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Kerry and Lavrov in Munich

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, Feb. 02, 2014 at 11:42 PM


Kerry v. Lavrov in Munich

by Stephen Lendman

Kerry represents the worst of America's dark side. Imperial lawless defines it. So do permanent wars on humanity.

Lavrov and Vladimir Putin deserve Nobel Peace Prizes. They address regional conflicts responsibly. They want things resolved diplomatically.

They've gone all out for peace in Syria. They've done it tirelessly. They continue doing it against long odds.

They know Obama wants regime change. So does Kerry. They support death squad killers. They ignore their worst atrocities. They wrongfully blame Assad for their crimes.

They want Ukraine's democratically government ousted. They want pro-Western ultranationalist extremists replacing it.

They enlisted street thugs to incite violence. Aggressive protests were planned. Fascist Pravy Sektor hooligans are involved.

They're waging guerrilla war. Ukraine risks becoming another Yugoslavia. They published a manifesto saying:

"The time of peaceful singing and dancing (in Independence Square) is over. (It's) a waste of time."

"There can be no negotiations, no compromises with the ruling gang. We will carry high the fire of national revolution."

Alexander Gnativ is Ukraine Deputy Chief of Investigation Department of Ministry of Internal Affairs. Opposition forensic computer analysis showed mass protests were planned.

On November 21, they began. They weren't spontaneous. "I would note that among the materials which are available for the investigation, there is evidence that the planning of these actions provides a so-called 'power' version of its development," said Gnativ.

"That is an option under which force will be applied (by) the demonstrators, causing a wide resonance and undermin(ing) the credibility of the current government and the President."

Related evidence shows State Department-funded National Endowment of Democracy involvement. So are Washington extremist elements.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland is involved. She openly supports street thug violence.

She's part of a US-instigated insurrection. At issue is toppling legitimate Ukrainian governance. She lied saying: "We stand with the people of Ukraine..."

She demanded Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovych engage "with Europe and the IMF." She formerly worked for Dick Cheney. She's hardcore neocon.

Her husband is Project for the New American Century (PNAC) co-founder Robert Kagan. He's a neocon foreign policy theorist/hardliner.

He advised John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. He served on Hillary Clinton's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is PNAC's current incarnation. He's a board of directors member. He represents the worst of America's dark side. So do Nuland and Kerry.

They back neo-fascist governance replacing Ukrainian democracy. Munich hosts annual security conferences (MSCs). Heads of state and other top officials attend.

This year was MSC's 50th event. It was held from January 31 - February 2. Kerry and Lavrov attended.

Their agendas are polar opposite. At issue is war or peace. It's neo-fascism or democracy.

It's Washington deciding Ukraine's future or its people. It's colonization or sovereign independence. It's ruthless exploitation or freedom.

Lavrov accused Western politicians of inciting Ukraine violence. They support the worst of what's ongoing. They back hooliganism over responsible law and order.

"Why is no one condemning those who seize administration buildings, attack policemen and chant racist and anti-Semitic slogans," asked Lavrov?

"Why are prominent European (and US) politicians actually encouraging the moves in question, although in their own countries they immediately clamp down on any encroachments on the letter of the law?"

"How would the European Union (and America) react if the Russian government openly supported street riots in (Washington), London, Paris or Hamburg, and sent its ministers to these cities to encourage the protesters?"

"What does the inciting of street protests, which are growing increasingly violent, have to do with promoting democratic principles."

Lavrov defended Ukraine's right to stop violence. It's universally accepted. No nations tolerate street thuggery. None permit national insurrections.

Responsible governments quell things before they get out of hand. They're obligated to do so. Law and order depend on it. So does public safety.

"The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that the freedom of expression cannot be illegal and is a basic right," said Lavrov.

"But riots (and) violent actions give the grounds to limit those freedoms. A state must be strong if it wants to remain democratic."

The alternative is anarchy. It's tyranny. Russia supports the right of Ukrainians to decide their future. It backs Syrians the same way. It opposes outside meddling.

International law prohibits it. Moscow wants both conflicts resolved diplomatically. It rejects force. It abhors US ultimatums. It's against US threats of war.

Lavrov addressed global instability. He stressed the importance of rule of law principles in international relations.

He urged world unity to assure peace, stability and security. "Deficiency of strategic vision and confidence is still evident in the relations in the sphere of security," he said.

"Here we are still not able to overcome the phobia of a bygone era, an attempt to consider the situation through the prism of 'friend or foe.' "

"We need fewer slogans right now and more care about the results of efforts being undertaken by the Ukrainian leadership to return the country to a peaceful course."

Believing Ukraine must choose sides is "an idea from a bygone era."

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said:

"We do not want to be pawns in a geopolitical game. We do not want anyone to interfere with our strategic partnership with Russia, but we are also drawn towards the European Union."

Munich residents held anti-NATO protests. "Do we want a war with Russia," they asked? People everywhere should question Washington's intentions. US policies risk global war.

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPIPP) supports non-intervention. It said Washington and EU partners want Ukraine's government violently overthrown.

It accused Kerry of "astounding hypocrisy on Ukraine." He "speaks out of both sides of his mouth." He tells opposition hooligans they have "full US support."

He warned against "outside powers" interfering in America's agenda. RPIPP urges "rein(ing) in Obama or suffer(ing) the consequences."

Kerry is his foreign policy front man. He addressed Munich attendees. He lied about increasing "threats of terrorism."

US-sponsored state terrorism threatens humanity. Kerry didn't explain. He lied about America's Middle East vision. Claiming it's for peace and security rings hollow.

He threatened Assad. "(S)top making excuses," he said. "(F)ulfill (your) promises and obligations. (M)eet the UN deadlines."

He referred to eliminating Syria's chemical weapons. Assad's doing it responsibly. Conflict creates obstacles. Key is preventing US-backed death squads from seizing them.

He lied about a nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons program. He claimed interim agreement terms "freeze and roll (it) back."

He pressured Iran to reach a "comprehensive (final) agreement." He wants US terms enforced. The alternative is "force," he suggested.

He lied about Washington "pursuing a long-sought and much needed peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

"Failure is not an option," he said. He demands Palestinians accept US/Israeli dictated terms.

His so-called framework agreement is entirely one-sided. It gives Israel virtually everything it wants. It demands unconditional Palestinian surrender.

It assures continued occupation harshness. It makes peace in our time impossible. It continues business as usual. It assures festering Palestinian anger. It risks a third Intifada.

Kerry lied saying: "Nowhere is the fight for a democratic European future more important today than in Ukraine."

"...Ukrainians want to live freely in a safe and a prosperous country, and they are fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations."

"And they have decided that that means their futures do not have to lie with one country alone, and certainly not coerced."

"The United States and EU stand with the people of Ukraine in that fight."

It bears repeating. Washington planned street violence. Complicit EU partners are involved.

They recruited street thugs. They support ultranationalist extremists. They orchestrated ongoing violence.

At stake is Ukrainian sovereignty. Washington wants neo-fascist governance replacing it.

It wants control over Ukraine's future. It wants Ukrainians denied democratic choice. It wants Russia entirely shut out.

Hegemons operate this way. When other power-grabbing methods fail, war is the bottom line option.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke. He followed Kerry. He complemented his comments. Both officials are two sides of the same coin.

Hagel stressed US/EU "defense investments" against non-existing "threats and challenges."

"The centerpiece of our transatlantic defense partnership will continue to be NATO," he said. He lied calling it "the greatest peace movement in history."

It's a killing machine. It's America's imperial tool. It's responsible for ravaging one country after another.

Its agenda is war, not peace. Washington largely controls NATO policy.

It began as a Cold War provocation. It did so against a non-existent Soviet threat.

It justifies its existence and expansion by manufacturing fake ones. It invents them. Wars of aggression follow.

Mass slaughter and destruction define them. So does unconscionable human suffering. Millions of corpses attest to NATO's ruthlessness.

It's a merciless anti-peace alliance. Its war on humanity threatens its survival. Not according to Hagel, saying:

"In Afghanistan, NATO-led forces are doing extraordinary work to help the Afghan people by strengthening the Afghan army and police so that they can assume responsibility for their nation’s security."

"(W)e should all be very proud of what our alliance has accomplished."

"(W)e must all invest more strategically to protect military capability and readiness."

As long as NATO exists, world peace is impossible. Wars without end will continue.

Millions more will die. Humanity may not survive many more "proud" NATO "accomplish(ments).

Hagel didn't explain. He claimed NATO must combat "violent extremism." Nothing is more extreme than war on humanity.

He said "humanitarian catastrophes" must be avoided. NATO bears full responsibility for horrific ones.

Ravaged and destroyed countries attest to NATO's ruthlessness. Nobel laureate Harold Pinter once called NATO's Yugoslavia aggression "barbaric" and despicable.

It was a "blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile (to consolidate) American domination of Europe."

Lawless aggression became humanitarian intervention. Washington claimed another imperial trophy.

New targets followed. Waging war on humanity is official US policy.

NATO is its imperial tool. "(O)ur (collective security) alliance with Europe remains the strongest the world has ever known," said Hagel.

Humanity can't tolerate many more "humanitarian intervention(s)." Its survival depends on ending them.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

Visit his blog site at

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