Sanctions Won’t Help. Here’s What Would.

There is a bipartisan bill seeking to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria. In response to the US withdrawal, Turkey has planned a massive invasion of norther Syria, occupied by the Kurds.

So the question becomes, will sanctions help the situation? The answer is- It’s not that simple.

This move is really nothing but theater. Consider the fact that the US is still selling arms to Turkey. Remember (or did you even hear about) the arms deals to sell F35’s and Patriot missiles systems to Turkey? Nothing about the sanctions does anything to stop those deals.

What may actually help would be an arms embargo. Then again, an arms embargo would help Yemen, as well. You are not going to hear mention of the mere suggestion of an arms embargo because that would anger the weapons contractors who “donate” massive sums to political campaigns and spend fortunes lobbying. When arms manufacturers stand to lose money, you will not hear anything of that idea.

Have you noticed that the media never even mentions Yemen? Or the fact that our presence in Syria is still illegal under international law? They have not mentioned the Kurds at all unless there is the suggestion of ending one of our wars.

Turkey has had an ongoing attack against the Kurds for quite some time now. While US troops have been present in northern Syria. Has our presence helped the Kurds? Have we defended them? No, unless you consider that Turkish forces coordinated with US forces to avoid striking areas where US troops were present. Likewise, US troops moved so as to allow Turkish attacks to occur.

Peace talks could help. Notice that CONgress in no way suggests moderating and engaging in peace talks between all sides? Part of that is because if you involve all parties involved, that would include the Kurds, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Iran and the US. Yes, it would mean our government would have to sit down and speak rationally with Syria, Russia and Iran, all at the same time. Can you imagine a world where that would happen without the US being threatened with extinction?

Unequal armament. For years, the US has been supplying the Kurds with weapons while also selling weapons to Turkey. The difference is that we have supplied the Kurds with small to medium arms in relatively small amounts. To the Turks we have been selling massive amounts of smaller arms, moderate amounts of intermediate size weapons and systems while selling or trying to sell our largest weapons systems to the Turks. So, we have intentionally given an advantage to the Turks from day one.

US proxies, US puppets. The Kurds have been US proxies, allegedly to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda but in reality their purpose was opposition to Assad. Yet the Kurds have been clear all along that they want to carve an independent country out of northern Syria, norther Iraq and southern Turkey. In Iraq, they have an area which is largely self-governed yet still part of Iraq. Assad has suggested a similar arrangement in Syria, which the Kurds have refused, while Turkey and the US oppose the very idea.

Keep Israel out of this. Israel has stated they would offer shelter and assistance to any Kurds displaced by this conflict. If you want to see how Israel treats oppressed populations, look at Palestine. Israel has no respect for sovereignty, as they are illegally occupying Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria. Israel has openly admitted to aiding and assisting Al Qaeda terrorists. What they are attempting to do is assist anyone who opposes Syria and Iran. Look at a map. Israel is at the southern edge of Syria, while the Kurds and Turkey are at the northern edge of Syria. To offer any direct assistance to the Kurds, Israel would have to illegally traverse part of Syria. Also take into consideration that, like all their neighboring countries, Israel does not get along well with Turkey. Neighboring countries in general hate Israel so much that even if they are adversarial against one another, they will unify against Israel. Have you ever had a neighbor like that?

I really don’t care how much you want to use this as yet again another reason to hate Trump. Withdrawing from Syria is the right thing to do. We never had any business there in the first place. We consistently make situations worse, not better.

However, withdrawing is not enough. The actions I mentioned which would actually help are things which you will not hear political parties, elected officials or corporate media make any suggestion of. If anyone does suggest these things, they will be silenced, censored, oppressed and attacked viciously.

Peace or supporting the Kurds has nothing to do with any of the opposition to withdrawal. The point is to keep our forever wars going and use this against Trump. As long as YOU keep focusing on just one name, you will NEVER understand what is actually happening. You will not even TRY. Throughout this affair, have you stopped to question and consider any of the actual SOLUTIONS I have suggested? Or have you just been reacting emotionally?

If YOU want change then YOU must change. If YOU want peace, then YOU must demand peace. That’s not what you’re doing. Is it?

Flooding In Midwest, Huawei, China, EU Tariffs.. It’s Not Looking Good

It was announced this week that Trump will ease sanctions on Huawei following an 80 minute discussion at the G20 Summit. While some may find this a good thing, many others say not so fast. Huawei is not expecting that this means they will be allowed further access to the US market.

In any case, easing of such sanctions tends to negate the claims that banning Huawei had anything to do with national security.

Trump claimed some weeks ago that China had agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the US. There were no specifics given in that statement, true to form for Trump. This must be called into question with recent flooding in the Midwestern US, which has caused late planting of millions of acres of crops.

The fact is, many crops will simply not be planted at all this year. Most strains of corn take too long to reach harvest to bother planting at all at this date. Farmers may be able to plant other crops in some limited cases. Though much of that will be determined by whether weather permits, availability of seed, if their equipment is compatible with other crops, time to harvest for the alternative crops and other factors.

No matter what, with sanctions on goods from other countries, including agricultural products combined with extensive flooding, you can expect grocery prices to increase in the near future on top of the price of other products imported from China, Mexico, Canada and the EU.

It was also announced this week that Trump will be imposing tariffs on multiple EU products, allegedly due to subsidizing of aircraft parts. Never mind US subsidizing of oil, coal, agricultural products and other industries. The EU is expected to respond with tariffs of their own on US products.

Translation- You pay more.

OPEC has chosen to limit oil production until next April. Which will drive the price of oil and gas higher in this country. They made this decision at the same time that the US has an embargo on oil from Russia, Iran and Venezuela, three top oil producing countries, coupled with sanctions on countries that still trade with these countries.

Keep in mind that if the price of oil and gas increase, the price of all consumer products increase along with it due to increased price of manufacturing, processing and shipping at every level.

With the way things are shaping up, not only will we be paying more but there is the distinct possibility that availability of many items could be in shorter supply. Of course, that means capitalists will take advantage of that situation and increase prices on those items, even when the cost has not increased for them. This will result in some items only being available to ever-higher income levels.

Increasing prices, especially in relation to income level, are something this country has become accustomed to over many decades. However, we have not been subjected to limited availability of consumer goods or food. This may be the straw that breaks the social camel’s back.

To make it clear, I do not think that what is coming in the near future will cause large numbers of deaths, perhaps not even illnesses. However it will cause enough inconvenience to those in the middle class who view themselves as “privileged” that it can change their stance. No question the media will blame Trump, China, Russia, Iran and anyone else they can blame. We know the truth, that while nobody controls the weather, corporations dictate trade and both parties have the power to reduce Trump’s power.

This may be enough to start a real Revolution. Let’s do what we can to keep it a peaceful but effective one.

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