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Peace is a Good Thing, Whoever Manages to Achieve It

Undermining Trump-Putin summit means promoting war

Say what you will about Trump and his fascist tendencies — for example his monstrous policy of jailing people entering the US surreptitiously who have legitimate refugee status claims that should be properly adjudicated, and even worse, grabbing their children and separating them — a process which is continuing even as courts have ordered the return of at least those children younger than five to their anxious and imprisoned parents, or the threat to invade Venezuela. It can only be a good thing to ease tensions between the two nations on this planet who have the capability to destroy it and render it a smoking ruin incapable of supporting life thanks to their stockpiles of thousands of nuclear weapons.

Yet it seems clear that forces in what has been called the “Deep State” or the “Permanent Government” of the US appear hell-bent on preserving that state of hair-trigger edginess between the US and Russia, no doubt because it keeps the financial taps wide open for the arms industry, the Pentagon, the intelligence agencies, and the politicians of both parties who feed on the campaign funds (bribes) offered by the industries that stand to benefit from cold war and myriad small hot ones.

Meanwhile, we have the Democratic Party Establishment now demanding, in another effort to sabotage US-Russian detente, that Trump insist at any summit session, on a promise from Putin to “cease interfering” in US elections and politics.

This demand would clearly be laughed at by Putin, who knows that the US played a key role, spending as Secretary Clinton once stated, well over $1 billion in underwriting the subversion of Ukraine’s elected government and backing, if not helping to orchestrate, the coup that overthrew it in 2013. He knows too that it was US funding of Boris Yeltsin’s floundering campaign for a successful second term as Russia’s post-USSR Russian president that saved him from being defeated by a resurgent Communist Party-led coalition candidate. Of course he also knows what most Americans don’t: that the US has been the biggest transgressor in the world when it comes to undermining elected governments and befouling honest elections to achieve outcomes it prefers. Examples? How about the overthrow of Iran’s elected government in 1953 and the installation of the dictatorship of the Shah, the overthrow of the elected government of Socialist President Salvatore Allende Gossens in Chile in 1973, the cancellation of a UN-scheduled election in Vietnam in 1956 to prevent the nationwide election of Ho Chi-Minh, the support of a string of dictators in South Korea, the support of a short-lived coup that included the kidnapping of Venezuela’s elected president Hugo Chavez, the support and perhaps encouragement of a military coup that overthrew an elected president in Honduras, the kidnapping and exile to South Africa of the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, etc. ad nauseum.

This is all to say that American democracy itself is becoming a joke, and not just because of the autocratic direction of President Trump. His Democratic and “Deep State” opponents are also resorting to undemocratic means to push their own undemocratic pro-imperial and pro-war agenda.



story | by Dr. Radut