Spin of North Korea-Syria ‘Axis of Evil’
Points to US War
April 27, 2017 "Information
- US media reports this week blamed North
Korea for having a dastardly role in an
alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria.
As if the two countries could not be
demonized enough. The latest spin of the
“axis of evil” suggests Washington is
hell-bent on war.
dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being
throttled by the Trump administration toward
both North Korea and Syria. This week war
hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a
dinner with President Trump
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,”
while Trump earlier
Syrian leader Bashar Assad an
the two “evil dictators” are bonded
in US media reports for complicity in the
alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this
month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is
claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic
munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.
supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in
Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime”
in North Korea, according to US reports.
horrors of the civil war in Syria have
proved a blessing for North Korea. The
regime of Kim Jong-un has made a killing
from selling arms and ammunition to the
regime of fellow dictator, Bashar Assad.”
It goes on to cite claims that a “key
supplier” of Syria’s chemical weapons
arsenal is the northeast Asian nation.
publication, Defense One,
“Syria’s war has been a goldmine for
Both outlets rely heavily on one source,
Professor Bruce Bechtol, from Angelo State
University, Texas, who is described as a “North
is quoted as saying: “I would be stunned, I
would be surprised if the nerve agent used by
the Assad regime on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun
[Idlib Province] was not supplied by North
In other words, this so-called “expert”
doesn’t really know. Professor Bechtol is making
a conjecture. Reference to his past
research on the
subject of North Korea-Syria military links, in
2015, make sweeping assertions about how the two
nations have collaborated on developing chemical
Tellingly, the US “academic” makes a
prominent citation of the CIA and other
intelligence agencies in his assessment of North
Korea and Syria’s military connections.
Last week, Fox News
countries of having a “long history” of
sharing chemical weapons technology, without
providing any corroborating details.
Meanwhile, a search in the
database of the
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
– a recognized authority on global weapons trade
– finds there is scant transfer of military
technology, including chemicals, between North
Korea and Syria.
In any case, claims chemical weapons were
deployed by the Syrian government also ignore
United Nations agencies that all such munitions
had been completely destroyed under a Russian-US
brokered decommissioning deal in 2013.
speculation Korean leader Kim Jong-un had some
role in facilitating the death of civilians in
Syria – due to alleged supply of lethal toxins
appear to be orchestrated with the aim of
demonizing. All the better, from the US
propaganda point of view, because it brings him
into the same target scope as Syria’s Assad,
whom Washington has been trying to oust for the
past six years in a proxy regime-change war.
The game of “evil dictator association”
is a reboot of the “axis of evil”
former US President G.W. Bush in 2002. In the
wake of the 9/11 terror incidents, the Bush
administration fingered six states as state
terror-sponsors and pursuing weapons of mass
destruction. The alleged “axis of evil”
unveiled by Bush comprised: Iraq, Iran, North
Korea, Syria, Libya, and Cuba.
course, there were good grounds to suspect the
narrative as a propaganda device, dutifully
assisted by Western news media, as a way to
target “rogue regimes” for American
military attack. Iraq and Libya have been “dealt
with.” Evidently, North Korea and Syria (as
well as Iran) are a “work in progress”
allegation of chemical weapons from North Korea
to Syria is a transparent attempt at a frame-up.
start, the alleged incident on April 4 in Khan
Sheikhoun has relied solely on dubious videos
sourced from terrorist-affiliated militants and
their media agents, known as the White Helmets.
Several respected weapons authorities, such as
MIT Professor Theodore Postol,
claims asserted by Western governments and the
media that Sarin gas was used. These authorities
have also voiced concern that the whole incident
was a propaganda stunt or false flag instigated
by Western-sponsored militants in order to
discredit the Assad government and justify US
Three days after the April 4 incident, amid much
sensational Western media accusations against
the Syrian government, US President Trump
launched 59 cruise missiles on the country. It
is a matter of doctrinal thought that Assad
committed a war crime with chemical weapons.
According to Washington and its allies,
attacking Syria with missiles is not an act of
aggression, it is an act of
“Gas a baby, and you can expect action,”declared
Trump’s White House spokesman Sean Spicer
unburdened of any legal standard.
This is while the US, Britain, and France have
formal request from Russia, Iran, and Syria for
an impartial, on-site investigation into the
Khan Sheikhoun incident. Russia’s Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Western powers
showed they do not want to find out the truth of
what really happened because their priority is
pushing the agenda for regime change in Syria.
alleged connection to North Korea makes the
propaganda drive even more seductive. Not only
is Syria demonized without any proof, but now
North Korea can also be vilified for having a
dastardly role in “gasing beautiful babies,”
as Trump would have it.
The US targeting of North Korea with
nuclear-capable submarines, warships, and
intercontinental ballistic missiles has taken
provocative threats against Pyongyang to a
reckless level. Trump and his top officials have
that the US is ready to launch pre-emptive
strikes on North Korea.
It is arguable that US conduct amounts to acts
of aggression. North Korea’s nuclear and missile
program may have breached international
sanctions, but the actions of the US and its
allies holding war exercises are insanely
disproportionate. The world is being put on a
hair trigger for war, at Washington’s
The Trump administration, given free rein by
supine news media, is making the incendiary
“it fears time is running out” on stopping
Kim Jong-un from obtaining a nuclear missile
capable of hitting the US.
If the US launches a pre-emptive strike on North
Korea, it will probably be devastating, as the
Trump administration has warned. The
dropping of the
Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan earlier this
month seems to have been a macabre rehearsal for
what would otherwise be seen as a horrific
attack on North Korea.
Smearing the North Korean leader with alleged
atrocities by chemical weapons in Syria is
another grim pointer that the US is preparing to
commit a catastrophic crime. By a process of
demonizing and dehumanizing, it is creating a
license to destroy.
However, such demonic US behavior should
actually turn world attention to who exactly is
the real axis of evil and number-one threat to
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