Can You Handle Truth re US-Led Collapse of World Security?
What follows are five fact-filled and revelatory perspectives I have distilled from Professor John McMurtry’s compelling “‘Global Society Destruction’ and The Ukraine Crisis: Decoding its Deep Structural Meaning”. McMurtry cuts through the mainstream media anti-Russian and anti-Ukraine resistance propaganda to expose what he considers a US-led money/military cancer system attacking ALL of global civilization.
1) McMurtry writes:
With near-unanimous support of the Crimean people and the uprising of the Eastern cities and villages as I write, Russia has stopped the US-led transnational corporate-machine and NATO from further expansion for the first time in 25 years.
The US-led coup in Kiev was achieved via violence and criminality. The tipping point was a false-flag operation of snipers who were NOT from the Ukrainian government although hysterical propaganda insisted they were. The new Kiev government is illegitimate and unconstitutional which is not addressed by the western media.
According to McMurtry, the Crimean Vote to rejoin Russia was 96% with 80% of the citizens voting. It was NOT a “violation of international law” but a referendum of “self-determination” of a society guaranteed by Article 2 of the United Nations Charter. At the same time the Kiev coup government is prohibiting any referendum on its rule, especially for the Eastern regions where popular uprisings are occurring far more peaceably than the neo-Nazi-dominated original protests of Kiev.
Europe had tried to “broker” a peace deal between the opposition and the elected government in Ukraine prior to the coup. Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State, instead worked with the neo-Nazi coup leaders to overthrow the state. She ordered the new illegitimate Prime Minister, “Yats” (Yatsenyuk) to “consult” with Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the Svoboda Party, “at least four times a week” before the coup occurred. (McMurtry writes of Tyahynbok: “... the sieg-heiling violent thug Oleh Tyanybok of the Svoboda Party to be a chief advisor to the coup government although he blamed a “Muscovite/Jew mafia” for Ukraine’s problems and “Germans, Kikes and other scum” who want to “take away our Ukrainian state”.) On the phone upon hearing about the EU peace talks with Ukraine and an agreement for transition being drawn up Nuland was recorded as saying, “F*ck the EU!” McMurtry: “The coup peaked after three days of murder by the neo-Nazi faction.”
Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Fatherland Party and a gas oligarch, was released from jail (having been convicted for embezzlement of state property) after the coup and declared: “take up arms and go and wipe out these damn katsaps” [Russian minority] – - – so that not even scorched earth would be left of Russia.” She will be running for president of Ukraine. Her sentiments about Russia and Ukrainian ethnic Russians are no secret and yet go unreported by the western corporate media. Is there any wonder ethnic Russians in Ukraine are feeling desperate and endangered?
2) McMurtry asserts that there is a craven playbook, a “generic script”, the US repeatedly uses for regime change in its path of global, social destruction all the while projecting the same plan onto its targeted victim states or their leaders. McMurtry: “In all, the reverse-projection tactic has become the signature of everything the US and its allies allege of others to ruin them.”
McMurtry explains that it begins with US covert forces sponsoring opposition forces (fascist, jihadists, etc.) in the targeted society. The US then mounts a global media campaign against the targeted leader. It enables or encourages false flag operations -- such as murders committed by snipers who are pretending to be state agents -- or lies about chemical weapons released or to be released on citizens by the government, or even nuclear weapons to one day be manufactured, etc. -- to whip up outside public censure and internal civil distress and hate.
These instigations launch violent civil discord leading to civil war. The US then postures as a humanitarian interventionist and commences BOMBING the country. Russia interrupted the US bombing stage in Syria, maintains McMurtry, by negotiating a deal with President Assad to destroy the Syrian government’s entire chemical weapons arsenal. (McMurtry also points out the Orwellian level of hypocrisy of Israel with a huge nuclear arsenal joining with the US to threaten imminent war on Iran for simply having the potential to build a nuclear arsenal.)
McMurtry compares the US government’s and corporate media's lies about Ukraine to those not only from the relatively recent past -- the Syrian army’s use of chemical weapons, Iraq’s WMDs, Gadaffi’s genocidal agenda, Venezuela’s “despotism” despite its public education, healthcare and the elimination of poverty programs -- but all the way back to the Reagan regime that declared Nicaragua “a clear and present danger to the United States” to justify US war crimes against it by the US government’s dangerously expanding military industrial complex with a covert operations network for destabilizing and destroying foreign countries for the sake of US hegemony NOT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY!
Invasive war in 2014 is not so acceptable to the world after the obliteration of the societies and life infrastructures of Iraq and Libya. So drones, suitcases of money, special operations, propaganda campaigns and whatever else can sabotage resistance are deployed to pry societies open for competitively self-multiplying transnational corporations to exploit foreign resources, labor and forced markets...
This is all done in the name of “freedom” and “globalization.” This agenda is actually celebrated by the domestic- and globe-betraying representatives and candidates of our two corporate-moneyed political parties in the US.
Direct US invasion may lose the war from Vietnam to Afghanistan, but its defeat is, more deeply another US-led success at destroying another society. The Wall Street metastasis to EU banker-run Europe has worked without invasion or even proxy uprising, but society destruction is still achieved by the small print of corporate treaties and bank powers people never see. Greece, Spain and Italy are effectively ruined, and behind the dismantling of these and all victim societies is the same transnational corporate system multiplying itself through societies. Big Banks, Oil, Military Contracting, Big Agri-Food and Pharma are themselves only vehicles of the one underlying economic disease of transnational money sequences self-multiplying across all borders without life limits or functions. They feed on ruined societies as their carrion.
More clearly, the states which the US planned to destroy in 2001 (as reported by General Wesley Clark in his memoirs) – Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Syria – are now in fact destroyed societies. All but Iran are left with civil war and majority destitution where once they had been relatively prosperous and life secure.
For example, before Western bombing of Iraq under the usual blame-the-enemy diversion to its leader (a paid CIA agent implanted in office by the US), Iraq led the Middle East in free public healthcare and higher education, and Libya provided free downpayments for young couples’ housing as well prior to its bombing. U.S.-led interventions and aerial bombing have destroyed the social life-organization of both nations without even the electricity and water back on.
Syria was also a middle-income quasi-socialist nation, but was independent, friendly with Russia, and capable of fighting an expanding Israel. So Syria too was marked for destabilization. Its internal protests received US-Israel covert support, and turned quickly into civil war with US special operation forces and orchestrated funding of rival camps including jihadists still incinerating the country.
As usual the national leader is blamed for everything. All the while, Iran is periodically threatened with annihilation while Venezuela across the ocean is subjected to US-led destabilization too as in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya.
McMurtry reminds that US society itself is under siege by its government given the ever-increasing misallocation of public resources which should be servicing the citizenry.
3) McMurtry writes more specifically about the destructive regime change playbook as it was applied to Ukraine by the US, as well as about the devastating economic agenda externally determined for the Ukrainian citizens.
The Ukrainian resistance recognizes that the fate of Ukraine under IMF, US and EU control is to become another economically destroyed Greece. According to McMurtry the Greek economy has been slashed by 25%, unemployment is officially 28%, the public health system has been dismantled to pay foreign banks, wages are cut by a quarter, unemployment for youth is 60% even with mass emigration, and the public sector continues to be “sacked and privatized.” McMurtry:
... polls today show that 56% of Ukranians would prefer to be governed as before. Social priorities and universal life necessities matter more to them than majority dispossession and glitz for the rich. But no Western journalist dares say it. ...
Concern about people’s lives, in short, never arises except as a media mask. This is why the US-led coup in Ukraine murdered people and usurped democratic process and legal warrant without a pause.
There is only one pattern of consequence and Ukraine too is now almost occupied by its ruling mechanism to impoverish the people further to feed the rich. As always, society’s common life capital bases will be further defunded, privatized for profit, and saddled by unpayable transnational bank debts. The real economy will be flooded with more junk foods, media products and social-dumping commodities, and bred to a violence culture already hatched by the coup. Collective life capital bases will be further laid waste for multiplying private money fortunes across borders.
But deeper than words, the principle of no-society is built into the ruling economic paradigm. Without notice, every life coordinate is erased from account. There are no life needs, no environment, no society, no children, no relations with others, and no history in this life model. All unpriced life goods from water and sewer infrastructures and services to universal public education, culture and healthcare to social security support in age, unemployment, and disability are blinkered out except as “cost burdens”. The very terrestrial biosphere on which everything depends is ruled out of this moronic frame of reference.
Ukraine can look forward to this US-led thought system ruling over it from within the financialized European Union which is now as banker-run as America.
More on the "regime change" agenda employed by the US on Ukraine:
... increasingly armed and destructive oppositional forces on the ground, US bankrolling and direction of the opposition’s factions in orchestrated destruction ($5 billion under aid guises, $20 million for the street reported by Secretary Nuland in a speech to business), and pervasive transnational corporate propaganda about the constructed civil war as a “struggle for Ukraine’s freedom” – decoded, transnational corporate and bank freedom to loot and pollute.
As always, inside allies include fascist and terrorist forces – the Svoboda and Pravy Sektor factions in Ukraine which now have key executive posts in the coup government and trace their history back to the Ukraine Insurgent Army (UPA) led by their hero Stephen Bandera who allied with the Nazi invasion of Ukraine in 1941 and helped to round up Jews.
4) McMurtry claims that those reducing the motivation for such a destructive modus operandi of the US and its allies to "imperial profit-making" alone do not delve deeply enough into the collective pathology of the aggressors. He writes:
It may all seem to be about oil and imperialism, what opponents focus on. Yet possessing others’ oil and territory are comparatively rational objectives compared to the actual performance of metastasising destruction. Far more is spent on unproductive technologies of killing and terror than has been won in new oil and territory. Both land and energy sources have been largely despoiled and wasted. The oil produced in Iraq, for example, is not close to pre-1990 levels and the oil in Libya is the site of unending civil war.
The pattern is destroying not producing through generational time. Corruption and insecurity are universalized, not life as human. Ukraine’s coup now binds it in the pathological direction – more civil strife towards war, more mountains of bank debt, more lack of affordable energy, more ethnic hatred, more mass homicidal weapons, and more rot of dysfunctional wealth inequality.
Can this be an advance of empire? Or is it the next sign of morbid overreach, corruption and fall? An empire has a unified center, a state in control of its subjects and private enterprises, a productive capacity that leads the societies within its imperial reach, an historical civilization of architecture, art, and culture, and most of all enduring public infrastructures and great works across its domains of command. The US global system has ever less of any of these. Its imperial center is divided into gridlock, its productive powers have been increasingly exported or surpassed elsewhere, its architecture, arts and culture are increasingly mindless and violence-ridden, its capacities of civilization and public infrastructures are defunded and collapse at every turn.
The US now leads only in monopoly of world currency issue, capacities to destroy life and life conditions, and mass propaganda methods. Its transnational corporations are no longer subservient to any imperial center or purpose but multiply their private money sequences on the back of monopolies of force and money-issue paid for by increasingly impoverished citizens.
The collapsing US civilization cannot comprehend its derangement. Its money-party leaders can only see more opportunity for transnational corporate profits – the moral DNA of the cancer system.
To put the matter in one sentence, the collapse and overthrow of Ukraine’s elected government has been financed and directed by the U.S, cored in violence by the Nazi roots of the uprising linked with the US-selected coup leaders now in power, and after the swift take-back of Crimea by Russia fanned into hysteria by the corporate media. Revealingly, the Bandera-loving Nazis on the street leading the chaotic terror of Feb 22-24 caused the overthrow of the legitimate government exactly when the civil battle had already been won.
The elected President Yanukovych made concessions on everything – his PM was fired, the new protest laws against helmets, metal shields, and masks were revoked (even although banned everywhere else), with legitimate democratic turnover of government plainly in sight and further brokered by the EU in presidential succession. But there was no assurance of electoral victory of the US-allied Kiev forces. They had already lost two elections to the federalist Party of Regions and its alliance governments.
It was then the US-led violent overthrow happened in bloodshed return of the Nazi past proclaimed as “freedom” and “revolution”. The violent coup was instantly validated by the US state, but the EU paused for days before diverting blame to Russia too. No media of record appeared to notice that the US had criminally led the coup, and selected and instructed the new coup-government leaders with no vote, no election, and no public discussion. All the while the democratic referendum so abused in Crimea was never imagined for Ukraine by “the free press” and “leaders of the democratic world” even when eastern Ukraine popular uprisings demanded it.
The coup was precisely rushed ahead to avoid any election. ...
Dividing society from within with no common or productive goal but only more tearing apart is the generic meaning – as in Yugoslavia before it, Libya and Syria in between, Honduras, Paraguay, where does it stop? Direct the destabilizing in the street with billions for the purpose, play on real and invented problems, insert special forces to lead the mounting violence, bribe the people with dollars and bananas, divide classes and cultures to the death, proclaim freedom and prosperity, and run the country into the ground with no life construction undertaken nor any life base any longer secure for 90% of the people.
The special forces at work here incredibly included Israelis trained in Gaza allying with the legacy of Ukraine Nazism. But the stakes are large and undiscussed. Ukraine is the biggest land mass of Europe, a leading global grain producer, and home to newly found gas-reserves of possibly trillions of cubic feet. The US-led lockdown on all of it is clear in the new coup state. A neo-liberal banker is Prime Minister, a violence script-writer and chief aide to the Fatherland Party is President, and various neo-fascists are in cabinet positions with none elected.
5) McMurtry calls out the US as a “rogue state” that at the same time it is committing international crimes is calling out its targeted countries as committing international crimes, crimes against humanity. He writes of the US:
... It has refused to ratify the International Criminal Court to uphold the law against war crimes and crimes against humanity, and publicly repudiated the Court’s right to investigate US criminal violations including the “supreme crime” of a war of aggression. While it is always invoking international laws to falsely blame others of violating them (e.g., Syria’s use of chemical weapons), the US has systematically undermined virtually all international laws to protect human life – treaties and conventions against landmines, against biological weapons, against international ballistic missiles, against small arms, against torture, against racism, against arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, against military weather distortions, against biodiversity loss, and against climate destabilization. Even international agreements on the rights of children and of women have been sabotaged. Yet this unrelenting profile of lawless US right to terror and destruction is nowhere published. This is how censorship by selection works without people knowing it.
.... the sniper murders of 21 people in the Kiev uprising by US-led coup agent was already diplomatically registered by March 4.
Predictably, every detail was gagged in ‘the free press’ and the official ‘Free World’. Even the EU’s Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton to whom the facts of the mass murder were communicated by a fellow Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet of Estonia, remained silent. He reported that in fact the medical and forensic evidence proved all 21 murders were by “the same type of bullets” and from “the same handwriting” which could only be from “the new coalition” [of the coup government]. “The new coalition”, concluded Foreign Minister Paet in English, “don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. So that there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”
Such mass murder is grounds for prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law and prosecution by the International Court. But due process of law and criminal prosecution are repressed at the same time as the known diplomatic evidence is silenced in the public sphere.
That the violent coup itself was propelled by mass murder of protestors perpetrated by the US-led insurrection to blame on the elected government has thus never made the news. The murderous logic was again evident in microcosm when troops of the coup state opened fire on unarmed citizens approaching their barracks to talk on the Easter eve of the Geneva agreement to repudiate armed violence.
.... Once again we find on closer inspection that what is proclaimed as fact and law by US leaders and allied states is yet another level of a big lie system.
In conclusion, McMurtry determines that the hyped “Russian threat to Ukraine” distracts the public from the fatal problems to the entire globe from “transnational money sequencing”. He writes:
To complete the destruction of democratic legitimacy of Ukraine took only a few hours. But public panic and appointing banker presidents has already been managed in Italy and Greece, why not here too? With no mass media noticing the growing reversal of democracy and freedom in their name, Putin-bashing is the corporate-press game.
The air, soil and water cumulatively degrade from its transnational corporate looting and polluting. The climates and oceans destabilize from the same cause at the same time. Species too become extinct at a spasm rate, and the world’s forests, meadows and fisheries are cumulatively destroyed. The global food system produces more and more disabling junk as commodity diseases multiply. The vocational future of the next generations is eliminated for a growing majority of people. All these trends and more are one-way, degenerate, and undeniable. All are driven by US-led private and transnational money-sequence multiplication which now moves into and through Ukraine. Without Russia’s past financial and energy assistance worth tens of billions of dollars and completely destabilized by the US-led violent coup, Ukraine verges towards collapse....
The Ukraine crisis is another variation on the great crisis of the world – the undeclared global war of transnational corporate money sequences to multiply themselves through human societies and life on earth in the diagnosable form of an invasive cancer.
So do we, as members of the human family, passively watch the perpetrations of exponentially increasing evil? Do we even let ourselves be sidetracked and seduced into enabling such evil by a full-out propaganda corporate media scapegoating targets strategically determined by the symbiotic and monster partnership of the state and corporate elite?
The resistance groups in Ukraine are NOT "terrorists". They are fighting for all of us against transnational corporate annihilation or what McMurtry calls a "US-led collapse of world security."
Can you handle the truth?
[cross-posted on open salon]