We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, December 12, 2014

Is Kaliningrad NATO’s Real Target?

Click here to access article by Diana Johnstone from CounterPunch.

Could we be seeing a preparation for a new "Pearl Harbor" event like 9/11 that served our ruling class so well to justify the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq along with the Patriot Acts and all the rest of the police state apparatus we are now faced with? Johnstone looks at the evidence and warns us that we could see another false-flag event to justify the invasion of a Russian enclave. Remember how the Nazi capitalists used the Gleiwitz incident to invade Poland which started WWII?

...examine a map of the Baltic. There, very discretely, lies Kaliningrad. A small enclave of half a million people belonging to Russia.  It used to be Königsburg, a part of Germany, lost in the Second World War. Wedged between Poland and Lithuania, it is already hit by damage to its trade with the E.U. resulting from U.S.-imposed sanctions. The prospect of recuperating Kaliningrad/Königsberg through some manipulated incident could be a factor in the present official German anti-Russian position, which goes against German economic interests and about half of German public opinion.

A war to conquer Kaliningrad would be started by some contrived “international crisis” to “respond” to.