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Alan Grayson On Syria Strike: 'Nobody Wants This Except The Military-Industrial Complex'

WASHINGTON -- Citing his responsibility to represent the views of his constituents, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said Thursday that he can't support an attack on Syria that his voters strongly oppose.

"One thing that is perfectly clear to me in my district, and I think is true in many other districts from speaking to other members, is that there is no desire, no desire on the part of people to be the world's policeman," Grayson said on SiriusXM's "The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt," which aired Thursday morning. "For us to pick up this gauntlet even on the basis of unequivocal evidence of chemical warfare by the Syrian army, deliberately against its own people -- even if there were unequivocal evidence of that -- that's just not what people in my district want."

That doesn't mean that opposition is universal, Grayson allowed. "I did notice, for what it's worth, that the manufacturer of the missiles that would be used has had an incredible run in their stock value in the last 60 days. Raytheon stock is up 20 percent in the past 60 days as the likelihood of the use of their missiles against Syria becomes more likely. So I understand that there is a certain element of our society that does benefit from this, but they're not the people who vote for me, or by the way the people who contribute to my campaign," he said. "Nobody wants this except the military-industrial complex."

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Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria

Evidence of "weapons of mass destruction" is "no slam dunk," U.S. officials are saying this time around, reversing the claim made about Iraq by then-CIA director George Tenet.

Opposition to a U.S.-led attack on Syria is growing rapidly in Europe and the United States, drawing its strength from public awareness that the case made for attacking Iraq had holes in it.

Obama's War on Syria Based on Lies

 

Obama's War on Syria Based on Lies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

All wars are based on lies. Claims about Syrian forces using chemical weapons are false. They're malicious. 

 

They're bald-faced lies. They're repeated anyway. John Kerry wrongfully accused Syria of using chemical weapons. 

 

Obama's Cruise Missile Diplomacy

 

Obama's Cruise Missile Diplomacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

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.

 

On United States Intervention in Syria: Remember a Few Things

By Joshua Brollier

To those who think the United States should intervene in Syria,

Remember this is the same United States which;

·       is still deeply involved in two failed wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that have lasted for over a decade without coming to a conclusion.

·       is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not over a million Iraqis and Afghans through aerial bombardments, night raids, artillery shelling, ground missions and genocidal sanctions.

·       used depleted uranium and white phosphorous munitions in Iraq leading to a sharp increase in cancerous birth defects in areas like Fallujah.

·       knowingly aided Saddam Hussein with intelligence while being completely aware that he was using chemical weapons against Iran.

·       has systematically tortured and/or overseen the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram prison, Abu Ghraib, and numerous CIA rendition and black sites.

·       is engaged in an illegal, vicious and indiscriminate drone war in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia which has murdered  numerous women, children and non-combatants with total casualties estimates ranging around 3000-5000.

·       bankrolled (and refused to condemn) the Israeli army as they used white phosphorous shells to attack civilians at Al-Quds hospital and a U.N. compound housing refugees in Gaza in 2009.

·       continues to offer diplomatic cover for the brutal and expansionist Israeli occupation and provides weapons to the Israeli military as it carries out further crimes against Palestinians.

·       actively supported dictator Hosni Mubarak and his torturous military regime with weapons for over three decades.

·       is now complicit in the massacres being committed by the very same Egyptian military under the coup government led by General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi which has murdered over 1000 people in cold blood in the last month.

·       remains tightly allied with the monarchies in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in the suppression of their populations. 

·       armed and trained fundamentalists forces, including the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, that eventually gave birth to Al-Qaeda and similar groups.

·       backed former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by sending $12 million in “security assistance” to suppress the popular uprising at the start of the Arab Spring revolutions.  

·       has left Libya, and consequently Mali, in a state of chaos after a 2011 supposed “humanitarian intervention” to remove Muammar el-Qaddafi.

·       pushed the Pakistani military from 2007 -2010 to carry out dreadfully unaccountable operations in the SWAT, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which led to the death of 1300 civilians and the internal displacement of nearly 4 million Pakistanis. 

·       is the #1 weapons exporter in the world and does not consider the importing countries’ records on human rights or democracy a relevant factor.   

·       currently maintains stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and other banned weapons, such as cluster bombs

·       regularly persecutes and incarcerates its own dissenters, war resisters, and whistleblowers. 

·       does not want you to remember the horrors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Agent Orange and the Gulf War Syndrome.

The many atrocities committed by the Assad regime since the start of the Syrian revolution are absolutely unacceptable and the stories emerging from the country are completely heartbreaking.  And in fairness, the war crimes committed by the many rebel militias operating in Syria, though lesser in number and intensity, are gruesome and also unacceptable.  The recent chemical attacks are undoubtedly a very disturbing development.  The 100,000 lives lost prior to these attacks were every bit as precious and the suffering of their families is no easier due to the type of weapons which killed their loved ones.   

As an outsider, I cannot pretend to know what the answer is to resolving this conflict, providing justice to those who have been harmed, or building a stable and inclusive Syria for all its inhabitants.  I am not sure that anyone knows. The Arab and Muslim states and various militias are divided by their specific interests. The large foreign powers all have their own agendas primarily based on competing imperial calculations. Ordinary Syrians’ voices are being drowned out by the violence and more immediate concerns like seeking bread and shelter.  (However, it is important to recognize that with all the focus on foreign Islamist fighters in the conflict, Syrians have remained active in the resistance, both armed and non-armed, to the Assad regime. They, of course, also make up the ranks of the government’s forces.)         

I lean towards agreeing with Patrick Coburn’s analysis that a first step in ending this nightmarish stalemate would be pressuring all sides involved in the fighting and the major regional and outside powers (who undoubtedly wield influence with the government and rebels) to immediately negotiate a ceasefire. The US has reportedly abandoned any participation in peace proceedings and is finalizing plans for air strikes. But even to those who see some sort of armed intervention as necessary, I would ask you to critically re-question the United States' record in the region as a credible force for democracy, as a responsible and moral military and as a suitable partner for peacemaking. 

With the drumbeats for war building and as US warships are arriving off the Syrian coast, I urge us all to speak out, work together and collectively seek another solution before even more of Syria is destroyed. There are many potential disastrous implications and consequences to increased US involvement in Syria and the region.  With the United States hypocritical and self-serving track record, another blunderous intervention will only make things worse.        

      Joshua Brollier is a co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.  He has participated in delegations and peace-building efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Palestine. He studied Arabic in Syria from September 2010- February 2011. 

Syria News - Aug 29

 

UN Seeks More Time for Syria Chemical Probe Before U.S. Strike - ABC News


Russia tells Britain its Syria resolution is premature, Security Council must await inspectors' report  - The Star Online


China, Russia Leave Emergency Security Council Meeting On Syria - ITAR-TASS


Britain says no Syria action before UN inspection results - AFP


French parliament to debate Syria on September 4 - Yahoo! News UK


US rules out unilateral military action in Syria - AFP

 

Growing Bipartisan Coalition Urges Obama to Seek Congressional Authorization for Syrian Strike - ABC News

 

NATO Says Syria Chemical Attack 'Cannot Go Unanswered' - WSJ.com

 

Arab Allies Withhold Public Support for U.S. Strike on Syria - WSJ.com

 

Maliki says intervention is “dead end,” Iraq on alert - AFP

 

Iran’s leaders caution against U.S.-led military strike on Syria - The Washington Post

 

Is It Too Late to Determine Which Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria?- Scientific American

 

Wind and rockets key clues in Syrian chemical puzzle - New Scientist

 

Were Syria’s Nerve Gas Rockets Based on an American Design? - Foreign Policy

 

VIDEO: Playlist with 20 videos from today's UN inspector's visit to Eastern Ghouta - Brown Moses

 

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Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say - The Cable


U.S., Allies Prepare to Act as Syria Intelligence Mounts - WSJ.com


Main U.S. targets in Syria are military sites, "We don't want to hit actual chemical weapons because of the dangers" - usatoday.com


US Likely to Jab Syrian Air Defenses, Planes - Military.com

 

Why Syria's chemical weapons would be difficult target for US strike - CSMonitor.com

 

Syria evacuates most army buildings in Damascus -residents - Reuters

 

Syrians in capital hoard food, seek shelter as strike looms - Reuters

 

Russia evacuating Tartus staff - AFP

 

Syria envoy says soldiers gassed in new incidents - AFP

 

Syrian envoy: Rebels used chemicals to spark strikes - AFP

 

New York Times Website Hacked, Syrian Electronic Army Appears to Take Credit - ABC News

 

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Sources: Al Qaeda-linked group behind Benghazi attack trains jihadists for Syrian rebel groups - Fox News


Jihadists concerned over potential US strikes in Syria - Threat Matrix


Syrian Kurds face ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Islamist groups – party leader - RT Op-Edge

 

Iraqi Kurdistan rules out sending Kurdish Peshmerga troops to Syrian Kurdistan to fight jihadists - ekurd

 

Syria: Hopes Fade for Kidnapped Priest - Christian News

 

Aleppo Christians Fear Iraq-Style Ethnic Cleansing - aina

 

 

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The Bellicose Obama Regime: Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing

By John Grant


Here we go again.

Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria.

“We can’t do a third war in 12 years!"

John Kerry's Colin Powell Moment

 

John Kerry's Colin Powell Moment

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

All wars are based on lies. Truth prevents them from being waged. America hasn't waged a legal one since WW II. 

 

What's now ongoing bears eerie resemblance to events preceding Bush's Iraq war. Waging them requires pretexts to do so. 

 

Cheerleading War

 

Cheerleading War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

When America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. Might justifies right. Imperial priorities are suppressed.

 

Wars of aggression are called liberating ones. Bombs away is called humanitarian intervention. Nations are destroyed to free them. Plunder is called economic development. So is exploitation. 

 

In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 2013 (IPS) - After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.

The administration’s reversal, which came within hours of the deal reached between Syria and the U.N., was reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday and effectively confirmed by a State Department spokesperson later that day.

Syria News - Aug 28

 

VIDEO: Biden: "No doubt" Assad responsible for Syria chemical weapons attack - CBS News


VIDEO: Carney: No Doubt Syria Used Chemical Weapons - www.kirotv.com


Obama orders release of report justifying Syria strike - CBS News


Syria says US is "completely wrong", challenges to "produce the evidence" that Assad regime launched chemical attack - CBS News

 

Scientist: A thorough scientific analysis is needed before the U.S. and its allies decide whether to take military action against Syria - Bloomberg

 

Evidence points to sarin, says professor - 3 News

 

Israeli intelligence seen as central to US case against Syria - timesofisrael.com

 

Assad’s Brother Seen Linked to Syria Chemical Attack - Bloomberg

 

North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria, report says - AFP

 

UN Admits to Inner City Press its formal request to visit chemical sites made August 24, approved by the Syrian gov Aug 25 - Inner City Press

 

Syria: security concerns force UN chemical weapons inspectors to delay second site visit - United Nations News Centre

 

Were The UN Inspectors Examining A Chemical Weapon In Medmah Al Sham? - Brown Moses Blog

 

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U.S. has forces ready to strike Syria, Hagel says; allies consulted - latimes.com


U.S. warships set for cruise missile strikes on Syria - Washington Free Beacon


Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Likely in U.S. Strikes on Syria - Bloomberg


Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say - World News


Mapped: 35 Places In Syria Likely to Get Hit With a U.S. Cruise Missile - Foreign Policy

 

White House on Syria: No 'regime change' - POLITICO.com

 

Analysis: U.S. strike would aim to punish Assad, not turn tide of war - Reuters

 

33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action - POLITICO.com

 

Source: U.S. postpones meeting with Russia about Syria - CBS News

 

Syria vows to fight off raids with “surprise” defenses - AFP

 

Russia: Syria has defenses to prevent ‘easy victory’ - AFP

 

Jordan says won't be 'launchpad' for any Syria strikes - THE DAILY STAR

 

Israel says will respond with force to any attack from Syria - Reuters

 

Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war - The Independent

 

Bill would let S. Arabia be sued for funding 9/11 - Money Jihad

 

Egypt rejects military intervention in Syria - Ahram Online

 

Vatican criticizes global powers for preparing possible military action against Syria despite an ongoing UN investigation - AFP

 

 

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Syria is About Iran & Israel, Stoopid

The Broader Stakes of Syrian Crisis

August 27, 2013

Editor Note: Though some intelligence analysts still doubt that the Syrian government launched a chemical attack, the political momentum for a U.S. retaliatory strike may be unstoppable. But the broader framework of the crisis involves the Israeli-Iranian dispute and the future of regional peace.

By Ray McGovern

Amid the increased likelihood that President Barack Obama will cave in to pressure from foreign policy hawks to “Libya-ize” Syria and to accord Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the same treatment meted out to Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the main question is WHY? Obviously, there is concern about the human rights catastrophe in Syria, but is the main target Syria’s main ally, Iran, as many suspect?

War on Syria Looms

 

War on Syria Looms

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russia's gone all out to prevent it. Best efforts aren't working. Last Wednesday's false flag explains. It's pretext for waging war.

 

Dmitry Rogozin is Moscow's former NATO envoy. He's currently Deputy Prime Minister.

 

New War Crimes in Egypt and Syria?

by Debra Sweet     The terrible situation in Egypt and Syria may make one wish to look away, but we can't. In both countries, thousands have been killed, with horrifying massacres in the last weeks, and the U.S. government is deeply implicated.

Egypt:
The U.S. government backed a military coup removing the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The military, trained and supported under successive U.S. administrations, receiving more than $1.5B a year, killed over 1,000 Morsi supporters on August 14, including women and children.

A rush to judgment is a rush to war

blindjusticeOn Sunday and Monday, representatives of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that it is "too late" to effectively examine the nature and source of the chemical weapons event near Damascus, Syria last Wednesday (August 21).   (Image: Tim Green)

Are these coordinated, self-serving statements by those who want to attack Syrian government without regard to the source of the chemical weapons attack?

The "too late" statements came four and five days after the attack.  The clear implication is that the limit for a chemical weapons investigation is four to five days after the event.

The first clue to believability of the "too late" claim comes from events in Damascus prior to the attack.  On August 18, a team of United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived in the capital of Syria to investigate three past incidents that generated accusations of chemical weapons use.

Syria News - Aug 27

 

Kerry Accuses Syria of Chemical Weapons Attack - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry Full Speech on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: White House Press Secretary on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: US strike against Syria ‘not imminent’, Officials says they will provide intelligence to back up their conclusions in coming days - NBC News


Russia FM: No proof Syria govt behind chemical strike, use of force without a UN sanction is a crude violation of the international law - Yahoo! News


VIDEO (English): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's Press Conference on Syria (Part 1) - YouTube


VIDEO (English): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's Press Conference on Syria (Part 2) - YouTube


Chemical experts can gather Syria evidence despite time lapse - UN chief Ban Ki - Reuters


'Not too late to trace nerve gas in Syria', experts say - Herald Sun

 

Official: UN Inspectors Find 'Valuable Evidence' in Syria - Sky News

 

Syria: UN chemical weapons team reaches inspection site after convoy hit with sniper fire - United Nations News Centre

 

Hezbollah fighters exposed to chemical agents in Syria: source - THE DAILY STAR

 

Syria's Assad denies use of chemical weapons - latimes.com

 

Full Text of Bashar al-Assad interview in Izvestia - Izvestia

 

Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack - Reuters

 

EU policy chief Ashton: UN support for military action in Syria is "extremely important" - vancouversun.com

 

Germany backs response if it is confirmed that President Bashar Assad's troops used chemical weapons - ABC News

 

Israel: Syria regime used chemical weapons on ‘mass scale' - AFP

 

Israel Claims To Have Intercepted "Syrian Regime Chatter" Confirming Assad Behind Attack - Zero Hedge

 

Warplanes spotted in Cyprus in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime - The Guardian

 

Charges UK Aids Syria Rebels Via Cyprus - GreekReporter.com

 

Iraq opposes use of airspace to strike Syria - AFP

 

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - Foreign Policy

 

VIDEO: English-Subtitled Videos Show Aftermath Of Chemical Weapons Attacks - EA WorldView

 

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Syrian opposition: No Geneva peace talks after 'chemical attack' — RT News


Syria opposition plans to create national army - GulfNews.com

 

AlNusra Front Proudly Announced the Execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal - SyriaNews

 

260 Kurdish passengers kidnapped by Jihadists in Syrian Kurdistan, 65 people missing in Afrin - ekurd

 

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda murders three Alawite truck drivers for not being Sunni Muslims - Jihad Watch

 

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Israel Poised to Attack Syria?

 

Israel Poised to Attack Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel partners with Washington's regional wars. A separate article said America and Britain may attack Syria in days. 

 

Perhaps other NATO partners and Israel will be involved. Hawkish Israeli comments suggest it. On Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel's "finger is on the pulse" of what's ongoing. It need be, it'll move to the trigger.

 

Pentagon Preparing for War on Syria

 

Pentagon Preparing for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington's rage for war won't quit. It sacrifices truth. Big Lies substitute. Syria bears no responsibility for Wednesday's incident. Convincing evidence blames insurgents.

 

They used chemical weapons multiple times before. They've been caught red-handed. Don't expect media scoundrels to explain. They feature biased reporting. They ignore hard facts. They do so consistently.

Selling War on Syria

 

Selling War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Waging war requires manufacturing consent. Public opinion's manipulated to do so. Big Lies substitute for full and accurate reporting.

 

Truth is systematically avoided. Americans get a steady diet of managed news misinformation. On August 20, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) debuted. Qatar's monarchy controls programming.

 

Syria News - Aug 26

 

Obama pressured to intervene in Syria. Most Americans say 'no,' says poll (+VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


POLL: Despite Chemical Weapon Usage, Most Americans Oppose Any Syrian Intervention - Business Insider


Hague: Syria chemical attack evidence may have been destroyed, repeats his belief that Assad's forces were responsible - AFP


France says "no doubt" Damascus behind suspected chemical attack - AFP


Israel Ministers Urge US Response to Syria "Crime" - ABC News


Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria - UTSanDiego.com

 

Official: US military updates options for possible strikes on Syria – CNN.com Blogs

 

Dempsey, allied military chiefs meet in Jordan amid escalating Syrian crisis - AP

 

US, Britain and France already have military muscle near Syria - The Irish Times

 

American, Israeli And Jordanian Troops And CIA Agents Have Entered Syria, Le Figaro Reports - Zero Hedge News

 

Wikileaks release 84,067 sensitive emails from US intelligence contractor Stratfor – HackReafd

 

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Syria agrees to UN probe of purported chemical attacks - Yahoo! News


U.S. official claims "very little doubt" Syria used chemical weapons, any belated move to allow the U.N. inspectors in is already too little, too late - CBS News

 

Russia says 'tragic mistake' to assign blame too soon for Syrian gas attack - Reuters

 

Iran Warns US Over Military Move Against Syria - ABC News

 

Report: 3,600 Syrians Treated for 'Neurotoxin' Exposure - VOA

 

In Syria, the dead include countless animals and birds - NY Daily 

 

VIDEO: Chemical attack in Syria: Shocking first independently verified pictures by ITV News - YouTube

 

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Al-Nusra Front to target Alawite faith, Assad 'over chemical attacks'- recording - RT News


AUDIO: Statement By Jabhat Al Nusra Leader Calls For Revenge For Chemical Attacks - You Tube


Syria-based al Qaeda group issues threat to Western aid workers - CBS News


American Tells of Odyssey as Prisoner of Syrian Rebels - NYTimes.com

 

Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel hideout: State TV - Al Akhbar English

 

AUDIO: phone call between rebels uncovered that they used the chemical weapons in Deir Ballba in Homs countryside - YouTube

 

Former Jabhat al-Nusrah Member admits Chemical Weapons Use - nsnbc international

 

VIDEO: More Videos Emerge Of Chemical Attack Linked Mystery Munitions - Brown Moses Blog

 

Large arms shipment reaches Syrian rebels: opposition - Yahoo! News

 

Saudi Arabia stirs the Middle East pot - The Washington Post

 

Saudi Arabia And Qatar Fight For Influence - .huffingtonpost.com

 

 

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Will Obama pull a Bush WMD Scam in Syria?

A rush to judgment is a rush to war. 

obamaheadIt's put up or shut up time for President Barack Obama.

Will the president wait for the completion of an objective study to determine the source of a chemical weapons in an attack on a Damascus suburb on August?  Or, will he fix the results, declare the Syrian government guilty, and unleash some form of military attack?   If he chooses the later option, the similarities to the George W. Bush WMD lies will be too close to ignore.

Added to Obama's refusal to get Wall Street crooks prosecuted, his weak efforts on jobs, the NSA spying on all citizens coupled with his outright denial of the effort, Obama's presidency will lack even the most rudimentary form of legitimacy.

Obama has been pressured to attack Syria since the start of the rebellion against the government of Bashar al-Assad began 2011.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled the world demanding that "Assad must go." Others in the perpetual war faction have lent their voices to the chorus.

Talk Nation Radio: Jean Bricmont: Keep Humanitarian Imperialism Out of Syria

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“Wag the Dog” – The Sequel Set in Syria

By George Galloway

Over the last couple of weeks a western-backed (and armed) military junta slaughtered many hundreds of Egyptians in broad daylight live on television. The death toll, still concealed, may have been thousands.

The west confined itself to disapproving words and calls for “restraint” on “both sides” – even though the victims were unarmed.

In Syria hundreds of people have just been slaughtered in circumstances which are entirely unclear, and the west is about to launch (in our case without parliamentary approval with the prime minister acting from a beach in Cornwall) a military attack with entirely unforseen consequences on Damascus.

There is a “Wag the Dog” element about this, and indeed the war of President Clinton’s penis satirised in that masterful award-winning movie has already proved a handy diversion from Egypt before its even started.

It is entirely implausible that the Syrian regime chose the moment of the arrival of a UN chemical weapons inspection team to launch a chemical attack on an insurgency already suffering reverse after reverse on the battlefield and steadily losing international support with each new video showing them eating the hearts of slain soldiery and sawing of the heads of Christian priests with bread knives.

In the absence of conclusive evidence one would have to believe that the Assad regime was mad as well as bad to have launched such a chemical attack at a time when it is in less danger than it has been for almost a year. I do not believe that Bashar is mad.

There is ample evidence that the Syrian rag-tag-and-bobtail insurgency, dominated by the most extreme fanatic franchises of Al Qaeda, has access to chemical weapons, indeed any weapons the rag-tag-and-bobtail coalition behind them can get to them.

The US has a long history of using such weapons – and worse – and not just in SE Asia. In the destruction of Fallujah in next door Iraq they slaughtered thousands with the same kind of cocktails.

Israel regularly shares its own chemical weapons stockpile with their neighbours in Gaza. Check the pictures of phosphorous gas raining down upon the UN schools and hospitals in Operation Cast Lead if you don’t believe me.

Britain introduced chemical weapons to the middle east in the first place, dropping gas on the “uncivilised tribes” of Iraq in the 1920s and wondering in parliament “what all the fuss was about”.

Does anyone believe that the foul dictatorships of the Gulf – like Saudi Arabia – wouldn’t give the Syrian rebels some of their chemical weapons? Especially if the purpose was to draw the big powers into the war?

Does anyone believe that a Syrian rebel army whose vile atrocities abound on YouTube wouldn’t use them, for the same purpose?

So now we wait for the summer-surprise attack on yet another Arab country by the former colonial powers. Another summer, another Muslim country under murderous bombardment by the last people on the planet whose motives are trusted by anyone in the Muslim world.

Meanwhile, the money, and the weapons, keep on flowing to the Egyptian junta. The blood of some people, as always, turning out to be of far greater consequence than the blood of others…

George Galloway MP
House of Commons
London.

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An Appeal Against Attacking Syria

www.peacepeople.com

Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate, today appealed to the Rt. Hon. William Hague, British Foreign Minister, and M. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, to stop calling for military action against Syria which, she said, will only lead the Middle East into even more violence and bloodshed for its people.

Maguire said:

Arming rebels and authorizing military action by USA/NATO forces will not solve the problem facing Syria, but indeed could lead to the death of thousands of Syrians, the breaking-up of Syria, and it falling under the control of violent fundamentalist jihadist forces. It will mean the further fleeing of Syrians into surrounding countries which will themselves  become destabilised. The entire Middle East will become unstable and violence will spiral out of control.

Lying About Syria, and the Lying Liars Who Lie About the Lying

UPDATE: Flyers you can use to oppose this war: Color PDF, Black and White PDF.

"U.S. prepares for possible retaliatory strike against Syria," announces a Los Angeles Times headline, even though Syria has not attacked the United States or any of its occupied territories or imperial forces and has no intention to do so.

Imminent US War on Syria?

 

Imminent US War on Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria is Washington's war. It was planned years ago. It's about regime change. America wants pro-Western puppet leaders replacing independent ones.

 

Washington doesn't launch conflicts to quit. US-enlisted death squads are no match against Syria's military. They're being routed. 

 

False Flag Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

 

False Flag Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

False flags are an American tradition. They're an Israeli tradition. They're used strategically. They reflect Big Lies. 

 

Merriam-Webster calls them "deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic."

 

Drumbeat for War on Syria

 

Drumbeat for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Whenever America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. Truth is the first casualty. Managed news misinformation substitutes. 

 

It happens every time. It's standard practice. It's no different this time. Facts on the ground don't matter. They're systematically ignored. 

 

Syria: Truth v. Lies on Chemical Weapons Use

 

Syria: Truth v Lies on Chemical Weapons Use 

 

By Stephen Lendman

 

Churchill was right saying "(a) lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." 

 

Today it circulates instantly. It does so virtually everywhere. 

 

Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels said:

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