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Syria, War and Lies All Over Again

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Well, Washington and Obama are making noise about attacking Syria. Quelle surprise. Kerry was saying today that the evidence of a Syrian chemical attack was “undeniable.” Please, spare me. Washington has been lying about this sort of stuff since the Mexican War in 1848, and it’s hard to find a 20th century war they didn’t lie through their teeth about. Our economy and political system is based on war forever, Syria is just more of the same. The main reason we know this is a lie is simple. Obama stated that the use of chemical weapons would trigger US intervention. Why in the name of God would Syria do the exact thing that would trigger US attacks? They wouldn’t of course, no one is that stupid, especially considering that chemical weapons are essentially useless on the battlefield unless your enemies are using World War One style human wave attacks. So Syria has no conceivable reason to use chemical weapons, and excellent reason not to use them.  Kerry’s claim should be taken for what it most likely is, a lie.

So if the Syrian government didn’t launch an attack, who might have? Well, let’s see, who has to gain from US intervention? Bingo in the Elf Lounge. The rebels. Yes, a chemical weapons attack was launched by the Syrian government conveniently near a UN inspection team even! How lucky was that? And snipers even tried to slow the team down as it approached the stage of the purported chemical weapons attack. Stage as in staged. It’s more than likely the rebels faked an attack of some sort, it wouldn’t take much. For all practical purposes Obama asked them to stage an attack, who can blame them? Even the public evidence is suspect. There are photographed bodies of claimed sarin gas victims. Assuming these are real pics (yes, the rebels have tried crude fakes before) it’s been pointed out that if these people really did die from sarin gas, the people wandering around the bodies without protective gear would also quickly be succumbing to the intensely lethal substance on the bodies. They aren’t.

Sadly the truth doesn’t really matter. The USA attacks whomever it pleases whenever it pleases, and manufactures whatever justification is needed. Most Americans don’t want another war, but their opinion hardly counts anymore. Even Congress isn’t even trying these days, this time they might not even bother to pass a resolution supporting the attack. What will be the results of the attack, aside from more profits for the military industrial complex? Who knows, it often takes years for the blow-back from this sort of nonsense to fully realize itself. It stands a good chance of bringing down the Assad regime, one of the only remaining secular regimes in the region, and replacing it with a Islamic fundamentalist government aligned with Al-Qaeda. How would that help the USA or Syria? Damned if I know.

What I do know is that there is nothing “humanitarian” about an American attack on Syria. Yes, that’s part and parcel of the endless propaganda flowing from Washington and the mainstream media, we’re all concerned about the plight of woman and minorities and democracy. Yes, unlike every other empire in history, the USA’s motives are pure! Spare me. Anyone who believes that may have pure motives themselves, God bless em, but the facts on the ground consistently belie the idea that we are trying to make the world a better place. US intervention almost invariably makes things worse for the people in a  region, especially the ones we kill and maim with our “well intentioned” bombs and missiles. It does however prevent the rise of modern secular nation states, which would be far less pliable to American influence and meddling. They might even have radically dangerous ideas like those pursued by Saddam for example … he thought that the profits from the sale of Middle Eastern oil should be invested in the Middle East! One can see why he had to go.

So many lies, when it’s all just about western militarism and colonialism. European armies have been marching through the Middle East since Alexander the Great. The excuses change but the end result is the same. Death and destruction for the locals. That’s what wars do on the receiving end. Our current Alexander in Chief hasn’t shown any qualms about that before. And of course wealth and profits for the west. Follow the money as they say.

Lastly, a point about chemical weapons. They are not WMDs. They in fact aren’t anything special, just another one of the myriad evil ways humans have devised to kill each other. Like nuclear weapons, they have few real military applications and are more a political and propaganda weapon than anything else. And to make the hypocrisy complete, not only does the US cheer on such weapons when they approve of the regime using them, the USA has utterly no qualms about using them itself. So the idea that Syria has crossed some sort of moral boundary by using (purportedly) chemical weapons doesn’t pass the laugh test.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and its use here in no conceivable way interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image. Its a photograph entitled “Viktor Bulla’s Pioneers in Defense Drill, Leningrad (1937)” It appears on page 79 of a book of photographs called “Propaganda and Dreams” by Leah Bendavid-Val. While a lovely ghoulish photo by modern standards, it was very much meant as a propaganda picture showing how prepared the Soviet Union was for self defence.)


Written by unitedcats

August 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

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  1. Doesn’t seem to matter what party is in power, does it? I’m seventy-one years old and I can’t remember a time that we weren’t at war, or in 1984 terms, a “peace-keeping” conflict, somewhere.


    August 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  2. I was reading an article about people living on the border in Israel. For them, any time a government is toppled close by it means potential trouble for them. Some even feel that U.S. intervention will force Syria to use chemical weapons and that not all the targets will be in Syria. Not to mention Iran threatening to attack Israel if we attack.

    So in a way this could be a round about way of getting to a war with Iran.

    Steven Burke

    August 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • I can’t see it as being anything but destabilizing and distracting, so who knows. throwing gasoline on a fire rarely helps.


      August 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    • Iran. You mean that peaceful, Democratic nation that wanted to be our friend, until the CIA overthrew it, so our pet tyrant could sell cheap oil to our friends at BP? That Iran? Then everyone is mystified why they hate us. Between Iran and creating Al Quada, I think the CIA is our worst enemy.

      Jim Mooney

      November 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  3. Total agreement


    August 28, 2013 at 12:44 am

  4. So were getting another bullshit sandwich, whats new. Our nobel peace prize winning president wants yet another undeclared war.
    Up is down, left is right.. nothing to see here folks. Where is Brittany Spears when you need a distraction?
    More talk of kinetic aggression and other double speak to paper over our now defunct Constitution.

    John Galt

    August 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

  5. Although Assad is also a murderer and stretching his chicken neck would be no problem with me, I always have a problem with our “humanitarian” motives. If we are That humanitarian I suggest we go to one of those African nations where millions of children starve to death because of a totally corrupt government, and bomb Their capitol. Then fly in massive food aid. That would actually be humanitarian. Unfortunately, those nations are not in the Oil Patch.

    Jim Mooney

    November 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

  6. Your comment about people wandering around without protection is wrong. Sarin has a very short persistence at the temps in Syria, especially outside.


    November 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

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