North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA

North Korea is starting to produce more opium in a bid to financially prop up its regime following Chinese sanctions on its coal exports. Will its increased opium production make it a target for the U.S. military? History suggests this may be the case.
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    MINNEAPOLIS– (Analysis) When the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium trade” after the leader of the fundamentalist group had declared the substance to be un-Islamic. At the time, Afghanistan’s opium was used to produce 75 percent of the world’s heroin.

    But despite being squashed by the Taliban, the opium market made a dramatic comeback immediately following the U.S. invasion in October 2001. Not only was the opium trade restored, it surged drastically – rising from a production level of 185 tons under the Taliban (before the production ban) to 3,400 tons in 2002.



    Over a decade later, the amount of opium harvested annually continues to rise. Afghanistan’s opium is now used to produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin. This increase has been directly overseen by U.S. forces, who openly guard Afghanistan’s poppy fields. Indeed, during that same time, the U.S. government claims to have spent $8.4 billion on counternarcotic programs within Afghanistan.

    The dramatic increase in opium production in post-invasion Afghanistan has sparked speculation regarding the motives behind the aggressive action that the U.S. has recently taken towards North Korea, which is also a major opium producer.

    While government-sanctioned opium production took a hit after Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011, things have changed drastically in recent months, largely due to Chinese sanctions that were announced in mid-February. The sanctions, created in response to a North Korean ballistic missile test, led China to refuse imports of North Korean coal. Coal represents 40 percent of North Korea’s exports to China.

    That drastic hit to the North Korean economy has apparently forced Kim Jong-un’s hand, as opium production has once again picked up. Kang Cheol-hwan, a North Korean defector and president of the North Korea Strategy Center, told the Yonhap News Agency that “the North is cultivating poppy fields again for drug smuggling as a way to secure funds to manage its regime.”

    While North Korea’s opium production is small compared to that of post-invasion Afghanistan, it is still significant. North Korea, according to the Chosun Ilbo, produces around 40 tons of opium annually — comparable to Pakistan’s opium industry. Most of its opium is smuggled into and sold in China and cannot be targeted by sanctions, since it is hard to trace on the black market.

    Some have speculated that North Korea’s return to opium production has caught the attention of the CIA, as the intelligence agency has a history of involving itself in opium trade and drug-running in general, as evidenced by its well-documented habit of managing drug supplies from Latin America to Asia.

    In addition, opioid addiction – in the form of both legal opiate painkillers and illegal drugs – is growing out of control in the U.S., with more opium being consumed within America than ever before. The onset of this epidemic coincided with the U.S.’ occupation of Afghanistan as, between 2002 and 2013, U.S. heroin use jumped by 63 percent, reaching a 20-year high. Heroin overdoses quadrupled in the U.S. within that same timeframe.

    The U.S. government’s actions also suggest that it seeks to protect opium production, as has been made clear in its occupation of Afghanistan. For instance, the U.S. vehemently opposes opium legalization efforts and the State Department refuses to acknowledge eradicating opium as a primary goal, despite the billions that have been spent on counternarcotic programs.

    With tension increasing on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. has put “all options on the table” in order  to prevent further missile tests and “provocations” from the Kim Jong-un regime, including warnings that the U.S. may soon find itself in a “major, major conflict” with North Korea.

    If North Korea finds itself targeted for regime change, history suggests that the U.S. military may end up guarding its poppy fields as well.

     

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    • TeeJae

      This certainly explains a lot. I’ve been trying to figure out why we’re all of a sudden ‘so concerned’ about N.K.’s “nuclear threat” (other than the standard saber rattling as pretext to build up the defense budget). This helps clear it up.

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    • Euclides de oliveira pinto net

      Se de fato a história é verdadeira, esta é uma guerra comercial entre USA e China, e um dos motivos para o Trump ameaçar a Coréia do Norte. Os custos de produção da papoula, no Afeganistão, são mais elevados que na Coréia do Norte, onde não tem que pagar aos oficiais do governo, nem às milicias, taxas de proteção… não tem que pagar altos salários para a segurança armada… a CIA também tem arcar com despesas da papoula para o Kosovo, onde é processada e transformada em heroína, causando outras despesas com industrialização e ainda com as altas taxas cobradas pela máfia albanesa – o Hashen Thaçi é esperto – ou seja, é muito elevado o custo de produção. E ainda, a Coréia do Norte dispõe de infraestruturas para comercializar diretamente com a China, sem dinheiro, realizando escambo, ou seja, a grana não vai passar pelos bancos ocidentais – não há taxa de “branqueamento” do dinheiro… ou seja, nem a CIA, nem os “banksters” levam nada… e a China irá vender seus “produtos” diretamente para o povo norte-americano e europeu (como os ingleses fizeram com o povo chinês nos séculos anteriores) … vai contra os princípios éticos ocidentais… aí o sistema declara guerra mesmo !!!
      Mas tudo são suposições (factíveis…)… Deve ser mais uma noticia falsa (mídia americana adora isso !!), com a deliberada intenção de buscar caluniar o governo norte-coreano, que não aceita ordens de presidente nenhum, ainda mais um bundão igual ao Trump… o negócio dele é segurar vara … de golfe, por enquanto…

      • tapatio

        Thank you.

        Translation……………

        According to surveys published in various US media, Jerusalem Times, Haaretz (Israeli liberal paper), the ADL and many Jewish anti-Zionist organizations and experts, between 65 and 85% of the world’s 14+ million Jews support Zionism, Israel and their behaviors. From having been once involved with a US synagogue and what I am told by Jews in BDS, I know that most US synagogues are deeply involved in Zionism.

        The US banking industry supports Zionism/Israel through its corruption of Congress and the White House. That industry is predominantly Jewish controlled.

        More than 90% of the US mainstream media is owned by six corporations, all with controlling interest in the hands of Jews. Rupert Murdoch was raised as a Jew, whatever he may be now – other than sleaze. The US mainstream media never publishes the truth about Palestine or the Middle East.

        Jews comprise two-tenths of one percent of the world population and two percent of the US population. Yet, they make up more than 85% of America’s white collar criminals (with takes over $10M) in the last 30 years.

        Jews traditionally give the least, of all religious/cultural groups, to charitable causes/disaster relief/etc. Their donations are normally geared to having a program or facility named after them or being listed as donors.

        There are many INDIVIDUAL Jews who are quite admirable. Einstein, Salk and many other Jews have made significant contributions to humanity. My BDS group of just over 1200 has more than 100 Jews as members, though few of those Jews want to be seen as supporting BDS because they say they will be ostracized from their synagogues, families, social groups.

        The Jews have been expelled from more than 100 countries over the last 2000 years. To my knowledge, almost 80 of those expulsions were preceded by periods of growing Jewish crime, corruption, treachery and barbarity. The rest are more ambiguous, with no reliable confirmation of the accusations against the Jews.

        Hitler rose to power for ONE reason – the Rothschild Cartel’s rape of Germany after WW I. The Rothschild Banking Cartel is a Jewish organization. Without their stripping of all German assets after that war and the resulting starvation of millions of Germans, Hitler could never have gained traction with the people and close to 100 million lives would have been spared.

        By comparison to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and other world religions/ethnic groups, Judaism has, throughout its history, been an overall negative influence on humanity.

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    • James Wherry

      The Chinese coal sanctions were 1 month ago.

      So in less than a month, full-grown fields of poppies have materialized and grown to full fruition?

      Seriously, Webb? Why do you even keep trying?

      • jo6pac

        The picture is an American soldier in Afghani the cia field of dreams.

        • James Wherry

          Ah: and here I assumed that MPN was trying to argue that the United States had secretly invaded North Korea – and should be condemned, of course, of course.

      • TeeJae

        What are you even talking about? Wait, don’t answer that. I’ll just be more convoluted and incomprehensible drivel.

        • James Wherry

          TeeJae, I don’t usually accuse you of failing to read the article, but apparently I will have to make an exception. Here’s the intro:

          “North Korea is starting to produce more opium in a bid to financially prop up its regime following Chinese sanctions.”

          The argument is that ‘[It’s all the U.S.’es fault for pressuring China to pressure North Korea on nuclear weapons, so] NOW North Korea is trying to prop up its regime by starting into the opium trade.’

          The only problem with the argument is that NOTHING has happened “FOLLOWING CHINESE SANCTIONS” because THEY ONLY HAPPENED A MONTH AGO!!!!!! In short, if North Korea is in the opium trade business, it’s been in it for years and is simply another Narco-Terrorist State.

    • jo6pac

      We all know the cia doesn’t like competitors knocking down their profits

    • rscott

      There was the period of uncertainty following the US invasion that brought the minorities to power. The farmers were wondering what the position of the new government was going to be on opium both the new government nd the US remained more or less silent on the subject. See my series of emails on the subject in:www.scottshelmandvalleyarchives.org My perspective is mainly from the Helmand area where I had been working for some years.

    • tapatio

      I did not know that about North Korea. Opium makes it clear why there is a major effort to con the public into supporting war with NK. Murdering Americans and others with heroin, opioids and other hard drugs is a major profit center for the CIA, Mossad and the predators who control Washington.

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    • Dear Whitney,

      Relying on sources like North Korean defectors, vetted through the South-Korean press, for news on the North is not a good idea. Does it not seem conspicuous this “Curveball” comes with this revelation at the same time the country is a target for an attack?

      CIA/South Korean intelligence (also with the apt name CIA. As parent as child.) have huge propaganda budgets to demonize the North. I remember earlier made up stories, like executing people with anti-aircraft guns. naming all children after the Kim family or making counterfeit Chinese yuan. The last type of story designed to drive a wedge between China and North-Korea,something I believe is one of the targets for the propaganda makers in Langley – try to notice it next time we see it. Maybe the story of North-Korea being a drug pusher in China fits in this propaganda pattern?

      Another thing. With brutal sanctions, it would be vital for an embargoed country like North-Korea to make sure it is self reliant in pain killers. Opium is a strategic resource (as the US well knows). In case of an attack on the country, the army would need massive amounts of pain killers. For that matter, so would the rest of the population, as I presume they would not be shielded from an attack (that white phosphorus can be quite painful).

      Btw, I love your work in general, but I find the sources for this article not thought through.

      • Norm

        Was that a joke?

        Or just another case of leftist denial? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_genocide_denial

        • tapatio
          • Norm

            Is that how you view yourself after you’ve discovered your Jewish ancestry? Sad.

            Everything about you is fake, self-loathing Jew.

            And do make up your mind whether to pretend you’re a leftist progressive or a neo-Nazi. Perhaps you’d be able to fool others that way who didn’t yet see your entire repertoire of about a dozen of pics.

            • tapatio

              There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING Jewish about me. I’m Celt-Norman with the TINIEST splash of Arab.

              The graphic above is of your BFF, Wherry, and probably yourself, considering that Jews have the highest percentage of voluntary gays of any culture on Earth. You’re just naturally gutter filth.

              https://ivarfjeld.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/gay.jpg

              • Norm

                “I’m Celt-Norman with the TINIEST splash of Arab.”
                Why should anyone believe that? You’re a fake and a liar.

                Everything about you is fake. You claim to have been a tenured professor – yet you display the intellectual abilities of an ignoramus nincompoop. And there is absolutely no accredited higher education institution that would employ anyone like you – let alone provide you with tenure. You know why? Because, ironically for you, all of them are indeed heavily staffed by Jews.

                You claim to be a progressive – yet you eagerly espouse propaganda from blatant neo-Nazi sites, and you constantly post incredibly homophobic insults against Wherry, whom you’ve repeatedly tried to offend and dox. Which leftist does that?

                There’s only one possible explanation: You’re an aging self-loathing Jew, possibly discovered your Jewish ancestry unexpectedly at one point in your life, and now you’re frantically trying to fake your non-Jewishness – first and foremost to yourself. You’d endorse anyone whom you perceive to be an enemy of “da joooos”: progressives, Muslims, Greens, BDS, Che, neo-Nazis, Hitler, even the devil himself – spending the rest of your miserable existence spouting an endless repetitive stream of posts from your repertoire of a dozen or so neo-Nazi fake quotes/pics/vids, not even realizing that half of the groups you’re trying to make us believe you belong to would either ostracize you or kill you in an instant if they knew you belonged to the other half.

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  Omigosh! Norm’s trying to smother him with hasbara cliches.

                  Hey, Norm! Haven’t your handlers told you that you Zionists murder Jews by the millions by blocking their escape to other countries from guys like Hitler?

                  Sacrificing Europe’s Jews

                  The correlative to the acts of collaboration with the Nazis throughout the 1930’s was that when attempts to change the immigration laws of the United States and Western Europe were contemplated in order to provide token refuge for persecuted Jews of Europe, it was the Zionists who actively organized to stop these efforts.

                  Ben Gurion informed a meeting of Labor Zionists in Great Britain in 1938: “If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative.” [84] This obsession with colonizing Palestine and overwhelming the Arabs led the Zionist movement to oppose any rescue of the Jews facing extermination, because the ability to deflect select manpower to Palestine would be impeded. From 1933 to 1935, the WZO turned down two-thirds of all the German Jews who applied for immigration certificates.

                  Berel Katznelson, editor of the Labor Zionist Davar, described the “cruel criteria of Zionism”: German Jews were too old to bear children in Palestine, lacked trades for building a Zionist colony, didn’t speak Hebrew and weren’t Zionists. In place of these Jews facing extermination the WZO brought to Palestine 6,000 trained young Zionists from the United States, Britain and other safe countries. Worse than this, the WZO not merely failed to seek any alternative for the Jews facing the Holocaust, the Zionist leadership opposed belligerently all efforts to find refuge for fleeing Jews.

                  As late as 1943, while the Jews of Europe were being exterminated in their millions, the US Congress proposed to set up a commission to “study” the problem. Rabbi Stephen Wise, who was the principal American spokesperson for Zionism, came to Washington to testify against the rescue bill because it would divert attention from the colonization of Palestine.

                  This is the same Rabbi Wise who, in 1938, in his capacity as leader of the American Jewish Congress, wrote a letter in which he opposed any change in US immigration laws which would enable Jews to find refuge. He stated:

                  It may interest you to know that some weeks ago the representatives of all the leading Jewish organizations met in conference … It was decided that no Jewish organization would, at this time, sponsor a bill which would in any way alter the immigration laws.[85].

                  https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/ch06.htm

                  • Norm

                    So, have you ever heard of any other leftist progressive, fiercely anti-LGBT, staunch neo-Nazi, former tenured professor? There’s no possible explanation for the “tapatio” anomaly other than him being a self-loathing Jew, as I’ve described.

                    As to your own recurrent fake post, well, keep in mind that no one at the time knew for certain, or could have even imagined, the horrific extent of the genocide that was taking place in Europe. The Nazis kept it completely secret, and the death camps were quite effectively disguised as labor camps. Besides, the “White Paper” quota restrictions on immigration were imposed by the Brits, not the Zionists. On the other hand, the betrayal of US Jews is well-documented, but has nothing to do with Zionism. In fact, quite the opposite.

                    But at least you’re not denying the Holocaust anymore…

                    • TecumsehUnfaced

                      ZioNazis have to have feverously vibrating imaginations and very inconsistent memories. Otherwise, they couldn’t keep playing the ZioNazi con games.

                      You even pretend that no one ever read Mein Kampf in order to keep playing your silly games.

                      Sorry, but the betrayal of the Jews by the Zionists is well documented. Here’s another example.

                      Betraying the Resistance

                      In July 1944, the Slovakian Jewish leader Rabbi Dov Michael Weissmandel in a letter to Zionist officials charged with these “rescue organizations,” proposed a series of measures to save the Jews scheduled for liquidation at Auschwitz. He offered exact mappings of the railways and urged the bombing of the tracks on which the Hungarian Jews were being transported to the crematoria.

                      He appealed for the bombing of the furnaces at Auschwitz, for the parachuting of ammunition to 80,000 prisoners, for the parachuting of saboteurs to blow up all the means of annihilation and thus end the cremation of 13,000 Jews every day.

                      Should the Allies refuse the organized and public demand by the “rescue organizations”, Weissmandel proposed that the Zionists, who had funds and organization, obtain airplanes, recruit Jewish volunteers and carry out the sabotage. [89]

                      Weissmandel was not alone. Throughout the late thirties and forties, Jewish spokespersons in Europe cried out for help, for public campaigns, for organized resistance, for demonstrations to force the hand of allied Govemments – only to be met not merely by Zionist silence but by active Zionist sabotage of the meager efforts which were proposed or prepared in Great Britain and the United States.

                      Here is the cri-de-coeur of Rabbi Weissmandel. Writing to the Zionists in July 1944 he asked incredulously.

                      Why have you done nothing until now? Who is guilty of this frightful negligence? Are you not guilty, our Jewish brothers: you who have the greatest good fortune in the world – liberty?

                      We send you – Rabbi Weissmandel wrote again – this special message: to inform you that yesterday the Germans began the deportation of Jews from Hungary … The deported ones go to Auschwitz to be put to death by cyanide gas. This is the schedule, of Auschwitz from yesterday to the end:

                      Twelve thousand Jews – men, women and children, old men, infants, healthy and sick ones, are to be suffocated daily.

                      And you, our brothers in Palestine, in all the countries of freedom, and you ministers of all the Kingdoms, how do you keep silent in the face of this great murder?

                      Silent while thousands upon thousands, reaching now to six million Jews, are murdered? And silent now, while tens of thousands are still being murdered and waiting to be murdered? Their destroyed hearts cry out to you for help as they bewail your cruelty.

                      Brutal, you are and murderers, too, you are, because of the coldbloodedness of the silence in which you watch, because you sit with folded arms and do nothing, although you could stop or delay the murder of Jews at this very hour.

                      You, our brothers, sons of Israel, are you insane? Don’t you know the h3ll around us? For whom are you saving your money? Murderers! Madmen! Who is it that gives charity: you who toss a few pennies from your safe homes, or we who give our blood in the depths of h3ll? [90]

                      No Zionist leader supported his request, nor did the Western capitalist regimes bomb a single concentration camp.

                      https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/ch06.htm

                      ———–

                      Silly boy! If the Zionists hadn’t blocked the escape of the Jews to other countries from Hitler, they wouldn’t have died from typhus and starvation, when Allied bombing destroyed the infrastructure that was keeping them fed. But I love stepping on your sloppy reasoning. But it gets boring. Please sharpen up.

                      • Norm

                        “…Should the Allies refuse the organized and public demand by the “rescue organizations”, Weissmandel proposed that the Zionists, who had funds and organization, obtain airplanes, recruit Jewish volunteers and carry out the sabotage.”

                        If the Zionists had been able to “obtain airplanes” that could reach Germany all the way from Israel during WWII – let alone fuel them and arm them with bombs, “recruit Jewish volunteers” that could pinpoint-navigate these airplanes to a specific death camp despite all the German air defenses that were decimating even the massive Allied air forces at the time, and “carry out the sabotage” w/o years of prior training, no combat experience whatsoever, and lack of any military coordination with any of the Allied forces in an all-out war zone…… Don’t you think the 1948 war would have ended much sooner?

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        The ZioNazis were too busy fvcking up Palestine and the British with their vicious terrorist gangs to rescue any Jews from Hitler with the aid of the British.

                        You question is rather silly. When the invader European ZioNazis declared their seizure of Palestine, they had bulldozed only about half of the towns and villages they intended to destroy. The war had to last that much longer for these conscience-bereft, genocidal thugs to finish that evil work.

                        Norm, how do you defend these evil thugs? Have you no shame?

                      • Norm

                        It’s very easy, actually. I have a very simple way to discern who’s the good guys and who’s the bad in any situation: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

                        I see on the one side the terror and savagery with which Muslims treat their own women, their minorities, and infidels living among them. Not a single one of their 57 states – stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and comprising more than 1.7 billion people – is a democracy. Not a single Islamic contribution to civilization’s scientific, technological, economic progress, the arts, entertainment, freedom of expression, or philosophy, since the Middle Ages.

                        On the other side, I see a peace-loving people, who despite being harassed, persecuted, and systematically exterminated to the brink of extinction by the greatest evil the world has ever known as embodied by Hitler, have nevertheless managed to return to their rightful ancient homeland from where they had been forcefully expelled by brutal invaders thousands of years ago, and where they had lived and provided humanity with one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world – the Bible. I see the miracles they have managed to accomplish in the short time since they formed their modern state of Israel on that tiny sliver of land that laid barren and desolate for millennia since they were deported. And I see the immense scientific, technological, medical, agricultural, innovations and progress they constantly contribute to you and me and everyone else in this world, as we speak. And all this despite relentless smears, libels, fake news, fake history, delegitimaztion, demonization, and double-standard by people like you, while turning a blind eye to the unbelievable real atrocities across the entire Muslim world, as we speak.

                        More at: http://www.ephesians611.com/632/

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Funny! You just shot yourself in the head with you silly lies.

                        The Butchery Begins: Deir Yasin

                        The process was one of sustained slaughter as village after village was wiped out. The killing was intended to cause people to flee for their lives.

                        The commander of the Haganah, Zvi Ankori, described what happened: “I saw cut off genitalia and women’s crushed stomachs … It was direct murder.” [52]

                        Menachem Begin gloated over the impact throughout Palestine of the Nazi-like operations he commanded at Deir Yasin. Lehi and IZL Commandos stormed the village of Deir Yasin on April 9, 1948, slaughtering 254 men, women and children.

                        A legend of terror spread amongst Arabs who were seized with panic at the mention of our Irgun soldiers. It was worth half a dozen battalions to the forces of Israel. Arabs throughout the country … were seized with limitless panic and started to flee for their lives. This mass flight soon developed into a maddened, uncontrollable stampede. Of the 800,000 Arabs who lived on the present territory of the state of Israel, only some 165,000 are still there. The political and economic significance of this development can hardly be overestimated. [53]

                        The implementation of this program was carried out in part by Menachem Begin and in part by his future successor as Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, as military commanders of the Irgun and the Lohamei Herut Israel (Lehi), i.e., Fighters for the Freedom of Israel. Inhabitants were force marched in blood-soaked clothing through the streets of Jerusalem to jeering on-lookers, before disappearing.

                        ->https://www.marxists.ORG/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/ch04.htm

                        ————

                        Yep! We certainly know both you and the evil ZioNazi thugs by your evilly necrotic fruits.

                      • Norm

                        Fake history, as is the rest of your entire marxists.Org site.

                        Right now we’re facing a clash of civilizations of biblical proportions. On one side we have the Western values of democracy, individual freedom of expression, scientific and technological progress, peace and prosperity, plurality of ideas, and the sanctity of life. On the other side, hideous theocracies ruled by absolute-power despots, a cult-like ideology whose very name is translated as total submission and subjugation, rampant ignorance, unbridled illiteracy, abject poverty, eternal tribal infightings and civil wars, medieval Sharia-“law” capital punishment for blasphemy and apostasy, stoning to death for being raped, hanging from cranes for being gay, and chopping of limbs for thefts, and the aggrandizement of suicide-bombing laced up with metal pellets, shrapnel, and nails amid unsuspecting women and children in overcrowded areas.

                        I’ll leave it to you to choose which side to stand with.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Hilarious! This berserker puppet is so utterly brainwashed that he can only spout the mythologies of the ZioNazi and the Potomac thugdoms.

                        More! More! Yammer us more!

                      • Norm

                        Simply reread the above carefully, copy it to your cellphone wallpaper, print it and frame it.

                        “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Too stupid to be worth the time. How about a little truth about what kind of civilization operates the ZioNazi thugdom?

                        Patterns of Torture in Post-’67 Occupied Territories

                        Each detention center features interrogators with “apparent predilections.” The Russian Compound [Moscobiya] interrogators in Jerusalem “favor assaults on the g3nitals, besides endurance tests such as holding a chair with outstretched arms or standing on one leg.”

                        The specialty of the military center at Sarafand is to blindfold prisoners for long periods, assault them with dogs and hang them by their wrists. The specialty at Ramallah is “an@l assault.” Electric shock torture is used almost universally. [136]

                        Fazi Abdel Wahed Nijim was arrested in July 1970. He was tortured at Sarafand and set upon by dogs. Arrested again in July 1973, he was beaten in Gaza prison. Zudhir al-Dibi was arrested in February 1970 and interrogated in Nablus where he was whipped and beaten on the soles of his feet. His test!cles were squeezed and he was hosed with ice water.

                        Shehadeh Shalaldeh was arrested in August 1969 and interrogated at Moscobiya. A ballpoint refill was pushed into his pen!s. Abed al-Shalloudi was held without trial for sixteen months. Blindfolded and handcuffed while at Moscobiya, he was beaten by Naim Shabo, an Iraqi Jew, Director of the Minorities Department.

                        Jamil Abu Ghabiyr was arrested in February 1976 and held in Moscobiya. He was beaten on the head, body and g3nitals and made to lie in ice water. Issam Atif al Hamoury was arrested in October 1976. In Hebron prison the authorities arranged his rap3 by a prisoner trustee. [137]

                        In February 1969, Rasmiya Odeh was arrested and brought to Moscobiya. Her father, Joseph, and two sisters were detained for interrogation. Joseph Odeh was kept in one room while Rasmiya was beaten nearby. When they brought him to her she was lying on the floor in blood-stained clothes. Her face was blue, her eye black. In his presence, they held her down and shoved a stick into her vag!na. One of the interrogators ordered Joseph Odeh “to fvck” his daughter. When he refused they began beating both him and Rasmiya. They again spread her legs and shoved the stick into her. She was bleeding from the mouth, face and vag!na when Joseph Odeh fell unconscious. [138]

                        The patterns of torture reported by the Sunday Times are similar to those found in hundreds of testimonies published by Israeli lawyers, Felicia Langer and Lea Tsemel, by Palestinian lawyers Walid Fahoum and Raja Shehadeh, by Amnesty International and the National Lawyers Guild and the series of accounts this author documented from former prisoners. [139]

                        This record is established in the West Bank as early as 1968, one year after the occupation began. Although the International Committee of the Red Cross does not, as a rule, make public declarations, it had prepared in 1968 a finding of torture. Its Report on Nablus Prison concluded:

                        A number of detainees have undergone torture during interrogation by the military police. According to the evidence, the torture took the following forms:

                        1. Suspension of the detainee by the hands and the simultaneous traction of his other members for hours at a time until he loses consciousness

                        2. Burns with cigarette stubs

                        3. Blows by rods on the g3nitals

                        4. Tying up and blindfolding for days

                        5. Bites by dogs

                        6. Electric shocks at the temples, the mouth, the chest and test!cles. [140]

                        https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/ch10.htm

                      • Norm
                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        You’ve got to remember that the ZioNazi thugs were the first terrorists coming into Palestine. The Palestinian resistance to the conquest of of Palestine by these evil Europeans is entirely legal.

                        Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
                        Middle East – Tom Suarez on January 1, 2017

                        By the time the Balfour Declaration was finalised, thirty-plus years of Zionist settlement had made clear that the Zionists intended to ethnically cleanse the land for a settler state based on racial superiority; and it was the behind-the-scenes demands of the principal Zionist leaders, notably Chaim Weizmann and Baron Rothschild.

                        First-hand accounts of Zionist settlement in Palestine had already painted a picture of violent racial displacement. I will cite one of the lesser known reports, by Dr. Paul Nathan, a prominent Jewish leader in Berlin, who went to Palestine on behalf of the German Jewish National Relief Association. He was so horrified by what he found that he published a pamphlet in January, 1914, in which he described the Zionist settlers as carrying on

                        a campaign of terror modelled almost on Russian pogrom models.

                        ->http://mondoweiss.NET/2017/01/terrorism-israeli-state/

                      • Norm

                        You’ve got to remember that when the first Zionists started to return to their ancient homeland in the 1860s, it was occupied and run for hundreds of years up until 1909 by the Islamic Ottoman Caliphate… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Caliphate

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Liar! It was never a homeland for the evil European ZioNazi thugs. It was the homeland of the Palestinians. Unless you’re a psychopath looking to steal their homes and lands, it’s the PEOPLE that are important. People are people, no matter what attributes you arbitrarily require to avoid getting their land and homes stolen from them.

                        Palestinians have been in Palestine continuously for over ten thousand years under many names, rulers, and religions, far longer than anything called Jewish even existed, including the last two thousand years, when the invader European ZioNazis certainly weren’t, if ever. The Palestinians included also the ones who were the ancient Jews, before they converted to Christianity, before they converted to Islam and called themselves Arabs. The European Ashkenazi invaders never saw Palestine until modern times.

                      • Norm

                        Wrong. Jews have been living in Palestine continuously for over four millennia by now. Whoever were there before are long extinct. Arab tribes from the surrounding areas have sporadically invaded and settled there starting only hundreds of years after the majority of Jews were expelled by the Romans, and the massive surge of Arab immigration occurred only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – after the first Zionist settlers arrived and started to use modern irrigation technology to drain the swamps and make the desert bloom, thus opening up the region to massive economic progress and employment opportunities.

                        Is all this new to you? Well, now you know. BTW, I’d also suggest you make an appointment asap for memory impairment tests and signs of possible early dementia, because we’ve already discussed this so many times before.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Nonsense! There was no historical or archeological evidence of a Jewish presence until after 400 BCE, and those were Semite (Arab) Jews, not the European Ashkenazi converts, that showed up murderously in the late 19th century.

                        Sorry, the ZioNazi thugs were terrible farmers, and you’re just another ZioNazi fraud spinning silly excuses for crimes against humanity, like your Naz! brothers in evil.

                        The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI (1/3)

                        On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and creation of a Jewish state was justified

                        Ilan Pappé in one of his books, he mentioned how when the very early settlers came, the very early Jewish settlers came to Palestine in the late 19th century, they couldn’t plant lettuce. They couldn’t plant food. They were dying of malaria. They were sick and the Palestinians, the farmers would come and help them because they were starving and they were sick. In their diaries, those same Jewish settlers were talking about how these aliens, we have to rid our country of these foreign aliens which are the Arabs.

                        So I mean the ideology that the Arabs are the aliens and this land is ours runs very deep.

                        http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17898#pop1

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Before you yammer yourself on Joan Peter’s “sheer forgery”,

                        DISPUTE FLARES OVER BOOK ON CLAIMS TO PALESTINE
                        By COLIN CAMPBELL
                        Published: November 28, 1985

                        The book is ”From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine,” published last year by Harper & Row. The author is Joan Peters, a Chicago writer, and her title is ironic: The thrust of the book’s 601 pages is that the Palestinians did not, despite Arab claims, have deep historical roots in the territory that became Israel after 1948.

                        [snip]

                        Yehoshua Porath, an Israeli historian of the Palestinian Arabs who teaches at Hebrew University, was asked in a telephone interview from Jerusalem about the book. ”I think it’s a sheer forgery,” he replied.

                        ”In Israel, at least, the book was almost universally dismissed as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon,” the historian said. Mr. Porath described his politics as centrist. He has written an essay on the book for The New York Review of Books that will be published soon.

                        http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/28/books/dispute-flares-over-book-on-claims-to-palestine.html

                      • Norm

                        The Bible is not fake.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Silly boy! It’s hocus pocus, like all religious text. The Septuagint was invented in the 3rd century BCE by the royal scribes in the Great Library of Alexandria.

                      • Norm
                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        So what?

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        See how sickening you are? You support making monsters of the Jewish kids to serve the ZioNazi overlords.
                        https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2017/05/10/israels-outrage-du-jour-teaching-fifth-graders-confirm-kill/

                      • Norm

                        The Bible was written in Hebrew, not Arabic…

                        In Europe and in the Arab areas and everywhere else, for 2000 years Jews all over the world have been praying to return to their ancient homeland, doing so in a single shared language – Hebrew, not Arabic…

                        Your fake so-called “Palestinians” on the other hand, have no cultural recollection of anything beyond their Arab heritage of invaders and pillagers.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        How stupid! What language do you think the Ptolemaic scribes were using? The Hebrew came later.

                        How devious! There is no historical evidence for your silly ‘diaspora’. At that time the Mediterranean was crawling with converts far more numerous than the population Palestine.

                        The Palestinians didn’t have the Ptolemaic scribes write them a fake history to fantasize idiotically on. All the rest was stolen from other people, e.g. the Palestinians. You even steal their cuisine from them. Your silly Star of David came from them. You Ashkenazi converts are fakes through and through with absolutely no connection to Palestine other than your genocidal country stealing.

                      • Norm

                        Jesus was a Jew. He spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, not a single word of Arabic…

                        The Talmud is written in Hebrew and Aramaic, not a single word of Arabic…

                        The cultural heritage of your fake so-called “Palestinians” doesn’t include a single word in Hebrew nor Aramaic, only in Arabic…

                        Of course, Muslims will always have a different version of reality. “Muslims discovered America before Columbus, claims Turkey’s Erdogan” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/11/15/muslims-discovered-america-before-columbus-claims-turkeys-erdogan/?utm_term=.b351d67f4d60

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        How stupid! At the time of Jesus, the Palestinians hadn’t yet been conquered by the Arabs out of the peninsula and adopted their culture.

                        The Talmud is a polyglot fraud of many derivations, none of it traceable to Palestine.

                        But go on making a fool out of yourself.

                      • Norm

                        Throughout their existence, the Jews were conquered and/or ruled by, in turn, the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks, and the Brits.

                        Yet while adapting to whatever lingua franca at the time for day-to-day activities, they’ve always maintained their core original culture, holidays, and traditions – chief among them is the use of Hebrew as their holy tongue for all their prayers and sacred rituals.

                        Why haven’t your fake so-called “Palestinians”?

                        (Hint: Because they’re fake…)

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Because they switched to Arabic after the Arab conquest. Boy, are you dumb!

                        You’re so dumb that you can’t function without a fictional history, adapted and stolen from the people of Palestine. You’re dependent on a book of fairy tales selected in Alexandria.

                        Sorry, there’s no way you convert European Ashkenazi ZioNazi thugs can wiggle out of being guilty of genocidal country stealing.

                      • Norm

                        Which people entirely erases and forgets all trace of its prior cultural traditions and language just because it happened to get conquered by a superpower, and then eagerly adopts those of its conquistadors?

                        This never happened in history anywhere else in the world to any other people, not even under the most brutal of Muslim conquests – EXCEPT to your fake so-called “Palestinians”….? How do you explain this unique anomaly?

                        BTW, FYI, I’m not a convert European Ashkenazi ZioNazi thug.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Didn’t they teach you convert European Ashkenazi ZioNazi thugs how to farm and cook and make so-called “Stars of David”? Even Ben-Gurion knew that he was assaulting the heirs of the ancient Judaic kingdoms. But you don’t, which makes you extraordinarily stupid.

                      • Norm

                        So first, as for me personally not being a convert European Ashkenazi ZioNazi thug – they didn’t.

                        And second, even if some of them may have shown and shared some of their primitive subsistence farming customs with the very first Zionist settlers in the 1860s, it was the industrious Zionist settlers themselves who developed and transformed the land from a desolate barren mix of mostly desert and swampland to a land of milk and honey again, for the first time after 2000 years.

                        Now, answer the question: How come ONLY your fake so-called “Palestinian people” is the ONLY people in the world to have totally erased and abandoned any trace whatsoever of its former culture, traditions, and language, once conquered by the Arabs? How can that even be possible?

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Easy! All the silly things you make up never happened. Not my fault that you never check out the ZioNazi myths that you peddle. Not my fault that you have such a bad memory, that you can’t remember how I’ve refuted your nonsense before in this thread. So you don’t have a question that anyone needs to answer.

                        I bet you don’t even know what was grown in the Jezreel Valley long before the farm-clumsy ZioNazi thugs arrived.

                        If you don’t know that, then I’m not going to waste anymore time with your silly ZioNazi propaganda. (Note: Only convert European Ashkenazi ZioNazi thugs say the silly things you do.)

                      • Norm

                        …and the aggrandizement of suicide-bombing laced up with metal pellets, shrapnel, and nails amid unsuspecting women and children in overcrowded areas.

                        “Manchester terror attack: Homeless man ‘pulled nails out of child’s face'”
                        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-terror-attack-homeless-man-pulled-nails-face-children-injured-arena-bombing-a7751656.html

                        Eight-year-old girl dies in Manchester terror attack. Saffie Rose Roussos was a pupil at Tarleton Community Primary School, near Preston. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/8-year-old-confirmed-dead-manchester-attack-ariana-grande-concert/

                        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2017/05/23/129673730_SWNScom-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqvEhkHiG7jeh0_816Nz6QNSyhqqhKNN0_jKHPROdbGQ8.jpg

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        Awful, isn’t it? Do you think it’s anywhere as awful as the atrocities performed regularly by the ZioNazi thugs?

                        http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51398570e4b0f3422dd66e68/t/53d27b4be4b02f566edf740e/1406303061859/..

                      • Norm

                        The word “ZioNazi” is an oxymoron. Also note that the clash of civilizations is not confined to the fake so-called “Palestinians”, in any case.

                        How’s Helen recuperating from that heart attack after the thread the other day? Pls send my regards.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        “Clash of civilizations” is a made up term beloved of ZioNazi thugs.

                • tapatio

                  Just why should anyone care about the “opinion” of a Jew-boy, hasbara bot? You don’t have a bagel-F’ing thought that doesn’t come out of the Hasbara Handbook.

                  • Norm

                    In other words, you can’t explain what makes you spend what’s left of your miserable life flooding this site 24/7 with your fake propaganda trash.

                    Actually, I’m inclined to believe that you’re basically convinced you’re truly a leftist progressive. But the more you espouse your laughable Hitlerian views, the more you manifest your bigoted anti-LGBT hatred, and the more you continue to refer to Christians who stand by Israel as “Hasbara Jew-boy” – the more you’re exposing yourself as the self-loathing Jew that you most probably are. There’s simply no other possible explanation, unless you’re a total moronic nincompoop – which then rules out any possibility of you having ever been employed as a tenured “professor” of anything, in any accredited institution.

                    In short, everything about you is fake, under any circumstances.

                    • tapatio

                      JEW-BOY, EITHER PUT UP SOME EVIDENCE, RATHER THAN THE STANDARD HASBARAT DRIVEL OR STFU.

                      According to surveys published in various US media, Jerusalem Times, Haaretz (Israeli liberal paper), the ADL and many Jewish anti-Zionist organizations and experts, between 65 and 85% of the world’s 14+ million Jews support Zionism, Israel and their behaviors. From having been once involved with a US synagogue and what I am told by Jews in BDS, I know that most US synagogues are deeply involved in Zionism.

                      The US banking industry supports Zionism/Israel through its corruption of Congress and the White House. That industry is predominantly Jewish controlled.

                      More than 90% of the US mainstream media is owned by six corporations, all with controlling interest in the hands of Jews. Rupert Murdoch was raised as a Jew, whatever he may be now – other than sleaze. The US mainstream media never publishes the truth about Palestine or the Middle East.

                      Jews comprise two-tenths of one percent of the world population and two percent of the US population. Yet, they make up more than 85% of America’s white collar criminals (with takes over $10M) in the last 30 years.

                      Jews traditionally give the least, of all religious/cultural groups, to charitable causes/disaster relief/etc. Their donations are normally geared to having a program or facility named after them or being listed as donors.

                      There are many INDIVIDUAL Jews who are quite admirable. Einstein, Salk and many other Jews have made significant contributions to humanity. My BDS group of just over 1200 has more than 100 Jews as members, though few of those Jews want to be seen as supporting BDS because they say they will be ostracized from their synagogues, families, social groups.

                      The Jews have been expelled from more than 100 countries over the last 2000 years. To my knowledge, almost 80 of those expulsions were preceded by periods of growing Jewish crime, corruption, treachery and barbarity. The rest are more ambiguous, with no reliable confirmation of the accusations against the Jews.

                      Hitler rose to power for ONE reason – the Rothschild Cartel’s rape of Germany after WW I. The Rothschild Banking Cartel is a Jewish organization. Without their stripping of all German assets after that war and the resulting starvation of millions of Germans, Hitler could never have gained traction with the people and close to 100 million lives would have been spared.

                      By comparison to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and other world religions/ethnic groups, Judaism has, throughout its history, been an overall negative influence on humanity.

                      • Norm

                        You have simply no way of dancing around it. Nothing – absolutely nothing – merits the extermination of 15 million Jews now living in the world, as you propose.

                        Try mentioning it in your next “BDS group” meeting to your more than 100 Jews as members there, and see what happens to you. It will make your head spin.

                        Similarly, there’s absolutely no way you could have kept a tenured professor position uttering such hate speech nonsense. Let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, that your fake libelous propaganda allegations about this or that banker’s corruption were indeed true. Do you really believe you would have gotten away with proposing a genocidal extermination of all living Jews for it?

                        Which means you were either a fake then – hiding your true views from your peers, or you’re a fake now – claiming to have held an academic position in the first place.