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Brookings: A Reliable Imperial Tool

By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 12 May 2012

  Brookings: A Reliable Imperial Tool


by Stephen Lendman


Brookings calls itself a Washington-based NGO "conducting high-quality, independent research" to advance three goals: democracy, economic and social welfare for all, and a "more safe, prosperous and cooperative international system."


In fact, it's a corporate financed imperial tool. It serves wealth and power. It deplores democracy, social welfare, and equal opportunity. It supports Washington's longstanding Syria and Iran regime change agenda. Doing so ignores rule of law principles.


In June 2009, its report titled "Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran" was a regime change policy paper. Six pro-Israeli right-wing ideologues prepared it.


Topics addressed included military options for disarming Iran, invasion, air strikes, allowing or encouraging an Israeli attack, regime change, and containment.


It falsely accused Tehran of developing nuclear weapons, supporting terrorist groups, and engaging in "wider efforts to overturn the regional status quo."


It claimed "incontrovertible" evidence that "Iran has aided groups seeking to overthrow the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain (and arguably Lebanon and Israel as well) at various times," but didn't reveal any.


It said Iran helped derail Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. It asked if Washington "should (be) willing to accept the Islamic Republic at all." It stressed "ticking clock" urgency to act. It stopped just short of demanding war. 


It ignored over 200 years of Iranian history. For generations, Tehran neither attacked or threatened other nations. It doesn't now. 


It ignored other issues mattering most. It does what its corporate backers wish. It's well financed to lie, deceive, misreport, and support imperial lawlessness.


In March 2012, its report titled "Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change" targeted Assad. Four contributors prepared it. Two helped write the Iranian one, including:


Kenneth Pollack: He's a former CIA analyst and National Security Council staff member. He's now a Council on Foreign Relations member and Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy research director.


Daniel Byman: He's a former 9/11 Commission staff member. Currently he's Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy research director and Georgetown University security studies professor.


Two other contributors included:


Michael Doran: He's a former deputy assistant defense secretary and National Security Council senior director. He now serves as Brookings Saban Center senior fellow, specializing in Middle East security issues.


Salman Shaikh: Formerly he served in Qatar's Office of Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. Qatar's a rogue state. It also supports US imperial wars. Shaikh also held UN posts. He's now Brookings Doha Center director, focusing on Middle East policy.


Their report claims "Syria is trapped on a crumbling precipice, and however it might fall will entail significant risks for the United States and for the Syrian people."


They accused Assad of using military force and "sectarian thugs to crush the opposition and reassert its tyranny."


It ignored Washington's longstanding regime change plans. America's a global menace. Obama outrageously calls Assad an "unusual and extraordinary threat." He, Hillary Clinton, and UN envoy Susan Rice demand he step down. Doing so defies international and US constitutional law.


Western-generated violence rages. It's been ongoing for 15 months. Syria was calm and peaceful until America, key NATO partners, and rogue regional allies intervened. 


Qatar's very much involved. So aren't Saudi Arabia, other Gulf States, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon's March 14 alliance, and Israel. Washington's dirty hands orchestrate everything.


Most Syrians support Assad. A new constitution passed overwhelmingly by national referendum. No Western society dares hold them. Populist voices for change are denied. 


On May 7, Syrians voted for the first time in parliamentary elections. It was a milestone political event. Independent candidates participated. It's too early to know what's ahead, but open elections are a good start.


Despite ongoing insurgent violence, turnout was high. Voting went smoothly. Independent monitors supervised the process. They included intellectuals, legislators and judicial authorities from other countries.


For Syrians, it was historic. Washington called elections farcical. US and other Western reports mocked them. In lock step, scoundrel media regurgitate official lies. They ignore their own tainted political process. 


Americans especially have no choice. Money power runs things. People have no say. Elections are theater, not real. The entire process is tainted, corrupted and dysfunctional. 


On issues mattering most, Republicans and Democrats agree. Anti-populism, corporate empowerment, and imperial lawless define their agenda. Ordinary people lose out.


Brookings reported ahead of Syrian elections. It focused on supporting regime change. Doing so ignores international law. No nation may interfere internally in others. For Washington and think tanks like Brookings, its policy.


Its report said removing Assad won't be easy. It accused him of murdering his own people, injuring many more, and torturing opposition forces trying to topple him. It presented no evidence whatever.


It ignored Assad's obligation to confront insurgent violence. They're responsible for most killing, destruction, atrocities, and other terror directed at civilians and security forces. No responsible leader dares leave his or her people unprotected. Most Syrians welcome his efforts.


To "protect US interests," said Brookings, Assad can't be allowed to triumph. America must remove him. Six options were proposed:


(1) diplomacy;


(2) coercion and diplomatic isolation;


(3) providing full support for opposition forces to oust him;


(4) a Libya-style air campaign;


(5) invasion "with US-led forces;" and


(6) a "multilateral, NATO-led (regime change) effort."


International law is clear. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. Doing so forcefully is strictly prohibited.


Aggression is an international crime. UN Charter Articles 2(3) and 33(1) require peaceful settlements of international disputes. Article 2(4) prohibits force or its threatened use, including no-fly zone acts of war.


Articles 2(3), 2(4), and 33 absolutely prohibit any unilateral or other external threat or use of force not specifically allowed under Article 51 or otherwise authorized by the Security Council in accordance with UN Charter provisions.


Article 2(7) states:


"Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll."


Article 51 permits force only in self-defense if attacked until the Security Council acts. It has final say.


Brookings called options it proposed "complex." Except for diplomacy, they're outrageous and lawless. Supporting illegal acts is criminal.


On the one hand, it recommends giving diplomacy "one last chance." On the other, it dismissed it out of hand. It said it "failed to keep up with the increasingly bloody and militarized situation...." As a result, it's unlikely "diplomacy alone can resolve the crisis."


Fingers were pointed the wrong way. Washington, not Assad, created crisis conditions. The Obama administration bears full responsibility. It led efforts to oust Gaddafi. It turned Libya into charnel house hell. Violence still rages out of control.


Short of direct intervention, it's replicating the Libyan model in Syria. It's responsible for most deaths and destruction. Calling off its dogs would stop it. Greater violence likely is planned. Perhaps all-out war looms.


Brookings called Russia and China "the biggest obstacle to international unity." Together they blocked more bloody conflict. For how much longer is doubtful. When Washington plans regime change, all options are open. International law is ignored.


Brookings called no US Syria option cost-free. "Several steps are vital for almost any conceivable effort to oust Asad." It proposed bolstering support for opposition fighters, providing more arms for greater effectiveness, and getting Turkey to assume more responsibility, whether or not it "take(s) the lead."


It said Washington must intervene "to protect (its) many interests affected by the bloodshed of Syria." It stopped short of admitting America's longstanding goal is unchallenged global dominance by any means necessary. Brookings, of course, supports it.


A Final Comment


On May 10, two powerful explosions rocked Damascus. They occurred during morning rush hour when workers and students were heading for jobs or school. Reuters reported 55 killed and 372 injured, some severely.


Insurgent violence was responsible. Washington's dirty hands got more bloodstained. Western sources blame Assad. Syrians point fingers the right way.


Images showed bodies with severed limbs. Body parts were visible. Vehicles were mangled, burned and smoldering. Human remains were inside. One explosion left a ten foot crater deep in the road. Walls of adjacent buildings collapsed. Shooting was audible.


These type attacks are sophisticated. They take planning. Targets are chosen. Timing's important. US and UK Special Forces are involved. So are CIA and MI6 operatives. Earlier, Syrian forces captured French soldiers. Western-generated violence isn't happenstance. 


The previous day, a blast targeted a Syrian military truck seconds after Norwegian General Robert Mood, UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) head, passed in a convoy.


Syrians face similar threats daily. Most know who's responsible and condemn it. Conflict rages. Kofi Annan's peace plan is more sham than real. 


Russia and China provide support short of direct intervention. Assad resists Washington's plan to transform Syria into another US puppet state. Ordinary people most harmed support him. 


Expect no end of conflict soon. How it ends remains uncertain. War is a real risk given Obama's rage to wage them. Future articles will update developments.


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George Orwell, who wrote 1984, and the social thinkers of ancient Greece, like Plato who wrote his Republic knew each other, and recently Sibel Edmonds who wrote CLASSIFIED WOMAN, came face to face with Orwell and Plato.  Of course it was not their human presence I am talking about, but about a fundamental idea, expressed differently, each in their own time.  For Sibel Edmonds in her own story, Classified Woman, her defeats with the class state and its Orwellian institutions, the FBI, State Department, Justice Department and the corrupt fascist Judges involved a massive institutional conspiracy and cover up of Turkish/Israeli operatives, Congresspeople from both parties, confirmed the degeneration principle, which the ancient Greek social thinkers knew about and the mechanics, deforming functions of the Orwellian class principle that existed with class hierarchies.  They were and still are linked to the whole of class history, and its generic, deformed, Historical mechanism, from Patriarchy to Late, Fascist Capitalism.

Plato discovered the Orwellian class principle in his attempt to graft social elements, democracy and his Republic, within the deformed Historical class mechanism, Patriarchy, where partial social outcomes are inverted, corrupted, co opted back into class outcomes, much like the effect of some rotten apples has on the rest of the apples in a barrel, devolving the whole barrel into a rotten outcome.  His Republic, his democracy became a class republic, class democracy, where the Orwellian class principle inverted reality, social ideology into class outcomes, while falsely claiming, embracing social principles, like Obama with his social rhetoric, yet at each degenerating moment, promotes totalitarianism, class corruption, the essence of the Orwellian class principle from Patriarchy to today's Western Fascism.   The essence of all class ideologies throughout class history is to falsley claim them, like the Brookings Institute, because after all NO IDEOLOGY can openly say that they defend class enslavement, totalitarianism, and endless wars.

The Orwellian class principle was born on the day Patriarchy had usurped, corrupted, inverted the Social Historical mechanism in the Social Matriarchy into the generic Patriarchal class mechanism, still with us today.    It allows class elites and ruling classes to hide their despotism, parasitical control over social forces.  To do this it need, always, class deformed language and religious and secular class myths to hide the fact that slavery exists, yet call it freedom, much like the Nazi slogan above the German slave camps, with their capitalist slogan, WORK, SLAVERY IS FREEDOM.    Of course work, social labor, social wealth is freedom and universal human rights, if it is independent, indivisible, free from the parasitical class hierarchies and its totalitarian ruling classes.   The whole essence of the social Enlightenment with its social patriotism was to free itself from class history, not just Feudal tyranny.   Instead, the social economic theories of Adam Smith and social principles, social patriotism, were inverted by the ORWELLIAN CLASS PRINCIPLE, into deformed, degenerating monopoly markets, class markets by allowing the class hierarchies around since class history began, to continue to exist through the industrial revolution, degenerating into today's Global Fascist Capitalism.

Markets, trade, commercial activity existed before Adam Smith's social theories of Wealth but were always class deformed markets degenerating Plato's partial social reforms, his Republic into class deformed republics and deformed democracies.    This new class form degenerated, too, into the same generic totalitarian outcome, alongside the other class described forms of rule and civil societiy, namely oligarchy, plutocracy, class empires, and class tyrants, all forms of totalitarian dictatorships by ruling classes.   Adam Smith was usurped, co opted, INVERTED, by falsely claiming his social  wealth theory, free markets, which required social labor, end of monopoly markets, and allowing class hierarchies WITH THE ORWELLIAN CLASS PRINCIPLE to deform the markets into the hands of PARASITICAL CONTROL.   Thus all class ideologies must falsely claim social ends, claims, as the starting point, which explains how Liberalism, Libertarianism, Social theories, all started at the same place in its origins, only to betray, deform, invert reality, corrupt social power, forces, into dependent class outcomes.

The irony is that Liberalism claims it embraces Social theory, social justice, but then betrays it to defend totalitarianism,  Fascism and war.     If consistent, principled social thinkers counterpose the same social theories that Liberalism falsely claims,  Liberals in contradictory form,  rejecting social theory and Marx, social principles, while at the same time claiming to uphold them.  This weird, corrupt outcome is followed by taking other deformed,  class outcomes, like Stalinism, post Colonial fascism, all totalitarian forms, and smearing, falsely linking it social thinkers through false conflations. It is their own creations,  their false comparisons, that reconstructs,  results in Orwellian inverted reality, through     false conflated rationales.

Like Fascism, Stalinism, Post colonial failed class states are all parallel class outcomes, failed class states, produced by the dominating Western hierarchies of dominating imperial states which tries to compare falsely their deformed outcomes with actual social theory that is principled unlike them.   Asking social thinkers to compare  NON EXISTANT SOCIAL OUTCOME, with class outcomes they produced is classic substitution, inversions, co opting realities that is the essence fo the ORWELLIAN CLASS PRINCIPLE, ROTTING OUT LIBERALISM INTO FASCISM ITSELF.  Thus all class ideologies were born as betrayal ideologies defeding the class order, degenerating over time into endless class compromises, totalitarian policies, that it arrives in the form of  NAPOLEON, STALIN, HITLER and Western Fascism today.   Brookings think tank has degenerated into a totalitarian outlook , a defender of fascist austerity, fascist capitalism, fascist military alliances, i.e WESTERN FASCISM.   It is the outcome of a degenerating class principle, Orwellian, totalitarian, as seen in Plato's work, Orwell's work, Sibel Edmonds recent book.


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