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Kerry in Davos
Kerry in Davos
by Stephen Lendman
Secretary of State John Kerry mocks legitimacy. He's an unindicted war criminal. He represents the worst of America's dark side.
He craves power. He's mindless of rule of law principles. He supports imperial lawlessness. He's indifferent to human suffering. He's an embarrassment to the position he holds.
He's a moral coward. He's Israel's man in Washington. He deplores peace. He's unabashedly hawkish. He relishes the spoils of war.
On January 22, he participated in so-called Syrian peace talks. He brandished America's big stick.
He demanded Assad must go. He wants America to decide Syria's future. He wants Syrians having no say.
On January 23, he arrived in Davos. He came for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). He participated many times before.
A previous article called WEF a money power celebration. It's a convocation of rich, powerful, privileged elites.
It's a billionaire's ball. Kerry is one of hundreds worldwide. He's wealthy in his own right. He's heir to the Heinz fortune through his wife. Their combined net worth is an estimated $3.5 billion.
Kerry came for bilateral meetings. He and fellow war criminal Tony Blair discussed carving up the Middle East for dominance, exploitation and profit.
He met with other world leaders. He addressed Davos participants. It was typical Kerry. Hubris and arrogance took center stage.
America is playing a critical world role, he said. "Perhaps as critical as ever in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and stability in various parts of the world."
Wherever America shows up, death, destruction and human misery follow. It's by far the world's leading civil and human rights abuser.
It tramples on rule of law principles. It deplores democratic values. It tolerates none at home or abroad.
It ravages and destroys one country after another. It threatens humanity's survival. Kerry champions wrong over right. He belongs in prison, not high office.
He lied saying he's "working with our partners to press the Government of Ukraine to forgo violence, to address the concerns of peaceful protesters, to foster dialogue, promote the freedom of assembly and expression."
Washington shares full responsibility for weeks of Ukraine turmoil. EU partners share it. At issue is Ukrainian independence. It's co-opting another nation.
It's imposing Western rules. It's letting monied interests run things. It's plundering Ukraine for profit.
It's ousting democratically elected officials. It's installing US subservient stooge replacements.
It's encroaching closer to Russia's border. It's weakening one of its main global rivals.
"We will stand with the people of Ukraine," said Kerry. He wants them transformed into serfs. He wants their rights denied.
He wants American interests served. He wants its divine right to carve up whole continents for profit preserved. He wants unchallenged US dominance.
He wants the right to eliminate rivals. He favors violence, instability, turmoil, coups, and war as ways to do it.
He endorsed two trade deals from hell. They're two sides of the same coin. They're ruthlessly exploitive. They're environmentally harmful.
They legitimize selling unsafe food, medicines and other products. They empower corporate interests. They do it at the expense of public ones.
Hyped benefits are fake. Negotiations continue secretly. Kerry supports what demands prohibiting.
He lied saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will "rais(e) living standards and creat(e) jobs."
His entire address reflected one lie after another. America remains engaged globally, he said. It remains so for the long haul. It causes enormous harm worldwide doing it.
"(T)here is no shortage of the places where we are engaged in the Middle East," he stressed.
"We will defend our partners and our allies as necessary, and we will continue to ensure the free flow of energy, dismantle terrorist networks, and we will not tolerate the proliferation of nuclear weapons."
He ignored Israel's arsenal. He suggested a nonexistent Iranian development program.
Its "nuclear weapons program is being rolled back in important ways," he said.
False! No such program exists. Iran made major concessions. It did so in return for minor benefits. It hopes for greater ones later.
Its core program remains in place. Peaceful nuclear development continues. Kerry wants it compromised entirely. He wants Iran's legitimate rights denied.
He challenged President Rohani saying no Iranian nuclear weapons development exists. He said statements are "meaningless unless actions are taken to give them meaning."
He wants Iran to prove a negative. He wants what can't be done. He claims there's no problem doing it.
Iran's nuclear program is the world's most heavily monitored one. America and Israel prohibit independent inspections. Kerry didn't explain.
He addressed Syria. He called what's ongoing an "almost unimaginable human tragedy."
He ignored what bears repeating. Syria is Obama's war. He launched it. He bears full responsibility. Assad is wrongfully blamed for his crimes.
Kerry demands Washington's right to determine Syria's future. Assad "cannot be part of" it, he says.
He lied claiming he caused "extraordinary havoc." He wrongfully blamed him for US crimes.
He "killed university students and doctors with Scud missiles," he said. He "gassed his own people in the dead of night - families sleeping, women, children, grandparents."
He "unleashed extraordinary force of artillery and barrel bombs against civilians against the laws of warfare."
"(T)he opposition will never stop fighting while he is there," Kerry added.
He must go, he said, "because the opposition will never consent to permit him to be there."
So-called opposition elements have no legitimacy. They're US proxies. They're largely non-Syrian.
They're hired guns. They're killers. They're death squads. They're imported from dozens of countries. They commit appalling atrocities.
Washington endorses their worst crimes. Assad is wrongfully blamed for committing them.
Kerry remains mindless of Syrian suffering. He's complicit in inflicting it.
His notion of "empower(ing) all of the Syrian people" is denying their fundamental rights entirely.
It's imposing America's will. It's legitimizing might over right. It's leaving another country in ruins.
It's creating intolerable turmoil. It's leaving a legacy of continued violence, instability and insecurity. It's preventing any possibility of peace and normality.
Kerry addressed what he called "the most intractable of all conflicts: the struggle to make peace between Israeli's and Palestinians."
Peace process hypocrisy is longstanding. It's fake. It's the greatest hoax in modern times.
It's been stillborn for decades. It remains so now. Palestinians have no legitimate partner.
Longtime Israeli collaborators represent them. Netanyahu's notion of peace is unconditional Palestinian surrender.
Kerry marches in lockstep. He's Israel's man in Washington. His so-called solution is none at all.
Palestinians are on their own as always. They're up against two ruthless adversaries.
Peace in our time remains elusive. It's impossible on US/Israeli terms. Kerry and Netanyahu remain the problem. No solution exists with them involved. Or Abbas.
He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. Odds are he'll agree to unconditional surrender. Expect Oslo 2.0.
In 1993, Palestinians got nothing in return for renouncing armed struggle, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and agreeing to leave major unresolved issues for later final status talks. They're still waiting.
Major issues include sovereign Palestinian independence free from occupation, the right of return, settlements, borders, water rights, and East Jerusalem as Palestine's exclusive capital.
Oslo 2.0 will resolve nothing. Palestine will remain occupied. Settlement expansions will continue. "I do not intend to evacuate any settlements or uproot a single Israeli,” Netanyahu said.
Israel will annex all valued Judea and Samaria areas it wishes. It's effectively done so already.
It'll legitimize the illegitimate by declaring all land within its Apartheid Wall sovereign Israeli territory. Worthless land swaps will be agreed on in return.
Palestinians will be worse off than ever. Kerry, Netanyahu and Abbas will call it success.
Maybe Obama plans his own White House lawn extravaganza. Clinton's in 1993 resembled Versailles.
It was unilateral surrender. Abbas was chief Palestinian negotiator. He betrayed his own people.
He did it for special benefits he derived. Israel made him president. He remains so five years after his term expired.
He amassed enormous wealth. He did it the old-fashioned way. He stole it. His grand theft continues. Betrayal is his greatest crime.
He sold out for status, privilege and profit. He harmed millions deserving better. He intends greater harm.
Everything Palestinians most value will be denied. He, Kerry, and Netanyahu will call it peace in our time.
Palestinians are more inert than activist. Intifada 3.0 is nowhere in sight. Liberation requires committed struggle. Effective leadership is lacking.
Israel's iron fist crushes resistance. Kerry wholeheartedly endorses it. He calls peace in the best interest of everyone. His version assures none at all.
It guarantees continued Palestinian suffering. It denies their fundamental rights. It keeps the region on the boil.
America's partnership with Israel may destroy it. Perhaps one more war will entirely. How many more millions of deaths will world leaders tolerate?
How much more human misery? How much more ruthless exploitation? How much more contempt for rule of law principles?
Kerry calls it "(i)ntensive, creative, strong diplomacy...(It) requires cooperation," he says. Washington is a partner for peace, he claims.
America's version is none at all. It's war on humanity. It's mass slaughter and destruction. It's ruthlessness writ large.
Kerry lied claiming otherwise. He left what's most important unaddressed. Imagine what he has in mind going forward.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen [at] sbcglobal.net.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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