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Trump’s illegal act of war against Syria

Here is my letter to Senator Feinstein:

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I demand an immediate Congressional investigation into the apparent proxy war launched by Donald Trump, whom I believe to be insecure and unstable, against Syria, without authorization of the Congress and without sufficient evidence or even forethought of the consequences. The war in Iraq cost over a million lives and trillions of dollars, and the “regime change” effected there gave rise to the power of ISIS, who took swaths of territory in a country with no real government or infrastructure. The same thing is going to happen in Syria, and we can look forward to a huge ISIS expansion and takeover of Syria as well as Iraq. We need to keep Donald Trump’s twitter finger off the missile launchers and back on the tweet button where it belongs.

Sincerely,
Kenneth Eade
Author and constituent living overseas
info@kennetheade.com

PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO OPPOSE THIS ACT OF WAR!  FEEL FREE TO CUT AND PASTE FROM MY LETTER!

To email your Senator: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/peace/senate.html

To email your Congressman: http://www.conservativeusa.net/mega-cong.htm

War is Hot, Not Cold: A perspective on the new cold war between the US and Russia

I began writing my latest political thriller, “Russian Holiday,” on a trip to Russia, during the most bizarre election campaign in history between two of the most unpopular candidates ever to win the nomination of a major political party in the United States.  At first, I thought I could make a choice between the two; select the lesser of the two evils; but then the propaganda wheels for the military industrial complex started spinning stories about Russia preparing for nuclear war.  It soon became clear to me that “We came, we saw, he died.”[1] Hilary Clinton’s Russia bashing was a prelude to the workup of a new cold war to justify billions in government contracts for arming Europe and possibly the Ukraine.  This essay is not to be interpreted as slanted “liberal” or “conservative.”  I am just noting what I observed.

After World War II, the United States economy had to shift from a wartime to peacetime economy.  However, that left the defense industry, which had been the driving force behind the wartime economy, out to dry.  They needed an enemy.  Thus, the “cold war” was begun with the Communists as the enemy.  Fast forward to the 21st Century.  No more Soviet Union, no more Communist threat.  Vacillating Donald Trump at first declared NATO obsolete, but then tried to tweet himself out of it.[2]  But Trump was not the first one to declare NATO obsolete.  Putin himself declared in 2014 that NATO was part of the old “bloc” system and had outlived itself.[3]

The real-life setting of this novel in civil war-torn Syria is a perfect example of how “Spy vs. Spy” can be a very dangerous game.  In 2016, the United States Treasury opened a terrorism finance inquiry into a large number of brand new Toyota trucks being used by ISIS.  The U.S. State Department and the British government had both provided the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), a loose group of rebels who had expressed a desire to topple the al-Assad government, with the trucks, which were now being used by Islamic terrorists.[4]

In 2016, in the northern province of Aleppo, different groups fighting the Syrian civil war are vying for the same territory, among them the Free Syrian Army, the U.S.-armed Kurdish YPG, and ISIS.  Free Syrian Army officials have cited a “deepening divide” between themselves and the Kurds, with the Kurds stating they could probably eliminate the FSA in a war.  Many other groups fighting in the area include the Martyrs of Syria Brigade, the Northern Storm Brigade, an Islamist FSA unit, the Islamic Front, which welcomes jihadist fighters, and the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front.[5]  These are not “moderate” rebels and the United States claims.  They are not “friendly” to the United States or its interests.  They are mercenaries, and, in some cases, terrorists.  According to Putin, the very arming of these groups by the US is giving ISIS an economic advantage.[6]

U.S. Special Forces Officer Jack Murphy reported in September 2016 that the U.S. policy of aiding Syrian rebels had the Special Forces training and arming Syrian anti-ISIS forces, while the CIA was maintaining a parallel program to arm anti-Assad insurgents.  Murphy reported that distinguishing between former al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (supported by the CIA) was impossible, and that, as early as 2013, FSA commanders were defecting to al-Nusra, while still retaining the FSA moniker to maintain access to CIA-provided weaponry.  He also reported among the rebels that U.S. Special Forces and Turkish Special Forces were training, at least 95% of them were either working in terrorist organizations or supporting them.  This would lead credence to Russia’s contentions that the Syrian rebels are no more than terrorists themselves.[7]

Witnesses describe Syrian rebels in Aleppo, including the FSA, al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and Nour el din Zinki, as terrorists themselves.[8]  In July 2015, Syrian rebels blew up the western gate of the UNESCO protected heritage site, the Citadel of Aleppo with underground explosives.[9]  The U.S.-backed rebels, who are now fighting the Russians in Syria, have blown up the Carlton Hotel and the Palace of Justice in the same manner.  Aleppo itself is almost completely destroyed.[10]

So, it seems not only is the choice of who to support a mess, as it usually has been with interventions in  Afghanistan and Iraq, but the United States and Russia are fighting a proxy war against each other.  There are so many factions fighting for their own individual objectives in the Syrian civil war it is difficult to sort them all out.  What is sure, however, is that Russians were the only ones invited by the legitimate Syrian government.

I don’t condone or support genocide or terrorism.  However, I don’t think regime change is the proper paradigm to follow.  Even conservatives like Ted Cruz recognize the fact that putting Saddam Hussein and Muamar Gaddafi out of power has destabilized the region and led to an increase in terrorism.[11] Call Vladimir Putin a dictator if you may, but his idea of stabilizing the war and then calling for free, monitored elections seems saner to me than arming and training different factions of rebel groups and then having to fight the same groups you have armed with American lives.

 

About Kenneth Eade

Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an award-winning, best-selling Top 100 thriller author, has been described by his peers as “one of the up-and-coming legal thriller writers of this generation.” He is the 2015 winner of Best Legal Thriller from Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2016 winner of a bronze medal in the category of Fiction, Mystery and Murder from the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards. His latest novel, “Paladine” is currently a quarter-finalist in Publisher’s Weekly’s BookLife Prize for Fiction. Eade has authored three fiction series: The “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series” and the “Paladine Anti-Terrorism Series.” He has written fifteen novels which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

“I’ve been writing all my life, but began publishing my work out of a passion for the environment. My wife, Valentina, is a professional photographer, who worked for two years on an environmental exhibition called, “Bee Cause I Care” which was exhibited by the Prince Albert II Foundation and is now touring cities in France to bring awareness to the importance of pollinators and the dangers facing them. I penned a few articles on the subject for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and turned my research into my first book, “Bless the Bees.” That passion continued with the publication of my novel, “An Involuntary Spy,” which is an action thriller that also points to the dangers of genetically engineered food. Then I began publishing the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series,” which, in part, is based on actual experiences during my long career in law.

“Now I divide most of my time between France, where I have resided for the better part of 10 years, and Russia. I try to put as much realism in my novels as possible, and they all revolve around important social issues. I treasure all of my readers and love to hear from them, whether it’s good or bad. Sometimes I make changes based on their suggestions and one reader has inspired a character that has appeared in my latest two novels. Everyone who signs up on my mailing list at http://www.kennetheade.com gets a free ebook and I give away a Kindle Fire every month to a lucky winner on the list. I love this new adventure and hope you enjoy taking it with me.”

[1] Clinton’s comments (on the air) upon hearing of Muamar Gaddafi’s brutal torture and murder.

[2] Jacobson, Louis, Donald Trump mischaracterizes NATO change and his role in it, Politifact, August 16, 2016

[3] Weiss, Michael, when Donald Trump was more anti-NATO than Vladimir Putin, The Daily Beast, November 4, 2016

[4] Cartalucci, Tony, The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved, New Eastern Outlook, 2016

[5] Mishgea, Syrian Madness: US Backed Rebels Fight US Special Forces, June 25, 2016, Mishtalk

[6] Putin Tells Everyone Who Created ISIS, Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQuceU3x2Ww

 

[7] Crooke, Alistair, U.S. Special Forces Officer: How the CIA armed and trained jihadists for war in Syria, Consortium News, September 29, 2016

[8] Bartlett, Eva, The Villages in Aleppo Ravaged by America’s “Moderate” Rebels, Global Research, September 29, 2016

[9] Sputnik, Militants detonated a tunnel under the western gate of the citadel, July 7, 2015, Sputnik International

[10] Lamb, Christina, The Australian, Rebels resisting Russian backed troops in Syria

[11] CBS News, Reality Check, Ted Cruz right that Middle East was better off with Hussein and Gaddafi.

PLEASE SIGN PETITION-NO WEAPONS TO UKRAINE!

Dear Friends,

I just signed the petition “No Weapons to Ukraine” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

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Thank you!

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MY EMAIL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear President Obama,

I am writing to urge you, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, not to provide the much talked about military aid to the current government in the Ukraine and provoking World War III. This would be an act of aggression toward Russia and will lead to war in Europe; something that would make even Presidents Reagan and Nixon roll over in their graves. If US soldiers or weaponry are deployed in Ukraine, I have no doubt that Moscow will act swiftly and take Kiev. Then the US will repeat its rhetoric about “aggression” and it will escalate to a war between the two most heavily armed nuclear nations in the world.

Everybody with a brain knows this is about money, and that the American populous is too ignorant and uninformed to care. Russia’s geopolitical interests in the Ukraine are very clear and go back centuries; far beyond the Soviet Union. The threat of a Russian invasion and takeover of the Ukraine is ridiculous, but it will be very real if Russia is provoked and has to defend its interests. It would have already happened if it was going to happen, without much fanfare and with little or no resistance. The annexation of the Crimea was a logical result of the Washington backed coup of the Ukrainian government. The Crimea provides the strategic location of a Russian naval base on the Black Sea, established in Sevastopol, a city built by the Russian Empire in 1783, before the penning of the United States Constitution. It is this naval base that is the key to the Russia’s access to the Black Sea. The current base, before the annexation of Crimea to Russia, was under lease from the Ukrainian government to Russia. Unlike Crimea, Russia has no interest in annexing the Ukraine, a relatively poor country, which would only place a burden on Russia’s already heavily burdened social welfare system.

The current crisis in the Ukraine, orchestrated by the United States, only benefits the U.S. military industrial machine and U.S. oil and gas barons. Gas poor Europe, their primary potential customer, has thrown its hat in (as usual) with the United States and joined it in imposing economic sanctions against Russia, which have caused billions of dollars of damage to the Russian economy. These sanctions are tantamount to a declaration of economic war against Russia. The double speak supporting these sanctions is as hypocritical as your Peace Prize. The official reason cited is a response to Russia’s alleged military aggression in the Ukraine.

It is no secret that the United States is now at war in Syria, under the guise of fighting ISIS, but the real reason the U.S. in bombing Syria is the same reason that it bombed Iraq into oblivion. The real struggle is over oil and gas and its transmission to Europe in this critical region. Dominance of the area is critical to the U.S. energy barons and the continuing success and profit of the never ending U.S. military hardware and support industry. But to extend its reach into Russia’s rich and vast natural resources by attempting a “regime change” in Russia is the equivalent of playing Russian roulette.

Russia is not an aggressive nation. But, sure as Napoleon in the 19th century and Hitler in the 20th discovered, it does not take kindly to invasion, and every man and woman in Russia will join together to defeat any such attempt. It is in their blood. With all the experts on Russia in our government, why haven’t you consulted them on this? It is crazy for the United States to pick a fight with this nation. And to pick a fight with the strongest leader at the helm of the country since Joseph Stalin is even crazier. Despite all the efforts to chip away at Putin’s popularity, he remains popular with the people, and for just reason. Things are much better in Russia under his leadership. I know. I have seen it. Unemployment is down, pension payments are up, corruption is down, and the quality of life is significantly better than it was before.

Joe Biden may find European critics to Russian economic sanctions “annoying,” but the people of the United States have to realize that we are not threatened by this peaceful, but very powerful nation which occupies the largest land mass on earth. He has told Putin to “get out of Ukraine,” which seems to be throwing the gauntlet down, while at the same time he has installed his son onto the board of the largest privately owned gas company. At the same time, your administration is considering weaponizing the newly installed government, which has already established a history of ethnic cleansing, with hundreds to billions in military aid. Sitting right on the Russian border is no place to put a NATO presence, but the war hawks do not seem to care, and the people of the U.S. seem oblivious to it.

Please put this insanity to a stop immediately!

Sincerely yours,

Kenneth Eade

MY EMAIL TO SENATOR DIANE FEINSTEIN

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I am writing to urge you to stop President Obama, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from providing the much talked about military aid to the current government in the Ukraine and provoking World War III. This would be an act of aggression toward Russia and will lead to war in Europe; something that would make even Presidents Reagan and Nixon roll over in their graves. If US soldiers or weaponry are deployed in Ukraine, I have no doubt that Moscow will act swiftly and take Kiev. Then the US will repeat its rhetoric about “aggression” and it will escalate to a war between the two most heavily armed nuclear nations in the world.

Everybody knows this is about money, that the American populous is too ignorant to care. But, Senator Feinstein, you and I have usually seen eye to eye on most things and I implore you to carry the voice of reason to Washington.

Russia’s geopolitical interests in the Ukraine are very clear and go back centuries; far beyond the Soviet Union. The threat of a Russian invasion and takeover of the Ukraine is ridiculous, but it is very real if Russia is provoked and has to defend its interests. It would have already happened if it was going to happen, without much fanfare and with little or no resistance. The annexation of the Crimea was a logical result of the Washington backed coup of the Ukrainian government. The Crimea provides the strategic location of a Russian naval base on the Black Sea, established in Sevastopol, a city built by the Russian Empire in 1783, before the penning of the United States Constitution. It is this naval base that is the key to the Russia’s access to the Black Sea. The current base, before the annexation of Crimea to Russia, was under lease from the Ukrainian government to Russia. Unlike Crimea, Russia has no interest in annexing the Ukraine, a relatively poor country, which would only place a burden on Russia’s already heavily burdened social welfare system.

The current crisis in the Ukraine, orchestrated by the United States, only benefits the U.S. military industrial machine and U.S. oil and gas barons. Gas poor Europe, their primary potential customer, has thrown its hat in (as usual) with the United States and joined it in imposing economic sanctions against Russia, which have caused billions of dollars of damage to the Russian economy. These sanctions are tantamount to a declaration of war against Russia. The double speak supporting these sanctions is as hypocritical as Obama’s Peace Prize. The official reason cited is a response to Russia’s alleged military aggression in the Ukraine.

It is no secret that the United States is now at war in Syria, under the guise of fighting ISIS, but the real reason the U.S. in bombing Syria is the same reason that it bombed Iraq into oblivion. The real struggle is over oil and gas and its transmission to Europe in this critical region. Dominance of the area is critical to the U.S. energy barons and the continuing success and profit of the never ending U.S. military hardware and support industry. But to extend its reach into Russia’s rich and vast natural resources by attempting a “regime change” in Russia is the equivalent of playing Russian roulette.

Russia is not an aggressive nation. But, sure as Napoleon in the 19th century and Hitler in the 20th discovered, it does not take kindly to invasion, and every man and woman in Russia will join together to defeat any such attempt. It is in their blood. With all the experts on Russia in our government, why hasn’t our Commander-in-Chief been briefed on how suicidal it would be for the United States to pick a fight with this nation? And to pick a fight with the strongest leader at the helm of the country since Joseph Stalin is even crazier. Despite all the efforts to chip away at Putin’s popularity, he remains popular with the people, and for just reason. Things are much better in Russia under his leadership. I know. I have seen it. Unemployment is down, pension payments are up, corruption is down, and the quality of life is significantly better than it was before.

Joe Biden may find European critics to Russian economic sanctions “annoying,” but the people of the United States have to realize that we are not threatened by this peaceful, but very powerful nation which occupies the largest land mass on earth. He has told Putin to “get out of Ukraine,” which seems to be throwing the gauntlet down, while at the same time he has installed his son onto the board of the largest privately owned gas company. At the same time, the Obama administration is considering weaponizing the newly installed government, which has already established a history of ethnic cleansing, with hundreds to billions in military aid. Sitting right on the Russian border is no place to put a NATO presence, but the war hawks do not seem to care, and the people of the U.S. seem oblivious to it.

Please put this insanity to a stop immediately!

Sincerely yours,

Kenneth Eade

NEW IRON CURTAIN ON UKRAINIAN BORDER?

http://rt.com/op-edge/230407-yalta-conference-wwii-ukraine/

70 years after the Yalta Conference that marked the final months of the World War II, Russia is facing a threat of isolation, with President Putin being “demonized” – something that British professor Richard Sakwa considers to be “extremely dangerous.”

“Russia has not been taken seriously – ultimately, since [the] Malta [Summit]. That was the moment when the idea of the Soviet Union and then Russia was lost as a genuine source of innovation and thinking on European security,” professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, Richard Sakwa, explained one of the reasons behind the escalation of the ongoing Ukrainian conflict in an exclusive Thursday interview to RT.

“This continental crisis which we are now witnessing is all about failure of communication, failure of trust, and of course, the attempt to delegitimize either side.

Now we see the demonization of Putin, we see the attempt to delegitimize the Russian government, which I think is extremely dangerous,” Sakwa added.

READ MORE: NATO involvement in Ukraine is ‘destructive’ – Russian envoy to alliance

Calling the Ukrainian crisis “the one which has brought war back to the center of the continent,” the professor urged the “use diplomacy to find a way forwards.” In the “multi-pluralistic” world system, introduced in the XX century, it is crucial to consider interests, views and traditions all players, large and small ones. That is, with no room for a “disastrous and catastrophic way,” unfortunately chosen by“both sides to impose their views on world order and on security issues,” according to Sakwa.

The expert also stressed the important role the European Union could play in finding solution to the current crisis, “because there is a danger at the moment of [the] Ukrainian crisis becoming a genuine international conflict.” To achieve what the Minsk peace process has failed to – and the current level of escalation, and rhetoric, and violence suggest that it “is really coming to an end” – the EU should act as“an independent force,” and “as a friend to all and an enemy to none”.

READ MORE: Hollande, Merkel go to Moscow to discuss Ukraine without consulting US – report

However, the modern phenomenon, dubbed “New Atlanticism” – the rapprochement of Brussels and Washington – has some drawbacks, as “in geostrategic terms … it removes an independent player from the equation,” while isolating Russia and undermining the ability of the EU to act independently.

Sakwa concluded, “What we do need is all sides come together in … a new Yalta Conference … to establish the new basis for European security for the future.”

The Yalta Conference united three leaders of world powers – US President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin – in February, 1945, in Crimea, with the aim of defining the new post-war world order.

Within the framework of the seven-day-long conference, allied forces examined plans to divide Germany, formulated an agreement on Poland, and a declared their readiness to establish the United Nations organization to maintain peace and security.

A military operation in eastern Ukraine commenced last April, after rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev, and the situation escalated in further in January, with constant shelling striking civilian areas. According to UN estimates, over 5,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict.

Obama’s Russian Roulette

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I probably know more about Russia than most Americans.  I have had the pleasure of visiting the “evil empire” on many occasions, since I am married to a Russian national.  The effect of the current international sanctions have been a blessing in disguise for me, because my U.S. dollar has more than double the spending power that it used to here.  It is puzzling that I have not been asked, even once, about the current efforts of our Nobel Peace Prize winning and warmongering president and the neocons, warmongers and fossil fuel kings who own him, to destabilize the Ukraine and force a showdown with Russia.

Russia’s geopolitical interests in the Ukraine are very clear and go back centuries; far beyond the Soviet Union.  The threat of a Russian invasion and takeover of the Ukraine is ridiculous.  It would have already happened if it was going to happen, without much fanfare and with little or no resistance.  The annexation of the Crimea was a logical result of the Washington backed coup of the Ukrainian government.  The Crimea provides the strategic location of a Russian naval base on the Black Sea, established in Sevastopol, a city built by the Russian Empire in 1783, before the penning of the United States Constitution.  It is this naval base that is the key to the Russia’s access to the Black Sea.  The current base, before the annexation of Crimea to Russia, was under lease from the Ukrainian government to Russia.  Unlike Crimea, Russia has no interest in annexing the Ukraine, a relatively poor country, which would only place a burden on Russia’s already heavily burdened social welfare system.

The current crisis in the Ukraine, orchestrated by the United States, only benefits the U.S. military industrial machine and U.S. oil and gas barons.  Gas poor Europe, their primary potential customer, has thrown its hat in (as usual) with the United States and joined it in imposing economic sanctions against Russia, which have caused billions of dollars of damage to the Russian economy.  These sanctions are tantamount to a declaration of war against Russia.  The double speak supporting these sanctions is as hypocritical as the drone-loving warmongering Obama’s Peace Prize.  The official reason cited is a response to Russia’s alleged military aggression in the Ukraine.

It is no secret that the United States is now at war in Syria, under the guise of fighting ISIS, but the real reason the U.S. is bombing Syria is the same reason that it bombed Iraq into oblivion.  The real struggle is over oil and gas and its transmission to Europe in this critical region.  Dominance of the area is critical to the U.S. energy barons and the continuing success and profit of the never ending U.S. military hardware and support industry.  But to extend its reach into Russia’s rich and vast natural resources by attempting a “regime change” in Russia is the equivalent of playing Russian roulette.

Russia is not an aggressive nation.  But, sure as Napoleon in the 19th century and Hitler in the 20th discovered, it does not take kindly to invasion, and every man and woman in Russia will join together to defeat any such attempt.  It is in their blood.  With all the experts on Russia in our government, why hasn’t our Commander-in-Chief been briefed on how suicidal it would be for the United States to pick a fight with this nation?  And to pick a fight with the strongest leader at the helm of the country since Joseph Stalin is even crazier.  Despite all the efforts to chip away at Putin’s popularity, he remains popular with the people, and for just reason.  Things are much better in Russia under his leadership.  I know.  I have seen it.  Unemployment is down, pension payments are up, corruption is down, and the quality of life is significantly better than it was before.

Joe Biden may find European critics to Russian economic sanctions “annoying,” but the people of the United States have to realize that we are not threatened by this peaceful nation which occupies the largest land mass on earth.  He has told Putin to “get out of Ukraine,” which seems to be throwing the gauntlet down, while at the same time he has installed his son onto the board of the largest privately owned gas company.  At the same time, the Obama administration is considering weaponizing the newly installed government, which has already established a history of ethnic cleansing, with up to $3 billion in military aid.  Sitting right on the Russian border is no place to put a NATO presence, but the war hawks do not seem to care, and the people of the U.S. seem oblivious to it.

The threat comes from us, and, if it comes to a showdown, I for one, will not relish the thought of my American brothers shipping off hallway around the world to fight to the death against my Russian brothers, who will lay down their lives to protect their mother and fathers, sisters and brothers.  United States military aggression has reached the point of idiocracy, and it must end.  The holder of the Gold Codes and nuclear football needs to be reminded that he answers to us, not the American oligarchs he has been catering to for the past six years.

Kenneth Eade is an attorney and best-selling author of A Patriot’s Act, the fictional story of a naturalized U.S. citizen, captured in Iraq and held indefinitely at Guantanamo, and the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series.