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Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

Another Anti-Assad False Flag

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since early 2011, Obama's been waging proxy war on Syria. Imported death squads masquerade as freedom fighters. The scheme's familiar. It repeats. It reflects US imperialism's dark side.

 

In the 1980s, CIA-recruited mujahideen fighters battled  Afghanistan's Soviet occupiers. Ronald Reagan called them "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers." He characterized Contra killers the same way.

Syria News May 13

 

Turkey Arrests Nine in Deadly Bombings, Blames a militia led by a Turkish Alawite linked to Syria regime - Bloomberg

Damascus denies responsibility for Turkey bombings - AFP

Erdogan says country won’t be drawn into Syria conflict after deadly bombings - The Washington Post

Turkey says world must act against Syria after bombings - Reuters

Turkey opposition criticizes Erdogan's Syria policy  - todayszaman

Why is Turkey Building a Tent City for Syrian Christians?

VIDEOS: Links To Photos And Videos From The Reyhanli Car-Bombings - Brown Moses Blog

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Assad forces gaining ground in Syria, Analyst: the insurgency does not pose an existential threat to the regime - The Washington Post

Syria Christian village breathes easier as army advances on Qusayr - AFP

On the Golan Heights, the people are (mostly) with Assad - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Palestinian-Syrian group forming units to fight for Golan - JPost 

Rebel Rockets Hurt Two in Hermel, Aimed at pressuring Hizbullah to end its fighting in Syria - Naharnet

Syrian Rebels Release 4 UN Filipino Peacekeepers - ABC News

UN praises Qatar key role in release of Golan peacekeepers - Saudi Gazette

Syria Promises Ibrahim to Help in Abducted Lebanese Pilgrims Case - Naharnet

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Under the black flag of al-Qaeda, the Syrian city Raqqa ruled by gangs of extremists - Telegraph

VIDEO: : Telegraph dispatch from Raqqa, Syria - Telegraph

PHOTOS: Exclusive pictures from Syria by Telegraph photographer David Rose - Telegraph

Syrian rebels, including FSA groups, fund their fighting through looting, smuggling and selling antiquities - conflict antiquities

Al Qaeda’s £168million cocaine smugglers, paid for the cocaine with weapons and cash looted in Libya - Money Jihad

Al-Jaafari to UNSC: Jabhet al-Nusra Claimed Responsibility for 600 Terrorist Acts in Syria in One Year - The Santos Republic

800 Tunisian Islamists fighting in Syria, minister says - NOW

Claims Australians killed in Syria were fighters, not aid workers - SMH

VIDEO: Insurgent Eats Heart of Syrian Soldier - YouTube

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Syrian opposition to meet to decide whether to join peace talks - Reuters

Russian official says Syria conference not possible in May, there are disagreements over who should have the right to take part - Yahoo! News

Gates: US military involvement in Syria a 'mistake' - NOW'

Drugs, prostitution and official corruption: Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan - ekurd

VIDEO: Direct U.S. military involvement in Syria "would be a mistake," says Gates - CBS News Video

VIDEO: US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford poses with rebel of Aleppo - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Geraldo Rivera: My Sources Tell Me Benghazi Was About Running Missiles to Syrian Rebels -TheBlaze.com

VIDEO: Moaz al-Khatib Exposes Roles of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Syrian Crisis on al-Jazeera - LiveLeak.com

 

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Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

Anti-Assad Rhetoric Intensifies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

US-led anti-Assad efforts continue. Obama's going all out to topple him. He's heading America for more war. 

 

His imperial strategy prioritizes it. Rule of law principles are discarded. Unchallenged global dominance alone matters. America's longstanding permanent war agenda advances it.

 

Syria News May 11

 

Biden: US not to jump the gun on Syria, He stresses that it remains unclear who owned the chemical weapons and used them - AFP

VIDEO: Biden outlines US policy on Syrian conflict - Firstpost Topic

Hagel: ‘Political, not military’ solutions needed in Syria and Iran - Alarabiya.net 

No new S-300 supplies planned after Russia finalizes standing Syrian weapons contracts - Lavrov - RT News

Netanyahu to meet with Putin in Moscow, discuss Russian arms sales to Syria - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Russian Pacific Fleet Warships to Appear in Eastern Mediterranean Sea - LiveLeak.com

Germany spy chief visited Syria: Report - PressTV

Saudis, Qatar fire UN torpedo at US-Russia sponsored Syrian peace conference, The resolution condemns the Syrian government and blames it for the use of chemical weapons-  Asia Times Online

Syria's chemical arsenal nearly 1,00 tons, watchdog chief says - Anadolu Agency

VIDEO: Nuclear arms expert discusses chemical weapons in Syria - Alarabiya.net

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Insight: In eastern Syria oil smugglers makes European hopes of buying crude from President Assad's opponents a distant prospect - Reuters

Al Nusra Front to be added to UN sanctions list as terrorist organization, diplomats say - AFP

Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Fighters Edging Closer to Confrontation - ABC News

3 Lebanese jihadists killed in Syria, 36 others missing - THE DAILY STAR

Nine arrested in Lebanon for smuggling weapons into Syria and planning to carry out a terrorist attack - THE DAILY STAR

Militants in Syria shell Lebanese border areas - abna.ir

Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon number 55,000 - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army warns civilians to leave Qusayr - Alarabiya.net 

Al Manar TV: 3500 militant rebels in Qusayr offering to surrender to Syria’s Assad - Zimbio

Is Saudi Arabia behind the substitution of Syrian opposition PM Hitto? - The Syrian Observer News

Syrian Opposition Figure Faces Allegations of Money Laundering in France, Allegedly involved in Syrian artifacts smuggling through Lebanon and Turkey - SyriaNews

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Are PKK Fighters Moving to Syria? - Al-Monitor

The proliferation of armed Syrian Kurdish groups sets the stage for internecine conflicts - Syria News

 

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Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

Obama's Syria Game Plan: Libya 2.0

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's already waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's heading America for more. Media scoundrels support it. They back all US aggression. They're beating the drums again now. They're manipulating public sentiment for support.

 

Russia, China and most other nations want peace. May 8 commemorates Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Russia's toll was greatest. For many, war horrors still echo.

Who Are the Real Criminals?

Who Are the Real Criminals?

83 year old nun, Sister Megan Rice and two other peace activists, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted and could be sentenced to 20 year for breaking into a Tennessee storage facility for depleted uranium weapons and splashing them with blood.  They are members of the group Transform Now Plowshares that lives the words of the Bible "They shall beat their swords into plowshares.  They shall learn war no more."

With skyrocketing cancer rates and birth defects, the city of Fallujah, Iraq has never recovered from the 2004 U.S. assault on it using depleted uranium munitions.  A study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health states that the after effects of the Fallujah assault are "worse" than those after the U.S. nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Syria News May 10

 

U.S. Presses Russia on Syria Arms Sale (VIDEO) - WSJ.com

U.S. Is Warned Russia Plans Syria Arms Sale - WSJ.com

Israel asks Russia not to sell Syria advanced S-300 air shield: officials - Reuters

Deputy FM: Syria will 'respond immediately' to any Israeli strike - Yahoo!7

Assad: We have decided to give Hezbollah everything, it is not just an ally, we share the same destiny - almanar.com

Hezbollah: Syria to supply “game-changing” weapons to militia (VIDEO) - Chicago Sun-Times

Hezbollah offers to help Syria fight for Israel-occupied Golan - Yahoo! News

Syria troops, Hezbollah advancing on Qusayr, NGO says - Alarabiya.net 

Interview: NATO Supreme Allied Commander on Syria and Soft Power, warns Syria may ‘break apart’ post-Assad - The Atlantic

VIDEO: Deputy FM Muqdad: We'll 'Respond Immediately' to Any New Israeli Strike - LiveLeak.com

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Syria to let in UN experts to investigate chemical arms use — RT News

Damascus Welcomes Russia-US Rapprochement on Syria Crisis - RIA Novosti

Proposed UN General Assembly resolution backs political transition in Syria, condemns regime, Russia urges other countries to vote "no" - Fox News

Exclusive: Opposing Qatar's Syria Draft UNGA Resolution, Russia Cites Lavrov - Kerry Peace Conference , Letter Here - Inner City Press

France wants U.N. to label Syria's al-Nusra Front a terrorist group - Yahoo! News

Brahimi to stay on as Syria envoy after Russia-US bid, UN says

Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan: Syria has crossed red line, used chemical weapons VIDEO) - NBC World News

Turkey would support U.S.-led no-fly zone in Syria - NBC - Yahoo!7

Turkey steps up chemical weapons tests on Syria casualties - Reuters

Reports: Warnings about Syria from the US to Ankara especially about the support provided for pro-al-Qaeda “jihadist” elements - hurriyetdailynews.com

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SNC acting chief: Abducted Aleppo bishops 'in good health', held in a small village northwest of Aleppo by a rebel group - Al Bawaba

The Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq to train Syrian Kurds to stop extremists gaining ground - FT.com

60% of Syrian oil controlled by Kurds: PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd

Europe and the Politics Of Syrian Oil - Al-Monitor

Top U.S. Official Meets With Rebels Inside Syria - WBUR & NPR

Syrian opposition coalition's acting president urges U.S. action - chicagotribune.com

New report on the Muslim Brotherhood - Syria Comment

Al-Nusra Front denies chief wounded in Syria - AFP

Syrian Warplanes Pound Rebels Near Northern Mannagh Air Base - AP

Syrian army launches new operations in Banias - World Bulletin

Syrian troops advance in central city of Homs - Las Vegas Sun News

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Speaking with an Alleged Member of the Syrian Electronic Army About the 'Onion' Twitter Hack - VICE United States

No joke: The Onion tells how Syrian Electronic Army hacked its Twitter - Ars Technica

 

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Kerry in Moscow

 

Kerry in Moscow

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russian condemnation of Israeli air strikes preceded Kerry's arrival. Moscow's Foreign Ministry called them "a threat to regional stability." 

 

Syria News May 9

 

Syrian opposition would find it impossible to hold peace talks over a transitional government that still has Assad at its head - Reuters

White House says Syria's future can't include Assad despite efforts to lure rebels, regime into talks - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Carney: Assad Does Not Represent Syrian People - Yahoo! Finance Canada

US unveiling extra $100 million humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees - AFP

Pentagon Plans for the Worst in Syria - WSJ.com

EU "very satisfied" with US-Russia Syria accord - AFP

Brahimi Calls Russia-US Deal on Syria ‘Significant Step’ - RIA Novosti

Jordan, Iran Agree on Need For Political Solution in Syria - Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia takes over from Qatar to deal with the Syrian opposition, as great powers begin to agree on general principles for a solution - Hassan Hassan 

Canada urges political solution in Syria - AFP

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Syrian troops push into strategic town along highway to Jordan - Reuters

FSA commanders say that entire units have gone over to al-Nusra while others have lost a quarter or more of their strength - The Guardian

US Intelligence Asked Moderate Syrian Rebels to Fight Al-Nusra - thenational.ae

Watchdog: Jihadist al-Nusra chief wounded near Damascus - Alarabiya.net 

Syrian rebels release video of captive peacekeepers (VIDEO) - The Times of Israel

UN pulls back Golan peacekeepers after abduction- AFP

Al-Assad tries to open safe corridor for Alawites, says Turkish FM - hurriyetdailynews.com

Thousands of Hezbollah fighters in Syria protecting Assad regime’s escape route? - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Israeli- and Hizballah-controlled enclaves take shape inside Syria - DEBKAfile

Hezbollah seeking more arms after Israeli raid on Syria - NOW

Fatah: Resistance doesn't take orders from Syria - JPost

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Evidence suggests Al-Nusra used riot control agents, Symptoms are respiratory problems as those described by people who were under "chemical weapons" attacks - M of A

Jabhat Al-Nusra Photographed With "Chemical Weapons" that May be Riot Control Agents (PHOTO) - Brown Moses Blog

Alleged chemical weapon delivery systems in Syria are more likely less-lethal munitions - The Rogue Adventurer

VIDEO: Investigating Syrian rebels’ chemical weapons claims - Today Show

VIDEO: FSA Leader Says Syrian Govt Used Chemical Weapons 4 Times - Today Show

Growing signs Syria uses chemical weapons: Britain's Cameron - Yahoo! News

Britain lays out plan for arming Syrian rebels amid fears of 'likely' chemical weapons attack - Telegraph

Britain launches new drive to lift EU arms ban on Syria - Reuters

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Kurdish Group Gaining Autonomy In Northern Syria - Al-Monitor

‘Westren Kurdistan could be a model for a free and democratic Syria’: PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd

Divisions Plague Kurdish Opposition Groups in Syria - Rudaw

 

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UN Human Rights Council Duplicity

 

UN Human Rights Council Duplicity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said the following:

 

On May 5, Reuters headlined "UN has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator."

 

Syria News May 8

 

Russia, U.S. agree to push both Syria sides to find a negotiated solution, to hold a peace conference attended by Assad government and opposition - Alarabiya.net English

VIDEO: Joint Lavrov and Kerry conference in Moscow - YouTube

Obama: We need proof of Syria chemical weapons use, "I don't make decisions based on perceived evidence" - usatoday.com

VIDEO: Obama on Syria: I don't make decisions based on perceived evidence - NBCNews.com

Army chief of staff Odierno: Syria rebels will prevail, but sequester makes U.S. intervention risky - The E-Ring

On Syria Sarin, UN Ban Ki Spokesman Won't Say If Sellstrom Has Got or Wants Del Ponte Info - Inner City Press

Syrian Opposition to Discuss Replacing Hitto as Interim PM–Source - Asharq Alawsat English Mobile

VIDEO: Interview with Syrian opposition PM Hitto: Negotiated end to Syria's civil war? - CNN.com Blogs

VIDEO: Syrian National Coalition member discusses allegations of chemical weapons use - Al Jazeera Blogs

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Syria Civil War: Rebel Group Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade Abducts Four UN Peacekeepers - IBTimes UK

VIDEO: More Filipino UN peacekeepers ‘held by Syrian rebels’ - euronews

FSA leader Idriss says he has little influence over what the rebels do, no authority over some of the largest factions but coordinates with Islamic extremists - fresnobee.com

Iran Warns Syrian Rebels After Report of Shrine Desecration - NYTimes.com

International effort for the release of the Bishops kidnapped, but beware of fake mediators - Fides News Agency

Chatting About 'Game of Thrones' with Syria's Most Feared Islamic Militants - VICE United States

Danish jihadist killed while fighting for Muhajireen Brigade in Syria - The Long War Journal

FSA brigade pledges to fight Hezbollah’s Qusayr advances - nosratashraf.com

VIDEO: Syrian army gains control of strategic Qusayr suburban areas - YouTube

Turkey’s Kurdish solution process paves the way for PYD in Syria- report - World Bulletin

Syria Internet Goes Down, Traffic Monitoring Sites Confirm

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Assad says Syria able to face Israel but stops short of threatening retaliation - CBC News

Syrian authorities give the "green light" to the military to respond to any Israeli aggression without referring back to them - NOW

Palestinian group says Syria OKs attacks on Israel - usatoday.com

Iran FM meets Assad, says time to dissuade Israel - NOW

UN complains to Israel about violations of Lebanese airspace - Reuters

 

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Planning a War on Syria at the Ritz Carlton in DC This Thursday

Hagel, Livni and Free Syrian Army commanders reported to gather in D.C. at behest of Israel lobby

By Philip Weiss

May 07, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - The U.S. is evidently closely coordinating its policy toward the Syrian civil war with Israel.

On May 9, for instance, the Israel lobby group WINEP will hold an annual symposium in Washington. Reports have it here and here that speakers include Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, two commanders of the Free Syrian Army, and Tzipi Livni, an architect of the 2008-09 assault on Gaza. (The WINEP description of its conference appears to have been scrubbed of the information.) 

Asking Amnesty International to Oppose War

Some human rights groups, especially Amnesty International, seem to have forgotten an important human right: peace.  A petition has been launched to remind them.

These organizations are not the warmongers. They do tremendously great work addressing some of the symptoms of warmaking, including imprisonment and torture.  But, because they avoid taking any position on war, and because of an apparent bias in favor of U.S. military intervention, they sometimes find themselves effectively promoting war and all the horrors that come with it.  At Nuremberg to initiate a war of aggression was called the supreme international crime "encompassing the evil of the whole."  Yet human rights groups are often on the wrong side of the fundamental question of war.

Amnesty International (AI) promoted the babies-taken-from-incubators hoax that helped launch the 1991 war on Iraq.  AI has upheld the pretense that the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan is about women's rights.  And now Amnesty International is highlighting warmaking in Syria's civil war by one side only:

"Our team of researchers on the ground found evidence that government forces bombed entire neighborhoods and targeted residential areas with long-range surface-to-surface missiles," said an AI fundraising email on April 29th that made no mention of abuses committed by Syrian rebels supported by the U.S. and its allies. 

This one-sided treatment by a group supposedly dedicated to all humans fuels the fires of a wider war from which the people of Syria can only suffer.

The email continued: "Amnesty has a strong track record of using our on-the-ground findings to pressure governments and the United Nations Security Council to hold those responsible for the slaughter of civilians accountable."

Does it?  When the United States kills civilians in Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya, AI's silence has often been deafening.  Shouldn't a human rights group press for an end to the killing of all humans by all parties?

While many good individuals who work for human rights groups like AI oppose wars, these organizations officially ignore President Eisenhower's warning and a half-century of evidence regarding the power of the military industrial complex -- and they ignore the criminality of war under the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter, the Kellogg-Briand Pact and other laws.

These groups accept the existence of war (when not encouraging it) and then focus on specific crimes and abuses within the larger war-making enterprise. They promote the idea that human rights are governed by two sets of laws, one in peace and another weaker set in war. Voices for the human right to peace are missing and badly needed, as "humanitarianism" and "the right to protect" are used as excuses for war and intervention.

Amnesty International opposes imprisonment without trial and other abuses unless they adhere to the "laws of war," which is why AI is not opposing the outrageous charges leveled against Bradley Manning. Killing is opposed unless it adheres to the "laws of war."  Under this standard, we pretend not to know whether blowing families up with drones is legal or not as long as the memos purporting to legalize it are kept hidden.

Groups like Amnesty oppose particular weapons, including the development of fully autonomous weapons (drones that fly themselves).  No one in their right mind would oppose that step.  But surely the human right not to be blown up does not vanish if the button is pushed by a person instead of an autonomous robot.  Other organizations are pushing to ban all weaponized drones from the world. 

Human rights groups should join the peace movement in targeting war and militarism itself, rather than just some of its symptoms.  Amnesty International and all groups favoring human rights should be asked to oppose a U.S. escalation of war on Syria.

Syria News May 7

 

 

UN: No conclusive proof chemical weapons used in Syria - NOW

Statement from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria (chemical weapons), The Commission is scheduled to issue its findings to the Council on 3 June - ohchr.org

White House skeptical Syrian rebels used chemical weapons, "We find it highly likely that ...if they were in fact used in Syria...the Assad regime was responsible" - Yahoo! News

Moscow Sees No Hard Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Syria - RIA Novosti

US State Dep official: Syrian rebels lack 'ability or intent' to use chemical weapons - MBC World News

Al Qaeda's track record with chemical weapons - CNN.com

Senate Dem introduces bill to arm Syria opposition - Fox News

Syrian Opposition Groups Deny Chemical Weapons Attack - US News and World Report

FSA Commander Idris issued this statement in response to suspicions of opposition chemical weapons use - YALLA SOURIYA

U.N. chemical weapons chief: time is running out to get to the scene of the crime in Syria - Turtle Bay

Will The UN Find Sarin In Syria? - Medical Daily

VIDEO: UN commissioner Carla Del Ponte on sarin use by Syrian rebels - YouTube

VIDEO: Sarin use strongly suspected in Syria - YouTube

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Israel Tries to Cool Tension With Syria After Missile Attack, "activity...is only against Hezbollah, not against the Syrian regime" - ABC News

No early warning for US over Israeli strikes in Syria - todayszaman

Russia "especially concerned" by Israel's Syria air strikes - NOW

Putin, Israeli PM Discuss Syria by Phone - Naharnet

China criticizes Syria raid as Netanyahu, Abbas visit - NOW

EU warns of 'spillover' threat in Syria region following Israeli air strikes - straitstimes.com

Al-Maliki: Israeli Aggression on Sites in Syria Violates International Law- SANA, Syria

Jordan Lower House condemns Israeli attacks on Syria - Jordan News Agency (Petra)

Any arms Israel targeted in Syria not Iranian, general says - NOW

VIDEO: FSA Spokesman on Israeli Channel 2: FSA Was Desperate, Israeli Strikes Very Very Helpful - YouTube

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Turkey launches military exercise near Syrian border - Yahoo! News

Turkish PM calls Syrian President Assad ‘a butcher’ - PanARMENIAN.Net

Erdogan Keeps Silent About Israeli Strikes on Syria - Al-Monitor

Analysts: Turkey urged to be impartial with Syria, "Turkey is perceived to be a contract killer in Syria backing the radicals" - AFP

Turkey Fears Russia Too Much to Intervene in Syria - The Atlantic

Turkey rejects claims of joining regional cooperation against Iran - todayszaman

Top Iraqi official accuses Turkey of controlling Sunni protests - todayszaman

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Lebanon gets kidnappers' list, readies for Syria talks - THE DAILY STAR

Turkish intelligence to secure release of kidnapped Lebanese in Syria - todayszaman

Lebanese factions train Syrian refugees as militants: Lebanon interior minister - PressTV

Iraqi Shiites begin to hold public funerals for ‘martyrs’ killed in Syria - Middle East Online

Iraqi death hints of Iran's role in Syrian crisis - newsday.com

VIDEO: Funeral in Iraq for Shi'ite militant killed in Syria - Reuters.com

Iran: Funeral for IRGC officer killed in Syria - ncr-iran.org

Exclusive: Syrian aid in crisis as Gulf states renege on promises - The Independent

Syrian Opposition Seeks Control of Oil Resources - Al-Monitor

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The 'Onion' latest victim of Syrian Electronic Army's fat jokes - FP Passport

The 'Onion' response: Syrian Electronic Army Has A Little Fun Before Inevitable Upcoming Deaths At Hands Of Rebels - The Onion 

 

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U.S. Corporate Media: Your Source for Lies About Syria

U.S. suggestions that the Syrian government could have used chemical weapons have been treated as fact by some media outlets, and are helping to fuel the case for greater U.S. military involvement. But subsequent reporting has called into question these early, credulous reports--and highlighted the continuing media failure to treat WMD claims with the skepticism they deserve.

Go to FAIR.

Stay Out of Syria

The following statement of Leah Bolger, Secretary of Defense and David Swanson, Secretary of Peace, of the Foreign Affairs Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet, is available online here. It may be republished with attribution and a link back to its original web location.

  The Obama administration has seemingly painted itself into yet another military corner by announcing that use of chemical weapons by Syria would constitute a red line that would mandate military action on the part of the United States. Now we are hearing reports that the red line may have been crossed, and some prominent officials are calling for the U.S. to step up its aid to the rebels and/or impose a no-fly zone. Proponents of military action such as Secretary of State John Kerry and hawkish Senator John McCain seem to think that the U.S. can sort out the “good guys” in the Syrian civil war, and use U.S. military assets to help the rebels take down the Assad government.

  U.S. military involvement in Syria could only make things worse. Syria does not need a "no fly" zone. It needs a "no weaponizing" zone. The White House and its allies need to stop arming one side of a civil war, and to persuade Russia to stop arming the other. Further escalating the violence will result in nothing that could outweigh the damage of that violence.

  The Netanyahu government in Israel has just raised the ante in this precarious situation by conducting air-to-ground missile attacks against Syria, undoubtedly with the tacit approval of the United States. Allowing Israel to attack Syria without consequences is not only the sanctioning of a crime; it also allows momentum to develop for greater violence and pushes peaceful resolution further out of reach. Diplomacy must be actively pursued before it is too late.

  Further military interference in Syria would be a disastrous decision in important ways. For one thing, it is not at all clear if chemical weapons have been used, and if so, by which side. U.S. media has a tendency to turn conjecture into accepted fact merely by repeating it. Furthermore, the U.S. military has itself used  and continues to use chemical and nuclear weapons — Agent Orange and napalm in Vietnam and white phosphorus and depleted uranium weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ongoing hypocrisy of U.S. policy and practice in this regard undermines our nation’s international moral and legal position.

  Secondly, there are few if any “good guys” among the combatants in Syria. Because the White House has decided that regime change in Syria is our business, Americans are now squarely allied with extremist anti-democratic insurgents—the same people the administration has deemed our enemy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As it has time after the time, the theory that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” will come back to bite the U.S. once Assad is out of office.  

  Those who hold Libya up as an example of the kind of military action that should be taken in Syria don’t understand some very basic concepts. Syria’s air defense batteries are located in urban centers, not like Libya’s, which could be attacked without causing a high number of civilian casualties. If the U.S. targets urban centers in Syria, global opinion will quickly turn against us. Furthermore, the Assad government’s close relationship with major powers Russia and Iran could mean that a U.S. attack would lead to widespread war. An escalated U.S. war in Syria would not be waged simply on American terms. Those who advocate for military action don’t seem to understand the global response to our actions.

  But the most basic reason that the U.S. should not interfere militarily in Syria is because we should support self-determination. It should be left to the Syrian people to decide who will run their government. Overthrowing foreign governments is not legal, moral, or practical.  It is not a safe practice to encourage. In fact, in nearly a century of warmaking, there is still no example of the United States or NATO having “liberated” a country to beneficial effect. Libya's violence is spilling into neighboring nations. Iraq is arguably in worse shape post-intervention than Syria is pre-intervention.

  In the immediate term, the Green Shadow Cabinet calls on the United States government and the international community to provide humanitarian aid—food and shelter for those displaced, and assistance to countries that are providing safe haven for Syrian refugees. And the administration should invest in multilateral diplomatic efforts involving both Russia and Iran, as well as others, to push for a cease fire and an end to weapons shipments.

  In the long term, we must win an international ban on weapons and war profiteering, which is a major factor in feeding the cycle of violence.

 

LEAH BOLGER is Secretary of Defense in the Green Shadow Cabinet. She is a former Commander in the United States Navy, retired.

DAVID SWANSON is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet. He is author of War is a Lie, When the World Outlawed War, and The Military Industrial Complex at 50.

 

Reuters: U.N. Investigators Say Syrian Rebels, Not Syrian Regime, Used Chemical Weapons

By Brad Friedman on 5/5/2013, 7:33pm PT  

So, wait. It wasn't the Syrian regime, but rather the Syrian rebels who used sarin nerve gas recently? That's the story being reported tonight by Reuters, from actually named sources among U.N. investigators. But will anybody notice? Or, with Israeli airstrikes already under way, and the neo-cons already demanding another new war, is the news too little, too late...again?

The week before last, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, reading from a letter sent by the White House to Congress, announced that the Administration believes that the Syrian government recently used chemical weapons against its own people. If true, it would be a move which President Obama had previously described as a "red line" and a "game changer" in the Administration's policy on the two-year old civil war still raging in that country.

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Syria News May 6

 

Syria says Israel escalated crisis, claims it was not transferring weapons to Hezbollah, Jamraya facility, weapons depot and anti-aircraft unit targeted (VIDEO) - ABC Australia

Israeli strikes on Syria appear to be of broader political and military significance, much still unexplained about the effects and motivations of the attack - NYTimes.com

Why did Israel bomb Syria? - EA WorldView

Analysis: Israel may be ready for more active military role in Syria - NBC World News

Profile: Syria's top-secret Jamraya research centre - BBC News

A Look at the Missile Reportedly Targeted in Syria by Israel- ABC News

Lawmakers: Israeli strikes show Syrian air-defense vulnerability - The Hill's Global Affairs

Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV: Israeli jet shot down over Damascus - Ya Libnan

U.N. voices 'grave concern' at reports of Israel strikes in Syria - Yahoo! News

Lebanon condemns Israel's use of airspace to strike Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Iran calls for stand against Israel after Syria attack - Yahoo! News

Iraqi Shiite leader urges Syria to strike back at Israel - The Times of Israel

Egypt, Arab League condemn Israeli "attacks" in Syria - NOW

Opposition Syrian National Coalition Condemns Israeli Attacks - Naharnet

FSA: Our Operations Not Related to Israeli Attacks — Naharnet

Hagel, Livni and Free Syrian Army commanders reported to gather in D.C. at behest of Israel lobby | Mondoweiss

VIDEO: Syrian Government Statement in Response to Israeli Airstrikes in Damascus - YouTube

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Official: U.N. investigators have testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas, no details as to when or where sarin may have been used - Reuters

Turkish doctors say no nerve gas in Syrian victims' blood, The attack occurred in the northern village of Saraqeb on April 29  - GlobalPost

Lebanese Pilgrims Kidnapped by FSA Appear in Video, Families Say 'We Don't Want to See Any Turk after May 22' (VIDEO) - Naharnet

Relatives of hostages protest outside Turkish base - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanon wants Turkey, Qatar to help release hostages in Syria (VIDEO) - PressTV

FSA brigade pledges to fight Hezbollah's Qusayr advances - Alarabiya.net 

Katyusha Fired from Rebel Held Positions in Syria Hits al-Qasr as Shells Strike Akkar Towns in Lebanon - Naharnet

VIDEO: Syrian army gains control of strategic Qusayr suburban areas - YouTube

House intelligence chair: Hezbollah funding Syrian troops - MSNBC

Iran ready to "train" Syria army, commander says - NOW

Muslim Brotherhood opens direct link to rebels in Damascus - The National

Graduate from Saudi jihadi rehab program killed in Syrian jihad: "killed a large number of Christians before his acceptance by God" - Jihad Watch

 

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Syria News May 5

 

 

Obama Does Not Foresee U.S. Boots On The Ground In Syria - ABC News

VIDEO: Obama: No U.S. Ground Troops in Syria - YouTube

Egypt and Iran seek Syria political exit, a gradual transformation of power which would not force Al-Assad to step down - Ahram Online

Iraqi Shia fighters warm up to fight in Syria - Hassan Hassan

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Heavy explosions rock Damascus on Sunday, Blasts targeted a military research centre, Syrian state television blames Israel - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Explosions heard on Sunday in Damascus - Al Jazeera Blogs

Israeli Friday strike in Syria targeted missiles from Iran bound for Hezbollah - report - Yahoo! News

Hezbollah official says won’t let U.S., Israel gain control of Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanese security forces: al-Nusra Front and Palestinian camp residents are entering and leaving Syria to fight the regime - al-akhbar

Turkish tourist town's new wave of visitors: Jihadists on their way in or out of Syria - NBC World News

More Weapons Trafficking to Syria Militants? - Syria Report

FSA Leader: We Won't Share U.S. Arms With Extremists (AUDIO) - NPR

FSA investigates residents’ claims of chemical weapons’ use in Qusayr - Alarabiya.net

Major Syrian salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra, the statement it is written in the tone of honest advise for an ally who has committed a damaging mistake - Syria Comment

Syria’s Christians Fear Collapse of the State - Al-Monitor

The Syrian Army Tightens Grip over Jabhat al-Nusra Strongholds in Ghouta - islamicinvitationturkey

VIDEO: Assad makes a public appearance at Damascus university to unveil a statue to the martyrs - guardian.co.uk

E! Online's Twitter account hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army... sending out fake messages about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie - Mail Online

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2 YPG Kurdish fighters killed in clashes with FSA in Til Temir, 15 abducted in Efrin - ANF

PYD View On Tel Temir clashes with FSA - Transnational Middle-East Observer

VIDEO: FSA enroute to attack Afrin and liberate it from its Kurdish inhabitants - YouTube

 

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Israel strikes Syria to keep ‘game-changing weaponry’ from reaching Hezbollah

MSNBC

Israeli officials acknowledged Friday evening that they had launched airstrikes that hit inside Syria, say U.S. officials. It is not clear whether any Israeli warplanes violated Syrian airspace in carrying out the strike. “We can not comment on these reports, but what we can say is that Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, specifically to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” an Israeli spokesman in Washington said, according to Andrea Mitchell.

Syria News May 4

 

 

Latino countries urge Qatar to amend UNGA proposed draft on Syria, Sticky points are the National Coalition,  political solution and militarization of the conflict - KUNA

UN diplomat: Brahimi has resigned orally, Ban Ki-moon is not planning to replace him but will instead appoint a senior aide to Syria - KUNA

Russia's Lavrov opposed to UN Security Council delegation to Syrian refugee camps fearing no-fly zone - NOW

Catherine Ashton points out need for national reconciliation in Syria, According to her political dialogue is the only solution for ending the violence - The Voice of Russia

Brzezinski Joins Lugar Warning Against U.S. Role in Syria - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Brzezinski : If we become chief protagonist in Syria, we are going to be stuck - YouTube

VIDEO: FAIR TV: Syria Sarin Skepticism, why do some pundits seem to want to push for a U.S. military response? - FAIR TV

Syrian Air Defenses Pose Formidable Challenge - TIME.com

US Source: State Department or CIA May Serve as Conduit for Arming Syrian Rebels - The Majalla Magazine

Saudis Try to Quell Syria-Bound Jihad - WSJ.com

Moscow Ready to Talk to Free Syrian Army – Minister - RIA Novosti

Hezbollah Leader Defends Involvement in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Internal Opposition Leader Notes 'Militarizing' of Political Approach - Al-Monitor

Russian Reporter Anastasia Popova Shows Beheadings by Syrian Rebels, Has Testimonies from Chemical Attack in Aleppo. Rebuffed by Pinheiro & Sellstrom? - Inner City Press

VIDEO: The stories of graphic videos in Syria by Anastasia Popova - LiveLeak.com

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World Press Freedom day: journalists being deliberately targeted in Syria - Telegraph

Journalist James Foley likely held by Syrian government, panelists reveal at Boston event - The Daily Northwestern

Evidence of 'executions' as Assad's forces launch offensives in Syria's west - Al Bawaba

Christian Refugees in Syria Forced Back to Iraq by War - Rudaw

Al-Qaeda sets up Sharia courts in Aleppo city - The Times

New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front - Syria Comment

Clash between Two Terrorist Groups in Duma - SANA

Kurds building bridge to link Iraqi Kurdistan with Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

Kurdish National Movement for Peaceful Change: Kurds in Syria Will Remain Syrians - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels killed Turkish policeman - Local people reaction - LiveLeak.com

 

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False Flag Chemical Attack on Syria

 

False Flag Chemical Attack on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It doesn't surprise. On April 27, WikiLeaks Supporters Forum headlined "Syria False Flag Chemical Weapons - Obama sets up America for invasion," saying:

 

Only 10% support military involvement in Syria

The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria.  Of course, it has already begun.  Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort.  For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country.  He hasn’t cooperated.  What does the toughest guy on the block do when you won’t cooperate?

Syria News May 3

 

 

Assad forces on the offensive from Damascus to Mediterranean - Yahoo!7

Syrian Forces Strike Rebels in Wide-Ranging Assaults - NYTimes.com

Syrian forces tighten noose on Homs rebels - Yahoo!7

Fractured Syrian rebels scramble for cash as private sponsors dwindle - The Washington Post

For Some Syrian Rebels, It’s a Battle of the Brands -  WSJ

The Free Syrian Army is being taken over by groups of jihadist thugs - The Spectator

Syrian armed group clashes with Turkish border police killing one and injuring 11, activist says it may have included opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army - todayzaman

VIDEO: FSA allegedly attacks Turkish border security - YouTube

Kidnappers say will release Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in exchange of 6000 female prisoners - NOW

Charbel: Release of Lebanese Shiite hostages in hands of Turkey, Qatar - THE DAILY STAR

Shia Muslims flee Damascus as death squads kill religious leaders in street - NZ Herald News

Belgium: Jihadists arrested, accused of torturing and beheading non-Muslims in Syria (VIDEO) - BARE NAKED ISLAM

Syrian Endowments' Ministry Condemns Sacrilege of Prophet Companion Hajar Bin Oudi in Damascus Countryside - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroy tomb of Prophets companion - LiveLeak.com

Dispute Flares between Nusra Front and Other Militant Group in Aleppo - almanar.com

Power struggle growing among Syria militants over control of key infrastructure including oil plants and grain silos - PressTV

VIDEO: Syrian rebel-held Raqqa under attack - Yahoo! News

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VIDEO: Hagel: U.S. considering the option of arming Syrian rebels, "You look at and rethink all options. It doesn't mean you do or you will" choose them - CBS News Video

POLL: Americans want U.S. to keep out of Syria conflict,  Only 10% believe the United States should intervene - Chicago Tribune

POLL: In Middle East, public rejects arming Syrian rebels - CSMonitor.com

Even With U.S. Guns, Syria's Rebels Still Might Lose - Wired.com

U.S. delivers first non-lethal aid shipment to Free Syrian Army - The Cable

British defense minister urges caution over Syria's chemical weapons, action should be based on "very high quality evidence" - ITV News

Syria chemical weapons evidence 'too degraded' for proof - guardian.co.uk

Syrian Rebels Face Hurdles Proving Chemical-Attack Claims - WSJ.com

Moscow wants chemical arms probe limited to reported Aleppo incident, opposed to unfettered inspections of all facilities in Syria -The Voice of Russia

Interview with Syrian Information Minister: For Assad chemical weapons also a 'red line', His government "would never use" such munitions "if we had them" - CNN.com

Erdoğan: Assad forces used chemical weapons, not opposition - TODAYSZAMAN

Where Are Syria’s Chemical Weapons? - The Daily Beast

Al Arabiya Exclusive: Syria's peace envoy Brahimi to resign end of May - Alarabiya.net English

 

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Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

Tiptoeing Toward War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Events in Syria resemble the run-up to Obama's Libya war. Victims are called aggressors. Pretexts are created for intervention. 

 

Syria News May 2

 

 

Obama hasn’t made decision on arming Syrian rebels, W.H. says - WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama raised the bar for military intervention saying the international community must first agree that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime - WSJ.com

DOD Spokesman: The Pentagon remains "fully cognizant" of the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups inside Syria - TheHill on Facebook

FSA Chief Idriss frustrated by Obama’s caution, says to have enough information to answer questions of how, where and when chemical weapons were deployed - The Washington Post

Text of the Idriss letter to Obama - scribd.com

Too risky to fund Syrian rebels, Canada says - Money Jihad | Combating terrorist financing

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss Take A Trip To Syria - Brown Moses Blog

UN diplomats: UN-Arab League envoy to Syria wants to resign because peace efforts have failed - The Washington Post

Russian Navy ships ready to evacuate Russians from Syria - Russia & India Report

Russian plane wasn’t targeted in Syrian airspace – state news agency - RT News

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Assad showing renewed confidence makes a public appearance, number of defections has gone significantly down in recent months - Huffington Post

Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics, BBC journalist talks to rebels who deserted FSA in outrage at the atrocities against ordinary people - Spectator

Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Syria's other war: Intra-rebel skirmishes - NOW

Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - captive journalist to RT - RT News

Syrian air strike against the Ahrar al-Sham brigade headquaters on Turkish border kills five - activists - The West Australian

As Fighting Rages in Damascus, Kurds Flee Their Neighborhoods - Rudaw

Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Eye EU Oil Trade - YouTube

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The growing power of Islamist fighters in southern Syria is causing alarm in neighboring Jordan - Reuters

Syria opposition denounces Hezbollah “threats”, warns against any intervention by the movement or by Iran  - NOW

Lebanese Sheikh Assir Returns from Qusayr, Says Had 'the Honor of Firing on the Criminals' - Naharnet

VIDEO: Lebanese Sheikh al-Assir filmed fighting in Syria - LiveLeak.com

Director of Syrian Refugees Office in Tripoli Says Escaped Assassination Attempt - Naharnet

Syrian war displaces 235,000 Palestinians says UN Agency, Lebanon is a major destination - digitaljournal.com

VIDEO: Syrian rebels burn Palestinian flag in Aleppo - YouTube

 

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International Peace Delegation to Syria, May 2-10

Former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead
Maguire from Northern Ireland are two of twenty participants from seven
countries that will participate in an international delegation to Syria May
2-10, 2013. The purpose of the delegation is to meet with communities
affected by the fighting, with a view towards facilitating peace and
reconciliation in Syria.
 
More than 70,000 Syrians are estimated to have died and millions have been
displaced in the conflict, which began in March, 2011. It started with
nonviolent protests against the regime of President Bahar al-Assad, but now
pits a loose coalition of armed rebels calling itself the Free Syrian Army
(FSA) against the Assad regime.
 
Although the U.S. has so far refused to send arms directly to the rebels,
many rebel arms are made in the U.S. and supplied by U.S. allies Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others in the region. Nevertheless, the U.S. is
worried that rebel arms are increasingly in the hands of al-Qaeda and its
allies, who form a powerful fighting force in the FSA. Arms to the regime
come mainly from Russia and Iran, with a smaller number from China.
 
"It's a very difficult situation," says Dr. Paul Larudee, a participant
from the San Francisco, California area, "but we have to do what we can to
end the suffering and achieve reconciliation. The Syrian people deserve
the opportunity to resolve their differences amongst themselves and without
foreign interference, which is a large part of the problem. If the U.S.
and Russia agree to end the flow of arms to all sides, the death toll will
fall and it will open greater opportunity for peaceful resolution."
 
The delegates were invited by Mussalaha, a Syrian organization that tries
to broker local peace accords in different parts of Syria and which
provides humanitarian relief to all in need. Mussalaha, which means
"Reconciliation", considers itself non-political and is one of the few
Syrian groups that has good relations with most sides in the conflict.
Although mainly Christian, Mussalaha includes persons from most of Syria's religious
and ethnic communities.
 
The delegation will meet civil, religious and government representatives,
tour conflict areas and visit refugee camps insofar as possible. They will
also visit Lebanon to meet with Syrians that are currently living outside
Syria.

Rep. Keith Ellison, the Personification of the Phony, Pro-War “Progressive”

By Keith Ellison, Black Agenda Report

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Hard right Republican Senator John McCain and Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison both support no-fly zones over Syria. That's because, on U.S. imperial policy, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between between the pro-war Left and the Right.

 

Rep. Keith Ellison, the Personification of the Phony, Pro-War “Progressive”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Ellison is part of the pro-war Left, whose primary mission is make self-described liberals and leftists comfortable supporting imperial wars.”

Keith Ellison, the Black U.S. House member from Minneapolis who is co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, says the U.S. should push for a no-fly zone over rebel-held areas in Syria. Ellison, who is also one of only two Muslim members of Congress, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, as did Republican Arizona Senator John McCain. It is a measure of how far to the right the Democratic Party has come under President Obama, that McCain, the war monger who likes to sing about bombing Iran, and Ellison, who claims to be a progressive, are in basic agreement over Syria. Both McCain and Ellison want no-fly zones, and both claim to prefer that there be no U.S. “boots on the ground” in country. Both are raving American imperialists who believe that the U.S. has not merely the right, but the obligation to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries. As Ellison, the phony progressive, puts it, “I don’t think the world’s greatest superpower, the United States, can stand by and do nothing” – which is, essentially, John McCain’s position.

Ellison has been advocating a no-fly zone for Syria for at least a year. Last May, he told U.S. News and World Report that so-called “safe zones” should be set up by the U.S. and its allies around the borders of Syria. Ellison made it quite clear that he sees such zones as a prelude to regime change. “I think the Libyan action was a good example of that,” he said.

Both are raving American imperialists.”

On U.S. imperial policy, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between McCain, the hard-right Republican, and Ellison, who purports to be a progressive Democrat. Neither gives a damn about international law or the rights of smaller people’s to shape their own destinies. Ellison went to Saudi Arabia, the most socially backward rich country on the planet, and described the King as a “visionary leader.” He rejected George Bush’s troop “surge in 2007, by calling it “too little, too late.” Like Obama, he quibbles about whether U.S. wars are smart or dumb, too late or right on time, but never about the inherent right of the United States to wage war against the weaker nations of the world.

Ellison is part of the pro-war Left, which includes Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, whose primary mission is make self-described liberals and leftists comfortable supporting imperial wars. McCain can’t do that, but Ellison can. Amnesty International is shameless enough to use women’s rights as an excuse to support continued occupation of Afghanistan.

Much of the pro-war left has been forced by events to recognize that the U.S. and its allies are backing jihadist Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in Syria – people they wouldn’t like to have brunch with. Therefore, they now demand that the U.S. intervene to make sure that the jihadists don’t get their hands on chemical weapons. Thus, the pro-war left starts off by advocating U.S. intervention to facilitate the coming to power of the rebels, but in the end winds up demanding that the U.S. do whatever it can to stop these guys from taking power. Either way, it ends with U.S. intervention. John McCain and Keith Ellison pretend to be on opposite ideological ends, but they are like Jack and Jill walking up the same hill when it comes to the obligations and privileges of U.S. imperialism.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

What's Ahead for Syria?

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Syria's being systematically destroyed. Washington planned doing so years ago. Sovereign independence isn't tolerated. It's longstanding US policy. 

 

Numerous states learned the hard way. Syria is America's latest victim. It's falsely blamed for Washington's war. The pattern by now is familiar. 

 

Syria News May 1

 

 

Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms, "We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them" - Reuters

VIDEO: On Syrian chemical weapons, we need "the facts," Obama says - CBS News Video

POLL: American Public Opposes Action in Syria and North Korea - NYTimes.com

Syrian UN envoy says chemical weapons can’t be tolerated, demands probe of alleged Aleppo attack - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari on the situation in Syria - LiveLeak.com  

Iran says use of chemical arms by anyone in Syria is "red line" - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on chemical weapons probe in Syria: UN - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Syria: The horrific chemical weapons attack that probably wasn’t a chemical weapons attack (VIDEO) - globalpost.com

VIDEO: Aftermath of the Sheikh Maqsoud alleged chemical attack - globalpost.com

New accusation on chemical weapons in Syria underscores Obama’s line that we don’t know much, dueling reports surfaced of a new chemical attack in a town near the Turkish border - MiamiHerald.com

Turkey hospital official: There is no indication that chemical weapons were used in the border town - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gen. Dempsey: US military action, no-fly zone might not solve Syrian conflict - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Hints at Possible Syria Intervention - ABC News

VIDEO: Lebanon Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hints at possible Syria intervention - YouTube

Lebanon's Hezbollah faithful ready to die in Syria - FRANCE 24

Lebanon condemns deadly bombings in Damascus - PressTV

FSA may soon launch counterattack on Hezbollah, says Jordanian ex-army official - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

VIDEO: Interview With Lebanese Fighters of Hezbollah On The Borders | Syria War - YouTube

VIDEO: Formation of Ahmad al-Assir brigade after the Lebanese salafi sheikh recently called for jihad in Syria - YouTube

Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday - DEBKAFILE

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Deadly blast rocks central Damascus (VIDEO) - AFP

Russia Bans Commercial Flights Over Syria To Avoid To Be Targeted By Rebels - RIA Novosti

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops in “Good Health”, According to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who allegedly spoke on the phone with one of them - Persecution News

Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release - The Washington Post

Battle over army helicopter base in northern Syria kills 15 rebels, activists say - Fox News

European outlets report journalists missing in Syria - Committee to Protect Journalists

The Syrian Electronic Army Talk About Hacking the Guardian and Their Obama Bomb Hoax - VICE United States

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Syrian Rebels Accused Of Terrorizing Population As Kidnappings, Torture Are Rampant - Huffington Post

VIDEO: Salafi extremists torture Alawi civilian.... He was found beheaded - YouTube

Syrians deserting the FSA: Faust wants his soul back - openDemocracy

Albanian Islamists Join Syrian War - Al-Monitor

 

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