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Bahrain: Syrian crisis impact on Bahrain’s Revolution; more crimes by regime

The dramatic developments surrounding the conflict in Syria has had two direct impacts on the Bahraini situation. The regime has intensified its oppression against the Bahraini natives; more arrests, raids on houses, abduction of children, heavy sentences of people accused of anti-regime protests and more media attacks on the country’s majority. The Alkhalifa have also escalated their preparations for future attacks on Bahrainis by purchasing more arms including Typhoon fighter jets from UK. Unfortunately, David Cameron’s government has embraced Bahrain’s dictator, Hamad Al Khalifa, granting him high profile reception and accepting in principle to supply him with the Typhoon aircrafts. On the other hand, the people have taken heart from the regional developments and raised the stakes by taking to the streets in most areas, vowing to protest in the capital and refusing to accept any accommodation with a regime that has been proven to be engaged in “syst ematic torture” according to the Commission it had itself formed and financed. While Bahraini Revolution has adopted peaceful means to topple the Alkhalifa dynastic rule, violent attacks by the regime’s forces have left many people dead or seriously injured.

The martyrdom of Sadiq Sabt, 22, last Friday 30th August, after several weeks in coma after he had been run over by a police vehicle, has inflamed the emotions and led to new confrontations. His funeral the following day was attacked with shotguns, chemical and tear gases causing more injuries and anger. The young man lost his life calling for the rights of the people; his killers remain at large.

This morning 14 years-old Jaffar Al Muqdad and his cousin Yousuf Ibrahim Al Muqdad were abducted from a swimming pool at Athari town.  Their abduction brings the number of the Al Muqdad family members detained to eight. Another child, Hussain Mohammad Mahdi has been sentenced today to six months jail on the universal charge of “participating in an illegal gathering”. Another young man; Mahmood Abdulla MalAllah, has been abducted. Eyewitnesses said that he had been hit with shotguns and that he has been taken to the military hospital.

In the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia a young man has been shot dead today by the regime’s forces. Ahmad Al Muslab. 19, from Al Awwamiya Town has been killed after being shot by regime’s forces who had attacked the town. At least fifteen injured people were taken to hospital, seven of whom sustained serious injuries. It was an unprovoked attack by the Saudi forces against innocent people. The Saudis are exploiting the confused situation in Syria and settling accounts with the citizens who have been calling for political reforms in the kingdom which has remained outside the

political norms of the 21st Century.

Another day of showdown between Bahrainis and Alkhalifa mercenary forces is planned for tomorrow (Friday). The 14th February Alliance has called for peaceful protests in Manama. Nabeel Rajab, the jailed human rights activist, has issued calls for wider participation in the Manama protest arguing that demonstrations must reach the capital and eventually bring it to a standstill. On his twitter account Mr Rajab said: Manama is your capital, go to it and don’t fear the prisons. It is much better than living in humiliation without honour, dignity or rights”. He added that confining those protests to the towns and villages has only limited political advantages and that the Revolution must claim the capital as its main territory. The regime’s forces have surrounded the capital and almost every entry point has a check point with several policemen and military vehicles. 

Yesterday, a rally in support of the jailed medics was held at the house of Dr Ali Al Ekri who is serving five years sentence for treating injured Bahrainis. It was attended by other doctors and aimed at urging the people to participate actively in the proposed Manama protest tomorrow.

Bahrain Freedom Movement
5th September 2013

Serrano: “I Cannot Vote For War”

The Bronx, NY – September 5, 2013 – Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement today on the potential resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria, which the Obama Administration has asked Congress to consider.

"I have grave doubts about the wisdom of involving our nation in another war in the Middle East. I cannot vote in favor of this authorization because I believe that the outcome of strikes on Syria is unpredictable, and unlikely to be in our nation’s interests. I fear setting off a chain of events which leads to American soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East yet again, for reasons that are not clear and persuasive.

“I commend President Obama for correctly bringing this issue of war before the Congress. Whether we agree or disagree with him on this issue, it is a welcome change to have a President with a deep belief in our constitutional system.

“The use of chemical weapons is morally reprehensible, as is the targeting of civilians with any sort of weapons. I believe the best reaction would be a broad multilateral response from the international community—not just an American enforcement action. The world must show its outrage, not just America.

“I have thought long and hard about this decision and have come to the firm conclusion that I cannot vote in favor of war. I will continue to work to find alternatives that deter the use of chemical weapons on civilians. I believe such alternatives exist and should be used.”

U.S. War with Syria: Think Pyrrhic Victory at Best

by Bill Hughes

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

Who can ever forget Dubya’s premature freedom rant on board the aircraft carrier, “USS Abraham Lincoln,” way back on May 1, 2003. The backdrop for this slice of national insanity was a huge sign, worthy of Germany’s notorious propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. It read: “Mission Accomplished.” Dubya, a failure as president if there ever was one, falsely and recklessly declared to the world “an end to U.S. military operations in Iraq.”

From one Nobel Peace Laureate to another

Open letter to President Barack Obama
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Hear the outcry of the peoples!

The situation in Syria is an object of serious preoccupation and once more the United States, assuming the role of the world's policeman, proposes to invade Syria in the name of "Freedom" and "Human Rights".

Your predecessor George W. Bush, in his messianic madness, invoked religious fundamentalism to launch his messianic wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  When he declared that he talked with God, and God told him that he had to attack Iraq, he did so claiming it was the message of God to export "freedom" to the world.

Determined Political Protest against US Bombing of Syria Needed NOW

Barack Obama is selling the planned US Cruise missile bombing of Syria as a “humanitarian” act in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.  Bombing Syria will kill more civilians, polarize the situation further, and invite even more intervention and weapons into the country, making it more likely that the civil war could expand into an extremely dangerous regional conflagration.

Talk Nation Radio: Rep. Alan Grayson on Syria: House Will Vote No, Obama Will Heed

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Congressman Alan Grayson is leading efforts within Congress to prevent an attack on Syria. He explains why, points to huge popular agreement, says the votes are lining up, and that President Obama will not attack Syria if the House votes against it.  Congressman Grayson has a petition set up at http://DontAttackSyria.com

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No Matter if Congress Says It’s Legal: Attacking Syria is Immoral, Unjust, Illegitimate

by Debra Sweet         While protesting in Times Square Saturday, we listened amid the noise to Obama’s speech of mostly stick, and a little carrot. Some of the protesters took his “largesse” at offering Congress the chance to endorse his plan to attack Syria (the carrot) as a concession by Obama. They say we should seize the moment and “let Congress know” how many people are against this strike and potential regional war.

A Modest Proposal for Syria

 David Swanson has authored a Modest Proposal for Syria, which he has granted me permission to share with you, unedited, in this video format. It is just a few moments long, and well worth your time and deep consideration.

Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

By Dennis Kucinich

In the lead-up to the Iraq War, I researched, wrote and circulated a document to members of Congress which explored unanswered questions and refuted President Bush's claim for a cause for war. The document detailed how there was no proof Iraq was connected to 9/11 or tied to al Qaeda's role in 9/11, that Iraq neither had WMDs nor was it a threat to the U.S., lacking intention and capability to attack. Unfortunately, not enough members of Congress performed due diligence before they approved the war.

Here are some key questions which President Obama has yet to answer in the call for congressional approval for war against Syria. This article is a call for independent thinking and congressional oversight, which rises above partisan considerations.

Calls to Congress 499 to 1 against Syria war

By Garth Kant and Chelsea Schilling
http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/calls-to-congress-244-to-1-against-syria-war/

Americans are slamming at least 24 members of Congress with thousands of phone calls and emails, urging lawmakers not to approve a military strike on Syria by a margin of as much as 499 to 1.

A national debate is raging on Twitter. Tweets and statements from members of Congress both Democrat and Republican show tremendously strong opposition to President Obama’s call for an air strike on Syria:

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., tweeted, “Calls and emails from my constituents is 100 to 1 AGAINST getting involved in Syria. The American people are speaking.”

Obama's Planned Lawless Aggression on Syria Based on Lies, Damn Lies and Big Lies

 

Obama's Planned Lawless Aggression on Syria Based on Lies, Damn Lies and Big Lies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Permanent war is official US policy. Throughout his tenure, Obama waged multiple direct and proxy wars. 

 

He's heading for direct intervention against Syria. He's doing it lawlessly. He's doing it based on lies, damn lies and Big Lies. 

 

The Big Dog and Its Tail: Who’s Hiding Behing the ‘Making Assad Accountable’ Mask?

By John Grant


Responses to wrongdoing must not exacerbate problems.
            - Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute
 
 
Watching news coverage of the debate over bombing Syria, one realizes there’s more going on than Barack Obama or John Kerry are telling Congress and the American people. Kerry may have sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- but that doesn’t mean he has to tell the whole story.

So, Where Did Syria Get Its Chemical Weapons?

Asia Times:

Syria's chemical weapons program dates back to the early 1970s when they first acquired materials and expertise from Egypt prior to the 1973 war against Israel. Since then, it is believed that Syria has received assistance with their chemical weapons program from Russia, India, China and various West European countries. Syria's current indigenous capabilities allow it to produce several hundred tons of chemical weapons agents per year. According to the Monterey Institute of International Studies, "Open sources assert that there are at least three Syrian facilities currently engaged in producing CW, located near Damascus, Hama and Safira village."

Curiously, there is little mention of how much chemical agent Syria actually has. There are scattered references to an ability of being able to produce hundreds of tons a year and an estimated CW stockpile of hundreds of tons. But compared to other nations, notably the United States and Russia, it is likely to be very small. Consider that in 1985, Congress mandated that the US destroy more than 98 percent of its chemical weapons stockpile. Yet of the original total of 31,496 tons there remains 24,144 tons to be destroyed.

 

... The one common characteristic Syria shares with Iraq in regard to its chemical weapons program is the help it received from the West in establishing it. Former CIA director William Webster told a Congressional panel in 1989 that the CIA had determined foreign assistance was of "critical importance in allowing Syria to develop its chemical warfare capability. West European firms were instrumental in supplying the required precursor chemicals and equipment. Without the provision of these key elements, Damascus would not have been able to produce chemical weapons."

Syria's principle suppliers of chemical and biological weapons production technology were large chemical brokerage houses in Holland, Switzerland, France, Austria and Germany, including many of the same companies that were supplying Iraq.

At least one German company, Schott Glasswerke, has been subjected to an official inquiry for its delivery of glass-lined reactor vessels, sarin precursors and production equipment to a suspected Syrian poison gas plant.

Russia on Syria: Alternative to Peace is Bloody Chaod

 

Russia on Syria: Alternative to Peace is Bloody Chaos

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addressed Obama's intended lawless aggression. He did so forthrightly. He did it because it matters.

 

Russia strongly opposes Washington's regime change plans. It won't stay silent and watch. Interfax reported Lavrov's comments. 

Congressman Robert Hurt (R., Va.) Not Convinced by Case to Attack Syria

Here in rural Virginia, we switch between Democrats and Republicans, but they all vote for war ... until now.  Our recently unseated Congress member, Tom Periello, is rallying humanitarian warriors to bomb nations because we care.  His replacement, Robert Hurt, met with a group of constituents on Thursday and indicated that he had "grave, grave concerns" about voting for any attack on Syria.

Hurt said he was inclined to believe that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on the 21st and that it was indeed "horrific."  "That being said, I have grave concerns about going into Syria," Hurt said at the meeting in his Charlottesville, Va., office, which was attended by constituents from across the political spectrum, many of whom had held a forum the night before (video). Also attending Thursday's meeting were camera crews from NBC Channel 29 and Newsplex Channel 19/16/27.

Hurt said it was "the responsibility of the President and proponents of a war to make a clear and compelling case that it would be in the national security interest of the United States. And I have not seen that."

"We've learned what it means to be in a protracted struggle in the Middle East," he said.  He said he had not seen, and would need to see, a clear objective, a way to achieve it, and a plan for getting out again. 

Hurt said that during the past two weeks he had heard from many constituents, and that they were "absolutely overwhelmingly" against an attack on Syria. 

"How does our going in do anything other than make it worse?" he asked.  He also said that he was against half-measures that aren't all-in.

Hurt said that he would have to answer to his constituents and members of the military, and military family members, and be able to look them in the eye and say that the loss of their loved one was "worth it." 

Asked if he would move to raise taxes to pay for this war and other recent wars if he voted for this one, Hurt said, "That's an excellent point," and suggested that the greatest threat to national security may be the national debt.

Hurt did not commit to voting No, but rather said he would go to Washington, look at the classified materials, and hear out the war proponents. 

But, of course, he is not going to hear that Syria is a threat to the United States or that there is an exit plan or that the war will cost no money.

The Congressman also said that the Constitution required that the House vote on any war.  It is to be hoped that if that vote is denied, a majority of members including Hurt will force a vote over the preference of the Speaker and the Democratic Leader.

Congressman Robert Hurt (R., Va.) Not Convinced by Case to Attack Syria

Here in rural Virginia, we switch between Democrats and Republicans, but they all vote for war ... until now.  Our recently unseated Congress member, Tom Periello, is rallying humanitarian warriors to bomb nations because we care.  His replacement, Robert Hurt, met with a group of constituents on Thursday and indicated that he had "grave, grave concerns" about voting for any attack on Syria.

Hurt said he was inclined to believe that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on the 21st and that it was indeed "horrific."  "That being said, I have grave concerns about going into Syria," Hurt said at the meeting in his Charlottesville, Va., office, which was attended by constituents from across the political spectrum, many of whom had held a forum the night before (video). Also attending Thursday's meeting were camera crews from NBC Channel 29 and Newsplex Channel 19/16/27.

Hurt said it was "the responsibility of the President and proponents of a war to make a clear and compelling case that it would be in the national security interest of the United States. And I have not seen that."

"We've learned what it means to be in a protracted struggle in the Middle East," he said.  He said he had not seen, and would need to see, a clear objective, a way to achieve it, and a plan for getting out again. 

Hurt said that during the past two weeks he had heard from many constituents, and that they were "absolutely overwhelmingly" against an attack on Syria. 

"How does our going in do anything other than make it worse?" he asked.  He also said that he was against half-measures that aren't all-in.

Hurt said that he would have to answer to his constituents and members of the military, and military family members, and be able to look them in the eye and say that the loss of their loved one was "worth it." 

Asked if he would move to raise taxes to pay for this war and other recent wars if he voted for this one, Hurt said, "That's an excellent point," and suggested that the greatest threat to national security may be the national debt."

Hurt did not commit to voting No, but rather said he would go to Washington, look at the classified materials, and hear out the war proponents. 

But, of course, he is not going to hear that Syria is a threat to the United States or that there is an exit plan or that the war will cost no money.

The Congressman also said that the Constitution required that the House vote on any war.  It is to be hoped that if that vote is denied, a majority of members including Hurt will force a vote over the preference of the Speaker and the Democratic Leader.

Video: Forum on Preventing an Attack on Syria

Videos filmed by Les Solomon.

The Charlottesville Forum on Preventing a U.S. Attack on Syria was held in Charlottesville VA at the Friends Meeting House on September 4, 2013. Speakers included: David Swanson, John Whitehead, Helena Cobban, Roy Hange, and Dave Norris, with lots of public discussion.  Congressman Robert Hurt's Director of Outreach was present, and in Video #8 a member of the audience asks him to respond to what he's heard. Congressman Hurt himself agreed the next morning to meet with the organizers of this event at his Charlottesville office at 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by WarIsACrime.org, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Amnesty International Charlottesville, Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine.

David Swanson is the author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.  He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. Swanson blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization RootsAction.org.  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

John Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is president of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization.  He authors a widely syndicated column and hosts a national public service radio campaign.  His most recent book is A Government of Wolves.  See Rutherford.org.

Helena Cobban is the founding owner of Just World Books, a Charlottesville-based book publisher. Previously, she had a long career as  a writer and researcher on world affairs, focusing on the Middle East. She speaks Arabic and has reported and written extensively about Syria for nearly 40 years. Her 2000 book on the Syrian-Israeli peace talks of 1992-96 was published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. From 2008 through 2011 she was a member of the U.S.-Syria Working Group of Search for Common Ground. She is a member of Charlottesville Friends Meeting (Quakers) and sits on the board of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Roy Hange is a Mennonite pastor who has spent 30 years studying Western Asia (the Middle East).  He has lived for 3 years in Egypt, 6 in Syria, and 1 in Iran.  Hange has taught peace building at Eastern Mennonite University and the University of Virginia. See CharlottesvilleMennonite.org.

Dave Norris has served as a Charlottesville City Council Member or Mayor since 2006. He's executive director of the Charlottesville Institute.  Norris has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, Executive Director of PACEM, Associate Director of Madison House, and Interim Director of the Public Housing Association of Residents.  He is founder of the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival.  He has been a leading advocate for anti-war resolutions on Charlottesville City Council and in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, spoke at the Military Industrial Complex at 50 conference and will be MCing the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice's 30th anniversary celebration on September 21st. See CvilleDave.Blogspot.com.

The Strange Majority

The ‘Strange Majority’ Against Syrian Intervention

A coalition of anti-war progressives and Republicans could stop the U.S. from going to war.

BY Cole Stangler

Defeating a resolution in the House is complicated by the fact that the interventionist camp could change the bill’s language in order to earn as much support as possible.

Following Saturday’s surprise announcement by President Obama that he intends to seek congressional authorization for a possible military intervention in Syria, hawkish voices in the White House, Defense Department and the State Department have been pressuring members of Congress to authorize military force.

Secretary of State John Kerry has underscored that the President does not view the congressional vote, which will likely take place shortly after Congress returns from recess next Monday, as binding. But a “no” vote could make an intervention politically difficult. Several polls have already indicated the American public remains deeply skeptical of U.S. intervention.

In spite of that public opposition, the administration has earned the support of top lawmakers in both parties. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both support intervention in Syria.

READ THE REST AT IN THESE TIMES.

Egyptians Head to Syria as Human Shields Against U.S. Attack

Syria Initiative

An appeal to the conscientious citizens of the world who are against the American attack on Syria:

Egyptian citizens, activists, artists and intellectuals are launching an initiative to gather volunteers to protect the Syrian infrastructure targeted by the impending American attack.

The volunteers will surround targeted buildings, airports and other critical sites, acting as human shields, in an attempt to expose the atrocities of war, and the hypocrisy of the American administration.

Egyptian writer and activist Eyad Harfoush, who started the initiative, is naming it after the Syrian officer Gol Gamal, who volunteered to help the Egyptian army during the 1956 War, sacrificing his life defend the Egyptian borders.

Harfoush is calling conscientious citizens from all over the world to participate in the initiative, to say NO to the American attack on Syria: “Let’s not stand helpless while the American administration launches another war, and destroys another Arab country.”

Earlier this week, the American President Barak Obama said he decided that the US should take military action against Syria in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons. Using the same rhetoric behind the War on Iraq Obama said “We are the USA, we can not and must not turn a blind eye on the massacre of countless civilians in Damascus.”  However, he will first seek an authorization from the Congress.

The congress will meet on September 10th, 2013 to make their decision. If they approve the attack, the volunteers will fly to Beirut and travel from there to Syria.

If you want to volunteer to protect the Syrian infra structure, in order not to repeat what happened in Iraq, if you have suggestions for people who could be interested in joining in sign up on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/329129557223378/

 

Eyad Harfoush, Egyptian Writer

Mohamed Amre Mohamed Adel

Hatem  Mohamed Khaled

Dalia Basiouny, Egyptian University Professor

Dina El Ghamry, Egyptian Publisher

Haitham El Banna

Khaled Tourky

 

Israeli Lobby Urges War on Syria

 

Israeli Lobby Urges War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It did so formally. It didn't surprise. It has more than Syria in mind. A previous article explained.

 

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations wants war. AIPAC is its best known member.

 

Anti-Syrian Media Bias

 

Anti-Syrian Media Bias

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Journalistic ethics are clear and unequivocal. They're consistently violated. According to the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics:

 

"....public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy." 

 

Jon Stewart on Attacking Syria

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Nuns in Syria Say Obama Is Trying to Kill Hope

 

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Today we have no words, except those of the Psalms that the liturgical prayer puts onto our lips in these days:

Rebuke the Beast of the Reeds, that herd of bulls, that people of calves…oh God, scatter the people who delight in war…Yahweh has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down from heaven to earth to listen to the sighing of the captive, and set free those condemned to death…Listen, God, to my voice as I plead, protect my life from fear of the enemy; hide me from the league of the wicked, from the gang of evil-doers. They sharpen their tongues like a sword, aim their arrow of poisonous abuse…They support each other in their evil designs, they discuss how to lay their snares. “Who will see us?” they say. He will do that, he who penetrates human nature to its depths, the depths of the heart…Break into song for my God, to the tambourine, sing in honor of the Lord, to the cymbal, let psalm and canticle mingle for him, extol his name, invoke it…For the Lord is a God who breaks battle-lines! … Lord, you are great, you are glorious, wonderfully strong, unconquerable. 

We look at the people around us, our day workers who are all here as if suspended, stunned: “They’ve decided to attack us.” Today we went to Tartous…we felt the anger, the helplessness, the inability to formulate a sense to all this: the people trying their best to work and to live normally. You see the farmers watering their land, parents buying notebooks for the schools that are about to begin, unknowing children asking for a toy or an ice cream…you see the poor, so many of them, trying to scrape together a few coins. The streets are full of the “inner” refugees of Syria, who have come from all over to the only area left that is still relatively liveable…. You see the beauty of these hills, the smile on people’s faces, the good-natured gaze of a boy who is about to join the army and gives us the two or three peanuts he has in his pocket as a token of “togetherness”…. And then you remember that they have decided to bomb us tomorrow. … Just like that. Because “it’s time to do something,” as it is worded in the statements of the important men, who will be sipping their tea tomorrow as they watch TV to see how effective their humanitarian intervention will be….

Will they make us breathe the toxic gases of the depots they hit, tomorrow, so as to punish us for the gases we have already breathed in?

The people are straining their eyes and ears in front of the television: all they’re waiting for is a word from Obama!

A word from Obama? Will the Nobel Peace Prize winner drop his sentence of war onto us? Despite all justice, all common sense, all mercy, all humility, all wisdom?

The Pope has spoken up, patriarchs and bishops have spoken up, numberless witnesses have spoken up, analysts and people of experience have spoken up, even the opponents of the regime have spoken up…. Yet here we all are, waiting for just one word from the great Obama? And if it weren’t him, it would be someone else. It isn’t he who is “the great one,” it is the Evil One who these days is really acting up.

The problem is that it has become too easy to pass lies off as noble gestures, to pass ruthless self-interest off as a search for justice, to pass the need to appear [strong] and to wield power off as a “moral responsibility not to look away…”

And despite all our globalizations and sources of information, it seems nothing can be verified. It seems that there is no such thing as a minimal scrap of truth … That is, they don’t want there to be any truth; while actually a truth does exist, and anyone honest would be able to find it, if they truly sought it out together, if they weren’t prevented by those who are in the service of other interests.

There is something wrong, and it is something very serious…because the consequences will be wrought on the lives of an entire population…it is in the blood that fills our streets, our eyes, our hearts.

Yet what use are words anymore? All has been destroyed: a nation destroyed, generations of young people exterminated, children growing up wielding weapons, women winding up alone and targeted by various types of violence…families, traditions, homes, religious buildings, monuments that tell and preserve history and therefore the roots of a people…all destroyed. …

As Christians we can at least offer all this up to the mercy of God, unite it to the blood of Christ, which carries out the redemption of the world in all those who suffer.

They are trying to kill hope, but we must hold on to it with all our might.

To those who truly have a heart for Syria (for mankind, for truth…) we ask for prayer…abounding, heartfelt, courageous prayer.

The Trappist nuns from Azeir, Syria

August 29, 2013 

 —Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Syria News - Sep 5

 

Russia does not rule out backing military action in Syria if Damascus' responsibility for using chemical weapons is proven: Putin - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: Putin: Russia to act 'decisively' if Syria chemical attack claims are proven - FRANCE 24


Russia releases key findings on chemical attack near Aleppo indicating similarity with rebel-made weapons - RT News


Dempsey: Russia May Bolster Military Supplies to Assad if US Strikes - IBTimes UK


Russia Boosts Mediterranean Force as U.S. Mulls Syria Strike - Bloomberg

 

Russian Ships 'Able to React' in Case of Syria Escalation - AFP

 

Russia suspends Syria S-300 missile deliveries - AFP

 

Russia Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles - informationclearinghouse.info

 

Syria creates a Russian safe zone hiding its most valuable assets inside a Russian naval base in Tartus - Washington Times

 

VIDEO: Bouthaina Shaaban, Senior Assad Spokeswoman, Blames Al Qaeda For Syria Chemical Attack - huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

Officials: Spies Missed Signs Of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike, intelligence was in the hands of U.S.  agencies but had not yet been "processed" - NPR

 

Who Made the Sarin Used in Syria? Examining pieces of the rockets that the sarin arrived in is likely to be more telling - Scientific American

 

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Syria strike: Senate panel votes to authorize military action - chicagotribune.com


U.S. House: How they'll vote on Syria strike, CNN will be updating the count three times a day as opinions change or solidify - CNN.com

 

U.S. Senate: How they'll vote on Syria strike, CNN will be updating the count three times a day as opinions change or solidify - CNN.com

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Urges Congress To Vote 'No' On Syria - huffingtonpost.com


Liberal groups break with Obama on Syria - POLITICO.com

 

POLL: Three-quarters of the French want Syria action put to a vote - AFP

 

RAND study Highlights Dangers Of Intervening In Syria - TPMDC

 

Kerry: Syrian rebels have not been hijacked by extremists - usatoday.com

 

VIDEO: Kerry: 'Majority' Of Syrian Rebels Not Al Qaeda - breitbart.com

 

Putin Says Kerry Lied About Al Qaeda Role in Syria - WSJ.com

 

94 percent of broadcast stories on Syria have made 'no mention of al Qaeda' - Washington Times

 

Al-Qaida-linked rebels attack Christian village in Syria - Boston.com

 

Caucasus Islamists in Syria split with Qaeda-linked rebels: video - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Caucasus Islamists Split from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Al-Qaida cuts off heads of 2 men - LiveLeak.com

 

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Pan-Kurdish National Conference in Iraqi Kurdistan postponed until November - ekurd


Why Kurdish Unity is Ever More Elusive - aina.org

 

Egyptian Islamist rebels to Kurdish fighters in Syria: "Practice the real Islam and follow Sha'ria law" or face the "consequences" - aina.org

 

VIDEO: Egyptian Islamist rebels to Kurdish fighters in Syria: "Practice the real Islam and follow Sha'ria law" or face the "consequences" - YouTube

 

 

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Busted for Playing Banjo on Independence Mall: Park Rangers Brutally Arrest Iraq War Vet at Anti-Syria Bombing Demo

By Dave Lindorff


Independence Mall, Philadelphia -- The US has yet to launched President Obama’s latest war crime of massively bombing Syria -- a country that does not threaten this nation -- and already federal police thugs, in this case National Park Service Rangers, have brutally arrested an Iraq War Veteran who was peacefully playing her banjo in the shade on Independence Mall in Philadelphia following an anti-war protest and march.


NATO Chief Urges War on Syria

 

NATO Chief Urges War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


A Modest Proposal for Syria

It is a melancholy object to those who view videos of Damascus, when they see the streets, the roads, and doorways, crowded with the bodies of those reportedly killed with the wrong weapons by the wrong people.

I think it is agreed by all parties that this 1,000 or more bodies is an outrage not to be tolerated in a nation that has killed off 100,000 or more in recent years with perfectly respectable weapons and seen its neighbors in Egypt murder thousands just a few weeks ago, to the clear satisfaction of the International Community.

Conceivably, Syria will set itself aright and return to more acceptable styles of population elimination. But my intention is very far from being confined to providing only for the next 10,000 or 100,000 corpses.  There are some 20 million people in Syria, some of whom may die rightly, and some wrongly, if left to chance.  To make matters worse, they are fleeing the nation by the millions at an increasing pace.

This need not be.  We in the United States have a responsibility.  Syrians are not less worthy of proper deaths than ourselves.  We need spare no financial expense due to prejudices of religion or ethnicity.  It is time for us to step up as the International Community, while the rest of the world's nations fail.  We can make sure Syrians meet a proper end.

Let me be clear, when we used White Phosphorus to burn holes straight through men, women, and countless children in Fallujah, the International Community approved.  When we deployed new types of napalm despite the apparent lack of jungle foliage in Iraq, the International Community was satisfied.  There is no more proper death than through depleted uranium, injestion of which brings a most glorious chemical demise.  All of these avenues are available, and we should let a thousand flowers bloom in the Syrian streets.

But the ultimate solution is one which we have become the supreme masters of: cluster bombing.  The United States stands nearly alone in the world as a proponent of the legal use of both land mines and flying land mines, also known as cluster bombs.  These weapons are efficient and beautiful, creating a great variety of injuries as well as death.  Most importantly, they will generate terror.  Refugees will flee in all directions in such numbers that starvation and disease will wipe out huge swaths of the population.

As hunger takes over, opportunities will be found to restore a proper, if temporary, balance to the Syrian diet.  I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in Virginia, that a young healthy Syrian child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled. Sources within Syria report that hearts and livers are a delicacy.

The benefits of my scheme are so numerous that one is apt to forget the central and most significant objective, which will be accomplished with complete and total success if our actions are swift and comprehensive.  That is: we will stop the wrong people killing anyone with weapons deemed unacceptable by the International Community.

Enough with halfway measures, I say!  Enough with telling the Democrats we won't join another endless war beyond our control on the side of Al Qaeda! Enough with assuring Republicans we'll stand shoulder to shoulder with terrorists until Iran is destroyed or Russia launches nukes! We have the technology. We have the stockpiles. Wipe every Syrian out with acceptable weaponry today! It's our humanitarian responsibility!

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Jonathan Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal" that the poor eat their children as a form of SATIRE. Unless you know what satire is, please do not contact me about this article. Thanks!

 

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