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Admit It: Things Are Going Well

When something goes right
Oh, it's likely to lose me
It's apt to confuse me
It's such an unusual sight
—Paul Simon

Larry Summers has proven unacceptable to oversee the continued destruction of the U.S. economy.  The U.S. public has successfully rejected proposed missile strikes on Syria.  My Congressman was among the majority who listened.  Today was beautiful.  The Orioles won.  The Cowboys lost.  The University of Virginia avoided losing by not playing.  My family is expecting a new baby.  I've finished a new book, which Kathy Kelly has written a beautiful foreword for.  I have a sense that if the universe were right now campaigning on "hope and change" I might seriously consider voting for it.

I'm also pretty sure that if everything in my personal life were going slightly to hell and Larry Summers were crowned king of Wall Street, and the Dallas Cowboys were to win (darn them!), my sense of this moment in the movement against U.S. militarism would remain essentially the same.  A major victory has been won, and we need to claim it and celebrate it.

Imagine the euphoria -- or don't imagine it, just remember it -- when this country elects a new president whose main redeeming feature is that he isn't the previous president.  For personality fanatics that's big stuff.  And there are big parties.  For policy fanatics -- for those of us interested in seeing policies change rather than personalities -- that kind of moment is right now.  We need some parties, and if spontaneity is beyond us, perhaps we can use the International Day of Peace on September 21st for a combination celebration / discussion during which we explain to ourselves that it really is OK to celebrate.

Yes, many people in this country and around the world are suffering horrible tragedies in their personal lives and as a result of public events.  Yes, the horrors in Syria, as in many other places, continue.  Yes, the CIA is arming terrorists in Syria.  Yes, the president whose missile strikes we prevented is taking credit for that restraint, just as he would have taken credit for the carnage had we not stopped him -- and he's threatening to bring the missile strikes back.  Yes, if we let down our guard for a moment, the president and Congress and the CIA will do their worst.  Yes, the danger for Iraq and Libya really loomed large after they had given up nuclear and chemical weapons, not before.  Yes, lots of people opposed bombing Syria because they didn't think Syrians deserved such favors.  (No, I'm not making that up.)  Yes, the corporate media is pretending that the threat of war brought peace, ignoring the successful insistence on peace by the people of the world.

But that's why we have to celebrate what really happened.  We have to announce it.  The point is not to take credit.  No one person or group did this.  People espousing a variety of ideologies did it.  And they did it over many years.  Millions contributed.  The point is that war was popularly rejected.

Why does this matter?  It's not a case for optimism, or for pessimism.  I continue to have very little use for either bit of self-indulgence.  The forces that press for more wars have not gone away.  Neither have they been empowered.  The point is that those who nonsensically proclaim that stopping wars is impossible cannot get away with saying that anymore. 

You know the types.  They show up at meetings, wait for the question-and-answer period, and then give a speech on how everything is utterly hopeless.  Those speeches should be laughed away within the first five seconds now.  And the many, many people who had begun ever so slightly to take that defeatist nonsense seriously can now be relieved of that weight.  The danger now is not of being a sucker who proclaimed good news just before a genocide.  The danger is of joining in the foolish campaign of the war propagandists by pushing the lie of powerlessness on people just after they prevented a war.

Do we still have to prevent a war again this week?  Of course, we do.  Do we have to take on the larger task of organizing peace and preventing crises?  We do.  Do we need to build a movement for the abolition of war that reaches beyond opposition to each immediate war proposal?  You'd better believe it.  But this is what we wanted in 2001 and 2003.  Well, some of us did -- that's the point.  We're larger now, even if it's not made visible.  As long as we went on failing to prevent wars, people could say we'd never prevent them.  There's no science or logic behind such an assertion, but it still has power in it.  Or it did, until now.  Now we can claim with equal validity that we'll stop every single war proposed from here on out.  Of course we might or we might not, but we know that it's up to us, that it depends on what we do, that little steps that appear useless at the time can help, and that changes to our culture can outweigh changes to the Pentagon budget, the global climate, crises in capitalism, or any other supposedly unstoppable force.

After World War I, people in the United States understood the need to eliminate war.  Again, after Vietnam, many understood it almost that much.  They developed the Vietnam Syndrome, a level of healthy resistance to more wars lamented as a disease by Washington.  Now we're moving back in that direction.  War resistance is the health of the people.  We're not developing a syndrome.  We're developing an immunity.  We've been vaccinated against war.  We're not as allergic to the propaganda as we once were.  We're war resistant, and our task is to compel those in power not to lament our syndrome this time, but to share in our contagious good health.

Syria is an epic victory for the SuperPower of Peace

By Harvey Wasserman

The United States is not now bombing Syria. 

Let’s savor that again: for the moment at least, the United States is not now bombing Syria. 

That alone qualifies as an epic, unprecedented victory for the SuperPower of Peace, the global movement to end war, win social justice and somehow salvage our ecological survival. 

Will it mark a permanent turning point? 

That a treaty has been signed to rid the Assad regime of its chemical weapons is icing on the cake, however thin it proves to be. We don’t know if it will work. We don’t know if the restraint from bombing will hold. 

But in a world that bristles with atomic weapons, where the rich get ever richer at the expense of the rest of us, and where stricken Japanese reactors along with 400 more worldwide threaten the survival of our global ecology, we must count any victory for peace---even if potentially fleeting---as a huge one. Let’s do some history. 

Ten years ago, George W. Bush took the United States into senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Millions of citizens marched in the United States and worldwide to prevent the coming debacle. But Bush and his cronies made a point of ignoring us all, as if the public demand for peace was somehow a sign of weakness. 

Since then, utterly pointless slaughter has claimed countless thousands of lives, including those of at least 7,000 Americans. That number does not include the thousands more who have returned poisoned physically and mentally, with ailments that have driven so many to suicide, hopelessness and debilitating disabilities. 

The war was sold as a campaign to rid Saddam Hussein of his alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vice President Dick Cheney assured the American public that as our troops attacked, the Iraqi people would spread rose petals of gratitude at their feet. 

But Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. And the Iraqi people had run out of rose petals. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) remain in abundant supply. 

None of which deterred Team Bush-Cheney-Rove or the corporatist military machine that continues to reap millions in profits from a decade of disaster. 

They did rid the world of Saddam Hussein. But in his wake came...what? A lesson learned in Iraq---for those paying attention--is the “you break it, you’ve bought it” syndrome. If you remove a dictator, however nasty, you still must have something better to put in his place. 

That was clearly beyond the caring or grasp of the Bush Administration. Lethal discord has defined Iraq since the demise of Saddam, with no end in sight. 

There’s been more of the same in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt and much of the rest of the middle east. What once seemed an “Arab Spring” of popular liberation may be tragically degenerating to a regional slaughterhouse of counter-revolution and chaos. 

The stakes could not be higher. As Fukushima boils at the brink of catastrophe, the global environmental movement---the SuperPower of Solartopia---strives to convert humankind’s energy supply from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewables and efficiency. Green energy---primarily wind and solar---is by far the fastest-growing new source of supply. Increased efficiency has saved billions of dollars and oceans of oil and gas that will not feed the demon of climate chaos. 

But the corporate addiction to middle eastern oil remains a defining force. And the presence of a reactor near Damascus and of nuclear weapons in the hands of the US, Russia, Israel and god-knows-what random terror groups, make our every move in Syria a matter of life-and-death on a global scale. 

With that backdrop, the Obama Administration’s decision to back off air strikes takes on an epic dimension. There are all sorts of modifiers that can and should be used. 

But contrasted with what George W. Bush told the world ten years ago, Obama’s speech to the nation last week was a pillar of sanity. 

He referenced our ten years of disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan. He acknowledged that while Assad is a terrible dictator, there’s no guarantee what follows would be any better. And he conceded that the attempt to use force could lead to costs we cannot predict. 

He also made it clear that he was facing down the firewall of an overwhelming public and Congressional demand for peace that would not be denied. 

A decade ago, George W. Bush deceived just enough of the American public to go to war. 

This time, no deal. Whatever it proves to be worth, a treaty has been signed. We have a precious moment where bombs aren’t flying. We’re a few steps back from the nuclear brink. And our economy is not spiraling down into another senseless military firestorm. 

It may prove a small respite...but it’s a victory by any reckoning. 

Now the SuperPower of Peace---all of us----must make it stick. 

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Harvey Wasserman is senior editor of the Columbus Free Press and , where this was first published. He edits www.nukefree.org and is co-author, with Bob Fitrakis, of THE SUPERPOWER OF PEACE. Special thanks to David Swanson.

New Video Short about the Cancerous Militarization of the US, produced by Class War Films

For a timely explanation of the crisis of the militarization of America, days after popular opposition, in a historic first, blocked a US war -- in this case against the sovereign nation of Syria -- check out this film by Lanny Cotler and Paul Edwards of Class War Films

To view the film, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net

The Week That Gave Peace a Chance

How War on Syria Lost Its Way

September 14, 2013

Editor Note: What looked like another U.S. march to war in the Mideast has turned in the direction of a peaceful settlement that carries hope of not only getting Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons but achieving a cease-fire and negotiations to end the civil war. But some parties want to resume the drive toward a U.S. attack.

By Ray McGovern

The just announced U.S.-Russia agreement in Geneva on a “joint determination to ensure the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons (CW) program in the soonest and safest manner” sounds the death knell to an attempt by Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to get the U.S. into the war in Syria.

Occupy Radio on Syria

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Call Waiting: Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama

Interview by Dave Lindorff

 

As Syrian expatriate Dr. Rim Turkmani was watching President Barack Obama give his brief nationally televised address to the American people and the people of the world last night, she says she had two contradictory feelings. “I felt good that it was not a war speech,” says this British-based member of the political office of an organization called The Syrian State Current, a movement that is seeking non-violent democratic change in Syria. “But what upset me was his repeated referring to what is happening in Syria as a ‘civil war.’ There is an element of civil war in the violence in Syria, but more importantly it is a proxy war between the US and Russia, and it has to be acknowledged that the US and Russia are the key players.”

Assad Pledges Full Cooperation for Peace

 

Assad Pledges Full Cooperation for Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

His full cooperation isn't good enough for Washington. Obama wants regime change. He wants war. More on that below.

 

On Thursday, Free Syrian Army head Selim Idriss rejected Russia's peace initiative. 

 

Syria News - Sep 14

 

U.S. sees signs of progress in talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons - Reuters


U.S. open to a U.N. resolution on Syria without threat of force - latimes.com


Syria applies to join global chemical arms ban - Yahoo News


Ban welcomes Syria’s letter on accession to treaty banning chemical weapons - United Nations News Centre


Putin Op-Ed: What He Has to Say to Americans About Syria - NYTimes.com

 

Carney responds to Putin op-ed (VIDEO) - POLITICO.com

 

TRANSCRIPT: President al-Assad's speech to Rossiya 24 TV channel - SANA

 

Statement: Syrian Coalition Calls for an Enforceable UN Security Council Resolution on Chemical Weapons - Syrian National Coalition

 

Syrian Rebels Blast Russian Offer On Chemical Arms (VIDEO/PHOTOS) - huffingtonpost.com

 

Syrian activists claim new chemical weapons attack in Damascus - Alarabiya.net

 

Syrian opposition to choose PM in push for credibility - Reuters

 

Erdogan says doubtful of Russian proposal on Syria's chemical weapons - Trend.Az

 

Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile - WSJ.com

 

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U.N. report to show chemical weapons use in Syria, Ban says - latimes.com


FP exclusive: US official says UN report on gas attack points to Assad - Foreign Policy


Turkish prosecutors: Syria rebels ordered 10 tons of sarin nerve agent, Six militants were indicted in the case  - The Voice of Russia

 

List of chemical items attempted to be acquired by the Syrian jihadists in Turkey - The Kurdish Cause

 

Alleged U.S. classified document shows “bench-scale” form of sarin found in home of arrested Qaeda Islamists in Turkey - wnd.com

 

A munitions expert weighs in on chemical attacks in Damascus, In Brown Moses blog he makes a case linking the regime to the sarin attack - VICE United States

 

Why The UN Report On Chemical Weapons In Syria Isn't Just About August 21st (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog

 

Bodansky: Granular evidence points to the conclusion that the chemical attack in Syria was done by rebels, findings indicate that gas was slow acting “kitchen sarin” - World Tribune

 

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Syrian Rebels Say Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up Weapons Deliveries - NYTimes.com


CIA begins weapons delivery to Syrian rebels - The Washington Post


Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships (VIDEO) – Navy chief - RT News


Syria Massacre? Nusra Front Fighters Reportedly Kill Women, Children, Elderly Men In Alawite Village - Reuters


One Photographer’s Witness to a Brutal Execution in Syria, “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty” (VIDEO, PHOTO) - Time


Dozens of Syrian Rebels and Kurds Killed in Clashes - Reuters

 

UN to Investigate Claims of Kurdish Massacre in Syria - Rudaw

 

Al Qaeda faction in Syria announces offensive on fellow rebels - Reuters

 

Syrian Rebels Face Another Foe: Al Qaeda-linked Militants - Reuters

 

Syria: Al-Qaeda Looking for Local Mujahideen - Al Akhbar English

 

Nusra Front militia’s control of Syrian city gives it economic clout, It has become the nightmare that many fear if Syria’s radical Islamist forces triumph - McClatchy

 

Report: Al Qaida dominates, provides services to large areas of Syria - World Tribune

 

Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment (FULL REPORT) - Bipartisan Policy Center

 

Residents Of Christian Village Besieged By Al Nusra Front Send Letter To Congress Urging Them Not To Allow Obama To Bomb Syria -  Weasel Zippers

 

VIDEO: Rivisited video shows what it is believed to be Father François Murad execution - YouTube

 

Embattled Syria analyst O'Bagy vouched for rebel group that depicted burning US Capitol - Fox News

 

Iran’s Military, Assad’s Forces, & The Raw Videos (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

 

 

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Obama's Hell Bent for War on Syria

 

Obama's Hell Bent for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Longstanding US plans call for regime change. War is Obama's option of choice. Giving peace a chance isn't tolerated.

 

Proxy war continues. Throughout two and half years of conflict, Washington's been supplying insurgents with weapons, funding, training and direction. CIA operatives are involved. So are US special forces.

 

Putin Challenges Obama Responsibly

 

Putin Challenges Obama Responsibly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Russia's going all out to avoid war on Syria. Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov and other top officials are doing so responsibly. 

 

On September 11, Putin addressed Americans and US officials directly.

 

No Change in Obama's War Plans

 

No Change in Obama's War Plans

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's Tuesday night address didn't surprise. It featured demagogic boilerplate. Defending the indefensible took center stage. 

 

Bombast assured business as usual. More on his speech below.

 

Undermining Russian/Syrian Peace Deal

 

Undermining Russian/Syrian Peace Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed the following:

 

  • "putting (Syrian) chemical weapons storages under international control;"

 

  • Syria agreeing to destroy them;

 

Human Rights Watch Misinformation on Syria

 

Human Rights Watch Misinformation on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

HRW and likeminded quasi-human rights/progressive groups and sources front for wealth, power and privilege. Well-known corporate foundations provide funding.

 

They include Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Soros, and MacArthur among others. Money they supply is tainted. It's dirty. 

 

Opposition to Military Attack on Syria Press Conference

 

Chicago World Can't Wait held a press conference the morning of Septemmber 11, 2013 to oppose Obama's plan to attack Syria and refute some of the lies he spewed last night. On very short notice, Father Bob Bossie (recently retired from 8th Day Ctr for Justice), Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Non-violence and just back from Afghanistan), Ted Jennings (Chicago Theological Seminary theologian who speaks around the world on issues of inclusion and social justice) and Mario Venegas (human rights activist and survivor of torture under Pinochet) all spoke and gave powerful testimony.

 

Syria News - Sep 12

 

Obama: Diplomacy in Syria deserves more time, asks the leaders of Congress to postpone their vote on the use of force - CBS News


VIDEO: President Obama Address To The Nation On Syria! (Full Speech) - YouTube


FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech on Syria - The Washington Post


POLL: 69% of Americans Viewed Obama’s Syria Speech Positively, 61% Favor His Approach - Mediaite


Carney: No timeline for weighing Syria chemical weapons offer - The Hill


VIDEO: Carney: No timeline on Syria chemical weapons offer - YouTube


Syrian chemical weapons: Russia hands disarmament plan to US - The Guardian


How To Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons - TIME.com

 

Securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal will be formidable task, experts say - The Washington Post

 

Libya offers no model for ending Syria’s chemical arms threat - FT.com

 

Assad’s Suspected Biological Weapons More Lethal Than His Chemical Arsenal - CNS News

 

Compared to Syrian biological weapons, sarin is nothing - official - The Voice of Russia

 

VIDEO: Carney Defers to State on Whether Syrian Weapons Agreement Would Include Biological Weapons - YouTube

 

POLL: US Troops oppose strikes on Syria by 3-1 margin - Military Times

 

Pentagon Calls Soldiers' Syria Protest Photos 'Illegitimate' (VIDEO) - newsy.com

 

Syrian Electronic Army hits Fox Twitter accounts - The Inquirer

 

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Syrian Coalition Rejects Russian Proposal Without Prosecuting Assad - US News and World Report


Syrian rebel commander slams ‘dirty deal’ on chemical weapons, says it “would serve Israel, not the Syrian people” - Alarabiya.net


VIDEO (Arabic): FSA Higher military command (Salim Idriss) refuses Russian proposal on Syria chemical weapons - akhbar.alaan.tv


12 Alawites killed by jihadists in Syria's Homs, NGO says - AFP


Syria Christian 'made to convert at gunpoint' in Syria's ancient town of Maalula, a member of the pro-regime militia executed by the FSA - Yahoo News


AUDIO: Patriarch Gregorius: Christians shot and forced to flee Syrian village of Maaloula - Vatican Radio


Syria: Christian village now a 'ghost town' - Worthy Christian News

 

Syria rebels announce withdrawal from Christian town (VIDEO) - AFP

 

SANA: Syria army makes "major advance" in Christian town - AFP

 

Jihadis gain ground in Syrian rebel movement as moderates grow desperate - MSNBC World News

 

Analysts counter claims on number of al Qaeda among Syrian rebels - Washington Times

 

Al-Qaeda in Syria: A Closer Look at ISIS (Part I) - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

 

Al-Qaeda in Syria: A Closer Look at ISIS (Part II) - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

 

Recruited by Al-Qaeda: Foreign fighters in a Damascus jail tell their stories (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Syria researcher O'Bagy cited by Kerry and McCain fired for misrepresenting her credentials - Human Events

 

Who funds Syrian rebel advocate O’Bagy and her 'Task Force?' - The Daily Caller

 

VIDEO: Syria crisis: Battle for Christian town Maaloula ongoing - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Truck Filled with Alawite Women and Children kidnapped by Syrian rebels - YouTube

 

VIDEO: FSA Tawhid Brigade Target Shia Villages Of Nubol, Zahra In Aleppo Province - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Chechen Jihadists & the Islamic State of Iraq - EA WorldView

 

VIDEO: Freed Belgian Hostage's Interview: Rebels, NOT Syrian Govt, Behind Damascus Chemical Attack on August 21 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Who is responsible? Assessing chemical weapons use in Syria through the analysis of the munitions - RUSI Videos

 

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Kurdish group releases draft proposal for autonomy in northern Syria, similar to the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq - Israel National News

 

PYD may open office in Ankara - World Bulletin

 

Kurdish national conference uncertain due to divisions - World Bulletin

 

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CHERRY-PICKING EVIL

By Robert C. Koehler

“Because these weapons can kill on a mass scale, with no distinction between soldier and infant, the civilized world has spent a century working to ban them.”

Why does the president need to address a classroom full of third-graders?

On Tuesday night — hallelujah — he stepped back from the brink of war, but in his address to the nation he spent most of his time justifying his earlier aggression toward Syria, detailing the Assad government’s single, heinous deviation from the civilized norms of war.

Senators could vote on Syria force next week if diplomacy fails

Reuters - Lawmakers said on Wednesday the Senate could start voting on a resolution to authorize the use of military force against Syria as soon as next week if efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis fall short.

A resolution authorizing strikes against Syria had been expected to come before the full Senate for a vote this week. But it was delayed after President Barack Obama asked lawmakers to wait for the outcome of a Russia-backed diplomatic initiative under which Syria would give up its chemical weapons.

Intercepts caught Assad rejecting requests to use chemical weapons, German paper says

Syrian President Bashar Assad has repeatedly rejected requests from his field commanders for approval to use chemical weapons, according to a report this weekend in a German newspaper.

The report in Bild am Sonntag, which is a widely read and influential national Sunday newspaper, reported that the head of the German Foreign Intelligence agency, Gerhard Schindler, last week told a select group of German lawmakers that intercepted communications had convinced German intelligence officials that Assad did not order or approve what is believed to be a sarin gas attack on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of people in Damascus’ eastern suburbs.

Obama's War on Syria Delayed, Not Deterred

 

Obama's War on Syria Delayed, Not Deterred

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

John Kerry's stumble delayed Obama's war. It's not averted. He intends to wage it. He'll do it later, not now.

 

In London, Kerry said Assad "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that."

 

Obama's Rage for War on Syria

 

Obama's Rage for War on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama's hell bent for war. He intends lawless aggression. A separate article called his plans delayed. They're not deterred. 

 

Syria deplores war. It wants peaceful conflict resolution. So do important world leaders. 

 

Obama's speech on Syria - analysis


President Barack Obama spoke as if his political future was on the line Wednesday evening during his address to the nation on the Syria crisis.  He went through the horrors of the Syrian civil war, blamed the Syrian government for the August 21 chemical weapons attack, and provided verifiable (but, as yet, unverified) statements of fact concerning his certainty that the Syrian government initiated the chemical weapons attack.  (Full speech)

Before acknowledging the deal that was done to prevent an attack -- the surrender of chemical weapons to Russia by the Bashar al-Assad government -- the president went through his rationale for planning an attack on Syria and his switch to unilateral action to congressional involvement.  He then explained how he submitted his proposal to Congress.

As we were wondering if the president had already let missiles fly, he announced the plan for Syria to turn their chemical weapons over to Russia.  This move, he argued, was the direct outcome of the threat of military force.    

Nobel Laureate president defends unprovoked war against Syria: Obama Offers No Evidence Assad Ordered Syria Poison Gas Attack

By Dave Lindorff


In what NPR called “perhaps President Obama’s last best chance” to make his case for launching a war against Syria, the president tellingly didn’t make a single effort to present hard, compelling evidence to prove that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had been behind the alleged Sarin Aug. 21 attack on residents of a suburb of Damascus.


Not one piece of evidence.

Syria News - Sep 11

 

Syria wants to join chemical weapons ban treaty, to give other countries and the United Nations access to its arsenal - FM says - AFP


Lavrov: Russia, Syria in Talks for 'Concrete' Chem Arms Plan - Naharnet


Putin: Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike (VIDEO) - RT News


Putin, Obama discussed Syria chem plan at G20, Kremlin says - AFP


VIDEO: President Obama interview: 'I've had spoken to Putin about a Syria chemical weapons handover' - PBS Newshour


U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal - NYTimes.com


Michelle Obama Opposes Syria Strike, President Says - huffingtonpost.com

 

Iran welcomes Russia proposal for Syria - PressTV

 

Turkey welcomes CW proposal, insists on Syria strike for chemical attack - Today's Zaman

 

Russia chemical arms plan won't stop Syria bloodshed, Gulf says - AFP

 

Israel Skeptical on Syria Giving up Chemical Arms - ABC News

 

Syrian opposition leaders Jarba and Idris slams global apathy, demands strikes against Assad - AFP

 

Syrian opposition officials denounce the Russian move as a political maneuver that will delay action and cause more death -  AFP

 

VIDEO: Can we even trust the Russians?: Syrian Coalition member - MSNBC

 

Bombing of Dam by Assad may cause a disaster: opposition - World Bulletin

 

Syria Believed to Have Vast Chemical Weapons Arsenal - VOA

 

Dismantling Syria chemical weapons arsenal would be tough task - Reuters

 

Syria’s chemical weapons pose a decade-long problem for the world - The Globe and Mail

 

Libya may serve as model for Syria's chemical stockpiles - usatoday.com

 

Syria signs "big contracts" with Iran to provide the war-torn country with food and medical supplies, SANA says - AFP

 

Syria supports IAEA probe of the risks posed by any US-led airstrikes hitting a small research reactor outside Damascus - AFP

 

Al Jazeera’s Fake Story Of “Iran’s Fighters In Aleppo” - EA WorldView 

 

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Syria hostage Domenico Quirico 'treated like animal' by rebels - BBC News


Freed Captives Differ on Claim Syrian Rebels Framed Assad With Gas Attack - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Belgian Prisoner and Former FSA Supporter Claiming Rebels Used Gas in Syria [English Subs] - YouTube


Intl experts have strong proof images of chemical victims fabricated – Moscow - RT News

 

Defecting Syrian chemical doctor blames regime for Khan al-Assal chemical attack - AFP

 

Syria: Government Likely Culprit in Chemical Attack - Human Rights Watch

 

The Mystery Component Of The UMLACA - Brown Moses Blog

 

VIDEO - Tension And Fury At Christian Funerals of Maaloula residents - Sky News

 

VIDEO: Battle For Ancient Historic Christian Village Of Maaloula In Syria - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Rebels torture Syrian civilian, getting him to chant pro opposition slogans - LiveLeak.com

 

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A people’s victory over Syrian attack plan: In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line

By Dave Lindorff


Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbors. Overwhelming public opposition in the US and the nations of Europe, as well as most of the rest of the world to a US strike on Syria have forced the US to falter and to accept the idea of a compromise deal offered by Russia.


Senate's Bipartisan Top War-Mongers Drafting Unconstitutional Conditional War Declaration

They're drafting a bill that would declare war on Syria IF chemical weapons removal doesn't meet a deadline, and regardless of what else happens in the world in the meantime, presumably including a ceasefire or a peace settlement.  Are they insane? Of course. Can we stop them? Yes we can.

The Other Super Power Is Winning

It's not Russia.  It's not al Qaeda.  It's not Bashar al-Assad.  The other super power is the people of the world -- and the people of, but not by or for, the United States.

The world's people are protesting.  U.S. citizens abroad are protesting at U.S. embassies.  The British Parliament said no to war for the first time since Yorktown. 

The U.S. polls began with single-digit support for attacking Syria, climbed a little with the corporate media onslaught, and then started sinking again as the propaganda push shifted into self-defeating top gear.

Taking the stage after Colin Powell, the Obama-Kerry war marketing team was compelled by public pressure, foreign pressure, government-insider pressure, past public statements, and the inability of even the corporate media to keep a straight face, to take this war proposal to Congress -- and to do so while Congress members and senators were at home in their districts and states, where people were able to get in their faces.

Congress has been feeling the heat.  Sure, there is greater willingness by some Republican members to oppose a war if the president is a Democrat.  But there are also Democrats openly supporting the war because the president wants them to.  The decisive factor has been public pressure.  Senators and representatives have been turned around by their constituents, and that minority still supporting an attack on Syria openly says they're defying the people who elected them.  If there is no vote in Congress, it will be because the vote would fail.

Now is the time for Congress and the president to hear our voices more loudly than ever.

Secretary Kerry stressed on Monday that he hadn't been serious about a diplomatic solution.  It was just "rhetoric." He was just pointing out the "impossibility" of Assad handing weapons over.  He didn't want anyone to take it seriously.  Not when we have to get a war started. Not when the clock is ticking and he has already Colin-Powelled himself in front of his old committee with his wife behind him and protesters with bloody hands filling the room and everybody snickering when he claimed al Qaeda would install a secular democracy. Not after all THAT!

How can you ask a man to be the last one to lie for a dead idea?

But warmongering senators and presidents and presidential wannabes jumped at the chance of a way out of watching Congress vote down a war, and watching Congress vote down a war because we made them do it.  Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee has a proposal for a diplomatic resolution.  Republican Congressman Chris Smith has proposed a United Nations war crimes tribunal.  (One might hope it will even look at the crimes of both sides in the Syrian war.)  The always obvious, but hidden, fact that there are alternatives to bombing people is bursting out all over.

Sure, some people dislike this war because it would cost money, or because the Iraqis are ungrateful for the destruction of their country, or because Obama was born in Africa, but mostly people oppose this war for very good reasons -- and the financial cost is not really a bad reason.  From right to left, people don't think the United States should be the world's vigilante.  From left to right, people don't believe the justifications presented without evidence.  From right to left, people understand that killing people with the right weapons to protest their being killed with the wrong weapons is little bit crazy.  From left to right, people don't believe tales of short and easy wars that will pay for themselves.  And, across the political spectrum, people have begun to be able to smell lies, even when those lies are wrapped in flags and uniforms.

We should give our government credit for listening -- if it listens.  By no means are we out of the woods yet.  If you want to be able to say you were part of the movement that prevented a U.S. war, now is the time to email and telephone and join in activities.  We should not, however, fantasize that our government secretly held our position against the war it was trying to roll out, before we compelled it to hold our position. 

Let them thump their chests a bit about how their threats won something out of Assad, if that allows their war fever to pass.  But don't for a minute lose the significance of what the U.S. public has done to the otherwise broken U.S. government.  Out of whatever combination of factors, it just may turn out that we've stopped a war.  Which means that we can stop another war.  Which means that we can begin to work our way out of the war machine that has eaten our economy, our civil liberties, our natural environment, and our soul.

Assad may be lying.  Or Obama may lie that Assad is lying.  Or this whole thing may otherwise fall apart and the push for this war be back with a full-court press on Congress.  But we can stop it if we choose to do so.  We can push as hard for peaceful solutions in Syria as we've pushed to prevent the bombs from falling.  In fact, we can push 10 times harder.

And the warmakers will be back with another war.  Have no fear of that.  Seriously, have no fear of it: We are a super-power.  They are a vestige of a barbaric practice that has become an anachronism even while remaining our largest public investment.  They are dinosaurs.  They'll come back with a "defensive war".  That was their biggest failure this time; they didn't make Syria a threat.  Senator Harry Reid on Monday painted Syria as Nazi Germany, but he sounded like Elmer Fudd warning of a killer rabbit.

Laughter is our most potent tool.  We must mock their fear-mongering.  We must laugh at their claims of power and benevolent intent.  We must ask to see the list of nations that are grateful for past bombs.  We must inquire whether senators who play video poker while debating war plans, or secretaries of state who promise wars that will be both tiny and significant with no impact and a decisive result, are perhaps in need of better medication.

But let's not count our doves before they hatch.  Get in on this successful movement now.  It's going to be one to tell your grandchildren about.

Secretary Kerry to Participate in a Google+ Hangout on "Syria: Weighing the U.S. Response"

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Secretary Kerry will participate in a Google+ Hangout hosted by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Lara Setrakian, founder of the digital news site Syria Deeply on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
 

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