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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

There’s no ambiguity about how US state terrorism dwarfs how other rogue states operate on the global stage — while blaming targeted nations, entities and individuals for its own high crimes.

According to US law, terrorism involves “violent acts or acts dangerous to human life…(that)  intimidate or coerce a civilian population…influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion…(and engage in) mass destruction.”

The US Army Operational Concept for Terrorism calls it “the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature…through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear.”

These definitions explain what the US war OF terrorism is all about. Martin Luther King called the US “(t)he greatest purveyor of violence in the world” when its high crimes were less extreme than today.

It shows from hostile remarks by Trump regime war secretary Mark Esper, saying it’s shifting strategy to “high-intensity conflicts against competitors such as Russia and China” — Iran and Venezuela as well, nations the US considers strategic foes, China replacing Russia as enemy number one.

It’s also clear from Trump’s trade war with Beijing, CIA and anti-democratic National Endowment for Democracy dirty hands all over endless protests in Hong Kong, expanding the US military footprint in the Indo/Pacific, breaching international treaties and agreements, along with falsely accusing China of “tak(ing) aggressive steps to interfere with ASEAN claimants’ longstanding, well-established economic activities…”

The State Department falsely said “China’s actions undermine regional peace and security, impose economic costs on Southeast Asian states by blocking their access to an estimated $2.5 trillion in unexploited hydrocarbon resources, and demonstrate China’s disregard for the rights of countries to undertake economic activities in their EEZs (exclusive economic zones)” — bald-faced Big Lies.

China works cooperatively with other nations, favoring a carrot over a stick approach. US relations with other countries are polar opposite — pressuring, bullying, intimidating, and threatening them to bend to its will.

The US has been waging war on Iran by other means since its 1979 revolution, Trump regime hardliners more ruthlessly hostile toward its sovereign rights than their predecessors.

They’re seething over the refusal of Gibraltar authorities to honor an (illegal) US warrant — wanting Iran’s Adrian Darya detained and handed over to the US, in contradiction of international law.

A hostile State Department statement said “(t)he shipping sector is on notice that we will aggressively enforce US sanctions (no matter their illegality), adding:

“All parties in the shipping sector should conduct appropriate due diligence to ensure that they are not doing business with nor facilitating business for, directly or indirectly, sanctioned parties or with (illegally) sanctioned cargo.”

On Wednesday, pathological Trump regime extremist Pompeo flew into a rage, saying “anyone…touch(ing)” an Iranian vessel or its cargo, especially buying its oil will be (illegally) sanctioned by the White House.

Tehran warned of “heavy consequences” if the Trump regime seizes the Adrian Darya or another Iranian vessel.

On Wednesday, US Orwellian-named Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, part of its global propaganda operation, falsely accused the Adrian Darya of carrying “embargo-busting Iranian crude oil.”

No nations may legally interfere in the commercial or other lawful activities of other countries — what imperial USA does repeatedly and illegally, the world community failing to hold it accountable.

The US under both wings of its war party is waging war on humanity at home and abroad.

Its hostile actions risk conflict with Russia, China, Iran and/or other nations by accident or design — even unthinkable nuclear war if things are pushed too far.

A Final Comment

On Friday, China said it’ll impose 5 – 10% tariffs on $75 billion worth of US imports, effective September 1 and December 15, 25% tariffs on US autos and 5% on auto parts, effective Dec. 15.

It’s in response to the Trump regime’s announced 10% duties on the same dates.

“China’s imposition of tariffs is a forced response to the unilateralism and trade protectionism of the United States,” a statement by its Commerce Ministry said.

Trump said he’ll respond later today to China’s move. He sounded delusional tweeting:

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” 

“I will be responding to China’s tariffs this afternoon. This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States.” 

“Also, I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE ….all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!).” 

His tweets and other hostile remarks show geopolitical and economic ignorance, along with imperial arrogance against nations he attacks — further proof of his incompetence, an embarrassment to the office he holds.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
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.