America's Ridiculous Position on Syria
By John Chuckman
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I read that an American
Senator, Bob Menendez, wanted “to vomit” when he was supplied
with a copy of Vladimir Putin’s New York Times’ op-ed piece
Well, I’m sure it wasn’t just a matter of Sen. Menendez’s
delicate stomach: there have been many times in the past I
wanted to vomit over something in The New York Times.
It is, after all, an impossibly pretentious, often-dishonest
publication faithfully serving America’s
military-industrial-intelligence complex, one which never fails
to support America’s countless wars, insurgencies, dirty tricks,
and coups – all this while publicly flattering itself as a
rigorous source of journalism and even a newspaper “of record.”
Many regard The Times as simply the most worn-out key of that
thunderous public-relations instrument an ex-Agency official
once called his “mighty Wurlitzer.” Only in the antediluvian
political atmosphere of America could The Times manage to have
something of a reputation for being “liberal.”
Mr. Menendez, as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
holds a powerful position, one he has used in lockstep with
President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry to promote illegal
war. Like them he blubbers about rights and democracy and ethics
while planning death and destruction to people who have done
nothing against the United States except disagreeing with it and
being hated by that greatest single outside determinant of
American foreign policy, Israel.
Sen. Menendez’s personal anecdote actually provides a perfect
miniature replica of the entire operation of America’s foreign
affairs. American officials never fail to invoke words about
democracy or human rights when addressing their next piece of
dirty work or effort to pressure another people into doing what
So naturally the Senator might be a bit upset over Putin’s
upstaging the top officials of the United States and proving
himself the superior statesman and rational politician in every
First, every honest, well-read person, not trying to promote
American special interests, knows there is no proof that Assad
used chemical weapons. Absolutely none. Even as I write, an
Australian newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports that
the UN inspection team could find no evidence of chemical
weapons used in the place cited by Syria’s rebel army.
A video which made the rounds among American allies and which
purported to show the attack has been declared a fake by the UN.
Russia’s secret services also declared it a fake.
The only other bit of “evidence” worth mentioning is a supposed
recording of Syrian officials provided to American officials by
Mossad. Yes, that’s Mossad, the very people who pride themselves
on deception and who have a long track record of expertly using
it, even in several cases successfully against the United
You do not kill thousands of people and destroy a country’s
infrastructure citing rubbish like that.
Again, as I write this, a former British Ambassador, Craig John
Murray, states that the United States has been deceived by
Mossad with its purported recording and that Britain’s
super-sensitive listening post in Cyprus, vastly superior to
Israel’s listening assets, had picked up no such information.
Germany, based on its secret service operations, also has
publicly stated that Assad did not use chemical weapons.
And, of course, after all America’s huffing and blowing and
threatening in recent months, Assad and his senior associates
would have to have been genuinely mad to use them, but there is
no sign of madness. Assad remains a calm and thoughtful person
whose voice is largely silenced in the West by his having been
declared arbitrarily not an acceptable head of state.
Second, there is significant proof that ugly elements of the
rebellion – the substantial al Qaeda-like components who hate
Assad for his tolerance towards all religions in Syria – did
indeed use limited amounts on more than one occasion, hoping,
undoubtedly to create a provocation for American entry. The UN
has said so and so have other agencies.
We have incidents, reported reliably, of rebel elements
receiving small canisters of chemical weapons, likely from Saudi
agents working on behalf of American policy. We also have an
incident of a canister caught by authorities moving across the
Turkish border in the hands of rebel fighters, the Turkish
border having been used extensively since the beginning of the
rebellion as a way to inject weapons and lunatic fighters into
Syria and as a refuge for rebels when corned by Syria’s army.
Even the American military confirms this last event.
Third, we absolutely know that Israel has a stockpile of this
horrible stuff, Sarin, but not a word is said about it. This
stockpile has been confirmed by CIA sources recently. Even
before CIA sources, we knew of Israel’s chemical weapons from
the 1992 crash of an El Al cargo plane in Amsterdam, a plane
whose illegal cargo proved to be precursor chemicals for such
Now, if you were regarded as an enemy by Israel, the most
ruthless country in the Mideast when simply measured by the
number of times it has attacked its neighbors, wouldn’t you want
weapons to counteract theirs? And, of course, to counteract not
just Israel’s chemical weapons but secret nuclear ones? So it is
hardly a terrible thing for Assad’s military to posses them.
Perhaps most importantly, the United States is in no position to
draw lines or make public judgments about the behavior of anyone
with regard to such weapons.
It stands as likely the greatest user of various chemical
weapons over the last four or five decades. Napalm and Agent
Orange were used on a colossal scale in Vietnam, a true
holocaust in which the United States killed about three million
people. The residue from millions of pounds of Agent Orange
still causes horribly mangled babies to be born in Vietnam, and
the United States has never lifted a finger to clean the mess or
treat its victims.
In the terrible Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, the United States
supplied Iraq – the clear aggressor in the war – with the
materials for chemical weapons which eventually killed many
thousands of Iranian soldiers.
In the illegal invasion of Iraq – where the United States killed
upwards of half a million people and created millions of
refugees – it employed white phosphorus (a good substitute for
napalm), flame-throwers, depleted-uranium (cancer-inducing)
ammunition, and hideous child-crippling cluster bombs. The
children of Iraq today suffer a plague of cancer caused by
breathing tons of vaporized depleted-uranium the United States
In the unnecessary invasion of Afghanistan, the United States
used massive carpet bombing to support the thugs of the Northern
Alliance, who happened to be old enemies of the Taleban, though
often being equally horrible in behavior. This was one of the
first instances of the strategy America employed in Libya and
wants to employ in Syria: local rebels on the ground, supplied
with money and intelligence and weapons, are supported by
high-tech hell from the air, yielding the needed results with
minimum American casualties.
Thousands of Taleban prisoners of war were “disappeared’ by
members of the Northern Alliance by sealing them in trucks,
driving them out to the desert to suffocate, and then dumping
their bodies in mass graves – all this while American soldiers
looked on and picked their noses.
Nothing which has happened in recent years so horrifyingly
recalls the work of Hitler’s Einsatzkommandos using mobile
killing-trucks before the death camps were built, yet there can
be no question that senior American commanders and the White
House were aware of these events.
And of course, the only nation on earth ever to actually use
atomic weapons – twice, and both times on civilian, non-military
targets – is the United States, a country which also seriously
planned to use them in Cold War pre-emptive strikes against
Russia and China and later in Vietnam.
The voice of the United States today is shrill with hypocrisy
and dishonesty and self-interest when it is heard condemning
Syria, or anyone else, for using unacceptable weapons. Where was
that voice when its ally, Israel, committed atrocities, as it
did in Lebanon and in Gaza and on the high seas against unarmed
humanitarians or when it steals the land of defenceless occupied
people? Indeed, the white phosphorus and cluster bombs Israel
used in some of Israel’s attacks were supplied by the United
States, as were the planes and artillery used to deliver them.
And this brings us to the real cause of the rebellion in Syria.
Israel would like Assad gone and Syria reduced to a broken state
the way Iraq was reduced. It does not want to do this directly
because Syria is a serious military opponent and not easy prey,
and Israel’s doing so would arouse new waves of anger in the
Mideast and new difficulties for the United States.
So the United States has had a long-term program of creating a
kind of cordon sanitaire around Israel, breaking all of its
potential opponents for many hundreds of miles around, but doing
so always under contrived circumstances of supporting peoples’
revolts or removing dictators. It surreptitiously supplies large
amounts of money and useful intelligence to the genuinely
disaffected peoples of various states, encouraging them to
revolt, indicating air and other support once things are
underway. This is reminiscent of the dirty work of Henry
Kissinger carried out with Iraq’s Kurdish population in 1975,
promising them anything if they revolted but failing to deliver
and leaving them to face a massive slaughter by Saddam Hussein’s
Today’s is a complex black operation using a bizarre collection
of intermediaries and helpers. Events in Benghazi, Libya, never
explained in the United States, were certainly one little corner
of this with the CIA operating there to collect weapons and
jihadist types for secret entry into Syria through Turkey.
Saudi Arabia too plays a large role, surprising as that may seem
to some given that Israel is a major beneficiary. Saudi Arabia’s
ruling family plays the anti-Israel card just enough to keep its
own fundamentalist Wahhabi population from revolting. But in
truth, the wealthy Saudi elites have always had more in common
with American and Israeli elites than with popular leaders in
Those Saudi elites were rendered extremely vulnerable to
American pressures during 9/11. George Bush, always a good
friend and beneficiary of Saudi largess, secretly rounded up a
number of them who were in the United States (at places like Las
Vegas casinos) and shipped them back to Saudi Arabia for their
safety. As it proved, the greatest number of perpetrators of
9/11 were Saudi extremists, and it was discovered, though not
publicly announced, that bin Laden’s movement regularly received
bribes from the royal family to keep his operations out of Saudi
Arabia. Thus the royal family financed bin Laden. All this made
the Saudis extremely nervous and willing to be of more
conspicuous future assistance in the Mideast.
And so they are, supplying money and weapons through various
routes to the rebels. There is also a report of the Saudis
releasing more than twelve hundred violent prisoners from death
row in return for their training and going to Syria to fight as
American officials know all these things while they stand and
blubber about democratic rebels and “red lines” and other fairy
stories. They want to bomb Syria because the recent success of
Assad’s army has begun to endanger the huge effort to have him
overthrown. Just as their planes and missiles tipped the scales
in Libya with a phony zero-fly zone, they want to repeat that
success in Syria.
Now, Putin appears to have upset the plan with admirable
statesmanship, and Sen. Menendez will just have to console
himself with Pepto-Bismol.
But then the Russians have always been great chess players.
John Chuckman blogs at http://chuckmanotherchoiceofwords.blogspot.com
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