Friday, September 06, 2013

A vote by the US Congress to attack Syria is irrelevant anyway. 

To attack Syria, with or without support from the US Congress, and without a UN Security Council Resolution, is illegal under international law, and would constitute a war crime of aggression.

Even Obama, before he became President, said: 

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."  - Then Senator (candidate) Obama speaking to  interviewer Charlie Savage on December 20, 2007.

Under the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the Nuremberg Principles, and the U.N. Charter (part of the U.S. Constitution due to the Supremacy Clause, Article VI, Section 2), the U.S. has no legal right to attack Syria, which does NOT pose an imminent threat to the U.S. 

As with Iraq, deliberate lies about "chemical weapons of mass destruction" are being used again as a convenient pretext to attack Syria.   But why?  
Read this article, and it may become clear. . .

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario. Continue

Attacks Against Syria:
Another Illegal War Based on Manipulation and False Pretenses?

By Rodrigue Tremblay
Each time a government is circulating photos of dead babies to justify a military aggression, one has to ask if this is not part of a campaign of artful disinformation to manipulate public opinion.

"The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements."
- US Senator James W. Fulbright

And the second lesson should be not to trust the mainstream news media on the important questions of war and peace. Syria is the latest proof of this.

I have been following the tragic crisis in Syria for some years now, as you will see from looking back through my weblog. In all this time, the standard of reporting from the mainstream news media has been mostly disgraceful and unhelpful. In sharp contrast, the alternative media has been presenting a very comprehensive understanding of what is really going on in Syria.

Perhaps the best source of alternative news and perspectives on all the important issues of the world, including Syria, can be found at  INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE.INFO:
Check it out, and compare it to the mainstream news media.

Citizens of the world are getting very weary of endless wars. Alternative media is helping to inform millions of people, and rouse them from their slumber. People are mobilizing to stop a massive escalation of the war in Syria. A huge majority of USA citizens are against striking Syria.

Even the usually-compliant British House of Commons has voted not to be involved in an attack on Syria. Soon, the US Congress will also take a vote, even though President Obama claims the right to strike Syria regardless of the outcome. We can expect a massive media blitz of war propaganda in the coming days to try to sell another disastrous war. 

Always remember: “In times of war, the first casualty is truth.”

Proving chemical weapons were used in Syria, does not prove WHO used them. Certain political leaders, and the mass media, immediately rushed to blame the Syrian military, even without any credible evidence, and despite consistent denials from the Syrian government and others. This should be enough to make us very suspicious and skeptical.

Logically, there is nothing to be gained by the Syrian military using chemical weapons, thus crossing over President Obama’s convenient “red line” and provoking a direct US attack. On the other hand, there is much to be gained by the foreign terrorist "rebels" using them, and blaming Assad, in order to provoke their desired escalation of the war.

Evidence of who used chemical weapons must be independent and credible. Those rushing to blame the Syrian government, choose to ignore previous evidence that chemical weapons were actually used by the terrorist “rebels”.

Regardless of who used them, how can bombing Syria with cruise missiles reduce tensions and stop further use of chemical or other horror weapons? It is far more likely to expand the conflict, increase their use, and kill, wound and displace millions more innocent people. 

Time to wake up! Just stop it!

Any citizen of the world, whether American or not, can send a “No Attack on Syria” message to the US Congress, via

President Obama referred to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as "the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century..."

This conveniently ignores the US chemical warfare against Viet Nam, spraying nearly 100 million litres of diabolical chemicals on the environment and innocent people of that country, over a 10-year period from 1961 - overwhelmingly the "largest chemical warfare campaign in history".

The US military used many toxic chemical agents, including Agent Orange, containing dioxin, the most deadly chemical known to science. Millions of Vietnamese were affected, and birth defects, cancers and horrible diseases continue, now into the 4th generation.

In the bombing wars since Viet Nam, radioactive ‘Depleted Uranium’ munitions have been widely used, causing radiation diseases and birth defects, in some cases, worse than in Hiroshima after the nuclear bombing there. Will these horrors be unleashed on the people of Syria?

Interesting, how history comes back to haunt us. . .

At a time when the US military was losing its war against Viet Nam, the "Tonkin Gulf Incident" was fabricated in order to deceive the US Congress and public into escalating the war with massive bombing and ground troops.

Today, does history repeat?

The "rebels" in Syria, long-supported actively and covertly by the US, France, Turkey, some Arab monarchies and al-Quada, are losing the battle, so we have the allegation that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government, in order to “justify” active foreign military escalation, ratified by the US Congress.

This deception worked before, with all but two members of Congress passing the President's Tonkin Gulf Resolution, because they were taken in by the deliberate lies of the Vietnam War.

Will the US Congress fall for the same trick now over Syria?

"War is manufactured by political leaders, who then must make a tremendous effort -- by enticement, by propaganda, by coercion -- to mobilize a normally reluctant population to go to war."
- Howard Zinn, US people’s historian

Bruce McPhie
September 2, 2013

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