Friday, August 23, 2013

Syria: Desperate Measures

The U.S. and western nations are desperate to get "boots on the ground" in Syria and the latest conveniently timed chemical attack is suspicious to say the least. News here in the west about the situation is a lot closer to military propaganda than actual reporting. You can bet that the stories are coming right out of intelligence agencies with the goal to persuade you to support intervention in Syria. Notice how all articles covering the attack all essentially say some variation of "If Assad is found to have used chemical weapons we will have to use force". The media has already decided it must be Assad and both the Syrian and Russian claims that it is in fact the rebels responsible are being quickly dismissed.

Do we really think that the Syrian military and Assad are that stupid? That at the same time that the entire world has their eyes on Syria for chemical weapon usage and while a U.N. team is in their country investigating such usage that they would initiate a new chemical weapon attack to hand the western nations the very excuse they've been pressing as their right to intervene? Probably not.

US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report - Jan 2013
London, Jan 30 (ANI): The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown.

A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme 'approved by Washington'.

As per the scheme 'Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons,' the Daily Mail reports.

Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports
Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed "the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.

You are being lied to and treated like an idiot. Doesn't that make you angry? It makes me angry. Look at the propaganda you are bombarded with daily.

Syria's deputy PM blames foreign fighters for alleged chemical attacks
Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil's comments were part of a government campaign to use the horror over the deaths to boost its narrative about the conflict -- that Syria is under assault by foreign Islamic radicals. It is an argument that has powerful resonance with the Syrian public as the presence of militants fighting alongside Syria's rebels increases.

Rebels blamed the attack on the Syrian military, saying toxic chemicals were used in artillery barrages on the area known as eastern Ghouta on Wednesday. Jamil did not directly acknowledge that toxic gas was used against the eastern suburbs but denied allegations by anti-government activists that President Bashar Assad's forces were behind the assault.

The murky nature of the purported attacks, and the difficulty of gaining access to the sites amid the carnage of Syria's war and government restrictions on foreign media, has made it impossible to verify the claims.

But they have fueled calls in the West for greater action against Assad's regime as amateur videos and photos showed images of the dead, including scores of lifeless children, wrapped in white cloths and lying shoulder to shoulder, while others struggled to breathe. Many pointed to the fact that their pale skin was unmarked by any wounds as evidence that it was a chemical attack.

The U.S., Britain and France along with a host of other countries demanded that a team of United Nations experts already in Syria be granted immediate access to the site. The timing of Wednesday's attack -- four days after the U.N. team's arrival -- has also raised questions about why the regime would use chemical agents now.
A campaign by the government to "use the horror over the deaths to boost it's narrative". Gee, sounds familiar doesn't it? I'm pretty sure that western nations have for the last decade been "using the horror over deaths to boost it's narrative". Haven't we? And calling them simply "militants" CTV News? Shouldn't "Al-Nursa" or "Al-Qaeda" be more accurate, to give the true sense of the geopolitics at play here? Of course it's hard to convince a population that is being told to give up their rights because of Al-Qaeda that they should believe Al-Qaeda when it comes to the usage of chemical weapons which they have been discovered several times to be producing and possess.

Western nations are getting desperate to directly support their terrorist friends as Syria is the road to Iran. A loss in Syria is a major setback for the western nations and their corporate friends and they will lie, kill, cheat, and steal and do whatever else it will take to get you to support more wars of aggression.

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  1. Do any of the western countries keen on invading Syria have any idea what "victory" would look like? We're quite adept at toppling guys like Assad but utterly incompetent at the aftermath. If it's going to be a civil war one way or the other why not just use drone strikes to take out Assad? Obama, I understand, has some experience of those weapons.

  2. Speaking of drones I've also wondered why the U.S. which uses them so frequently isn't taking advantage of having direct intelligence of "rebel" positions. They'll shut down embassies, violate sovereign air space or whatever else they want to "destroy the terrorist threat", but for the first time with credible intelligence on where the terrorists actually are they ignore them. Forget Assad, why isn't the U.S. using their drones to take out Al-Qaeda targets in Syria?

  3. Perhaps attacking al-Qaeda units, fighting against Assad, would be seen as supporting Assad against the rebels. That's how quickly these uprisings become confused. When the Libyan rebel forces coalesced, the U.S. could have given the Egyptian army and air force their marching papers and had the civil war settled within a week, max. Instead they gave al-Qaeda forces time to get a toehold in Libya that they maintain to this day.

  4. That would be great if the reasoning were to appear neutral. However we have no problem appearing to be aligned with the "western backed" al-Qaeda rebels. We ignore Russia, Iran, and Syria blaming the rebels for the chemical attacks.

    I can not accept that Al-Qaeda is the reason to violate sovereignty, to violate constitutional rights, to violate anything in name of the "war on terror" but they are not serious enough to appear aligned with Assad or to remove the threat.

    I was one of the only people pointing out that Libya's rebels were also Al-Qaeda at the time. I've been reporting on Syria's rebels being al-Qaeda since before it was widely known in fact my first post on the subject on August 12th, 2012 noted that the Syrian rebellion would probably have been defeated already if not for al-Qaeda.

    My post on the nukes in Syria provides plenty of links showing that the U.S. funded rebels are abducting U.N. peacekeepers in an effort to remove the separation between the Israeli and Syrian armies.

    Today the rebels fired weapons at the U.N. team investigating the chemical weapons. Yesterday the U.S. says it isn't waiting for a chemical weapons probe by the U.N. and has determined that Assad launched them (to aid it's own agenda of intervention). The idea that the rebels could have fired them barely even enters our media and is dismissed as crazy.

    We don't want to appear aligned with Assad because we are aligned with al-Qaeda. We just don't want to call them al-Qaeda, so like the CTV News article states they will just be militants. It's all P.R.