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American Leaders and their Half Baked 'Facts' on Chemical Weapons in SyriaPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
A 'red line' first discussed by Obama last August over Syrian chemical weapons, was a perfect set up for this new effort to put Americans in another war.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - War proponents in the US are pleased today. An unconfirmed report from a "high ranking Israeli military official," that Syria used chemical warfare, has Obama and his supporters playing a steady beat on the war drum. The United States and its western allies have been looking for an excuse to continue western military campaigns in the Middle east and historic Syria is the new obsession.
The 21st Century US approach quite obviously involves destabilizing governments on the other side of the world. Lawmakers like John McCain, who sang "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann" (on national television no less) --- are chomping at the bit. They know war contaminates the earth and leaves irreparable scars across humanity, and it also reduces populations; but they also know it is profitable so they push and push.
CNN reports today that this ramp up toward potential violence is all over "small-scale use of sarin in Syria". CNN's own report states, "Syrian rebels claim it is a chemical weapons attack from the Syrian regime," and in the same article attributes the "discovery" to Israeli Brigadier General Itai Brun. CNN, "media" stacked with one story after another relating why Syria deserves to be attacked, is once again simply a pawn, showing video recorded by Syrian "rebels" of men alleged to be victims of chemical attacks, but there is no way to tell what caused their injuries, no matter what we are told in mainstream channels.
This story, from top to bottom, contains far, far too much "unconfirmed" information. It is well established that the so-called Syrian rebels play to the TV and YouTube cameras. The injuries could have been caused by an endless list of weapons... or makeup. Yet the word of these rag tag militants is "credible" because the west pays them to be credible, they are no more credible than the Syrian government, in fact the rebels are not any type of government, and they are far less credible.
Then there is CNN and the other national media showing zero interest once again in confirming information released by these war-oriented governments. It has been demonstrated time and time again that the rebels in Syria have photographed their own victims and attributed their deaths to the Assad government.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA), an al Qaeda linked group funded by the Americans and other western nations, somehow ended up as an Israeli ally also. It has bombed civilian neighborhoods, and used children to murder government loyalists in the street on camera. The FSA recently unleashed a torrent of mortars onto the main university campus in Damascus -- earning enemies in this country's population they will keep for life, but that is OK with the Americans, they remain firmly committed to these government-destabilizing jihadists, many of whom fought the US and Coalition forces in Iraq.
Contradictions and War
A letter signed by Miguel Rodriguez, White House legislative affairs office Director, discloses that the "chain of custody" of the chemicals is not clear. Intelligence analysts, according to the letter, could not confirm the circumstances under which the sarin was used, including the role of Syrian President Assad's government, it is all very typical and consistent with the blunders of US foreign policy.
Along with mouthpieces like McCain, the disappointing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, using terms like "very likely" and "we can't be sure," also says the "United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale." So... they are sure, or not?
The truth is that the United States is pressing possible military action against Syria when all of the facts are not known.
Chuck Hagel wrote, "we do believe that any use of chemical weapons in Syria would very likely have originated with the Assad regime."
It is interesting that Israeli press is taking a more critical look at this than the US media.
Israeli National News reported:
Assad regime, Obama regime, Netanyahu regime... there is not one country judging another in this case that is not guilty of very serious war crime violations, Syria just happens to be in a bad position and you know what packs of animals do when another is injured.
With regard to war crimes, the Americans put theirs on TV for all to see. Israel is an apartheid state with one set of laws for Jews and one set for everyone else, and these are the nations plotting the destruction of Syria, where the majority of citizens back their national leader?
It is a sickening thing to hear, the American politicians, with Obama carrying the biggest torch, are apparently just bent on continuing warfare against Syria. This is all about protecting Israel, it is not about sarin gas, or human rights violations, it is about American tax dollars slaughtering Israel's neighbors.
There is no credible reason to believe that Bashar al Assad would make a choice to cross the one line that Obama threatened military action over.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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