Critical Context in Perilous Times:

· I recall the United States invasion of Grenada which began at dawn on October 25, 1983, and ended when the United States replaced Hudson Austin, the countries provisional leader, with an interim government selected by the United States. The excuse was that the procommunist government of that country had become incoherently deadlocked, threatening possible civil strife. I do not recall any sanctions imposed on the United States by anyone as a result of such action.

· I recall the United States invasion of Panama which started on December 20, 1989 and purportedly ended on January 31, 1990; after the United States forcibly replaced the de facto leader of Panama (and former CIA operative) Manuel Noriega with the Cali Cartel’s purported treasurer, Guillermo Endara. The excuse was purportedly than Mr. Noriega was engaged in drug trafficking and racketeering. I do not recall any sanctions imposed on the United States by anyone as a result of such action.

· I recall the many attacks by Israel on Gaza, the horrible resulting destruction and loss of life, and the daily quotidian assaults by the Israeli State on Palestinians, the indignities and mayhem and murders. But I do not recall any sanctions imposed on Israel by anyone as a result of such action.

· We all, I think recall the unwarranted and horribly costly invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. But none of us, I think, can recall any sanctions imposed on the United States by anyone as a result of such actions.

· I recall the Saudi led and United States supported ongoing invasion of Yemen. But I do not recall any sanctions imposed on Saudi Arabia or its allies by anyone as a result of such action.

· I recall the French inspired and NATO led invasion and destruction of Libya in which the United States was a leading participant, with its secretary of State, the beastly Hillary Clinton, crowing, “we same, we saw, he died”, referring to the brutal murder of Moammar Gaddafi. But I do not recall any sanctions imposed on them by anyone as a result of such action.

· I am reminded that today, United States, French, English, Turkish and other troops are illegally engaged in military operations inside of Syria. But I do not recall any sanctions imposed on them by anyone as a result of such action.

· I am reminded that the United States and its allies have recognized the pretender Juan Guaido, a self-declared president of Venezuela, have supported more than one coup attempt orchestrated by him, and have turned over to him and his cronies a great deal of the wealth Venezuela requires to care for its population impoverished through their sanctions, as they would impoverish Russia today. But I do not recall any sanctions imposed on them by anyone as a result of such action.

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