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Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making — Paul Craig Roberts   [Copy link] 中文

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US has a long history of starting wars based on ‘fabrications’

An American analyst says that the United States has a long history of initiating wars based on fabricated intelligence.

The intelligence used to justify a military assault against Syria could be just another “major fabrication in many regards,” Joachim Martillo said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

The White House has said that it is convinced the Syrian government launched a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week, laying the groundwork for a US military strike against the country.

Multiple US officials, however, have said that the intelligence linking the Syrian government to the attack is no “slam dunk.”

“It could be like the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” Martillo said, referring to a resolution that Congress passed on August 7, 1964, authorizing the use of "conventional'' military force in Southeast Asia and paving the way for the Vietnam War.

“This type of thing is pretty standard in US history,” the analyst noted. “There is good reason to believe that the Spanish-American War (1898) started because of an explosion that had nothing to do with anyone.”

“These types of initiations of wars tend to be disasters and tend to be pointless,” he concluded.

The US also made a detailed case for war against Iraq based on intelligence-- later discredited-- about the country’s weapons programs.


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Obama's Cruise Missile Diplomacy

Stephen Lendman
August 29, 2013ivist Post

Settling things through the barrel of a gun reflects longstanding US policy. Shoot first, ask questions later defines it.

Invented pretexts initiate conflicts. Defending the indefensible repeats with disturbing regularity.

Obama's the latest in a long line warrior presidents. Imperial lawlessness defines his agenda. One war after another rages. No end in sight looms.

War is glorified in the name of peace. It's been that way from inception. Violence is a way of life. Pacifism is considered sissy and unpatriotic.

America isn't beautiful. It never was. For sure it isn't now. Rule of law principles don't matter.

Democratic values, common dignity, personal safety, and general welfare are illusions, not reality.

Violence defines US culture. It's reflected at home and abroad. America has the highest homicide rate among all Western countries.

Militarism's a way of life. Syria reflects a countdown to disaster. A rush to judgment suggests imminent bombs away. Belligerent diplomacy doesn't work. It never did. It won't now. Conflicts assure more of them.

The so-called war to end all wars led to more war. New ones follow earlier ones. They do so one after another. Washington bears full responsibility.

Israel and Britain share major guilt. With America, they represent the real axis of evil. They're responsible for embroiling the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia in endless conflicts.

So does France. Targeting Syria involves war on a former colony. At issue is shared recolonization in new form.

Demagogues take full advantage. Imperial madness follows. State terrorism is official US policy. America's killing machine never rests. Enemies are invented to feed it. War profiteers benefit most.

Violence and conflicts persist. Peace is a convenient illusion. It's unachievable. Warrior nations prevent it. America's by far the worst. Neocon extremism drives US policy.

It's true under Democrats and Republicans. Not a dime's worth of difference separates them. Duopoly power runs America. Monied interests control things. Whatever they want they get.

They crave waging war on Syria. Proxy death squads have done it so far. Obama's expectant cruise missile diplomacy changes things. He risks biting off more than he can chew.

Rick Rozoff's an activist/anti-war supporter. He's the Stop Nato web site editor. He documents global militarism. He opposes waging war on humanity.

He sees tragedy unfolding in Syria. He calls American leaders "madmen." They poised for war on any pretext. They crave it. They lurch from one to another.

Hundreds of cruise missiles target Syria. They're ready to be launched on orders. Tomahawk diplomacy is longstanding US policy.

It's a "coward's way of waging war," said Rozoff. Ready, aim, fire. Do it safely offshore. Do it from overhead drones. Slaughter innocent civilians in the process. They pay the greatest price for wars. They have no place to hide.

Obama reflects the worst of rogue leadership. He spurns international law. He's circumventing Congress. He does whatever he wants. He's judge, jury and executioner.

Syria, Lebanon and Iran are the only regional countries not partnered with America's imperium.

Others provide launching platforms for war. Doing so facilitates US dirty work, said Rozoff.

Until a larger number of world nations choose peace over "armed barbarism," what country will "say no to Washington," he asked? Doing so risks being "the next target."

Going along makes them complicit with imperial lawlessness. Internationalizing war on Syria risks "inflam(ing), exacerbat(ing), and worsen(ing) things, said Rozoff.

Russia's been warning about this all along. It especially does now. Escalating conflict on Syria risks a major regional conflagration. It risks spilling it cross borders. It risks expanding it globally. It risks possible WW III.

One country after another risks getting involved. What's ongoing reflects a possible end game. Rozoff calls it perhaps a "culmination" of America's longstanding plan to redraw North Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia.

Doing so may destroy it. America may perish at the same time. Perhaps mushroom shaped cloud finality awaits.

On August 27, Pat Buchanan asked:

"Who deputized the United States to walk the streets of the world pistol-whipping bad actors?

"Who made Barack Obama the Wyatt Earp of the Global Village?"

Obama claims "Congress doesn't have a whole lot of core responsibilities." Perhaps he's right.

Consider its "broad assent" to war on Syria, said Buchanan. It hasn't attacked America. It hasn't threatened to do so. Why does Obama plan cruise missile diplomacy?

"Where does (he) come off drawing 'red lines' and (daring) nations not to cross them?"

Who gave him the right to do so? Who made him sole authority? Who placed him above international, constitutional and US statute laws? Who appointed him imperial czar?

Where's the evidence justifying belligerent intervention? Inventing it doesn't wash. Congress is currently on summer break. Speaker Boehner can reconvene it quickly.

It can stop Obama's war. It can do so straightaway. It can stop all wars. It has appropriation powers. It can cut off all funding. It ended Southeast Asian fighting this way. It can do it again now.

It doesn't have the moral backbone to do so. It shares guilt with Obama. It's complicit in imperial crimes.

On August 27, Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman headlined "Moral Obscenities in Syria," saying:

"The threat a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever."

Doing so looks unstoppable. Accusing Assad of chemical weapons use provides pretext. Doing so doesn't wash. Allegations are easy to invent.

They're fabricated to facilitate policy. So-called evidence is manufactured out of whole cloth. Bombs away follows.

Later disclosures come too late to matter. Another country lies in ruins. The smell of death and human misery permeate everywhere. Imperial conquest alone matters.

"Does anyone really believe" war on Syria will help things, asked Bennis and Wildman? Do policymakers or others think it will "save any lives?"

Do they imagine the way to end conflict is by more of it? What about circumventing international law to do it."

What about calling lawlessness legal? What about turning fundamental laws and standards on their head?

What about democratic values? What about preaching one thing and doing another? What about demanding what we say goes.

Waging war on Syria assures more of it. Bennis and Wildman urge "tough diplomacy, not politically motivated military strikes." Launching them assures making "horrific war (much) worse."

A Final Comment

On August 28, Russia Today headlined "It's coming: US finalizing plans for military strike on Syria," saying:

"Two unnamed White House officials" said targets to be struck are being finalized. War looks inevitable.

Kerry, Biden and other US officials lied claiming "undeniable" proof Assad used chemical weapons. No evidence whatever proves it. So-called intelligence is fake.

Strike forces are in place to attack. They await orders to do so. Obama plans resolving things his way.

War is peace reflects official administration policy. So does destroying humanity to save it.

Attacking Syria is madness. Doing so risks greater conflict. It looms anyway. Obama defends the indefensible.

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Obama is a coward!

Attack Russia for a change instead of waging war of aggressions
against small sovereign nations not in submission to US Global Tyranny!

Rand Paul Warns Obama Against Starting “Major War” With Russia

Senator says rebels more likely to be behind chemical weapons attack

Paul Joseph Watson
August 29, 2013

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says it’s more likely the Syrian rebels were behind last week’s chemical weapons attack, warning President Obama that military escalation risked provoking a major war with Russia in the longer term.

“There are some questions, it sounds more and more like chemical weapons were used but there are some questions and it should be investigated who used them,” said Paul during a radio interview, adding, “Pat Buchanan had an article the other day and he asked the Latin phrase cui bono – to whose benefit is this?….This is to the benefit of the rebels because now it’s bringing other people in on their side, so there’s a great incentive for this to have actually been launched by rebels not the Syrian Army.”

Despite the Obama administration initially claiming it was “undeniable” that Bashar Al-Assad’s forces were behind last week’s attack, US officials admitted to the New York Times that there is no “smoking gun” that directly links President Assad to the attack.

US intelligence officials also told the Associated Press that the intelligence proving Assad’s culpability is “no slam dunk.”

Numerous different examples of rebels using chemical weapons have largely been ignored by the mainstream media as the war drums grow louder.

Warning that possible intervention in Syria was not some kind of “geopolitical chess game,” Paul said Obama seemed to have learned nothing from the Cold War.

“Are we going to slide into a major war with Russia on the other side of this and draw Russia into this war as well….this isn’t just a game of hey let’s push a button and blow up some people and tell them they shouldn’t use chemical weapons,” said Paul.

The Senator also chided Obama’s implication that a cruise missile attack would not represent an act of war, adding, “The problem is, what if one of our planes get shot down or what if some of the CIA trainers over there who are training troops get killed – then there’ll be an overwhelming outcry for getting more involved.”

In a separate radio interview, the Kentucky Senator slammed Obama for dismissing the need to secure constitutional authorization to launch a military assault, warning that American lives could potentially be lost because of “a President who is drunk with power.”

“We shouldn’t allow this, and we fight with every tool we have to try to stop him,” concluded Senator Paul.

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This post was edited by laoda1 at 2013-8-30 18:21

Report: US Attack On Syria to Begin Saturday

Onslaught to begin when UN inspectors leave

Paul Joseph Watson
August 29, 2013

A reporter with Israel’s most widely read newspaper has been told by defense establishment officials that a US-led attack on Syria will begin on Saturday and end when Barack Obama meets Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Despite an apparent softening in rhetoric as British Prime Minister David Cameron faces a parliamentary revolt over military intervention, in addition to reports that the intelligence against Assad’s regime is by no means a “slam dunk,” Israel Hayom reporter Amir Mizroch tweets that the attack will begin on Saturday immediately after UN inspectors have left the country.

Inspectors had initially planned to leave on Sunday after concluding their investigation but their departure a day early has increased speculation that air strikes are imminent.

British and American military might is now fully in place and prepared for strikes which experts say will take the form of Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles fired from warships or submarines.

Mizroch also highlights remarks made by former Mossad director Danny Yatom, who says that the apparent delay on green lighting military strikes is only so Bashar Al-Assad can’t use the UN inspectors as human shields.

Mizroch was also told that Israel sent Assad a message via Russia threatening that if Syria attempts to attack Israel, Damascus will be targeted and Assad’s regime will be toppled.

This threat was made despite attempts by Gulf nations to secure a promise from Israel that it would act with restraint if Syria attempts retaliatory strikes against Israel in response to a western onslaught. Israel replied that it would act with restraint, but only if aggression against it “did not exceed reasonable bounds.”

In a related story, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro has promised a “strong and serious response,” to Assad’s alleged chemical atrocity last week, despite American officials admitting to the New York Times that there is no “smoking gun” that directly links President Assad to the attack.

US intelligence officials also told the Associated Press that the intelligence proving Assad’s culpability is “no slam dunk,” a far cry from the Obama administration’s rhetoric, which held that Assad’s responsibility was “undeniable.”

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The U.S., Britain and Israel have Used Chemical Weapons within the Last 10 Years

Global Research,
August 27, 2013

Those Condemning Syria Have Themselves Recently Used Chemical Weapons

We condemn all use of chemical weapons.

But the U.S. used chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq in 2004.

Israeli also used white phosphorous in 2009 during “Operation Cast Lead” (and perhaps subsequently).  Israel ratified Protocol III of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (“Protocol III”) – which outlaws the use of incendiary devices in war – in 2007. So this was a war crime.

Moreover, the 1925 Geneva Protocol (which is different from Protocol III) prohibits “the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases”.

The use of White phosphorus (“WP”) may also be a war crime under other international treaties and domestic U.S. laws. For example, the Battle Book, published by the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, contains the following sentence: “It is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets.”

The U.S. National Safety Council states that “White phosphorus is a poison . . . If its combustion occurs in a confined space, white phosphorus will remove the oxygen from the air and render the air unfit to support life . . . It is considered a dangerous disaster hazard because it emits highly toxic fumes. The EPA has listed white phosphorus as a Hazardous Air Pollutant.

Indeed, it is interesting to note that the U.S. previously called white phosphorous a chemical weapon when Saddam used it against the Kurds.  Interestingly, it has just come out that the U.S. encouragedSaddam’s use of chemical weapons.

Moreover, the U.S. and Britain have been dropping depleted uranium in virtually every country they fight, which causes severe health problems. See this, this, this and this.

And Israel has been accused of using depleted uranium in Syria.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.  But it is hypocritical for the U.S., Britain and Israel to say that we should bomb Syria because the government allegedly used chemical weapons.

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Syria Presents More Evidence on Mercenaries Use of Chemical Weapons

By Global Research News
Global Research, August 26, 2013

The Syrian Government continues presenting evidence showing that armed opposition groups use chemical weapons, as it seeks to dismantle a media campaign aimed at unleashing a military invasion.

During a raid on Saturday in a warehouse that belonged to mercenaries in Jobar, the Syrian Arab Army found some barrels containing toxic substances made in Saudi Arabia, in addition to some gas masks and pills to neutralize the effects caused by exposure to such chemicals, local television reported.

During the raid, Syrian soldiers suffered from respiratory problems, throat and eye burning and irritation, dilated pupils, weak pulse, muscular contractions, since extremists had sprayed gases to prevent them from occupying the warehouse.

According to medical sources, such symptoms appear when chemical substances or Sarin gas are inhaled.

An official with the Ministry of Defense, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Prensa Latina that a colonel was killed during the attack, and 50 soldiers were hospitalized, some of them with serious conditions.

A commander in Jobar noted that a stash with explosive devices of up to 300 kilograms was found, as well as raw materials to make bombs, plus grenades, RPG and mortar projectiles and remote controls to activate the explosives.

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