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Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery.
“The misery is war. The destruction of the strong state leads to conflict. A great number of people on our Planet actually live in some conflict or war, without even realizing it: in slums, in refugee camps, in thoroughly collapsed states, or in refugee camps.”
“In most parts of the world “freedom” is synonymous with the independence struggle for our countries. In such places as the UK, it mainly means more individualism, selfishness and personal liberties.”
"Medicine and the provision of health were critical parts of the post-colonial state. And the post-colonial state built medical systems such as we had in Iraq, Egypt and in Syria as part of the social contract. They became an intrinsic part of the creation of those states. And it was a realization that the state has to exercise its power both coercively, (which we know the state is capable of exercising, by putting you in prison, and even exercising violence), but above all non-coercively: it needs to house you, educate you, and give you health, all of those things. And that non-coercive power that the states exercise is a critical part of the legitimizing process of the state. We saw it evolve in 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. So as a digression, if you want to look at how the state was dismantled: the aim of the sanctions against Iraq was not to weaken the Makhabarat or the army, the aim of the sanctions was to rob the Iraqi state of its non-coercive power; its ability to give life, to give education, and that’s why after 12 years, the state has totally collapsed internally – not because its coercive powers have weakened, but because it was robbed of all its non-coercive powers, of all its abilities to guarantee life to its citizens." Thanks Dan.
At the Threshold of War: "The choice is not up to us anymore. It is being decided upon at this very moment." (North Korea is the designated target.)
General MacArthur, one of the foremost war criminals ever, covered up the war crimes of the Japanese and especially of Unit 731. He took care to integrate the Japanese biological weapon experience into the U.S. military resources. Under his command biological agents were then used against Korean and and Chinese civilians and military units. When his pilots confessed, he denied all such reports and alleged "brainwashing" through torture by the Chinese. This again led to torture "simulations" in U.S. SERE training from which recent U.S. torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere derived.
Pat Buchanan thinks President Trump has "outsourced foreign policy to the generals", a total reversal of candidate Trump's non-interventionist approach.
Basher al-Assad, President of Syria, believes that President Trump has been captured by the deep-state and has no independent foreign policy. He's a puppet. (Hey, that's like what Pat Buchanan said.) Thanks Eleni.
The US is finalizing capacity for complete first-strike nuclear capability against Russia and China. The goal is to assure that very few enemy nukes succeed in reaching the US. After a decisive victory like this, freedom can never be threatened again,... right? Thanks Wayne.
Bernie Sanders was truant for the "dog-and-pony-show" meeting at that secure room by the White House, that the other senators got driven to in tour buses.
"The next Trade War. Trump threatens to terminate "terrible" deal with South Korea" (should it continue to exist)
California takes one-small-step toward single-payer health plan; wonders where the money will come from...
Some ask, "why not Medicare for all?"
Paul Craig Roberts: The Looting Machine Called Capitalism
"I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment."
Duh, of course Barack Obama deserves $400,000 for talking to some really rich financial capitalists, our "betters". How else should he be compensated for his service to America?
Carfentanil, the new opioid on the streets, is 10,000 times as powerful as morphine, which is really hard to comprehend, and harder to cut evenly before using.
"I'm desperate to get some stuff but I don't know anyone that I could buy from," 21-year-old Kristina Lutz texted a drug dealer Aug. 29, according to Fairfax County court documents. "Any chance you'd be able to help me out haha." Hours later, Lutz stuck a needle in her arm with carfentanil-laced heroin and died at her family's home in Fairfax Station. Her parents described Lutz as suffering from anxiety and depression while growing up, but they said she seemed happy recently and was looking forward to running in a race... "We tried to bring her to a safe environment and give her a good life," said Kristina's father, Jeffrey Lutz, who with his wife adopted their daughter from a Russian orphanage when she was 16 months old.