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    Did UK Clown-Diplomat Boris Johnson Threaten Russia With War?

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    Finian Cunningham

    The bizarre US trend of encountering crazy clowns has come to Britain, reports say. The latest sighting perhaps was Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson standing up in parliament and appearing to threaten Russia with war.

    Johnson, whose buffoonish public antics have garnered a reputation for being something of a clown, was speaking this week in the British House of Commons on Syria’s conflict. He directed much of his fire-breathing act at Russia, reiterating allegations of war crimes during the offensive to retake the northern city of Aleppo.

    With typical bluster, Britain’s top diplomat said Russian President Vladimir Putin was turning his “great country into a pariah state” – owing to unverified reports of air strikes on civilian centers.

    Then Johnson added a curious phrase. He warned that if Putin continued the military campaign in Syria, this would result in the leader’s ambitions for Russia being “turned to ashes”.

    Maybe bumbling Boris was referring metaphorically to demise of Russia’s international reputation when he said “turned to ashes”. There again, given Russia’s grim history of war devastation, those particular words have sinister connotation.

    Just like the internet craze gripping America where members of the public are being spooked by mystery clowns jumping out at them while walking down streets, or lurking in bushes outside their homes at night, the issue of intent is ambiguous. Is it a prank, or is it a veiled threat? A face-painted circus clown with crazy hair-do is usually slapstick fun. But a clown brandishing a hammer or chainsaw, as in the latest internet trend, now that’s creepy. And part of the ambiguity, one suspects, is intended to be menacing.

    The same goes for Britain’s clownish foreign minister. His insinuation of Russia “turning to ashes” comes not out of the blue, which could be dismissed as ridiculous, but rather in the context of a steady drum roll of provocative accusations and threats against Russia made by the US, France and Britain.

    Ever since the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire in Syria failed last month – due to Western-backed militants breaching the truce, capped by a US air-strike massacre at a Syrian army base in Deir ez-Zor on September 17 – Russia and its Syrian ally have stepped up the offensive to fully capture the key city of Aleppo.

    For more than three weeks now, the American, British and French governments have embarked on an unprecedented media campaign to discredit Russia’s military operations, with tendentious allegations of war crimes. These same Western states have also toyed with proposals to increase weapons supplies to the militants, including anti-aircraft missiles. A US State Department official publicly conjectured that Russia could see more of its servicemen being returned in “body bags” and he also hinted that Russian cities could be targeted in terrorist bombings.

    Recall, too, that former CIA chief Michael Morell recently endorsed the killing of Russian personnel in Syria by terrorist proxies as a way of making Russia “pay a price” for its military intervention in Syria, which appears to be defeating the US-backed covert war for regime change in that country.

    The information that the Western powers base their claims on is supplied by unverifiable sources from within the besieged eastern part of Aleppo. The Western governments and media routinely rely on “amateur” (sic) video footage – including drone (sic) video footage – from the so-called Aleppo Media Center. The AMC is under the control of the Al-Nusra terrorist group.

    Yet based on this dubious source of information, Washington, London and Paris are calling for Russian leaders to be prosecuted for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    President Putin this week rebuked Western claims of Russian war crimes as empty “political rhetoric”. And that’s true. But what’s disturbing is the repetition of these baseless claims by Western governments and dutiful news media.

    Christopher Black, the internationally respected war crimes defense lawyer, told this author that history shows that when Western powers want to launch a war or some other military intervention against a designated enemy, the deed is often preceded by a media campaign of vilification. “In this way, the Western public is being conditioned into acceptance by their rulers of a desired, eventual military action,” said Black.

    Western governments, whose derogatory charges against Moscow are being amplified without question by the Western mass media, have also advocated increasing economic and political sanctions against Russia. European parliamentarians voted this week for a resolution that could pave the way for Russian news media channels like RT and Sputnik being banned from Europe’s airwaves or internet.

    Taken in this context of relentless Western hostility towards Russia, Boris Johnson’s words about “turning to ashes” should not be easily dismissed as merely clumsy, ill-chosen blather from a political court jester.

    Johnson may have verbally ruled out the setting up of a no-fly zone around Aleppo, but his hawkish Conservative party colleague Andrew Mitchell said the opposite.

    Mitchell, a former Cabinet minister and well-connected to the British establishment, is backing American and French calls for a no-fly zone. That was the basis of the French draft resolution at the UN Security Council last weekend, which Russia vetoed because it said such a demarcation would have given air cover to the terrorist-dominated militants in east Aleppo.

    Andrew Mitchell later went on CNN to reiterate claims that Russia was behaving in Aleppo like Nazi Germany did in Guernica when it supported the fascist Spanish dictator Franco to defeat besieged socialist revolutionaries during Spain’s civil war in the 1930s.

    Talk about a grotesque, illiterate re-writing of history and abuse of false historical analogies to serve a present-day agenda. It is obvious that the British establishment, as articulated by Mitchell, is recklessly pushing an agenda to demonize and criminalize Russia in order to justify military intervention in Syria – one that would likely lead to all-out war between NATO and Russia.

    Asked if a no-fly zone inflamed the risk of war, Mitchell deprecated any such concern by comparing it to “appeasement” of Nazi Germany. He also went on to make the specious comparison that Russia is trashing the United Nations and its veto power at the Security Council in the same that the Third Reich gutted the former League of Nations.

    The perverse reasoning coming out of Washington, London and Paris with regard to Syria and Russia is ludicrous. It belies an astounding distortion of how the Syrian war was instigated and fueled by the same Western powers in the first place, with their covert support of terrorist proxies for the criminal objective of regime change.

    If any historical parallels are to be made, it is the US, Britain and France who are acting as fascist, rogue states and who have gutted the UN.

    However, being ludicrous is not funny when such lunatics have their hands on the political levers to launch wars.

    Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson may be a shambolic figure of amusement. But the clown is juggling words and sinister sentiments that he no doubt has picked up while prancing along the corridors of power in Whitehall.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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    • turex
      Give him some bicycle 🚲
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      At last the West is admitting that they have destroyed the United Nations with their clearly illegal wars on Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now the one they are waging on Syria, since the prevention of unjust wars is the only reason for the existence of the unitted nations.
      Only thing is that, in their mendacious character they use Orwellian double-speak to input the destruction of the UN to Russia
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      Michael Hill
      It's all coming to a head. Something will tip the scales.
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      Michael Hill
      I read recently that the US public is being bombarded with election drivel and barely any other news is getting to them (albeit that it would be watered down and twisted even if it did).
    • Воин Светаin reply toMichael Hill(Show commentHide comment)
      Michael Hill, I can only assume that they are, since Europe has been getting bombarded by it for at least six months.
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      I am now 58 years old and I have to say things are becoming SO totally nonsensical and warped and distorted that it's almost unthinkable. Something has to give, surely. I mean this buffoon is an insult to human intelligence, he should be at least locked up or better, shot. Humans please, where do we start???
    • nuclearstarr
      Civil defense drill in US for nuclear war with Russia:
      1) bend over
      2) put your head between your legs
      3) kiss your ass goodbye
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      The Syrian coalition have already established a no fly zone as far as they are concerned but thankfully it excludes the western coalition.
      The zionist psychos must be so angry that Russia have not fallen into the US trap of committing 'boots on the ground' in Syria in any great numbers, I guess the neocons thought they could rerun the Afghan war against the Russians.
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      Scourge of the Russian hordes ! And with that name, Boris ! Taking over from David MIlliband, who spoke to the Russian Head of the Armed Forces in a tone of menacing disapproval concerning Russia's stance on something or other.
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      Did they purposely appoint this clown to start a War?Is this all in order to influence stock markets? Or does the US actually own the UK and can make them behave in such a manner? I don't know but I wish Australia could become a Republic and remove the Union Jack from our flag! The Islamic state of London can go jump in the lake!
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      Most of what the 96% Jewish owned Mainstream Media tells us is demonstatably false.Now that the average Joe Blow has the Internet and Wikileaks we know when theyre lying to us. Boris Johnson and the rest of these clowns are bare faced liars.
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      The impression I gained from our British press, Grumbeerfeld, hostile though it is to Communism, is that it was not the working class who suffered under it - though their worship had to be clandestine - but the monied people ; rather like under Saddam Hussein, whose Baath party looked after the people far better than the US and increasingly the UK.

      It was anyone who, in the dictators' diseased minds, they knew or even suspected, were a threat to their power, who were in more or less constant danger.

      It seems interesting that one of the 'intrinsic evils' the Church absolutely prioritizes as unacceptable is hostility to religious freedom. On the other hand, when I note the piety of the Polish immigrants here, it confirms what I had suspected, namely, that in terms of their faith, the Poles might well have been better served by that hostile Communist regime.

      In personal terms, I was thinking just now of something I wrote about the intelligence services giving me a hard time, but only really resenting it when aimed at my Mass attendance. But then thinking that the latter, as the heaviest of the trials they put in my path, had really been a gift from God, deepening my awareness of his presence. Also, I have had a long preparation over many years for such trials, though these latest ones have proved hurtful 'beyond measure' - even while doing me the unWorld of good !

      As for Putin, if he were the dictator the West like to claim, I and seemingly, a large majority of Russians would say : 'More power to your elbow, Vlad !'
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      Boris must be the new court jester for the queen.
      He fits the role perfectly.
      Can we get this jester to lick Putin's boots?
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      Now we know that this clown was born in the US, hence his support for US policies, with Kerry to kill off RT UK.
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      The buffon Boris, is an arsehole, traitor, tells Obama to FO and. And then licks Kerry's arse.
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      tobi.gelandoin reply toraptorabz(Show commentHide comment)
      That he licks Kerry's arse is normal !!!! a habit from his school time :)
    • Gentle Eagle
      I just can't believe the animosity and hostility towards Russia!?!
      Totally ludicrous, uncool, unacceptable. Do they prefer war? What insanity! Evil is certainly lurking behind all this.
      President Putin is a great man of ALMIGHTY GOD. He will be victorious!!
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      Andrew J
      Joke politician of a vassal state. It wont end well for him , and sympathy will be nowhere.
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      Russia can't blame anyone but itself for lack of action when it needs it, all this shambolic diplomatic thing only make the west more confident and ambitious to move into Moscow with everything they have got. Russia could stop that by being tough, instead keep trying diplomacy which get nowhere it nowhere and just make the west more and more confident about to confront Russia. Thanks GOD if someone in Moscow learns that, the only way to get them to shut up is hurt one of them very hard, and why for the response, you won't believe how that works. It is up to Russia whether it wants to leave on its kneed and on the defensive side all the time or it is prepared to act now and live feet by attack now...
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      It is the same simplistic strategy that goes on in any family or workplace where attacking some ones confidence serves to keep them on the back foot! In the old cold war days a Russian minister would have joked to a newspaper reporter "that perhaps Boris prefers to be cremated and why should I comment on that its his personal choice after all is said and done".

      Touche yes??? the art of use of language is being lost perhaps?
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