The MH 17 Crash Report: Predictably, No Evidence Against Russia

The MH 17 Crash Report: Predictably, No Evidence Against Russia

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Predictably the upcoming long-awaited (from July 2014 to October 2015) report on MH-17 does not present one shred of evidence incriminating the Russian Federation or President Putin. So maybe those media outlets accusing Russia and her President of the downing of the MH-17 would like to stand up and apologize?

To apologize, you need fiber, morals, substance, backbone and character. To sling accusations all you need is to be a foul-mouthed guttersnipe, all you need is looseness of morals, an absence of character and a general nastiness. To refuse to apologize after slinging the mud shows pure spinelessness, spitefulness and worthlessness.

I could end the article here because after this, what else is there to say? To those who blamed Russia, to those who aired parents of children, in mourning, asking for “President Putin” to give back their children, there is much to say. For a start, the stance in this column has been from the beginning respect for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in first place. In second place, respect for the families and loved ones of the victims. In third place, respect for the families and loved ones of the victims.

And now for the rest. My position has been from day 1 wait for the report (quite how it took one year and two and a half months to generate defies logic) and see if the report incriminates Russia, and then let the accusations fly. The fact of the matter is, as I predicted, that the report in no way incriminates Russia or its leadership but the accusations already started a long time ago.

So suppose we now demand an explanation from those who were grandstaging, using the horrific tragedy, using the victims and their grief, to paint (another) scary picture about Russia? The slanderous and libelous accusations should not go unanswered.

As for the insinuations that there may be a case in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, what a joke. The following accusation was drawn up by others and by myself against NATO and was sent to the ICC. It did not even merit the courtesy of a reply, as predicted (See indictment of NATO).

And now back to the report itself. OCSE monitor Michael Bociurkiw in an interview shortly after the incident on July 17 stated that there are two or three pieces of fuselage which show indications of heavy machine-gun fire and no evidence of missile damage. The same monitor declared later that certain pieces of the fuselage looked different a few days after he had first seen them. On July 22, he stated to the BBC that certain sections of the fuselage “do look different than when we first saw them”.

What about the eye-witness reports of two Ukrainian Air Force fighter jets trailing the plane at the time of the incident? How to explain the circular holes bend inwards at impact, when such holes are made by bullets from machine-gun fire? Shrapnel from a BUK missile system would have caused tears in the fuselage more of a triangular shape and would not have concentrated on and targeted the cockpit specifically. Furthermore, fuselage sections on another part of the aircraft have outward-bent impact marks, showing that the MH-17 was being fired at from two different directions.

Why were Facebook accounts disproving the western theories closed down, why were blogsites disproving the western theories hacked, why did evidence disproving the western theories disappear from the Net?

Turn on your microphones, full blast, copy and paste this link into a fresh browser window and watch this:

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a BUK (Beech) missile system in action. Did you notice the plume of smoke behind the missiles? So why was there no plume of smoke when the MH-17 was shot down in daylight hours?

And here is the cherry on the cake. As was the case with the accusations recently that Russian missiles landed in Iran, accusations made before the missiles were launched, we have the same crass error. A videotape of the NAF (Novorossiya Armed Forces) commanded Bes was uploaded to the Net containing a supposed conversation he had about the downed aircraft, placing the time of the incident 35 minutes before it happened.

Remember the doctoral thesis copied and pasted from the Net which proved Saddam Hussein had a weapons program which posed “an immediate and direct threat to the USA and its Poodles, sorry, Allies”? Remember the forged document stating Saddam Hussein was procuring yellowcake uranium from “Nigeria”? (The country is called Niger and he wasn’t). Remember Rumsfeld’s claim that the USA knew where Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction were, namely “Baghdad and Tikrit and north, south, east and west of there”?

As for linking Russia to the “rebels” or NAF, how puerile. Is Britain responsible for the numerous British terrorists fighting in Syria against the democratically elected Government of President al-Assad? Ditto Australia, the USA, the Netherlands?

I continue not to understand why does the downed aircraft show cladding damage characteristic with pin and shrapnel warheads (air-to-air systems), much more characteristic of R-27 TOPOR or R-73 missiles used on the Ukraine military MIG-29 and SU-27 aircraft?
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey has worked as a correspondent, journalist who has spent the last two decades in humanitarian projects,  (

Russia Supplants U.S. in Global War Against Jihadists


EDITOR’S CHOICE | 13.10.2015 | 11:23

A meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman (son of King Salman) ended on early Monday, October 12th. Agence France-Presse headlined “Vladimir Putin Meets Saudi Prince on ‘Political Solution’ in Syria,” and reported that, whereas the son of the Sunni fundamentalist Saudi King says that his father still insists on removing the Shiite secularist leader Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and on ending Syria’s alliance with Shiite Iran, Prince Salman said that the Saudi King is “in favour of a political solution in Syria.” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was more forward in his statement about the meeting. He said: “The two parties confirmed that Saudi Arabia and Russia have similar objectives when it comes to Syria. Above all, it is to not let a terrorist caliphate take over the country.” Nothing was quoted from the Saudi side about any such opposition to ‘a terrorist caliphate,’ however; the Sauds have been the chief financial backers of Islamic jihad. (And here is what their followers in Syria are actually like.) However, the fact that the Saudi King sent his son to Russia to negotiate with Putin about Syria is yet another indication that the key player in settling the Syrian civil war is now Putin, not at all U.S. President Barack Obama.

The highly reliable German news-source, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN), headlined on October 11th (translated here as) “Russia and Iran Assume Leadership Role in Iraq, without the U.S.,” and reported that Russia has, upon the request of the Iraqi government, already gone beyond its anti-jihadist operation in Syria, and has “extended the fight against terrorism into Iraq, with the express permission of the Iraqi government.” DWN goes on to say, “In early October, the Iraqi government gave a free hand to Russia to extend the attacks against ISIS into Iraqi territory. One of the conditions for this was prior coordination of the air strikes with Iraq’s government.”

That is the same arrangement Russia has had, since the end of September, with the Syrian government. And, so, a Joint Intelligence Coordination Center (JICC) was established by Russia in Baghdad. This was announced on September 29th, whenReuters reported that, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said … an information center was being established in Baghdad to share information between Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Russia has also agreed a separate such mechanism with Israel.”

Israel too is therefore also recognizing the handwriting on the wall, the switch from the U.S. to Russia, and is doing what it must to defeat ISIS; it’s joining behind Russia’s leadership in the effort. However, because of Israel’s hostile relationships with the other non-Russian members of the JICC, Russia has agreed to wall-off, or separate entirely, Israel’s Russian alliance, from the other nations’ Russian alliance. Russia is in a position to do this, because Russia, with its space-satellites and its other global intelligence-gathering assets, is at the hub-position on this entire intelligence gathering wheel about Syria. All of the other nations that are participating trust Vladimir Putin’s intelligence operation, to keep each participant’s shared interests in defeating jihadists, separated from all other issues within the Russian alliance. The alliance with Russia will thus not affect their respective unrelated security-interests. This is in Russia’s interests, because it maximally empowers Russia to crush the Saudis’ international jihadist operation, an operation that started when the U.S. and its long-time ally the Saud family, were joined together by Zbigniew Brzezinski of the U.S. Jimmy Carter Administration, to crush the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, by funding, training, and arming, “mujahideen” or fundamentalist Wahhabist Sunni (that is, Saudi) fighters to go there to kill supporters of the pro-Soviet government and other secular or non-Sunni influences there. The Sauds’ main competitor in the international oil-markets has been the leading former Soviet country, Russia.

The U.S.-Saudi alliance began in earnest in 1945, when the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Cold War was just starting; and it has continued after the U.S.S.R.’s breakup, because Western oil companies and Sunni Arabic aristocrats (led by the Sauds, who had granted the Rockefellers’ oil companies the exploration-rights there) wanted the Cold War to continue even after Soviet Communism and the Soviet Union ended. This conflict is also a Western war against Shiite-majority nations, because the Sauds’ imperial ambitions are specifically jihad for a restoration of the Sunni Caliphpate but on a global level; and this is specifically the Saudi Wahhabist Salafist, the most aggressively fundamentalist, form of Sunni Islam. For examples: Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban, are all Wahhabist Salafist Muslims, and all have been funded mainly by Saudi royals.

The U.S. had started, in 1979, late in Jimmy Carter’s Administration, to arm the Saudi ‘mujahideen’ fighters who then were coming into Afghanistan to overthrow the pro-Soviet government there, so as to lure the Soviets into invading Afghanistan. “I wrote to President Carter, essentially: ‘We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war’,” Carter’s National Security Adviser, David Rockefeller’s protégée (and co-Founder along with Rockefeller, of the Trilateral Commission) Brzezinski, said in a 1998 interview. After Brzezinski had succeeded at that, and the Soviet Union and its communism ended, Brzezinski has continued to advise American Presidents on what he sees as constituting the need now, to defeat Russia — a ‘need’ that U.S. President Barack Obama has strongly endorsed, such as by officially designating Russia as being by far the most “aggressive” nation of all. (Lots more ‘aggressive,’ for example, than the U.S.)

DWN continues: “Sources close to the Iraqi armed forces leadership give the current mood in the Iraqi security forces: The Russian air strikes against ISIS produced in the first week alone, more success than those of the US-led alliance in the entire last year. The establishment of a joint [Iraqi-Syrian-Iranian-Russian] intelligence-gathering center in Baghdad [the Joint Intelligence Coordination Center, or ‘JICC’] is therefore an expression of disappointed Iraqi expectations regarding the United States. … So, the US has announced that it will restrict the exchange of information with Iraq’s security forces.”

In other words: Iraq is, in a sense, switching from the U.S. side to the Russian side, in America’s resumption of its Cold War against the Soviet Union (but this time being waged by America against Russia alone).

On October 10th, Iran’s PressTV bannered, “US pulls aircraft carrier out of Persian Gulf as Russian ships enter,” and reported:

The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt – a massive, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier – out of the Persian Gulf as Russian warships have entered the area.    

For the first time since 2007, the US Navy has now no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to NBC News.

The warship was withdrawn from the Persian Gulf on Thursday, a day after Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its Caspian Flotilla against terrorists in Syria, Pentagon officials said.

US military officials claimed that the aircraft carrier, which houses about 5,000 sailors and 65 fighter jets, was withdrawn because it needed to undergo maintenance.

On October 3rd, I had headlined “The Western Alliance Is Crumbling,” and explained how the Obama Administration’s bombing campaigns in 2011 in pro-Russian Libya, and in 2013 in pro-Russian Syria, had created so many refugees now pouring into Europe, that it has ended up precipitating the end of the American Century, and the start of the end of the American empire, which had been rationalized until the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of communism there, as having been instead an ideological conflict, but now is clearly exposed as having been and as still being actually an attempt to extend the American Empire (the “Western Alliance,” The Atlantic Council, NATO, CENTCOM), not only up to Russia’s borders, but into Russia itself, the juiciest natural-resources prize of all.

Obama therefore won’t likely now be able to deliver, to his financial backers, Russia and its resources, such as he had been hoping to achieve in his second term — to start privatizing Russia’s oil and other natural resources to America’s aristocrats.

Perhaps his Barack Obama Presidential Center won’t be quite as palatial as he has been hoping. Perhaps far fewer people will have to die now in order to get it up and running. Perhaps the U.S. and Saudi aristocracies won’t go to nuclear war against Russia, after all. Perhaps NATO, which should have ended when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact did, in 1991, will now soon end.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Terrorist groups which Washington calls moderate get all kinds of foreign help

Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi said that Syrian terrorist groups which Washington calls moderate get all kinds of foreign help – funds, modern weapons, management, and governance.

Several armed groups operating in Syria, which the West considers to be moderate opposition, are receiving outside help, including from operations centers in Turkey and Jordan, Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi told Sputnik on Thursday.

“Terrorist groups which Washington calls moderate get all kinds of foreign help – funds, modern weapons, management, and governance. The operation centers in Turkey or Jordan are the evidence of this,” the minister said to the Sputnik.

Damascus has repeatedly accused Ankara of providing support to extremist groups operating in Syria. In April, the Syrian Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of providing direct logistical and military support to terrorist organizations, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar were accused of facilitating the infiltration of foreign militants into the country.

According to Syrian Information Minister, Damascus is ready to consider hosting Russian military bases should Moscow request permission.

Syria would allow Russian military bases on its territory, but Moscow has not as yet requested permission, Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi told Sputnik on Thursday.

“There were no requests for expanding military bases in Syria from Moscow. However the door on this issue is open between Damascus and Moscow,” Zoubi said.

The Syrian minister said the Arab Republic would issue a request for help in ground operations against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group if the need arises.

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Ziad Fadel 

Anybody who watched Obama’s performance on 60 Minutes last night was probably impressed only by his ability to swallow shame in dollops of lies he tried to unload on (what he thinks is) an ovine American population devoid of the slightest talent for detecting baloney.  This proven murderer, killer of American citizens without even the most meager of legal fig leaves,  sat opposite Steve Kroft (a professional Zionist liar, thug and charlatan) on the 60 Minute program to expound broadly about Russia and Syria claiming speciously that it is Russia which is struggling and not his listing foreign policy tub adrift in the doldrums of the Sargasso Sea he created with his own ineptitude.  Oh, he blathered about barrel bombs, not even mentioning his own use of drones to slaughter innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen – not to mention his sanctioning assaults on Syrian public infrastructure just to insure the country was properly destroyed in order to placate the monkey-like wrath of the flailing, failing Arabian imbeciles.  I just think he’s afraid he’ll wind up being good-byed by Dr. Assad on Syrian Perspective when he leaves for his favorite cesspool in Chicago.


HAMA/IDLIB:   It appears the Nusra/Alqaeda rodents have departed the areas of Al-Faw’ah and Kafarayyaa, mostly Shi’I towns (with a smattering of Christians) which were besieged by the American-trained savages for months creating a serious humanitarian situation.  This news just came in to my office.  I can confirm that the rodents have left in order to “evaluate” the recent debacles suffered by their litter-mates all over Latakia and Hama.  We can also confirm the total withdrawal of all ISIS vermin from the Al-Salamiyya area as of September 28, 2015.  These are significant events proving the quality and character of the Russian intervention.


Syrian Perspective is confirming the liberation of all these areas since 48 hours ago: ‘Atshaan, Tallat ‘Atshaan, Tal Al-Aswad, Qubaybaat, Kafr Nabbooda, Tal-Al-Za’tar, Ma’arkibba, Umm Haaratayn, Sukayk, Tal Sukayk, Tal Al-Sakhr, Al-Bahsa. 

الجيش يفرض سيطرته على بلدتي عطشان وسكيك في ريف حماة الشمالي

Al-Tamaani’ah:  The SAA is now nestled in the southern periphery of this town where whole warehouses have been seized  by the SAA.  The warehouses were filled with newly-arrived Saudi weapons manufactured by the USA which includes TOW rocket launchers and rockets.  20 trucks were either destroyed, disabled or simply confiscated.   My source tells me 18 Alqaeda rodents were killed defending this area with 30+ taken prisoner.


Umm Haaratayn:  5 pickups with 23mm cannons were destroyed along with 3 TOW missile launchers.  No other details.


The Russian and Syrian Air Forces slammed terrorist bases and command-control centers here:  Ma’arrat Al-Nu’maan, Saraaqib, Muhambal, Tal-Tar’iy, Haysh, East Al-Tamaani’ah, North Al-Tamaani’ah, West of Sukayk, South of Khaan Shaykhoon, Al-Lataamina, Al-Habeet.


The Syrian Army has now attacked Al-Fooroo from the area of Al-Bahsa.


‘Atshaan:  The Syrian Army has captured 21 rodents here after liberating the town 2 days ago.


Al-Sirmaaniyya:  This is a liberated town acting as the front base for the assault on Jisr Al-Shughoor.  With our troops in a commanding position over the Waadi Al-Ghaab from Jubb Al-Ahmar, it appears the move to burn ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysini is about to begin.


الطائرات الروسية تنفذ 64 طلعة جوية وتدمر 53  موقعاً للإرهابيين في سورية

Nice scene of Russian bombs falling on scattering rodents in Hama.


LATAKIA:  The Syrian Army, backed by the PDC, the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, are now on the elevations overlooking Salmaa to the southeast.  The Syrian Army has advanced into Ruwaysat Khandaq Jaamu and has struck the Turk-supported grubs at Tal-‘Aas, Ruwaysat Al-Quboor, Mulawwihat Kitf Al-Ghidr.


Salmaa:  The SAA has killed 39 rodents here to the west and has taken what Wael has described as hundreds of “defectors” prisoner.  I’m waiting for more details on this.


The Russian Air Force has flown 64 missions for 119 sorties during the last 48 hours destroying a documented 53 terrorist positions, warehouses, headquarters and command-control centers for both Alqaeda and ISIS.


In Idlib, a large demonstration by the citizens of Armanaaz was held demanding the departure of all terrorists and the return of the town to the Syrian government.


ALEPPO:  Confirmed: the SAA has liberated the entire Free Trade Zone in Aleppo while destroying 2 armored cars.


As of October 9, 2015, the SAA killed over 140 rodents especially in the Al-Zahraa` Quarter:

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A Decisive Shift In The Power Balance Has Occurred — Paul Craig Roberts

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 12.10.2015 |

The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces.

Perhaps among Obama’s advisors there are a few who are not drowning in hubris and can understand this seachange. Sputnik news reports that some high-level security advisors to Obama have advised him to withdraw US military forces from Syria and give up his plan to overthrow Assad. They advised Obama to cooperate with Russia in order to stop the refugee flow that is overwhelming Washington’s vassals in Europe. The influx of unwanted peoples is making Europeans aware of the high cost of enabling US foreign policy. Advisors have told Obama that the idiocy of the neoconservatives’ policies threaten Washington’s empire in Europe.

Several commentators, such as Mike Whitney and Stephen Lendman, have concluded, correctly, that there is nothing that Washington can do about Russian actions against the Islamic State. The neoconservatives’ plan for a UN no-fly zone over Syria in order to push out the Russians is a pipedream. No such resolution will come out of the UN. Indeed, the Russians have already established a de facto no-fly zone.

Putin, without issuing any verbal threats or engaging in any name-calling, has decisively shifted the power balance, and the world knows it.

Washington’s response consists of name-calling, bluster and more lies, some of which is echoed by some of Washington’s ever more doubtful vassals. The only effect is to demonstrate Washington’s impotence.

If Obama has any sense, he will dismiss from his government the neoconservative morons who have squandered Washington’s power, and he will focus instead on holding on to Europe by working with Russia to destroy, rather than to sponsor, the terrorism in the Middle East that is overwhelming Europe with refugees.

If Obama cannot admit a mistake, the United States will continue to lose credibility and prestige around the world.

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3 Killed, Scores Injured in al-Quds, Ra’anana Operations Israeli Entity Declares Maximum Alert to Face Palestinian “Day of Anger”

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The Zionist media reported on Tuesday that three Zionists were killed and more than 30 others were injured in gunfire and run over in Jerusalem and in two stabbing operations in Ra’anana.

Zionist bus after a Palestinian operation

The “Voice of Israel” website said the two operations have taken place in al-Quds (Jerusalem), which killed two people and left about 20 wounded.

“In the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood south of Jerusalem, two Palestinians boarded a bus and opened fire before they stabbed passengers. Then police rushed to the place and opened fire on them,” the website stated.

One of the Palestinians was killed and the other was wounded, it added.

“Voice of Israel” said that one Zionist was killed in the attack and four other people were critically injured. A number of Zionists were slightly injured.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Israeli Entity Declares Maximum Alert to Face Palestinian “Day of Anger”

Zionist policeThe Zionist occupation declared a state of maximum alert in the occupied West Bank  in preparation for the “Palestinian Day of Anger” on Tuesday.

According to Israeli sources, occupation forces fear that this day may be turned into violent confrontations in parts of the occupied West Bank, al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip.

National, Islamic and civil forces have called for a wide participation on Tuesday’s anger day.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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More USA mischief making in Latin America, Secret US Sites in Peru

Act of Treason: Secret US Sites in Peru

During his run for President of Peru, Ollanta Moisés Humala used populist slogans and Hugo Chavez, the late President of Venezuela, showed great restraint when talking about him. Obviously, then Venezuelan leader did not trust the man. And he was proven to be right about him.

This is a routine scenario in Latin America: a politician losing public support tries to improve his public image at home and abroad with the help of the United States. The «helper» pursues its own interest and national sovereignty is the price to pay. No doubt, Peruvian leader Humala is one of the politicians controlled by Washington. He is ready to do anything in order to preserve his position.

According to the GfK (the International Institute of market and social research) poll conducted in September, the President’s approval rating dropped to 12%, the lowest result since he took office. The disapproval rating of the President reached 85%. Thecorruption scandal regarding the First Lady damages the Humala’s image. Nadine Heredia is being investigated for suspected money laundering. The funds were allegedly used to finance President Ollanta Humala’s election campaign. Humala and the tycoons of his inner circle want Nadine as the next president to continue the implementation of neo-liberal reforms launched by her husband. These plans fan the flames of discontent even more.

The US President Barack Obama has said recently that Lima is a reliable ally of the United States. He also praised Peru as the «envy» of the world for its impressive economic growth. US officials spare no effort singing praises to the President Humala. Being grateful, he, in his turn, cooperates with Obama to facilitate the accomplishment of the geopolitical mission, which envisages Peru as a US foothold in Latin America. The Humala’s policy aimed at betrayal of national interests has evoked growing indignation in the country. In some cases, people throw stones and eggs at the President chanting the word «traitor».

The intensification of the Pentagon and US special services activities in the country further spurred the hostility towards the President. In early September, thousands of Peruvians hit the streets to protest the «friendly» port call of US aircraft carrier George Washington. They demanded to put an end to military cooperation with the United States. The action culminated in burning a US flag outside the United States’ embassy. Many people recall that seven years ago, when the President led the Peruvian opposition, Humala expressed concern over US permanent military presence in the country and the plans to build more facilities for the United States armed forces. Those days he slammed the new rules introduced to allow foreign military presence on Peruvian soil. Humala was angry with the US plans to expand Plan Colombia throughout the whole region. The plan envisaged getting a hold of strategic areas in Amazonia to put the neighboring countries, including Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia under control. Thus, step by step the United States was trying to transform Peru into its «strategic partner».

Today, the Peruvian President has drastically changed his policy implementing the very same ideas of his predecessor Alan Garcia that he used to call «unpatriotic». The leadership of Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and other countries of the region openly express concern: Humala has widely opened the door to let the United States get a foothold in Amazonia. There are US military bases in Peru: Iquitos, Nanay and St. Lucia. According to Argentinian journalist Atilio Borón, there are six more US secret military facilities used to fight drug trafficking and terrorism. This estimate excludes three Peruvian port cities permanently used by the US Fourth Fleet.

Marines and US special services operatives use the facilities located in the valleys of Apurímac and Ene rivers. The US propaganda paints this region as a hotbed of instability known for criminal activities allegedly conducted by drug cartels, separate formations of Sendero Luminoso (once a powerful guerilla group) and illegal gold miners. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) statistics, hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and other drugs are daily exported from Amazonia to the United States and Europe.

The Peruvian army and national police have always been capable to counter drug trafficking on their own, but the US propaganda effort has been too strong. Peru has capitulated and agreed that Amazonia is the region the real threat emanates from. That’s how the United States has joined the operations against terrorism and drug trafficking in Peru.

It’s really surprising that the intensive activities of the United States in Peruvian Amazonia have not brought any tangible achievements over the last ten years. The US presence is growing, but the results are dubious: the cocaine produced in Peru is frequently confiscated in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The US Drug Enforcement Agency and State Department use the successes achieved by «populist regimes» in the fight against drug trafficking only to blame them for inefficiency!

At the same time, the United States spares no compliments for Peru. The US Ambassador to Peru Brian A. Nichols has stated recently that the government of Humala leads the fight against drug trafficking in Latin America. According to him, «Last year was a landmark year, several records were broken for coca leaf eradication, interdiction of chemical inputs, and control of cocaine ready for export, so Peru is the leader in the region», he told Andina news agency. The ambassador said 25,000 hectares have been cleared so far this year and he believes that the last year’s figures would be surpassed. «We fervently hope we will break the record of 31,000 hectares eradicated last year», he affirmed. Nichols said the United States analyzes the new scenario and will submit an opinion later. He reaffirmed that both nations are «allies and friends» against drug trafficking. «Peru is firmly committed to act not only within its territory, but at the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN)», he pointed out. This way ambassador Nichols confirmed that Humala should unconditionally support the US international stance on the problem of drug trafficking.

Experts note that the Pentagon gives priority to small military facilities in Peru because they can hardly be associated with full-fledged forward operating bases. Americans call them cooperative security locations (CSL) or forward operating sites (FOS). These facilities are often used to provide cover for the activities of Central Intelligence Agency, US military intelligence and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Formally these sites built by the US Army engineering units are under the operational control of Peruvian armed forces. In reality, the United States calls the shots. The CSL and FOS sites could be transformed into large operating bases, if need be. The sites are limited in size. It allows the military and political leadership of Peru to negate the obvious fact of US military presence in the country.

The foreign ministries of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia believe that the strengthening of the US military presence in Amazonia is a threat to their national security. The number of US military instructors is growing and more arms are transported to the country under the pretext of the need to fight drug trafficking. The intelligence gathering activities have been intensified. The Brazilian part of Amazonia has become the key target for the US special services. After the spying scandal, when it was revealed that Brazil’s top leadership was under US surveillance, the United States started to increasingly use the opportunities provided by the «regional ally» to monitor the events in that country.

Today Brazil is going through a serious social and economic crisis. The Obama administration has toughened its policy towards the government of Dilma Rousseff. The US efforts to make the Brazilian President resign with the help of thoroughly orchestrated «protests» of opposition and agents of non-government organizations have failed. It’s worth to note that the United States tried to revive the debates on «the problems of Amazonia» against the background of protests. The initial thesis was evident: it’s impossible to cope with the «destructive tendencies» in the region without the United States.

USS George Washington visited Peru in early October. The real mission of the aircraft strike group will hardly become known in the near future. No one in Peru can say for sure what kinds of personnel and equipment were transported by the aircraft carrier to the military sites in Amazonia. This issue is widely discussed by Peruvian media. Media networks offer different versions, including the Pentagon’s plans to prepare back up facilities to disperse the nuclear weapons in case of world war. No one of those who have participated in the discussions has expressed any doubt that the Pentagon can undertake such a hazardous adventure. And that is the most disturbing fact.


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