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World War 3 Has Begun – John Pilger

World War 3 has already begun. The media just don't know about it yet because, at present, it is a war of propaganda, lies and distraction. But that can change in an instant.

John Pilger says World War 3 has begun

In the last eighteen months the Obama administration have initiated the greatest build-up of military forces since World War two along Russia’s western frontier. 

Such a military build up hasn’t been since since Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.

Australian journalist John Pilger says that World War 3 has already begun. The media just don’t know about it yet because, at present, it is a war of propaganda, lies and distraction. But that can change in an instant.

RT.com reports:

Ukraine – once part of the Soviet Union – has become a CIA theme park. Having orchestrated a coup in Kiev, Washington effectively controls a regime that is next door and hostile to Russia: a regime rotten with Nazis, literally. Prominent parliamentary figures in Ukraine are the political descendants of the notorious OUN and UPA fascists. They openly praise Hitler and call for the persecution and expulsion of the Russian speaking minority.

This is seldom news in the West, or it is inverted to suppress the truth.

In Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – next door to Russia – the US military is deploying combat troops, tanks, heavy weapons. This extreme provocation of the world’s second nuclear power is met with silence in the West.

What makes the prospect of nuclear war even more dangerous is a parallel campaign against China.

Seldom a day passes when China is not elevated to the status of a “threat.” According to Admiral Harry Harris, the US Pacific commander, China is “building a great wall of sand in the South China Sea.”

What he is referring to is China building airstrips in the Spratly Islands, which are the subject of a dispute with the Philippines – a dispute without priority until Washington pressured and bribed the government in Manila and the Pentagon launched a propaganda campaign called “freedom of navigation.”

What does this really mean? It means freedom for American warships to patrol and dominate the coastal waters of China. Try to imagine the American reaction if Chinese warships did the same off the coast of California.

I made a film called ‘The War You Don’t See,’ in which I interviewed distinguished journalists in America and Britain: reporters such as Dan Rather of CBS, Rageh Omar of the BBC, David Rose of the Observer.

All of them said that had journalists and broadcasters done their job and questioned the propaganda that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction; had the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair not been amplified and echoed by journalists, the 2003 invasion of Iraq might not have happened, and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children would be alive today.

The propaganda laying the ground for a war against Russia and/or China is no different in principle. To my knowledge, no journalist in the Western “mainstream” – a Dan Rather equivalent, say – asks why China is building airstrips in the South China Sea.

The answer ought to be glaringly obvious. The United States is encircling China with a network of bases, with ballistic missiles, battle groups, nuclear-armed bombers.

This lethal arc extends from Australia to the islands of the Pacific, the Marianas and the Marshalls and Guam, to the Philippines, Thailand, Okinawa, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India. America has hung a noose around the neck of China. This is not news. Silence by media; war by media.

In 2015, in high secrecy, the US and Australia staged the biggest single air-sea military exercise in recent history, known as Talisman Sabre. Its aim was to rehearse an Air-Sea Battle Plan, blocking sea lanes – such as the Straits of Malacca and the Lombok Straits – that cut off China’s access to oil, gas and other vital raw materials from the Middle East and Africa.

In the circus known as the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump is being presented as a lunatic, a fascist. He is certainly odious; but he is also a media hate figure. That alone should arouse our scepticism.

Trump’s views on migration are grotesque, but no more grotesque than those of David Cameron. It is not Trump who is the Great Deporter from the United States, but the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama.

According to one prodigious liberal commentator, Trump is”unleashing the dark forces of violence” in the United States. Unleashing them?

This is the country where toddlers shoot their mothers and the police wage a murderous war against black Americans. This is the country that has attacked and sought to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democracies, and bombed from Asia to the Middle East, causing the deaths and dispossession of millions of people.

No country can equal this systemic record of violence. Most of America’s wars (almost all of them against defenceless countries) have been launched not by Republican presidents but by liberal Democrats: Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

In 1947, a series of National Security Council directives described the paramount aim of American foreign policy as “a world substantially made over in [America’s] own image.” The ideology was messianic Americanism. We were all Americans. Or else. Heretics would be converted, subverted, bribed, smeared or crushed.

Donald Trump is a symptom of this, but he is also a maverick. He says the invasion of Iraq was a crime; he doesn’t want to go to war with Russia and China. The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted “exceptionalism” is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.

As presidential election day draws near, Clinton will be hailed as the first female president, regardless of her crimes and lies – just as Barack Obama was lauded as the first black president and liberals swallowed his nonsense about “hope.” And the drool goes on.

Described by the Guardian columnist Owen Jones as “funny, charming, with a coolness that eludes practically every other politician,” Obama the other day sent drones to slaughter 150 people in Somalia. He kills people usually on Tuesdays, according to the New York Times, when he is handed a list of candidates for death by drone. So cool.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton threatened to”totally obliterate” Iran with nuclear weapons. As Secretary of State under Obama, she participated in the overthrow of the democratic government of Honduras. Her contribution to the destruction of Libya in 2011 was almost gleeful. When the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, was publicly sodomised with a knife – a murder made possible by American logistics – Clinton gloated over his death: “We came, we saw, he died.”

One of Clinton’s closest allies is Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of State, who has attacked young women for not supporting “Hillary.” This is the same Madeleine Albright who infamously celebrated on TV the death of half a million Iraqi children as “worth it”.

Among Clinton’s biggest backers are the Israel lobby and the arms companies that fuel the violence in the Middle East. She and her husband have received a fortune from Wall Street. And yet, she is about to be ordained the women’s candidate, to see off the evil Trump, the official demon. Her supporters include distinguished feminists: the likes of Gloria Steinem in the US and Anne Summers in Australia.

A generation ago, a post-modern cult now known as “identity politics” stopped many intelligent, liberal-minded people examining the causes and individuals they supported, such as the fakery of Obama and Clinton; such as bogus progressive movements like Syriza in Greece, which betrayed the people of that country and allied with their enemies.

Self-absorption, a kind of “me-ism”, became the new zeitgeist in privileged western societies and signaled the demise of great collective movements against war, social injustice, inequality, racism and sexism.

Today, the long sleep may be over. The young are stirring again. Gradually. The thousands in Britain who supported Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader are part of this awakening – as are those who rallied to support Senator Bernie Sanders.

In Britain last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s closest ally, his shadow treasurer John McDonnell, committed a Labour government to pay off the debts of piratical banks and, in effect, to continue so-called austerity.

In the US, Bernie Sanders has promised to support Clinton if or when she’s nominated. He, too, has voted for America’s use of violence against countries when he thinks it is “right.” He says Obama has done “a great job.”

In Australia, there is a kind of mortuary politics, in which tedious parliamentary games are played out in the media while refugees and Indigenous people are persecuted and inequality grows, along with the danger of war. The government of Malcolm Turnbull has just announced a so-called defence budget of $195 billion that is a drive to war. There was no debate. Silence.

What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where is the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theatre, literature?

Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?

  • HappyGilbert

    Good article! Well said.

  • ayat alish

    A world war has no chance it would remain a hide and seek between the third world guerilla style to dislodge stable kingdoms finally it will back lash on its perpetrators

  • Zender

    Great article.

  • Jose

    World War III is closer than it seems, facts and prophecies prove it. go to my channel and see

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    • Stuart Gairns

      Can I come back in 2018 and laugh directly in your stupid face?
      I’m setting a calendar date now.

  • Steve

    What war did Jimmy Carter start? I don’t remember him starting any or involved in any.

  • Richard Sievert

    We owe China for microchipping our babies I want to kick out all foreign people not the Mexicans there our neighbor’s!

  • Proser1

    Really enjoyed your article. Well said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbtfZRopxpQ

  • fstmanvid

    we will all die and go to the after life,,, is god right? and which god? this is not going to blow over any time soon!

  • Hybrid Gamer Master Race

    I think it’s funny how some people think this was a good article; it’s nothing but rubbish.

  • Livo92

    Fear mongering, yet I admit there are some grains of truth here that worry me

  • no

    What a load of junk.

  • kuzulu

    GREAT ANALYSIS…YOU NEED TO WRITE A BOOK ON THE SUBJECT

  • Cures_Riches
  • J Ryan

    The war in the Middle East is nothing but a proxy world war 3. By that I mean every alliance or country is throwing money at Arabs to kill each other….victor gets to sell the oil to the war financiers that supported their particular regime.

  • Mick Flynn

    Maybe when the facts about Bill Clinton’s illness are made public,and the very nature of his Illness, will be enough to cause a major scandal, if this info makes it to the public domain , then Hillary’s race is over, Given that Trump is aware of the situation re Bill’s health, he would appear to be saving this bombshell for a time closer to the election, there is no way that Hillary will get to the white house,and then the world gets stuck with Trump, a war is imminent and the logic for it is fairly simple, cause upheavel in countries we want to dominate, Iraq,Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan,Eygpt,Turkey,Somalia,the list goes on, and use this upheavel to increase the outputs of Missile, Heavy Weapons, Bombers and Fighter Jets, Warships,in order to boost even further the profits of Conglomerates,Corporations,Banks, etc, these weapons are distributed to “friendly moderate resistance groups, who eventually morph into major terror organizations and the cycle is maintained and profits are exponentially doubled, trebled, quadrupled,the amazing thing about all of this is the hand of the Israeli Zionists who are hell bent on controlling the major part of the middle east.and then the world…..

  • burton freigaard

    In Britain last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s closest ally, his shadow treasurer John McDonnell, committed a Labour government to pay off the debts of piratical banks and, in effect, to continue so-called austerity.

    Any link to prove this??

  • Stuart Gairns

    So, Nuclear deterrence no longer exists, then?

    It’s the reason North Korea is still standing.

    This article makes no sense.