Proposed Basic Law Declares Israel a Jewish State

Israel is the only nation without fixed borders. It wants them expanded. It wants territory not its own stolen.

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It has no constitution. Basic Laws substitute. Netanyahu is a world class thug. He shames the office he holds.

He heads the most ruthless regional regime. It’s one of the world’s worst. It threatens its neighbors. It mocks democratic governance. Days earlier Netanyahu said:

“It is my intention to submit a Basic Law to the Knesset that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel’s status as the national state of the Jewish people.”

He called doing so the most “basic ingredient in our national lives…”

Officially establishing it “will win legal status just as other central ingredients that constitute our fundamental core that have already been ruled into the Basic Law of Knesset,” he said.

“Unfortunately, as we have seen recently, there are those who do not recognize this natural right and who seek to appeal the historical, legal and moral justification for the existence of the state of Israel as the nation-state of our people.”

“I see it as one of my basic missions as prime minister to fortify the state of Israel as the nation-state of our people.”

Doing so highlights peace process illegitimately. It drives another nail in its coffin. It’s been fantasy since begun decades earlier. It’s worse than ever under Netanyahu.

Israeli Arab citizens face institutionalized persecution. Occupied Palestinians fare much worse. They’re treated as subhumans.

They vilified for not being Jewish. They’re denied fundamental rights. They’re confined to largely isolated communities.

Their homes are bulldozed and destroyed. Their land is systematically stolen. They’re dispossessed. They’re hugely repressed.

They face deplorable socioeconomic discrimination. So do Israeli Arabs. They’re considered a fifth column threat. They’re called a demographic one.

Netanyahu wants them further marginalized. He wants more ruthless discrimination imposed. He wants democratic values more than ever eliminated.

He lied saying non-Jewish minority rights will be respected. They’re not now. They’ll be less so.

Netanyahu turned truth on its head, saying:

“It is hard for me to understand that among those calling on Israel to make concessions in Judea and Samaria due to their understandable desire to avoid a bi-national state are those who oppose defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

“It is impossible to speak out in favor of a Palestinian nation-state just to preserve the Jewish character of the State of Israel, and at the same time, to oppose recognizing that the State of Israel is the nation-state of Jewish people.”

“Supporting the creation of a Palestinian nation-state and opposing the recognition of a Jewish nation-state undermines in the long run the principle of the State of Israel’s right to exist.”

Israel’s “Declaration of Independence sets, as the cornerstone in the life of the state, the national Jewish identity of the State of Israel.”

“To my great regret, as we have seen recently, there are those who do not recognize this natural right.”

“They seek to undermine the historic, moral and legal justification for the existence of the State of Israel as the national state of our people.”

“(T)he most basic component in our life as a nation will receive constitutional status similar to the other main components that are the foundation of our state, as determined in the basic laws.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett is a hard-right extremist coalition partner. He heads Israel’s Habayit Hayehudi party. He supports what demands denunciation, saying:

“The nationality law is important for defining Israel as a Jewish state for the coming generations, and on this essential matter there must not be a (division between) left and right…”

“This law is part of the coalition agreement with Habayit Hayehudi, just like the referendum law that passed in the last Knesset session, and we consider its advancement an important goal.”

Labor party head Isaac Herzog denounced Netanyahu’s proposal.

“With all its being, the Labor Party supports Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” he said.

“Labor built the state and its leaders formulated the Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that anchors Israel as a Jewish state.”

“Unfortunately, the diplomatic destruction Netanyahu is causing will lead Israel to lose its Jewish majority and become a binational state. This unfortunate fact is something no law can hide.”

Meretz leader Gal-On added:

“The State of Israel also has non-Jewish citizens living in it, so it must define itself as the state of the Jewish people and of all its citizens. Whoever supports the two-state solution supports Palestinian sovereignty and asks the Palestinians to recognize Israeli sovereignty but not the character of the state.”

Arab Knesset member Mohammed Barakeh heads Hadash. “Netanyahu is completing the series of racist laws that have been emerging in recent years and is leading Israel to become the first racial state of the 21st century,” he said.

“The intent of his legislation is to realize John Kerry’s description of Israel as an apartheid state.”

“Passage of this law will revive the international debate over the issue of Zionism as racism.”

“Arab citizens are not passersby in this country and they are not Netanyahu’s guests.”

“Our fight for equality and democracy alongside all believers in democracy will continue with or without Netanyahu’s deluded and dangerous law.”

“He’s gone too far” this time. It doesn’t surprise. He deplores equal rights. He vilifies Palestinians. He does so for not being Jewish. He terrorized them for years. He wants harsher treatment instituted.

Likud’s MK Yariv Levin and Habayit Hayehudi’s Ayelet Shaket recently introduced legislation similar to Netanyahu’s.

It called the “land of Israel” Jews historic homeland. It afforded them exclusive self-determination rights. It ludicrously highlighted Israel’s democratic status.

Enacting Netanyahu’s “Jewish state law” aims at getting Israel’s High Court endorsement. Doing so will change Israel’s current self-styled definition. It’s currently called “a Jewish and democratic state.”

Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence declared its Jewish status. A 1985 Basic Law amendment officially added “democratic.”

Fact: You can’t have both. They’re opposites. They’re contradictory. Democracy guarantees equal rights for all citizens.

It does so regardless of race, color, creed, gender, language, religion, political views, national or social origin, as well as other common characteristics.

Days earlier, John Kerry said Israel risks becoming an apartheid state. He ignored decades of apartheid policies. They exceed South Africa’s worst dark days.

His “unitary state” characterization suggests business as usual. It refers to top down control.

It denies Palestinians self-determination. It exposes US/Israeli peace process hypocrisy.

Total Israeli control exists. Palestinians have no say whatever. Sovereign independence is denied. So are fundamental rights. Kerry admitted Israel’s chokehold.

Apartheid remains official Israeli policy. Peace process duplicity rubber-stamps it.

Enacting legislation affording Israel exclusive Jewish state status assures institutes it. Supreme Court justices have final say. Approval will write it in stone. It remains to be seen what happens.

Hatnuah party head Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said they oppose Netanyahu’s proposal in its current form. Passage is uncertain.

Hard right Senator Rand Paul (R. KY) said he’ll introduced legislation. It proposes cutting all US Palestinian funding unless the PA recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.

He did so in response to Fatah/Hamas unity pronouncements.

“In the absence of such a clear, unambiguous statement on the part of the newly unified Palestinian government, the United States should act to enforce the law and cut off aid to the Palestinian government until they recognize Israel’s right to exist,” he said.

Earlier he urged cutting US Israeli funding. He opposes foreign aid. He prioritizes national defense. He does so when America’s only enemies are ones it invents.

He’s a 2016 presidential aspirant. His politics run counter to mainstream America. Washington is infested with likeminded extremists. World peace hangs in the balance.

Kiev Declares War

In mid-April, CIA director John Brennan went to Kiev. He did so quietly. He held secret talks. He met with Obama’s new friends.

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He came to plot war strategy. He wants Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters eliminated. He wants them slaughtered in cold blood.

He wants challengers to Washington’s imperium crushed. After his visit, coup-appointed president Okeksandr Turchynov announced a northern Donetsk region “anti-terrorist operation.”

To “protect the citizens of Ukraine,” he claimed. To be conducted “stage-by-stage,” he added. So-called “terrorists” are committe freedom fighters.

They’re Ukraine’s best and bravest. They’re putting their bodies on the line courageously. They’re doing it for fundamental rights everyone deserves.

On April 19, Turchynov declared an Easter truce. Straightaway he broke it. He violated agreed on four-party conflict resolution terms.

On April 23, he ordered special operations in Ukraine’s East resumed. They never ended. Turchynov wants more.

“I demand that security services resume and conduct productive anti-terrorist operations aimed at protecting Ukrainians living in the east of the country,” he said.

Putschist first deputy prime minister Vitaly Yarema announced a “relaunch(ed) active phase (of Kiev’s) “anti-terror operation.”

It’s not yet underway, he said. “In the near future, appropriate measures will be taken and you will see results,” he added.

“We have obtained the support of the United States, that they will not leave us alone with an aggressor,” he said. “We hope that in the event of Russian aggression, this help will be more substantive.”

Two bodies were discovered in Slavyansk. One allegedly was former parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak.

Self-defense force leader Vyacheslav Ponomaryov called discovered bodies a provocation. “Let’s wait for the official identification and forensic medical examination results,” he said.

Turchynov lied saying “terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far, by starting to torture and murder Ukrainian patriots.”

He lied saying “(t)hese crimes are being carried out with the full support and indulgence of the Russian Federation.”

Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev. He addressed putschist legislators. He repeated one Big Lie after another.

“…(W)e want to be your partner, your friend,” he said. “We stand with you. (It’s) personal, an emotional commitment, as well, by millions of Americans,” he claimed.

He vowed Washington will never recognize Russia’s “illegal occupation” of Crimea. He called on Moscow to stop supporting “masked gunmen” occupying Eastern Ukrainian government buildings.

He warned of additional sanctions if “provocative behavior” doesn’t stop. He lied claiming Russian special forces operate in Eastern Ukraine.

He claimed they promote unrest. They’re involved in occupying government buildings, he said.

He ignored Washington’s full responsibility for elevating illegitimate putschists to power. He was silent about neo-Nazis running things.

He said nothing about militant fascist extremism. He turned a blind eye to brazen US-manipulated coup d’etat illegitimacy.

He praised his new friends. He pledged more US help. “You will not walk this road alone,” he said. “We will walk it with you.”

Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes lied claiming “(i)nternational order is at stake. Our (Ukraine policy) is targeted at upholding the international order that we believe has been violated,” he said.

He stopped short of explaining Washington’s full responsibility. Blaming Russia doesn’t wash. Sergei Lavrov was clear and unequivocal, saying:

“There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show” in Ukraine. He called Biden’s Kiev visit no coincidence. He came at the same time Turchynov announced renewed “anti-terrorist” operations.

“It’s quite telling they chose (this) moment,” Lavrov added. Biden’s visit followed John Brennan’s days earlier.

Russia will retaliate if necessary, said Lavrov. “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond.”

“If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” he stressed.

Washington’s Ukraine agenda relates solely to its imperial interests. It “doesn’t show the slightest understanding of what is happening,” said Lavrov.

It ignores root crisis causes. It offers irrelevant “ready-made solutions.” Moscow will never fail to aid Russian nationals anywhere, Lavrov stressed.

“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” he said.

“Ukraine is just one manifestation of the American unwillingness to yield in the geopolitical fight. Americans are not ready to admit that they cannot run the show in each and every part of the globe from Washington alone.”

Russia rejects illegitimate Kiev putschists. “In Geneva, we agreed there must be an end to all violence. Next afternoon, Turchynov declared almost a state of emergency and ordered the army to shoot at the people.”

On Tuesday, he ordered “anti-terrorist” operations resumed. Moscow rejects use of force throughout Eastern Ukraine and anywhere.

Separately, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby announced 600 US troops sent to Poland and Baltic states.

They’ll participate in military exercises. They’ll continue throughout 2014. Perhaps into 2015.

Deploying US forces sends a strong message NATO allies, he said. Washington’s commitment is firm.

“If there’s a message to Moscow, it is the same exact message that we take our obligations very, very seriously on the continent of Europe,” he added.

“Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has renewed our resolve to strengthening NATO’s defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe,” he claimed.

At the same time, Finland agreed to a NATO Memorandum of Understanding. It involves maintaining Alliance warships and aircraft on its territory.

Defense Secretary Carl Haglund claimed doing so isn’t a step toward NATO membership. “(I)n times of crisis, we are better qualified for receiving assistance from other EU countries, the Nordic countries and NATO countries,” he said.

On April 22, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said:

“Moral pressure is being exerted and attempts are being made to convince the public that ‘the Russians are bad’ and they should choose an orientation towards European democracy.”

“They are talking about some kind of military-technological assistance, advisors and a larger number of joint exercises.”

“NATO pursues the sole task of driving a wedge between Russia and its allies, detaching us from one another.”

“We can see that the alliance continues to mount its military presence near our borders.”

“They kept telling us about certain camps training soldiers and officers for missions in ‘hotbeds’ and ‘semi-hotbeds.’ ”

“Now it is not a secret that these military units of NATO will be permanent. Whatever they may be called – bases, contingents or formations – their meaning does not change. A military potential is emerging by the Russian borders.”

“If anyone thinks that Russia will rush into a project as soon as NATO crooks a finger at us, this is a profound mistake to make.”

Russia bashing continues relentlessly. Big Lies substitute for straight talk. The Washington Post headlined “In Russia, a Soviet revival grips leadership,” saying:

“…(T)he Soviet Union is suddenly alive and well again in the minds of a giddy cohort of the Russian elite. Not the ideology, please – but the gravity, the cold-eyed assertion of power abroad and at home, and the allegiance demanded by the state.”

A litany of lies followed. It’s standard WaPo practice. A day earlier, its editors headlined “President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine,” saying”

Russia “continue(s) to escalate. Its operatives and those they control have not withdrawn from the government buildings they occupy.”

“For weeks, Mr. Obama has held back on forceful measures against Mr. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine on the theory that a measured approach matched with diplomacy would yield results.”

“The policy has failed. Now Mr. Obama must act – or doom Ukraine to dismemberment.”

Fact: Russian democracy shames America’s sham version. It’s more fantasy than real.

Fact: Russia has gone all-out to resolve Ukrainian crisis conditions responsibly. Washington’s strategy is polar opposite. It bears full responsibility for what’s ongoing

Fact: US-supported putschists have no legitimacy whatever. Eastern Ukrainians have every right to reject them.

They deserve universal support. Don’t expect WaPo editors to explain. Big Lies substitute for responsible reporting.

They proliferate recklessly. They risk escalating things out-of-control. They risk possible East/West conflict.

Washington deplores peace. It rejects diplomatic solutions. Ones agreed to aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

Promises made are systematically broken. US strategy prioritizes controlling all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

Ukraine is the crown jewel. In his 1997 book titled “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,” Zbigniew Brzezinski said:

“Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.” US control is prioritized. It’s been so since Washington broke GHW Bush’s pledge not to expand NATO East.

No encroachment on Russia’s borders would happen provided Moscow let its former republics become independent. Former President Mikhail Gorbachev was lied to.

America’s word is never its bond. Former Russian republics Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are NATO members.

Other Eastern European ones include Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia.

Washington wants all remaining Eastern European nations co-opted. It wants them part of NATO.

US bases encircle Russian and Chinese borders menacingly. So-called missile defense systems intended for offense target them.

Neither country threatens America. Positioning strategic weapons near their borders shows Washington’s real intentions.

The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues. Washington is losing control. Michael Hudson believes it has “no means to follow through.”

“The effect is to make the United States look like what Mao Tse Tung called it: a Paper Tiger. Having waved a big stick, the United States and its NATO satellites are now leaving Ukraine broke,” he said.

“The aim of prying it out of the Russian orbit has left Ukraine heavily in debt to Russia for arrears in payments for gas (now no longer subsidized) and in danger of losing Russia as its major market for industrial exports.”

Business as usual continues. Saber rattling dares Moscow to respond. Cold War 2.0 rages. Recklessness defines US policy. Russia is wrongfully blamed for US lawlessness.

Vilifying its policies persists. Calling them a major danger doesn’t wash. Putin prioritizes diplomatic conflict resolutions. Advancing America’s imperium prevents it.

One crisis segues to others. Will Ukraine be Washington’s undoing? Rodney Shakespeare suggests a possible “turning point in history.” US hubris may precipitate its own downfall.

Is America’s empire declining? Washington hasn’t won a war since WW II. Militants battle for control in Iraq and Libya. US-installed puppet regimes are weak.

Over 12 years of Afghanistan’s war resolved nothing. Nor will another decade of fighting if it continues.

Obama’s proxy Syria war reflects failure. America makes more enemies than friends. Will Ukraine hasten Washington’s decline? Will its grip on world power weaken?

Will current allies lose patience? Will they cut their losses and abandon partnering in America’s imperial adventurism? Will Ukraine be the last straw?

Hindsight is the best foresight. The fullness of time alone will tell. Ending Washington’s imperial rampaging can’t happen a moment too soon. Humanity’s survival depends on it.

Israel Wants Temple Mount Control

The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. They do so after Mecca’s Sacred Mosque and Madina’s Mosque of the Prophet.

Israel wants control. Naftali Bennett is Israel’s Jewish Home Party leader, Economy minister, and Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs minister.

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In February, he told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of plans for greater Israeli control over East Jerusalem.

“Unfortunately, the Temple Mount today doesn’t allow for the full exercise of freedom of religion, and there is discrimination against Jews there,” he said.

Knesset members debated establishing greater Temple Mount sovereignty. Arab world criticism followed.

PA officials held an emergency session. A statement followed saying:

“If Israel continues this policy, it proves it does not want peace but continues to violate international laws and resolutions.”

One-third of Jordanian parliamentarians urged annulling Amman’s peace treaty with Israel. They called Israeli efforts for more Temple Mount sovereignty a clear peace treaty violation. It’s “aggression against Jordanian custodianship,” they said.

Jordan and the Jerusalem-based Islamic Waqf jointly administer the Temple Mount. They’ve done so since June 1967. Proposed Israeli changes bear full responsibility for unrest.

Its provocations are commonplace. In 2014 alone, the Al-Aqsa Foundation and Heritage reported 1,720 Israelis invaded the mosque compound provocatively.

Virtually daily they create one or more incidents. Most often they want to pray where they don’t belong. They want to incite violence. They want Israeli security forces blaming Palestinians for their provocations.

Extremist Israeli rabbis want full control over the entire area. So do right-wing ideologues. It covers 144 dunums. It includes both mosques, an Islamic museum, a Sharia Islamic court and other facilities.

Palestinian worshipers remain inside the Al-Aksa Mosque compound to protect it. Israeli forces storm it belligerently all too often.

On April 17, they did so. They fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers. Dozens were hurt.

Al-Aqsa Mosque director Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib said “about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound.” They used “live ammunition,” he added.

Special forces deployed around the main gates since dawn. They blocked worshipers outside from getting in.

Ministry of endowment employees and students attending school inside were denied entry.

Security guards did so. So did men aged over 65. Several worshipers prayed in alleys outside.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld lied. He claimed peaceful Palestinians provocatively threw “stones and firecrackers” at police. They responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades.

About 100 worshipers remain inside the compound day and night. They do so to protect it.

On April 20, Haaretz headlined “Temple Mount closed to visitors as police, Palestinians clash.”

Hardline Jewish extremists bear responsibility. They want their rituals conducted where they don’t belong. On Sunday, two Border Police were slightly injured.

For the first time, violence spread into the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. Israeli security forces closed the Temple Mount. Doing so justifiably infuriated Muslim worshipers. According to Haaretz:

“Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence.”

“The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.”

Hardline Jewish extremists get US-based support. American Friends of LIBI provide it.

It’s a 501c3 NGO. Pro-Israeli volunteers run it. “When you donate to LIBI USA, over 95% of your donation goes directly to support Israeli soldiers,” they say.

It’s an official IDF fund. In 1980, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin and then Staff IDF chief of staff Rafael Eitan established it.

The did so “to provide educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers.”

On April 13, American Friends of LIBI headlined:

“BREAKING NEWS: This morning, after Palestinian and Arab rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails on the Temple Mount, the police were forced to close the area.”

“Is it time for Israel to take control of the Temple Mount, end the violence, and open it to people of all religions? Click here to
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http://friendsoflibi.org/end-the-violence-on-the-temple-mount/

A photo shows “(m)asked Palestinian youths throw(ing) stones towards Israeli riot police during clashes following Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on February 7, 2014.”

American Friends of LIBI support institutionalized Israeli racism. “Time to…get the Arabs out,” they asked?

It bears repeating. The Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. Zionist zealots don’t care.

They want Muslims denied entry to Islam’s third holiest site. They want Jews allowed on sacred ground where they don’t belong.

Israeli police lie. They claimed dozens of Palestinian youths provocatively threw stones and firecrackers at them from within the compound. Many were masked, they added.

Arrests followed. Dozens of Palestinians were injured. Dozens more arrested. Israeli initiated violence rocks the Temple Mount. It does so virtually daily.

Palestinians are wrongfully blamed. Israeli zealots and security forces bear full responsibility.

On April 21, dozens of settler extremists stormed through Mughrabi gate. Israeli police protected them. They blocked Palestinian worshipers. They unsuccessfully tried entering the Temple Mount.

On April 21, an Israeli court exiled six Jerusalemites for varying periods. Izzideen al-Shaloudi, Malik al-Showaiki, Mohammed Romman, Ihab Ighbarieya, and Muhannad Atieya were targeted.

Israeli zealots target Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories. On April 18, they vandalized an Umm al-Fahm mosque.

They torched its front door. They spray-painted hate graffiti on its walls. They did so over the Passover holiday period (April 14 – April 22).

“Arabs out,” they wrote. Friday’s attack followed earlier ones. Investigations when held are whitewashed. Crimes go unpunished.

Palestinians are fair game. Radicalized Jews act with impunity. Israeli security forces do nothing to stop them.

They encourage lawlessness by inaction. They do it with overt support. So-called “price tag” attacks describe retaliations relating to Israeli government actions limiting their political goals.

They occur with disturbing regularity. They’re documented by time, type, location, number of injuries and/or deaths. They do so by settlements of origin.

Israeli and collaborating Palestinian security forces do virtually nothing to stop them.

Ordinary Palestinians are left vulnerable on their own. They’re in a virtual war zone. Israel is an occupying power.

International law is clear. Palestinian security and safety come first. Israel ignores its mandated responsibility. Punishments don’t follow Israeli crimes against humanity.

Separately, Nikolayev, Ukraine’s main synagogue was firebombed on April 19. At the time, it was empty.

The synagogue’s security camera recorded the incident. A passer-by extinguished the fire. In late February, Zaporizhia’s Giymat Rosa synagogue was attacked the same way.

Jewish media selectively report these incidents. Western ones largely ignore them. Putschist controlled presstitutes turn a blind eye.

Last week, fake letters circulated to Donetsk Jews. They called on those over 16 to register. Failure threatened citizenship revocation, deportation and assets seized.

Jew baiting followed Kiev putschists usurping power. Racist hate is unstated official policy.

Ukrainian Jews nationwide have one thing alone to fear. They’re targeted. They’re endangered.

Neo-Nazi putschists threaten them. Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are wrongfully blamed.

Kiev putschists are fascist extremists. Svoboda Party and Right Sector leaders openly display neo-Nazi symbols and insignia.

Svoboda’s slogan is “Ukraine for the Ukrainians.” It earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists.

It bears erie resemblance to Hitler’s National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.

Hooliganism is longstanding neo-Nazi policy. So is anti-Semitism. It’s rife in Ukraine. Earlier Jewish populations suffered pogroms and other hate crimes.

Current ones are targeted in other ways. Svoboda Party head Oleh Tyahnbok once said Ukraine is headed by a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.”

Fascist elements openly display Celtic crosses. They reflect neo-Nazi white nationalist pride. The symbol 14/88 is prominent.

The 14 represents a white nationalist 14-word slogan. The 88 stands for ‘Heil Hitler.” “H” is the alphabet’s 8th letter.

Black Sun occult symbolism is used. Allegedly it was drawn for Heinrich Himmler from an old Aryan emblem. It represented inner-circle SS power.

It united three important Nazi ideological symbols – the sun wheel, the 12 SS Knights of the Order of the Death’s Head, and their three retainers.

Red and black flags are openly displayed. Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera featured them. He participated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.

He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed. Current Ukrainian neo-Nazis have their own methods.

Bandera’s legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His present day counterparts get open US support.

Repressive power politics dominates America, Israel and Ukraine. State terrorism reflects official policy.

Anyone challenging state power is targeted. Coverup and denial claim otherwise.

These countries aren’t fit to live in. They’re unsafe. Fascist hardliners run them. They threaten world peace.

The Obscenity of War in a World of Need and Suffering

A study by professor Linda J. Blimes of Harvard University concludes that the cost to the US of the Iraq and Afghan wars, taken together, will be between $4 and $6 trillion. This includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs. The cost so far is $2 trillion.

In order to get our head round the colossal figure of $6 trillion, this is equivalent to $75,000 for every household in the US. Deaths of Iraqis and Afghans taken together are estimated from 600,000 to a million, coalition troop deaths around 8,000, over 7,000 of whom are Americans. The suffering and the sheer misery of widows, orphans and families behind these statistics are unimaginable.

 

Our propensity to dehumanize the ‘other’ makes it all too easy for the demagogue, the charlatan and the power hungry to exploit. We are too readily manipulated and outraged into diverting our resources into wars that cause death, injury and destruction. The suffering to millions of fellow human beings is kept from us by mainstream media too ready to play its role. In any case, the dehumanization of our ‘enemies’ dulls our compassion to the point of not seeing their pain and suffering as real.

Leaders and those who would profit from these wars would package their language in distortions and omissions to hide the truth. George Orwell summed it up: “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Let us for a moment put aside the human cost of these wars and concentrate on the economic cost. This obscene spending on death and destruction is done by a country, the US, where 15% of its citizens, 46 million, live below the poverty threshold of $23,492 and 1.5 million of its children become homeless every year.

Worldwide, 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day, 360 million of whom live on less than $1 a day. Grinding poverty, hunger and lack of clean water and effective sanitation blight their lives and their future. 22,000 children die every day due to poverty.

Families are trapped in a cycle of misery and deprivation that cascades through generations with no escape route. Yet in this world of need and suffering, the world military spending stood at over $1.7 trillion in 2012.

The vast majority of us individually can see that there is something seriously wrong with the way our priorities are perceived. It is beyond comprehension that with so much poverty and need worldwide, that so much wealth is spent on wars and weapons of death and destruction. However, this rationality and our sense of fairness could so easily be overcome when called upon to dehumanize our perceived ‘enemies’.

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. Our social development however is still almost at Stone Age level.

Massacre in Odessa

Ukraine is the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. Friday’s Odessa massacre revealed its ugly face writ large.

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Unrestrained brutality explains it. More of the same is likely. Perhaps much worse ahead. Maybe Friday’s incident was prelude for more planned slaughter.

On May 2, Itar Tass reported what happened in Odessa, saying:

“As many as 38 people died in a fire lit by Ukraine’s Right Sector and self-defence radicals at the building of trade union council in the Black Sea city of Odessa on Friday, a spokesman for the Ukrainian interior ministry said.”

“According to the ministry, thirty people died of carbon oxide intoxication, eight died having jumped out of windows. As many as 50 people sought medical assistance, including ten policemen.”

On May 3, Itar Tass reported Ukraine’s Interior Ministry saying:

“As a result of clashes and fire in the Trade Unions House in Odessa’s Kulikovo Pole square, 42 people have died and 125 have been injured and taken to hospital. There are 21 policemen among the injured.”

Itar Tass said survivors “were cruelly beaten by Kiev radicals with batons.”

An Odessa region police report said:

“Thirty-seven people were killed and some 200 injured, including 22 policemen.” Over 130 suspected perpetrators were detained. Ten criminal cases were initiated.”

Neo-Nazi Right Sector were responsible. Kiev putschists helicoptered them in. They came with orders to attack self-defense force activists violently. They took full advantage.

Odessa regional council member/mayoral candidate Alexei Albu was attacked. He explained what happened, saying:

“When we came out of the burning building, a crowd of nationalists attacked us. I can say that about a hundred people were hurt.”

“People jumped out of windows. Everything was in smoke. People lying on the ground were kicked with feet.”

“I and one of our activists, Vlad, have serious head injuries. We are heading for a hospital. Earlier in the day, our activist Ivan received a bullet wound.”

“Right Sector members who attacked the House of Trade Unions were fully equipped, armed and prepared beforehand.”

On May 3, Itar Tass headlined “Kerry’s refusal to discuss Ukraine is irresponsible approach.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said he asked to speak with Sergey Lavrov on Syria. When he knew “Russia proposed to include the Ukrainian issue, (he) postponed the talk…”

“Such an approach clearly indicates that the American colleagues are not interested to look for a way out of the explosive situation fraught with unpredictable consequences and actually play into the hands of the current leadership in Kiev.”

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin expressed shock “at the placidity of Western countries over the illegitimate Kiev leadership’s actions with the use of force against residents in southeastern Ukraine.”

“Such an attitude of the West made Kiev sure of impunity for its actions,” he added.

On May 2, Obama expressed support for violence against Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. He lied saying:

“(A)s as Ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern Ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these Russian-backed groups are not peaceful protestors.”

“They are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from Russia.”

“The Ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory, and Russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups so they disarm and stop provoking violence.”

“(I)f the Russian leadership does not change course, it will face increasing costs as well as growing isolation – diplomatic and economic.”

“(I)f Russia continues on its current course, we have a range of tools at our disposal, including sanctions that would target certain sectors of the Russian economy.”

“(I) it continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine and disrupt this month’s presidential election, we will move quickly on additional steps, including further sanctions that will impose greater costs.  But that is a choice facing the Russian leadership.”

“(T)he Ukrainian government has already shown itself more than willing to work through some of the issues that would ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are respected, that you have a representative government.”

“They’ve shown themselves willing to discuss amendments to their constitution that devolve power to a local level.”

“The Ukrainian government in Kyiv has followed through on the commitments that it made in Geneva. We need Russians to do the same.”

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for elevating fascist putschists to power.

Fact: It bears full responsibility for Kiev violence.

Fact: It does so for Eastern Ukrainian brutality.

Fact: CIA director John Brennan traveled to Kiev covertly.

Fact: He came with orders.

Fact: He directed America’s new friends to unleash violence against  Eastern Ukrainian activists.

Fact: Vice President Joe Biden delivered the same message.

Fact: He green-lighted violence on his Kiev visit following Brennan’s.

Fact: Kiev putschists attacked as ordered.

Fact: They deployed military forces against peaceful Eastern Ukrainian activists.

Fact: They helicoptered in neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs to beat and murder them.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians freedom fighters acted solely on their own volition.

Fact: No evidence whatever suggests Russian involvement or backing.

Fact: The illegitimate “Ukrainian government has (no) right” to subvert law and order.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainian activists aren’t militants. They’re not paramilitaries.

Fact: They’re ordinary people. They workers fighting for their legitimate rights.

Fact: Kiev putschists straightaway violated Geneva four-party agreement terms to resolve conflict diplomatically.

Fact: Russia supports them responsibly.

RT International interviewed Aleksei Albu. He escaped from the burning Trade Unions House. He was viciously attacked. He was brutally beaten.

“Militants from the Right Sector arrived from Kharkov to Odessa today,” he said. “They attacked the center of the city first and then they moved on to the anti-Kiev protesters camp.”

“They attacked the camp with about 200 people there – 100 of whom were women and men over 50 and 60 years of age – with Molotov cocktails.”

“The people at the camp then barricaded themselves inside the Trade Unions House.”

Right Sector thugs surrounded the building. They “began throwing stun grenades and tear gas” inside.

“I was there inside the building and took part in the defense. We tried to defend ourselves as much as we could.”

“When we were finally able to jump out of the window from the second floor, we were met by the Right Sector radicals.”

“They beat us with their feet using bats and chains. My friend got an open head injury.”

“I received a wound six centimeters long and am now in a hospital waiting to get stitches. We were all covered in blood, our legs were beaten by bats.”

A second unidentified activist told RT:

He was trapped on the Trade Unions House rooftop. So were about 50 others. “We tried to close all doors and windows that lead to the roof, got rid of all ladders,” he said.

Right Sector thugs blocked building entrances. Police did nothing to stop them.

He was “waiting and hoping that someone (would) come here and help us get out alive.”

“If police (didn’t defend them) against this angry mob, then (he didn’t) don’t know how (he and others would) find a way to leave.”

Vitaly Churkin called what happened “reminiscent of the crimes of the Nazis from whom the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists derive their ideological inspiration.”

RT video footage showed “disturbing scenes of dead bodies lying around the rooms with thick smoke in the air and blood stains on the floor.”

Most bodies “had St. George ribbons attached to their clothes, distinguishing them as anti-Kiev activists.”

Odessa authorities declared May 3, 4 and 5 “mourning days.” Flags with black ribbons were lowered to half mast.

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement was clear and unequivocal, saying:

“The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, in which, according to reports, 38 people died and 50 were injured, are viewed in Moscow as criminal irresponsibility of the Kiev leadership indulging insolent nationalist radicals, including the Right Sector, who are staging a campaign of physical terror against supporters of federalization and real constitutional changes in the Ukrainian society.”

“We categorically condemn it.”

“Such intention to blame Russia for everything at any cost, even at the cost of cruelly killed people, is prompted by the attempt to remove the responsibility from the Kiev leadership for what is happening in Ukraine.”

Friday’s massacre revealed fascism’s ugly face. Unrestrained brutality explains it. Obama endorsed it.

One fascist regime supports another. They share guilt. They promise more of the same. People of conscience everywhere condemn it.

Thousands of Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are its best and bravest. They vow continued resistance.

They reject illegitimate Kiev putschists. They do so justifiably. They demand fundamental rights everyone deserves.

They merit worldwide support. They’re an example for freedom lovers everywhere to follow.

Power yields nothing. Change never comes top down. Always bottom up. Sustained commitment is required to achieve it.

If societies fit to live in aren’t worth fighting for, what is?

US Threatens Russia

Washington bears full responsibility for elevating illegitimate fascist putschists to power. Doing so reflects another sordid chapter in US history. For sure, it won’t be the last.

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Bullying, bluster and threatening ultimatums define US policy. John Kerry warned Sergei Lavrov.

Moscow has “days, not weeks,” to assure Ukrainian four-part agreement terms are implemented. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki repeated his threat, saying:

“The secretary urged Russia to take concrete steps to help implement the Geneva agreement, including publicly calling on separatists to vacate illegal buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and address their grievances politically.”

“He also called on Russia to assign a senior diplomat to work with the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine to make absolutely clear to the separatists that Russia supports the agreement and wants de-escalation.”

“The Secretary also made clear that Russia’s recent public statement casting doubt on Ukraine’s commitment to the Geneva agreement flies in the face of the facts.”

“The Government of Ukraine put forward a broad amnesty bill for separatists to give up buildings and weapons, and has sent senior representatives to the east with the OSCE to help implement the agreement, and had called an Easter pause in its counterterrorism operations.”

“He asked that Russia now demonstrate an equal level of commitment to the Geneva agreement in both its rhetoric and its actions.”

“As noted in Geneva, without implementation, the joint statement is only a piece of paper, and what is needed is true de-escalation.”

“The Ukrainians have taken steps. The Russians have to take additional steps.” Otherwise, they’ll be “consequences for inaction.”

Fact check

Kiev putschists deployed neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs. They did so to Eastern Ukraine. They unleashed violence. They violated Easter truce terms straightaway.

Deescalation is a convenient illusion. Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU nations partner in crime.

Cold War 2.0 rages. At stake is world peace. A potential East/West confrontation looms.

Washington wants all rival governments eliminated. It wants pro-Western stooge ones replacing them. It wants unchallenged worldwide dominance. It risks possible global conflict in the process.

Psaki didn’t explain. She irresponsibly blamed Russia for US imperial adventurism. It persists relentlessly. Core international, constitutional and US statute laws are violated.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow. Targeting Russia raises the stakes.

Sergei Lavrov is a consummate diplomat. He shames his US counterpart. Washington should take responsibility for its actions, he said.

“Before giving us ultimatums, demanding that we fulfill demands within two or three days with the threat of sanctions, we would urgently call on our American partners to fully accept responsibility for those who they brought to power,” he stressed.

Threatening Russia with consequences won’t work, he added. It’s “big, independent (and) power(ful)…(It) knows what it wants.”

Washington, rogue EU partners and Kiev putschists lie. They “invent possible and impossible arguments against Russia,” Lavrov said.

Claiming Russian arms in Eastern Ukraine proves Moscow interference doesn’t wash. Saying so is “ludicrous. Everybody has Russian arms in Ukraine.”

At the same time, illegal Ukrainian elements have US weapons, not Kiev’s military.

Putschist “authorities are doing nothing, not even lifting a finger, to address the causes behind this deep internal crisis in Ukraine,”  Lavrov stressed.

They violated four-party agreement terms straightaway. Days earlier, CIA head John Brennan arrived in Kiev. He came with US administration instructions.

Wage war on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters, they were told. Putin warned of potential “civil war.”

So did Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Putschists launched violence, he said.

“The illegal rulers are trying to restore the order they cynically trampled on when they participated in an armed uprising,” he added.

They deployed military forces east. They unleashed Right Sector neo-Nazis thugs. They lied claiming otherwise.

According to Lavrov, they’re “running the show” in central and Western Ukraine. They’re “trying to affect eastern regions.”

Kiev putschists claim Maidan “act(s) legally which is totally inadmissible.” Attacking Slavyansk activists shows Kiev want four-party agreement terms derailed, Lavrov said.

“The fact that extremists started to shoot at unarmed civilians is unacceptable.” At the same time, putschists target foreign journalists.

Some are blocked. They’re denied permission to enter Ukraine. Others are threatened, harassed and arrested. So are Southeastern Ukrainian activists.

Police states operate this way. Ukraine is one of the worst. Order must be restored, said Lavrov. Real constitutional reform is essential.

So far it’s nowhere in sight. Extremism as well as ethnic and religious intolerance continue.

Illegally armed groups operate freely. They do so extrajudicially. They rampage with impunity. They threaten anyone challenging them. They shoot to kill.

Russia won’t allow civil war in Ukraine to erupt, said Lavrov. “There has been a surge in appeals to Russia for saving them from this outrage.”

“We are being put into an extremely complex position,” he added.

“Those who are deliberately pursuing a civil war, possibly, in an attempt to start a big, serious bloody conflict, are pursuing a criminal policy.”

“And we will not only condemn this policy but will also stop it,” he stressed.

“Geneva agreements on Ukraine specify no timeframe, but measures should be taken urgently.” Putschists haven’t done so, said Lavrov.

“Everything points to the fact that (they) are not able to control extremists, or do not want to control them.”

“The main thing now is to prevent any kind of violence in Ukraine. It is the first clause of the Geneva agreements, the first requirement.”

“This part of the Geneva agreement is not fulfilled, but on the contrary, steps are taken by (Kiev putschists) in violation of” its terms.

“We are concerned that instead of confirming the responsibility for the situation, Kiev and the West-European countries are trying to make Russia responsible.”

Claiming four-party agreement terms don’t apply to Maidan is “absolutely acceptable,” Lavrov added.

Obama dispatched Vice President Joe Biden. He arrived in Kiev. He did so to meet with his new friends. He expressed full US support.

Washington will help its “leaders” create national unity, he said. They face “humiliating threats” and “daunting problems,” he added.

He called planned sham May elections the most important in Ukraine’s history. They’ll be farcical when held. Biden didn’t explain.

He came for a victory lap. It’s for Obama’s latest imperial trophy. If he can hold it, a previous article explained.

Eastern Ukrainians reject Kiev putschists. They want their legitimate rights respected. They want local autonomy. They’re going all-out to get it legitimately.

On April 21, Voice of Russia headlined “Biden to test US face-saving retreat plan for Ukraine,” saying:

He’ll “explore the possibilities for Washington’s face-saving exit from its foreign policy catastrophe in the country…”

Rostislav Ishchenko heads the Kiev-based Centre for Analysis and Prognosis. Washington’s failure in Ukraine necessitates a retreat without losing face, he said.

Biden arrived with a mandate. It’s “to cover up (America’s) retreat.” Kiev can’t “suppress” Eastern Ukrainian activists. It won’t fulfill four-party deal terms.

Biden came to make the best out of a bad situation. Putting lipstick on this pig won’t work.

Fascists running Kiev can’t hide their extremism. Big Lies don’t wash. Washington is public enemy number one.

Kiev putschists are convenient stooges. They have no legitimacy whatever. Eastern Ukrainians reject them. They do so responsibly.

Perhaps Western ones will join once their full agenda is implemented. Repression and neoliberal harshness reflect it. People take only so much before rebelling.

Scoundrel media lie. New York Times misinformation is scandalous. Russia bashing repeats daily. On April 21, The Times headlined “Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine’s East,” saying:

It “combine(s) cyberwarfare, an energetic information campaign and the use of highly trained special operation troops to seize the initiative from the West.”

It “project(s) power in the ‘near abroad.’ ” It “road-tested” strategy in Crimea. It combines “hard and soft power.”

“For its intervention in Crimea, the Russians used a so-called snap military exercise to distract attention and hide their preparations.”

“Then specially trained troops, without identifying patches, moved quickly to secure key installations. Once the operation was underway, the Russian force cut telephone cables, jammed communications and used cyberwarfare to cut off the Ukrainian military forces on the peninsula.”

Moscow “sen(t) small, well-equipped teams across the Ukrainian border to seize government buildings that could be turned over to sympathizers and local militias.”

“Police stations and Interior Ministry buildings, which stored arms that could be turned over to local supporters, were targeted.”

“The Kremlin has used its military deployment to buttress its diplomatic strategy of insisting on an extensive degree of federalism in Ukraine, one in which the eastern provinces would be largely autonomous and under Moscow’s influence.”

Fact check:

You can’t make this stuff up. Times reports read like bad fiction. No evidence whatever supports its claims. They’re manufactured out of whole cloth. They lack credibility.

At the same time, daily content is silent about Washington elevating illegitimate putschists to power. The Times supports them. It pretends they’re democrats.

Readers are systematically lied to. Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure.

America’s imperial rampaging continues. Times correspondents, contributors and editors support it.

All so-called news fit to print is rubbish. Readers are on their own to learn truth. Times management excludes it from daily content. Doing so is longstanding editorial policy.

Putin Blames West for Ukraine Conflict

Washington bears full responsibility. Rogue EU partners share it. So do Kiev fascist putschists.

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They’re convenient US stooges. They mock legitimacy. State terrorism is official policy.

Washington fully supports it. Putin forthrightly condemns it. He represents responsible geopolitical leadership. He’s polar opposite Obama.

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov released an official statement. It addressed Odessa’s massacre, saying:

“The authorities in Kiev not only bear direct responsibility, but are complicit in these criminal activities. Their arms are up to the elbows in blood.”

Odessa reflects “the connivance of those who consider themselves the authority in Kiev.”

“They allowed extremists and radicals to burn unarmed people alive. I stress that these people were unarmed.”

Washington and rogue EU partners represent “the highest manifestation of cynicism.”

“The people who justify this punitive operation are the same ones that did not allow the legitimate President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, to bring order to the country.”

“In spite of consistent attempts to encourage dialogue, Russia has hit against provocation not only from Kiev, but also its Western sponsors.”

Kiev putschists prevent any possibility for resolving things diplomatically, he added.

Obama outrageously called unrestrained violence “a move to restore order.”

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was no better. “(T)he state’s monopoly on the legitimate use of violence needs to be respected,” she said.

Peskov called her comment “monstrous,” adding: “Our colleagues in the West are basically trying to justify the large numbers of murders we are seeing.”

Moscow got thousands of Eastern Ukrainian calls for help, he said. “Desperate people call. They ask for help.”

“The vast majority want Russia’s help. All these calls are reported to President Vladimir Putin.”

Kramatorsk shares the eye of the storm. Ukrainian military forces attacked city residents. Right Sector thugs joined them.

Street fighting rages. Overnight Friday, at least 10 activists were killed. Dozens more were wounded.

Journalist Graham Phillips said all roads “in and out of Kramatorsk (are) blocked off.”

RT International’s Paula Slier said one resident told her “he heard (about) Right Sector (thugs) putting people on their knees and shooting them in (the) back of the head…”

She believes neo-Nazi thug Dmytro Yarosh is in Kramatorsk directing cold-blooded murder.

Two city checkpoints were destroyed. A TV tower was seized. Regime snipers atop buildings fire on city residents.

Street fighting rages. Civilians are being murdered in cold blood.  Coup-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the operation’s “active phase” would continue on Saturday.

“We are not going to stop,” he added. A Donbas self-defense forces statement said:

“The security operation in Kramatorsk has resumed, snipers controlled by the Kiev government have occupied multi-story buildings and are firing from there.”

“In addition, there is fighting on the town streets, involving the use of various weapons.”

Casualties “are mainly civilians, who happened to be near the scene of fighting.”

Donetsk regional cities are under attack. Activist Nikolai Solntsev said:

“(F)ull mobilization (was) declared. Our security services are ready for full-scale military actions.”

“We will mobilize our people today in the united people’s struggle resistance movement…” It’s an ongoing struggle for freedom, he added.

Yasnogorka was attacked. It’s adjacent to Kramatorsk. An eye-witness said hostilities began late Friday.

Lights were turned off. “Shots (were) heard across the city. Signal rockets (lit) up the sky…Peoples (said) the Ukrainian army is shooting at everything that moves right now.”

Deaths and injuries were reported. Slavyansk hostilities continued. Self-defense forces headquarters was attacked.

Snipers target city residents indiscriminately. Odessa remains under attack. Lawless aggression defines official putschist policy.

Unarmed civilians are fair game. They’re being killed and injured in cold blood. Fighting shows no signs of abating.

Continuing it reveals fascism’s ugly face. Deaths and injuries mount. No end of conflict looms. Expect lots more deaths, injuries and suffering ahead.

Media scoundrels turned truth on its head. They ignored Kiev’s responsibility for dozens of deaths and injuries.

The New York Times reported Odessa’s massacre irresponsibly, saying:

“Violence also erupted Friday in the previously calmer port city of Odessa, on the Black Sea, where dozens of people died in a fire related to clashes that broke out between protesters holding a march for Ukrainian unity and pro-Russian activists.”

“Ukrainian and Russian news media showed images of buildings and debris burning, fire bombs being assembled and men armed with pistols.”

No mention of Right Sector thugs setting Odessa’s Trade Union House ablaze.

Nothing about their blocking ways out. Nothing about their brutally beating dozens managing to escape. Nothing about around two dozen hospitalized in serious condition.

Nothing about Kiev putschists responsibility. Nothing about Washington ordering them to unleash violence against Eastern Ukrainian activists.

The Washington Post was no better. It turned truth on its head, saying:

On Friday, “Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day in nearly three months…when the army launched its first major assault on a rebel stronghold and 34 killed in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian mobs in the Black Sea port city of Odessa.”

“A pro-Ukrainian rally attended by thousands of soccer fans before a game Friday night was attacked by pro-Russian separatists.”

Fact: Ukraine’s military and Right Sector fascist thugs bear full responsibility for what’s happening.

Fact: So-called Russian mobs are ordinary civilians.

Fact: They’re activists fighting for freedom.

Fact: They’ve been indiscriminately attacked.

Fact: Hooligans and Right Sector thugs attacked freedom fighting self-defense forces.

Fact: They’re Ukrainians.

Fact: They’re civilians.

Fact: They want Ukraine federalized.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They want fundamental rights everyone deserves.

Don’t expect the Washington Post to explain.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined “Ukraine Needs US Military aid,” saying:

“The battle for Ukraine is entering a dangerous new phase, as the Kiev government is finally making an attempt to regain control over its eastern cities from local thugs and Russian special forces.”

“Is it too much to ask the US to offer the military means to help Ukraine keeps its own territory?”

Washington bears full responsibility for Ukraine’s violence. Journal editors irresponsibly blamed Putin.

He wants to “disrupt his neighbor,” they said. He’s doing it as May 25 elections approached, they added.

They’ll be farcical when held. They’ll have no legitimacy whatever.

“The Russian strongman wants to block the vote, or disrupt it enough so he can call it illegitimate,” said Journal editors.

“His Russian-sponsored fighters moved this week from smaller towns in eastern Ukraine…”

Fact: Kiev-deployed Right Sector thugs attacked unarmed civilians indiscriminately.

Fact: They murdered dozens in cold blood.

Fact: Ukraine’s military committed lawless aggression.

Fact: It continues unabated.

Fact: Unarmed civilians are shot.

Fact: They’re murdered in cold blood.

Journal editors want US Washington-supplied military aid. They support lawless aggression. They consider civilians fair game.

They ignored Odessa’s massacre. They turned a blind eye to Right Sector thugs shooting unarmed civilians in the back of the head.

They’re mindless of fascism’s dark side. They expressed full support.

The Chicago Tribune misreported on Odessa’s massacre, saying:

Its “riot…ended in a deadly blaze in a trade union building…”

No mention of fascist Right Sector responsibility. Nothing about brutally beating unarmed civilians. Nothing about murdering them in cold blood.

Western countries blamed Russia “for stoking separatism and fear,” The Tribune said.

“Moscow could be planning to repeat its ‘annexation’ of Crimea in other parts of Ukraine,” it added.

It turned truth on its head saying so. Tribune readers have no idea what’s going on.

Nor do US TV viewers. Their Ukrainian coverage blames victims for Kiev crimes.

Spin suppresses truth. Cold-blooded murder is called self-defense. Civilians are called “terrorists.”

Military aggression is called defending Ukraine responsibly. Big Lies substitute for reality. CNN misreported. It’s “unclear how (the Odessa) fire began,” it claimed.

Fox News blamed Russian special forces. Thousands of Eastern Ukrainians asked Putin for help. According to Fox News, they asked Kiev for protection against Russia.

Other cable channels and broadcasters reported similar Big Lies. They pointed fingers the wrong way.

They’ve done so throughout months of conflict. They support right over wrong.

Western print and electronic media march in lockstep with imperial lawlessness. They support Kiev putschists.

They’re propagandists. They masquerade as journalists. They turn truth on its head. They systematically lie to readers and views.

They endorse what demands condemnation. They do it 24/7 round-the clock.

The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues. No end of conflict looms. Expect worse than ever ahead.

Bloodbath in a dozen or more cities could follow. Don’t expect media scoundrels to explain accurately.

Expect Big Lies to repeat ad nauseam. Expect truth to be systematically buried.

Ukraine at War

Ukraine is engulfed in conflict. It may be only a matter of time until it spreads nationwide.

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It’s Obama’s war. It’s low-intensity. It threatens to escalate. Mass slaughter may follow.

At risk is spreading it cross-border. It threatens potential East/West confrontation.

On Saturday, Kiev putschist official Vasyl Krutov said:

“What we are facing in the Donetsk region and in the Eastern regions is not just some kind of short-lived uprising. It is in fact war.”

Washington bears full responsibility. Obama officials orchestrated Ukraine’s legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster. They did so lawlessly.

They elevated fascist putschists to power. They have no legitimacy whatever. They’re convenient US stooges.

Russian lower house State Duma international relations committee chairman Alexei Pushkov said Washington “supplanted the Ukrainian government and had installed a regime lucrative for itself.”

It bears repeating. At risk is full-scale conflict. East/West confrontation may follow. Paul Craig Roberts is right saying Washington’s “unprecedented” “arrogance” may “drive the world to war (and) destruction.”

Washington’s dirty hands are manipulating Ukraine’s conflict. Kiev stooges are US imperial proxies. They mock legitimacy.

On May 4, Voice of Russia (VOR) headlined “Dozens of FBI, CIA officers consulting Kiev government – report.”

Germany’s Bild am Sonntag cited unnamed German officials, said VOR. It’s Germany’s largest selling Sunday broadsheet.

FBI and CIA operatives “are in Kiev on a special mission to help the Ukrainian authorities quell the unrest in the southeast and create effective law enforcement bodies,” VOR explained.

In mid-April, CIA director John Brennan visited Kiev. He did so covertly. He held secret talks. He met with Obama’s new friends.

He came to plot war strategy. He wants Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters eliminated. He wants them crushed.

Yanukovych said he “sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed.” He authorized open conflict.

So did Vice President Joe Biden. His visit followed Brennan’s. He delivered the same message.

Washington wants challengers to its imperium eliminated. After Brennan’s visit, coup-appointed president Okeksandr Turchynov announced a northern Donetsk region “anti-terrorist operation.”

To be conducted “stage by stage,” he said. So-called “terrorists” are Ukrainian freedom fighters. They’re ordinary civilians. They’re not paramilitaries.

They’re fighting for what’s too important to lose. They’re Ukraine’s best and bravest. They deserve universal support.

Eastern Ukrainian conflict continues. Kiev military forces attacked Mariupol. They surrounded its municipal building.

Hundreds of activists are inside. They were warned. Leave or be attacked. According to one witness:

“I am in the center of the city. There are a lot of ambulances outside the local administration building.”

“Gunfire is being heard. Armored vehicles have entered the city and are moving towards the center.”

“People are going there as well, to prevent the soldiers from shooting. We are hoping they won’t shoot at civilians, though from what we’ve seen before, we are not sure anymore.”

Another witness said “(t)here are no fatalities so far, but I can’t say anything about the number of injured.”

“Right now police have returned from the scene, but people in dark uniforms can be seen in other parts of the city.”

Self-defense force member Mikhail Krutko added:

“Residents are unarmed. They blocked roads in the city center, built up barricades from tires and other things not to let hardware pass. They set tires on fire.”

Mariupol’s bank building was set ablaze. At the same time, Konstantinovka was attacked. Its TV building was seized. Transmissions are off-air.

Live fire was heard. At least two deaths are known. Several soldiers were injured. Southeastern Ukraine remains in turmoil.

Gorlovka activists took over the city’s crime prevention department. No injuries were reported.

Kramatorsk residents confronted soldiers entering the city. “Go back to Kiev, fascists,” they yelled!

“What kind of law and order are you bringing here. We (live here), not you.”

“You are not welcome here! Get out! It is our land.”

A sign outside Kramatorsk’s administrative building read: “The Kiev junta carries out the US scenario.”

Troops began leaving. Crowds chased them shouting “Donbass! Donbass! Glory to Donbass!”

Dozens so far have been killed or wounded in Eastern Ukrainian cities. Growing numbers there reject Kiev putschists.

Most aren’t separatists. They’re federalists. They want local autonomy within Ukraine. They want their fundamental rights respected. They reject fascist rule.

So far, Mariupol’s attacked failed. Residents prevented Kiev military forces from storming its administrative building.

Activists regained control in Konstantinovka, Slavyansk, Gorlovka, Kramatorsk and Andreyevka village, they said. They stormed a Lugansk military and enlistment office.

Odessans mourn Right Sector thugs massacring dozens of unarmed civilians. Most perished inside the city’s Trade Union House.

Fascist thugs set it ablaze. They were trapped inside. According to coup-appointed first deputy prime minister Vitaly Yarema:

“Many people died by jumping from the fourth and fifth floors, while others died of carbon monoxide or burned to death.”

“I was at the accident scene and saw a great number of dead people. It was evident that they died instantly, very quickly.”

“This means that some substance burned which generated gas and this gas quickly affected people who lost consciousness and died on the spot.”

Forensic exams will determine the cause of death. Reports said 46 Odessans died. Over 200 others were injured.

Around 150 local residents blocked the regional police building. They protested authorities failure to intervene to prevent what happened.

They chanted “Nemirovsky the murderer.” He’s Odessa’s governor. They demanded his resignation. They threatened to storm police headquarters otherwise.

Right Sector thugs were responsible. They allied with local ultranationalists. Ukrainian oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and leading presidential aspirant Petro Poroshenko were involved.

A Just Russia party leader Sergei Mironov called Kiev initiated Eastern Ukrainian conflict “a crime against humanity.”

It’s “fascism,” he added. Kiev authorities allied with Right Sector thugs reflect it, he stressed. He thinks their war on ordinary Ukrainians will fail. Nuremberg justice awaits them, he believes.

On Sunday Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said:

“We are indignant that the Kiev regime had not fulfilled the February 21 accord and the April 17 Geneva statement.”

“Punitive actions continue in south-eastern Ukraine. Radical elements are acting absolutely impermissibly in the south.”

“The tragedy in Odessa where tens of young people died shocked the whole world. We mourn for them.”

“We offer condolences to the families of those killed in Odessa, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.”

“We believe that immediate international measures of impact on the Kiev regime are needed to put an end to a criminal policy.”

“All our actions are aimed at this. The Russian president and the country’s foreign minister are keeping in constant contact with all international partners, are discussing tragedies which are happening on Ukrainian soil and are thinking over how to cope with this difficult situation when current Kiev authorities take current situation in their homeland incompetently and irresponsibly.”

“Our efforts will be continued. It is needed to attain all agreements previously reached to be fulfilled.” Force against ordinary Ukrainians must stop, he added.

Crisis conditions head things closer to all-out war. Washington bears full responsibility. Recklessness defines US policy.

Its rules alone apply. Eastern Ukraine remains in turmoil. It bears repeating. It may be just a matter of time until rebellion spreads nationwide. Perhaps cross-border. Potentially much worse.

Repressed people take only so much before reacting. At the same time, Obama acts mindlessly. He risks all-out war.

Madness defines US policy. Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He’s a war criminal multiple times over.

Removing him is a national imperative. He rejects diplomatic conflict resolution. He’s waging war on Russia short of open conflict.

He risks escalating things out-of-control. He bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. He’s driving the world to war.

Perhaps EU resistance can halt it. On Friday, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington.

“We have a few difficulties to overcome between security and protecting privacy,” she said. She had more than NSA spying in mind.

She disagrees on Washington’s anti-Russian policy. She opposes tougher sanctions. She represents German industry.

It wants nothing affecting its bottom line interests. Industrial giants said so publicly. So have other European industrialists.

Obama and Merkel disagree on Kiev relations. Merkel believes its Eastern offensive reflects Washington’s aim to dictate EU policy.

Escalating it was strategically timed with her visit. She wants Obama engaging Putin diplomatically.

She wants US policy changed. She’s Russia’s neighbor. Both countries have strong political and economic relations. She wants them maintained.

She rejects Washington turning a deaf ear to sound policy. At time time, she’s a close US ally. She’s torn between alternative visions.

It’s hard splitting differences this great. Policy is largely one way or the other. War isn’t peace. Economic boycotts aren’t normal relations.

German prosperity is at stake. When Deutsche Bank, Siemens, BASF, Volkswagon and other major German companies speak, Merkel listens.

She can’t ignore them. She depends heavily on their support. Losing it adversely affects her politically. She won’t sacrifice her own interests for Obama. Nor will other EU leaders.

It remains to be seen what follows. The last thing Europe wants is war potentially great enough to engulf the entire continent.

Whether EU leadership acts preventatively remains to be seen. The jury is very much out. At stake is war or peace.

Drones: Obama’s Invisible War

In the midst of a crisis which has in recent weeks created a political chasm between Russia and the United States, there is an ongoing carnage in the name of combating terrorism against Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

The story of the CIA-led killer drones which are killing women and children on a daily basis is a tale accorded inexcusably scant attention in media. Indeed it is being ignored.

Just recently, the US director of national intelligence James Clapper ordered US senators to remove a provision from a major intelligence bill that would require the president to publicize information about drone strikes and their victims.

The bill originally required the president to release a yearly report clarifying the total number of “combatants” and “noncombatant civilians” killed or injured by drone strikes in the previous year.

 

Reports clearly indicate the number of drone attacks on Muslim countries has increased tremendously since Barack Obama took office in 2009. Quite ironically, the man who was initially compared to Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize nine months later.

I for one always presumed that George W. Bush was a political retard who thought he was burdened with a messianic mission and that he felt he had to save the world. Quite naturally, the election of a colored president in the US engendered some false hope that there might appear tangible political upheavals in the country in its approach towards the world in general and toward the Muslim world in particular.

To the dismay of many, this dream was however shattered altogether to be ensued by an era of apocalyptic darkness and escalating mass murders in the international arena.

According to the New America Foundation, a Washington-based public-policy institute, Obama authorized 193 drone strikes in Pakistan alone from 2009 to 2011, that is, over four times the number of attacks that President George W. Bush authorized during his two terms.

To date, the liar-in-chief has only acknowledged that the United States has killed four Americans in drone strikes. According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Obama has launched over 390 covert drone strikes in his first five years in office and thousands of civilians have been killed in the strikes.

The drone warfare is indeed a war in disguise, a form of war meant to lull American public who are manifestly fed up with their government’s military interventions on the one hand and to vindicate their gory policies through a mechanism of invisibility on the other.

Contrary to their claims that the drones are only used to wipe out the al-Qaida elements in different parts of the Muslim world, their strikes have however proven to kill civilians. Women and children are unfortunately among the routine victims of their ‘targeted’ assassinations.

For the US government, war has taken a new shape, ranging from cyberwar to drone strikes, from assassinations to other forms of covert operations.

It is agonizingly sad to see that certain governments including Pakistan and Yemen have been even collaborating with the CIA, providing them with the space for their inhumane intrusion.

A known victim of the assassination drones attacks is Pakistan which had long declined to admit that it had been aware of the attacks and that it had even helped the US government. In 2011, ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that his government clandestinely signed off on US drone attacks. It was actually part of a deal by Washington to help retain the Pakistani strongman in power.

A cable sent in August 2008 and later posted online by Wikileaks, then-US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson mentioned a discussion about drones during a meeting that also involved Malik and then-Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“Malik suggested we hold off alleged Predator attacks until after the Bajaur operation,” Patterson wrote. “The PM brushed aside Rehman’s remarks and said, ‘I don’t care if they do it as long as they get the right people. We’ll protest in the National Assembly and then ignore it.’ ”

Yemen’s president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has also confessed that he “personally approves every US drone strike in his country and described the remotely piloted aircraft as a technical marvel that has helped reverse al-Qaeda’s gains.”

Further to that, there are third-party governments which are aiding and abetting Washington in carrying out its massacre of the civilians in Africa by allowing them to use their military sites in the country. According to a report by the German Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the Stuttgart-based supreme command of the United States Africa Command (US Africom) and the Air Operations Center (AOC) at the US air force base in Ramstein, in the state of Rhineland Palatinate, are directly involved in the drone attacks.

With a morbid mind, former US president George W. Bush, who was incapable of truth, commenced a series of invasions and military expeditions in the Muslim countries, caused inconceivable human losses and left a legacy of horror and bloodshed which came to be followed by his successor Barrack Obama. Then in order to keep up appearances and beguile the American public, Obama who was essentially expected to behave differently took the wars from the battlefields to the towns and exacted an irretrievable toll on the civilians under the banner of fighting terrorism.

By all standards, Obama is a brazen criminal and those who collude with him in perpetrating these acts of atrocity are no better. All of them are indeed under the watchful eyes of God and they shall meet their dismal reckoning.

As Noam Chomsky once said, “Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.”

BILL CLINTON: AN ALIEN INVASION “MAY BE THE ONLY WAY TO UNITE THIS INCREASINGLY DIVIDED WORLD”

ED Noor: Not mentioned by the author is this ominous and infamous quote from Kissinger:
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order [referring to the 1991 LA Riot]. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond [i.e., an “extraterrestrial” invasion], whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.” ~ Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991.

By Michael Snyder

April 6, 2014

Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity?

Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one?
That is apparently what former president Bill Clinton believes. On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Clinton said that an alien invasion “may be the only way to unite this increasingly divided world of ours”.
He also said that “if we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised”.
So does he know something that the rest of us don’t?

And why is he sharing this now?

In recent years, the general public has been primed for the possibility of contact with aliens. There has been an endless barrage of books, movies, television shows and video games that portray human contact with extraterrestrials. It has gotten to the point where even some of the most hardcore skeptics in our society seem quite eager to embrace the possibility of extraterrestrial contact. Is this a good thing, or could the truth be that we are being set up for a great deception of historic proportions?
Appearances by major political figures on late night talk shows are usually highly scripted. So it seemed odd that Jimmy Kimmel would ask Bill Clinton about UFOs. Is that something that Clinton actually wanted to talk about? When Kimmel asked his questions, Clinton seemed quite prepared with his answers. Among other things, he told Kimmel that “the differences among people of Earth would seem small” if we were to be suddenly confronted with contact by extraterrestrials.
The former president said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday that an invasion by extraterrestrials might be the best way to unite the fractious countries of our war-wracked planet.

“I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there. But there are no aliens there. So then I, when the Roswell thing came up, I knew we’d get gazillions of letters. So I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything.
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[At the same time,] we know now we live in an ever expanding universe. We know that there are billions of star and planets literally out there, and the universe is getting bigger. We know from our fancy telescopes that just in the last two years, more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns and dense enough that they might be able to support some form of life, so it makes it increasingly less likely that we are alone.
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If we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised. I just hope that it is not like Independence Day, that it’s a conflict. [Although] that may be the only way to unite this incredibly divided world of ours. ‘They’re out there, we’d better [work together]’ Think of how all the difference among people on earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader. Everybody gets together and makes nice. That is the whole theory of Independence Day.”

I have posted video of Bill Clinton telling Jimmy Kimmel these things below.

This is absolutely stunning.
Back in 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a similar statement. He told the United Nations General Assembly the following…
“I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world.”

At that time, a belief in “aliens” was usually ridiculed.

Just think how much has happened since that time to help prepare humanity for alien contact.

Not only have we been primed to think that it could happen someday ~ we have been primed to expect that it will happen someday.

In fact, according to a survey conducted by National Geographic, 77 percent of all Americans already “believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth”.

But only 68 percent of all Americans believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God.

That means that more Americans believe that UFOs have visited us than believe what the Bible has to say about Jesus Christ.

At this point, even the most hardcore “skeptics” in our society seem absolutely primed for extraterrestrial contact.

Just consider celebrity atheist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the new Fox series “Cosmos” A Spacetime Odyssey”. He appears very open to the possibility that aliens have visited us or may visit us in the future. In fact, he has joked that aliens may be avoiding open contact with us because they can’t detect any sign of intelligent life on this planet.

“I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behaviour they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth”.

And celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins seems very open to the possibility that life on earth may have been “intelligently designed” by aliens. Just check out this video.

Alternatively, the Vatican also appears to be extremely interested in the search for extraterrestrial life. Vatican astronomers speak excitedly about the possibility of contact with “brother extraterrestrial“, and one has even suggested that aliens could “be the Saviours of humankind“.

It seems like almost everyone is looking up at the stars, hoping for contact with other life forms.

And with each passing day, even more “UFO videos” and “alien videos” are posted to YouTube. Certainly many of them are fakes, but is that true for all of them? It has gotten to the point where there are millions upon millions of people out there that claim that they have either personally seen a UFO or have had contact with an alien being. With each passing decade, this type of activity seems to become even more frequent.

So what is it all leading up to?

All over the world, our technology is capturing images of these “UFOs” and “aliens”. The following is one video from Mississippi that I discovered just today.

Most people out there seem to have the hope that when we do make contact with aliens, that they will come in peace.

And there are many, including Bill Clinton, that seem to believe that contact with extraterrestrial life will finally be the moment that unites the entire world.

But there are others that have studied these things intensely for many years that are deeply, deeply concerned about the agenda of these “aliens”. For instance, Temple University Professor Dr. David Jacobs has been studying the alien abduction phenomenon for more than 30 years, and he has developed “a tremendous sense of concern about the future” based on what he has discovered.

But I must say that now that I’ve learned as much as I have learned, and I think I’ve learned an awful lot, I am very, very unsettled and upset by what I see. I don’t like what I see. I wish I didn’t see this. I wish I hadn’t uncovered this. I despair of it. It’s thrown me into a tremendous sense of concern about the future and unease. I just don’t like it very much. I wish I did. I don’t want to be this way. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news. I could not have ever imagined that I would come to this position. What I’m seeing now, what I’ve found with the phenomenon, I could never have imagined.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that we will make contact with “extraterrestrial life” someday?

If we do, will that be good or bad?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below.