Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Extreme Persecution, The 'Russian Threat': Follow The Money Trail

Muslim Armies Are Entering Christian Villages And Destroying The Entire Villages And Hacking Christians To Pieces With Machetes

Muslim armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are going to Christian villages, entirely destroying the villages and hacking the Christians to pieces. As we read in one report:

The persecution of Christians has escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), prompting fears that a jihadist group is gaining strength in the region.
At least 36 people were killed in the North Kivu region on Saturday. It is the deadliest attack there since November 2014, with some saying that casualties might be nearer to 50. The victims were reportedly tied up and hacked to death.
The Islamist Allied Democratic Forces-National Association for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) have targeted Christians in the north-east of the DRC for several years after their attempt to overthrow the Ugandan government failed.
The United Nations has urged the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the massacre. A statement from the UN’s high commissioner on human rights said the death toll from the group since 2014 had risen to 645.
On Monday the Pope condemned the “shameful silence” over the violence in the region.
At his Angelus for the feast of the Assumption, he said: “My thoughts go to the people of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have been recently hit with fresh massacres, which have for some time been perpetrated in shameful silence, without attracting even as much as our attention. Unfortunately, they are part of the too many innocent people who have no weight on world opinion.”
The charity World Watch Monitor said the weekend’s killings were part of ongoing weekly attacks including rape, looting and kidnapping.
One observer who works for Open Doors International told Christiantoday.com: “Signs of recent attacks are visible everywhere on buildings dotted along the road. Smaller villages have been obliterated and hardly any civilian life is visible.
“Eighty per cent of the households here farms, but they cannot access them because is it simply too dangerous. This means no food and no revenue. They have become vulnerable to starvation,” one official told the charity.
“We do not understand why this is happening to us,” said one pastor. “The rebels just take people into the bush to kill them or kidnap them. They attack one place for a while and cause people to run away. Then they strike the places people run to.”

You’d have to have been locked in a wardrobe if you live in the West not to have heard ominous phrases like “The Russian threat”, “Russian aggression in Europe” and “Russia set to invade Poland/Estonia/ Ukraine/Finland.”
Certain people are trying to scare us witless about Russia and the “threat” the country apparently poses. The hysteria reminds one to the build up to the Iraq war, when we were warned every day about the “threat” of Saddam’s deadly WMDs, which - surprise, surprise - turned out not to exist.
Now, we can talk for hours about grand, highfalutin theories in the field of geopolitics and international relations in attempts to explain why this is happening.
But “follow the money” trail is all we really have to do. Ask yourself who benefits financially from all this scaremongering and then you’ll understand it.

This week, The Intercept revealed how US defense contractors have been telling investors that the so-called “Russian threat” was good for business.

Retired Army general Richard Cody, vice-President of the US’s seventh largest defense contractor, L-3 communications, bemoaned the fact that "when the old Cold War ended” defense budgets went south.” Now though a “resurgent Russia” meant an "uptick was coming.”

There was a similarly upbeat message from Stuart Bradie, chief executive of CBR, who talked of the "opportunities" the current situation presents.

The case for higher defense spending to counter the “Russian threat” has been made by a series of think-tanks. And guess what? The most hawkish of these lobbyists - sorry, “think tanks” - receive sizable funding from US defense contractors!

The Intercept cites the examples of the Lexington Institute and the Atlantic Council.
But there’s plenty others too. Back in February, I wrote about a “non-partisan” US policy institute called the Center for European Policy Analysis. The CEPA issued a paper attacking Russian media outlet Sputnik for giving a voice to "anti-establishment protest politicians" who were critical of NATO.
And who funds the “non-partisan” CEPA? Recent donors include the US Department of Defense, Boeing, Raytheon Company, Textron Systems, Sikorsky Aircraft, Bell Helicopter and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
What’s happening in Europe today is the same that’s been happening in the Middle East for years.
The US creates chaos, then goes in to sell countries in the region the latest military hardware to “protect” them from the chaos. It’s quite a racket and clearly modeled on the extortion schemes of the Mafia. Countries that don’t want to pay up, like Yugoslavia in 1990s, are likely to get bombed.

Consider how the crisis in Ukraine started. The US spent billions of dollars in a “regime change” op to topple the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych and replace it with a pro-US puppet administration. We even heard the State Department’s Victoria Nuland - after she had handed out cookies to anti-government protestors in the Maidan - discussing who should and shouldn’t be in the new “democratic” Ukrainian government, with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

When the people of Crimea predictably said “Nyet” to the State Department’s operation, and voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia in a referendum, Russia was cast as the “aggressor” who had “invaded” the Ukraine. The US would have known that its regime change op in Ukraine would cause chaos and increase tensions with Russia. And that’s exactly why they did it!

To counter the new Russian “threat” not just to “democratic” Ukraine, but to other countries in eastern Europe, we’re told we need a big increase in NATO “defense” spending. And who does that benefit? Why, US defense contractors!

Last year, as I reported here, Poland picked US-made Patriot Missiles - manufactured by Raytheon and Airbus military helicopters for a $5.53bn military upgrade.

In November 2014, “threatened” Estonia purchased 80 Javelin missiles from the US at a cost of 40m Euros. In February, we heard that the country would be spending 818m euro on new weapons and equipment by 2020.
As Charlie Chaplin commented in his classic 1947 black comedy Monsieur Verdoux, "Wars, conflicts, it’s all business!"

By any objective assessment it's NATO - not Russia - with its build up of arms and soldiers on the borders of Russia, which threatens the peace of Europe. But anyone who points this out, and mentions the military alliance’s relentless Drang nach Osten, threatens the profits of US defense companies and is attacked as an “appeaser” or “Kremlin stooge” by those with a vested financial interest in keeping tensions high.

Neocons have embedded themselves in the corridors of power. They claim to be interested in spreading “democracy,” but the reality is that the neocon movement is all about money and profits. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the US politician who railed against détente with the Soviet Union in the 70s, was, with very good reason, nicknamed the “Senator for Boeing.”

How much longer will the citizens of the world put up with a situation in which warmongers with ties to the military-industrial complex are allowed to stoke up international tensions? The next time you read or hear someone issue stark warnings about the “Russian threat” - and why NATO needs to hike its spending to deal with it - just follow the money trail.


Dutch Treat said...

With the prophetic calendar pseeding along at a steadily increasing pace these last few years, I find myself doing more and more reflecting, although I suppose getting older may have something to do with it (I will turn 70 early next year). Whenever a big event occurs I wonder if this will be the last Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Birthday I'll spend here; or when the seasons begin to change if this is the last time I'll be wearing this sweater or these shorts. Of course the answer has always been no to this point; but with these events occurring at break-neck speed these days we know that it can come crashing down at any time. I just wonder if any of you are having the same thoughts and feelings. By the way David, I wil also pray for your son; and thank him for his service.

Scott said...

Dutch - dont feel alone. I do that ALL the time. Same as you are saying. Holidays etc. Will this be the last time for this. Have been for years

Unknown said...

I have wondered that with regards to Christmas for the last two. I love Christmas because of what it really means, and I wonder if we will see this next one. Regardless, we need to enjoy however many we have left.


BaxterMae said...

Wow was thinking the same this past weekend....as much as we are looking forward to Jesus coming for us it is Human nature to wonder if this will be last holiday season (especially Christmas) and children's birthdays- but when we are "transformed" in the twinkling of an eye we will be so happy beyond our human mind to be with Him!

Caver said...

Dutch, sounds like an affliction pretty well confined to us prophecy watchers. Its the same here.

Due to its ever 4 year interval, watching the Olympic flame being extinguished on Sunday was bitter/sweet. I used to be such a huge Olympic fan, I just knew this was the last time.You're barely ahead of me, hit 69 in Dec. Yea....it does give one a sense of perspective.

Dutch Treat said...

BaxterMae, I completely agree that once we're transformed, none of this will matter. Caver, there's nothing I'd like better than to spend our next birthday with Jesus, Then we can hold our own Olympics by doing headstands, cartwheels, and sommersaults in mid-air wearing our new shiny white robes. Isn't it amazing what a new resurrection body can do?

Caver said...

Dutch, chuckling at the visual image.....
Sign me up for gymnastics class...
And mountain climbing..
And scuba diving, and caveing, and sky diving

All in my white robe. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes with GOLD medal for everyone

WVBORN56 said...

Every spring as I till the soil I ask myself Dutch if this will be my last earthly garden. 😀

Scott said...

Every year when I do taxes.......

Unknown said...

Hi! everyone this is my first time to comment; i am a silent reader to this blog for some time now; it keeps me aware of what's going on and where we are God's in God's calendar. I am a preacher from the philippines and i visited different local churches to share God's message to His people in order to prepare their lives for the Lord Jesus coming. Thnks for the information and to you scott for the effort.God bless

Scott said...

Conie - its a pleasure to have you here and to comment - God bless you and your ministry - thanks for the kind words :) We'll be seeing you soon :)