nato bombing of yugoslavia

what’s the worst thing you think a clinton has ever done?

the three strikes law? mass incarceration? the NATO bombing of yugoslavia? run an incompetent presidential campaign?

all wrong. it’s definitely this

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March 24, 1999: NATO’s 78-day terror-bombing campaign against Yugoslavia begins, destroying the last workers’ state in Europe and setting the stage for today’s war in Ukraine.

The bombing killed between 2,000 and 4,000 civilians, destroyed many bridges, industrial plants, many civilian buildings, public buildings and businesses, barracks and military installations. It should be particularly noted the destruction of two oil refineries, demolition Avala Tower, the Radio-Television Serbia, the Pancevo petrochemical, shooting bridge building, car factory Zastava from Kragujevac, in the buildings of downtown Belgrade, Embassy of the Republic of China and many other civilian targets.

17 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO BELGRADE.

1. Belgrade’s been around the block
Belgrade is seriously old, and it’s seen a few things. Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia and its capital, but the “white city” has taken many forms since the beginnings of its settlement between 50,000 and 20,000 years ago. Thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the Saba and Danube rivers, and intersection of Western and Oriental Europe, Belgrade has been fought over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times, including by Attila the Hun, who had his way with the area in A.D. 442. In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottomans, and there followed a period of tug-of war between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, who took turns destroying the city, each leaving behind a cosmopolitan legacy. Belgrade was also the capital of Yugoslavia from its inception as a kingdom in 1918, throughout the post World War II socialist era, right up until Serbia was the last man standing in 2006. Serbs are notorious for their nationalism, but many Belgraders still express a ‘yugonostalgic’ longing for the multiculturalism and porous borders of the socialist era, with their shared origins and languages (Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian are more or less reciprocal, although Serbian is the only one to use the Cyrillic alphabet).

2. It has a split personality
Bisected by the Sava river, Belgrade is a town of two halves: the old and the new. New Belgrade was constructed during the socialist era and the grid of blocks retains its Soviet feel. It’s definitely worth exploring the area to get a feel for this important part of the region’s history, but most of the action is confined to the ‘old’ side. Different again, on the same side of the Sava as New Belgrade is Zemun, which used to be a separate city to Belgrade—a fact its residents will not let you forget. While Belgrade proper was under Ottoman rule, Zemun was an Austro-Hungarian outpost. Nowadays Zemun is officially part of the city of Belgrade, but climbing to the top of Gardos hill or a seafood lunch at a kafana along the banks of the Danube still feels like a mini-break from the main metropolis.
3. Don’t mention the war
Be conscious that most people you will talk to in Belgrade have lived through the trauma of the Yugoslav wars, which lasted for a decade until 2001, ending the pan-Slavic experiment. The violence perpetrated by Serbian forces led the fledgling post-socialist republic to be ostracised from the international community for several years, while internally they struggled under the corruption and repression of the Milosevic era. A quick walk down Nemanjina Street and you’ll quickly realize why Belgrade’s recent history remains so present in people’s minds—the enormous destruction of the Yugoslav Ministry of Defence buildings, bombed during the NATO attack in 1999, dominates the streetscape.
The former Yugoslavia was sliced and diced into a collection of nation-states bound by ethno-religious borders. These borders came about after the South Slavs (who migrated from an area around the Ukraine and Poland) crashed the Byzantine party in the Balkans regions, resulting in some religious osmosis from their new neighbours. The Serbian Orthodox church is a hangover from the early Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholic Croatia congregated around the Roman religion, while the Ottomans’ Islam took root in Bosnia. Yugoslavia, first a kingdom and later, after World War II, a socialist regime headed by the still widely-adored Marshal Josip Broz Tito, was the region’s attempt to reignite a pan-Slavic identity and bring the religious disparity under one roof.The post-war years have not been kind to Belgrade: although some sectors of Serbia’s economy are on the up, helped by the promise of E.U. accession, the average wage remains low and unemployment, especially among the youth, is high. The ongoing political tension has resulted in a deep suspicion of the government, as well as foreign powers such as the U.S. and the E.U., that can border on conspiracy theory. The lack of capital in the Belgrade is visible throughout the city’s urban environment—blackened facades, cracked and crumbling flagstones, and out-of-date infrastructure.
4. But Belgrade knows how to party
Despite the millennia of tumult, from Attila the Hun to Slobodan Milosevic, shed any pre-conceived notions of war-ravaged Balkans—people in Belgrade like to have a good time. Cafés and bars are heaving day and night, and the terraces that crowd the pavements remind you that Italy and Greece are not so far away in terms of distance and culture. Belgrade has the Mediterranean lifestyle without the coastline. Coffee is taken very seriously here, but as the sun goes down, the espresso cups are replaced by beers or spritzes (the city’s de facto cocktail). Bars are squeezed into any available space—above, on, and below street level. One of the best things about Belgrade is exploring these neighbourhood establishments, each with their own distinct character. Use your discretion and you’ll find the staff and regulars (many of whom speak excellent English) will usually be very welcoming.
5. Coffee is a serious business
It’s probably not an exaggeration that for some people in Belgrade drinking coffee is a full-time job. The city was put on the drip after the Ottomans brought their brew with them in the 16th century, which explains why ‘domestic’ coffee, or kafa, bears a strong resemblance to what many people know as Turkish. The story goes that the very next year the first kafana(coffeehouse) was opened in Belgrade, in 1522.
For those who find the bitter viscosity of kafa a bit much, espresso is no less of an occupation here, and is probably more common these days, with a slew of independent cafes and chain stores opening around the city. If you’ve had the misfortune of living in less caffeine-oriented places, you’ll be astounded by the quality while being bemused that menus also usually offer Nescafe. There is also a new wave of specialty local roasters fuelling the city’s addiction—Przionica is one worth checking out if you worship at the altar of the bean.
6. The market is where it’s at
If you want to experience the heartbeat of Belgrade, head to the green markets, held daily. The biggest is Kalenic, but you can’t beat Zeleni Venac: the crazy architecture, spectacular view, and central location. All Belgrade markets have a flea market and fresh produce section. In the latter, locals hustle their homemade specialities: ajvar, kajmak, pickled chillies, honey, and even homemade rakija (a dangerous yet delicious prospect) sold in recycled glass jars or plastic bottles. It’s common not to see any other tourists, so communication can be difficult if you don’t speak Serbo-Croat. A few courteous essentials—dobar dan (good day), hvala (thank you)—a lot of gesticulation and a smile will get you pretty far. If all else fails most vendors will write down the price for you.
7. You must acquire the taste of rakija
Balkan states, despite their national pride, can’t deny that they all have rakijain common. A fruit brandy, rakija can be made from quince, pear, apricot, or peaches—but the Serbian national version (and arguably the most intense) issljivovica, made from the Damson plums that grow in abundance throughout the country (there is even a village called Šljivovica in Western Serbia). ‘Real’rakija is made from pure fruit, with no added sugar, and is double distilled—many Serbs make their own, swearing by its health benefits and drinking a small glass, alongside a coffee and sweetened fruits, for breakfast.
Keep your rakija training wheels on at first with medovaca, which has honey added to make it softer and sweeter. Once you get a taste for it, work your way up to sljivovica, which is guaranteed to warm the heart (in fact the wordrakija comes from an Arabic word meaning sweat). Rakija is served straight and sipped from small vials, accompanied by a glass of water to keep you from dehydrating. For something special, head to specialists Rakia Bar for a tasting of their artisanal creations. Živeli (cheers)!
8. Breakfast burek is the new breakfast burrito
A proper Belgrade burek is a thing of beauty—there is a reason these things are sold by weight. The shattering crunch of layers of flaky pastry. The inevitable searing burn of the filling, punishing you for being too impatient. You tell yourself you won’t eat the whole thing but of course you do, until all that remains are stray, buttery crumbs. All over your chest. Burek are available in sweet (fruit or ricotta-like cheese) or savoury (anything from cheese, spinach, mushroom to meat) and are traditionally washed down with drinkable yoghurt—an intense combination that somehow works. You’ll definitely get the goods at old school bakery Pekara Carli: what they lack in variety, they make up for in freshness. If you’re into nocturnal consumption, Europan has a wider selection of fillings and is open 24 hours.
9. Serbian food = pork, sauce, repeat
Balkans cuisine is certainly no vegetarians’ paradise, unless you are happy to subsist entirely on burek. Belgrade’s food is an edible tour of the region’s history: you’ll find Turkish-influenced kifle, baklava, and cevapcici—a minced meat—sharing the menu with Greek specialties and Austrian-inspired tortenand schnitzel, Vienna’s famous breaded pork escalope, which in Belgrade has been upgraded to become a hefty cream cheese-stuffed version which comes smothered in tartar sauce, and garnished with tomato and lemon slices forming a Karadjordjevic star—the Serbian Monarchy medal.
Traditional Serbian meals are full of strong flavours. Hearty stews and basically any form of meat—grilled, cured, or stuffed with cheese—feature prominently, usually served alongside salads, bread, and condiments. Sauces are big here, from kajmak (Serbia’s answer to clotted cream) to ajvar (a spicy, red pepper paste).Legend has it the preponderance of pork originated as a form of gastronomic resistance to the Ottoman overlords. Serbian food might be rustic, but due to the fertile land and relatively late industrialization, the quality of ingredients is high, even in basic restaurants. For a lighter touch, there are several new restaurants putting a more refined twist on traditional tastes such as Pire Slow Food and Homa.
You can’t leave without trying pljeskavica—the hamburger’s illegitimate brother and a Belgrade staple. Loki is possibly the only pljeskavica purveyor salubrious enough to have a chandelier and is a great place to try these curiously spongy yet delicious grilled patties. The biggest are the size of dinner plates, folded over with their edges poking out of soft hamburger buns. ‘The lot’ Serbian style includes an insane amount of garnishes—pickled cabbage, onions, chilli, mustard, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and spicy cream cheese. This big, wet mess is best enjoyed in your darkest moment, swaddled in napkins. Pizza in Belgrade has also been ‘Serbified’ (code for adding condiments). Locals queue at all hours of the night at Bucko Pizza on Francuska Street for thin-crust slices topped with a choice of colourful flavored spreads—the mushroom dip is oddly compelling.
10. Take a breath of fresh air—and hold it
Serbia has staunchly resisted kowtowing to anti-smoking lobbies—you can still smoke inside all restaurants and bars. Entering a restaurant through a smoky haze is certainly a novelty, but it becomes problematic when you don’t want to consume second-hand smoke with your meal, or at all. If you’re nostalgic at the thought of lighting up indoors (I’m convinced this explains the number of French tourists in Belgrade) this will be great news. For everyone else, the city offers a healthy quota of terraces, which give you a bit more room to breathe. If you’re spending time in enclosed spaces, take advantage of the city’s relatively cheap dry-cleaning the next day to ensure your clothes don’t bring back an olfactory souvenir. 
11. In Serbia you can make your first million (in dinar)
Serbia’s currency is valued pretty low compared to the Euro, making Belgrade a spendthrift’s dream as far as accommodation and food are concerned. As the economy has increased, so have Belgrade’s prices, but compared to most European cities you can eat, drink and sleep like a king, for less than a princely sum. Some of the neighbouring Balkan states are already E.U. members—to deal with the constant headache of cross-border exchange issues, you can exchange euro or U.S. dollars for dinar in ATMs, and there is also a plethora of menjacnica (money exchanges). As dodgy as these holes-in-the-wall look, with their gaudy flashing lights and post-apocalyptic vibe, the rates aren’t bad and you won’t be charged a commission. There’s not a great deal of variation so no need to shop around.
12. Here, partying is a water sport
Technically it might not have a beach, but Belgrade’s surplus of river frontage means that water plays a big part in city life. Belgraders party all year round on splavs (short for splavovi)—bars and clubs on permanently moored boats along the banks of the Sava and Danube. Before you jump aboard, remember that the abomination known as turbo-folk is still popular in Belgrade (and this goes for land bars too).
Nothing will kill a waterside buzz like hours of souped-up folk music, so choose your splav wisely (20/44 is one known to have a more eclectic playlist). Into a more low-key river experience? Ada Ciganlija is an island-cum-peninsula smack-bang in the middle of the Sava. For those outdoors types it has a swimmable lake, sports fields, bike paths and loads of forests, plus concerts and festivals in the summer.
13. You can reclaim the city
Like any good ex-communist capital, Belgrade has no shortage of abandoned buildings. These days many of them have been given a new lease on life, whether as fully-fledged enterprises or underground cultural venues. Get a taste in riverside neighbourhood Savamala, a once-thriving commercial centre, now reborn as a creative hub. Jazz clubs and gay bars are cloistered amongst ruined townhouses next to the Brankow Bridge, new cafés inhabit warehouses on Karadjordjevic Street. Further out of the city, larger spaces like former studios Inex Films have become quasi-official headquarters for various arts and cultural organisations. You can usually wander around these graffiti-covered ‘not squats’ during the day, in the evenings they often host—albeit sporadically—exhibitions, film screenings, and gigs.
14. How to be a lonely visitor in Dorcol
There are plenty of neighbourhoods in Belgrade where you’ll feel like the only visitor, and Dorcol, stretching from the lower half of the old city right down to the Danube, gets my money. Locals there are notoriously parochial, and for good reason—it has the best of the old and the new. Home to one of Belgrade’s biggest clusters of historic buildings, you have easy access to the rest of the city and plenty to keep you busy close by. The former industrial zone near the river is slowly gentrifying: drink some of the city’s best coffee at micro-roastery Przionica or take a break from barbecued meats at fine dining restaurant Homa. Stately thoroughfare Kralja Petra is a one-street archi-tour, with candy-colored facades ranging from Baroque to Art Deco and charming historic frontages like San Marina Chocolates and Sava Perfumes.
15. How to avoid getting stuck in the S bend
Belgrade’s two most overrated streets are easy to remember: they both start with S and they intersect. Skadarska, the so-called Balkans Street, may have once been bohemian, but is now filled with competing, cacophonous Serbian bands and ersatz eateries. There are a couple of decent historic places serving solid Serbian fare, but there are fewer tourists and far better food and ambience elsewhere. Belgrade’s best known bar strip, Strahinjića Bana, is the other end of the spectrum. Basically a very long catwalk for locals and tourists, the panoply of sterile bars and restaurants, over-priced beauty salons and black SUVs is good for people watching and not much else. The good news is, walk only metres from this street and you’ll find loads of options with much more soul.
16. C is for Serbo-Croat
If you’re stressed about Cyrillic, don’t be—in Serbia, Serbo-Croat is usually written in Latin script as well and words in Latin script are pronounced phonetically. If you’ve got a basic knowledge of Greek, Russian, or another Slavic tongue—or you’re a language savant—you’ll probably be able to decipher some of the signs that are only in Cyrillic. You might run into problems with Google Maps, which normally puts both Cyrillic and Latin versions for street names—except where there’s not enough room on the screen. Many Belgraders (especially the younger generation or those working in retail or hospitality) can speak pretty impressive English, and even non-touristy restaurants will often have English menus. Memorize a couple of essentials to help you on your way: pivo (beer), molim (please).
17. Do the time warp
One of the most enduring legacies of the Ottoman occupation, a kafana is a traditional café—the kind of place you enter and time seems to stand still, if not rewind. Although found throughout the Balkans, in Belgrade they are an institution, achieving cult status even among the younger generations. Generally tending towards the patriarchal side, it is possible to find some that have a slightly more gender-balanced clientele. Beyond copious amounts of coffee, beer and rakija, these smoke-filled dens will dish up a best of compilation of Serbian classics from fat, glistening pork sausages served with white beans in sauce to cevapcici (grilled, skinless sausages). You may cross the threshold and feel like the ultimate out-of-towner among the regulars propping up the bar, but do your reconnaissance, hold your ground and crack out every last skerrick of your Serbo-Croat and who knows, the cool kids might let you join their card game.

17 years ago NATO started bombing Yugoslavia using military force without the approval of the UN Security Council. 

The air strikes lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999. 

Never forget.

pennamerosie  asked:

Can you explain why you dislike Bernie Sanders please? I'm curious.

Bernie Sanders, the “self-proclaimed socialist” is pro-big business (as long as he likes them; he doesn’t even want to audit or shut down the Federal Reserve System). Sanders is also pro-military when it suits him:

During congressional deliberations over authorizing the first Gulf War, Sanders declared his support for sanctions, diplomatic pressure and even the use of US forces to “pressure” Iraq into submission, while stopping, along with most congressional Democrats, just short of voting for the actual war. This caveat was dropped in 1993, when Sanders voted for US intervention in Somalia. Sanders then voted for the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.

Sander’s also supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 which left over 500 civilians dead, a stance which caused one of his staffers to resign in protest.

In 2006, he voted ‘Yea’ on legislation that made the remaining fourteen provisions of the Patriot Act permanent and extended the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009. Also in 2006 (the year Sanders moved to the Senate), well-known socialist publication Socialist Workerconcluded that Bernie Sanders was “anything but” a socialist due to his long-time loyalties to the Democratic National Convention (a tie which remains to this day). Bernie is in bed with private interests. Just because he refused SuperPAC money doesn’t mean he refuses to accept private ‘donations’. He accepts millions of dollars from unions every campaign he runs, many of which are just as corrupt as the corporations for which they work.

Sanders also voted against the original legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security, but by 2006 he had joined the majority of Congress in passing continued funding of that agency.

Sanders supported the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer but thought the Israeli army was a little heavy-handed and ‘over-reacted’ with some of its actions like bombing schools being used as civilian shelters.

So Sanders might have opposed the Iraq war, but he voted yes to authorize military force in response to 9/11. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan and voted to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He supported Clinton’s Gulf build-up and sanctions against Iraq in the 90s. He supports National Guard troops in his home state. He supports imperialist veteran groups like the American Legion and the VFW and has received chauvinist awards from both organizations. He supports drone strikes and the use of “targeted killings” aka assassinations.

Contrary to popular belief, Bernie Sanders is not the only politician running for office who promotes LGBT rights, who opposes NSA surveillance, and who opposes for-profit interests’ influence in public affairs. I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul have uttered much of the same sentiment with varying degrees of passion.

It’s amazing how campaigns work, isn’t it? You stand in front of a podium in front of thousands of people and cameras and you just say whatever it is you know they want to hear come out of your mouth. Which, apparently, includes xenophobic “close the borders” rhetoric.

Just because the guy nominally states that he won’t accept “corporate money” doesn’t mean he isn’t out to swindle you. Hey may abstain from Super PACs, but I don’t recall Sanders promising to clean house by removing the director of each bureau and agency.

Come to think of it, he does not even plan to touch the Federal Reserve whose chairman he thinks should be “prepared to stand up to the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street” despite the fact that each prior chairman has had a lucrative history with Wall Street before and after their tenure.

The guy is so pro-establishment that real socialists are denouncing him left and right (as they have been for years).

I dislike Sanders for the same reason I think all on Capitol Hill are scumbags.

Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted.

Never forget.

On the 15th anniversary of US bombing of Serbia and as new even more ominous dangers arise in Ukraine and Crimea, it is important to remember history.

Wall Street dominates peoples through the destructive strategy of “divide and rule.” In the Balkans and in Eastern Europe this has meant policies aimed at breaking solidarity among different nationalities and religions by imposing sanctions and economic destabilization and by funding right-wing and fascist organizations and granting immediate recognition to their regimes.

It was U.S. and EU criminal policy that broke the Yugoslav Federation into six unstable, impoverished micro-states. They executed this crime by bombing Bosnia in 1994 and carrying out a 78-day bombing in 1999 of Serbia, especially the Serbian province of Kosovo. These wars aimed at expanding the U.S.-commanded NATO alliance into the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. Despite U.S. and German commitments to the Soviet Union to not expand NATO one inch further if Soviet troops were withdrawn from East Germany, NATO has now expanded to 12 countries in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics.

After the massive destruction of schools, hospitals, industries and communication in Yugoslavia in 1999, in the imposed ceasefire and in UN resolution 1244 Washington still agreed that Kosovo is historically part of Serbia and would remain an autonomous part of sovereign Serbia, although under US/NATO occupation and administration. In 2008, in violation of this signed UN agreement, the U.S. recognized the puppet government it had set up and its illegal declaration of independence of Kosovo. The overwhelming majority of the people of Serbia of all nationalities opposed this theft of Kosovo by NATO; they continue to raise the slogan: “Kosovo is Serbia.”

—  Sara Flounders, International Action Center co-director, on the 15th anniversary of NATO’s criminal bombing of Yugoslavia

14 years ago I was watching a Spanish soap-opera with my mom and my brother when the sirens pierced the night - NATO forces invaded Yugoslavian airspace. 78 days of fear, food shortage, water and electricity restrictions, bomb-shelters and deaths were just a prologue of the years to come.
In the NATO operation Merciful Angel, set to bomb only military objects, died over 500 civilians. R.I.P.

funnyolbastard-deactivated20170  asked:

From what I've seen bernie is the best candidate, why is he problematic?

Bernie Sanders, the “self-proclaimed socialist” is pro-big business (as long as he likes them; he doesn’t even want to audit or shut down the Federal Reserve System). Sanders is also pro-military when it suits him:

During congressional deliberations over authorizing the first Gulf War, Sanders declared his support for sanctions, diplomatic pressure and even the use of US forces to “pressure” Iraq into submission, while stopping, along with most congressional Democrats, just short of voting for the actual war. This caveat was dropped in 1993, when Sanders voted for US intervention in Somalia. Sanders then voted for the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.

Sander’s also supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 which left over 500 civilians dead, a stance which caused one of his staffers to resign in protest.

In 2006, he voted ‘Yea’ on legislation that made the remaining fourteen provisions of the Patriot Act permanent and extended the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009. Also in 2006 (the year Sanders moved to the Senate), well-known socialist publication Socialist Workerconcluded that Bernie Sanders was “anything but” a socialist due to his long-time loyalties to the Democratic National Convention (a tie which remains to this day). Bernie is in bed with private interests. Just because he refused SuperPAC money doesn’t mean he refuses to accept private ‘donations’. He accepts millions of dollars from unions every campaign he runs, many of which are just as corrupt as the corporations for which they work.

Sanders also voted against the original legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security, but by 2006 he had joined the majority of Congress in passing continued funding of that agency.

Sanders supported the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer but thought the Israeli army was a little heavy-handed and ‘over-reacted’ with some of its actions like bombing schools being used as civilian shelters.

So Sanders might have opposed the Iraq war, but he voted yes to authorize military force in response to 9/11. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan and voted to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He supported Clinton’s Gulf build-up and sanctions against Iraq in the 90s. He supports National Guard troops in his home state. He supports imperialist veteran groups like the American Legion and the VFW and has received chauvinist awards from both organizations. He supports drone strikes and the use of “targeted killings” aka assassinations.

Contrary to popular belief, Bernie Sanders is not the only politician running for office who promotes LGBT rights, who opposes NSA surveillance, and who opposes for-profit interests’ influence in public affairs. I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul have uttered much of the same sentiment with varying degrees of passion.

It’s amazing how campaigns work, isn’t it? You stand in front of a podium in front of thousands of people and cameras and you just say whatever it is you know they want to hear come out of your mouth. Which, apparently, includes xenophobic “close the borders” rhetoric.

Just because the guy nominally states that he won’t accept “corporate money” doesn’t mean he isn’t out to swindle you. Hey may abstain from Super PACs, but I don’t recall Sanders promising to clean house by removing the director of each bureau and agency.

Come to think of it, he does not even plan to touch the Federal Reserve whose chairman he thinks should be “prepared to stand up to the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street” despite the fact that each prior chairman has had a lucrative history with Wall Street before and after their tenure.

The guy is so pro-establishment that real socialists are denouncing him left and right (as they have been for years).

FEEL THE BERN THOUGH YA KNOW? I am sure he won’t facilitate the murder of nearly as many innocents as Hillary Clinton would and certainly not as many as the Republicans who value human life slightly less than the Democrats :^)

anonymous asked:

Hello, I just wanted to know why you don't like Bernie Sanders? He seems like the best option for me.

Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed “socialist” is pro-big business (as long as he likes them; he doesn’t even want to audit or shut down the Federal Reserve System). Sanders is also pro-military when it suits him:

During congressional deliberations over authorizing the first Gulf War, Sanders declared his support for sanctions, diplomatic pressure and even the use of US forces to “pressure” Iraq into submission, while stopping, along with most congressional Democrats, just short of voting for the actual war. This caveat was dropped in 1993, when Sanders voted for US intervention in Somalia. Sanders then voted for the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.

Sander’s also supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 which left over 500 civilians dead, a stance which caused one of his staffers to resign in protest.

In 2006, he supported the extension authority to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009. Also in 2006 (the year Sanders moved to the Senate), well-known socialist publication Socialist Worker concluded that Bernie Sanders was “anything but” a socialist due to his long-time loyalties to the Democratic National Convention (a tie which remains to this day). Bernie is in bed with private interests. Just because he refused Super PAC money doesn’t mean he refuses to accept private ‘donations’. He accepts millions of dollars from unions every campaign he runs, many of which are just as corrupt as the corporations for which they work.

Sanders also voted against the original legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security, but by 2006 he had joined the majority of Congress in passing continued funding of that agency.

Sanders supported the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer but thought the Israeli army was a little heavy-handed and ‘over-reacted’ with some of its actions like bombing schools being used as civilian shelters.

So Sanders might have opposed the Iraq war, but he voted yes to authorize military force in response to 9/11. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan and voted to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He supported Clinton’s Gulf build-up and sanctions against Iraq in the 90s. He supports National Guard troops in his home state. He supports imperialist veteran groups like the American Legion and the VFW and has received chauvinist awards from both organizations. He supports drone strikes and the use of “targeted killings” aka assassinations.

“But Bernie said he won’t go to war!” and despite what a politician says, actions speak louder than words – the facts demonstrate that what Bernie wishes or expresses is a lot different than what he winds up supporting. No precedent exists from either Sanders or the Oval Office to believe that an elected candidate will not go to war. Supporting “low intensity conflict” doesn’t make it any less of a war.

Ron Jacobs of Counter Punch wrote on, 3/31/2003:

“For those of us with a memory longer than the average US news reporter, we can remember Bernie’s staunch support for Clinton’s 100-day bombing of Yugoslavia and Kosovo in 1999. I served as a support person for a dozen or so Vermonters who sat-in in his Burlington office a couple weeks into that war. Not only did Sanders refuse to talk with us via telephone (unlike his Vermont counterparts in the Senate-Leahy and Jeffords), he had his staff call the local police to arrest those who refused to leave until Sanders spoke with them. The following week Sanders held a town hall meeting in Montpelier, VT., where he surrounded himself with sympathetic war supporters and one university professor who opposed the war and Bernie’s support for it. During the question and answer part of the meeting, Sanders yelled at two of the audience’s most vocal opponents to his position and told them to leave if they didn’t like what he had to say.”

Contrary to popular belief, Bernie Sanders is not the only politician running for office who promotes LGBT rights, who opposes NSA surveillance, and who opposes for-profit interests’ influence in public affairs. I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul have uttered much of the same sentiment with varying degrees of passion.

Even if Sanders were the only candidate to support LGBTQ issues (he’s not), there is not a single bill in Congress threatening to curtail the rights – specifically – from anyone within the LGBTQ community or minorities. However, there are plenty of laws supported by Sanders which do curtail civil liberties for all Americans (including the USA FREEDOM Act which he co-sponsored). Sanders has an extensive history of supporting the expansion of the ‘Security State’; he not only supported the creation of the Director of National Intelligence, but also voted ‘Yea’ to continue the collection of intelligence without civil oversight (suggesting that the state has a right to keep secrets from the public). 

It’s amazing how campaigns work, isn’t it? You stand in front of a podium in front of thousands of people and cameras and you just say whatever it is you know they want to hear come out of your mouth. Which, apparently, includes xenophobic “close the borders” rhetoric.

Just because the guy nominally states that he won’t accept “corporate money” doesn’t mean he isn’t out to swindle you. Hey may abstain from Super PACs, but I don’t recall Sanders promising to clean house by removing the director of each bureau and agency.

Come to think of it, he does not even plan to touch the Federal Reserve whose chairman he thinks should be “prepared to stand up to the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street” despite the fact that each prior chairman has had a lucrative history with Wall Street before and after their tenure.

The guy is so pro-establishment that real socialists are denouncing him left and right (as they have been for years).

Bernie “anti-big money” Sanders is now under the direct sway of billionaire George Soros, who has to-date contributed $33 million dollars to the Black Lives Matter organization. After hiring one of those on the payroll, Symone Sanders, to craft a ‘racial justice’ platform, the only solutions he has to offer involve the same Federal government perpetuating the abuses against black Americans (et al.).

It is evident from Sanders’ newly-adopted platforms that the organizational leaders within the BLM hierarchy have no interest in curtailing the powers of the Federal government over black Americans; rather, their interests lay in consolidating those powers into the hands of BLM-approved bureaucrats. This is the same Federal government which continues to actively monitor the movement’s leadership.