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Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition
I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation. You know, a déjà-vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and he presciently declined, saying sardonically, “So you're gonna be the one to write the last book on failure in Iraq?”

23 September 2014read on...

Breaking: US Attacks Syria!
The Obama Administration has initiated a bomb and land-based missile attack against Syrian territory without permission from the Syrian government, without a request for assistance from the Syrian government, and without a UN Security Council resolution.

22 September 2014read on...

Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing
If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.

22 September 2014read on...

NATO vs. ISIS?
NATO has struck in Iraq. Or, more precisely, two French Rafale warplanes bombed a storage depot in northern Iraq believed to be used by ISIS.

21 September 2014read on...

Congress Votes for More War in the Middle East
Last week, the House and Senate voted to rubber stamp President Obama’s war plans for the Middle East. Both bodies, on a bipartisan basis, authorized the US to begin openly training and arming the rebels who have been fighting for three years to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

21 September 2014read on...

The Disastrous Myth of Airpower Victory
President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS depends crucially on precision bombing by drones and airplanes. The heavy lifting on the ground is supposed to be accomplished by our "allies" in Iraq and the Syrian opposition, but as any reader of the news knows, these allies are, to put it charitably, unreliable and prone to panic and/or treachery. So, despite Obama’s rhetoric, our new war against ISIS will be an air power war.



20 September 2014read on...

Anarchy in Washington: Is Anybody in Charge?
Pentagon chief contradicts Obama on ground troops – Obama contradicts him back

The President pledges "no combat troops" in Iraq.

19 September 2014read on...

The Tower Of Babel Comes To Paris: The Folly Of Obama’s War On ISIS
US imperialism was once a fearsome force—mainly for ill. Under the latter heading, Washington’s savage destruction of Vietnam four decades ago comes readily to mind. But now the American Imperium has become just a gong show on the Potomac—even as its weapons have gotten more lethal and its purposes more  spurious and convoluted.

18 September 2014read on...

Poroshenko in Washington: A Marriage Made in Heaven?
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit to Washington tomorrow (Thursday) is the consummation of a marriage made back in February, when the Obama administration ripped up a compromise agreement between elected president Yanukovich and the rebels who were seeking to overthrow him. Overnight, the US government endorsed the rebels’ seizure of power, and it has not wavered in its support of the coup leadership from that point.

17 September 2014read on...

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels
Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven't heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian "rebels" will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East. Here are eight reasons why Congress should vote NO on the McKeon Amendment...

17 September 2014read on...

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East Ghouta: False Flag Chemical Attack


Mother Agnes Chemical Attack Footage

The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (ISTEAMS) has just published a comprehensive report on the chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. The document is called The Chemical Attacks on East Ghouta to Justify Military Right to Protect Intervention in Syria. With video clips and the evidence provided by witnesses to support the conclusions, the report has been submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council and spread among foreign diplomats. 

The author is ISTEAMS President and International Coordinator Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross (el-Salib), the Mother Superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated (Syria). A fearless faithful, she has been collecting the evidence related to bloody events in the conflict zone since the very start of Syrian rebellion: the militants running rampant, the staged fakes, and instances of one-sided highlighting of the events in Syria by the Western media...

The study of 35 videos posted on the Internet has made surface multiple disparities and brought into light the methods used to manipulate public opinion. The clips showing hundreds of dead and suffocating victims, including scores of children suffering as a result of chemical weapons attack by government troops, had been prepared previously before the incident took place in order to justify a foreign intervention against Syria. The report offers the following fundamental conclusions: 

Actually there were no local residents at the time of attack in the area of East Ghouta, the place chosen for staging the provocation. The majority of population had left East Ghouta before the combat actions started. The ones left were only a few elders and some supporters of the “rebels” -- predominantly adolescents and grown-ups. The victims’ dead bodies mainly belong to the people from various places situated far away from East Ghouta. Some of them have been identified by relatives. 

Many videos have a fictional character or, to put it plainly, are obvious fakes with the dead bodies of people who were killed, kidnapped, and missing as a result of the “rebel” attack on 11 Alawite villages in Latakia on August 3, 2013 (back then over 150 women and children were kidnapped to be exchanged for militants kept behind bars in Syrian jails, the authors of the report adduce the detailed list of already identified victims and the missing persons, they point out that the list contains 400 names, so, at present, it is far from being full). Here are the examples of staged incidents: 

a) Scripted events of deaths and aid provided to victims. Two video clips presented by Jobar Revolutionary Coordination Committee and Revolutionary Committee of Hamouria, show contradicting pictures of the same adolescent dying in different footages. In some places the picture shows the very same child receiving emergency aid over and over again and each time it’s done in a different way. The authors of the report and experts say it looks very much like a scripted footage when the very same picture is shot many times. 

b) Demonstration of victims’ bodies and their burial. Having announced the death toll was 1465 (this lie has been repeated many times by US top officials), the “rebels” could produce the evidence of only 8 burials. The bodies mainly belong to children, few victims are adults, and there are almost no women among the dead while the East Ghouta joint medical staff reported that many corpses were female. 

c) Demonstration of extremely strange instances when persons were transported in space, the same dead bodies shown over and over again in different footages. For instance, the same woman, who was allegedly looking for her children, somehow managed to be present in five video clips shot at different places at the same time, she also found two of the children, and, somehow, did it in two different places as well. Another clip showed the chemical attack victims in Jobar, the children shown in the video appear as victims again, but this time in the place called Kfar-Batna, the third video clip shows the very same children as victims in Ain Terma… 

There are other instances of outright lies and fakes that can easily be exposed. For instance, the falsifiers used photos and videos which were broadcast as photographic evidence of the death of the Ghouta residents early on in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and the propaganda push that followed it. The ISTEAMS report points out, however, that these photos and videos were not taken in Ghouta or even in Syria at all, but that they were actually photos taken in Cairo, Egypt, during the riots. The other example is a witness shown describing how his family smelled the poisonous gas sarin. This is a lie because sarin has no smell (the very same way the majority of poisonous substances – chemical agents used for war purposes -- produce no smell).

The 50-page report of the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights is another evidence of the irrefutable fact that, according to Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, “We have plenty of reports on chemical weapons use, which indicate that the opposition regularly resorts to provocations in order to trigger strikes and intervention against Syria”, he said. “There’s a lot of data. It’s widely available on the internet. This data is presented in the report, which our experts put together in association with the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo in March this year. There’s also plenty of data on the incidents that occurred in August in Ghouta, near Damascus”.

Reprinted with permission.


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