Elaine Meinel Supkis
Putin calls our government 'mad people wielding razor blades.' How apt. As we increase the pressure on Iran Kitty, Russia laughs as world oil prices shoot higher. We just made both Russia AND Iran stronger. Time to examine China's many diplomatic fronts and actions. Turkey is about to head off to the Axis of Smart Diplomats: Russia and China. Our blundering leaders are destroying every alliance.
Tensions between Russia and the West over sanctions against Iran will be laid bare today as President Vladimir Putin attends a summit with EU leaders in Portugal.
The Russian leader described supporters of tough policies as "mad people wielding razor blades" after the US imposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic yesterday in an attempt to curb its nuclear programme.
All over the web, everyone is laughing at Putin's apt description of Bush and Cheney. Yes, they are mad people wielding razor blades and nuclear missiles. The picture of the world's most heavily armed nation, the one with the most nuclear missiles, the only one to ever use nuclear bombs not once but twice on civilian populations in cities, is the US. Not Russia. Not China. The US has made itself look foolish and weak because we demand the right to bomb unarmed nations if we imagine, and in Iraq, it was total fantasy, there might be WMD or nuclear bomb development. This bizarre and sick 'disarmament' movement is running alongside the US placing missiles and selling arms all over the planet.
This insane duality is unsustainable. Although we imagine this has not cost, it certainly dues cost us dearly in diplomatic coin. As the US loses economic power, it also loses diplomatic power. We are taking 250 years of diplomatic capital and throwing it down the toilet. This loss is most profound. The US can't take this level of red diplomatic ink. Just like we can't trade in the red forever, we can't be mad people with razor blades forever, either. Ask the Germans or Japanese who still struggle with the shadows of their regimes 70 years ago.
Many months ago, I stated clearly that Iran can't be touched for obvious reasons. Saudi Arabia is desperate to destroy Iran because the royals fear the Shi'ites. But the US stepped in and took down Iran's deadliest enemy, Saddam, and since the US and Israel have destroyed the Nationalist movements launched after WWII by Nasser in Egypt, the Saudis and the US face a far more determined and dangerous foe. One that is NOT nationalist but spiritual. And this crosses lines drawn in blood across the entire former Ottoman Empire. The wars these artificial lines are causing will continue and will grow because we killed any sense of nationalism these nascent nations tried to create out of the collapse of the European empires.
Russia is triangulating and China is acting the role of the Friend of All Leaders of All Nations, Not Invading But Trading. Namely, China doesn't care what religion or what system of government a place has, they want to do business with everyone. This offends meddlers who want t run the world our way but since our way is quite bloody and brutal, we can't appeal to other nations to support our razor wielding nut cases, can we? So China and Russia will win every round here. The US is trying to strangle Iran's economy like we stupidly and without much success, tried to strangle Cuba's economy.
Preventing Iran from banking money will hurt us in the long run, by the way. Someone who is a very big banker and who speaks Mandarin will apply this cruel boycott to us one fine day.
The European Union and Russia moved closer on thorny issues of trade and political relations at a summit here on Friday that steered clear of confrontation on major policy disputes.
Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and EU leaders hailed a "constructive" meeting and voiced the hope that stalled partnership talks between Brussels and Moscow would begin in the coming months.
The European Union welcomed Moscow's commitment to invite observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor Russian parliamentary elections on December 2.
HAHAHA. I predicted this. I said that Europe better stop barking at Russia and begin talking sensibly. The barking only was endangering their populations. Threatening Russia with WWIII is one razor too many: slitting the wrist is not recommended. Europe is discovering that Russia's FOREX reserves are more dangerous than any missiles. As Europe and the US go about the planet, boycotting and destroying economies for political reasons, we are all out on the same limb: like my mighty oak tree this week, the limb will suddenly fall. Boom. Triangulating is strong. Unialliances are dangerous. The US wants desperately to be the World Power in the New World Order. Only we are ruled by a bunch of guys using razors wildly and their faces are bleeding with cuts and the Iran Kitty is rapidly slicing our arms and legs with its sharp claws.
Our stupid embargo on Iran means world oil prices will be over $100 a barrel soon and all our pretty economies in the West will begin to seriously collapse. Already, the rising price of fossil fuels are killing our economies. Why are we demanding more? HAHAHA. It makes the very rich at the top richer and they seem more bent on this project, not protecting the earth from war. This wonderful embargo Europe launched with the US has made Russia INFINITELY stronger. If oil shoots to $200 a barrel, Russia will eventually OWN Europe! Literally. And Europe knows this. Yet they stupidly did what the razor brat wanted.
Putin, who is to step down by May 2008, said that trade turnover between the European Union and Russia had risen five times since he came to power in 2000 and talked up the prospect of improved political ties.
"We hope to be able to not only start negotiations on a new partnership agreement but already have an agreed draft document soon," Putin told EU leaders at the start of talks, the Kremlin press service said.
The EU's External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told AFP she hoped partnership talks could start at the next summit, which is to be held in June 2008 in the energy-rich Russian region of Khanty-Mansyisk in Siberia.
HAHAHA. Putin has certainly learned from the Masters of Diplomacy: China. He was on the diplomatic ropes when Hu extended the dragon's claw to the bear. He was very wary after being insulted in the US and Europe when he came to China. Hu rolled out the red carpet, gave him literally a golden throne to sit on and surrounded him with a bevvy of marshal artists, lovely ladies and military parades with everyone saluting him smartly. Hu won Putin's heart.
When Putin came here again to see what Bush was counter-offering, Bush did NOTHING formal. He had Putin visit his dad's place. Where I assume he insulted Putin and this ended with Putin going off to visit China for a quite secret meeting. So....this next meeting with the puppies in Europe will be at the oil wells? Oh my god, this is too funny. In your face. Putin is doing really well. Maybe he will stop hoarding euros and driving up their currency.
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) hopes to enhance friendly exchanges with the Russian Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, Li Zhaozhuo, vice chairman of the CPPCC's National Committee, said here Thursday.
China-Russia relations continue to maintain a sound momentum of development, Li said at a meeting with Dmitry Mezentsev, deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council.
Leaders of the two countries have exchanged frequent visits and both sides continuously deepen cooperation in the fields of trade and economy, science and technology and humanities, he said.
Li said China and Russia have been firmly supporting each other on key issues related to national sovereignty and territorial integrity, resulting in a growing mutual political trust.
This was in today's news. No mention in America but this is the Year To Kiss The Russian Bear and Give Him A Hickey. Li is a master diplomat, unlike Condi Rice. Hu just reorganized the Central Committee and he is now in total control of things and he credits his rise in power to his ability to do diplomacy. I agree. Just as Bush loses power via his tremendously inept diplomacy.
HARBIN (China), October 24 (RIA Novosti) - The placement of U.S. missile defenses in Europe will not ease global security concerns but will undermine the global strategic balance, the Chinese foreign minister said Wednesday.
Washington insists that the deployment of a radar in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor base in Poland will protect the U.S. and its NATO allies from potential missile attacks coming from Iran or North Korea, despite Russia's objections.
Speaking at a news conference after a meeting between foreign ministers of China, Russia and India, Yang Jiechi expressed hope that a new concept of global security, characterized by mutual trust and equal rights, could be established in the future.
This came in right on the heels of Europe trying to court Russia again. China is totally backing Russia. And the G7 Dwarves know that they can't fight a big, bad bear while battling an angry dragon! This is too much for them. So minus the dwarf that is throwing razors all over the place, they are now creeping off to placate the bear and beg the Dragon to not destroy their industrial base. Maybe they will figure out their problems with Russia are exposing them to losing their industrial base due to a too-strong currency?
Iran may reap a political bonanza from increased tensions between Turkey and the U.S. sparked by Kurdish guerrilla attacks on Turkish forces near the border with Iraq.
Iran's radical Islamic government, eager to expand its regional influence and resist U.S. efforts to isolate it, is wooing the Turks by showcasing its bombardment of the camps of Kurdish fighters along its border, according to experts on the region.
The Iranians draw a pointed contrast between their willingness to act and what Turks see as a failure by the U.S. and its Iraqi partners to move against other Kurdish camps in northern Iraq.
Europe slapped Turkey in the face and rejected Turkey while letting hostile neighbors around Turkey into the EU and now the Iran Kitty, Russia and China are courting Turkey! The US supported Israelis bombing civilians for far less provocation than the border attacks by the Kurds. Iraq's government won't contain these terrorists attacking Turkey. And the US won't, either. So Turkey has few options here. One does happen to be, to make friends with Russia, China and Iran.
Turkey rejected on Friday Iraqi proposals to stop Kurdish rebels making cross-border attacks as too little, too late and said it remained in a "constant state of alert."
A visit for crisis talks to Ankara by a high-ranking Iraqi delegation led by its defence and national security ministers was "a positive effort ... well-intentioned and sincere," the Turkish foreign ministry said.
"However ... we see that the Iraqi delegation has come with ideas that will take a long time to implement. The time factor is very important."
Ankara still wants to join the pooches barking in Europe. But I don't see this happening. Turkey is part of NATO right now but if a new alliance forms and Putin and Hu are working on this very hard already, then Turkey is a the very top of their list of 'new members, new allies.'
Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised EU nations for not doing more to tackle activists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
He said EU nations were not arresting or extraditing PKK members.
Another warning to Europe. Europe has been embroiled in these very ugly ethnic wars since 1850 and these ethnic divisions are at the roots of WWI and WWII and since the Ottoman Empire, like the Austro-Hungarian Empire, has many languages and ethnic or religious groups, these entities are easy to shatter and the West has worked very hard at shattering the Ottoman empire in every possible way. But this backfires as Europe saw in WWII. The most hideous ethnic cleansing happened under Hitler.
The US can shatter into smaller units just as Europe and the Ottoman Empire. We should be supporting NATIONALISM, not ETHNIC CLEANSING. But Israel is all about ethnic cleansing so it is legitimacized.
The U.S. State Department said Friday that it will have to force some diplomats to work in the U.S. embassy in Iraq to fill a growing number of vacant positions there.
By mid-2008, there will be a total of 250 positions to fill in and the State Department has not received applications for about 50 of them, said Harry Thomas, director of the State Department's human resources.
This was a featured article in China. All of China is laughing at this. The Chinese diplomats study our nation to see if they can learn important lessons from our follies. Our diplomats in Iraq are escorted by murderous mercenaries who gun down anyone in their path. This isn't working. Now, we have no grip on that place we destroyed. The US can't control Iraq and the State Department can't force diplomats to relocate there. You see, unlike the slave-soldiers stuck there, the diplomats can quit, write scathing books and get jobs in finance and other places or move to China and work for Hu, I suppose.
Sonia Gandhi, who is also leader of the Indian United Progressive Alliance, congratulated Hu on his reelection as CPC party chief at the just-concluded 17th CPC National Congress.
She said that she is very impressed by the remarkable achievements China has made in various sectors and expressed her satisfaction with the current development of bilateral relations and expansion of the two-way cooperation in various fields such as in trade.
The Indian Congress Party highly values its ties with the CPC and hopes to work with the CPC to boost exchanges and cooperation between the two parties, Sonia Gandhi added.
Note that China isn't threatening India. Under Mao, they went to war. China is very intent on triangulating with India. During the Soviet/Mao battles for power, India sided with Russia and this weakened China. The Chinese leaders realize this so they want to prevent this from happening. The US is so busy trying to prop up dictators in Pakistan, we are losing India. And Pakistan is moving towards China for help because China has more money and China will court Pakistan if India leans to the US. So either way, China is interested n both countries and will balance them off of each other somehow. It is something the diplomats in Beijing debate all the time.
The Mexican government Friday strongly condemned an attack on its consulate in New York city earlier in the day.
Mexico's Foreign Affairs Secretariat (SRE) said in a communiqué that at about 04:20 local time (0920 GMT) Friday, three windows of its consulate office in New York city were broken.
Mexico teeters on the edge of revolution all the time. Zapata, etc. The Chinese are increasingly involved with Mexico as I have pointed out this month in the Free Trade article about deep sea ports, for example. There are so many golden opportunities for the Chinese, since they support all governments no matter what, no longer being revolutionaries, this means the Mexicans don't have to dance with the US exclusively anymore. A significant loss of influence and power for us. We assume Mexico is our toy.