Former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo December 11, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist and former US President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, has died at the age of 89.
Brzezinski’s death, at a hospital in Northern Virginia, was announced on Friday night by his daughter, Mika, on social media. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 28, 1928.
“My father passed away peacefully tonight,” NBC journalist Mika Brzezinski said on Instagram.
“He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life,” she wrote.
“I just knew him as the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have,” she added.
Brzezinski, like Henry A. Kissinger, was a foreign-born intellectual with extensive influence in global affairs, even long after they left the White House.
Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (L) and Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger are pictured at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo on December 11, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
The Polish-born academic served as a counselor to former President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was Carter’s national security adviser from 1977 to 1981.
Brzezinski used to claim that he helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West, and helped Carter establish ties between Egypt and Israel, which led to the Camp David accords between Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin.
Brzezinski, the author of The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, had once acknowledged that he provoked the Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan so that it could get its “Vietnam”. The US administration trained and sponsored fighters from Afghanistan and militants from several other countries to fight against the Soviet invasion.
‘A legacy of death and destruction’
American scholar Dennis Etler told Press TV that Brzezinski was the architect of neo-liberal imperialism who left “a legacy of death and destruction, blood and tears.”
“He was the godfather of the Taliban, al-Qaeda and Daesh. His influence can be seen behind all the tragedies in today’s headlines, from terrorist bombings, to the refugee crisis and proxy wars raging throughout North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia,” he stated.
“His passing is a time to reflect on the millions who have perished due to his policies,” said Dennis, an academic who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.
He further said that Brzezinski was “a Zionist Polish Catholic, not Jewish as some seem to assert.”
‘Beginning of the end of the Neocons’
US President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, as he presents Brzezinski with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in Washington, DC, on January 17, 1981. (AP file photo)
Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer, argued that “Brzezinski’s death marks the beginning of the end of the Neocons.”
“He, like his fellow war criminal Henry Kissinger ushered in the Neocons’ New World Era which resulted in Neocons controlling both Democrat and Republican foreign policy and nearly 40 years of American War, war crimes and outright banditry around the globe,” he told Press TV.
“His end is not sad, his life work brought sadness and despair around the globe,” he observed.
IMF Tranche to Kiev Not Happening Unless Kiev Sells Off Land, Raises Pension Age
The International Monetary Fund has indicated that it will not release a new loan tranche to Ukraine until parliament approves controversial land privatization legislation and raises the retirement age. Ukrainian economist Alexander Ohrimenko says that the way things are shaping up, a new loan tranche is not happening anytime in the near future.
IMF officials’ latest fact-finding mission to Ukraine has concluded with some unpleasant news for Kiev. On Friday, a press statement put out on behalf of IMF Ukraine mission chief Ron van Rooden indicated that Ukraine would not be getting its next, fifth loan tranche until lawmakers approved the pension and land reform measures which the global monetary organization has been actively pushing.
“Securing parliamentary approval of these draft laws will be needed to pave the way for the completion of the fourth review,” the statement said.
Van Rooden wrapped up his visit to Ukraine Friday after spending 10 days in the country holding what the press statement called “constructive discussions with the authorities on reforms needed to improve productivity, attract investment, and continue to strengthen public finances.”
Before the IMF mission started, Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko repeatedly insisted that Kiev would stick to its position and that the retirement age must remain unchanged. The politician has complained that if the pension age were raised, as the IMF proposes, many Ukrainians simply wouldn’t live long enough to receive their pensions.
Ukraine’s pension system is a holdover from the Soviet period, with men entitled to claim state pensions at age 60, and women at age 55. In the three plus years after the Maidan coup, pensions have declined significantly relative to the cost of living, averaging as little as $75 US, which in many parts of the country is not enough even to pay for skyrocketing utilities costs (another measure insisted on under the IMF’s austerity program).
Asked for comment, economist Alexander Ohrimenko, director of the Ukrainian Analytical Center, said that based on a careful reading of van Rooden’s press statement, the chances of Ukraine receiving a fifth tranche from the IMF this year are slim to none.
“If one carefully reads the official statement put out by the IMF mission, one can conclude that there will be no money,” Ohrimenko said, speaking to Radio Sputnik.
“If the mission’s experts are satisfied with everything and declare that everything is great, they make a lovely conclusion. That is, they recommend that the board of directors allocate the next tranche. This time, no such proposal was made. In other words, again, there will be no money.”
Ohrimenko added that the IMF is currently unhappy with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman’s own pension reform proposals.
Since 2014, the Ukrainian economy has faced tremendous tumult, with political and socio-economic instability compounded by Kiev’s war against breakaway regions in the country’s southeast. The IMF, who with its $17.5 billion credit line has become Kiev’s main foreign lender, has pushed Kiev to implement increasingly severe austerity reforms. These have hit Ukrainian pensioners and low-income families particularly hard, and helped to secure Ukraine’s place as one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?
Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic [integrisme], having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.
* There are at least two editions of this magazine; with the perhaps sole exception of the Library of Congress, the version sent to the United States is shorter than the French version, and the Brzezinski interview was not included in the shorter version.
The above has been translated from the French by Bill Blum author of the indispensible, “Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II” and “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower”
By Baxter Dmitry
President Putin has urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to listen to her people and reject the New World Order, and warned Russians not to travel to the United Kingdom until they get their house in order.
Britain is the New World Order’s testing ground, and according to Putin a follow-up terror attack, hot on the heels of the Manchester atrocity, is now “inevitable” as the globalists continue to ramp up tension in Western countries.
Putin also suggested that the “growing influence of Islamic radicalism” among Muslim groups in British cities was a factor in the rising terrorist threat, and Theresa May’s decision to call in the army showed that Britain allowed a serious problem grow into a “very serious situation”.
Warning British citizens to “expect the worst before the general election“, Putin said, “Men of Great Britain, protect your women and children.”
“The New World Order put hornet nests in your countries,” the Russian president said on Wednesday, referring to radical Islamist communities. “And now they are poking them.“
The Russian state tourism agency also warned Russians to stay away from the UK, amid claims that the deployment of a dirty bomb is being organized to create the next level of “chaos and destruction” in a major British city.
“The Russian embassy in Great Britain recommends Russian citizens refrain from travelling to the country, especially from visiting major cities, if such trips are not absolutely necessary.
“This is due to the fact that the government of Great Britain has raised the level of the terrorist threat in the country to the maximum possible.”
With France in a state of emergency, the United Kingdom under martial law with thousands of troops patrolling the streets, and Germany and Sweden suffering migrant-related breakdowns of law and order, it is hard to argue with Putin.
The New World Order’s plan to fill Western nations with radical Islamic immigrants – against the will of the citizens of these countries – and then unleash hell on earth by “poking them“, has been achieved.
Putin believes that the open border policies forced on European nations by elite globalists must be rejected if the continent is to have any chance of a peaceful future.
“My European brothers and sisters must reject the globalist open border policies being pushed onto them by the elite.“
As part of an effort to improve faltering vaccination rates in Germany, Berlin wants its kindergarteners to inform authorities if their parents haven’t taken them for vaccinations. On Friday, the German Parliament is set to vote on the measure.
Adults and children have become more vulnerable to the measles and other potentially dangerous ailments as vaccination rates drop. Vaccinations are mandatory for children attending kindergarten, and parent who refuse to comply can be fined up to $2,800.
This can be can be difficult to enforce, however, as law enforcement can have trouble identifying who has refused the shots.
If passed, the measure could compel unvaccinated children to be expelled from their daycare centers, though there is some concern that data privacy regulations could be violated as a result.
So far in 2017, Germany has reported about 410 cases of the measles, which is more than last year’s total. In the city of Essen this month a 37-year-old mother of three died from the measles.
Health Minister Hermann Gröhe told German-language daily Bild that “Continuing deaths from measles cannot leave anyone indifferent … That’s why we are tightening up regulations on vaccination.”
Italy is also facing health issues, as it has recorded three times the number of measles cases in 2017 than last year. The Italian government released a list last week of all the diseases children must be vaccinated for prior to being enrolled in state-run schools, including whooping cough, Hepatitis B, measles and polio.
Europe has seen an outbreak of the contagious disease recently, with Romania reporting more than 3,400 cases in just the first month of 2017. Countries with low vaccination rates like Germany, France, Romania, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and Switzerland tend to have higher numbers of cases.
Europe’s World Health Organization Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab told the BBC in late March, “I urge all endemic countries to take urgent measures to stop transmission of measles within their borders, and all countries that have already achieved this to keep up their guard and sustain high immunisation coverage.”
Don’t forget: German Supreme Court Rules Measles Does Not Exist
Polish Prime minister Beata Szydlo © Kacper Pempel / Reuters
Citizens of Western nations must elect strong leaders or risk falling victim to more terrorist attacks targeting their children, said Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
In an extraordinary intervention in her country’s parliament, the PM urged Europeans to reject immigration or suffer the consequences of attacks like that seen in Manchester on Monday night.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 and injured 116 in an attack on an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
Two Polish citizens died in the attack.
“We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite. We want to help people, not the political elites,” said Szydło.
“Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.
“If you can’t see this – if you can’t see that terrorism currently has the potential to hurt every country in Europe, and you think that Poland should not defend itself, you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.
“It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions.”
She went on to ask: “Do we want strong politicians who can see the danger and can fight against it efficiently?”
The Polish government is currently locked in a battle with the EU Commission over plans to make each member state adopt the Common European Asylum System.