It’s WMD all over again. Anonymous “US officials” are once again accusing a targeted
“regime” of using “chemical weapons” and threatening that the U.S.
military may have to “hold it accountable”. Once again, western media is
broadcasting these accusations and threats without skepticism or
The Washington Post story is titled “Trump administration: Syria probably continuing to make, use chemical weapons”. Jane’s Defence Weekly quotes a U.S. official saying “They clearly think they can get away with this ….” Jerusalem Online says
“A US official says Syrian President Assad’s forces may
be developing new types of chemical weapons, which which could reach as
far as the US..”
“US officials have said the Syrian government may be
developing new types of chemical weapons, and President Donald Trump is
prepared to consider further military action…. President Bashar al Assad
is believed to have secretly kept part of Syria’s chemical weapons
“If the international community does not take action now
. . . we will see more chemical weapons use, not just by Syria but by
non-state actors such as ISIS and beyond,” the first official said. “And
that use will spread to U.S. shores.”
Based on a review of facts from recent history, it is very likely the
story is false and is being broadcast to deceive the public in
preparation for new military aggression. Anyone who thinks that
politicians don’t consider timing and marketing needs to only recall the
statement of a GW Bush official that
“from a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”
The “product” was the PR campaign to get the American public to accept the invasion of Iraq.
When is there going to be some accountability for the US military
industrial complex and their political and media enablers and promoters?
The invasion of Vietnam with over 500 thousand US soldiers was preceded by the phoney Gulf of Tonknin incident
where a US ship was supposedly attacked by a North Vietnamese vessel.
It was untrue and President Johnson knew it. The resolution was passed
unanimously (416-0) in the House and only Wayne Morse and Ernest
Gruening had the integrity and insight to oppose it in the Senate. Was
anyone ever held accountable for the lie that led to 55 thousand dead US
soldiers and millions of dead Vietnamese? No.
The 1991 attack on Iraq and subsequent massacre of Iraqi soldiers and civilians was preceded by the fabricated testimony
of the Kuwaiti Ambassador’s daughter pretending to be a nurse who had
witnessed Iraqi soldiers stealing incubators and leaving Kuwaiti babies
on the floor. Were the marketing officials Hill & Knowlton and
politicians such as Tom Lantos who managed this deceit ever held
In 2003 the US launched the invasion of Iraq leading to the death of
over a million Iraqis based on the false and fabricated evidence
provided by the CIA and uncritically promoted by the mainstream media.
For example, Michael Gordonand Thomas Friedmanpromoted and lauded the invasion at the NY Times. Were they held to account? No, they carry right on to today.
In 2011 the US led NATO attacks on Libya with the stated purpose to
“protect civilians” from massacre. This was explained and encouraged by
journalists and pundits such as Nicholas Kristofand Juan Cole.
NATO officials bragged about their operation. After the brief western
euphoria, it became clear that the campaign was based on lies and the real result
was an explosion of extremism, massacres and and chaos which continues
to today. Accountability? None. One rarely hears about Libya today. Out
of sight, out of mind.
In August of 2013 we heard about a massive sarin gas attack on the
outskirts of Damascus. Human Rights Watch and others promoting a western
attack quickly accused the Syrian government. They asserted that Assad
had crossed Obama’s “red line” and the US needed to intervene directly.
revealed the gas attack was not carried out by the Syrian government.
It was perpetrated by a Turkish supported terrorist faction with the
goal of pressuring the Obama administration to directly attack Syria.
Two Turkish parliamentarians presented evidence of Turkey’s involvement
in the transfer of sarin. Some of the best and most time-proven US
investigative journalists, including Robert Parryand Seymour Hersh,
researched and discovered the evidence points to Turkish supported
“rebels” not Syria. Despite the factual evidence exposing the “junk
heap” of false claims, mainstream media and their followers continue to
assert that Assad committed the crime.
In April 2017 it was the same thing: US and allies made accusations which were never proven and ultimately discredited.
The UN / OPCW investigation team never visited the scene of the crime.
They discovered the curious fact that dozens of victims in multiple
locations showed up at hospitals with symptoms of chemical injuries before the attack happened. This is strong evidence of fraud
but that investigation was not pursued. With or without awareness of
the deceit, Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base which
killed 13 people including four children. Accountability? None.
Recently it has become clear that dark forces in the US government ad
military do not intend to stop their efforts to destroy Syria. Despite confusion and
contradictory claims in the US administration, a core fact is that the
US is training and supplying a sectarian military militia inside
northern Syria against the wishes of the Syrian government. The US said
they were in Syria to get rid of ISIS but now that ISIS is largely gone,
the US military says it is not leaving. On the contrary, the US
military helped escort ISIS fighters from Raqqa to al Bukamal and the US is now training ISIS fighters to be reincarnated as yet another anti-Assad “rebel” force.
As always, US aggression needs some measure of political support. To
gain that, they need a justification. Thus it’s WMD all over again. Once
again. the “bad guys” are using chemical weapons on their own people.
Supposedly the Syrian government is incredibly stupid …. they just keep
on using chemical weapons and giving the US a justification to act as
judge, jury and executioner.
Most of the American public is too busy, distracted or overwhelmed
with problems to investigate U.S. government claims. Mainstream media,
including some alternative media, are failing badly. They are supposed
to be holding government to account, critically questioning the
assertions, investigating the facts, exposing contradictions and
falsehoods. Along with the politicians and government, they have some
responsibility for the ongoing wars and aggression. They all should be
accountable. When is that going to happen?
Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be reached at email@example.com
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