— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) April 23, 2017
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— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) April 23, 2017
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— Partisangirl 🇸🇾 (@Partisangirl) April 16, 2017
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The world leader of Syria’s besieged Christians has issued a heartfelt plea to the West to “stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that are destroying our countries and massacring our people.”
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As the United States and Western allies march closer to full-scale conflict with Syria, many of their claims are now being scrutinized and dissected by a skeptical public.
On April 4, residents of the town of Khan Shaykhun suffered a chemical gas attack that reportedly killed 74 and injured 557. Despite a lack of evidence or investigation, the United States government, allied governments, and compliant media were quick to point the finger at Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The dead stream media ignored the fact that Khan Shaykhun was under the control of Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda linked group which the United States has been funding throughout the Syrian civil war. Instead, the West claimed that Assad launched an air strike which released sarin gas, leading to the deaths and injuries. Continue reading »
Many of the Syrian rebels are radical jihadi Islamists who are murdering Christians. Why would we ever fight with them?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2013
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Updated below, April 17, 3:00am
Max Abrahms @MaxAbrahms – 2:07 PM – 16 Apr 2017
After reading dozens of stories about the Shia massacre yesterday in Syria I’ve come to the conclusion it was perpetrator-less.
Two smaller cities in the northern “rebel”-controlled Idleb governate, Al Foa and Kafriya, have been under “rebel” siege for over two years. Local government aligned forces are defending them. The civilian inhabitants are of Shia believe and seen by the sectarian Sunni “rebels” as unbelievers only worthy of death. The cities are supplied by airdrops from government helicopters. Meanwhile two “rebel” controlled cities near Damascus, Zabadani and Madaya, in the south are held under siege by government forces. They are sparsely supplied by UN and Red Cross convoys. Over the years a tit-for-tat of revenge acts bound the fate of the four cities. In total some 20-30,000 people are effected. A wide ranging agreement was needed to solve the unsustainable situation. Continue reading »
… and turn it into Libya 2.0:
What a success!
Oh, wait …
… and a ‘carefully’ planned success at that!
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By Paul Craig Roberts
The insouciance of the Western world is extraordinary. It is not only Americans who permit themselves to be brainwashed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, but also their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, who rely on the war propaganda machine that poses as a media. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39573526
The Western “leaders,” that is, the puppets on the end of the strings pulled by the powerful private interest groups and the Deep State, are just as insouciant. Trump and his counterparts in the American Empire must be unaware that they are provoking war with Russia and China, or else they are psychopaths.
A new White House Fool has replaced the old fool. The New Fool has sent his Secretary of State to Russia. For what? To deliver an ultimatum? To make more false accusations? To apologize for the lies? Continue reading »
… and start WW3 …
– Rabbis Urge President Trump To “Act Decisively” In Syria (The Saker):
Dear President Trump,
We write to you with angst just days before the Passover holiday when the Jews escaped the oppressive tyranny of Pharaoh in Egypt. The Assad regime in Syria appears to have conducted a nerve gas attack against Syrian civilians yesterday. At least 58 civilians have been killed in the attack, marking the worst chemical attack in Syria since the August 21, 2013 chemical massacre. We believe that a strong response from the U.S. is essential to stopping these war crimes. Continue reading »
Today, many erstwhile Trump supporters are suffering shell-shock after the Republican leader, who pledged like a populist on the campaign trail to scale back the US military’s overseas footprint, instead took US aggression to the next insane level.
In the dead heat of the 2016 Presidential Campaign, I, like millions of other Americans, were willing to overlook the seedier side of Donald “Grab them by the p*ssy” Trump because the Maverick of Manhattan had promised to sell us the one thing we all desperately craved: a healthy dose of sanity injected into US foreign policy. This would start the process, we fantasized, of rolling back US military adventures that the country can no longer afford both morally and physically. This was all part of Trump’s grand “America First” campaign, which appears to be heading to the trash pile of broken presidential mottos, alongside “Hope and Change” and “Mission Accomplished.”On the other side of the stage was the Democratic darling, Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton, the very personification of ‘The Establishment’ and everything hideous it has come to symbolize, including a sycophantic media, a plundering military, and sell-out politicians who have no choice but to serve those corporate paymasters that expect kickbacks for all those massive campaign checks they wrote. Trump, although a product of the very “swamp” he promised to drain, seemed sincere about focusing on domestic issues as opposed to more foreign entanglements. Continue reading »
By Jon Rappoport
The sarin-gas attack story prompted the US missile strike on a Syrian runway. Here are the top ten reasons for doubting that story, and instead calling it a convenient pretext:
ONE: Photos show rescue workers treating/decontaminating people injured or killed in the gas attack. The workers aren’t wearing gloves or protective gear. Only the clueless or crazy would expose themselves to sarin residue, which can be fatal. Continue reading »
Some 5,000 EU nationals are currently fighting in Syria among the ranks of Islamic State and other jihadist groups, according to a senior Syrian official, who warns it’ll be a disaster for European security if these militants are allowed to return.“We have statistics that about five thousand terrorists fighting in Syria have come from the EU countries,” Syria’s Deputy Minister of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs Ayman Susan told Sputnik on Thursday.
“Imagine that these 5,000 terrorists will return to Europe … they can do it,” the diplomat warned.
“This will be a disaster for the security and stability of European countries and their populations.” Continue reading »
Make America great again!
What could possibly go wrong?
It appears that Mike Cernovich, who earlier this week wrote that Trump’s national security advisor, Gen. H.R.McMaster, was planning on sending as many as 150,000 troops to Syria, may have been right again. According to Bloomberg commentator Eli Lake, who has now made a habit of confirming Cernovich “conspiracy theories” (he did so previously with the Susan Rice scoop), Trump may be on the verge of escalating the proxy war in Syria by sending anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 troops on the ground, and – if Cernovich is indeed correct – as much as three times more.
Per Lake, after U-turning on attacking Syria last week and on a variety of economic policies yesterday, the Donald Trump’s “biggest foreign policy surprise may be yet to come.” Specifically, he says that McMaster, has been quietly pressing his colleagues to question the underlying assumptions of a draft war plan against the Islamic State that would maintain only a light U.S. ground troop presence in Syria.” McMaster’s critics inside the administration say he wants to send tens of thousands of ground troops to the Euphrates River Valley. His supporters insist he is only trying to facilitate a better interagency process to develop Trump’s new strategy to defeat the self-described caliphate that controls territory in Iraq and Syria.” Continue reading »
Update 2: The Pentgaon has admitted to mistakenly killing 18 Syrians in an airstrike on April 11th…
- U.S.-LED COALITION AIR STRIKE IN SYRIA MISTAKENLY KILLED 18 SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES PERSONNEL ON APRIL 11 -PENTAGON –
CENTCOM says strike near Taqbah accidentally killed 18 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters on April 11. Had been identified as ISIS position. pic.twitter.com/vUXC8ueek7
— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) April 13, 2017
Update 1: Russia has reportedly dispatched drones to the area to confirm Syria’s reports. The Russian military said that it has no information confirming the reports of death as a result of the US-led coalition’s strike.
“The Russian Defense Ministry does not possess information confirming reports of deaths and the type of the destriction as a result of the US-led coalition’s bombing near Deir ez-Zor.”
“Unmanned aerial vehicles have been sent to the area to monuitor the situation,” the ministry added.
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As we detailed earlier, the Syrian General Staff said that the US-led coalition struck an ISIS depot storing chemical weapons in Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday, poisoning and killing several hundred people, including civilians.
WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld – THE ULTIMATE CLIP
The Trump administration claims that it has proof that the Syrian government dropped chemical weapons from an airplane on April 4th.
But a top missile and chemical weapons expert told Washington’s Blog today that the weapon was not delivered by an airplane at all …
Specifically, we called Dr. Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT. Postol’s main expertise is in ballistic missiles. He has a substantial background in air dispersal, including how toxic plumes move in the air. Postol has taught courses on weapons of mass destruction – including chemical and biological threats – at MIT. Continue reading »
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has urged western nations to “unite as one” in order to “intervene” in Syria and overthrow Assad to “usher Syrians into the new century.”
Describing Assad as “a brutal dictator who must be bought to heel” during a grim speech at a fundraiser in the City of London financial district, Rothschild demanded that western nations “topple the Assad regime” because it is “resistant to common decency” and a threat to our “corporate values.“ Continue reading »
Amid attempts to “clarify areas of sharp difference,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blasted the Trump administration’s “ambiguous and contradictory” foreign policy at the start of talks with Tillerson in Moscow Wednesday calling the demand for the Kremlin to abandon Assad “absurd.” Furthermore, he warned Tillerson that Russia “believes it’s fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again.”
Russia pushed back against demands that it abandon Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad over a chemical-weapons attack as Bloomberg reports that the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin is likely to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Continue reading »
Meanwhile, any Russian jet that comes within 1,000 km of NATO airspace is reported to the Hague
Since the day after the Wright Brothers pretended to invent the airplane, the Pentagon has been flying its warplanes all over the world, dropping bombs, chemical agents, and other terrible things as part of its never-ending campaign to make Raytheon boat-loads of money.
Killing people to keep stockholders happy is simply the price of doing business — and there’s no reason to apologize or get upset about it (just look at Mosul, right now).
But what does ‘concern’ the Pentagon? Continue reading »
Gilad Atzmon writes:
It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Bashar Assad possessed a weapons of mass destruction stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to the release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to “neutralise” Assad’s alleged “WMD capability”, it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.
America targeted al-Shayrat because it knew with certainty that there were no WMD in that location. It was a fireworks show. It had no military objective. Continue reading »
With Rex Tillerson on his way to Russia, moments ago Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from “trusted sources” that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” he said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow Continue reading »
Ron Paul’s thought-provoking speech on the House floor from February 2009 seems as appropriate now as it did then…
“Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.
What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest? Continue reading »
Although it is widely speculated that one of Trump’s aims in striking Syria was to garner further domestic public support for a political career off to a horrendous start, the result may, in fact, cost him a significant portion of his original support base. While Democrats and the media have rushed to praise — or at least failed to condemn — the president’s decision to launch yet another illegal strike on a sovereign nation, many of his original supporters have begun to express their dissatisfaction with the American president.
“I think a lot of Trump voters will be waking up this morning and scratching their heads and saying ‘where will it all end?’” Farage stated, before adding, “As a firm Trump supporter, I say, yes, the pictures were horrible, but I’m surprised. Whatever Assad’s sins, he is secular.” Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“All hingeing on Tillerson’s bullshit trip to see Vlad next Tuesday.”
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A whisper from the past …
“Und von jetzt ab wird Bombe mit Bombe vergolten.”
– Adolf Hitler 1939
“From now on bombs will be retaliated with bombs.”
– Adolf Hitler 1939
And what could possibly go wrong?
Yesterday, when discussing what the precursor for future US air strike on Syria could be, we said “expect to hear much more about white phosphorus in the coming days: it will be the “catalyst” for the next round of Syrian airstrikes.” In retrospect, we may have been aiming too high.
In the latest apparent shift of the White House’s official stated position on what could draw a U.S. military response in the Syrian conflict, on Monday afternoon press secretary Sean Spicer warned that the use of either chemical weapons or the use of barrel bombs on civilians could draw fire, literally, from the Trump administration. Here is the exchange in question: Continue reading »