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Secretary of State Henry Kissinger answers questions from a panel of newsmen in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1976. Earlier in the day Kissinger delivered an address in Philadelphia discussing the apartheid situation in Africa. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger answers questions from a panel of newsmen in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1976. Earlier in the day Kissinger delivered an address in Philadelphia discussing the apartheid situation in Africa. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)


In Critique of the US Peace Movement:
and the The US Peace Council

During war there are many who support and bolster one side or the other, and in assessment of those forces some may be not actually on the side they pretend and claim to be such is my summary of the US Peace Council statement of March 20, 2013, entitled ” The Peace Movement’s Silence in the Face of Imperialistic Military Escalations in Africa and the Middle East is Unjustified and Unacceptable!”.

Where though I can agree in part and argue in others parts as reasonable person my first observation is that that statement was constructed by a process of consensus that does not accurately represent the matters it presents.

Though I have asked “Where is the Peace Movement in the US and EU for that matter in addition to the countries of the world engulfed in world I can not find satisfaction in the statement that the US Peace Council presents for many reasons but first and foremost because it appears as a partisan position paper representing vested interests and not peace, the cause of peace, the peace movement, nor those who are anxious for peace.

The US Peace Council has papered its walls and the walls of many of our prison cells with what for not better use can be found in it being toilet paper.

I wholeheartedly agree that “The Peace Movement’s Silence in the Face of Imperialistic Military Escalations in Africa and the Middle East is Unjustified and Unacceptable!” but that they in their ill placed words cripples the masses and then asks them to walk on water in some cynical farce in which they claim they wish to support “peace” but don’t instead producing as they do a position paper that instead outlines foreign policy in detail that the masses has no interest in nor supports, and in that some will say perhaps the masses should support such farcical documents I bet anything otherwise for the “US Peace Council, March 20, 2013, has buried peace in the waste paper baskets of many and deep within the small fine print of bureaucrats spies diplomats intelligence officers and opposing enemies.

The US Peace Council states “On Monday February 25th, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that the United States will be directly providing the so-called “Syrian opposition” with “non-lethal” aid in a coordinated effort to overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. In addition, U.S. officials have announced that the United States will be supplying the so-called “Free Syrian Army” with medical supplies and the U.S. Military’s Meal-Ready-to-Eat field rations”

That the US Peace Council claims in is a “a clear step toward escalation of the U.S. military intervention in Syria, which should not surprise anyone, given the well-known U.S. plan for a “New Middle East,” which is aimed at redrawing the map of the Middle East to secure its hegemonic domination of the region and its resources”

Which is a lie and cynical ironic distortion since the US through the proxy of the France Government and NATO first began supplying these so called Syrian opposition forces in 2011 when “unrest” began in what expanded into a widespread military conflict like world war involving many countries and people.

Where the “The Syrian Civil War (is an ongoing multisided armed conflict with international interventions taking place in Syria. The unrest began in the early spring of 2011 within the context of Arab Spring protests, with nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government, whose forces responded with crackdowns. The conflict gradually morphed from mass protests to an armed rebellion after months of military sieges.” (Wikipedia)

Where The US Peace Council continues in its distortions by statements founded on the aforementioned distortions where they mockingly act as if shocked by stating

“What is surprising, however, is the absolute silence and inaction of the peace movement against the criminal acts that are being openly committed against the people of the Middle East, and against the peace and security of the region and the world.”

Where what The US Peace Council is not surprising since they have none very little since the conflict in Syria began and since they did relatively little regard the state of war which has existed there since those wars began with the Iraq War 2003–2011.

For the US Peace Council its members are far from the battlefield found fought by proxies and full time soldiers not civilian conscripts.

So what sort of statements and actions does The US Peace Council make?

The US Peace Council in what amounts to a tactical and strategic representation of what or what occurs or what not occur to what amount to an intelligence report so as to debate the Obama Kerry Administration in what is not per se for discussion the issue of PEACE as in the “THE US PEACE COUNCIL” branding of a certain strange form of activism.

Where “THE US PEACE COUNCIL” details

“this is only the tip of the gigantic iceberg. What the U.S is not supplying openly is being transferred to the rebels via U.S. proxies: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey.”

but fails to mention the French Germans English Italians etc” in repetition of US propaganda that this is a war which is not a western war.

Where “According to the New York Times “Saudi Arabia has financed a large purchase of infantry weapons from Croatia and quietly funneled them to antigovernment fighters in Syria…. The weapons began reaching rebels in December via shipments shuttled through Jordan….” These weapons, which have been distributed “principally to armed groups” … “include a particular type of Yugoslav-made recoilless gun, as well as assault rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns, mortars and shoulder-fired rockets for use against tanks and other armored vehicles.” Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also been supplying these armed bandits with American-made surface-to-air missiles to be used against the superior Syrian army and air force. Given the close ties between the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, it is inconceivable that such shipments of U.S.-made weapons to the Syrian “opposition” were made without U.S. sanction.”

Where is consideration and support for the The Kurdistan Workers’ Party is a left-wing militant organization based in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan requires constructive engagement with the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad:

“THE US PEACE COUNCIL” involves itself much like the Obama-Kerry Administration where they both encourage war, war, and more war except by different means. Where the US is through its professional politicians like US presidential candidate Richard Millhouse Nixon along with Henry Kissinger sabotaged the 1968 so as to deny Johnson a Democratic Part victory in the presidential elections by Nixon’s cynical encouragement of South Vietnamese Pres. Theiu to hold on just so Nixon could be elected.

“How Richard Nixon Sabotaged 1968 Vietnam Peace Talks to Get Elected President
Friday, 18 January 2013 10:01 By Robert Parry, The Media Consortium | Book Excerpt”

“AUGUST 13, 2014 Nixon’s Vietnam Treason by BOB FITRAKIS Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.”

SUNDAY, OCT 18, 2015 10:30 AM EDT, Salon, They died for Henry Kissinger’s “credibility”: The real history of our Vietnam immorality.

Where today there is a mess in the Middle East where the US and its allies are reaping the proceeds of a long history of supporting tyranny that included many of the very same governments that they later turned on some way or another.

So what the hell is the solution?

“THE US PEACE COUNCIL”, seems to think that informing us that “according to Asia Times, “Turkey’s southern Hatay province is home of the FSA [Free Syrian Army] headquarters and training camp has been set up by there by Qatari special forces. Through Turkey, the FSA also receive weapons used in Libya and advanced communication equipment from NATO….”

Will bring us to seek “peace” rather than past movement that called for “turning the guns around” or “neutrality” in the “rich man’s war”?

Where even those nominally allied have fallen out (Iran-Saudi
tensions show why it’s so hard for US to disentangle from Mideast (+video)
Saudi Arabia’s and Iran’s severing of diplomatic ties is happening as both sides try to gain the upper hand in what they see as a power vacuum in the region created by a retreating US. By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer JANUARY 5, 2016 Christian Science Monitor.).

Where it is seems peace is not the only just as it it is a question of “PEACE AND JUSTICE” “PEACE AND FREEDOM” “PEACE LAND AND BREAD” where the “THE US PEACE COUNCIL” in its simplistic views do nothing to advance the cause of peace freedom justice equality for as pacifists they are ill suited also to address the need of revolution in the Middle East, democratic society in the Middle East , because first of all these wars also involve Turkey which in great part is a European Country. In which if Kurdistan would separate from Turkey most of what would remain Turkey would be European.

“THE US PEACE COUNCIL” rambles on that “since last summer, more than 150 U.S. military planners have been stationed along the Syrian border with Jordan, where the Croatian arms are reported to have passed into rebel hands.4 According to a New York Times report,5 the CIA has been overseeing the arms shipments to Syrian rebels from within Turkey.”

But what “THE US PEACE COUNCIL”, fails to mention is that US troops remain involved in what some still call Yugoslavia long after the Yugoslavian Civil War where the US insane policies encourage war regardless of the rhetoric used.

Pointlessly “THE US PEACE COUNCIL” in stating that the “United States and its puppet allies” is a insult to every proud citizen of the countries with which the US is allied and regardless of the fact does not advance peace but nationalism retaliation and more war rather than a resounding call to end these wars which might not be stopped as to much has occurred for though countries can persist towards winning a war winning can come at great cost (Pyrrhic Wars)

“The phrase Pyrrhic victory is named after king Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC during the Pyrrhic War. After the latter battle, Plutarch relates in a report by Dionysius:

The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one other such victory would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on with the war.

— Plutarch, Life of Pyrrhus [3]”

Where the United States to the best of my knowledge won every battle in the Vietnam War but lost that war not because they did not try but because politically they were estranged from the Vietnamese people by means of the very allies they had chosen to support in what collapsed because there was no support for the corrupt government of South Vietnam. In what after the French defeat in the First Vietname War was only magnified by the influx of troops money and supplies in support of the US effort in the Vietnam War.

But the issues of the US Peace Movement is not confined solely to the actions of “THE US PEACE COUNCIL” nor this political faction or the other. Where the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government both have missed opportunities perhaps the Governments of the world should support as the USSR did the Peace Movement is what resounded as a balanced an consistent approach towards peace rather than the current haphazard willy-nilly lackadaisical manner the peace movement exists in what supports imperialism but which ironically and absurdly says it attacks imperialism, but which can do neither as out of touch with the realities which exists in many countries on they ground which they exasperate through their posturing and pretensions rather than a good measure of diplomacy that they are better off exercising least they make what is bad worse.

But how are they to advance the cause of peace that is the question that the question that the US Peace Council did not ask, and as to why their failures occurred when it is a time that monies spend on expensive weapons system (eg F35 close to $1 trillion) could be seemingly better spent so why are these “Peacemakers” playing revolutionary when seeming they as dilettantes act as nether revolutionaries nor peacemakers.



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