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    CHUCKMAN - F-35 - CAN PIGS FLY

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    CHUCKMAN - F-35 - FIGHTER HEAD-ON

  • IRAN MUSEUM TO MURDERED NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS AND WHO KILLED THEM - NATURE OF ISRAEL'S SELF-PROCLAIMED DEMOCRACY MUCH LIKE THE OLD CONFEDERATE STATES - SIX-DAY WAR FACTS

    COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

    "...the state claims were murdered by Israeli spies."

    Claims?

    Are you kidding?

    Who else but Israel - whose leaders have a long record of killing innocent people and launching weekly rants about non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons - has a motive to do these murders?

    Only Saudi Arabia, but that is virtually the same thing as saying Israel.

    The absolute monarchy and the one-kind-of-people-only "democracy" work hand-in-glove now on regional policy, as they do on supporting cutthroats like ISIS.
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    Comment in response to another:

    Yours is the silly repetition of official slogans, but then I donít doubt you are one of the thousands of Israelis paid so much a word by the government to fill discussion sites with such ďtruths.Ē The purest dishonesty, surely.

    Israel is a democracy only and exactly in the sense that the American Confederacy and apartheid South Africa were democracies. After all, the select or privileged population voted in both those historical places. But no one else voted and no one else had any rights.

    You cannot meaningfully call a place a democracy where half the people living under its government have no votes.

    Besides, genuine democracies have Bills or Charters of Rights to prevent a majority from tyrannizing minorities. After all, even genuine democracies are capable of evil behavior. Thatís why there are Bills and Charters of Rights. Israel has none, and it cannot ever have one, a meaningful one, so long as it holds to its ugly Netanyahu-Sharon form of existence - that is, a garrison state holding millions of unwilling prisoners and attacking every neighbor that it has.

    Yours is pure Ministry of Truth nonsense about being surrounded by tyrannies.

    We see clearly that the tyrannies are Israel's best secret friends. Israelís best secret partners in crime today are the tyrant now ruling in Egypt, the absolute Saudi Royal family, and ghastly Qatar. Israel loved Mubarak for thirty years, never mind the misery he inflicted upon Egyptians.

    Israel loves having a Generalissimo in Egypt suppressing Egyptians, a Generalissimo quietly friendly to Israel to keep his American pay-offs. Israel hated the late elected government in Egypt simply because it knows that the people of Egypt do not agree with Israel's suppression of Palestinians, its piracy on the high seas, and, in general, its self-assumed role of Decider of Affairs in the Middle East, with all the costs paid by its American imperial sponsor.

    If you examine Israelís behaviors - ignoring empty, insincere words and slogans - Israel is the de facto tyrant of the region - threatening everyone, assassinating, attacking, and demanding this and that through its entire brief existence.

    Even the Six Day War was carefully engineered to make the Arabs look like bad guys while the entire point was to steal all the property of others it yet holds: Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Golan Heights. It was the very height of hypocrisy and blubbering about poor David fighting off Goliath.

    It doesn't matter how many empty words you utter, in the end Israel's current situation is untenable. The world will not in the long run allow you to keep all the properties of others you stole in that war.

    Israel is a great puffed-up presence in the area, puffed up by countless subsidies and allowances from others. Even Israel's many human rights crimes have been tolerated in view of guilt over what Germany did 70 years ago. But the realities are just too terrible now to keep suppressed. Millions as prisoners with no rights at all, and government after government attacks everyone they do not like. I do not detect an ounce of difference from the old South Africa, which, by the way was a great friend and trading partner of Israelís too.

    Even Israel's own people will not want to go on long as the world's greatest garrison state and, on per-capita basis, the world's greatest suppressor of human rights. After all, even the most repressive systems like the Soviets or Apartheid South Africa always collapse in the end.

    And the Jewish people in Canada, America, or Britain lead infinitely richer lives than the ordinary ones in Israel who must fight, pay huge prices, live in a controlled environment, swallow endless nonsense, and often cannot even afford a home.

  • MORE ON MALAYSIAN AIRLINES DOWNED FLIGHT MH-17 - UKRAINE UNQUESTIONABLY RESPONSIBLE - DUTCH COMPLICITY - GOING TO TODAY'S UNITED NATIONS WILL NOT HELP - BAN KI-MOON IS AN AMERICAN FLUNKY

    COMMENT POSTED TO A COLUMN IN RINF

    There can be no doubt that Mr. Zuesse is correct about Ukraine having destroyed MH-17, however I cannot agree, without further evidence, that the act was a "black flagĒ operation.

    It may have been, of course, but we have no solid evidence for that as we very much do for Ukraine's actually downing the airliner.

    Sheer incompetence alone, demonstrated over and over, by Ukraine's military provides a pretty compelling explanation with no further motives required.

    I think the greatest lesson we can all learn from these events concerns America's approach to world affairs today.

    The United States unquestionably has spy satellite data of this event - its fleet of "Keyhole" satellites with capabilities resembling those of NASA's space telescope cover the earth - yet it has never offered any of it to the international community.

    It also unquestionably has radar data of the event, this being a region of constant interest to Americaís military, and America has some of the world's best radars yet, again, it has offered absolutely nothing to the international community.

    Last, the extraordinary - virtually criminal - dilatory proceedings of the Dutch investigators can only reasonably be interpreted as suppression of evidence in response to American pressure, America having been deeply concerned that its fledgling coup-created government in Kiev would be discredited so early in its life by a destructive blunder.

    We have seen many times a fairly straightforward crash like this explained by authorities within weeks or less, as was the recent case with the German plane widely scattered over difficult terrain in the Alps. The delay over MH-17 surely can only be deliberate.

    Whatever the final resolution, the entire matter remains one big tissue of lies, and it is profoundly disturbing that European leaders remain so under the malign influence of the United States here and in other matters, allowing themselves to hurt their economies through America's insistence on penalties and needlessly to threaten a new cold war over an ugly set of lies.
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    Comment from another reader:

    ďSadly, I think the UN is as corrupt as any other politically controlled entity. Don't expect a different resultĒ

    Indeed, today the UN behaves as corruptly as the Dutch crash investigators and the seeming victory of Malaysia in bringing the investigation to the UNís scrutiny likely amounts to nothing. Ban Ki-Moon is Washington's man in every last matter, often displaying the most obsequious and embarrassing public behavior.

  • STEPHEN HARPER AS PUBLIC SPEAKER - HARPER FACES ELECTION WITH A MUCH REDUCED BENCH - WHY I THINK SO MANY HAVE ABANDONED HIS GOVERNMENT

    COMMENT POSTED TO THE NATIONAL POST TO A COLUMN BY REX MURPHY

    What is Mr. Murphy on, medical marijuana?

    An excellent speaker? Harper? The guy who addresses us as "friends" much in the manner of a tent preacher?

    Harper is only comfortable either giving a set speech on a topic with which he is comfortable or in delivering a cheap, fast put-down in Question Period.

    Hardly the skill range of a good speaker.

    Add to that his basic dislike of people and the kind of stiff arrogance we saw in Ignatieff, and you do not have a winning combination.

    Really great speakers always possess a kind of honesty in wanting to communicate something - even if its selective in nature - and Harper is likely the most dishonest personality ever to hold office in Canada.

    Harper is driven by negatives.

    He doesn't like Canada and its traditional way of doing things. He said so himself.

    He hates the Liberal Party and would love to destroy it. Again he said so himself.

    He admires the way things are done in the United States, a country which today approaches no longer even being a democracy.

    This is a man full of resentments with not a lot positive to contribute.

    I almost suspect he was bullied as a kid in Toronto and has never forgiven his tormentors. He works hard to get back, possessing a genuinely destructive personality.

    He has little popular appeal, naturally enough, and I think it fair to say his career is largely one of circumstances, of having lucked out with the Liberals so divided.

    His lack of genuine feeling - except for a warm feeling about power - comes right through. He can't hide it.

    I believe the Conservative Party associates who have left before the election have done so for a generally unobserved reason: they are tired of his private tyranny and relentless suppression of individuality. They've put up with it long enough, likely believing he should have retired as leader and given someone else a chance, but, no, his negative personality listens to no one and his love of power has reached badly corrupt levels. Most of them will return after he is defeated.

    And he is going to lose and lose big, no matter what polls may say.

  • SEPP BLATTER SOUNDLY RE-ELECTED TO FIFA LEADERSHIP - WHAT AMERICAN CHARGES TRYING TO DO - AMERICA'S OWN VAST CORRUPTION - SOMETIMES YOU EVEN MUST SUPPORT BAD GUYS

    John Chuckman

    COMMENT POSTED TO THE GUARDIAN

    I'm happy for Mr Blatter.

    I have no idea whether American corruption charges against other officials have any validity. After all, America lies to us pretty much around the clock about what it is doing in many things.

    In a very real sense, there is no more corrupt organization than America's government. Its members are the best government money can buy in a set of elections based on vast fortunes donated by special interests. Even much of Americaís foreign policy is for sale.

    I have no idea whether Blatter was aware of any corruption by others, but it doesn't really matter.

    I don't think there can be any doubt that America had an agenda here to take away the World Cup from Russia. America really will stop at almost nothing to punish Russia's rational response to an Americaís induced coup and chaotic war in neighboring Ukraine.

    Sometimes you even have to cheer for bad guys when the only option is a much greater bad guy.

  • CANADA'S PETER MACKAY (AKA, PETER POTATOHEAD) ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM POLITICS - MACKAY'S GENUINE ACHIEVEMENT - MACKAY'S ETHICS - WHAT IT ALL MAY MEAN

    John Chuckman

    COMMENT POSTED TO THE NATIONAL POST

    Peter Potatohead likely holds the Canadian political record for the number of government portfolios to which a complete mediocrity was appointed. It is, after all, a very thin bench with which Harper works.

    Apart from that let's remember Peterís idea of ethics.

    He had an affair with someone who was effectively his direct subordinate as Deputy Leader.

    When she bailed out, Mr Potatohead went on the grand tour of news media, lamely whining to each one about what she had done to him!

    Still later, he insulted her in Parliament, within hearing of several, yet he refused to apologize and indeed lied about ever having done so.

    Our glorious PM seconded him in the outright lie.

    A secondary thought: Those two Ė John Baird and Peter MacKay Ė ďbig-nameĒ retirements from the Conservatives months before an election are often described as rats leaving a sinking ship.

    Maybe, but I think there is another explanation, at least as likely.

    Mr Harper is a notoriously humorless and autocratic and, frankly, boring man. After the best part of a decade attending meetings with this grim man who allows virtually no independence of expression, might it be that some insiders simply have reached the limits of their endurance?

  • THE AMERICAN STATE DEPARTMENT REMOVES CUBA FROM ITS "BLACKLIST"

    John Chuckman

    COMMENT POSTED IN THE GUARDIAN

    Blacklist indeed.

    Good God, what a hypocritical bunch.

    For years America tried invasion, assassination, vandalism, bombs planted in various places, even an airliner downed - yet Cuba was the one on a blacklist.

    And while America removes Cuba from its ridiculous list, they also busy themselves killing people with no pretense of legality in at least half a dozen places.

    It really is time to treat the U.S. for what it is, the world's greatest terror state.

    But I imagine papers like The Guardian are afraid to do so, so you keep giving their government credibility while they carry out all their dirty work.

  • FIFA ARRESTS AND THE AMERICAN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT - A GREATER EVIL THAN BENT SPORTS OFFICIALS

    COMMENT POSTED TO THE GUARDIAN

    The American Justice Department had every right and reason to pursue the American branch of FIFA.

    They have no right to go after Europeans and others.

    The fact that Europeans are cooperating in arresting their citizens and sending them to the U.S. to stand trial is just further evidence of Europe's pathetic acceptance of America's right to govern Europe.

    It is a terrible precedent, setting things up for ever greater intrusions into European affairs.

    No one likes bent sports officials, but the issue of American laws applying in Europe is a far greater one than the issue of some bent sports officials.

    America is using the public's instinctive dislike in this matter to further drive its influence and power into Europe.

  • CHELSEA MANNING IS ONE OF THE FEW HEROES OF OUR TIME

    COMMENT POSTED IN THE GUARDIAN

    Chelsea Manning is one of the few genuine heroes of our time.

    She risked everything and did so out of a profound sense of human decency.

    The truly brave always in history are abused by authorities.

    The ones who get medals are not so much the brave but the compliant.

    Most of the vast stores of secrets the United States has hidden away are not in any way threats to national security.

    They are mostly threats to the security of authorities who are afraid of public reaction to their lying, incompetence, and poor judgment.

    We cannot have democracy unless the people understand better what their government is doing and why.

    And today I think it fair to say America is no democracy but a collection of elites using the immense powers of that government to do as they wish.

    Killing, destroying, and overthrowing on a vast scale - all while supporting brutal and tyrannical governments such as Saudia Arabia or Israel who serve its purposes abroad.

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