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The IMF, the Pope and FIFA: 'Stalin's Physics' Still Hold (Izvestia, Russia)

 

"'Do you know how much our government weighs, with all of its factories, machinery, and its army, with all of its weapons and fleets?' Stalin asked. Ö The chief investigator replied hesitantly, 'No one can say, Joseph Vissarionovich [Stalin]. It is an astronomical figure.' Comrade Stalin went on to ask, 'Well, and can one person stand against such an astronomical weight?' After receiving the answer he anticipated, 'no,' the leader concluded, 'Then don't report back to me again until you have Kamenevís confession.' Ö Against the astronomical weight of the American state, with its banks, gadgets, armies, weapons and fleets, Blatter could not resist, quickly falling to his knees. In 1936, Kamenev, first head of the Soviet state, held out for longer."

 

By Maxim Sokolov

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Translated By Rosamund Musgrave

 

June 12, 2015

 

Russia - Izvestia - Original Article (Russian)

Journalist Maxim Sokolov on how certain independent organizations have suddenly become disagreeable to the prince of the world.

 

In 1936 there was a hitch during preparations for the first of the Moscow Trials (from August 19-24, 1936). One of the main witnesses, L.V. Kamenev [member of the original 1917 Soviet Politburo], was putting up resistance and refused to offer the required testimony. When Chief NKVD Investigator Mironov informed Stalin about it, the leader showed a sudden desire to speak in parables. "Do you know how much our government weighs, with all of its factories, machinery, and its army, with all of its weapons and fleets?" he said. "I ask you - how much does it weigh?"

 

The chief investigator replied hesitantly, "No one can say, Joseph Vissarionovich [Stalin]. It is an astronomical figure." Comrade Stalin went on to ask, "Well, and can one person stand against such an astronomical weight?" Stalin continued. After receiving the answer he anticipated, "no," the leader concluded, "Then donít tell me again that Kamenev or any other prisoner is capable of withstanding the pressure. Donít report back to me again until you have Kamenevís confession."

 

As we all know today, Kamenev failed to "withstand the weight" of the Soviet Union and the trial proceeded without a hitch and in full accord with the leader's plans.

 

 

 

Earlier this month, it turned out that Stalinís laws of physics continues to hold true, after officials of international football and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in their attempt to withstand the financial and law enforcement authorities of the United States, had a similar experience.

 

Against the astronomical weight of the American state, with its banks, gadgets, armies, weapons and fleets, Blatter could not resist, quickly falling to his knees. In 1936, Kamenev, first head of the Soviet state, held out for longer. [Technically, Kamenev was the first "chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the All Russian Congress of Soviets."]

 

Needless to say, the demonization of FIFA has a lot in common with crushing the double-dealers Trotsky and Zinoviev (and Bukharinskiyist) in the late 1920s. There was the same "stab-in-the-back" style involving sudden arrests, denunciations and vivid confessions, etc. For two decades - precisely as long as Zinoviev and Kamenev lasted (and Bukharin, Rykov, Tukhachevskiy, Uborevich and the rest of the monsters) - Blatterís double-dealers frantically stole and caused damage, all as the watchful organs of power failed to notice a thing. Then, suddenly, like a lightning bolt illuminating the plains, the actions of the enemies of the people became apparent to all and underwent immediate eradication.

 

In keeping with the magnificent words of the British national hymn, "Britons will never be slaves!," UEFA was quick to welcome the just punishments doled out to the double-dealers, and English sport officials were quick to take advantage. People talk about the decaying soul of the Soviet Union of the 1930s Ė and indeed, the rot was malignant. But if Stalin had dealt with human rubbish like these European football officials, imposing on them even a third of the pressure he put on the terrified inhabitants of the USSR, we would see who the real heroes and demigods of today's mighty Europeans are.

 

So the question arises as to what these passions and theatrics are aimed at. Blatter is hardly likely to have clean hands. As they say "he who is near the well will drink from it." First, there may have been a wee bit of stealing - but who doesnít steal? Second, the United States, who has turned out to be the chief prosecutor of the entrenched villains of FIFA, is in no way a footballing power. Itís as if Russia were to act out of righteous indignation over abuses at the International Cricket Board. One assumes all the ruckus was kicked up by the Americans to placate their English clients, who took offense as having been denied the 2018 World Cup - although it seems like burning down the house down to boil the kettle.

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The Telegraph, U.K.

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The principle "there cannot be two suns in the heavens or two Genghis Khans upon the earth" seems to broadly apply here. Just as Genghis Khan would reach for his cross-bow when a competitor appeared, the leading powers are becoming increasingly impatient with strong and more or less independent global organizations Ė whether they are religious, sporting or anything else. In the Soviet Union, too, there were theoretically independent public organizations, but forgetting the leading and guiding role of the party was not recommended.

 

FIFA became intolerable, not because it stole so much or passed bribe money through American banks, but because on the one hand, football is popular around the world and has billions of fans, which in itself is no joke, and on the other, because Blatter behaved as if he was above the law and didnít feel obliged to toe the line of that great democratic luminary and anticipate its desires.

 

"The comrade was behind the wheel," to use old Soviet nomenclature - and he paid for it.

 

This is precisely how former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Khan paid for his sins in 2011. He acted as though he was his own boss and began chasing around mulatto housemaids in his declining years - and directly from his aircraft he was taken into custody and into an American jail. Then, realizing what was happening, he prostrated himself before the "party," not as head of the IMF but as a private citizen, and was released.

 

Pope Benedict XVI is unlikely to have taken bribes or be accused of chasing mulatto housemaids (or any other servants), but the circumstances of his 2013 resignation - a resignation entirely unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Roman papacy - remains unknown to this day; just as the services rendered by the current Pope Francis, a man known mainly for his idiocies, remains unclear. It may be that Pope Benedict toyed too much with the global balance of power (the number of Catholics is not insignificant) and proved too independent (failing to sufficiently prostrate himself before the "god" of the times).

 

The prince of the world was not amused.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Folha, Brazil: The FIFA Scandal and Putin's (Near) Admission of Guilt

Le Temps, Switzerland: Sepp Blatter Toppled by So-Called 'Masters of the World'

Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria: FIFA: Making it Safe for UEFA to Exploit the South

El Watan, Algeria: Hard Luck for Algeria; Success for 'Children of Uncle Sam'

Echorouk al-Yawm, Algeria: Elimination of U.S., England a 'Love Letter' for Gaza

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany: In U.S., Germany, Shared Derision Over Referees

Guardian, U.K.: FIFA Declares Itself Satisfied With 'Standard of Referees'

 

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[Posted By Worldmeets.US June 12, 2015, 5:59am]

 

 

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