Irreconcilable East/West Differences

Trust Between Russia and America Kaput
April 12, 2017
Russia Responds to US Aggression in Syria
April 12, 2017
Irreconcilable East/West Differences
by Stephen Lendman
Russia and America are geopolitical opposites. Irreconcilable differences separate them.
Russia supports diplomatic conflict resolution, stability, security and multi-world polarity. America wages endless wars, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.
Good faith isn’t a US tradition. Whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge, negotiating with America diplomatically achieves nothing. 
Agreements reached are consistently breached. Washington seeks dominance, not cooperative relations.
Ahead of his arrival in Moscow, Secretary of State Tillerson said Assad’s tenure as Syria’s leader is “coming to an end…(S)teps are underway” to remove him, without further elaboration.
Knowing Syria destroyed its chemical weapons, none remaining, he ludicrously said “(w)e do not want the regime’s uncontrolled stockpile of chemical weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS or other terrorist groups who could and want to attack the United States or our allies.”
“Nor can we accept the normalization of the use of chemical weapons by other actors or countries in Syria or elsewhere” – other than in US, NATO, Israeli and other allied rogue state hands.
He warned Russia to end support for Syria, falsely accusing Moscow of covering up last week’s CW attack, something 
Syria had nothing to do with – Tillerson’s arrogance not likely to go down well in Moscow.
The White House claiming US intelligence has evidence, showing Assad’s responsibility for the Kahn Sheikhoun CW attack is a bald-faced lie.
A fabricated report claimed Damascus and Moscow spread disinformation and “false narratives” about what happened.
Unnamed senior White House officials lied, saying Russia wants Syria’s culpability suppressed. Clearly, its forces had nothing to do with attacking its people with chemical or other toxic agents, or any other weapons – in Kahn Sheikhoun or elsewhere throughout over six years of war.
Especially now it makes no sense. With considerable Russian aerial support, it’s defeating ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups.
Why would it shoot itself in the foot? Why attack civilians it’s gone all-out to protect? Why give Washington a pretext to terror-bomb its military?
Why do something strategically stupid, aiding terrorist groups it’s combating?
Putin called attacking Kahn Sheikhoun a false flag, erroneously blamed on Assad – likely a CIA-orchestrated incident, terrorist foot soldiers responsible for what happened, more CW incidents coming.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” Putin explained.
It’s reminiscent of events preceding Bush/Cheney’s 2003 Iraq war – based on Big Lies, new ones setting up Assad for likely greater US aggression to come.
Press secretary Spicer practically announced it, saying “we hold open the possibility of future action.” It’s virtually certain, given Washington’s rage to topple Assad, isolate Iran and target its government the same way,
It’s part of longterm US strategy for unchallenged global dominance, raping and destroying one sovereign independent state at a time to achieve it.
As long as this agenda continues, eventual nuclear war looks inevitable – the ultimate doomsday scenario.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.