Friday, June 14, 2013

Here we go again...

Remember all the histrionic rhetoric about chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion? Of course you do - who could forget? Unfortunately, the media weren't nearly as loud when admitting later that the hype was just that - hype. After how many deaths, and the utter ruination of a developed country?

Well, now Obomber is pumped up to intervene in the affairs of Syria, and repeat the same error, based on what? You guessed it. "He used chemical weapons own people!" Thus spake the man who is willing to assassinate his own people (and anyone else's) without benefit of due process of any kind.

Syria poses no threat to the U.S., but when does that stop the MICC? What they don't say openly is that they're determined to install their own western-friendly government in Syria, again violating international law. (Which they probably regard as just more "goddamned pieces of paper"). Suddenly, budget issues are no problem! Public programs and services, and maintenance of public infrastructure is being slashed left and right, but apparently there's no shortage of funds to lavish on the neocon wet dream of remaking the Middle East.

From Common Dreams:
As Western leaders and major media outlets rushed to back the White House's recent claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its rebel forces—urging increased U.S. "military support" for the rebels—progressive voices emerged Friday to warn against U.S. intervention, which would only escalate the conflict and lead to an even greater loss of life in the region.

Firstly, speaking on Democracy Now! Friday morning, Patrick Cockburn reminded viewers that very similar claims, which proved to be false, were made before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq:
Well, there must be, you know, some doubts about this. You know, they [The White House] say this in a sure voice, but it’s a sure voice which reminds me of what they were saying in 2002 and 2003 about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.
Both Syria and its close ally Russia—who promised to send air-defense missiles to the Syrian government in the wake of Western powers lifting the ban on arms shipments to rebels in the region—denied the accusations Friday. Alexei Pushkov, leader of the Russian lower house’s international affairs committee, accused the US of fabricating evidence, comparing it to America's incorrect claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003.

“Information about the usage of chemical weapons by [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad is fabricated in the same way as the lie about [Saddam] Hussein's weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq],” Pushkov tweeted.
Cockburn hightlighted the complexities of the conflict, of which the U.S., Russia, and others have already involved themselves in several ways. According to Cockburn, the conflict has become a "proxy war" between several foreign interests vying for power:   (More here)


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Iran's creating nuclear weapons; Syria's using chemical weapons.

The way the U.S. government keeps trotting out the same old and worn-out reasons to initiate war, you'd think that it believes that the American people are stupider than I do.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Hmmm? Using O-logic, if a crazy group of, I dunno, Right Wingunt (no typo) Americans, sa6y bombed an abortion clinic and/or killed a doctor or nurse, the Obamanation would step in with unlimited funds to defend Planned Parenthood?

Or if some terrorist Right Wing Nut uses a semi auto weapon to kill people in a theater or helpless children in a school, the Press and Obamanation would spend any amount necessary to go after the groups who do these things?

Maybe instead of a "Noble" Peace Prize, he should be nominated for a "Hugo Award!" Should be a
runaway for it.

Oops! My Bad. American terrorists don't use chemical weapons. Oh well.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

An oldie but goodie!

So how many times will we fall for:

from the press -

the little boy who cried "Wolf!"

9:33 AM  

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