Tensions Between U.S. & Russia Worse Than You Realize

The similarities to the period just before WWI are indeed striking….

[T]his piece isn’t meant to be a pointless debate about which overly-centralized, archaic and corrupt nation-state is better than the other. Neither place has a political or economic structure that even comes close to providing a fertile environment in which human existence can reach its highest potential. Rather, both nation-states are controlled by a small group of ambitious, authoritarian and, when necessary, ruthless and violent men and women. That said, there are two reasons I think the following remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are so important.

First, as someone who spends much of his time analyzing and critiquing the many destructive policy decisions made by American “leaders,” I was shocked to find how accurate his description of the U.S. power structure’s mindset seems to be. He gets it, and he is more or less trying to warn the world that America’s leaders are basically power-drunk children. I concur.

Second, Lavrov also describes the negative impact that this behavior has had on the Russian psyche generally. He expresses dismay that the U.S. status quo sees the world as unipolar, and attempts to tackle every problem from the perspective that might is right. In no uncertain terms, Lavrov makes it clear that Russia will not stand for this. I don’t think the Russians are bluffing, so this is a very dangerous situation.

If there was actually someone in the U.S. State Department capable of such introspective and clear thinking, we might actually diffuse this situation. Don’t hold your breath.

Here are some excerpts from Mr. Lavrov’s remarks at the XXII Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy in Moscow on November 22, 2014…

By Michael Krieger – Liberty Blitzkrieg –

The Obama Admin Says “Jihad Is A Noble Concept”!

By Norvell Rose – WesternJournalism.com –

Endorsed by federal bureaucrats in America…after being rejected by law enforcement in Canada, “United Against Terrorism” is the title of a new handbook reportedly written to combat the radicalization of young people who might be tempted to join ISIS and fight for the Islamic State.

The Washington Free Beacon reports on the potentially inflammatory sections of the handbook that raised red flags for the Canadian authorities who ultimately decided not to distribute it:

The handbook itself recommends that “intelligence and law enforcement officials” should “avoid terms such as ‘Islamist terrorism’, ‘Islamicism’, and ‘Islamic extremism’ in favor of more accurate terms such as ‘al Qaeda inspired extremist,’” according to one section of the handbook, which still bears RCMP’s official logo.

“Do not refer to terrorists as ‘jihadis,’” the manual states. “This only emboldens them and gives them a legitimate status in the eyes of the vulnerable. Terrorism is not jihad. Jihad is a noble concept in Islam.”

Other sections in “United Against Terrorism”, according to the Free Beacon, tell the Muslim community that they are under no obligation to speak to the police about individuals who may be suspected of having extremist ties.

And yet, despite the rejection of the controversial work by Canadian law enforcement at the highest levels, John Kerry’s U.S. State Department has just issued what amounts to a positive review and thumbs up for the handbook.

 
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