If you say loudly that Winston Churchill was a war criminal since 1899 when he shot at Boer fighters whilst being a “neutral war correspondent,” you will be attacked as a man in need of professional psychological help (as if such a thing exists, lol). But that and the incident below happened. Let me tell you the story which is repeated in Code Name Phantom and you can decide for yourself who is to blame. As I said in a previous blog, history is quite complex when not the schoolbook version and you are allowed to think for yourself.
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) was for the first two years of World War Two badly equipped to deal with fliers that went down in the English Channel. Whereas the Luftwaffe had compact inflatable dinghies even for single engine aircraft together with a bright green fluorescence dye to mark the spot (for rescue) the RAF had nothing of the kind. Only multi engine aircraft had some rescue/survival dinghies. This changed later but for the time, during the Battle of France, and then Britain, an RAF pilot going down would die of exposure/hypothermia within the hour unless extremely lucky. Sadly, at Dachau Concentration Camp, medical experiments would be done on prisoners/inmates to look at the effects of hypothermia – a subject that I discuss and condemn in Code Name VET 101. Enter Ernst Udet. He was the highest scoring German fighter pilot to survive World War One rated behind only the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Between the wars, he worked as a stunt pilot becoming even more famous. He is also reckoned as the man behind the dive bomber concept proved to be so effective. By World War Two he was Director-General of Equipment for the Luftwaffe. He took this job seriously. Losing pilots and aircrew are always a problem. Udet introduced not only personal life-saving equipment (dinghies etc.) but also yellow-painted Rettungsbojen (sea rescue buoys/floats/boats) anchored throughout the English Channel. They were highly visible and held emergency equipment that included food, water, blankets and dry clothing. Enough for four men but many more could be found on them. The Brits called them “Lobster Pots” due to their shape. By the end of the Battle of Britain 50 were available to save lives. They could be used by any nationality and were... The buoys even had communication devices and their positions were well known to all, brightly lit with a strobe. They were in no way secret. From time to time the RAF rescue boats (they had 28 boats and no aircraft at the time) would visit the rescue buoys. Logically, any German found on them were taken prisoner, at the same time rescuing their own. The German used float planes to land at night and rescue the fliers. Any RAF pilot found would become a POW. These float planes were painted white (not the usual camouflage, highly visible) and had the red cross prominently displayed on them. It may be claimed that the flights were of a merciful/rescue nature. They were not warplanes. The aircraft/rescue service became known as the “Seenotdienst.”
In July 1940 one of the German rescue aircraft was shot down near Deal, Kent. The reason given was that it was flying with 12 Bf 109 fighters and thus were a legitimate target. Now, that is nonsense. The He 59 was a twin-engine German biplane designed in 1930 unable to fly or keep up with the fast mono wing BF 109 fighter. It was simply too slow, obsolete and of zero danger to the RAF. Even so, the claim was then made that it could have been dropping or picking up spies and saboteurs and thus were a legitimate target. The German pilot’s logbook apparently showed “the position and direction of British convoys” which makes it not a rescue aircraft but a reconnaissance one. If a bona fide reconnaissance aircraft then it is a legitimate target. But was it? I must ask you. Can a harbour be moved? No. Therefore, the convoy routes from out of a harbour are well known and dictated by the channels leading into the harbour. Once the convoy is across the horizon, well, then it can weave into whatever course as long as it is not the direct one to wherever it is going. Still, the convoy will arrive at the harbour entrance again soon after. I am sure that you understand my point, the endpoints are predetermined. Therefore, whatever that pilot noted down had nothing to do with reconnaissance as claimed subsequently. Nevertheless, on this, the Air Ministry issued Bulletin 1254 that “all enemy air-sea rescue aircraft were to be destroyed if encountered even if painted white and having the red cross on them.” In effect, the War Cabinet under Churchill ordered the RAF to engage and shoot down rescue aircraft painted white with the red cross on them. That is where the war crime allegation comes in which is debated to this very day.
The Germans protested in vain but correctly so, according to me and many others. According to the Geneva Conventions on War, medical personnel and mobile sanitary formations such as field ambulances and hospital ships are not to be attacked. It seems quite simple. Winston Churchill was making excuses after the war when it came out, “German transport planes, marked with the Red Cross, began to appear in some numbers over the Channel in July and August whenever there was an air fight. We did not recognise this means of rescuing enemy pilots who had been shot down in action, in order that they might come and bomb our civil population again. We rescued them ourselves whenever it was possible and made them prisoners of war. But all German air ambulances were forced down or shot down by our fighters on definite orders approved by the War Cabinet. The German crews and doctors on these machines professed astonishment at being treated this way.” This is the same fellow that wanted the captured German pilots/aircrew handed over by France before the 1940 surrender. He specifically asked the French for them, another contravention of the Geneva Conventions. The French agreed and but never did so. The pilots were released to fly again. Churchill also prayed for London to be attacked and thus create sympathy in Washington for the British Cause. Without the US entering the war the British Empire had no chance against Germany. By the time that the Allies invaded France in June 1944, no less than 44 American soldiers were deployed for every 1 English/Canadian. Everything Churchill did was to get the US into the war, a subject for another day but you might enjoy what was said about this aspect and the relative lack of English war casualties in Code Name Caribbean.
As the RAF attacks increased the Germans repainted the rescue aircraft to the standard camouflage and armed them with machine guns. One RAF Hurricane was shot down by them. They were also provided with fighter escort. It could have been different, of course. The Seenotdienst was already known as a humanitarian outfit. In December 1939, Churchill was not Prime Minister yet, 24 RAF British Vickers Wellington medium bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven. More than half were shot down. The Seenotdienst rescued 20 RAF aircrew. In May 1941, the Service rescued 65 British survivors of the sinking of HMS Gloucester, a light cruiser, during the Battle of Cape Matapan. Wherever they went they assisted whoever needed assistance. The US-UK followed the with their own Air Sea Rescue Services. By the end of the war, the British effort alone rescued 13,629 people from the ocean, 8,000 of which were airmen. Ernest Udet would shoot himself in 1941. Churchill became the most admired man in Britain and across the world. After all, he did say that “History will be kind to me since I intend writing it.” Well, what do you think? War crime or not?
The GMJ Books are history lessons. All have extensive discussions on different topics going into unknown or little-known details. By following this fascinating research came to light. Many arguments started on the interpretation of history. That is where the problem lies, how to understand what you read since all authors, me too, have views which we subtly impart. So it all depends on the detail and making up your own mind.
Nothing stands alone in history. As an example, let us look at the recent Iranian General Soleimani killing which I called (and always will call) a murder that cannot be justified or defended. Here I had my lawyer’s hat on. I was looking at international law. “Murder” is my conclusion supported by almost every other international lawyer known to man. Those few that disagree are on the lunatic fringes and mostly discarded. But, if an American or a Brit, you might have other ideas, opposing ideas. You will find justification aplenty. We can leave the Soleimani murder to others to judge. It seems that the unpleasant incident is now heading to the International Criminal Court (ICC). A place feared by Washington for obvious reasons – see my books and in particular VOICES – War Crimes USA – since many war crimes were and are committed daily. I can tell you now, mark my words by all means, that the ICC judgment will be against the US. All those involved will be branded in history as war criminals. However, since they will not be arrested and punished they will shrug it off and claim that an “injustice” was done to them. Their supporters will point out that the Iranians (and whoever being killed) are anyway worse, terrorists, and Uncle Sam did what it had to do... This argument, called the “Tu Quoque Legal Principle/Defence” or “You Too” or “Wagoner Principle” was rejected at Nuremberg. It is not accepted as a legal defence. It is immaterial what the enemy (Soleimani) did. We are concerned with what YOU did. But let us not get into too many details here. I wrote of the legal principles in several books – see Code Name Alphabet 32 if interested. That is why the shadowy world of espionage exists, to do things that cannot be legally justified but perhaps morally, depending on where you stand, and above all, denied. But that is not what the Trump Administration did with the Soleimani strike – they killed a serving officer of a nation’s military that no state of war exists and arrogantly accepted guilt (or proudly, depending). It was an act of war, a war crime in itself. At Nuremberg, they would have hung.
Another example is the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941. The usual, official US story is an unexpected attack without even a declaration of war since the attack started before the war declaration came. “A day that will live in infamy...” said the US President, a war mongrel much respected today, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, he said nothing about the broken Japanese codes that warned him of the coming attack. Or that British Intelligence through Dusko Popov, codenamed “Tricycle,” warned his government of the coming attack. Or that FBI Director Edgar Hoover refused to believe the official British intelligence. Popov, a playboy with a doctorate in law, almost got arrested on the Mann Act for transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral” purposes. And then there was Roosevelt’s Eight Point Plan (inside the McCollum Memo) decided in the late 1930s to force Japan to attack the USA. Yes, let me repeat it here with some comments in italics:
After this came the total oil embargo and the Pearl Harbour attack followed. So, tell me, who started this? What were the results? The war mongrels got their war and were even happier when Germany declared war in sympathy with Japan, an ally. But even here, if you read my books, Code Name Unbutton, Code Name Love 72 and American Military Might – Debunked, you will know that the US Navy under Admiral Ernest King was already engaging the German Navy wherever they two sides met in the Atlantic. The two countries were already in an undeclared war brought to you by US aggression breaking its own laws. So again, who started this then? How far do you go back to apportion blame? Where do you stop looking for reasons/justifications? In law, this is called “legal causation.” Trust me, it is easier to figure out in law than in history. With Soleimani’s killing the US story/justifications unravelled very quickly but even if true, which the justifications are not, and he was behind the US Embassy in Iraq attacks, which he was not, what caused the attacks on that embassy? Perchance the US’s unwanted presence as occupiers? The US attack on an Iraqi Militia base hundreds of miles away killing 34 Iraqis for a previous unconnected attack where a US contractor died? That contractor would not have been there if not for the illegal US invasion of Iraq on faked CIA/MI6/White House/10 Downing Street of 2003? And so it goes on, you get the point. How far do we go back? All the way to the Creation? Should we blame God for the failed human experiment? How far?
Recently, Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, got involved in a vicious quarrel with Poland (and the West - all US & UK & French ambassadors supported Poland, obviously) on the role of the USSR invading Poland three weeks after the German one. The Poles feel that the USSR started World War Two with the Nazis. Mr Putin sees this as a personal insult to his country and will not let it go. Poland lost 17% of its population during World War Two. It also became Communist after the Soviet Armies liberated them from the Nazis (1944) but would not leave until 1989. That is dreadful but do you know that USAF General Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay acknowledged that “We (the USAF) killed off 20% of the population of North Korea.” That’s nearly 1.9 million men, women, and children, killed by Allied bombing besides 500,000 soldiers in combat. Is that a war crime or not? It depends entirely on where you stand even if the Geneva Conventions on War are very clear on civilian loss of life during war – forbidden. So where did the Second World War start? Officially, in September 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, right? Or 8 December 1941 if American, after the Pearl Harbour attack. But what about the 1919 Peace Treaty of Versailles which did not follow US President Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points for Peace with Honour upon which the 1918 Armistice was based? Is that not where the seeds were sown to rectify an injustice? Poland was created at Versailles and promptly attacked the imploding Imperial Russia/Bolsheviks to get more territory. When the time came, the USSR took that back and more. Why did the Soviet Union not formally join the French / British pact with Poland against Nazi Germany? In Code Name Love 72, I discussed the efforts: “Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union, asked in 1939 a British delegation under Admiral Reginal Drax on how many divisions they could supply if a war should break out with Nazi Germany. The British admitted to being able to raise only 16 divisions initially, followed by a second contingent of 16 divisions a year or so later. This figure was extremely doubtful and inflated to unrealistic figures since the two divisions in British Palestine constituted 40% of their strength. In fact, in Europe, the British Army could field 2 divisions only. Stalin knew that. The Soviets had 120 divisions available. The French, also there to negotiate a pact with Stalin, had 110 divisions. They were facing more than 200 Nazi German divisions including armour and a modern tactical air force. As a result, the Soviets hastily signed The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on August 23, 1939. The way to attack Poland, whose liberty was guaranteed by France and the British Empire, was now complete. The war started just more than a week later. As always, history repeated.” It was reality/real politics. Neither France nor the British Empire lifted a finger to assist Poland against the Nazis. And the Polish elite became very cocky with France and the British Empire backing them, pushing Hitler relentlessly. Would they have done that without the Allied guarantees? No, probably not. I think that we should agree that history is a complex issue. At the same time, that makes it vastly interesting when not bound to the official schoolbook history versions. But for that you need expert knowledge. You need to look at all sides and leave the reader to decide for himself. A single version, a one-eyed patriotic version is dangerous and will lead to the same mistakes being made. I love history, it is much more complex and interesting than law.
During the last days of 2019 the Chinese Navy (full name China’s People’s Liberation Army-Navy – PLAN) commissioned half a dozen new warships for service. That made them officially numerically larger than the US Navy. PLAN now has some 300 vessels, 10 more than the US. However, the two navies are very different in setup with the US still having their aircraft carrier battle groups around which they project power or think they do – technology changed dramatically in the last two decades. Frankly put, aircraft carriers are not what they used to be even when brand new. Many military strategists think that they are obsolete and an indication of a lack of new thinking/thought in US admirals. I warned many times in my books that they just cannot see past their aircraft carrier even if their carriers are “sunk” often in war games. Most of the US aircraft carriers are anyway in dry dock and the aircraft on them flown to pieces during the endless bombing campaigns that achieved nothing. The vaunted carrier groups are so vulnerable that they cannot come too close to China’s shores to be an offensive (able to strike) weapon system because the Chinese land-based missiles out range the US aircraft by a factor of two. Those missiles, as I explained, can change course, accelerate and de-accelerate and have three times more explosive power than US systems. It is expected that they will get through. What is worse, the CIWS (close defense) on US ships are old and considered inefficient using World War Two 20mm calibers. The Chinese version is heavier, 30-35mm, and much more effective, in another class, actually. The Royal Navy is even worse. Two aircraft carriers. Only enough aircraft (useless F-35) for one carrier and not nearly enough supporting warships to protect them. Yes, and diesel-powered. It is all in my books, Code Name Ghost and/or American Military Might – Debunked. This is not news to people like me.
In Code Name Lucy I first mentioned the Roosevelt-Dreadnought Principle that was so logical and startling that no conservative or other website wanted to publish it. What I said was that in history, during the arms race between Imperial Germany and the British Empire, a ship was designed and built by the Brits that changed everything. That was HMS Dreadnought. The new battleship was so far ahead of what it replaced that the rest, even if brand new, were obsolete. Suddenly it did not matter that the Royal Navy had numerical superiority. Whoever could build enough Dreadnought type battleships would win. A renewed arms race started. As it happened, the Royal Navy out built Germany. Today, not one Western country including the US can out-build the massive Chinese shipyards. The Chinese are commissioning warships so fast that they are running out of names for them. In fact, they have more naval ships being build right now than all other navies combined. Right, so the answer is quality. How will they fare against the US Navy since that is where they will be used – there is no other viable enemy to them. It is the US and mates and no one else.
Frankly, the new Chinese warships are good and improving relentlessly. I described in my books, see Code Name Ndebele 14, how they would test a system continuously and when happy, implement across the board with frightening efficiency. I can throw statistics at you, how with Israeli assistance they have phase array radar able to track an F-35 at 300 miles. I can say that the AI (artificial intelligence) is world leading. I can say again that most new IT specialists graduating with PhDs in the US are Chinese and they are going back to China once graduated. The Chinese have the biggest missile/drone (underwater and above, see Code Name Unbutton) in the world. Above anything that even the US can achieve. In fact, I did do the facts thing – American Military Might – Debunked is nothing but 694 pages of facts. I did not just grab figures from the sky. I was astonished by what the research showed me. I felt compelled to warn. Whatever, the fact is that the Chinese are building a navy second to none and that they are moving over from purely defensive to one that can project power on faraway shores. I also explained in my books how the BRICS countries assist. Something that no US/Western based strategist sees clearly yet. But let me explain, South Africa, a BRICS member, controls the sea route between Europe and the East. That is the only reason why the country is in BRICS. It also has a good navy and air force with a standing army that will fight if invaded. It is a nation of 50 million-plus people, not an Iraq. But, it will also be assisted by China if invaded and the sea route cut or opened if desired to be cut. Whoever controls South Africa controls the Cape of Good Hope sea route. Which means that the chess moves have been made already. The US is surrounded but whatever, I am not explaining more, read the books if interested.
What this is about is safeguarding trade and defeating Western blockades. Another fact, whoever controls the seas controls 94% of the world trade. That laptop/smartphone you are reading this blog on came to you via container ships, not aircraft. The fuel in your car, well, the oil almost certainly came by ship. Keeping the sea lanes open is the beginning and end of major war strategy. All countries that could not keep the sea lanes open lost the war in the end. That is what history tells us, Germany lost twice in the last 120 years. The standard way of war for the West is to blockade, cut trade, and arrive to bomb whilst building a massive invasion force to cross in fast armour strikes. As I explained, this tactic will never work against a major opponent. Again, the reasons are in my books. The lessons are clear. But there is more going on here. Much more. The US Navy’s answer to the Chinese Navy is not to think out of the box or to improve their utterly low standards but to demand more money for more ships. The Trump Administration wants a 355 ships navy. Fine, but remember something, the Chinese version is new, the US version is old, that is the Roosevelt-Dreadnought Principle explained in Code Name Lucy. But there simply is not enough money to do this besides the dreadful lack of technology. Russia and China are deploying missiles/underwater drones that the US does not even have on the drawing board or any known defense against. Let me use an example, when a few weeks ago the US tried to activate its emergency cargo fleet (Surge Fleet) it failed. In fact, the engineers to run the US “Surge Fleet” do not exist anymore, they are steam-powered, old technology. “Of the 61 ships suddenly activated in the test, 40.7% were fully ready to support a major sealift operation - barely half of the standard 85% readiness expected by the Navy. ‘You had 22 out of the 61 ships in either C-5 or C-4 condition,’ Sal Mercogliano, a merchant marine and current professor at Campbell University, told Defense News. ‘C-5 means that you can’t even leave the dock; C-4 means you can leave the dock but you are not in any condition to sail any real distance. In my ballpark, that’s non-mission capable. So right off the bat you lose 22 of the 61 ships. Then of the 33 that they activated, nine of them had issues. Three of them were C-4 level.’ (Copyright to Sputnik but reported widely in non-US outlets). This means you cannot keep your soldiers supplied and if you think that it takes something like 300,000 bullets to kill one terrorist the US logistics are cut by outright inefficiency and a lack of planning. Logistics is everything in modern war. If you cut the logistic tail, extremely vulnerable and long for the US forces, it is over. Therefore it is planned for, to attack the logistic tail. But I have to wonder and ask you, what broke the USSR? Money. A lack of money whilst trying to outspend the USA. Remember Mr Reagan’s Space Wars? They got the USSR to bankrupt itself trying to keep up. So did Bin Laden. He must be laughing at the money blown on unnecessary endless wars. And if so, if the USSR was broken in an arms race, why would the US Navy demand even more money to out-built the Chinese shipyards? Something that we know cannot be done. Yes, I think that the Chinese are going to break the US economy if this trend continues. The answer is not spending more money but to increase standards. Getting out of the unnecessary endless wars and stop annoying everyone else, including friends. Become smart, in other words. Go back to basics.
I wrote in a previous blog that the GMJ Books have a unique purpose: “... I had a great desire to use my knowledge for the betterment of mankind, that is, those that are not classified as terrorists by me. I suppose that is the purpose of the GMJ Novels, all of them, fictionalised and non-fiction, to educate, train and to warn. I have no desire to see youngsters killed in action because of lies told by the Merchants of Death and their own leaders. I recall the times during my own service years where we, in the Police Counter-Insurgency Units, had to use whatever we had available or get (by other means, usually highly illegally) what we needed from the Army Units. You also tend to grow up very quickly when you see your own dead. At such times, statistics in how many died for every one of you, become f meaningless. Therefore, a large majority of America’s foreign wars Vets, since 2003, say that it was not worth it. Despite this, the insanity continues unabated. The sad reality is that unless you are there, smelling the blood and gore and gunpowder, you will always be without an incentive to stop lying to the public (their low informed voters being played and humiliated in private). Unless your towns and cities are bombed to pieces and your dead remain unburied you cannot understand war or the consequences of bad soldiering. This needs to stop. An entire industry to lie and protect the elite is functioning today to spread the lies. Books like mine are rare, suppressed and dismissed by those that have most to fear from them. Whatever, the purpose was and is to educate. Somewhere someone is reading a GMJ and learning new skills. I am happy.”
Through the years I saw Facebook repressing the GMJ page with relentless passion even if there was nothing worth repressing legally on it. As a former human rights lawyer, yes, ironical, I know what hate speech is. Nothing on that page or in my books even remotely qualifies. As an experiment, I would post the same contents on another page and see hundreds of hits whilst at the GMJ one I saw dozens if lucky. It became a pattern of which I kept all the records. Of course, I knew what was happening in the background. I did not survive the shadows without being good at it. One book, Code Name Alphabet 32, was completely repressed – reasons unknown – but it does deal with date rape drugs, Allied war crimes and UN atrocities against women and children. So we know why. When I advertised, reluctantly, I think Facebook is rubbish as an advertising medium, the ads would be held back for hours, sometimes more than a day. That screwed up the advertising plan. By chance? Of course not. I also know that Facebook is closely working with those spying illegally on you. I know of the millions (yes, millions) of false flag sites drawing you in to comment and be listed as “a danger to society.” I know of their shenanigans to make a Demorat the next President of the United States. And I know how they sell your information to the highest bidder to influence elections in dozens of countries. In fact, it is an evil place behind the veils of secrecy disguised as red tape. And then you see the comments and shallowness displayed to all and you smile. So I am glad, trust me, I am glad to be rid of Facebook which also includes by my own choice my private/personal page and the book page ran under my own name. I would not want to live in a world where one company has the power to decide what you read. And yet, between Facebook and Google as well as Amazon with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, not far behind, the internet is tightly controlled. And not only is it controlled but it is also abused to something it was never supposed to be, a place where freedom of expression and thought is suppressed. Such is life. If you can read here, well, then you don’t need Facebook anyway. Seriously, there is life outside Facebook. Thank you for your loyal support of my books. I am grateful to you. Keep an eye on these blogs, that is where you will find me from now on. GMJ, 14 January 2020
It seems, so report several news outlets, The Wall Street Journal was first, that the US is now threatening Iraq with losing its access to its own central bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York should it dare to expel the US troops from Iraq. Certainly, US President Donald J Trump did threaten: “We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.” The other threat by the Trump Administration against Iraq for daring to become normal, that is without thousands of unwanted trigger-happy US troops is to refuse waivers on non-UN mandated (illegal under international law) US sanctions on Iranian gas. That will cripple the Iraqi electrical grid causing enormous distress and harm to the civilian population (yet another war crime). The Iraqi Wars already cost hundreds of thousands their lives and trillions of US taxpayer money. In fact, whenever hostilities increase, so do the US Merchants of Death stock prices – it is easy to see the pattern. All of this came after the murder (there is no legal justification – see my previous blogs) of Iranian General Soleimani and others, Iraqis, next to Baghdad Airport on 3 January 2020. The Iraqi Parliament convened and asked their Cabinet to have the US & NATO troops removed after 17 years of occupation. The occupation itself, as we know today, was based on a CIA/MI6 Weapons of Mass Destruction lie/bullshit. There is also no doubt that the USA (the USA in my books always includes the lapdog NATO nations and Australia) supported ISIS factions against Syria. This is enabling terrorism, nothing more, nothing less. But let us look at the US diplomatic blunders: -
“The United States pursues, develops sustainable growth that bolsters institutions, strengthens rule of law, and builds the capacity of African countries to stand on their own two feet. This stands in stark contrast to China’s approach, which encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty.” Rex Tillerson, speaking at George Mason University ahead of a trip that would take him to Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad, and Nigeria in 2018. He got fired as Secretary of State before completing his tour to the above countries. Pompous Mike Pompeo arrived to replace him – a man that is do deluded of reality that he is a joke and an embarrassment to the world.
What Tillerson was speaking about is called “debt-trap diplomacy” which is what the US accused and is accusing China of doing. It is a clear pattern in US diplomatic thinking. They keep on warning about it.
Mike Pence, the US Vice President, then warned countries at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) not to accept assistance from China. This was on November 16, 2018: “Projects they support are often unsustainable and of poor quality. And too often, they come with strings attached and lead to staggering debt.” Contrasting the US to China, Pence presented the US as the “better option” to create economic prosperity in the region, a partner that does not “drown our partners in a sea of debt.” Okay, so the US does not do “debt traps.” Three days before he was even more brave or stupid, depending on where your admiration levels are: “Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected to make a pledge to change Beijing’s economic, military, and political behaviour during his meeting with US President Donald Trump on the side-lines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30. If Washington is not satisfied, there will be ‘an all-out Cold War.’ The US had no intention of ceding influence in Asia to China and will not back down if Beijing choses to continue its current policies. Then so be it. We are here to stay.”
I doubt if the US will stay against a similar power since it only attacks weak ones unable to retaliate. Even with Iran, within hours of the Soleimani attack, the Swiss Embassy had to deliver a pleading letter from Mr Trump not to retaliate too strongly. Apparently, he even offered the life of a similar figure as Soleimani in return. Ironically, in this case, it would be Mike Pence. It does not take much intellect to see the glaringly obvious point here – that the US has Iraq in a debt trap and will abuse that debt trap to stay on forever. It seems that the US is the “debt trap” originator and not China despite the pointing of fingers.
I assure you, many countries will take very good note of the above diplomatic fiasco in the making. It is costing the US dearly in goodwill. The lies are exposed once again. But there is something else happening not mentioned in polite society. The Iraqis are so fed up with the US presence that they stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad, trying to burn it down. The Iraqi Forces were supposed to protect the embassy and failed to do so. The US had to fly in Marines to help safeguard the place. That is where the Trump Whitehouse went into shock mode and attacked Soleimani whom they believe was the mastermind behind the attacks (without any known evidence). But why is that? What is it about that embassy that caused this overreaction risking an all-out war with Iran and being thrown out of Iraq? In my book, VOICES – War Crimes USA, I looked at the embassy under discussion: “The embassy is six times larger than UN headquarters in New York, the largest US Embassy in the world at 104 acres. There was at one stage an astonishing 16,000 people there if you included the diplomats and employees. But what is it exporting around the world?
Will Sillitoe, Helsinki Times, “What does the US embassy in Baghdad exports to Finland and dozens of other countries? More than a million kilograms (2.2 million lbs) of cargo were shipped from Baghdad to different parts of the world, reveal US embassies procurement documents.”
So did Wikileaks, the exposés clearly show that Baghdad as a postal and shipping center for tonnes of freight to Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, as well as Europe. In May 2018 alone, 540 tonnes of cargo went to the USA, 120 tonnes of freight to Europe, and 24 tonnes to South Africa, South America and Central Africa respectively. What are they transporting under armed guard and in secret because you cannot trust any cargo manifest to tell you the real story. And why, I ask, to the US? What can you possibly reroute through the Iraq Embassy to the US of all places? It is a secret pipeline without any scrutiny by law enforcement, the ideal way to hide drugs. Besides the countries mentioned, cargoes are sent and travel from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Kosovo via that Embassy.” (Taken from VOICES – War Crimes USA.)
Let me say that the US Embassy in Iraq is almost certainly the drug/weapon smuggling hub for the entire US covert effort across the world. There is no way that the US can let it go without causing ripple effects. Thus, it will be protected and kept operational at any cost, and thus the threats to destroy Iraqi financially if it is under threat. It is that simple until proven wrong. The attack on that embassy caused the panic. Worse, the escalated tensions caused by the US act of war (a war crime) against Soleimani directly led to the downing of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 civilian liner by Iran. 176 humans died, something which Iran officially apologised for and no doubt will make financial amends. I expect the culprits to be arrested and put to trial before being punished. The air defense plan will also be re-written to prevent similar mistakes. Let us contrast this with what happened in 1988 when the USS Vincennes downed an Iranian Airbus with the loss of 276 lives. The US guided-missile cruiser thought it was an Iranian F-14 Tomcat coming to attack them. Since the aircraft was flying high and steady, alone, in other words, not in an aggressive way or what would be expected during an attack (low and fast), it is beyond logical explanation why they launched besides their usual incompetence. One of Rogers’ own officers said the downing was due to Captain Rogers being “overly aggressive.” Arrogance followed: US President George HW Bush “I will never apologize for the United States - I don't care what the facts are. ... I'm not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” Only in 1996 did the US and Iran reach a settlement with the USA still refusing to admit legal liability or to formally apologize for the lives lost. A measly US$61.8 million was grudgingly paid out on an ex gratia basis. The USS Vincennes commander, Captain Rogers was awarded the Legion of Merit “for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer ... from April 1987 to May 1989.” That time frame included the downing of the Iranian Airbus civilian liner which is not mentioned in his ill-gotten reward. He was officially awarded for downing a civilian airliner and retired in 1991 with full benefits. Only in America. It is pathetic. Therefore the contempt is spilling over even from friends. It is not hard to recognise the Second Beast of the Book of Revelation marked clearly by its actions.