“We’re here for a long-term relationship with you, where we can support you against all the people who are trying to destroy your liberty,” said Maurice Glasman, a Labour peer in the House of Lords. “We also bring, with a full heart, our solidarity,” he said in Qamishli city, in a stretch of the country occupied by the terror group.”
I awoke this morning with the scene I created a week ago that is the opening chapter of my historic-fiction novel, ‘The Royal Janitor’. I read the news, and I see Trump has betrayed his country, and deserted the real battlefield. He has left the Kurds in a extremely precarious state thanks to the attacks by Erdogan whose forces took Afrin. Turkey is one of the few NATO nations – not to condemn Russia for the poison attack. With Iran, a new coalition is being formed in Syria. Britain is on the verge of defending the Kurds from the latest Axis of Evil.
Russia. Syria. Iran. Turkey.
It appears Trump has used the invasion of California by armed troops, as a distraction. Did he know this new axis was coming? How long has he known Britain would oppose it? How long did Putin know? The false Evangelical prophets – are dancing with glee upon seeing Trump got behind the Easter Bunny – all the way!
I send forth the Spirit of the U.S.S. Constitution to back the Spirit of Britannia, and the Kurds! I have an image of Old Ironsides sinking Erdogan’s sailing ship in his paintings hung in his office where he shakes the hand of a cleric who took our soldiers and diplomats, hostage.
I lend my Rougemont Knights Templar to this endeavor to keep Democracy alive in the region. I bid any Templar group, who backs Trump, to stand down. Your pretentions are at a end. I am going to write the Mayor of Oakland and see if she wants the Kurdish city of Rojava, as a sister city. I will write the Governor and see if he can send the Kurds and Brits, a letter of support. The Kurds always need medical supplies because they are on the frontline killing members of ISIS.
Any President who would harass his own people with a military force, while bidding us to betray our Traditional Allies – is guilty of Treason! We are still at war with terrorists. ISIS is not done harassing the freedom loving peoples of the world. The threat of a new Caliph in this area, is likely.
Jon Presco ‘The Nazarite Prophet’
Many have warned that a premature U.S. withdrawal from Syria would cede the country to Iran and Russia, which have supported Syrian President Bashar Assad. Iran’s continued presence in Syria is especially troubling to neighboring Israel, a U.S. ally that regards Iran as an existential threat.
This morning I awoke with the idea of Eugene Oregon becoming the sister city of Kobane. The connections I made with Meher Baba and the Kurds has put me in a unique position. I have made Kurdish friends. I must act, because I and these friends are caught in a no man’s land, being, we are people of peace, but, we have been chosen to fight the people of darkness and violence. Women, sisters, are at the vanguard of this battle that the enemy wants to be the battle of Armageddon. But, I see peace arriving with each victory that brings one closer to the light. This morning I found a video showing the distaffs of the Kurdish women. The women fighters are seen behind the colorful threads. The Rosamond cote of arms depicts a distaff that looks like a cross. This is emblem the Rosamond/Rougemont Knights Templar wore on their tunic when they went on crusade. You can see this distaff with two camels outside a Templar church. I have proven the Rougemont Templars owned the Shroud of Turin the most famous piece of cloth in the world. The Rosamond family descend from weavers.
British Labour officials visited the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria on Tuesday, pledging their solidarity.
The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
“We’re here for a long-term relationship with you, where we can support you against all the people who are trying to destroy your liberty,” said Maurice Glasman, a Labour peer in the House of Lords. “We also bring, with a full heart, our solidarity,” he said in Qamishli city, in a stretch of the country occupied by the terror group.
Last month, Turkish forces liberated Syria’s Afrin region as part of the ongoing Operation Olive Branch, driving out the YPG.
Since the start of Syria’s multi-sided conflict, the YPG and its backers have carved out autonomous cantons in the north, setting up a federal system of government. Their power grew after taking vast territory from Daesh with U.S. help.
Abed al-Karim Omar, a top member of the YPG’s self-administration in the north, said the British group that arrived on Tuesday marked the first such public, high-level delegation.
“There were meetings previously not declared,” he said. “But this is the first visit.
Glasman said they would tour parts of northern Syria, meeting fighters of the YPG and its all-female YPJ affiliate, as well as local civil councils.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said they would “share that back in England with our parliament and with our people,” and that he hoped for better scrutiny of arms sales to Turkey.
“We want to say we are with you side by side,” he said.
His comments come a little more than a week after he was ousted by Trump, who is replacing him with former U.N. ambassador and conservative firebrand John Bolton.
And they came hours after Trump, in a White House press conference with Baltic state leaders, stated “nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have.”
Despite a series of recent actions taken by the Trump administration against Russia over its alleged role in poisoning a former Russian spy in Britain, interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and global cyberattacks, Trump has been criticized by Russia policy experts and Democrats for refraining from forcefully condemning Moscow for such actions.
His outgoing national security adviser had no such qualms.
“Russia,” McMaster said, “has used old and new forms of aggression to undermine our open societies and the foundations of international peace and stability,” speaking Tuesday evening at the Atlantic Council.
“We are now engaged in a fundamental contest between our free and open societies and closed and repressive systems,” he said, alluding to Russia, among other countries. “Revisionist and repressive powers are attempting to undermine our values, our institutions and way of life.”
He spoke in the presence of the presidents of Estonia and Latvia and the foreign minister of Lithuania, who met with Trump at the White House earlier Tuesday. The summit was held to reinforce ties between the United States and the Baltic nations, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their independence following World War I.
McMaster noted that “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all been targeted by Russia’s so-called hybrid warfare, a pernicious form of aggression that combines political, economic, informational and cyber assaults against sovereign nations.”
He lauded the Baltic states, which lie to the west of Russia, for their role in countering Moscow’s malicious acts.
He criticized Russia for employing strategies “deliberately designed to achieve objectives while falling below the target state’s threshold for military response.” Tactics include infiltrating social media, spreading propaganda and using other forms of subversion and espionage — all without rising to the level of an armed attack that would merit a military response.
For too long, McMaster said, “some nations have looked the other way in the face of these threats. Russia brazenly, and implausibly denies its actions, and we have failed to impose sufficient costs.”
Trump, for his part, was more restrained in his remarks about Russia.
“Ideally we want to get along with Russia,” he said at the press conference. “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.”
With his unvarnished broadside against Moscow, McMaster becomes Trump’s second senior aide to leave the administration in a dramatic kiss-off with the Russian government.
Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, in his final interview with reporters last month, gave the most critical assessment of the Russian government of his tenure, saying U.S. efforts to work constructively with Moscow only resulted in worse Russian behavior.
“I’ve become extremely concerned about Russia,” Tillerson told reporters following a trip to Africa. “We spent most of last year investing a lot into attempts to work together, to solve problems, to address differences. And quite frankly, after a year, we didn’t get very far. Instead what we’ve seen is a pivot on their part to be more aggressive. And this is very, very concerning to me.”
He added that “there seems to be a certain unleashing of activity that we don’t fully understand what the objective behind that is.”
Tillerson, too, was fired by Trump, who has nominated his CIA director, Mike Pompeo, to replace Tillerson.
Bolton takes over as national security adviser on Monday.
McMaster noted the measures taken by the Trump administration against Russia: the expulsion of 60 diplomats last week, calling out of the Russian government for malicious cyber intrusions that targeted U.S. critical infrastructure and increasing funding for the European Defense Initiative, which finances U.S. and allied military forces in Europe, to deter Russian aggression and prevent conflict.
But, he said, “we must recognize the need for all of us to do more to respond to and deter Russian aggression.”
He named four critical areas. For one, he said, the government must “reform and integrate” its military, political, economic, law enforcement and other instruments of power to counter Russia’s hybrid warfare.
The country must also invest in cyber infrastructure to protect data against espionage and attack, he said.
All countries must share responsibility to pay their fair share of the costs of security, he said. And “strategic confidence” must be preserved through a defense of the values of sovereignty, freedom and rule of law, he said.
McMaster’s remarks underscore the disconnect between the president, who frequently emphasizes the potential benefits of getting along with Russia, and his top advisers, whose skepticism of Russia follows traditional Republican orthodoxy.
The president’s top diplomat for Europe and Eurasia, West Mitchell, is a longtime Russia hawk, and his senior Russia advisers on the National Security Council, such as Fiona Hill, are also skeptical of the Kremlin.
The mixed messages are likely to continue beyond McMaster’s tenure as his successor, Bolton, continues to push for a harder line against Moscow, analysts say. Bolton, in a speech in February, called for a tougher posture toward Moscow, saying the United States must be more aggressive in responding to Russian meddling in foreign elections.
“I don’t think the response should be proportionate,” he said. “I think it should be very disproportionate.”