Military Confrontations – The Threat of World War Three – John Pilger

Military Confrontations – The US Elections Silent Issue

JOHN PILGER INTERVIEWED ON THE US ELECTION’S SILENT ISSUE

In two interviews – for RT’s Going Underground and Dennis Bernstein’s Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio in the US — John Pilger describes the dangers of confrontation between the United States and Russia, and between the US and China, and how a ‘conspiracy of silence’ has excluded vital debate from the US election campaign.

Video: Published on Jun 4, 2016 –  Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the outcome of whoever wins the White House in November. Multi-award winning author and filmmaker John Pilger gives his take on the threat of World War Three as Britain’s defence secretary Michael Fallon jets off to Singapore for the Asian Security Conference where the keynote address will be given by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

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John Pilger on the Threat of World War Three

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Flashpoints interview – LISTEN

Today on Flashpoints: Internationally renowned documentary Filmmaker,
John Pilger, on the silencing of America as it prepares for war. And
Bernie Sanders supporters waiting to hear him speak out side the Allan
Baptist Church in East Oakland, talk about why they much prefer him to
Trump and Clinton.

INFO:John Pilger – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  • tulsiedas402sqn@Gmail. com  On June 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    The destruction that was done by the Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, is miniscule as to what will happen if there is a third world war.
    Dont ever wish for it. Help us dear Lord.

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    America, Learn From Bosnia: It Can Happen Here Too

    Twenty-one years after Srebrenica, the same language pre-empting the slaughter of Muslims – as interlopers, as a fifth column, bent on establishing sharia – is now commonplace in the U.S.A. and U.K.

    Haroon Moghul – HAARETZ

    On July 11, Bosnia and the World will mark the 21st anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica. This will be a day to mourn, but it is also a day to learn.

    Over three days in July 1995, Serb forces killed some 8000 men, some as young as twelve and as old as seventy-four. It was perhaps the worst atrocity in a war that was marked by outrageous violence. There are few more appropriate places to host a conversation on anti-Muslim bias. The place where it led to genocide.

    I was invited to join the European Islamophobia Summit, to speak at and to attend three days of discussions by experts who considered hate speech, and hate crimes, from across the Western world, with a focus on Europe. Nearly every speaker brought up the consequences of an irredentist Greater Serbia pursued at the expense of Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] liberties — and lives.

    Sure enough, you don’t have to look very hard to find evidence of a brutal aggression – as most Bosniaks will tell you – that did not end so much as it was frozen. People who lost friends, family, loved ones. Damage from war time. Cemeteries that seem impossibly, grievously large.

    While it’s hard to conceive of the same kind of anti-Muslim violence that struck Bosnia striking elsewhere in the West, it’s not impossible to imagine it, either.

    The same language we saw in the former Yugoslavia that laid the groundwork for the slaughter, of Muslims as interlopers, as a fifth column, a foreign implant, bent on establishing sharia — necessitating a pre-emptive, if unfortunately genocidal, first strike — is now commonplace even in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, historically liberal democracies.

    I came away from those three days in Sarajevo, discussing the surge in anti-Muslim hate speech on a transatlantic and continental scale, keen to write about those who survived.

    I came away with six lessons.

    1. Bosnia proves how Islam is grounded; indigenous; and rooted in the West.

    There is even older history in Spain, and plenty in other places — Bulgaria, for example, or Tatarstan. But few Western Muslim places are as old and as storied as Sarajevo — at least, of those that survived. (The Muslim history in places like Sicily, Serbia, Romania and Poland is often overlooked, or disappeared, or actively denied.) To keep young Muslims from being too unsettled by the invective coming their way, they need a sense of rootedness.

    Of belonging to the place they are alleged to be foreign to. That applies, of course, to any other embattled minority. Most of all in a time of demonization, populism, and nativism.

    Islam isn’t foreign to the West. How can you say Islam versus the West, when Islam is in the West, and has been for centuries?

    2. It can happen ANYWHERE.

    The second lesson should be a warning. Namely, the suddenness of Bosnia’s transformation. Back in 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics; it remains the only Muslim-majority city to do so. Sarajevo was known for its cosmopolitanism, open-mindedness, pluralism. That’s one reason the war turned so vicious: An irredentist dream of greater Serbia confronted a messy mosaic of lived demography.

    Within a matter of years, if not months, political instability, political opportunism, hateful rhetoric, and ample arms, combined to produce total war. For all those who say it can’t happen here, or elsewhere, that is at best wishful thinking, if not naïve delusion. It can happen ANYWHERE.

    WE MUST BE ON OUR GUARD.

    The USA has made great progress in the last few decades at confronting racism, prejudice and bias. Donald Trump might make fun of political correctness, but political correctness is miraculous.

    We have the choice between living in a hegemonic society, dominated by certain groups; we can live in a chaotic society, full of ethnic and racial competition; or we can choose to coexist meaningfully, which requires a hawkish vigilance, the voluntary, civic and social policing of our language, to push out and exclude hateful and hurtful discourse. Not governmentally, not legally, but organically.

    The alternative is civil conflict or the exclusion of most groups from public spaces. (While we’re at it, let’s stop being politically correct and call Donald Trump what he is. A RACIST.)

    The third and fourth points are twinned.

    3. Bosnia is at peace today.

    Whether it will remain at peace in the future, however, depends on the continued attention of the wider world to her politics. We can end even the most vicious conflicts, and we can forgive, and we can find a way forward, precariously of course, and put the past to rest. That doesn’t mean it’s dead, or that it can’t be stirred. But it does mean that we are not doomed to the divides we see today.

    4. We must deepen our international connectiveness and not isolate ourselves We have a global responsibility to address conflicts before they tip over into the genocidal. We also have the ability, in many circumstances at least, to intervene to put an end to them when they do. There’s a lesson we deserve to remember. When part of the world burns, the rest is liable to catch fire.

    – [Note-clyde] In another report:

    Milorad Dodik, Serb Republic President, spoke on the anniversary of the war crimes committed by Serb Forces in Bosnia against Bosniaks [Muslims]. Dodik believes that the number of victims have been manipulated to reflect the current numbers.

    “We don’t know which is true. We’re not running away from it, but we want the truth to be determined. I am sorry to be saying this on this day. I have no intention of playing down anyone’s grief; but this has become a topic that has become exclusively political.”, Dodik added

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