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3/31/2022 5:52:00 PM
Don't Believe The Professional Liars
Resist them to their ugly, collective face

From The Desk Of
Thomas Lark

They’re lying to you.

The dark men (and they’re always men) of the Deep State, the Sino-liberal-controlled mass media and what writer Caitlin Johnstone calls the American intelligence cartel are all lying to you, 24-seven, in order to further what amount to their ridiculously childish and shortsighted efforts toward the continued dominance of American-style capitalism.

I’ve just discovered Johnstone, quite by happy, serendipitous accident. I like the way she writes, and I’m intrigued by what she thinks. She may be a self-confessed socialist, but even a blind pig finds a truffle now and again. And some people may be forgiven for such objectively wrong ways of thinking as liberalism broadly and socialism in especial. With regard to the issues most pressing us at the moment, she is correct in her assessments, and I applaud her efforts. In her basic thesis, Johnstone is spot-on correct, and people possessed of a conscience on both the Left and what sadly passes for the Right can agree with her.

Her point is that Orwellian forces––incalculably larger than the common people they manipulate and crush and far beyond the control of presidents or any idiot politicians and other such temporary occupiers of dubious offices, most of ’em essentially the winners of high-school popularity contests on steroids––are propelling the world toward damnable goals. It’s a case of Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz––exposed for the charlatan he is, thanks to the humble dog, Toto––desperately yelling, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” No, don’t do that; look over here!

Thus they attempt to distract us to death with panem et circenses and to sell us on all manner of claptrap, whether it’s the Chinese Communist Party-sponsored Kublai Khan job of the Wuhan ’flu and its concomitant propaganda or, now and more recently, Russia marching into its own backyard. Plus, there’s li’l Vladimir Zelensky, would-be boy hero and star of his own soon-to-be Oscar-nominated thriller, I Was a Teenage President. Zelensky is a petulant, perverse ex-comedian-turned-politician (but aren’t they all just game-show hosts, as Sting sang 30 years ago?), media-made to look like some sort of hero for jumping up and down and crying “help,” when in reality, he’s both a villain and a stooge.

“You know you are being aggressively propagandised about the Ukraine by the mass media and by Silicon Valley,” Johnstone writes. “You can feel it in your guts. Everyone can feel it on some level. It feels gross.” 

An unnecessary war

Sure, the war in the Ukraine is a tragic humanitarian crisis. But what the mainstream media won’t tell you is that it’s the result of more than a decade of Ukrainian antagonism and poking of the Russian bear. When you poke that bear, don’t be surprised if it bites you. It’s also––very importantly, as Johnstone notes––the result of behind-the-scenes American antagonism: funding the Ukraine (George Soros’s special project of nation-building), giving it weapons to fight Putin and basically promising the moon, thanks to the machinations and empty promises of John McCain, Lindsay Graham and other such sawed-off, filthy, little traitors and puppets of the American Military-Industrial-Banking Complex (you know, those same nice guys who murdered the Kennedys and gave us Vietnam and Afghanistan).

Why? Because, as Johnstone explains, this plan has been on the Pentagon spooks’ books for some 30 years. When the old Soviet Union collapsed, Washington did an awful lot of chest-thumping and crowing about winning the Cold War. Yes, the United States did win the Cold War. Hoo-rah.

But it has been piss-poor at winning the peace, as Pat Buchanan has observed. Instead of reaching out to Russia with a sincere hand of friendship, post-war peace, reconciliation and goodwill, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the geniuses in Washington kept on poking said bear most unchivalrously, as if the Cold War were still on. Lacking all magnanimity toward a defeated foe, the Pentagon spooks continued for long years to goad and provoke that bear, bringing piddly, insignificant nations under the antiquated and obviated NATO umbrella; alternantly rubbing Russia’s collective nose in the dirt or snubbing it alto-gether; and generally acting like a lot of mannerless overgrown children and schoolyard bullies.

Russia was soundly defeated by Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul the Overrated. America was then the world’s lone superpower left standing. But Russia––with an economy smaller than Italy’s; basically a ginormous forest, only sporadically punctuated by backward, third-rate Second World cities––never gave up its nukes. And around this time, thanks to the combined stupidity of George Bush, Sr and Slick Willie (See? There’s not a dime’s bit of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. They’re both liberal, and their supposed rivalry is often merely illusory; also Orwellian.), the North American Free Trade Agreement was vomited forth upon a hapless American populace that never asked for this nonsense (“Economic suicide,” as Ross Perot correctly noted of the NAFTA), and Washington disastrously reached out to Beijing and the CCP, thinking with childish naïveté that, “Hey, if we just throw a bunch of money at ’em, they’ll democratise and be like us!”

How’s that workin’ out for ya’? The Chinese took all that money––made possible by the sweat and efforts of exploited American workers, for whom Washington has nothing but contempt––and used it against us. China has actually been the world’s number-one economic power for more than 10 years––a thing only concretised by the power grabs, manipulations, machinations, fictions and utter lies surrounding the Wuhan ’flu, as Johnstone notes––and we’ve given it to them. If the rogue state that communist China has always been is now the most powerful and dangerous nation in human history, Washington’s swamp creatures need only look in the mirror if they seek someone to blame.

Johnstone is no fan of Trump. She blames Donaldus Rex for continuing the Obama administration’s policy of arming the Ukraine (and the modern Ukraine is a creature of Obama’s CIA). Or was Trump pressured into doing so, an innocent David up against a seemingly omnipotent, implacable Goliath, against which he stood no chance? The plans were already in place, predating Trump, Obama and Bush, filius alike. 

Boys with toys

The Pentagon brooks no competition. It won’t tolerate a world wherein American hegemony is challenged. Its goal for more than a generation has been the destruction of Russia, and it now wants a Yeltsin-like puppet to replace Putin; someone it can control, as Johnstone writes. Thus it has sucker-punched Russia into another Afghanistan (Remember Charlie Wilson’s war and the US-backed mujahadeen?), this time in the Ukraine, and it hopes this will again bleed Russia of blood and treasure. The Ukraine and its hapless people are mere pawns upon the American imperial chessboard, and Washington doesn’t give a damn about them. If it did, it would be pursuing brokering peace talks, as Theodore Roosevelt did in the Russo-Japanese War, not giving them more weapons to fight a proxy war.

And after Russia, China. But that may be too little, too late. America is now joined at the hip with a real enemy, like some bicephalous dragon out of mythology––a strange creature indeed that keeps attacking itself.

But as Johnstone observes, “It doesn’t have to be this way.” The 60-year-old teenagers in the Pentagon who determine America’s true course and real policy should put away their appalling incompetence and childishness and learn how to co-operate. Imagine what nations could accomplish in collaboration, not competition! Imagine how this would be immeasurably better for everyone on earth.

I’ll give Johnstone the last word:

“…The ultimate neo-con plan (which today has become simply the mainstream orthodoxy on US foreign policy) is a confrontation with disobedient governments, the ultimate target being China, to ensure the supremacy of American global capitalism. There’s no good reason this needs to happen. There’s no good reason the defensive Russo-Chinese tandem…needs to be targeted in the way it’s currently being targeted by this war that was deliberately provoked by Western powers.

“They are lying to you. They are lying when they say they tried to prevent this war. They are lying when they say de-escalation is impossible. They are lying when they say World War III is inevitable or is upon us already. Peace and détente are very possible. All that would need to happen is the dropping away of this notion that this planet of ours needs to be dominated by a single power structure. That’s all we’d need for the threat of nuclear Armageddon to go away. That’s all we’d need to ensure humanity’s progress into the future.

“We can simply move from endless escalation to diplomacy, from diplomacy to de-escalation, from de-escalation to détente, from détente to true peace and from true peace to collaboration and human thriving. The only thing stopping that from happening is this insane drive to dominate.

“Don’t believe the liars.” 

---The views and opinions expressed in “A Conservative Point of View” are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Lincoln Herald.

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