supreme Leader Khamenei — according to Iranian theocratic extreme Islamist Shia fundamentalist regime’s hogwash ideas — exercises the authority of the missing 12th Shiite imam on earth, and yet he didn’t quite foresee, nor prophesied, and certainly not even imagined — what was coming next…

Because what came next, was followed by “the silence of the drones” aptly named because the “target” only hears a simple “Hisssss…”

The famous “Silence of the Drones” is the last thing Soleimani heard too.

The last minute “hisss…” that can easily be mistaken for flatulence and it is quite funny that this is what he heard, and certainly looked around for the responsible party inside an automobile full of garlic kabob eating fartists; so by the time they looked up — they were all evaporated.

Poof. It must have been the garlic that made them go pfttt….

But all jokes aside — maybe this time the lesson will not get lost on Iran’s Supreme leaders, or on their Yes-men, their lieutenants, and their followers…

At least one can hope.

PPS:

Happy New Year folks…

This Christmas time, we ought to remember Mercy…

Mercy is what ultimately causes us to love each other, even though we can be hard to love, because we all are a bit broken…

And yet if we find a measure of Mercy and Love for ourselves — we can surely find that measure of Mercy and Love for all others as well, and that as it turns out, is the last resort of what is a pivotal quality of all decent Human Beings.

Especially during this season of reflection, renewal and rebirth, that we call Christmas and the birth time of our Saviour Jesus Christ, let us remember one special woman who rightfully could claim to be one of the Mothers of our Glorious American Revolution.

Mercy then, is a “real thing” this Christmas, as it has been in Christmases past, and at all times of reflection, hope & renewal, throughout our History as sentient soulful human beings.

Hence, I am not just speaking of just the kind of Christian Mercy and it’s multitude of beautiful outcomes I am talking here about the simple acts of kindness towards ourselves and others that are able to motivate us, in order to engage in further acts of kindness and compassion, towards all and sundry, so that we might someday bring about Peace on Earth…

But also to be able to bring about another kind of Mercy as well…

The kind of Mercy personified in human attributes, and living out a Life of value…

Such as Mercy — an American revolutionary, who lived her life as a simple human being, with the greatest aspirations and ideals and who is to be remembered as a real being of divine mercy and goodwill, that has activated not only her own personal history, but it has also shaped our national story as well in ways great and small.

Because this person whose name was “Mercy” and who happened to live at the very beginning of our Revolution, and throughout the war of Independence and the birth of or Republic, and indeed wrote the story that chronicles the birth of this nation, better than anyone else.

And here I am now, at Christmas time, hoping that through the merciful nature of our God and through the mercurial actions of our brethren, we can live in the Sunny Uplands of Freedom and Democracy, that the Mercy of our Father destined us to live into, through the abundant Faith & Free Will he has endowed us with.

Yet, this other “Mercy” person was also necessary for our history to evolve, as she happened to be the younger sister of James Otis, who was Boston’s leading advocate for colonists’ rights in the 1760s, before the Revolutionary war of Independence…

This girl was Mercy Otis Warren, who was a rather keen git, a geek for her time, or what would then be considered a “bookish” girl — because Mercy was a voracious reader and a serious writer, at a time when girls never obtained basic literacy, and therefore, could not even read or write.

However, Mercy’s father, James Otis Sr — had encouraged her education, and her insatiable curiosity, and thus Mercy demanded to join-in when her brothers read aloud, and she took the place of her second oldest brother during lessons with their uncle, a local Presbyterian Minister. And while James Otis Jr was a student at Harvard, he’d come home and tell her about his studies, especially the political theories of John Locke, and she would listen attentively, and then she would go in search of continuing her self-education by reading voraciously the works of John Locke, Shakespeare, Milton, Greek and Roman literature, Moliere’s plays, Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the World, and everything else that she could lay her hands on, on subjects that interested her, amongst the rest of the great works in her family’s overlarge library, and in the Boston libraries, as well as that of Harvard and beyond…

She was such a precocious child that at age 14, when she met her future husband at her brother’s Harvard graduation, she wouldn’t let go and insisted on the relationship, until they got married in 1754, at ages 26 and 28, respectively. Talk about a clinging woman … but hey made a good match and raised a great family, and while she was raising five children — Mercy also began writing some articles under a pen-name, as well as many private poems about her family and the nature of being.

Back in the turbulent 1760s, the Warrens’ Plymouth home became a meeting-place for like minded patriots, mainly because of Mercy’s brilliant light and abundant hospitality. And as her husband had joined her brother in the Massachusetts legislature, where together, they opposed colonial governor Thomas Hutchinson, Mercy joined the chorus of voices for Liberty. Sadly, James Otis’ career was cut short in 1769, when a British customs officer bashed his head with a cane in a bar brawl and the cranial trauma incapacitated him, and that inexorably pushed him into debilitating illness.

So after Otis went sadly quiet, mercifully for us, his sister “Mercy” began writing his articles, answering his correspondence, including letters from radical British historian Catharine Macaulay, and as also encouraged by her husband, who praised her “genius” and “brilliant and busy imagination” Mercy, also began writing satirical plays that attacked Colonial Governor Hutchinson, who was originally her brother’s nemesis.

Her first play, “The Adulateur” published in Boston’s Massachusetts Spy newspaper in March and April 1772, portrayed a thinly disguised Governor Hutchinson as Rapatio, the dictatorial leader of the mythical kingdom of Servia. Warren pitted Brutus, a hero based on her brother, against Rapatio. “The man who boasts his freedom — feels solid joy” Brutus declared, “tho’ poor and low his state.” Three years before the Revolution, Mercy’s play warned that a day might come when “murders, blood and carnage — shall crimson all these streets.”

That is how Mercy became the one early American woman whose speech and mere words inflamed the American revolution and the war for Independence, because Mercy Otis Warren actually used her wit to write, and always raised her voice in order to activate & agitate for the cause of Liberty, as it is perhaps best known that she brought about the idea that the “Cause” of the American Quest for Rights, Liberty and Independence, was nothing less that an “Appeal to Heaven” up above grant us LIBERTY and RIGHTS that we can use to propel ourselves into the Future unfettered by the shackles of the past…

And thus the “APPEAL TO HEAVEN” became the first flag of the Sons of Liberty on land and the first flag of the fledgling navy of the United States convened by George Washington at his expense and comprised off all of six schooners, and of the Massachusetts early navy as well, but it all got started during Christmas time of 1760, when Mercy Otis Warren conceived of bundling the traditional Evergreen flag of Massachusetts vessels with the revolutionary idea that only God can save the Rights of the American people, and as such, the flag was carried about during the early years of the seething rebellion that had culminated in the tea party of Boston and the war of Independence…

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An “Appeal to Heaven” was indeed what we today call a “Hail Mary” or a last ditch effort to bring about a sea-change and a prospective progress that were essential for the American story of Liberation & Independence, but it was also an effort to distinguish this all-too-human pursuit, and endow it with a divine cloak, as the cause of eternal justice brings it in the long arc of the Universe.

And indeed it was this flag of an “Appeal To Heaven” that was carried about Boston and all the New England territories — as it was spawn from one of Mercy’s writings, and it was interwoven with the Christmas Spirit having the green Christmas Tree woven in the center of an off-white sail-cloth, and thus it became an easy to fabricate flag, being produced in all the sail lofts of Boston and the New England sea faring towns, and consequently became the pivotal “American Journey flag” of all the sea going vessels, and of all the rallying patriots at the New England and Massachusetts meetings, rallies and conferences, during the early formative days of our Glorious Revolution of 1776.

The​ ​year​ ​was​ ​1775​ ​and​ ​our​ ​country​ ​was​ ​just​ ​about​ ​to​ ​face​ ​their​ ​greatest​ ​battle on​ ​American​ ​soil. It was the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Revolution.​ ​At​ ​that​ ​time​, ​the British​ ​(the​ ​most​ ​powerful​ ​military​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world)​, ​were ​occupying​ ​Boston​ ​and​ ​problems in​ ​the​ ​colonies​ ​were​ ​rising.​ ​George​ ​Washington​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​intercept​ ​incoming​ ​British ships​ ​with​ ​supplies,​ ​however​ ​the​ ​popular​ ​vote​ ​in​ ​Philadelphia​ ​disagreed​ ​with​ ​anything to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​upsetting​ ​the​ ​king,​ ​especially​ ​after​ ​the​ ​Boston​ ​Tea​ ​Party.​ ​Our​ ​General decided​ ​to​ ​take​ ​it​ ​upon​ ​himself​, behind​ ​closed​ ​doors,​ ​to​ ​commission​ ​six privately​ ​owned schooners​ ​and​ ​start​ ​his​ ​own​ ​navy ​(rumored​ ​to​ ​have been done at his own​ ​expense.)​ It​ ​was​ ​to​ ​be called​ ​”​Washington’s​ ​Secret​ ​Navy”​​ ​and​ ​all​ ​boats​ ​were​ ​to​ ​have​ ​”​An​ ​Appeal​ ​to​ ​Heaven” flag ​upon​ ​them.​ ​Also​ ​known​ ​as​ ​​”​Washington’s​ ​cruiser​ ​flag”​,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a white​ ​flag​ ​with an​ ​evergreen​ ​tree​ ​in​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​with ​the​ ​words​ ​“​An​ ​Appeal​ ​to​ ​Heaven​”​ ​stitched​ ​across.

​Just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​months​ ​after​ ​the​ ​first​ ​voyage,​ ​a​ ​British​ ​Brigantine​ ​named​ ​the “Nancy”​ ​was​ ​captured​ ​by​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​schooners​ ​the​ ​”Lee”.​ ​On​ ​board​ ​were​ ​muskets,​ ​flint, gun​ ​powder,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​supplies​ ​in​ ​abundance.​ ​The​ ​prize​ ​was​ ​so​ ​great​ that ​it​ ​was​ ​said our​ ​country​ ​would​ ​have​ ​taken​ ​well​ ​over​ ​a​ ​year​ ​to​ ​produce these items.​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​was​ ​this​ ​the greatest​ ​capture​ ​of​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​Revolution,​ ​it​ ​also​ ​inspired​ ​all​ ​the​ ​founding​ ​fathers​ ​and the​ ​birth​ ​of​ ​our​ ​country’s​ ​United​ ​States​ ​Navy​ ​as​ ​we​ ​know​ ​it​ ​today.​ ​The​ ​original schooners​ ​bearing​ ​the​ ​”​Appeal​ ​to​ ​Heaven”​​ ​flags​ ​continued​ ​capturing​ ​British​ ​ships​ ​and performing​ ​special​ ​services​ ​for​ ​the​ ​remainder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​war​ ​as​ ​our​ ​new​ ​Navy​ ​was​ ​being formed.​ ​In​ ​April​ ​1776,​ ​The​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​adopted​ ​this​ ​flag​ ​for​ ​its​ ​own​ ​navy.​ ​It’s resolution​ ​for​ ​operations …​ ​”Resolved,​ ​that​ ​the​ ​uniform​ ​of​ ​the​ ​officers​ ​be​ ​green​ ​and white,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​the​ ​colors​ ​be​ ​a​ ​white​ ​flag,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​green​ ​pine​ ​tree,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​inscription, ‘​An​ ​Appeal​ ​to​ ​Heaven​.'”​ ​The​ ​Massachusetts​ ​Navy​ ​sailed​ ​twenty-five ​ships​ ​during​ ​the​ ​war​ ​to defend​ ​the​ ​coast​ ​from​ ​the​ ​British​ ​and​ ​then​ ​eventually​ ​absorbed​ ​into​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States Navy.

The​​ pine ​​tree​​ had ​​long​​ been ​​a ​​New ​​England​​ symbol ​​being​​ depicted ​​on​​ the ​F​​lag​​ of​​ New England,​​ ​flown​ ​by​ ​colonial​ ​merchant ships​ ​dating​ ​back​ ​to​ ​1686.​ ​Leading​ ​up to​ ​the​ ​Revolutionary​ ​War,​ ​it​ ​became​ ​a symbol​ ​​of​ ​Colonial​ ​ire​ ​and​ ​resistance.

Thus at a time when few women could or would — Mercy Otis Warren contributed her own XL voice to the cause for freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with none other than our own first journey flag, when we were making our first forays into the unknown and vast ocean, that was the “unknowable future” of our National Story, who is still unfolding in our times as we are engaged in the pursuit of Liberation, Liberty, and Self Governance.

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The idea of “not resting idle upon our laurels” is personified by Mercy Otis Warren, who built upon this Christmas season’s Revolutionary flag successful adoption by none other than George Washington and his tiny navy, and by the patriots of Boston — as she continued publishing her liberty laden merciful articles for the patriots, & her piercing polemical satires and rants for the Colonial Governing administration, and the British authorities and customs officers. As it turns out, her writings had indeed a great effect by preparing the American colonists for the final break with England, the mother country — elevating the Quest for Liberty and Rights as an Appeal to Heaven up above…

As indeed, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and all other key leaders of the American Revolution knew that behind Mercy’s “Nom de Guerre” and Mercy’s other various pseudonyms, was indeed Mercy Otis Warren of Boston Massachusetts — they called her, the “most accomplished woman in America.”

And although John Adams, and many of them, would later feel the sting of her pen — all the Founding Fathers who read & celebrated Mercy’s writings, were always respectful and admiring and paid tribute to her personally, in many laudatory reviews when she first began publishing under her own name in 1790, because as a poet, playwright and historian, she was the first American woman who eventually wrote openly & unashamed under her own name for printing, for publication and for wide circulation.

As such, Mercy’s play, “The Adulateur” caught on with Boston’s Independence minded patriots, and with the Tea party patriots, who began to substitute its characters’ names for actual political figures in their own private correspondence, in order to confound and confuse the British censors and interceptors of the Royal Mail, and thus effect their own communications.

When, in 1773, Boston newspapers in their WikiLeaks moment, published the private letters of Colonial Governor Hutchinson’s that confirmed American patriots’ worst suspicions about him, because in one letter to the Crown, Governor Hutchinson called for “an abridgement of ‘English liberties’ in colonial administration,” Mercy Otis Warren responded with her new play “The Defeat” a sequel to “The Adulateur” which cast Rapatio (Governor Hutchinson) as the “dangerous foe of Liberty, of truth, and of mankind.”

At that time, all the leading Americans patriots of the day, knew that Mercy Otis Warren was the play’s anonymous author.

And thus after the Boston Tea Party, John Adams asked her to write a mythical poem about it, as “a frolic among the sea-nymphs and goddesses.” Warren obliged, quickly writing “The Squabble of the Sea-Nymphs,” in which two of Neptune’s wives debate the quality of several teas, until intruders poured “delicious teas” into the water, thus “bidding defiance to the servile train, the pimps and sycophants of George’s reign.”

In early 1775, as Bostonians chafed at Britain’s “Intolerable Acts” — Mercy Otis Warren published poems that encouraged women to boycott British goods, and in another of her plays, she mocked loyalists, royalists, and remainers. Indeed her play, “The Group” was published two weeks before the battles of Lexington and Concord.

Like other patriot writers, she insisted on anonymity in order to avoid British retaliation, telling one publisher not to name her “so long as the spirit of party runs so high.” Anonymity may have also helped her as a female writer, by insuring that readers judge her work on its merits, not dismiss it because of her being considered a member of the weaker sex…

During the war, Mercy Warren worked as her husband’s personal secretary and managed their Plymouth farm while he was away governing as president of the Massachusetts provincial congress. She kept up a frequent correspondence with John Adams — a protégé of her brother — as well as with his wife, Abigail Adams.

In November 1775, as the British held Boston under siege and cannon bombed it through their gun boats, James Warren wrote to John Adams, a friend and delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, urging him to give up on trying to reconcile with George III. “Your Congress can be no longer in any doubts, and hesitancy,” he wrote in his lawyerly style, “about taking capital and effectual strokes.”

Mercy Warren insisted on adding a paragraph of her own: “You should no longer piddle at the threshold,” she dictated. “It is time to leap into the theatre to unlock the bars, and open every gate that impedes the rise and growth of the American Republic.”

As the newly minted American Statesmen debated the proposed new Constitution in 1787, Warren and her husband came to be with the camp of Jeffersonian purists and Madisonian advocates who came to be called Anti-Federalists in later years, because as part of the older generation of revolutionaries that had emerged from provincial governments, they were expected to be far more loyal to their states than to the federal government that seemed remote and resolute as the old British colonial administration had been in the past. Therefore, both Mercy and her brother James penned arguments against the evolving Federalist nature of government – published anonymously. These arguments were very much in the spirit of the Federalist Papers penned by Jefferson, Madison and few other purist adherents of Liberty…

Unsurprisingly Mercy Warren’s anti-federalist essay, published in 1788 under her “Nom de Guerre” pseudonym “A Columbian Patriot” warned that the engorged Federal government under the Constitution, would lead to “an aristocratic tyranny” and an “uncontrolled despotism.”

Presciently, she also warned, that the Constitution (without its amendments) lacked a bill of rights, offered no guarantees of a free press, freedom of conscience, or trial by jury, all prescient thoughts that over the years came to be included and thus corrected the Constitution — our living document — with the necessary amendments as additions to the founding DNA document of our country.

Indeed as Mercy Otis Warren wrote that the Constitution didn’t protect citizens from arbitrary warrants giving officials power to “enter our houses, search, insult, and seize at pleasure” her florid and all sweeping essay proved more popular than her husband’s narrow, precise legal arguments and as such, her article created such outrage towards the new Congress, that it became the pivotal complaint which in turn contributed to the populist & popular pressure that led Congress to pass the Bill of Rights in 1789.

Such pivotal actions were taking place, in her name, that people came to view Mercy’s work, as “Democracy in Action” and many correct actions were moved to the forefront under her guiding light…

As fitting and proper, in due time, Mercy Otis Warren finally shed her anonymity in 1790, by publishing her book Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous under her own name. In it, she had collected two decades of her work, including Revolutionary-era satires, and two new plays with prominent female characters.

Both John Adams and George Washington sent congratulations, and Alexander Hamilton proclaimed her a “genius” of “dramatic composition.”

Yet that successful artistic compilation of her writings, was just a prelude to her masterwork, because in 1805, Mercy Otis Warren published a three-volume, 1,200 page history of the American Revolution.

Titled “History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution” it made her the first female historian of these United States of America, and the only one of her era to write about the nations’ founding days, from an Anti-Federalist and pure Jeffersonian Republican perspective, and although her book sold poorly — it still provoked a vicious series of letters from John Adams, who apparently was the one who had encouraged her to start writing the history in the first place…

And maybe because John Adams’ Federalist politics clearly clashed with Mercy’s anti-federalist and State Rights positions — he didn’t come off terribly well in her telling of this pivotal moment in our long and varied history of internal political debates.

Indeed John Adams quipped: “History is not the province of the ladies.”

And here, anyone who has read Mercy Otis Warren’s account of our Glorious Revolution — would agree that in this matter, John Adams, was again quite wrong…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Because as it turns out, Mercy Otis Warren’s history is filled with clear eyed revolutionary perspective, unsullied by zeal and fervor of the times, and her character insights, primary sources, and footnotes, are brilliant gems of history, as they are not to be found anywhere else.

Indeed, Mercy Otis Warren’s history is a very useful and extremely insightful tool, for all students of our Republic’s history, as well as it offers an aphorism for all politicians, and a keen lens full of light for all Americans patriots, laymen & modern readers, because it is the largest early and most accurate history of this peculiar American movement for Liberty & Independence.

And it is the emphasis on Natural Rights, Human Rights and Civil Rights, that was made possible by these new types of men and women, all peculiarly American specimens, collectively toiling, thrilling, and risking it all — treasure, family & life — in the work of building a tomorrow free of yesterday, as they fought in unity, with a sense of greatness, striving for personal intellectual & practical achievements, full of moral integrity.

And as it turns out, these are all easily Americsn traits of character, that ought to educate and even impress in all current Americans, a sense of shame for the way we live and bicker, as we conduct our political affairs today.

Please remember: “E Pluribus Unum.”

As for me, Mercy’s writing are an extremely useful primer, and therefore — methinks that it ought to be required reading for all American patriots, because it shows clearly the quality of human beings who liberated the New World from the tyrannical clutches of the old world, and thus affected the biggest revolution to have ever taken place in the History of this Earth…

Because that was the REVOLUTION THAT FREED THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | December 8, 2019

Poetry from a friend…

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I made a blanket of my fears and a bed of my sickness
Wine of my pain and water of my bitterness

I made faith out of my clothes and God out of my ugliness
I made love out of my loathe and hate out of my pettiness

Time out of change and a dollar out of a crisis
I made shoes out of my woes and walked crooked miles in all of my wickedness

I made a road out of my hope and paved it in all of my jealousy
lies of the sane and the truth of insanity

I hide in my shame til I run out of my vanity

I been workin so hard, so hard,
so hard for too long…

at making trouble for myself.

–Kasi Jack Gaffle
Seattle, 8th of December 2019

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Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

Really good stuff from a young lad from Seattle Kasi Jack Gaffle

Jack Gafle, AKA Kasi, has got a show coming up in Seattle on the 17th and methinks that it would be good to show up and support him as his talent is unmistakeable…

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This month was the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s second annual address to the US Congress, and I am only re-engaging with this story because of its significance, its vibrant optimism, and its being a message for the ages, and that is why I bring it back here again, because we need to hear it now as we are traversing a new period of internal divisions, instigated hate and the tearing apart of our national fabric in the push for a new Civil War.

1860s, 1877, 1972, and 2016-Now, is the time line of our Ongoing Low-Grade Civil War, because the all round firing squad is active in all of the political rhetoric, political actions, and in the disruptive impeachment efforts of this era that is heralded as the Trump Impeachment era where the arguments are so personal and overheated, same as if this was the kind of hate between those engaged in a vicious knife fight for life — so it’s hard to know where hyperbole ends and where truth begins.

This includes recent incidents of a new civil war talk from our President (if he gets impeached) and from his opponents as well (who seek to impeach him on flimsy evidence of impeachable offenses) with both sides claiming that a new Civil War will be their ultimate vindicator and magisterial judge to deliver justice for they cause and for their people.

What a delusion…

As a matter of fact, the discussion about Civil War 2.0 has become so commonplace as to show up in the most mundane speeches of the various politicians, politicos and pundits on national TV news shows, because we truly are on the verge of a revamp of the bayonet battles between the “Blue and the Gray” on the killing fields of Antietam and Gettysburg — only this time the war will be fought with theater nuclear weapons attacking our major cities, and it will soon involve all of humanity in this looming conflagration…

And if you think that I am exaggerating — please consider that as a matter of fact, there have been several overt versions of civil war in this country’s history, that we typically fail to understand as such, and that is why today’s combatants, the Republican Trumpists and the Pelosian Democrats are both equally stupid in their quest for blood and gore, hoping that through torn sinew, excreted guts and spilled blood, they can get our Republic straight upright again… they see it in their night time sleep fantasies.

And that is the greatest illusion of our Times in America today.

Because even if as an example of past difficulties, we take and study the period of “Reconstruction” and the 1960s as being the timelines that represented deep divisions, deepest disputes and grave differences, over those times’ “civil war” efforts, the necessity for it, the efforts & the potential outcomes of it, & how to define the nation and who belonged in it — we managed to come across that bridge fairly well unmolested…

Obviously both periods were book-ended with the assassinations of popular Presidents, with the reactionaries taking over the leadership & management of the State in order to reinstate the inherent inequality, as it existed in every system of governance before the Great Emancipator or JFK had come along and with the end of illusions by the popular masses of benign American folks.

That is why today, it is incumbent upon us to hear, understand and comprehend, those distant echoes and the images we conjure from the bloody times of the 1860s Civil War and of the national hubris, humiliation and trials, in order to be able to comprehend the current momentum pushing for a new Civil War 2.0 and for the destruction of everything that we hold sacred, in our nation.

And for those in the “know” you would agree that as a matter of fact, we have been living in a low grade civil war since Newt Gingrich took Congress for the Republicans in 1994, because his Republican party was not merely partisan, but demanded that its version of the nation be protected at all costs, even if this meant defying the popular will or shutting down the government.

For this reason Republicans have refused to treat Democratic presidents as legitimate. In the 1990s Rush Limbaugh claimed America was “held hostage,” an attitude culminating in Clinton’s impeachment.

At the start of Obama’s presidency Limbaugh gave a speech at CPAC calling for resistance at all costs, a call that we heeded without wavering for eight years. Glenn Beck and his chalkboard spoke of doomsday scenarios, practically telegraphing a civil war to come.

Elected Republicans complied with this narrative, filibustering at every opportunity and shutting down the government as a hostage-taking maneuver multiple times. They took the unprecedented step of blocking Obama from placing a justice on the Supreme Court when almost a year of his term was left. People talk of a “constitutional crisis” these days as if we haven’t been in one for years.

It’s not just at the federal level. In Wisconsin and North Carolina Republican legislatures have stripped the governor of power once the office was occupied by a Democrat. These same legislatures were elected by a minority of Republican voters given majority power through highly partisan gerrymandering. The root cause is the same at all levels: conservatives believe that they are the “real Americans” and thus must do everything in their power, including limiting democracy, to keep back the progressive tide they think will destroy their nation. Hence the Tea Party rallying cry of “take our country back.”

That subtext was recently made text by Attorney General Bill Barr’s speech at the Federalist Society, claiming that progressives represent an existential threat to the nation due to their disrespect for the rule of law. Another recent speech of his at Notre Dame claimed that these progressives hellbent on a secular takeover of the country. Never mind that the people of this country have become less churched and less interested in making the conservative Christian agenda law in the form of things like bans on gay marriage. That doesn’t matter because Barr and his compatriots feel that this is supposed to be a Christian nation, whether the majority want it to be or not.

In many respects, Donald Trump is the logical endpoint of what happened in the 2008 election. John McCain, for all his many faults, took people at his rallies to task for calling Barack Obama a secret Muslim. At the same time, however, his running mate Sarah Palin went “rogue” and talked of “real America” under threat from alien elements. This was the nationalist red meat the conservative base yearned to feast on. They would get a massive helping once that base was organized more coherently as the Tea Party.

A lot of movement conservatives believed that the country truly wanted their corporate-friendly agenda, but Mitt Romney’s losing campaign proved otherwise.

The media and others failed to understand that the Tea Party wasn’t about taxes — it was about taxes going to help “those people.” Trump saw this, and went straight for the “Herrenvolk nationalism” that Republicans like McCain had avoided, understanding that it was a vast untapped force, one deeply rooted in this country’s history. In fact, populist nationalism is the most powerful political force in the world today, from Brazil to Italy to India.

Beware that in this sad matter — these United States of America are not quite the enlightenment exception that we fancy ourselves to be.

And because Trump’s nationalism defines membership in the nation by blood and race; rather than by birthright, shared values, commonly held aspirations, and citizenship of the American dream — he fails to grasp or even basically understand the most intrinsic threads of the fabric that binds the country together.

Yet, he is not alone in that awfulness of spirit and means of heart, because the current so called “Trumpets nationalism” is an old misunderstanding of the American nation, that unfortunately, has been in the fringes of our founding, right there from the beginning. Take for example the 1790 Naturalization Act’s dictum that immigrants needed to be “free, white, and 21” in order to gain citizenship. The same lunacy, was there in Roger Taney’s decision in the 1857 Dred Scott case, which said that only white people could be citizens. And then came the great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln, the 14th President who fought along with Ulysses Grant and won the Civil War, and even though his second term was cut short, he still managed to sort this mess out.

But the Civil War was not the end of it, because although it ended slavery, it also redefined membership in the nation. The 14th Amendment granted all people born in America citizenship, a principle that even survived the weakening of that amendment by Jim Crow.

Yet, today and in our supposedly progressive lifetime, here comes the Trump administration that is trying to strip away even the birthright citizenship, which even the nativists of the 1920s failed to do.

Methinks this is a bridge too far.

And although Trump and those other fringe “nativists” are part of a longer tradition of “Herrenvolk nationalism” existent in American history, also used to be called “Lindberg nationalism and isolationism” in the 1930s and in the early 1940s — it has always been the case that “racial progress” in American life is inevitably met with “racist progress.”

So Trump and his minions like Stephen Miller et al, are just the recycled dregs of coffee that will give you a bit of brown water that tastes like slapdash ersatz brown rain; they still share the goal of the 1870s “Redeemers” to recreate some form of misguided “white” supremacy that looks like the rainbow coalition of dissatisfied and disgruntled Americans, who feel left behind by globalism and the forces of the bicoastal elites of the fake & corrupt Democrats and the ersatz Conservative Libertarians… out there seeking country redoubts where they will not ave to see people they do not like.

This is all true, because even if you are historically literate, you still know that the period of “Reconstruction” after the Civil War of the 1860’s ended with many forms of violence emanating from the Southern Democrats who had come back into the fold of the Union and had regained their seats in Congress and Senate. Huge repressions and reinstatement of the plantations, violent vote suppression, neglect of giving the “4 acres and a mule” to the newly liberated black ex-slaves, and everywhere one went — they saw the Southern Democrats reinstating their plantations and filing up their worker ranks with their old slaves, only this time their plantation political agendas of “slavery-uber-alles” and white supremacist terror — were all directed against the uppity blacks, against the blacks who wanted to vote, against all the pro-Reconstruction voters, and of course against all progressive politicians.

As a matter of fact, in most parts of the South, this looked more like violent military coups and bloody battles raging, than anything else. What followed was voter suppression, gerrymandering, and one party rule in the South (Democratic party), all activating vast amounts of money, energy & people, in order to maintain the illusion of white supremacy.

Let’s cheers thrice and have a mint julep, for that achievement of the Democratic party that still does the same things today, when trying to shoehorn people into its mental slavery plantation, and also forcefully “fit” all these round human folks, inside their square peg political agenda, playing a tough game of “whack-a-mole.”

Yet if you look in our collective past — in due time, the divisions softened and people became re-united again; but today, many of the same Southern states, are engaged in the same practices, because true democracy, only lasted less than fifty years there, from the Voting Rights Act in 1865, to the Shelby decisions’ guttingt, in order to become the law in 2013.

In Alabama, where voting rights advocates paid for progress with their lives in the 1960s, voters in need of required IDs must now travel close to a hundred miles in some cases. What we are seeing today is not new, but rather the return of the constant. The illusion of moral arcs has bred complacency, and some strange folks, like the “Redeemers” Trump, McCain, Mitt Romney, McConnell, et al, along with a healthy dose of Democrats from the South — and some libertarians, have consciously decided that limiting democracy is an acceptable tactic in maintaining their idea of a white coalition harping and hoping for a “Real America” to re-emerge from the ashes of the looming open Civil War 2.0 in our timeline of the millennials and their brethren.

And it is not difficult to imagine the carnage if you look at another time this nation was sorely divided, over the Vietnam war in the 1960s — a difficult time of an era whose violent outbursts echo what we are now hearing, witnessing and bearing, just as much as the shocks of the end of the period of the after Civil War “Reconstruction” because in the 1960s, although there was no bloody-open civil war; the governmental authorities certainly acted like one was on and daily murders by the deep state and the police authorities and other governmental organizations, were the norm .

Because how else could you explain the many murders and assassinations such as those of Fred Hampton by the Chicago police, or the state-sponsored murders by the National Guard and our military powers, at Kent State, Jackson State, and Orangeburg?

Need to remind you that this was the same 1960s that the assassinations of the most beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, ushered the age of hate and discord, when he was killed, simply because he wanted to end the Vietnam war, and LBJ and his criminal cronies saw it as an expedient way to keep the military industrial complex n the gravy train… And what about the murder of the true revolutionary and people’s choice Malcolm X, or the revered Reverent Martin Luther King who brought Civil Rights to where it is today and whose sermons of Peace and Love gave Hope to many millions of our countrymen? And what about the assassination of Robert Fitzerald Kennedy, who was shot dead in the ground from the dastardly assassins’ bullets, in order to open the way and thus get the evil and crooked Richard Nixon in the oval office inside the White House, so that he can continue and expand the Vietnam war to its logical conclusion — a distant & shameful loss for America and it’s righteous cause?

Yet, although the simmering low-boil Civil War was on, America did not descend into outright authoritarianism after the convulsions of the 1960s — only because backlash politics had majority support.

Indeed as history tells it, Richard Nixon won his re-election in 1972 by a landslide. Calls for greater racial equality ended in the 1970s with mass incarceration and a “war on drugs” that John Ehrlichman later admitted was a war against black activists, the hippy-left, and the progressive whites — war by other means.

The yearning for individual freedom expressed in the sixties counter culture, mutated into the neoliberal individualism of the Reagan era, and the vast consumerism and business acumen culture of the youth today, whose best and brightest shun politics and the public arena for becoming StartUp billionaires straight out of Stanford University and MIT, or Harvard…

And when the election of Barack Obama threatened that Neoliberal new order — the Tea Party and then the “simpleton puppet” of Donald Trump as “Dennis the Menace” suddenly appeared on the scene. And it was right at that time that mainstream Republicans also decided to abandon democracy in order to maintain their seemingly inefficient “electoral minority” rule far longer than they had the energy to hold office due to the second law of Thermodynamics.

Because to them, this was the only way “Real America” could be preserved, and its preservation must be maintained at all costs. So, now this “low grade” civil war has now shifted into a higher gear, one where the lingering cultural divides of the era of Reconstruction and of the divisions of the 1960s and the boomer generation, are being fought over with the tactics of the admittedly successful militant tactics of the 1870s bloody Reconstruction after Lincoln’s assassination.

Yet, the problem is that so many liberals refuse to believe that this is happening.

This is in large part because Germany’s Weimar Republic before Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, is the only example they have in their minds when they think of authoritarian regimes destroying democracy. Everything is NAZI or Mother Teresa, but nothing exists in between for those ill-educated people. And of course in that narrative, if you cannot see the “brownshirts” with swastica armbands, marching down the streets, following the dictate of a screeching dictator outlawing opposition parties, calling for a “Kristallnacht” and executing all of his opponents after burning down the House of Congress — they feel quite complacent.

However, if they understood the subtleties of historical progress in their own lifetimes — they should have been thinking about America in 1877, when an understanding of national belonging based on citizenship, was violently smothered to death by one based on blood and race.

And even worse for all of us today, is that if one must look to other distant countries, or even look to our neighbors in the Central and South of this vast American continent, where reactionary militant nationalism and the rule of strong-men, has seized nations from Costa Rica, to Bolivia, to Brazil and all in between — you’ll get the necessary message.

As indeed Bill Barr’s “Opus Dei” inspired rants would’ve been perfectly at home in the “dirty war” carried out by Argentina’s Videla military regime in the 1970s and 1980s, when the “desaparesidos” were dropped half dead from airplanes in the Pacific ocean far from shores to become fish food… only because the people believed in remedial justice and wanted a healthy dose of Liberation Theology that inspired their strong Christian beliefs. And we know this now, because the majority of the “desaparesidos” were strong Argentinian Christians who believed in a sane God of love and Hope for all… just like our current Pope Francis was in his truculent years living and preaching in Argentina during those evil times of wrath and retribution. Strange times of terror shape men like iron is forged in the cauldrons of fire and extreme heat. A time that surely prepared Francis, for his high pontifical posting and for his message of Christian virtue, Love and Hope for all Peoples, and for all the people of this Earth — the true lambs of God.

But I digress, and I must say now that we can only start to “fight” for peace, and fight against the Civil War in America, only have once we acknowledged and we have understood that we have been embroiled in a low-grade civil war and constitutional crisis already.

Because this battle will not be won without major costs in terror, in blood, and lives lost. It seems that the mass murders in Las Vegas, in El Paso, in Pittsburgh, and so many others such as Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, are proof enough that blood is already being spilled.

Yet, in our atomized, Instagram & Facebook 21st-century ego-times the violence isn’t coming directly from the state, but from seeming “lone wolves” who are mentally enslaved to introduce violence like the Saudi terrorists, who they can then be blamed for all that ails us. But these errant morons are not acting alone, because they are taught at the religious schools of Islamofascist hate or any other kind of hate, and are given constant encouragement by a sewer of online hate and tin some cases even by the Congress people and then even by the president of the United States himself, who called the Nazis at Charlottesville “some fine people” amongst many other influencers of Hate and Discord out there.

It is these forces that need to be seen clearly as the culprits of the Civil War 2.0 and it is those evil urges that we need to fight against, even if it means a leap into new danger of an open bloody conflagration coming sooner rather than later.

The contradiction in this statement is not lost on me, but sometimes it is best to prepare for the inevitable and to even proactively strike the first blow, if it mends to not shrink from this fight because it will be dangerous, deadly, or even downright shameful.

Some people say that there is no moral arc to the universe, but I don’t believe that, and I only see that history does not move in a straight line, so people often confuse these turns and bends as an immoral act of God, but for anyone observant of strong faith — it is understood as being exactly the opposite.

And of course the only way the Arc of the Universe bends towards Justice, is by everyone of us righteous Americans, and Righteous people of the World out there — getting out and pushing the wheel of progress forward.

And as it seems now — the times we live through demand that we push more and more strongly on the wheel of progress, as we pray stoutly for Deliverance and Grace on this time of trials for America, our beloved nation that still is the best hope for all the World.

And since the current era carries the echoes of the times after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln left the nation bereft and saddened and also left the Great Emancipator’s task unfinished — let us turn to his ideas and aspirations for accomplishing the vision for America that he harbored in the many folds of his rather large heart…

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And it is here where Lincoln and his exciting words come handy, because he can stir not only our actins but also out imagination.

Remember that Lincoln was an accomplished orator and that is why he came to the executive office, and on his Second Address to Congress he spoke of the Civil War brewing in his hands…

In this rousing address he stated humbly, with a tepid report on initiatives taken by his administration in the previous year.

Yet, at the end of that rather long disquisition, he launched into an eloquent coda – reminiscent, of the Saint Crispin Day speech of Henry the 5th in Shakespeare’s play Henry V that has gone down in history as the most salient war chieftain’s speech ever recorded.

And it is this strength of speechifying and secret messaging in plain view that makes this speech’s ending so powerful, especially when placed in that perilous context of the Civil War’s losing phase — that bears reading and re-reading this secret code from Abraham Lincoln for ourselves and for our progeny, so that we might become strong in Spirit and resilient in Nature, in order to fight on, so that we can keep this Democratic Republic of the United States, going for the next few generations ahead as the “Best Hope of the World.”

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Lincoln spoke thus, and he entered History forever, only after he had dispensed with the enumeration of business items through his reporting to the assembled Congress of all of his administrative doings, his initiatives, and also after he spoke about his visionary agenda items that he had established during the past year … and now wanted to drive home his point of Courage.

Here is the Great Emancipator in his own words:

“Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.

No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union.

The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.

We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail.

The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just–a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

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Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Indeed here and at this momentous times — the 14th President, Abraham Lincoln was speaking of emancipation, but also he was speaking of a larger topic.

He was spiritually speaking of the ultimate survival of democracy.

With his “last best hope” Lincoln improved upon Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural phrase in which he called America “the world’s best hope.”

Lincoln was making the passionate plea to God and Man and beseeching the Spirit that

“America, for all her problems, is still worth fighting for.”

–President Abraham Lincoln

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Five million children are starving in Yemen, and upwards of 60,000 of them are dying off each and every month… while the Saudis are living it up, getting crazy Riyadh entertainment, and enjoying their meaty diet on the back of the dead children of Yemen.

What a travesty of Justice…

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But as I wonder about this and as I reflect on the subject of the future in that sorry place of this earth… I come to some rather uncomfortable conclusions, always starting with the Socratic dialogue questions that lead us to the truth.

A big question is this one:

Will this inhumanity, the thuggery of the regime, the constant assassinatinons of opponents, journalists, domestic bloggers and all opponents, like the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the indiscriminate bombing of civilians and the starving of the children of Yemen, innocent bystanders in the Saudi Yemenese War — be the final end of Saudi Arabia as we know it and not just the end of it’s uber-corrupt regime?

Methinks, Yes, because as I write these lines today, when Saudi Arabia & Yemen are engaged in a deadly struggle to the end and nothing the US or even Iran can do to stop that death embrace… another stupid jihadist Saudi terrorist assassinated US military personnel inside Pensacola’s Air Force training facility where he was being trained as a pilot…

And I wonder here outlaid — when is the lesson going to be learned that you cannot allow, invite and welcome in our military facilities these jihadist Islamofascist Saudi terrotists, because since infancy their hateful form of the Islamic faith, Wahabbism, teaches them and indoctrinates them to become suicide bombers and to kill themselves alongside infidels in order to gain the Paradise where they will have a romantic rice pilaf dinners with a 72 year old virgin.

So why do we expect to train these schizophrenic people inside our military facilities thus exposing our soldiers to death and many other harms for simply wanting to help train these hateful morons, who only know how to kill babies through attrition, imposed famines, and military strategy of starvation and blitzkrieg bombing campaigns against civilians?

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The recent stupid plan that ended in the now infamous debacle of Aramco’s IPO is another clue of how clueless the current Crown Prince MBS and his criminally corrupt posse can be. Because this yougnthug, the Crown Prince MbS, while ruling on behalf of his father King Salman who is obviously incapacitated and unable to force his Asperger’s syndrome suffering son, to become a halfway decent human being before he could aspire to become a halfway decent leader…

So as it appears from the dearth of leadership — it is the prince who is responsible not only for the wholesale murders of children in Yemen, but also for the attack on Saudi Arabia’s major oil processing station in Abqaiq in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, at the end of this past September, which marked a major turning point in the war, as well as in the way academics and policy practitioners, politicians and military and security leaders view the regional MENA conflicts, and also the major conflicts of influence in the global socio-economic political arena, and in the conferences of all the developed world’s Leaders, (G7, G20, and UN) along with a major disruption in the ministries of Oil, Gas & Energy, along with the various departments of State, the Whitehalls, the Kremlins, and the Pentagons worldwide.

And this of course, is because this turning of the war, is an even bigger story, than any of us realizes… because since the errant prince and his cohorts of criminal minds chose to hit civilians with airstrikes in Yemen — any results of that stupidity, are his fault. Simple blowback, and the inevitable chicken coming home to roost, and the personal defamation, same as the global lowering of the position of his regime to the status of North Korea, because of his unashamed ordering the cruel, premeditated and massively stupid act of assassination after ordering the bloody murder and dismemberment of the Washington post journalist Kassoghi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instabul.

And why?

Because the little stupid & spoiled prince wanted to have the fingers of the assassinated journalist brought back to him as a sick trophy thinking that this will scare or deter other journalists from speaking out about his evil Saddam Husein style regime.

He is responsible and he should hang for his many crimes, because this is not the first nor the last murder the little thuggish MbS prince has committed and he is not likely to stop until he gets stopped.

After all, our own CIA has concluded beyond any doubt, that the Saudi crown prince MBS ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination, personally and directly:

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-concludes-saudi-crown-prince-ordered-jamal-khashoggis-assassination/2018/11/16/98c89fe6-e9b2-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html    “The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.”  Read in Arabic: وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية تستنتج أنّ ولي العهد السعودي أمر باغتيال جمال خاشقجي  “The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate, where he had gone to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.”

As for the September strike of drones deep inside Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO oil processing facilities — the most heavily protected oil refinery in the world — proves that the MBS regime s a joke, and while some errant forces within the U.S. political circles, as well as within Israel and of course, Saudi Arabia, keep trying to shift the blame to Iran, the truth of the matter is that the Houthis of North Yemen were responsible for the attack, as a follow up to last month’s hit which showed off the capabilities of their new drones and target acquisition acumen.

That attack set the stage for the latest one in a classic case of the past being prologue. By showing the world it was capable of throwing bombing drones anywhere within Saudi Arabia — the Houthi insurgents of Yemen have created the probability as well as the plausibility for last September’s weekend attack that has put the ARAMCO refinery out of business for the foreseeable future.

Chicken coming home to roost are the drones that are lobbed against Saudi targets deep inside the desert in fair payment for the starvation of the Yemenese chidden that is the stated goal of MbS and his cronies, in complete contravention of any laws of decency in war and of the most important articles of the Geneva convention that rules all acts of war, all military leadership deportment, as well as officer conduct and responsible leaders and executive officers at all levels of government…

And not despot or petty tyrant is above that Court’s orders as the NAZIs, the Serbian criminal mastermind Milosevic, Sudan’s butcher, and many others have found out in recent years.

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Indeed the International Criminal Tribunal in Haque has been assessing the criminality of the Saudi side in the Yemenese conflict and preparing indictments against the most serious criminals and it is these indictments that the MbS and his circle will find difficult to escape…

And as I have stated here previously — this drone attack against the refineries, begs a lot of questions from those in charge on both the Saudi side and on the US side and apparently, the ham-fisted push to blame Iran for it, after President Trump all but ruled out a military response from the US from all corners of the corrupt deep state of the US and Saudi establishment; opens up even more questions of corruption, insider dealings and mafia style governing by MBS and his criminal cohort.

Because if this was a swarm drone attack from Iraq or from Iran, as claimed now, and as supported by factless conjecture — then how did all the vaunted US technology of deployed defense against drone attacks, patriot missile batteries, Aegis missiles, and even latest generation anti-drone squads of antiaircraft fire barrages and all, fail to account for it and most critically completely failed to stop the attack?

Please keep in mind that the U.S. Naval CENTCOM is in Bahrain, and methinks that these well trained US military personnel cannot be blind as well as incompetent…

No. I don’t think they are.

Say what you wish about the general US political leadership, and the nigh-treasonous bureaucracy supporting it — yet I don’t think our military is fundamentally corrupt, and it is not lazy, or stupid like the Saudis are…

After all, what is it that we are spending all of our money on, after all?

Yet, by continuing to spin this successful Houthi attack against the heart of the Saudi leadership, as Iranian in origin — people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Saudi Arabian government are throwing the Pentagon under the bus and there is no economic benefit to doing this whatsoever, except a misguided world view of attributing to our major enemies the faults and the misdeeds of our errant friends.

Because if you follow that generally faulty logic — you could easily see this attack as a red herring that was done by Saudi Arabia in order to cause sympathy for its criminal behavior in Yemen and elsewhere…

And methinks that the current Saudi crop of bumbling idiots are not that smart to be able to come up with such a ploy.

The truth is that the Houthis had to respond to the Saudi terror that has stopped all food from coming into the Yemen in order to starve the population into submission. But that is not going to be an effective tool of war, not only because it is illegal to target the innocent population of non-combatants and especially infants and children for collective punishment, as clearly spelled out at the Geneva Accords, but also these inhuman acts necessitate a Nuremberg style of military tribunals when the war finally ends and the International Court of Justice will have to try MbS and his cohort, with obvious results.

That the Houthis are winning this war, is another improbable effect of the arrogance of MbS and the Saudi circle of leadership, and the end result of trying to re-frame this military victory, as an attack by Iraqi Shi’ite militias, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in conjunction with the IRGC, who are are trying to further separate them from the Iraqi government who still openly supports them and thus deflects against Saudi Arabia’s inherent weakness and incompetence.

And as it turns out, the PMUs have already been our political enemy and a target of our skewed policy in Iraq for months now, as if we are Saudi-stupid and are looking to restart the chaos in Iraq, which clearly will result in another Iranian victory soonest…

And that is the absolutely wrong signal to send to the world out there, because both Iraq and Syria continue to try and re-open the Al-Bukumai border crossing near Deir Ezzor. In response to the drone attack on Saudi Arabia there were two sets of airstrikes there on the 17th and the 18th. Saudi Arabia denies being involved and blamed Israel for the strikes.

So what are we doing?

The Shia Muslim Crescent is forming up strong, and the PMUs are an important part of this Iranian policy objective, wherein Iran is investing billions in new road and rail links from Tehran to Beirut and to all points Shia in the MENA region…

So, the existential threat to Saudi Arabia, from Shia aligned groups within and without the kingdom is rather real.

Of that I have no doubt.

But, notice what’s happening. Everyone’s pointing fingers at each other within the U.S. and Saudi alliance right now…

Meanwhile Iran very calmly keeps denying the attack.

I fully expect proof from them in the near future if the U.S. shows “proof” of Iran’s involvement.

Think back to the drone incident in June which nearly landed us in a war with Iran. The story morphed and changed with each day. The Iranians had the data, the proof, on their side and they let morons like Pompeo say provably false things before releasing it.

“Drip Drip Drip” is the strategy, as Andrew Breitbart used to call it. Drip out some information and allow your target to lie about it. Then drip out the next bit exposing that lie. And so on, and so on.

That’s what Iran did in June, humiliating Trump at every turn. And I’m sure if they weren’t behind this attack they will do the same thing in the coming days.

And I also think the U.S knows this as well. And that’s why nothing much more will come of it. It will be used diplomatically to tie Trump’s hands and front a lie to conceal more important truths.

The Saudi Arabians cannot defend their home, mainly because all Saudi air defense coverage is rather poor and because of all the ill-trained Saudi pilots who are eerily afraid to even fly at night because of the fear of Jihns and ghosts coming out at night…

And although the US naval positioning is not prepared for a step up in violence, and the US Carrier Groups are not in the Persian Gulf, the Iranians believe they can hit targets up to 2000 kilometers away.

How true that is versus U.S. air defense systems is questionable.

The Saudis have lost nearly all of their external support. The coalition against Yemen has collapsed.

The Houthis are winning.

Qatar hates them.

Egypt wouldn’t join Trump’s Arab NATO.

OPEC+ is floundering and Russia sets the tone.

And this brings me to the stark possibility that the Houthis are right now in a position to launch an all-out attack from Yemen against Saudi Arabia and destabilize the country.

Meanwhile the ruling prince MBS is organizing “Bread & Circuses” parties for his upset citizens in his capital Riyadh, so that the can stave off the looming rebellion of the Saudis who still like the rule of law and not the rule of thuggery, and who will want to see him hanged for his many crimes.

So internally the Saudi Arabian regime is toast.

Externally the same is true for the Saudi chances of regional control and stability, because the situation has now reached a point where there’s plenty of chatter across the Persian Gulf about a spectacular scenario, where the Houthis are investing in a mad dash across the Arabian desert to capture Mecca and Medina in conjunction with a mass Shiite uprising in the Eastern oil belt.

That’s not far-fetched anymore. Stranger things have happened in the Middle East. After all, the Saudis can’t even win a bar brawl – that’s why they rely on thugs, paid assassins, domestic murderers, and wholy disinterested mercenaries.

An uprising in the east has always been on the table. It’s why the Saudis need $80+ per barrel oil. They have to pay for social programs that keep the population relatively happy.

From every side now, the Saudi Kingdom is under existential threat. So, I’m not surprised they are trying to push the blame for this failure to protect their oil processing facilities and the destabilizing attacks on them, onto Iran.

The quick announcement by newly-minted Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman that Aramco’s production will be back to normal quickly was done to reassure potential investors in the upcoming yet now shelved, Aramco IPO, a $400 billion affair. Yet, because this is the lynchpin to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MbS) Vision 2030 plan for modernizing the kingdom’s economy — its failure is a personal body blow to the thuggish prince and it portends his replacement soonest with another of the King Salman’s children or remaining brothers.

That fits with the desire to deflect the source of the attack away from their war in Yemen. Because, as bad as the optics are for the U.S. military, they are far worse for the Saudis if the Houthis are truly the culprits and are so sophisticated and capable to attack anything and anyone they desire within Saudi territory.

Nobody is safe anymore. Not the palace dwellers, and not the army barracks or the DQ in Riyadh. Everyone is a target and must prepare for the inevitable drone blitz bombing campaign.

But the Saudi leadership under MBS and the rest of the Saudi leaders are all sleeping the sleep of the stupid and criminally minded, because at a minimum this is what reshuffling the chairs at the deck of the Titanic looks like. Acts such as changing of the energy minister is a signal to that effect, and although a shift in Saudi policy is always imminent and forthcoming — it goes without saying that making terms and suing for peace with the winning Houthis may be the only option to save MbS and his throne.

But I am afraid that he simply has not got the time he thinks he has, and he will not act due to his overzealous protection of his non-existent prestige…

And because there is no appetite for all out war with Iran in the United States — it turns out that the Saudis are no longer the ‘good Arabs’ to most political class Americans, as well as to most simple Americans especially after all the memories of 9/11 being rekindled with every fresh Saudi Arabian Islamofascist terrorist jihadist attack within the United States soil, such as the one in Pensacola Florida yesterday and the many others that occasionally happen because of the schizophrenic Saudi Arabian youth that studies in our country as a courtesy to the Wahabbism medressa, where Islamic training of their very effed-up country takes place and screws up all Saudi kids for ever.

Today Saudi Military trainee pilot and secret jihadist is the Islamofascist terrorist was gunned down after was found to be responsible for the deadly shooting of five Air Force persons inside the Pensacola Naval Air Station, according to the Pentagon: https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/06/us/pensacola-naval-station-lockdown/index.html

Four people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after a man authorities identified as a Saudi aviation student open fired in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) confirmed the suspect was a member of the Saudi military at a news conference Friday afternoon outside the military base. “There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil and to do this,” he said.

DeSantis said he spoke with President Trump about the shooting and emphasized that Riyadh would eventually need to respond.

“Obviously, the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. I think they’re going to owe a debt here given that this was one of their individuals,” he said.

Trump talked to Saudi king: Later Friday afternoon, Trump said he had spoken with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about the shooting.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” Trump tweeted.

The Saudi leader expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the shooting, Trump said.

“It’s a horrible thing that took place, and we’re getting to the bottom of it,” Trump said of the shooting during an event focused on deregulation.

The president would not say whether he believed the incident was an act of terrorism.

International training: The base’s commanding officer, Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr., said the suspect was training in aviation, though he would not elaborate.

Indeed this shite happens inside America, where the military doesn’t want to put the soldiers at risk neither home nor abroad, and yet we have these constant terror attacks. But in the greater sense it is the Wall Street banker-wanker mentality that is afraid of a protracted war in the Middle East and therefore doesn’t want to see Saudi regime sidelined and oil production nose-diving, and thus precipitating a financial collapse that would make the Lehman Bros’ failure and the economic debacle of 2008, look like a fvckin walk in the park by comparison to what can ha[[en with the next oil crisis.

Additionally, the American military industrial complex, doesn’t want to expose their toys to the potential for them failing to dominate in the field of the desert sand-rat dwellers, and thus we are best staying home.

Because any type of war with Iran, will not be conventional. It will be asymmetric and terrorist as well… and we are not prepared for that as of now.

It will come from all sides, all across the Shia Crescent, but especially Yemen. Of this the Iranians have been very clear, regardless of the outcome. They believe their missile technology is superior to U.S. air defense systems.

They may be correct and the last thing the U.S. wants is an actual shooting war where the outcome isn’t a foregone conclusion.

The U.S. military is better served as a bogeyman, politically, rather than an actual physical threat, or as a policeman for the well fed, and criminally spoiled Saudi brats.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Having recently returned from a most far reaching Saudi Arabian fact-finding mission — I must say the Truth: This regimes tyrannical days of rule is coming to an end soonest.

This regime is unsustainable. The horrors they perpetuate are far too real. Their culpability is far too great and they all need to go starting with MbS and his criminal posse. These people are mass murderers and there is no place in the honorable soul of the Bedouin people for such lot as this…

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So, MbS better come to the sane conclusion that a settlement with Yemen to restore the Peace is the only sane conclusion as it also holds the only key to his near-term survival.

Because in a quick strike by the Houthis which creates an uprising across the country there’s precious little the U.S. can or will do to oppose his inevitable hanging from the gallows along with the rest of the ruling family and coterie of princes…

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And while an all-out war would certainly bring the price of oil up at about $150+ per barrel of crude, which the Saudis need in order to balance their budget, they most likely wouldn’t be the ones selling into that market, and the only beneficiary will be the Iranians and their worldwide influence, along with the Russian and all the other resource dependent economies.

Tough break for the US then — wouldn’t you say?

Methinks so.

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