World War III Is Approaching: We Need a New Anti-war Movement -- One that Includes Soldiers
March 16, 2018
Paul Craig Roberts / The Institute for Political Economy & Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research
Commentary: When will the Russians notice that literally everyone in the Trump regime is issuing threats to Russia -- Mattis, Tillerson, Nikki Haley, the UK PM and Foreign Secretary. Yet the Russians still speak about how much they want to get along with their "partners" the West. We are at a dangerous crossroads. The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight. In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war.
World War III Is Approaching
Paul Craig Roberts / The Institute for Political Economy
"In a nuclear war the "collateral damage" would be the life of all humanity." -- Fidel Castro
(March 13, 2018) -- The Russians, in their anxiety to show the West how friendly they are, left Washington with a toe hold in Syria, which Washington is using to reopen the war. The Russians' failure to finish the job has left Washington's foreign mercenaries, misrepresented in the American presstitute media as "freedom fighters," in a Syrian enclave. To get the war going again, Washington has to find a way to come to the aid of its mercenaries.
The Trump regime has found, or so it thinks, its excuse in the revival of the Obama regime's fake charge of Syrian use of chemical weapons. This made-up lie by the Obama regime was put to rest by Russian intervention that made sure there were no Syrian chemical weapons. Indeed, if memory serves, Russia delivered the chemical weapons to the US for destruction.
Little doubt Washington still has them and will use some of them with their Syrian markings for what appears to be a coming false flag attack that can be blamed on Assad.
In other words, Washington will create a "situation," blame Assad and Putin, and with or without congressional authorization introduce US intervention in behalf of Washington's mercenaries. https://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-warns-us-against-attacking-syrian-forces/5631930
If we can believe James Mattis, the retired US Marine General who is US Secretary of Defense, Syria, a country without chemical weapons and in need of none in its mopping up operations against Washington's mercenaries, is using chlorine gas "against its own people," exactly the same phrase as the Obama regime used when Obama tried to orchestrate an excuse to attack Syria.
Mattis said that he is receiving reports of chlorine gas use by Assad while simultaneously saying he has no evidence of gas use, much less by the Syrian Army.
The US Secretary of Defense actually accused Syria of "targeting hospitals" with chlorine gas even though he admits there is no evidence. Mattis went on to accuse Russia of complicity in killing civilians, an endeavor in which the US excels.
Stephen Lendman reports that CIA Director Pompeo "suggested a US attack on Syrian forces may be forthcoming, saying Trump won't tolerate CW [chemical weapons] attacks, adding he hasn't made a decision on the latest reports about chlorine gas use."
[Former] US Secretary of State Tillerson joined the orchestrated allegation even though he admitted there was no evidence.
Of course, there has not been any chlorine gas use unless by the Washington-supplied mercenaries. But facts are not important to Washington. What is important to Washington is Israel's demand that Washington destroy Syria and Iran in order to get rid of Hezbollah's supporters so that Israel can seize southern Lebanon.
No doubt that other interests are in on the plot. Oil companies that want to control the location of oil and gas pipelines, the crazed neocons married to their ideology of American World Hegemony, the military/security complex that needs enemies and conflicts to justify its massive budget. But it is Israel's determination to expand its boundaries and water resources that set all of the Middle East conflict in motion.
Does Russia understand this, or is the Russian government preoccupied with eventually winning acceptance by the West as a part of the West? If the latter, the world is heading for nuclear war. The Russian government does not seem to understand that its pusillanimous response encourages Washington's aggression and, thereby, is driving the world to the final war.
Every time Russia fails to finish the job, as in Syria and Ukraine, Russia does not win Washington's friendship, but extends to Washington yet another run at prevailing in the conflict that Washington initiated.
Washington will not slack off until Washington is halted in its track, something that Russia does not seem willing to do. Consequently, Washington continues to drive the world to nuclear war.
When will the Russians notice that literally everyone in the Trump regime is issuing threats to Russia -- Mattis, Tillerson, Nikki Haley, government spokespersons, the UK PM and UK Foreign Secretary. Yet the Russians still speak about their "partners" and how much they want to get along with the West.
There is no prospect whatsoever of the British going to war against Russia. The entirety of the UK would be instantly wiped out, yet the UK PM issues ultimatums to Russia.
Here is what Finian Cunningham has to say about the British prime minister threatening Russia: https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201803081062350153-who-gains-from-poisonins-russian-ex-spy-uk/.
The entire Western world is insane. As Michel Chossudovsky says [See story below – EAW], the Western politicians and presstitutes who serve them are driving the world to extinction.
Note: It appears that the military/security complex is closing its grip on the Trump regime. Secretary of State Tillerson has been fired and is being replaced by CIA Director Pompeo. Gina Haspel, the new CIA Director, is the person who oversaw the CIA's secret torture prisons in Thailand.
"Fake News" and World War III.
The Danger of Nuclear Annihilation
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research
(March 9, 2018) -- This text presents an assessment which is "censored" by the search engines. Kindly consider forwarding it to your friends and colleagues as well as cross-posting it on alternative media and blog sites.
The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight. In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war. This is why, dear readers we call upon your support. Establish community networks, spread the word, organize at the grassroots level.
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We are at a dangerous crossroads in our history.
The dangers of a Third World War are routinely obfuscated by the media. A world of fantasy permeates the mainstream media which tacitly upholds the conduct of nuclear war as a peace-making endeavor.
World War III Is Terminal
Albert Einstein understood the perils of nuclear war and the extinction of life on earth, which has already started with the radioactive contamination resulting from depleted uranium, not to mention Fukushima:
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
The media, the intellectuals, the scientists and the politicians, in chorus, obfuscate the untold truth, namely that war using nuclear warheads destroys humanity.
"Fake News" has become "Real News". And "Real News" by the independent online media is now tagged as Russian propaganda. In turn, the independent media (including Global Research) is the object of censorship via the search engines and social media.
What we are dealing with is a War against the Truth. Objective reporting on the dangers of a Third World war is being suppressed. Why?
The future of humanity is at stake. The danger of nuclear annihilation is not front-page news. The unfolding consensus among Pentagon war planners is that a Third World War is "Winnable".
Nuclear War as an "Instrument of Peace"
Concepts are turned upside down.
Political insanity prevails.
A diabolical discourse is unfolding. The so-called "more usable" tactical nuclear weapons (B61-11, B61-12) with an explosive capacity between one third and twelve times a Hiroshima bomb are heralded (by scientific opinion on contract to the Pentagon) as "peace-making" bombs, "harmless to the surrounding civilian population because the explosion is underground".
These are the weapons which are contemplated for use against North Korea (or Iran) in what is described by the Pentagon as "a bloody nose operation", with limited civilian casualties. And the corporate media applauds.
Fake News: these nuclear bombs are WMD. The "Bloody Nose" ("safe for civilians") Concept is "Fake News"
Lest we forget, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, 100,000 people died within the first seven seconds following the explosion. Needless to say, today's nuclear weapons are far more advanced than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
When war becomes peace, the world is turned upside down. Conceptualization is no longer possible. Insanity prevails. The institutions of government are criminalized and so is the media.
The Pentagon and NATO are beating the drums of war. What is at stake is a Worldwide media disinformation campaign in support of a Third World War, which almost inevitably would lead to nuclear annihilation.
In the words of Fidel Castro:
The use of nuclear weapons in a new war would mean the end of humanity. This was candidly foreseen by scientist Albert Einstein who was able to measure their destructive capability to generate millions of degrees of heat, which would vaporize everything within a wide radius of action. This brilliant researcher had promoted the development of this weapon so that it would not become available to the genocidal Nazi regime.
Each and every government in the world has the obligation to respect the right to life of each and every nation and of the totality of all the peoples on the planet.
Today there is an imminent risk of war with the use of that kind of weapon and I don't harbor the least doubt that an attack by the United States and Israel against the Islamic Republic of Iran would inevitably evolve towards a global nuclear conflict.
The World's peoples have an obligation to demand of their political leaders their Right to Live. When the life of humankind, of your people and your most beloved human beings run such a risk, nobody can afford to be indifferent; not one minute can be lost in demanding respect for that right; tomorrow will be too late.
Albert Einstein himself stated unmistakably: "I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones". We fully comprehend what he wanted to convey, and he was absolutely right, yet in the wake of a global nuclear war, there wouldn't be anybody around to make use of those sticks and stones.
There would be "collateral damage", as the American political and military leaders always affirm, to justify the deaths of innocent people. In a nuclear war the "collateral damage" would be the life of all humanity.
Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!
(Complete text and video recording October 2010 Interview with Fidel Castro by Michel Chossudovsky)
When the lie becomes the truth there is no turning backwards.
When war is upheld as a humanitarian endeavor endorsed by the self proclaimed international community, pacifism and the antiwar movement are criminalized. yet it should be noted that in the course of the last 15 years, the anti-war movement has largely become defunct, civil society organizations have been coopted.
How do we reverse the tide: a cohesive grassroots counter-propaganda campaign
The Road Ahead
There are no easy solutions. What is required is the development of a broad-based grassroots network, which seeks to disable patterns of authority and decision making pertaining to war. This is by no means an easy and straightforward undertaking.
This network would be established nationally and internationally at all levels in society, towns and villages, work places, parishes. Trade unions, farmers organizations, professional associations, business associations, student unions, veterans associations, church groups would be called upon to integrate the antiwar organizational structure. Of crucial importance, this movement should extend into the Armed Forces as a means to breaking the legitimacy of war among service men and women.
The first task would be to disable war propaganda through an effective campaign against media disinformation (including support of the online independent and alternative media).
The corporate media would be directly challenged, leading to boycotts of major news outlets, which are responsible for channelling disinformation into the news chain. This endeavor would require a parallel process at the grass roots level, of sensitizing and educating fellow citizens on the nature of the war and the global crisis, as well as effectively "spreading the word" through advanced networking, through alternative media outlets on the internet, etc. It would also require a broad based campaign against the search engines involved in media censorship on behalf of the Pentagon.
The creation of such a movement, which forcefully challenges the legitimacy of the structures of political authority, is no easy task. It would require a degree of solidarity, unity and commitment unparalleled in World history. It would require breaking down political and ideological barriers within society and acting with a single voice. It would also require eventually unseating the war criminals, and indicting them for war crimes.
Abandon the Battlefield: Refuse to Fight
The military oath taken at the time of induction demands unbending support and allegiance to the US Constitution, while also demanding that US troops obey orders from their President and Commander in Chief:
"I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God"
The President and Commander in Chief has blatantly violated all tenets of domestic and international law. So that making an oath to "obey orders from the President" is tantamount to violating rather than defending the US Constitution.
"The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 809.ART.90 (20), makes it clear that military personnel need to obey the "lawful command of his superior officer," 891.ART.91 (2), the "lawful order of a warrant officer", 892.ART.92 (1) the "lawful general order", 892.ART.92 (2) "lawful order".
In each case, military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey Lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey Unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ. The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders, especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ." (Lawrence Mosqueda, "An Advisory to US Troops: A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders." See also Michel Chossudovsky, "We the People Refuse to Fight": Abandon the Battlefield! March 18, 2006)
The Commander in Chief is a war criminal. According to Principle 6 of the Nuremberg Charter:
"The fact that a person [e.g. Coalition troops] acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."
Let us make that "moral choice" possible, to enlisted American, British, Canadian and US-NATO Coalition servicemen and women.
Disobey unlawful orders! Abandon the battlefield! . . . Refuse to fight in a war which blatantly violates international law and the US Constitution!
But this is not a choice [that] enlisted men and women can make individually. It is a collective and societal choice, which requires an organizational structure.
Across the land in the US, Britain, Canada and in all coalition countries, the new anti-war movement must assist enlisted men and women to make that moral choice possible, to abandon the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now in Syria and Yemen.
This will not be an easy task. Committees at local levels must be set up across the United States, Canada, Britain, Italy, Japan and other countries, which have troops engaged in US led military operations.
We call upon veterans' associations and local communities to support this process.
This movement needs to dismantle the disinformation campaign. It must effectively reverse the indoctrination of coalition troops, who are led to believe that they are fighting "a just war": "a war against terrorists", a war against the Russians, who are threatening the security of America.
The legitimacy of the US military authority must be broken.
What has to be achieved:
* Reveal the criminal nature of this military project,
* Break once and for all the lies and falsehoods which sustain the "political consensus" in favor of a pre-emptive nuclear war.
* Undermine war propaganda, reveal the media lies, reverse the tide of disinformation, wage a consistent campaign against the corporate media
* Break the legitimacy of the war-mongers in high office.
* Dismantle the US sponsored military adventure and its corporate sponsors.
* Bring Home the Troops
* Repeal the illusion that the State is committed to protecting its citizens.
* Expose the "fake crises" such as the global flu pandemic as a means to distract public opinion from the dangers of a global war.
* Uphold 9/11 Truth. Reveal the falsehoods behind 9/11 which are used to justify the Middle East Central Asian war under the banner of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT)
* Expose how a profit-driven war serves the vested interests of the banks, the defense contractors, the oil giants, the media giants and the biotech conglomerates
* Challenge the corporate media which deliberately obfuscates the causes and consequences of this war,
* Reveal and take cognizance of the unspoken and tragic outcome of a war waged with nuclear weapons.
* Call for the Dismantling of NATO
* Implement the prosecution of war criminals in high office
* Close down the weapons assembly plants and implement the foreclosure of major weapons producers
* Close down all US military bases in the US and around the World
* Develop an antiwar movement within the Armed Forces and establish bridges between the Armed Forces and the civilian antiwar movement
* Forcefully pressure governments of both NATO and non-NATO countries to withdraw from the US-led global military agenda.
* Develop a consistent antiwar movement in Israel. Inform the citizens of Israel of the likely consequences of a US-NATO-Israeli attack on Iran.
* Confront Target the pro-war lobby groups including the pro-Israeli groups in the US
* Dismantle the homeland security state, call for the repeal of the PATRIOT legislation
* Call for the removal of the military from civilian law enforcement. Call for the enforcement of the Posse Comitatus Act
* Call for the demilitarization of outer space and the repeal of Star Wars
People across the land, nationally and internationally, must mobilize against this diabolical military agenda, the authority of the State and its officials must be forcefully challenged.
This war can be prevented if people forcefully confront their governments, pressure their elected representatives, organize at the local level in towns, villages and municipalities, spread the word, inform their fellow citizens on the implications of a nuclear war, initiate debate and discussion within the armed forces.
What is required is the development of a broad and well organized grassroots antiwar network which challenges the structures of power and authority, the nature of the economic system, the vast amounts of money used to fund the war, the shear size of the so-called defense industry.
What is required is a mass movement of people which forcefully challenges the legitimacy of war, a global people's movement which criminalizes war.
What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, confront the criminal nature of the US Administration and of those governments which support it, its war agenda as well as its so-called "Homeland Security agenda" which has already defined the contours of a Police State.
The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.
It is essential to bring the US war project to the forefront of political debate, particularly in North America and Western Europe. Political and military leaders who are opposed to the war must take a firm stance, from within their respective institutions. Citizens must take a stance individually and collectively against war.
We call upon people across the land, in North America, Western Europe, Israel, The Arab World, Turkey and around the world to rise up against this military project, against their governments which are supportive of US-NATO led wars, against the corporate media which serves to camouflage the devastating impacts of modern warfare.
The military agenda supports a profit driven destructive global economic system, which impoverishes large sectors of the world population.
This war is sheer madness.
The Lie must be exposed for what it is and what it does.
It sanctions the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children.
It destroys families and people. It destroys the commitment of people towards their fellow human beings.
It prevents people from expressing their solidarity for those who suffer. It upholds war and the police state as the sole avenue.
It destroys both nationalism and internationalism.
Breaking the lie means breaking a criminal project of global destruction, in which the quest for profit is the overriding force.
This profit-driven military agenda destroys human values and transforms people into unconscious zombies.
Let us reverse the tide.
* Challenge the war criminals in high office and the powerful corporate lobby groups which support them.
* Break the American inquisition.
* Undermine the US-NATO-Israel military crusade.
* Close down the weapons factories and the military bases.
* Bring home the troops.
* Members of the armed forces should disobey orders and refuse to participate in a criminal war.
Author's note: the later part of this article entitled The Road Ahead was first formulated in 2010. Copyright Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2018.
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research
(2006) -- Let us make that "moral choice" possible, to enlisted American, British, Canadian and Coalition servicemen and women.
Disobey unlawful orders! Abandon the battlefield! . . .
Refuse to fight in a war which blatantly violates international law and the US Constitution!
But this is not a choice which enlisted men and women can make individually. It is a collective and societal choice, which requires an organizational structure.
Across the land in the US, Britain, Canada and in all coalition countries, the anti-war movement must assist enlisted men and women to make that moral choice possible, to abandon the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This will not be an easy task. Committees at local levels must be set up across the United States, Canada, Britain, Italy, Japan and other countries, which have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These committees should provide protection, support and legal council to soldiers who refuse to fight and who face the possibility of prison sentences for desertion, as in the case of Sergeant Camilo Mejia, who was sentenced by a military court in May :
"I sit here a free man . . . I will sit behind bars a free man because I did the right thing," said Mejia.
When service men and women come home, we must ensure that they are not obliged to return to the war theater. We must engage a process [that] protects them from court martial.
We call upon veterans' associations and local communities to support this process.
This movement needs to dismantle the disinformation campaign. It must effectively reverse the indoctrination of coalition troops, who are led to believe that they are fighting "a just war": "a war against terrorists".
The legitimacy of the US military authority must be broken.
The Bush Administration must learn the lessons of history. The Iraqi and Afghan people are waging a struggle to oust the US invaders. And that resistance is winning. Ultimately, the only solution is for the American, British and coalition occupiers to withdraw.
Coalition nations should follow the example of the Spanish government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, which has withdrawn its troops from Iraq.
The anti-war movement must question the legitimacy not only of the Bush administration and its indefectible British ally, but also of all those governments, which directly support or pay lip service to the US-led military occupation.
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Copyright 2006 Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research
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