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War and Terror: Lifting the Fake EU Arms Embargo|
Posted on Wednesday, May 29 @ 18:58:21 UTC
By Stephen Lendman|
May 30, 2013
On May 27, the so-called one-year EU arms embargo on Syria's
opposition ended. Officially it does so on June 1. EU nations
agreed to end what never existed.
Since Washington's war on Syria began in early 2011, arms flowed
freely. Western-enlisted death squads get them. At issue is
replacing Assad with a subservient pro-Western puppet.
Syria's being ravaged in the process. Washington, key NATO
partners, Israel and rogue Arab state allies bear full
War rages ahead of Geneva II. Planned peace talks are pretense.
Syrians genuinely want it. So does Russia going all out to
achieve it. Other nations urge peace.
America prioritizes conflict and instability. It does so for
unchallenged dominance. Peaceful conflict resolution is
illusory. Previous efforts fell short. Expect Geneva II to fare
Permanent war is official US policy. The business of America is
war. Obama's waging multiple direct and proxy ones. He's got
more death and destruction in mind.
CIA and Britain's MI 5 operatives, as well as Western special
forces actively aid so-called "rebels." They've been doing so
throughout most of the conflict.
On February 8, 2012,
Infowars headlined "British Special Forces Enter Syria to
Aid Rebels," saying:
They're "directing rebel fighters in a repeat of how Libyan
rebels were aided" to oust Gaddafi. Qatari special forces are
also involved. Very likely others are.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists who fought US troops in Iraq
and helped NATO powers overthrow (Gaddafi) were airlifted
into Syria (to) topple (Assad) in November last year.
in regularly. They supplement existing ranks or replace elements
Syria's military eliminated. No end of conflict looms.
Appalling atrocities are committed. Assad's wrongfully blamed
for foreign death squad crimes. He's falsely accused of using
On May 28,
Reuters headlined "Syria fighting rages, more chemical
attacks reported," saying:
"(F)urther reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by
(Assad's) forces on rebel areas." These allegations and previous
ones are spurious.
On May 24,
Voice of Russia headlined "Russian journalists have proof
Syrian insurgents used chemical weapons," saying:
They have video proof. They gave it to the UN Secretariat. They
show "chemical weapons attacks allegedly committed by opposition
fighters in the vicinity of Aleppo on March 19."
was confirmed by the spokesman for the Deputy Secretary
General Farhan Haq.
journalist Anastasia Popova confirmed toxic substances use.
Eyewitness accounts supplemented video evidence. Nonetheless,
spurious anti-Assad accusations persist.
On May 27, the
UN News Centre headlined "UN rights chief urges end to
'intolerable' suffering in Syria."
Navi Pillay addressed the 23rd Human Rights Council session. She
stopped short of pointing fingers the right way. She
consistently blames Assad for Western-backed death squad crimes.
"A humanitarian, political and social disaster is already upon
us," she said, "and what looms is truly a nightmare."
Civilians bear the brunt of this crisis in which human
rights violations have reached horrific dimensions.
Confronted with the flagrant disregard of international law
and human life on every side, I feel utter dismay.
extremely concerned at current reports suggesting that
hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured, and
thousands may remain trapped, by indiscriminate shelling and
aerial attacks by Government forces in Al Qusayr.
admitted that anti-government forces also commit human rights
violations. She consistently blames Assad most of all. She
avoids explaining Washington's war on Syria.
She's a reliable imperial tool. She's been so in previous
capacities. She suppresses truth. Responsible major powers are
Victims are blamed for their crimes. She did it before. She's
doing it now. She aids and abets lawless aggression. She
facilitates human rights abuses in the process.
On May 27, the
Human Rights Council (HRC) convened its 23rd session.
President Remigiusz Henczel addressed a days earlier request to
debate deteriorating conditions in Syria.
Qatar claimed Syrian forces were massacring their people. A May
Financial Times report headlined "Qatar bankrolls Syrian
revolt with cash and arms."
spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the
rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but
is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime
source of arms to rebels.
orchestrates everything. Turkey's its main attack dog. CIA
elements operate in its territory near Syria. They facilitate
cross-border weapons shipments.
Syria's representative addressed the HRC session. He objected to
debate on his country. Turkey and Qatar requested it.
He said they're directly responsible for what's going on.
They're encouraging terrorist attacks on Syrian soil. They're
arming and training insurgent elements.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague called ending the so-called
arms embargo the right decision. He led efforts to do so. He
suggested Britain would go it alone otherwise.
He claimed ending the embargo "is part of supporting the
diplomatic work to bring about the political solution." It's
"necessary and right," he said.
Doing so will "protect civilians," he added. Tory MP John Baron
beggars belief, the idea that pouring more arms into this
conflict could not or would not escalate the violence. Of
course, its not going to do that.
could do something more dangerous. That is it could escalate
the conflict beyond Syria's borders. That is why it could be
a mistake of historic proportions.
Anna Macdonald said supplying more weapons "add(s) fuel to the
fire. We are concerned that supplying arms to the opposition
won't level the playing field. In fact, it will fuel a deadly
arms race that will have even worse consequences for civilians."
millions of people suffering in Syria right now don't need
more arms. They need aid.
foreign secretary Douglas Alexander asked "how does supplying
weapons help to secure a lasting peace?"
them in greater numbers assures more death and destruction.
Doing so complies with Washington's longstanding agenda.
The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Replacing independent
governments with pro-Western ones is prioritized.
Twenty-one EU nations are NATO members. It's an alliance for
war, not peace. It's for offense, not defense. It's a killing
machine. America runs it.
Britain, France, Germany and other EU nations partner in its
imperial wars. Doing so ravages one country after another.
Last October, Nobel Committee members awarded EU nations their
Peace Prize. They claimed doing so reflected their decades long
contribution "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation,
democracy and human rights in Europe."
They ignored their role in Eurasian conflicts and beyond. They
turned a blind eye to NATO's global ambitions. It's part of
Washington's full spectrum dominance agenda.
It's potentially catastrophic if not stopped. It assures greater
wars on humanity. Global war is possible. Washington controls
NATO policy. Its so-called Partnership for Peace is a thinly
veiled pro-war agenda.
War is peace reflects longstanding US policy. Syria's conflict
potentially could spin out of control. The entire region and
beyond could become embroiled.
During last year's pre-election campaign, Republicans stressed
"American exceptionalism." Democrats countered saying:
also understand the indispensable role that the United
States must continue to play in promoting international
peace and prosperity.
Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal coined the term "indispensable
nation." Clinton used it as justification for NATO's Bosnia
In several speeches, Obama stressed American exceptionalism and
the term indispensable nation. Most others disagree. They do so
for good reason.
America prioritizes war, not peace. Permanent war is
longstanding policy. One country after another is ravaged.
Millions perish. Millions more remain vulnerable.
Where this ends who knows. Humanity may not survive the
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized
Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also
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