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Syria: The Propaganda War

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There’s something odd about the timing of recent events in Syria. A little over a week ago President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the UN, reported: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Five days later Assad allegedly bombed civilians with sarin gas. The world reeled. On Thursday Hillary Clinton suggested the US should bomb Syria in retaliation to, “take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Hours later the missiles were launched. That’s how the sequence of events unfolded, but maybe there’s another story besides the conventional narrative being promoted? So here’s one perspective with a little history.

SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM by one of the world’s leading rocket scientists, Theodore A. Postol – Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Trump tweet 2013 – “What will we get from bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict. Do not attack Syria. Very many bad things will happen and US gets nothing!”

4/8/2017 – United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said that regime change in Syria is one of the United States’ priorities. Haley said ousting Assad is a priority.

“Assad is not mad and would have known that when Donald Trump produced an olive branch in his direction (then) any use of chemical weapons would have been counter-productive,” suggested former British ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, who served in Damascus from 2003 to 2006. “He (Assad) is someone who doesn’t leap without looking. He is trained as an ophthalmologist. He has an analytical mind and knows that actions have consequences.”

One of the “doctors” who documented the alleged use of chemical weapons and appeared on TV networks claiming sarin was used is Shajul Islam, 31, from London. In 2013, Islam was arrested for the kidnapping of two Western journalists and was considered a “committed jihadist” by MI6 before being struck off the General Medical Council in 2016.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the de facto source by major Western news outlets for rebel information, and extensively quoted on the gas attack, was revealed by The New York Times to be a one man operation working out of a house in the northern UK industrial town of Coventry, and paid by European government sources.

SOHR has never been a major intelligence collector and always had an anti-Assad political agenda, said Gregory Copley, the editor of the Defense & Foreign Affairs website. “It is an unreliable source.” He added, “nobody on the ground in Syria is unbiased at this stage.”

“I don’t know whether in Washington they presented any evidence, but I did not see that in the Security Council,” reported Hans Blix, who served as the head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in Iraq. “Merely pictures of victims that were held up, that the whole world can see with horror, such pictures are not necessarily evidence of who did it.”

“If you had a murder and you strongly suspect one fellow, do you go to judgment and execution straight away?” Blix asked. “Three days after the murder?”

“I’m hearing from sources on the ground in the Middle East that the essential narrative that we’re all hearing about the Syrian government or the Russians using chemical weapons on innocent civilians is a sham.” Philip Giraldi, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer. “People in both the agency and in the military are astonished by how this is being played by the administration and by the U.S. media.”

Video of the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defence) cleaning up after the gas attack showed they had no respirators, gloves or any other safety apparatus. According to the CDC: Following release of sarin into the air, people can be exposed through skin contact or eye contact. They also can be exposed by breathing air that contains sarin. A person’s clothing can release sarin after it has come in contact with sarin vapor, which can lead to exposure of other people.

CNN 11/25/2016. The White Helmets admitted they faked a video of men, “rushing to rescue a man covered in rubble, but unlike thousands of other videos from Aleppo, this one is staged.”

“Autopsies were carried out on three of the bodies after they were brought from Idlib,” Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. “The results of the autopsy confirms that chemical weapons were used.”

Together with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey has provided the Syrian rebels with arms. In 2015, there was a public scandal over video footage released by the newspaper Cumhuriyet showed Turkish intelligence shipping arms to Syrian Islamist rebels. The editor and officers who uncovered the plot were all arrested.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersch, who exposed the Mai Lai massacre, investigated the Syrian gas attack in 2013. He concluded that the gas was given to the rebels by Turkey and not caused by the Assad regime. No one in the US would publish his expose except the London Review of Books.

In October 2015, two deputies from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) claimed that the government was against investigating Turkey’s role in sending toxic sarin gas which was used in the 2013 attack in which over 1,300 Syrians were killed.All the details about how sarin was procured in Turkey and delivered to the terrorists, along with audio recordings, are inside the file,” said deputy Eren Erdem, while waving a file. Erdman was subsequently accused of treason.

The purpose of the attack was allegedly to provoke a US military operation in Syria which would topple the Assad regime.

Daily Mail 2013 – Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country. A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

In late 2013, Turkish security forces found a cylinder of sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front.

In a 2016 Politico article, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. argues that the Obama administration began to lay the groundwork for overthrowing the Assad regime in 2009 after President Bashar al-Assad rejected a pipeline proposed by Qatar. That planned pipeline agreed to by Qatar and Turkey, would have linked Qatar’s vast natural gas fields to European markets through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. This would deprive Russia of vital natural gas sales to Europe.

America’s efforts at Syrian regime change began in 1949 says Kennedy when Syria’s democratically elected president, Shukri-al-Quwatli, hesitated to approve the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, an American project intended to connect the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the ports of Lebanon via Syria and on to Europe. The CIA engineered a coup replacing al-Quwatli with the CIA’s handpicked dictator.

The New York Times in 1957 revealed that fake reports were being spread that Russian arms were pouring into Syria’s ports and 123 Mig fighter planes had arrived. “There were none,” the Times reported.

Fearing Russian influence the U.S. moved the Sixth Fleet to the Mediterranean, threatened war and goaded Turkey to invade Syria. The Turks assembled 50,000 troops on Syria’s borders and backed down only in the face of opposition from the Arab League whose leaders were furious at the U.S. intervention, and threats from Russia’s Nikita Krushchev that he would launch missiles at Turkey.

“We also convinced that once present group now in control Damascus has consolidated its position in Syria it will reach out in efforts subvert surrounding countries, thus propagating Communist virus and paving way for control by elements subservient to Moscow.” 1957 telegram from US embassy in Saudi Arabia to State Department.

Wikileaks documents show that the U.S. State Department wanted to help rebels overthrow Assad in order to strengthen Israel’s position against Iran. (U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015). The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad. Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces. Victory may not come quickly or easily, but it will come. The resulting regime in Syria will see the United States as a friend, not an enemy.

“The US and European foreign policy establishments are trapped in a situation in which they have declared themselves to be the enemies of the Government of Syria, dedicated to its overthrow in a world in which the Government of Syria has survived very well,” noted former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Colonel Patrick Lang. “Let us admit our bad judgment and abandon the regime change policy. Failing that we should covertly provide target intelligence to the Syrians on ISIS targets.”

“Do you not know that the media coverage on Syria is the biggest media lie of our time?” Flemish priest Father Daniël Maes, who lives in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the Syrian city of Qara.The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united. It is the Americans who have a hand in all of this, for pipelines and natural resources in this region and to thwart Putin.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald: “Nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.”

NBC anchor Brian Williams on the missile attack: “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two US Navy vessels…I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’ And they are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them a brief flight over this airfield.”

The day after the missile launch on Syria, Forbes reported Raytheon shares went up adding $5 billion in market value. The Tomahawk missiles used in the strike are made by Raytheon. Shares also went up for Lockheed Martin, which makes the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, and General Dynamics, which makes technology used to fire Tomahawks.

The cost of a Tomahawk missile – about $1.4 million. According to Raytheon’s website, the cruise missile has been employed in combat more than 2,000 times since it was introduced.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,” President Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953.

Theodore A. Postol – Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading rocket scientists. “We again have a situation where the White House has issued an obviously false, misleading and amateurish intelligence report.

“Although the White House statement repeats this point in many places within its report, the report contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft. In fact, the report contains absolutely no evidence that would indicate who was the perpetrator of this atrocity.

The only source the document cites as evidence that the attack was by the Syrian government is the crater it claims to have identified on a road in the North of Khan Shaykhun. I have located this crater using Google Earth and there is absolutely no evidence that the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it is dropped from an aircraft.

“The data cited by the White House is more consistent with the possibility that the munition was placed on the ground rather than dropped from a plane.

“What I can say is that what the country is now being told by the White House cannot be true and the fact that this information has been provided in this format raises the most serious questions about the handling of our national security.”

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