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The Many "Truths" on Syria: How Our Rivalry Has Destroyed a Country


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The Many "Truths" on Syria: How Our Rivalry Has Destroyed a Country

Ramzy Baroud

"The United States has the power to decree the death of nations," wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe.


#2

Chaos in the Middle East is a major objective of TPTB. Balkanization of the region is intended to prevent the coalescence of Islam into a unified state powerful enough to get in the way of the American hegemony.

Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard (1997) spells all of this out (along with the bonus explanation of the situation in the Ukraine). Here is Gen. Wes Clark remarking on developments following 9/11:

It is time for us to stop being surprised at what has been planned and published.


#3

"...dangerous meddling in Syrian affairs, renewed Cold War with Russia, an ill defined military mission..." in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
That describes Hillary's foreign policy to a Tee.
Once a warmonger, always a warmonger.


#5

Exactly. If one of the US long-standing allies and client states was under threat of destruction by outside forces the atmosphere of righteous military aid and support here would be overpowering. And it won't work, on this site at least, to use the dog-whistle Iran in passing and then give no reasons why Iran's aid and support of a secular ally and proximate neighbor is wrong or has somehow enabled this conflict.


#7

"Russia's supporters, of course, refuse to accept the fact that Moscow is also fighting a turf war and that it is entirely fair to question the legality of Russia’s actions in the context of US-Russian regional and global rivalry while, at the same time, attempting to underscore Moscow's own self-seeking motives. "

Yes, the U.S., which is supporting ISIS affiliated 'rebels' against the existing government, has the same legal standing as Russians invited by the existing government.

Because, ummmm...

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!


#8

Are you saying we shouldn't hold Clinton responsible for her actions while she was Secretary of State? Or for her bellicose speeches about what she's going to do in Syria?

You think warmongering Americans are responsible for making Hillary bow down to AIPAC and talk about a No-Fly Zone?

I'm asking because your increasingly moronic posts seem to be heading in that direction.

Perhaps you should try thinking before you type.

Or at least before you hit reply.


#10

You've got the cart before the horse.


#11

You are committing the tu quoque fallacy. Just because the US is a hypocrite doesn't excuse the actions of Russia. They should be judged on their own merit.


#12

Excellent article by Mr. Baroud. Of course because he dares to question Assad and Russia he will automatically be accused of being a Washington propagandist by the usual suspects here.


#13

Went to a Jill Stein rally yesterday in San Diego. She wasn't there due to a flu bug, but the love and warmth in that room was palpable. Here are some good peeps, and just tonight I was told by a friend to keep hoping.

Many of us spend most of our lives working and just trying to keep sane. We all don't have time to read beyond the MSM. I'm one of the lucky ones, I guess. I'm going to hang onto my loved ones and hope you can do the same. We in the "basket of losers" have to be with each other. And for each other.

I'm hitting the send button.


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NATO,Israel,Turkey and Saudi Arabia were complicit in the destruction of Syria,Iraq Afghanistan,Libya


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The US has been invited to do lots of awful things by "existing governments" to that government's enemies too - the Argentine Junta, Pinochet, Somosa, Rios Montt, the Greek Junta, Franco, Marcos, Suharto...

You DO realize that Assad is right in the same league as these guys, right?


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Does it matter? Considering that the war in Syria is now Assad and Russia vs. ISIS, the U.S./Israel and Saudi Arabia, is Assad' character/method of governance the most important thing here?

And even if it were, after seeing the chaos that follows when the U.S. successfully deposes someone they characterize as a brutal dictator, would any sane person want to create more chaos?

The U.S. loves brutal dictators. So what's the difference between our friendly brutal dictators and the ones we go after?

And after seeing how much of our press coverage of enemy 'brutal dictators' is propaganda, do you trust MSM's characterization of Assad?

"Gaddafi was trying to transform Africa, and as appointed leader of the African Union, he had bold plans. One of these plans cost him his life, and the life of many others.

Gaddafi was planning the launch of a Pan-African currency called the Dinar made out of gold, which would replace Western Currency for trade in Africa, especially concerning Oil.

The United States, Britain and France, all had an interest in stopping this.

These countries used the freedom movements of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia to also appear to be happening in Libya.

But, if you research the backstory, Gaddafi was not being protested in the streets by his people, nor were there any killings.

What was the real reason to overthrow Gaddafi?

This:

Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Intervention

Newly disclosed emails show that Libya’s plan to create a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and dollar was a motive for NATO’s intervention.

The New Year’s Eve release of over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department has CNN abuzz over gossipy text messages, the “who gets to ride with Hillary” selection process set up by her staff, and how a “cute” Hillary photo fared on Facebook.

But historians of the 2011 NATO war in Libya will be sure to notice a few of the truly explosive confirmations contained in the new emails: admissions of rebel war crimes, special ops trainers inside Libya from nearly the start of protests, Al Qaeda embedded in the U.S. backed opposition, Western nations jockeying for access to Libyan oil, the nefarious origins of the absurd Viagra mass rape claim, and concern over Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves threatening European currency."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/29/1521312/-Emails-Reveal-True-Motive-for-Libya-Intervention


#19

Hey man, we're not all warmongers here. In fact, I'd guess 90% of us aren't. The thing is, we have no control over our elected officials (see the 2016 general election) and we live under a grueling combination of compulsory hyperconsumerism, which requires long hours at multiple jobs, and sophisticated propaganda, which requires free time to untangle. Since our "free time" is spent working or drinking or getting high to endure this prison of affluence, you can understand, yeah?


#21

Interview with President Assad of Syria:

http://theduran.com/must-see-assad-interview-syrian-president-debunks-barrel-bombs-and-boy-in-aleppo-white-helmet-hoax/