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Monday, September 22, 2014

U.S EMPIRE IN ZUGZWANG DOWNWARD SPIRAL



END OF EMPIRE

Upon Hitler's mugging of Poland
on September 1. 1939 Admiral Canaris,
the head of German Counterintelligence (the Abwehr)
is said to have blanched,
and then said, “this is the end,”
as, indeed, it was the beginning of the end of Germany.
At that moment of the realization of the inception of a great tragedy Canaris yet managed to be annoyed that Hitler had used the very Polish uniforms that his service had been employed to provide, to stuff some German criminals into and kill them as alleged Polish “weapons of mass destruction.”
Bush, Cheney, Rummie, Wolfies et al's knowingly false and long-planned 2003 conquest of Iraq can be said to mark a similar beginning of an end, in this instance of an actual empire, not of a wanna-be.
However, one could hold that the beginning of this end lies even further back and had its inception with Carter/ Brzezinski's destabilization of Afghanistan, to draw Russia into a bear trap – imagine that: tossing a country of 25 million to those dogs of war! And then creating the Mujahedin and equipping them with Stingers to wound the bear! And then abandoning the Mujahedin! 
Or, if you want to go all the way back , you could point to the idea that “containment” meant to go against the tide of history and assume the fractured European imperialist impulse and bed with everY evil mother fucker in the world.
But perhaps, in light of its hoary beginnings, the idea that “the United States” might have taken an alternative path is foolish.
The end will not be as protracted as that of the Roman empire, yet in similar fashion it will be a Zugzwang during which it will rush from one site of warfare to the other. Domage.

Sincerely your,
The Geopolitical Monster Michael Roloff.
in Seattle


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Friday, August 30, 2013

A COMMENT ON THE SYRIAN SITUATION + NY TIMES DISCUSSION

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/world/middleeast/john-kerry-syria.html?hp



  I notice a furious all around debate yet feel entirely frustrated for lack of immediate details and historical context, e.g, 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/164272259/U-S-Government-Assessment-of-the-Syrian-Government’s-Use-of-Chemical-Weapons-on-August-21-2013?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=a610d7e3a5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-a610d7e3a5-398411721
and
David Rief's piece in the New Republic that references a lot of them
http://click.newrepublic.com/email/v1/click?v=3&e=f18dQhb0S65M1PNfs.VLZBZ683KP7VW2pJbqy6BL9F2W87hR1Q3QJ5HJW1mCkMb8JZdFnW4NY.tv8NQrh3W7vJmpp6p8SJVW59yJW_8mPD0bW3Q79T_3n_bzCW40N27T7SQlRBVnfRSP32D9ygW1mkrTt1yYyWBW6CFgD83nqtmzW8vqdSR1k4k7rW65dsG_1W6nDrN5W3VFmZl5NCW4Q9cWT2p5Y5TW6fJDQw5v0dtLW8_Vjjt7JNz3cW3g_GKW4tbQBvW5gj9JR8FSczXW6MwlLy4d0.7nW4P.5SG15sTs8102It It appears that the U.S, has been trying to destabilize the Syrian government since the days of G.W. Bush's Iraq adventure.
 So this then is what you get!
Syria had a Ba'ath type socialist government although it appears not as perverted as Saddam Hussein's became. Bashar al-Assad, a trained ophamologist, suceeded his father Hafez upon that man's death in 2000.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad
Whatever I read, pro or con intervention, of whatever degree, however agrees, in the highest moral dudgeon, that the Assads are the equivalent of "old badass Saddam" - as compared to the somewhat differentiating reportage of the ongoing ground conflict (s) of the insurgency - its various foreign backers and components, Islamist and Alawite, Shiite and Sunni factions.

Does a government have the right to defend itself against an insurgency? Especially insurgencies sponsored by various foreign interests that wish the country  to disintegrate?

Now specifics. It is said that the Obama government has electronic evidence of an Assad defense minister who is upset at the carnage wrought by the poison gas attack. Who recorded or overheard this conversation, where when, quite aside the interpretation of the evidence. According to Leon Wieseltier in the New Republic Dexter Filkins of the New York Times has evidence of 35 different poison gas attacks on the part of the Assad regime.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114488/leon-wieseltier-chemical-weapons-syria?utm_campaign=topic-email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=10139816
What if any reason does the Assad regime have to target a neighbourhood, that neighborhood
in Damascus? Was / is this an opposition hotbed? And if not, was this event an accident
as the overheard conversation might lead one to believe?
Another point: is Assad's Ba'ath regime so entirely evil that in fact there needs to be regime change with all the consequences of regional spread of warfare that such a decision entails?


  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

malte-herwig-flakhelfer + struck/ keuschnig rezenzion





 
 




http://www.glanzundelend.de/Artikel/abc/h/malte-herwig-flakhelfer.htm

http://www.begleitschreiben.net/stoerung-der-gemuetlichkeit/

Jemand der folgendes schreibt
"Die Interpretationen Herwigs sind stimmig und mit Virtuosität vorgebracht; die Methode kennt man aus seiner Handke-Biographie »Meister der Dämmerung«, in der er auch wie ein Philip Marlowe das Werk nach biographischen Verwundungen und versteckten Bekenntnissen absucht. " dem, dessen Urteil ist leider nicht zu trauen. Denn in dieser und vielen anderen Hinsichten, strotzt Herwig's Handke Buch nur so von Fehlleistungen - Sammeln, aufstoebern kann er, guter "Gumshoe" ist er; Verstaendis von Literatur und ihrem Zusammenhang mit dem Leben des Autor, eigentlich nicht vorhanden. Und dass er Nachrichten.at mit einem 60 K Klage droht damit sie die Colbin Rezension zurueckziehen - damit hat Herwig sich selbst zerstoert! Und dass Struck/ Keuschnig der doch viel sich mit Handke beschaeftig das nicht bemerkt... Struck/ Keuschnig laesst ja auch keine wirkliche Kritik an seinen eignem Zeug zu!

http://handke-discussion.blogspot.com/2010/12/full-length-review-of-herwigs-handke.html


http://handke-discussion.blogspot.com/2010/12/marie-colbin-review-of-herwigs-meister.html

 Was die Flakhelfer betrifft, wenn man sich wirklich nur patriotisch gegen die Luft Annihilierung aufgerafft hat, ihre sonstige Unwissenheit ueber das Crimen Regime ist leicht zu entschuldigen. Ich haette es auch als 8-jaehriger! Wurde aber nicht vor die Wahl gestellt, und ich hasste den einzigen SS Mann den ich kannte, den Volkschul Lehrer, und die Eltern haben nur durch groesstes Glueck ihre Gestapo Inhaftierung wegen ihrer Teilnahme am 20ten Juli ueberlebt. Und da sie seit 1934 im Widerstand waren ganz schnell zur Partei um gut getarnt zu sein.

http://www.lukasverlag.com/neuerscheinungen/titel/317-gestapo-im-op.html

Es hat wohl in vielen Faellen, wie Grass, mit Scham und sich schaemen zu tun, und Dummheit. Erstmal als 17 Jaeriger sich zu der Waffen SS zu schleusen zu lassen , und dann so dumm zu sein es nur ganz spaet im Leben zu gestehen und damit viel zu verspielen - Scham scheint ein grosser Grund dafuer, hoffentlich auch Scham fuer die Dummheit, und dann so pathoshafte und ueberhebliche Gedichte wie das Netanjahu / Lieberman Israel Gedicht!.

http://goaliesanxiety.blogspot.com/2012/04/gunter-grass-what-must-be-said.html
Was sollte denn leichter sein  Netanyoo-Liebermann als Fascisten zu bezeichnen, die zufaellig Juedisch sind? Die Spitze des Amerikanischen Neo-Con Faschismus die es ohne Amerikanische Unterstuetzung es kaum geben wuerde?

Ihr Michael Roloff
 



 http://www.glanzundelend.de/Artikel/abc/h/malte-herwig-flakhelfer.htm



Friday, March 22, 2013

THE IRAQ WAR ANNIVERSARY


THE IRAQ WAR ANNIVERSARY

Allessandra Stanley’s NY Times review of the Dick Cheney documentary


has it that that truly miserable man “snookered” Dick Armery the then, 1993, leader of the House Republicans, into supporting the “war resolution” by telling him that old Bad Ass Saddam  Hussein, the U.S. Government’s once favored s.o.b., had the capacity to put a nuclear bomb into a suitcase – and if Cheney actually did this, but also if not - for cause at any of the many events - elicits in me the idea to pack this stupid monster into an old suitcase and dump him in the Sea of Araby for the there sharks, whom the body of Ossama Bin Laden has helped develop a taste for flesh of evil, who ought of course have been put on trial as ought Cheney and his “mission accomplished” accomplice, who certainly accomplished the ruination not just of Iraq but of the U.S. economy. – These men are as evilly stupid as Hitler and Co. who invaded Poland under false pretenses in 1939, whereupon the head of German counter-intelligence, which had provided the Polish uniforms into which Hitler & Co stuffed some disposable German criminals prior to murdering them as alleged Polish soldiers, Admiral Canaris is said to “have blanched” and said “this is the end.” Is there or was there anyone as foresighted in the so-called U.S. intelligence services?
Whom do we have to blame for having had Bush II as president? Anthony Scalia - who signalled how he would vote even prior to the Florida case ending up in the Supreme Court. Let us not forget our forever Anthony among the cavalcade of shame.

Rumsfeld’s first thought upon 9/11 is reported to have been that “Iraq has the better targets.” Were similar brilliant propositions coursing through  George W. Bush’s noggin as he was reading, to some kids, for five minutes, that children books about goats during the 9/11 attack? Bombs away, Rumsfeld! Bombs away Wolfowitz! Has there ever been as cowardly a terror campaign as Uncle Sam’s “shock and awe?” of a country that had just lost a war, that was quarantined? Has there ever been a greater worldwide terrorist than Uncle Sam and his 1000 + and expanding bases, the marines in the middle of Australia?

There is a New York Times editorial at the anniversary
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/20/opinion/ten-years-after-the-iraq-war-began.html?hpw
decrying – rather belatedly, no? - the Iraq war and warning of a repeat of this world historical crime by attacking Iran;
and here  a link to all their editorials and opinions including all those CIA/BROOKINGS Michael O’Hanlon updates that Auntie featured for years on end!

http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch/?vertical=opinion/#/iraq+editorial/since1851/allresults/1/allauthors/relevance/opinion/

a better record of this infamy + links can be found at Tom Dispatch

http://www.tomdispatch.com/

and a day or so ago  Auntie reports that those politicians, of both parties, who are still in power in D.C., were largely silent, no comment on the anniversary.
 

also posted at

http://summapolitico.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 25, 2013

OPEN LETTER TO CHRIS HEDGES'S COURAGE TO RESIST

the_courage_to_resist

re 
http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/the_courage_to_resist_20130224/

 
 
Dear Chris Hedges,
The year is 2013 I believe and I must confess

this is a pretty pathetic piece that you have delivered yourself of -a once again warmed up story about von Stauffenberg.

I happen to be the child of two conspirators who survived the siege of
Berlin in their respective Gestapo prisons in spring 1945

http://www.lukasverlag.com/neuerscheinungen/titel/317-gestapo-im-op.html

and later in life was sufficiently intrigued to look at the entirety
of the resistance to Hitler, and also how he came to power, and then
seized the dictatorship.

The initial and forever consistent resistance was on the part of the Communist party, who also held together best when imprisoned.

Here is the list, all you had to do was use Google!

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_aller_Attentate_auf_Adolf_Hitler

Their attempt at Hitler's life in the FAMOUS Munich Buergerbraue Beer Cellar attempt only failed because it was foggy and Hitler took to train back to Berlin, instead of waiting for the fog to lift so as to take the plane. 

In 1938 the Swiss seminary student Maurice Bavaud had infiltrated the anniversary of the 1923 coup attempt during the Munich October marchby, but did not shoot because he was afraid he might also kill Goebbels and Himmler. The year is 1938.

I happened to have translated Rolf Hochhut's Bavaud bio for Little, Brown about
30 years ago. It was torture!

In 1938 CAnaris and the Abwehr, German counter intelligence, were ready to move the resistance within part of the German army goes back to 1934, as does my parents, for among immediate reasons  my grandfather's Werner von Alvensleben having been on the hitlist during the Night of the Long Knives.

In 1942 the Rote Kapelle was discovered, a big wave of executions.

I spent a lot of time the Institute for Zeitgeschichte [contemporary history]
in Munich researching for a biography of Oberst Grosskurt, Canaris's right hand
man, who however was captured at Staligrad and died as a Russian p.o.w.

The 20th of July assassination attempt at the Wolf's Lair occurred on the property
of my Uncle, Heini von Lehndorf, who meanwhile had become the courier for the
conspirators, and was promptly killed. I grew up with his kids, the most famous
of whom became Verouchka.

If your piece is meant to be analogous to the current situation, or perhaps
to the ongoing U.S. imperiliast semi-fascist way of being, I - who tends to regard the world thrugh the eyes of a romantic WW II conspirator ! - would say it misses the spot.
What would be needed would be the kind of general disaffection of the armed forces with the dictator. I see little of that here, rather the opposite, the forever
possibility of the seizure, not in Latin American fashion, but gradually of military
interests of the powers of government. Emergencies, emergency laws. As long as you and and Tom Englehardt can get on our soap boxes and proclaim the truth we do not posa threat to the powers that be.
Stay cool, stay dry!
Best Michael Roloff

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

THE WINNER OF THE "ziggy"...

: You may recall "now-accepting-nominations-for-ziggy" of Md-December

http://summapolitico.blogspot.com/2012/12/now-accepting-nominations-for-ziggy.html


and the winner is


 
 



THIS STATUE,  MADE EITHER OF

[1 URANIUM-ENRICHED IRAQ-WAR-DERIVED ORDNANCE
[2 STEEL ALLOY, ENCHROMED
[3 PLAIN CAST IRON or
[4 DEGRADED, POCK-MARKED ALUMINUM

in miniaturized lapel-pin-sized form

IN THE ORDER OF VOTES RECEIVED

a) One vote for Kermit the Frog

b) which vote I suspect was meant to be for the
man who in honor of the extra-ordinary long-lasting destabilizing
"Ziggy" effect that his actions in the early 1950s had, and despite
the passage of time, and the inertness of the national memory, went to
KERMIT THE ROOSEVELT who brought you the overthrow of Mossadegh,
the installation of the Shah of Shahs and you remember the rest and the
great love that the "Great Satan" enjoys - 32 votes.

c) then the person for whom the award is named, Zbigniev "Ziggy"
Brzezinski received hundreds of votes, of course, for his and Jimmy Carter's
destabilization of Afghanistan in 1979. Often jointly with CIA Casey who
did his part to create the world wide Mujaheddin to fight in the nicely
destabilized Afghanistan - which is why the award takes the shape of a
dog - a country thrown to the "dogs of war."

d) But by far the overwhelming number of votes went to
"MOTHER" - the mother of invention of destabilization, the
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY - because it has been uniquely able to
create never-ending havoc, and propel "history" from one fiasco
to the other. Its "realistic"  "intelligence" gives stupidity a good name!
As soon as the U.S. Senate confirms  "Torture & Drone" Brennan -
that is, pro-forma - after a bit of the usual song and dance -
he will receive the mold from which the original was cast
so that he can create decal-sized replicas for the boys and girls at Langley. -
Its weight of course varies depending on the metal. The Uranium
enriched pin comes in at 2.3 ounces, the aluminum, pockmarked and degraded,
at less than half an ounce.
The ordinary citizen can obtain these pins from

Myron Toback, Inc.'s subsidiary shop in Truth & Consequences in New Mexico
after  first paying the appropriate deferential visit to the neighboring Rio Grand hamlet, Elephant Butte
where Rudolf Guiliani has a shoveling shop.


Myron Toback, Inc.
25 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-8300
(212) 869-0808 Fax
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE "ZIGGY"...

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE "ZIGGY"... 

AWARDED IN THE THE HONOR AND NAME OF THE DESTABIIZER 

PAR  EXCELLENCE OF AFGHANISTAN

 Zbigniew Brzezinski  


iMAGINE THAT, THROWING A COUNTRY OF 25 MILLION TO THE DOGS, 

THE MORONIC RUSSIAN BEAR NAMED BREZNEV IN THIS CASE! WITH UNTOLD CONSEQUENCES STILL VERY MUCH WITH US 

FROM THE MAHGREG TO PAKISTAN AND POINTS EAST


OBVIOUS CANDIDATES ARE:

1)
THE C.I.A. for its work in Syria for the past decade - it is showing... ah hem... results!
2) Nobel Peace Prize winner President Oh-Bambi!
3) Bambi - you never know what a deer is up to these days. Maybe as a Unicorn?P?

4) Pr
esident Netanyahoo?
5) Sanctimonious Jimmy? Ziggy's enabler,
 and yet another Nobel Prize for Peace winnner!? All the worst war
criminals win them, don't they in our Orwellian world!
 
THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE "ZIGGY," APPROPRIATELY SCRAWNY Russky Wolfhound!


ON THE UDDER HAND, MAYBE A HUNK OF CAMEL DUNG? A bucket full!

Zbigniew Brzezinski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



And on the potty making dung! 

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Bush-Obama, a.k.a "promise breaker", promised change: "Yes, we can." What?
1) He kept Bush's national security and economic adviser teams. He did add the Stiglitz wing of economists, but did not heed it and went with Geithner wing. With Stiglitz he had the opportunity to nationalize the bankrupt banks and other financial gangsters, and for the country to take control of its finances - finances are not like the weather - and not have them left in the hands of Vegas gamblers, and every year or two we have a major calamity - finances are not the weather!
2) Obama had his "surge", in Afghanistan. He has become the executioner in chief, who  plays cyber war and concentrates most of the U.S. Navy  in the Persian Gulf.

3) For those who do not live in Texas or the Texas of the Mind he
he is easier on the ears and eyes, yet the differenc in policies is minimal. Obamacare is a gift to the insurance companies, just as Bush's prescription drug law was a gift to big Pharma. What must have surprised a Republicantype president was that the nominal Republicans were so adverse to compromising with him on debt relief. The national debt incurred by Bush was appr. 10 trillion, it is now 4 trillion more. And the current President is waging economic warfare against Iran  and has much of the US Navy concentrated in the Persian Gulf. He helped destabilize Lybia, the destabilization of Syria has been an American agenda for at least a decade, but appears to have gone seriously awry.  
 Romney, may be a worse choice, since the only reason he seems to want the task is because  his dad failed  to become president. The consensus of the lesser evil does not apply in this instance,
Instead of either of these great evils find a good socialist candidate to vote for. Mine is Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party - the Trotzkyites, at least their analyses are powerful!


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Find a good socialist candidate!


  

Bush-Obama, a.k.a "promise breaker", promised: "Yes, we can" ..." stay the same" pretty much is what it turned out to be.
1) Obama kept Bush's national security and economic adviser teams. He did add the Stiglitz wing of economists, but failed to heed its advice, sided instead with Geithner wing of banksters. With Stiglitz he had the opportunity to nationalize the bankrupt banks and other financial entities, and for us, the people, for the country to take control of its finances - finances are not like the weather - and not have those fates left in the hands of Vegas gamblers,  every year or two a calamity - finances need not be an unending series of tormento tropicals!

2) Obama had his "surge", in Afghanistan. He has become the executioner in chief, the great "droner," who  plays cyber war and concentrates most of the U.S. Navy  in the Persian Gulf. The Nobel Peace Prize was the give-a-way: major war criminals are its chief recipients: Hennery the K of Wurstburg on the Hudson,  Sanctimonious Jimmy who destabilized Afghanistan [at "Ziggy" of Brzezinski's kindly insistence]. Obama helped destabilize Lybia, the destabilization of Syria has been an American agenda for at least a decade, but appears to have gone seriously awry - as have all these interventions  going back as far at least as Mossadegh's deposition as Prime Minister of Iran under dear old Ike, you remember Kermit something or other,  the Frog don't you?*   








3) For those not of Texas or of the Texas of the Mind, Obama may be easier on their ears and eyes - yet the difference in policies is minimal. Obamacare is a gift to the insurance companies as Bush's prescription drug law was a gift to big Pharma. What must have surprised a Republicantype president was that the nominal Republicans were so adverse to compromising with him on debt relief - Bush incurred debt of appr. 10 trillion, it is now 4 trillion more. And, God forbid that any part of the one trillion war budget be sequestered! Ah, the state of forever "national insecurity" that requires that apparatus! The Imperium has incurred so many enemies in the past 50 + years it means "forever war", forever pork for every porker in each and every congressional district!    
 Romney may be a worse choice, the only reason he seems to want the task is because  his dad failed  to attain the post. However. I don't see that the consensus of the lesser evil applies in this instance of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. 
Instead of either of these great evils let's have our French Revolution, a bloodless one that leaves each and every millionaire with a million for each member of their family. Sufficiente? No? Imagine what a "stimulus" such a redistribution of wealth would do to mononcle Eco-No-My! Imagine how sensible it is to give each of the sheeples enough wool so that they can be successfully sheared!

Find a good socialist candidate. Mine is Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party - the Trotzkyites, at least their analyses are powerful!
 
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/aug2012/appe-a21.shtmlhttp://www.wsws.org

 

[*Note that, starting this New Year, I will be awarding the "Ziggy" for the most successful destabilization. This prize of prizes is given just once every decade, nominations welcome!]

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