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    Trump Regime Heightens Middle East Tensions


    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)

    Since WW II, the US waged wars of aggression against nations threatening no one, the highest of high crimes gone unpunished.

    From North Korea in the early 1950s to what's ongoing endlessly post-9/11, the US attacked nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights affirmed under international law to its interests.



    Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Iran and Syria for this reason, in a part of the world with around two-thirds known oil reserves — why it's strategically important.


    US war on the Syrian Arab Republic rages in its ninth year with no prospect for near-term resolution. US hostility toward the Islamic Republic makes anything possible ahead, including unthinkable war against a nation able to hit back hard if attacked.


    In a Friday op-ed published by the neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post, Iran's UN envoy Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Trump regime hardliners (meaning Pompeo, Bolton, and their subordinates) are pushing DJT for belligerence against the Islamic Republic based on "fake intelligence," adding:


    "The recent dispatching of a US naval armada (and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers) to the Persian Gulf (region) is a response to the same fake intelligence, supported not by members of Congress or US allies."



    "While Iran does not desire war in the region, neither with the United States nor with any other country, we will stand firmly against any act of aggression against our country."


    On Friday, the Trump regime heightened regional tensions further. Acting war secretary Patrick Shanahan issued a statement, saying his department "approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter (nonexistent) Iranian efforts to destabilize the region (sic)."


    Sending more US troops and military hardware to a tinder box part of the world further destabilizes the region, heightening the risk of greater conflict.


    Trump regime assistant war secretary for international security affairs Katie Wheelbarger turned truth on its head, claiming the troop deployment is in response to "credible intelligence we have received that Iran continues to plan for attacks by itself and its proxies against the United States, its forces and its allies in the region" — a bald-faced Big Lie.



    No such intelligence exists! Throughout its history over the past 40 years, Iran never attacked another nation. No evidence suggests it intends to now.


    There's nothing "defensive" about US military deployments and actions. Its record speaks for itself, waging multiple wars of aggression against invented enemies. Real ones don't exist — not now or any other time post-WW II.


    US Navy Vice Admiral Mike Gilday lied, saying "Iranian leaders have initiated actions that pose a danger to the United States, its allies in the region and the globe (sic)."


    The US war department lied, falsely accusing Iran of "at least three recent attacks in the region, including the attacks on oil tankers in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, drone attacks on oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia, and rocket attacks on the Green Zone in Baghdad last weekend (sic)."


    Not a shred of evidence connects Iran to these incidents, most likely false flags, a longstanding US tradition, 9/11 the mother of them all.



    Bypassing Congress on Friday, the Trump regime upped the stakes further, Pompeo saying pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act, he directed the State Department "to complete immediately the formal notification of 22 pending arms transfers to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia totaling approximately $8.1 billion to deter Iranian aggression (sic) and build partner self-defense capacity (sic)."


    There's no "Iranian aggression" to deter. Weapons sales to the Saudis and UAE are all about offense, not "self-defense."


    US weapons sales to aggressor nations — notably Israel, the Gulf states, Egypt, and other despotic regimes — violate the US Foreign Assistance Act (FAA).


    It prohibits aiding regimes engaged "in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, and the security of person, unless such assistance will directly benefit the needy people in such country."


    The Leahy Law provision of the 2001 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (FOAA) (Sec. 8092 of PL 106-259) states the following:


    "None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support any training program involving a unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of Defense has received credible information from the Department of State that a member of such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights, unless all necessary corrective steps have been taken."



    Washington consistently breaches international, constitutional, and US statute laws, operating by its own rules exclusively.


    Throwing more weapons at Middle East rogue states increases the chance of greater belligerence than already.


    While US war on Iran is unlikely in my judgment, its hostile actions make the unthinkable possible — despite strong world community opposition against it.


    On May 24, 76 retired US generals, admirals, and envoys signed an open letter to Trump, urging him against attacking Iran — "express(ing) deep concern with the current escalation with Iran," adding:


    "(W)ar with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost."


    The signatories urged "thoughtful statesmanship and…diplomacy (to avoid) unnecessary armed conflict."


    Hostile US actions against Russia, China, Iran, and other nations heighten the risk of global war, what's vital to go all out to avoid.


    The alternative risks destruction of planet earth and all its life forms if things go this far, the ultimate act of madness.




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    The War Party Is At It Again

    CHUCK BALDWIN

    Trade a Democrat for a Republican; trade a liberal for a conservative: It doesn't matter. The War Party remains in charge either way. The people who thought they were voting for Donald Trump because he would extricate America from these endless foreign wars should realize by now that he is just another wuss for the War Party.
    Donald Trump has expanded America's bombing wars against Somalia and Syria. He has expanded America's drone attacks against Pakistan and Yemen. He has expanded America's ground war in Afghanistan. U.S. wars in Iraq and Libya have never stopped. U.S. wars have killed over 500,000 people (mostly innocent civilians) in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan alone.
    Now Trump is sending 1,000 troops to Russia's border in Poland. He is sending an additional 1,000 troops (the real number could be 5 or 10 times that) to the Middle East. What most of us are not hearing reported is that Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (CFR) told top national security aides that the Pentagon has plans to send 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East. Coincidentally, this is the exact same number of U.S. forces that were used in the invasion of Iraq.
    Trump has already sent nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East. He has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group to the Middle East. He is sending U.S. warships to the tip of China's territorial waters. He is sending U.S. military jets and bombers to the tip of Russia's airspace. He is threatening overt war with Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Iran. At least 5,000 U.S. troops have been rushed to Venezuela's border-neighbor, Colombia.
    In addition, Trump has issued economic sanctions against India, Mexico, Turkey, the European Union (with 28 member states) and, of course, China, Russia, Venezuela and Iran. For anyone who understands the way sanctions work, each of these sanctions, by themselves, could rightly be considered as an act of war. Hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of little children, elderly people, the sick and infirmed, etc., are right now starving to death all over the world as a direct result of Trump's economic sanctions against their countries. Mr. Trump, have you ever seen a child starve to death?
    And, of course, Trump is bypassing Congress to send billions of dollars of sophisticated arms and munitions to the Sunni/Wahhabi terrorist state of Saudi Arabia. Trump is bypassing Congress again to execute wars against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Iran.
    It is no hyperbole to say that Donald Trump sees himself as an emperor, not a president. And Trump is not shy about admitting it. In his recent ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump bellowed, "I run the country."
    It seems that America's founders went to a lot of trouble for nothing to create a constitutional republic, because, with the help of evangelical Christians and conservative Republicans, Donald Trump is rapidly—and I do mean rapidly—turning America into a monarchy. But in reality,Trump is more of a mafia don than a monarch. And why not? Trump spent his entire business career learning how to skirt the law, truth, decency, honesty and all things upright from the best cons, killers and thugs in the business: Zionist mafia bosses. And Trump is now their star pupil.
    I'm really tired of hearing my Christian conservative friends say that Donald Trump means well, but he just listens to bad advice. Humbug! That miserable attempt at apologizing for Trump is really getting old. Donald Trump knows exactly what he is doing. He is doing what he fully intended to do from day one. He is doing what he was trained all of his life to do.
    Donald Trump is the consummate Zionist stooge. He has bewitched Christians and conservatives with his phony religious rhetoric and overt pandering to Israel. Of course, Christians were already poised and ready for a deceiver like Trump to come along. Ever since the end of World War II, America's evangelical churches have dispensed the devilish and diabolical doctrines of dispensational futurism, which turned them into willing vassals of all things Israel.
    Trump's most influential and trusted staff members have all been Zionist warmongers. I'm talking about Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton (CFR), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (CFR), Special Envoy (translate: war planner) to Venezuela Elliott Abrams (CFR), former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland (CFR), Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (CFR), Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Bilderberg), CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (Bilderberg), Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, et al.
    As an aside, Shanahan caught everyone off guard when he announced last Tuesday that he was leaving the Pentagon. The timing of his departure is most curious. Why would a defense secretary leave his post just as Donald Trump is on the verge of launching at least two wars? There is something significant behind this move. But don't worry, folks, Trump is replacing Shanahan with another CFR Zionist warmonger, now former secretary of the Army, Mark Esper. But I digress.
    Jon Basil Utley writes:
    America's penchant for starting wars [is] very often based upon lies or false premises. False flag operations mean having an attack blamed upon another nation which actually was not the culprit. Syria's questionable fault for gassing of innocent civilians was used by Washington to bomb its Air Force. Now Secretary of State Pompeo has set us up by publicly stating that any attack on any American soldier in Iraq or Syria would cause America to attack Iran. He's put every soldier at risk of death by some Israeli or Saudi fanatic.
    Both Secretary of State Pompeo and Vice President Pence are profound end times Evangelicals [translate: Israel-based dispensational futurists]. In 2017 I wrote, Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next? about the original neo-conservative program to re-mold the Middle East. A main new concern is Trump's Secretary of State's strong evangelical beliefs in the end times. The NY Times describes his beliefs [in] The Rapture and the Real World: Pompeo Blends Belief and Policy. The belief is that a stronger and greater Israel will bring about Armageddon sooner and their rapture straight to heaven.
    Destroying Iran's being a threat to Israel is thus seen as helping God's intentions.
    The FT also links to a Guardian article quoting Pompeo, "Pompeo told a church congregation in Wichita three years ago. "It is a never-ending struggle . . . until the rapture. Be a part of it. Be in the fight." Pompeo's actions as a "Christian Zionist" are described in a New Republic article The Christianization of US Foreign Policy.
    I know what they were trying to say, but the New Republic article titled The Christianization of US Foreign Policy is badly misnamed. What it should be called is The Judaization of US Foreign Policy, because, for the most part, evangelical Christianity in the U.S. has been completely co-opted by Zionist-Judaism (which is not Judaism at all, but a political/racial supremacist ideology that uses war to force its will upon any country that opposes it).
    Philip Giraldi sums up the war doctrine of Mike Pence's Christian Zionism perfectly:
    On May 25th Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker at the United States Military Academy commencement. His speech was predictably an encomium celebrating both the diversity and the success of the newly commissioned officers as well as of the system at West Point that had produced them, but it also included interesting insights into how he and the other non-veterans who dominate the policy making in the White House see the military.
    Most media commentary on the speech was either shocked or pleasantly surprised by Pence's prediction that the graduating officers would soon be at war. He said, "It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific, where North Korea continues to threaten the peace, and an increasingly militarized China challenges our presence in the region. Some of you will join the fight in Europe, where an aggressive Russia seeks to redraw international boundaries by force. And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere."
    Pence's choice of words is revealing. There is a "virtual certainty" of "fight[ing] on a battlefield for America" and that battlefield is global, including both transnational Islamic terrorism and the western hemisphere. The language implies that American security requires "full spectrum dominance" everywhere. It encompasses traditional national enemies, with a Pyongyang that "threatens peace," a China that is "militarized," and a Russia that is both "aggressive" and expansionistic. The soldiers must be prepared to fight "when not if that day comes."
    First of all, it is discouraging to note that Pence believes that a war or wars must take place, and further, one must have to wonder exactly what scenarios are envisioned by Pence, and also presumably by his boss and colleagues, regarding precisely how war against other nuclear powers will play out. Nor does he entertain what would happen when the rest of the world begins to perceive the United States as its enemy due to its willingness to interfere in everyone's politics. And the American soldiers would die not knowing what they were fighting for, since they would understand from the onset that it had nothing to do with the defense of the United States.
    The speech is, in short, a recognition that the Trump Administration sees perpetual war on the horizon, a viewpoint that is particularly alarming as one can quite easily make the case that the United States is not seriously threatened at all by anyone on Pence's enemies list and is therefore the aggressor. China is a regional power, Russia does not have the resources or will to reestablish the Soviet Union, and North Korea has only limited capability to attack anyone, even if it should choose to do so. Islamic terrorism is largely a creation of the United States in the first place and maintains its potency by the adverse impact of the continued US presence in Muslim lands. And the suggestion that Venezuela and/or Cuba might be a threat to America is, quite frankly, laughable.
    If Mike Pence is seriously interested in looking around to see who has been most interested in starting new wars, he should look to gentlemen named Bush and Obama, not to mention his own colleagues John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. And then there are Washington's feckless allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are keen to advance their own interests by means of piles of dead American soldiers.
    As I said, trade a Democrat for a Republican; trade a liberal for a conservative: It doesn't matter. The War Party remains in charge either way.
    Here's one more example: The only current presidential candidate of either party that is truly anti-war is Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi is a four-term congresswoman and a combat veteran of the Iraq War. Again, Philip Giraldi has the story:
    In a recent interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson, Gabbard doubled down on her anti-war credentials, telling the host that war with Iran would be "devastating," adding that "I know where this path leads us and I'm concerned because the American people don't seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be… So, what we are facing is, essentially, a war that has no frontlines, total chaos, engulfs the whole region, is not contained within Iran or Iraq but would extend to Syria and Lebanon and Israel across the region, setting us up in a situation where, in Iraq, we lost over 4,000 of my brothers and sisters in uniform. A war with Iran would take far more American lives, it would cost more civilian lives across the region… Not to speak of the fact that this would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars coming out of our pockets to go and pay for this endless war that begs the question as a soldier, what are we fighting for? What does victory look like? What is the mission?"
    Due to her strong anti-war convictions, Gabbard is being savagely attacked by her own Democrat Party and is being all but totally censored by the mainstream media.
    As I have said over and over: There is only one party in Washington, D.C., and it's the War Party. And they are at it again.
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    President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran.
    Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection.
    It would widen the “forever war,” which Trump said he would end, to a nation of 80 million people, three times as large as Iraq. It would become the defining issue of his presidency, as the Iraq War became the defining issue of George W. Bush’s presidency.
    And if war comes now, it would be known as “Trump’s War.”
    For it was Trump who pulled us out of the Iran nuclear deal, though, according to U.N. inspectors and the other signatories — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China — Tehran was complying with its terms.
    Trump’s repudiation of the treaty was followed by his reimposition of sanctions and a policy of maximum pressure. This was followed by the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a “terrorist” organization.
    Then came the threats of U.S. secondary sanctions on nations, some of them friends and allies, that continued to buy oil from Iran.
    U.S. policy has been to squeeze Iran’s economy until the regime buckles to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 12 demands, including an end to Tehran’s support of its allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
    Sunday, Pompeo said Iran was behind the attacks on the tankers in the Gulf of Oman and that Tehran instigated an attack that injured four U.S. soldiers in Kabul though the Taliban claimed responsibility.
    The war hawks are back.
    “This unprovoked attack on commercial shipping warrants retaliatory military strikes,” said Senator Tom Cotton on Sunday.
    But as Trump does not want war with Iran, Iran does not want war with us. Tehran has denied any role in the tanker attacks, helped put out the fire on one tanker, and accused its enemies of “false flag” attacks to instigate a war.
    If the Revolutionary Guard, which answers to the ayatollah, did attach explosives to the hull of the tankers, it was most likely to send a direct message: If our exports are halted by U.S. sanctions, the oil exports of the Saudis and Gulf Arabs can be made to experience similar problems.
    Yet if the president and the ayatollah do not want war, who does?
    Not the Germans or Japanese, both of whom are asking for more proof that Iran instigated the tanker attacks. Japan’s prime minster was meeting with the ayatollah when the attacks occurred, and one of the tankers was a Japanese vessel.
    Writing in The Wall Street Journal Monday were Ray Takeyh and Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a neocon nest funded by Paul Singer and Sheldon Adelson.
    In a piece titled, “America Can Face Down a Fragile Iran,” the pair make the case that Trump should squeeze the Iranian regime relentlessly and not fear a military clash, and a war with Iran would be a cakewalk.
    “Iran is in no shape for a prolonged confrontation with the U.S. The regime is in a politically precarious position. The sullen Iranian middle class has given up on the possibility of reform or prosperity. The lower classes, once tethered to the regime by the expansive welfare state, have also grown disloyal. The intelligentsia no longer believes that faith and freedom can be harmonized. And the youth have become the regime’s most unrelenting critics.
    “Iran’s fragile theocracy can’t absorb a massive external shock. That’s why Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has, for the most part, adhered to the JCPOA (the nuclear pact) and why he is likely angling for negotiation over confrontation with the Great Satan.”
    This depiction of Iran’s political crisis and economic decline invites a question: If the Tehran regime is so fragile and the Iranian people are so alienated, why not avoid a war and wait for the regime’s collapse?
    Trump seems to have several options:
    —Negotiate with the Tehran regime for some tolerable detente.
    —Refuse to negotiate and await the regime’s collapse, in which case the president must be prepared for Iranian actions that raise the cost of choking that nation to death.
    —Strike militarily, as Cotton urges, and accept the war that follows, if Iran chooses to fight rather than be humiliated and capitulate to Pompeo’s demands.
    One recalls: Saddam Hussein accepted war with the United States in 1991 rather than yield to Bush I’s demand he get his army out of Kuwait.
    Who wants a U.S. war with Iran?
    Primarily the same people who goaded us into wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and who oppose every effort of Trump’s to extricate us from those wars.
    Should they succeed in Iran, it is hard to see how we will ever be able to extricate our country from this blood-soaked region that holds no vital strategic interest save oil, and America, thanks to fracking, has become independent of that.

    Patrick J. Buchanan is co-founder and editor of The American Conservative. He is also the author of Where the Right Went Wrong, and Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. His latest book is See his website.

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    More US Fake News About Iran

    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)


    Bolton, Pompeo, their henchmen, and likeminded Pentagon hardliners are going all-out to manufacture a case for war on Iran based on disinformation, Big Lies and fake news.
    The US navy claims it removed limpet mine fragments and a magnet from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, whether true or false unclear. Either way doesn't matter.
    According to Commander Sean Kido, head of US Naval Forces Central Command's explosive ordinance dive and salvage task group:
    "The limpet mine that was used in the attack (sic) is distinguishable and also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades," adding:
    Damage done to the tanker was "not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship" — contradicting eyewitnesses to the incident aboard the vessel.
    The above remarks have no credibility or validity. Not a shred of evidence suggests Iranian responsibility for the Gulf of Oman incident or weeks earlier regional ones.
    Last Friday, Yutaka Katada, president of the company owning the damaged Kokuka Courageous refuted the Trump regime's claim, saying there's a "high chance" that a "flying object" struck the ship, not a mine as the Trump regime claimed.
    "I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship. The crew told us something came flying at the ship, and they found a hole. Then some crew witnessed the second shot," he explained.
    No credible evidence backs the Trump regime claim about Iranian responsibility for what happened.
    Aside from Britain sticking to the fabricated claim, other European countries doubt it.
    A grainy and clearer video of an alleged Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine attached to the Kokuka Courageous could easily have been doctored, a stunt the US pulled and its imperial accomplices pulled before.
    Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami said accusations "against Iran are totally a lie and I dismiss them firmly," adding:
    The US "can show any footage…but it cannot be used as evidence." Nor can phony claims about mine fragments and a magnet linked to Iran because the US navy says so.
    Washington unjustifiably justifies all its wars of aggression and other hostile actions based on bald-faced Big Lies and deception.
    No official statements about US adversaries by Washington or the Pentagon are credible. Demonizing them builds a case for regime change by war or other hostile actions based on fabricated claims.
    Facts on the ground don't matter, just perceptions regurgitated repeatedly by establishment media.
    Propaganda works as intended. It precedes and accompanies all US wars of aggression, the dominant fourth estate providing press agent services, convincing the public to support what demands condemnation, or at least not strongly express opposition.
    Bipartisan hardliners vilified Iran for the past 40 years, war plans to topple its government prepared long ago, updated over time but never implemented.
    Will this time be different? Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) head Ali Shamkhani believes not, saying:
    "Despite a propaganda campaign against Iran by (its enemies), no war will break out because there is no reason for a war," adding:
    The Trump regime aims to harm Iran's economy by exerting "maximum" pressure. It's not working because Iranians are resisting its hostile actions.
    The harder the US pushes, the greater the enmity of the Iranian people against Washington's imperial agenda, the same true in Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, and elsewhere.
    "Iran once again will turn all US sanctions into opportunity," Shamkhani believes.
    Separately on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Houhani called US sanctions "economic terrorism and a crime against humanity," adding:
    "The entire world believes that Iran had exercised strategic patience and logic, and its moves have been based on international regulations."
    Iran "fully live(s) up to its (JCPOA) commitments," affirmed by IAEA monitors. "(D)espite what some countries say, what we are doing is the least we could do" to stay committed to the agreement.
    Under Article 26, suspension of its voluntary commitments is permitted by Iran if one or more other countries impose sanctions on the country relating to the agreement, the JCPOA stating:
    "Iran has stated that it will treat such a re-introduction or re-imposition of the sanctions specified in Annex II, or such an imposition of new nuclear-related sanctions, as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part."
    Under Article 36, Iran is afforded the same right, according to the JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism. Tehran remains in compliance with the agreement despite increasing the level of its uranium enrichment and storage, along with retaining its heavy water.
    The IAEA earlier said it may increase its uranium enrichment level while respecting the nuclear treaty.
    It's complying the the JCPOA along with Russia and China. The Trump regime flagrantly breached it by pulling out.
    So did Britain, France, and Germany by failing to observe its provisions, promising adherence with no follow-through.





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