Human Rights activist Rania Masri and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Chris Hedges respond to President Obama’s Syria address to the nation last night (Sept. 10, 2013).
Abby Martin talks about the blatant hypocrisy regarding Obama’s “red line” of chemical attacks as the motivating factor to intervene militarily in Syria, citing the top four chemical weapons attacks that the US military does not want you to know about.
We regret to inform you that some of our former co-workers are telling us, categorically, that contrary to the claims of your administration, the most reliable intelligence shows that Bashar al-Assad was NOT responsible for the chemical incident that killed and injured Syrian civilians on August 21, and that British intelligence officials also know this. In writing this brief report, we choose to assume that you have not been fully informed because your advisers decided to afford you the opportunity for what is commonly known as “plausible denial.”
Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, talks about the illegality of an attack by the U.S. on Syria.
Two things can be done to stop the pending US attack on Syria. One is for the US Congress to realize that it does not have to endorse a policy that has been rejected by the rest of the world, including Washington’s closest ally, Great Britain.
In the summer of 2011, just weeks after civil war broke out in Syria, the Tehran Times released a report entitled, Iran, Iraq, Syria Sign Major Gas Pipeline Deal. The report provided details on how Iran planned to export its vast natural gas reserves to Europe through a pipeline that traversed both Iraq and Syria. This Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline would be the largest gas pipeline in the Middle East and would span from Iran’s gas-rich South Pars field to the Mediterranean coastline in Lebanon, via Iraq and Syria…Syrian President Assad has since rejected the Arab Gas Pipeline and has instead begun working closely with Iran on Iran’s proposed gas pipeline, dubbed the Islamic Pipeline. This proposed pipeline would obviously compete directly with the Arab Gas Pipeline and its goal of delivering Mideast natural gas to Europe.
[T]he “growing calls … for forceful action” [on Syria] aren’t coming from the people, or Congressional majorities, or an expert consensus. The pressure is being applied by a tiny, insular elite that mostly lives in Washington, D.C., and isn’t bothered by the idea of committing America to military action that most Americans oppose. Nor are they bothered by the president launching a war of choice without Congressional approval, even though Obama declared as a candidate that such a step would be illegal. Some of them haven’t even thought through the implications of the pressure they’re applying.
Some Congressmen who have gotten a classified briefing aren’t impressed: “I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered.”- Democrat Tom Harkin
David Knight exposes the origins of chemical weapons and and the likelihood that chemical weapon attack in Syria was a false flag event.
American communities have become addicted to war spending and military production. As most traditional manufacturing industry has moved overseas seeking cheaper labor the best jobs in most parts of the nation are building weapons. It’s thus no coincidence that the #1 industrial export product of our nation is weapons. And what is our global marketing strategy for that product line? Hello Syria!
The weapon manufacturer’s stock surged roughly 10 percent while American war drums for Syria crescendoed over the past two months. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., recognizes the jump as an unambiguous reminder that profit is a cause for the war President Obama seems prepared to make. “Nobody wants this except the military-industrial complex,” he said on a radio show Thursday.