Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We can only beat ebola if we defeat it in Africa

Many in the US are in a panic about ebola and in their panic they are suggesting that we cut off all flights from the ebola infested parts of Africa as our first line of defense. From a purely pragmatic point of view this is a strategy that simply won't work. Ebola is a disease that kills most humans it comes in contact with and as long as it is uncontrolled in any part of the human population we are all put at risk.

Because Africa is oceans away from America, stopping travellers from West Africa sounds like a feasible solution, and the subtext of this solution is that its spread within Africa is not such a big problem for us as long as we close our borders to it.

This is nothing but an illusion with fatal consequences for the whole of humanity. Africa may be a long way from the United States but it is very close to Europe, and Europe has already seen that it is incapable of stopping the flow of African immigrants to its shores. The European Union paid the Libyan dictator Mummar Qaddafi billions of Euro's to gain his assistance in stopping the flow of Africans through Libya and into Europe, and he used the most draconian methods without success. These were immigrants driven for the most part by fear of civil war and economic deprivation. Does anyone realistically think Africans fleeing ebola can be kept out of Europe? If ebola spreads to Europe, does the U.S. then also cancel at flights from Europe? Economic crisis would follow, making it even more difficult for the people of the world to combat this virus that is a menace to us all. What is true about Europe is no less true about African immigration to the Middle East and Asia. The first humans were Africans, and their migration by the most primitive means to farthest reaches of the planet eons ago is how our species came to dominate it. How can anyone, in this era of rapid transit, think that a deadly disease, spread by human contact, can be contained in West Africa?

It must be defeated there and it must be defeated now! The little island of Cuba has given an example to the world of how we should respond. While President Obama, as in the movie "Outbreak," has sent soldiers, Cuba has sent more than 160 doctors to fight ebola in Africa. The fact that CNN, Fox News & MSNBC don't talk about this shows how willing they still are to play politics with ebola because if every country were to follow Cuba's lead ebola would already be well on it's way to being defeated.

We learned long ago that just letting your neighbour's house burn would not protect yours. We have seen in our modern era that so many problems that face us all have to be tackled on a global level with all of humanity pulling together if we are to survive. This is true of climate change, the scourge of war, and poverty. This is no less true of the disease called ebola. We must have all hands on deck to defeat ebola now in West Africa. Nothing less can save us from a most terrible global catastrophe.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is Joe Biden Turkey "roast" is a feast for Assad?

Joe Biden did tell "an Inconvenient Truth" when he told a Harvard crowd, "Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria." That is what Foreign Policy called the Vice President's remarks at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum of Harvard University late last week. He directed his fire particularly at Turkey: 
"The Turks were great friends, and I've a great relationship with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, … the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war. What did they do?" Biden asked, according to a recording of the speech posted on the White House's website. "They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world."

"President Erdogan told me -- he is an old friend -- said, 'You were right; we let too many people through. Now we are trying to seal the border" with Syria, Biden said.
Calling these remarks "an inconvenient truth" has become something of a banality in the media when reporting on this speech. I've heard it called that on CNN and FoxNews, so Foreign Policy was hardly being creative with this tag line. They all mean to say that Biden's remarks about Turkey rang truth., but as regular readers of this blog already know, I often see things differently, and I think the "inconvenient truth" to be found in these remarks is what it reveals about the Obama Administration’s view of the Assad regime.

By making the Syrian government the victim in his analysis, Biden was saying that the regime of Bashar al Assad was not the biggest problem "we" - he was speaking as an executive representative of the United States - face, in Syria. That may well be the position of the Obama Administration, but it is certainly not the reality that millions of Syrians and all the countries bordering Syria have had to deal with as Assad's brutal crack down on pro-democracy protesters turned into a civil war in which that regime has used the most vicious tactics and committed war crime after war crime as it has attempted to crush any opposition to its forty plus years of dictatorship.

The "inconvenient truth" revealed in Biden's remarks is that such dictatorships and such tactics have never been a problem for the US government and they don't really oppose them now in Syria either.

Missing from Biden's remarks was any mention of Assad's three year air assault on Syrian civilians, his use of long range artillery to decimate Syrian cities and villages, his attacks on hospitals, schools and breadlines, even his use of chemical weapons. This civil war has resulted from Assad's desperate attempts to cling to power and it has killed as many as two hundred thousand Syrians, displaced about 9.5 million, and forced 3 million to flee to neighbouring countries to escape the carnage, sometimes with Assad's forces trying to shoot children in the back as they crossed the border. 1.6 million have become refugees in Turkey and that has placed a tremendous burden on Syria's northern neighbour. Joe Biden doesn't mind about that, and he doesn't mention it in his one-sided condemnation of Turkey. He doesn't care about Assad's slaughter or the people desperate to escape it. He demands that Turkey close its border.

Syrian refugees walk past tents at the Boynuyogun Turkish Red Crescent camp

The flow of Syrian refugees fleeing to Turkey began slowly at first. It got its first big push in June 2011 before the Syrian Army siege of Jisr al-Shughour. This town of 41,000 near the Turkish-Syrian border was nearly abandoned by its residents, with many seeking refuge across the border. As Assad's violence against his people increased, what began as a trickle became a torrent. While the Obama Administration may have liked to see that border closed, leaving those refugees to their fate, the Turkish people and the Turkish government took a more humanitarian approach. They welcomed the these refugees, and at great cost and "inconvenience" they did what they could to care for and protect them.

They realized that they may have to make space for millions of uprooted neighbours as the wounds of war were allowed to fester by its NATO allies while Assad was provided almost unlimited military support, and "boots on the ground," from his allies, Russian and Iran, two other forces that were conspicuously absent from Biden's list of countries causing problems in Syria. The Turks also realized that these people could never go home as long as Assad was in power. So they did help to arm and protect the Free Syrian Army and other democratic forces fighting his regime. However they never supported ISIS and other jihadists as Joe Biden and Bashar al-Assad have claimed. Hence Biden's apology.

For all its rhetoric to the contrary, the Obama Administration has never viewed the Assad regime as the problem. It used his torture chambers as he partnered with the CIA in the "War on Terror," he allowed Israel to keep Golan without too much fuss, his brutal methods were credited with creating "stability" in the region, and Obama thought he was on the verge of forging a new "peace deal" with Assad when protests against his rule broke out. From the US government perspective, Assad has not been the problem, those who would overthrow him are. This is the "inconvenient truth" hidden in Joe Biden's Harvard comments.

2013 saw more than a million Syrians flee Assad's killing spree to Turkey. Hundreds of thousands more fled to Syrian neigbors Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, tens of thousand to other Arab countries. Bulgaria accepted about ten thousand, while more than a thousand each were taken in by countries as far away as Sweden, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil. Joe Biden wants borders closed to Syrian refugees and in this case, the Obama Administration practises what it preaches, in 2013 only 36 Syrian refugees were accepted by the United States.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Why did Glenn Greenward moderated this comment off The Intercept?

After I read The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria. by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept Sunday, I tried to post this comment:
It seems to me that Greenwald and Co. are still to a large extent participating in the cover up. While this article makes for a fine catalog of all the statements made by gov’t and media about Khorasan, Greenwald never says who was being bombed it their name. It is al Nusra that the US is calling Khorasan and al Nusra has been in alliance with the FSA and IF and fighting both Assad and ISIS. I don’t think this oversight accidental because if Greenwald is forced to admit that the US has entered the Syrian civil war on the side of Assad he will have to admit that he has been wrong about Syria all along. Khorasan was a fiction created to cover up the real target of US air strikes and Greenwald & Co. continues this cover-up.
They moderate comments at The Intercept and this one was never published.

The Intercept article said:
What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.

So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.””
Paul Woodward wrote a good critique of the Intercept piece on War in Context, 29 September 2014, Glenn Greenwald’s Khorasan conspiracy theory misses the point. In it he said:
The invention of the Khorasan Group — which is to say, the creation of the name — seems to have been necessitated not by the desire to find a pretext for bombing another Muslim country, but instead the desire to avoid headlines which would identify the target of a cluster of airstrikes by its real name: Jabhat al-Nusra (JN).
The closest The Intercept article came to acknowledging that "Korasan Group" was a US created alias for Jabhat al Nusra came in a quote it used from a September 13 article by the Associated Press:
At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
Glenn Greenwald has had very little to say about the conflict in Syria before now and what he has said veers toward conspiracy theory or parrots the popular left view that because Obama has asked Assad to step down and many people have repeated the misleading claim that the US has provided significant material aid to Assad's opposition, that the Syrian revolution is nothing more than a western plot against his rule. For example he has supported Wesley Clark's view that the attempt to overthrow Assad in Syria, which began in 2011 is part of a neo-con five year plan which started in 2001  for "regime change" in seven Middle East and African countries, and he has repeated discredited claims that it was rebels rather than Assad who used sarin against rebel held areas near Damascus. So he might not like it being pointed out that Obama's military intervention, now that it has come, is opposed by the rebels and supported by the regime.

I thought I'd try to post my comment to The Intercept a second time before I published this piece so as to guard against the possibility that a technical glitch was responsible for its failure to be accepted the first time and this is the feedback I received:

I double-checked that all fields were filled in properly and tried again but got back the same error message until I changed both the name and the email address. Only then was it accept for moderation. However I won't hold my breath waiting to see it on their website. [Note on screenshot below: Once the comment is sent to moderation the comment field is cleared.]

Apparently the problem with the comment the second time was the person posting it. Am I now banned from posting to The Intercept?

Glenn Greenwald is a constitutional lawyer by trade and has built himself quite a reputation as an advocate of free speech, openness and transparency. If this experience is any indication of how he practises what he preaches with regards to criticism of his views and an example of the way he is willing to censor those criticisms where he is able, I can only hope that he is never in a position to shut down reasoned discussion in larger forums. 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Syria diaries

Here are my related diaries on Syria, those I think most significant are in bold:
09/28/2014The role of US Imperialism in Syria and the Left's Dilemma
09/24/2014What if FDR had declared war against both Hitler & Stalin
09/23/2014Obama's air strikes in Syria - a first look
09/21/2014Vijay Prashad's Syrian contradictions
09/16/2014How a 24hr truce to pick up bodies became a non-aggression pact between ISIS & Syrian rebels
09/14/2014Obama still seeking $500 million to arm Syrian rebels!
09/09/2014Are ISIS and Assad enemies in Syria?
08/28/2014If Obama doesn't want to do it, he'll go to Congress
08/26/2014Counter-revolutionary "Left"will again be with NATO
08/10/2014Air strikes can't beat ISIS but Free Syrians can!
07/09/2014Today's example of Assad's support for Islamic State
07/09/2014Why won't this story be covered like Israel's attacks on Gaza?
07/06/2014Juan Cole turns to the Dark Side
06/27/2014Will anti-war groups embrace US "hit & run" morality?
06/24/2014Phyllis Bennis twists reality to fit politics on DN
06/23/2014ISIS attacks Free Syrian Army with US weapons
06/22/2014O'Donnell's good question and Obama's bad answer
06/17/2014Bush, Barack & Bashar BFF to Islamic Extremists in Iraq & Syria
05/19/2014C.I.A. Said to Steer Arms away from Syrian Opposition
05/12/2014David Swanson's Dream
05/10/2014The appeasement of Putin began in Syria
05/01/2014New Assad murders today as Aleppo market bombed killing 40
04/30/2014Update: World allows Assad's murder spree to continue
04/29/2014How the Left has helped radical Islam grow in Syria
04/26/2014Syrian activist Qusai Zakarya speech in Los Angeles
04/23/2014Assad's strategy & why exposing his crimes is so critical
04/23/2014How Seymour Hersh confuses Syria with Libya
04/17/2014Why does the mass media ignore mass murder in Syria?
04/14/2014Alternative Left Perspectives on Syria
04/13/2014After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs
04/12/2014Mỹ Lai and Sy Hersh, a Reappraisal
04/10/2014Seymour Hersh's chemical weapons fetish
04/08/2014Seymour Hersh's Believe It or Don't
04/01/2014How #SaveKessab covers Assad's retreat in Latakia
03/18/2014Syrian American Council Revolution Anniversary in Los Angeles
03/09/2014UN: Assad sarin used in attacks | The Left's response?
03/02/2014Bringing David Swanson's imagination back to reality
02/27/2014MEMO | ISIS & the Assad Regime: From Marriage of Convenience to Partnershi
02/19/2014Dreyfuss on Obama Plans to Escalate the War in Syria
02/18/2014On Rob Prince's hostility towards intervention in Syria
02/10/2014Man behind the Curtain for al-Qaeda in Syria is Assad
02/06/2014Human relief means stopping the bombs from falling
02/04/2014While Assad's CW is 95.9% intact, Qaddafi's is 100% destroyed
02/04/2014Syrian's Bashar al-Assad Knows: Napalm Sticks to Kids
01/30/2014The Tet Offensive: a turning point in the Vietnam War
01/28/2014Ex-journalist Robert Fisk: One is reminded of Goebbels
01/27/2014Assad's Holocaust Now! [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]
01/27/2014How Assad runs terrorist on "both sides" in Syria
01/21/2014Bashar al-Assad's Terrorism in Syria
01/20/2014Bashar al-Jihad: How Assad finances terrorists with oil
01/20/2014Is Assad running largest death factories since Hitler?
01/19/2014How Not to Be in Solidarity with Palestinians Refugees in Yarmouk
01/17/2014Mondoweiss: While you were neutral about Yarmouk
01/16/2014Why calling for “diplomatic solutions” stabs the Syrian Revolution in the back
01/16/2014Echoes of American First in anti-war movement today?
01/14/2014Did Syrian rebel who ate his enemy's heart have PTSD?
01/13/2014Re-examing ex-journalist Robert Fisk on the "Syrian Rebels"
01/12/2014ICUJP on Syria
01/08/2014The racist methods of Truthout's "anti-imperialism"
01/05/2014Bashar al-Jihad: Is ISIS a child of the regime?
01/05/2014The Syrian Double Revolution and the Euro-Leftist Double Impotency
12/26/2013 Fake Adra massacre photos expose bloody hands on Left
12/24/2013RT comments show genocidal mentality still with us
12/23/2013Syria: What does the Media mean by "rebel held areas?"
12/23/2013Aleppo school bombed as more killed by Assad in 8th day of slaugher in Syria
12/22/2013Through the Looking-Glass: Viet Cong Terrorism and Syria
12/20/2013Abandoned by World, Aleppo faces 7th day of Bombing
12/16/2013Assad Barrel Bomb Kill 28 Children in Aleppo
12/15/2013Kafranbel is coming to LA - Meet the Revolutionaries
12/15/2013Gaza fighters in Syria pose dilemma for pro-Assad Left
12/15/2013How the FSA attack on a convent was set up by Assad
12/14/2013Why doesn't KPFK care about this Syrian child?
12/13/2013Gen. Salim Idris still in Syria, rumors he fled are false
12/10/2013Clay's Conspiracy Theory
12/10/2013My Fallen Idols
12/09/2013Whose Seymour Hersh?
12/06/2013Beirut Nights: Notes on Syrian Refugees living in Lebanon
12/05/2013Is Obama finally coming out of the closet about Assad?
12/02/2013Assad kills 50 civilans in Al-Bab with Barrel Bombs
11/29/2013BREAKING NEWS: Assad's Thankgiving Massacre in #Raqqa
11/29/2013Interview with Apatris on the Syrian revolution
11/28/2013Mother Agnes Updates: The Choir Strikes Back
11/24/2013How Obama has supported Assad's gas murder always
11/20/2013From Brazil & Palestine ... This is the Syrian Revolution
11/20/2013a small Victory: Mother Agnes-Mariam bites the dust
11/06/2013UPDATED: Syrian American Council takes on Agnes-Mariam
10/18/2013Every Friday: New Slogans of the People’s Revolution
10/18/2013Disillusion in Syria’s Armed Opposition
10/15/2013How CounterPunch makes Syrians invisible, Again!
10/14/2013Why the return of chemical weapons is a big deal
10/07/2013The Courage of Ghouta in a Craven World
10/05/2013Võ Nguyên Giáp on learning war from the people
10/02/2013Obama's Real Syria Policy: Endless War
10/02/2013The Courtship Continues: Obama stopped French strike on Assad
10/02/2013Writing on the Walls - Messages from the Syrian Revolution to the World
10/02/2013The struggle continues: Syria’s grass-roots civil opposition
10/01/2013Communism & The Al Qaeda Threat
09/26/2013More on ex-journalist Robert Fisk's defense of Assad
09/25/2013Where Robert Fisk's defense of Assad falls down
09/23/2013Why didn't the EcoSocialism Conference address these 3 things?
09/23/2013Desmond Tutu: UN owes it to Syria's children to act
09/23/2013منت برس(Mint Press) تكشف دعمها للأسد يقدم اعتذاره.
09/21/2013Gilbert Achcar: Full solidarity with the Syrian uprising!
09/20/2013Mint Press exposed as Assad apologist, apologizes
09/18/2013Obama blocks ICC war crimes prosecution of Assad
09/16/2013UN hints Assad used Russian rockets in sarin gas attack
09/15/2013Sleeping with the Enemy: The Global Left and the 'No to War' Discourse
09/13/2013Inside the Syrian Revolution and what the Left must do
09/12/2013Syria Doc "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" Released
09/12/2013Letter to the Anti War Movement from the Syrian American Community
09/12/2013BREAKING: New Chemical Attack reported in Syria
09/09/2013Secret Intel Source of Ray McGovern & VIPS Revealed!
09/09/2013Why did Assad Regime first Deny CW Attack if Blameless?
09/09/2013Activists in Pictures - For and Against Intervention in Syria
09/09/2013Witness to CW Attack: When Paradise turned to Hell.
09/08/2013Media Body Count Games: Less than 500 or 110,000?
09/08/2013Dr. Zaher Sahloul on the CW Attacks in Syria
09/08/2013Why would Assad use CW with UN Inspectors in Syria?
09/07/2013My dare to Ray McGovern & VIPS on Syria CW attack
09/07/2013Why Alan Grayson & Sarah Palin are united on Syria
09/06/2013Syria: To Deny the Revolution is to Oppose the Revolution
09/04/2013ANSWER Coalition lacks awareness on Syria
09/03/2013Who Used Sarin in Syria?
09/02/2013Recycled Lies: Critique of the Kucinich letter on Syria
09/02/2013لماذا أدعم الثورة السورية
09/02/2013How Obama Helped Assad Kill with Poison Gas in Syria
09/01/2013Anti-War in Form, Pro-War in Essence
09/01/2013The Courtship Continues: Obama's New Gift to Assad
08/31/2013Win-Win for Assad as Obama Response to CW  Put on Hold
08/31/2013The case for ‘Hands off Syria’
08/30/2013Obama Denied Gas Masks to Assad's Victims
08/29/2013Bashar al-Assad is a Brutal Mass Murderer
08/29/2013An open letter on Syria to Western narcissists
08/29/2013Obama's Dilemma and Assad's Opportunity
08/27/2013Do’s and don’ts for progressives discussing Syria
08/22/ Disparages Chemical Attack in Syria
08/21/2013Assad Knows: Chemical Attacks Kill Children First!
08/21/20131300+ Dead after Obama "Green-lights" new CW attack in Syria
08/20/2013Revolutions in the Era of "Socialist" Abandonment
08/14/2013More Opportunist Lies on Syria from Counterpunch
08/13/2013Abu Qusay in Syria: The Road from Peace Protester to Rebel Fighter
08/13/'s confusion on Obama's Syria Poilicy
08/12/2013Stephen Lendman's Fraud & the Phony Tal Abyad Massacre
08/12/2013Who is Really Killing Kurdish Civilians in Tal Abyad, Syria?
08/09/2013Why do they keep digging up & reburying these kids?
08/08/2013Iran's PressTV Promotes Fake Syrian Rebel Massacre Video
08/07/2013Syrian Rebels Regain Momentum
08/07/2013Russian FM Lavrov calls on UNSC to Condemn Syria Massacre I Debunked
08/06/2013Syria: Major Assad Regime Airbase Falls!
08/05/2013BREAKING NEWS: Fake Photo Exposes Assad Regime Lie about Rebel Massacre in Tal Abyad
08/05/2013Syria: New Poison Gas Attacks Reported in #Douma & #Adra
08/05/2013 5,000 Assad Regime Prisoners Executed, Dumped in Mass Grave in Al Qutaifah
08/04/2013Syria: Assad isn’t Winning and the Rebels aren’t Losing
08/04/2013A popular revolution for freedom, equality & social justice & against absolutism
08/03/2013* Some Exceptions Apply
07/28/2013 Assad's New Strategy: Nothing Makes People Flee Like Murdering Their Children
07/21/2013Why Support the Syrian Revolution?
07/21/2013Assad Regime Thanks US Peace Movement for its Support
07/20/2013The Current Military Situation in Syria
07/18/2013Syrian Refugees demand "No-Fly Zone" from US SecState Kerry
07/18/2013Obama's "Good Cop" tactics in Syria exposed!
07/17/2013UN Reports 5,000/Month Killed in Syria as LA Peace Movement Waves Killer's Flag
07/17/2013Matters come to a Head in Syria's Three-sided Conflict
07/15/2013The July 11th Los Angeles Syria Peace Protest and the Reality of Syria
07/12/2013Protest in Homs, Syria: Are These the Bravest People on Earth?
07/11/2013Syria: Pro-Assad Militias now receiving US weapons
07/10/2013LEAKED VIDEO: Assad forces torture defected soliders
07/10/2013Syria is in a Revolution not a Sectarian Civil War
07/10/2013What's up with these Tweets? "Former US Army Vet Who Fought Alongside Al-Qae'a in #Syria"
07/09/2013Assad may have Children Under Siege in Homs but has his Aleppo Offensive Fizzled?
07/07/2013Ten Things Worst Than Eating a Dead Man's Heart Done by US Soldiers in Vietnam
06/23/2013UN Aid for Assad - A Daily Kos Controversy Revisited
06/21/2013EMERGENCY: Dire Conditions in #Aleppo Central Prison
06/20/2013Syria: 10 Things Worse Than Eating a Dead Man’s Heart
06/18/2013The Changing Importance of Qusayr, Syria in the Media
06/18/2013Noam Chomsky & John Passant on Syria
06/16/2013Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire's Syria Connection
06/16/2013( Blood of Freedom ) A new film on the syrian revolution
06/16/2013Why have there been so many Syrian Army defections?
06/09/2013Shia Anti-Hezbollah Protest Exposes Syria Sectarian War Lie
06/06/2013Is Qusayr Assad's 1st major victory in over a year?
06/05/2013Analysis: UN Report on Syria lets Assad off easy
06/03/2013The Crime of Qusayr
06/03/2013More False Reports of Sarin Usage by Assad's Opposition in Syria
05/30/2013Are Saudi Arabia & Qatar really outsiders in the Syria Revolution?
05/19/2013When H? Chí Minh Collaborated with the US Imperialists
05/15/2013From the Revolting Syrian: Does This Not Outrage You?
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 2
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 3
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 4
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 5
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 6
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 7
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 8
05/13/2013Jon Steward weighs in on Obama's "red-line" in Syria
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05/12/2013UNAC demands "US Out of #Libya!"???
05/10/2013Obama's "Red-Line" was nothing but a Green Light for Assad's Slaughter of 70,000
Socialist Alternative on Leftist Assad backers and Chicago Syrians Protest Banias Massacre
How Obama helps Assad: US tried to start war between FSA & al Nusra Front
The Assad Regime Sniper, the Old Man and the Hero
Carla Del Ponte in the WikiLeaks Cablegate files
John Kerry: US agrees with Russia on Syria, Assad stays
Syria falls off Internet, electricity cut in Damascus, as Assad massacres continue
Syria Sarin Blame Game: Is Carla Del Ponte at it again?
Other Echoes of Iraq in NATO response to WMD in Syria
U.S. fears Syria rebel victory
Islamaphobia & the Boston Bombing | Islamaphobia & the Left
In Syria, a gov't makes war on its people. Could it ever happen to US?
Left voices raised in support of Syrian struggle at World Social Forum
Counterpunch: So Wrong on Syria
Is Assad Dead? Forgive me if I'm a bit more cautious this time
France reneges on arming Syrian rebels: More empty promises from NATO
Report says Russia threatens to use its army in Syria
Reports say Dr Mohammed al-Bouti was leaving Assad when murdered
Allies say US holding back fight against Assad in Syria
HRW reports mounting casualties from cluster bombs in Syria since Obama warned Assad on WMD
Australia puts group fighting Assad in Syria on terrorist list
Obama planning drone strikes against Assad's opposition in Syria
Syria: for #Mar15, @AmyGoodman has Assad 'regime apologist' on Democracy Now
Syrians protest on 2nd anniversary of the Day of Rage
BREAKING: EU to Syrian opposition: No Arms for You!
Reports say Iran sending more arms to Assad as he prepares chemical weapons
The children of Syria have been abandoned by the world powers
Why the Daily Kos and everyone else who think that Syria is not their problem are tragically wrong
More on the slaughter in Syria with NATO, UN & Daily Kos acquiescence
What Amy didn't say on International Women's Day
Banned from the Daily Kos for speaking truth to Obama on Syria
Obama: Did the CIA betray Assad's opposition in Syria?
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar Assad Exposed!!! in Syria
Syria: Who is the new FSA arms supplier?
BREAKING In Syria a new batte for Damascus is joined: Comeuppance II
{ Syria } - the anti-interventionist masterpiece Syria
BREAKING: Marxist DHKP claims they did bombing at US embassy in Ankara Turkey
More from Wikileaks on the DHKP in Turkey
More thoughts on Obama's 'No MANPADS for you!' policy in Syria
How Obama's 'No MANPADS for you' policy in Syria is backfiring
Obama on Syria: They're still dying, he's still looking
01/22/2013Rape in Syria: Woman dies after encounter with rodent
01/20/2013UN reveals its real stand on Syria, giving Assad $500 million
01/19/2013Massacre about to occur in Jobar, big new terror rocket being used by Assad!
01/16/2013Syria: FSA begins final push to free Aleppo
01/16/2013NOT BREAKING NEWS: Just another massacre in Syria
01/15/2013US: Assad didn't use chemical weapons in Syria
01/15/2013BREAKING: FP says Obama ignored chemical weapons attack by Assad in Syria
01/15/2013Assad's systematic use of Rape in Syria
01/14/2013Is Russia getting ready to skedaddle from Syria?
01/13/2013Two years blogging for the Arab Spring
01/13/2013How the US help put Assad in power in Syria
01/12/2013Defections and Murder
01/11/201350 countries want Syria referred to ICC, US should join them!
01/11/2013Diane Sawyer's insensitivity towards Syrian children
BREAKING: Taftanaz, Assad's biggest air base falls in Syria
Syria: Friday of the Death Camps
NY Times: Assad has sarin in bombs at airfields
Syria: Assad must be defeated on the battlefield
Syrian opposition says still receiving no help
BREAKING: UN says 60,000 killed in Syrian conflict
5,000 Syrians murdered in 2011, 40,000 in 2012, what will 2013 bring?
MSM finally reports on Syria massacre story I broke here yesterday
Prediction: In 2013 Syria will see the last of Assad
BREAKING: Massacre in Homs Syria right now! 150 burnt corpses found
Why did this Syrian mother try to kill her own child?
BREAKING: Another high level defection in Syria
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07/01/2012BREAKING: Syrian General defects with 293 to Turkey
07/01/2012BREAKING: Items not in the MSM on Syria
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06/29/2012BREAKING: As Syria Burns, UN Blows More Smoke
06/27/2012BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!
06/27/2012Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared
06/26/2012BREAKING: Another mass defection from Syrian army
06/25/2012BREAKING: NATO says No War in Syria shoot down of Turkey jet
06/24/2012NATO meetup tomorrow as more defect from Syria
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06/21/2012BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
UPDATED: Russia reported to be preparing to evacuate from Syria
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Syria: Ceasefire faltering as mass protests breakout

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The role of US Imperialism in Syria and the Left's Dilemma

US President Barack Obama's air war in Syria has been a long time in the making. I wrote about it more than 18 months ago in a blog post titled Obama planning drone strikes against Assad's opposition in Syria, 16 March 2013. I reported then:
From the LA Times today we have breaking news that the Obama Administration is presently in the planning stages for direct US armed intervention into the Syrian civil war. The plan will be to intervene on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a series of armed drone strikes against his opposition.
While drone strikes against Islamist militants fighting Assad may be taken in the name of saving US lives in some hypothetical future, they won't save any Syrian lives now or hinder Assad's massive "Death from Above" campaign against Syrian civilians. Actually, since al-Nustra has been most effective in relieving Assad of bases for his air operations and is attempting to implement a "no-fly zone" over Syria, any Obama attack against al-Nusra would certainly be most welcomed by the embattled Assad regime.
Now those strikes have come, the danger to US lives has been declared "imminent," and not just drones are being used, but the whole range of the US air arsenal is being employed. I was banned from blogging at the Daily Kos for talk like that, but as I predicted, these strikes are against Assad's opposition, have not interfered with his own air campaign of bombing hospitals, schools and breadlines, and have been most heartily welcomed by the regime.

The same day Obama killed 50 al Nusra militants and 27 civilians, including at least 6 children and 4 women, Assad continued his own devastating air campaign against those seeking to end his 42 year old dictatorship, and this US intervention was most welcomed by the Assad regime. The New York Times reported:
A Syrian diplomat crowed to a pro-government newspaper that “the U.S. military leadership is now fighting in the same trenches with the Syrian generals, in a war on terrorism inside Syria.” And in New York, the new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, said in an interview that he had delivered a private message to Mr. Assad on behalf of Washington, reassuring him that the Syrian government was not the target of American-led air strikes.
“Of course coordination exists,” said a pro-government Syrian journalist speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, who had criticized the prospect of the strikes but turned practically jubilant once they began. “How else do you explain the strikes on Nusra?”
Ali Haidar, Assad's minister for national reconciliation, told Reuters on Wednesday:
"As for the raids in Syria, I say that what has happened so far is proceeding in the right direction in terms of informing the Syrian government and by not targeting Syrian military installations and not targeting civilians," he said.

"Notification of the Syrian government happened," he said. "Confirmation that they would not target Syrian military installations, and confirmation they would not target civilians happened."
Targeting civilians is what the Assad regime does best, and having been assured by Obama that US warplanes were not entering Syrian air space to interference with that, Assad has felt free to continue his own campaign of "Death from Above." Reuters reported on Friday
Assad steps up bombing as West strikes militants in Syria

U.S.-led forces hit Islamic State bases in eastern Syria on Friday and a monitoring group said the Syrian army had intensified its bombing campaign in the west. More...
From Syrian Observatory for Human Rights we get a more detailed look at what Assad's air force has been free to do as it shares its air space with the US allies. By the numbers:

Tuesday 23 September 2014 On the day the US strikes started, this is what Assad's air force did:
[1]: Aleppo Province: Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs onto areas near al Imam al Nawawi mosque in the neighborhood of Tariq al Bab leading to the injury of some people. Two other barrels were dropped onto the neighborhoods of Masaken Hanano and Jabal Badro in the east of Aleppo.

[2]: Idleb Province: Some surface-to-surface missiles struck areas in the city of Khan Sheikhon followed by the dropping of barrel bombs onto the city killing a man, his daughter and a woman while others were injured. Helicopters dropped barrel bombs onto areas in the town of Saraqeb with no information about casualties.

[3]: Helicopters dropped 5 barrel bombs onto areas in the west of Khan al Shih Camp and 5 barrels onto places in Bet Sayer in the Western Ghouta,  casualties were reported in Bet Sayer.

[4]: Idleb Province: Warplanes carried out a raid on the town of Ma’er Zayta in the southern countryside of Idleb.

[5]: Warplanes carried out a raid on al Dokhaneyyi area and 9 raids on the Wastelands of al Qalamun.

[6]: Idleb Province: Warplanes carried out 3 raids on areas in the town of Khan al Sobol, 2 raids on the town of Madaya in the southern countryside, a raid on the outskirts of al Hbet town, a raid on the southern outskirts of Ma’arret al Nu’man, a raid on the town of al Rkaya and a raid on the town of Deir Sonbol leading to the killing of 2 children from the same family in Khan al Sobol. They also attacked areas in the town of al Taman’a.

[7]: Daraa Province: Warplanes carried out a raid on an area in the town of Kafar Nasej.

Wednesday 24 September 2014
[8]: Helicopters dropped barrel bombs onto areas in Handarat Camp. Two barrel bombs dropped near the Central Prison of Aleppo. A woman died while other were injured due to air raids launched on the town of Qbasin near the city of al Bab.

Most telling about the unity that has developed between the US air force and Assad's is that in one case the SOHR had to report: "It is unknown till the moment whether the aircrafts that attacked the area are affiliated to the Syrian regime or to the International-Arab Coalition."

[9]: Deir Ezzor Province: Warplanes attacked areas in the village of al Shola with no information about casualties. They also carried out a raid in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor airbase.

[10]: Helicopters dropped 7 barrel bombs onto the city of al Rastan with no information about casualties.

[11]: Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs onto areas in the town of Allatamneh.

[12]: Helicopters dropped 4 explosive barrels on al-Zabdani, no reports of losses.

Thursday 25 September 2014
[13]: 8 civilians ( 3 children and a woman ), killed by aerial bombardment on Duma, a man killed by regime's bombardment on Duma, a woman killed by air strikes on Arbin, and a man from al-Abada town.

Apparently, in the first days of US air strikes, Assad didn't entirely trust the US promise that he could carry on with his usual routine. The SOHR reported: "The provinces of Deir Ezzor, al Raqqa, al Hasaka, Homs, Aleppo and Idleb have witnessed a significant reduction in the regime’s aerial bombardment, where the rate of strikes has declined since the beginning of the International- Arab Coalition aerial strikes 2 days ago. There have been only few sorties during the last two days while aerial bombardment stopped completely in some provinces." That changed as his confidence built that the US was not going to interfere with his carnage.

Friday 26 September 2014
[14]: Homs Province: Helicopters dropped 4 barrel bombs onto the city of al Rastan causing the death of 7 people while others were injured.

[15]: A man was killed by aerial bombardment on Ein Terma in eastern Ghouta.

[16]: Homs Province: Helicopters dropped 4 barrel bombs onto the city of al Rastan causing the death of 5 men while 5 others at least were injured.

[17]: Al Qunaytera Province: Warplanes carried out a raid on the town of Swisah in the southern countryside causing material damages to people’s properties. They also attacked areas in the villages and town of the countryside of al Qunaytera.

[18]: Daraa Province: Helicopters dropped several barrel bombs onto areas in the town of Alma causing material damages to people’s properties, while 2 other barrels fell onto the town of Tafas and a barrel onto the town of Bosra al Harir killing a man and a woman in Tafas. Warplanes carried out a raid on Daraa al Balad in the city of Daraa and a raid on the town of Syada.

[19]: Lattakia Province: Warplanes carried out 2 raids onto areas on the outskirts of Salma town and other areas in the villages of al Akrad Mountain.

[20]: Rif Dimashq Province: Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs onto the city of al Zabadani yesterday night.

[21]: Helicopters dropped yesterday night 2 barrel bombs onto the city of Ankhel and a barrel onto the town of Otman.

Saturday 27 September 2014
[22]: Hama Province: Warplanes carried out raids onto the towns of Kafar Zayta and Allatamneh with no information about victims.

[23]: Idleb Province: Warplanes carried out a raid on places near the town of Abo al Dohur and a raid on places on the road of al Debsheyyi- Abo al Dohur, amid bombardment on al Debsheyyi area by the regime forces. They also carried out a raid on the northern outskirts of the city of Khan Sheikhon.

[24]: Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs onto areas in the town of Otman followed by launching shells on the town by the regime forces.

[25]: Rif Dimashq Province: Warplanes carried out several raids on the Wasteland of the town of Qara.

[26]: Deir Ezzor Province: Warplanes carried out 2 raids on the vicinity of the airbase of Deir Ezzor.

[27]: Hama Province: Helicopters dropped barrel bombs onto areas in the village of al Masasnah in the northern countryside.

[28]: Warplanes carried out a raid on an area in the city of al Bab in the east of Aleppo, initial information reported the injury of some people.

[29]: Idleb Province: Aircrafts carried out 3 raids on the villages of al Taman’ah, al Hbet and Hafsarjeh as well as a raid on the northern neighborhood of the city of Ma’arret al N’man causing material damages to people’s properties.

[30]: Deir Ezzor Province: Warplanes carried out 2 raids on the Granaries Area on the outskirts of al Husayneyyi as well as 2 raids on areas near the School and the Club in the city of Mo Hasan. They also strafed areas in the village of al Jnayneh.

[31]: Hama Province: Warplanes carried out raids onto the towns of Kafar Zayta and Allatamneh with no information about victims.

[32]: Daraa Province: Warplanes carried out a raid on an area on the town of Aqraba with no information about casualties. Helicopters dropped a barrel bomb onto the northern neighborhood of the city of Nawa, 2 barrels onto areas in the town of Deir al Adas, 2 barrel onto the northern neighborhood of the city of Bosra al Sham and 2 barrels onto the city of Ankel.

[33]: Helicopters dropped 4 barrel bombs onto the city of Darayya and 2 barrels onto the eastern mountain of the city of al Zabadani causing material damages. A woman died of wounds due to the regime’s bombardment on the city of Doma.

Sunday 28 September 2014
[34]: Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs yesterday night onto the eastern mountain of al Zabadani city.

This happened before the first US bombs fell on Syria.

This is the daily slaughter that the US Media and the US Left have been ignoring for years.

Assad could be finding it increasingly difficult to get his pilots to bomb their own people. Last month, he executed three military pilots, two of them Alawites, for refusing orders. This may be another reason he welcomes the intervention of US pilots who historically have shown few qualms about bombing foreigners.

The Obama may have intervened in Syria to fight "terrorism" but as we have seen from its assaults in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the US has never considered aerial bombardment of civilians terrorism.
ANSWER & Code Pink Protest Syria Bombing at the White House | 9/24/2014
Of course, these weren't the air strikes they were protesting. In more than three years, and two hundred thousand Syrian lives later, they have never seen the need to protest Assad's air strikes. In fact ANSWER Coalition has long been outspoken in its support for the Assad regime, and now Code Pink is standing with them.

With their pro-Qaddafi, pro-Assad, pro-Putin interpretation of anti-imperialism in the 21st century, and their demonization of all those who disagree with them, they have succeeded in reducing the anti-war movement to a shadow if its former self.
Washington, DC March against the Iraq War - 15 September 2007
The Free Syrian Army and other opposition forces that have been under Assad's daily aerial bombardment for years have long pleaded with the NATO powers to provide them with modern air defense weapons so that they could put an end to Assad indiscriminate bombing campaigns. No such weapons have been forth coming. They were also terribly disappointed when Obama reneged on his promise to strike Assad if he used banned chemical weapons to increase his kill rate. Now that Obama has intervened in Syria on the side of the regime, they are speaking out against it.

Zaman al Wasl, founder of the FSA sees in Obama's intervention an attempt to crush the Syrian opposition and Syrian Arab Army defector, Colonel Raid al-Asaad, was downright pessimistic about Obama's "War on Terror" in Syria, telling Zamam al-Wasl the "Syrian revolution will be eliminated under this pretext." He should learn from the Vietnamese experience; that is more easily said than done.  

The fact that Assad's supporters back Obama's intervention while his opposition opposes it, gives you the real skinny. SYRIA:direct said 24 September 2014:
Harakat Hazm, a moderate-leaning rebel coalition that has received aid from the United States, called the strikes an act of “aggression towards national sovereignty” in a press release widely circulated Tuesday on social media websites.

Foreign intervention “will harm the revolution, especially seeing as the international community continues to ignore revolutionary forces' calls for weapons,” the group said, adding that “the only side to benefit... is the Assad regime, without any real strategy to bring about its downfall.”
Even as the pro-government news network Damascus Now cheered on the US air strikes, calling this a historic moment, in which “happiness was etched on the faces of the majority of Syrians, because they found international support towards eradicating a cancer which has been rooted in the diseased Syrian body,” referring to the rebels.

Michael Karadjis writes in his well researched and very informative:
Syrian rebels overwhelmingly condemn
US bombing as an attack on revolution

25 September 2014
In particular, given the grave situation in Aleppo, where the revolutionary forces are being jointly besieged from the south and the north-east by Assad and ISIS, the fact that the first US attacks were on JaN inside Aleppo – where JaN is playing an important role in the epic defense of the rebel-held, working-class, half of that city, alongside the FSA and other Islamist groups – is perhaps the most blatant attack on the revolution possible.
The Assad regime must be very pleased with having acquired for itself a new air force. More...
These developments pose a serious dilemma for the US "anti-imperialist" Left that has long maintained that the Syrian rebels were a "US backed" attempt to overthrow one of the essential partners in the "axis of resistance" to US imperialism.

Is the US Left going the way of the 9/11 Truth movement - increasingly irrelevant to anyone?

For years now it has largely ignored the growing conflict in Syria and when it has spoken out, it has been to oppose what it believed was US support of opposition to the Syrian government and military support for the rebels, but now, after three and a half years of conflict, when that military intervention comes in the familiar form of air strikes, and it is being welcomed by the regime and condemned by its opposition, there can be little doubt which side Obama is on.

A year ago they took to the streets, wrote their congresspeople and made as much noise as they could to oppose air strikes threaten against the Assad government for killing more than 1400 Syrians with sarin. Really they were demanding that Obama do what he intended to do all along, which was nothing. They spread 9/11 like conspiracy theories, but this time about how the government didn't do it. And when Qbama sent the matter to congress for a vote he knew he was going to lose, they hailed it as a great victory and a testimony to their growing strength.

18 months ago when I was blogging at the Daily Kos and saying that in spite of his fine words, Obama supported the Assad regime and was working to undermine the Syrian revolutionaries, that he was playing "good cop" to Putin's "bad cop", I was roundly criticized. Now it must be becoming increasingly obvious, even to them, that by opposing the Syrian insurgency, the "anti-imperialists" have been supporting the imperialist game all along.

Like I've been saying for a couple of years now:
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad Exposed!
Obama "green lights" Assad's slaughter in Syria
How Obama helps Assad: US tried to start war between FSA & al Nusra Front
How Obama has supported Assad's gas murder always
Obama's Real Syria Policy: Endless War
The Courtship Continues: Obama stopped French strike on Assad
The Courtship Continues: Obama's New Gift to Assad
How Obama Helped Assad Kill with Poison Gas in Syria
Win-Win for Assad as Obama Response to CW Mass Murder Put on Hold
Obama Denied Gas Masks to Assad's Victims
Obama's Dilemma and Assad's Opportunity
Assad's Redline and Obama's Greenlight!
Chemical weapons use in Syria, Has Obama's red-line has been crossed?
AP weighs in on Obama's Green Light for Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syria: Obama's moves Assad's "red line" back as SOHR reports 42,000 dead!
SecState John Kerry and his "dear friend" Bashar al-Assad
How Obama's 'No MANPADS for you' policy in Syria is backfiring
More thoughts on Obama's 'No MANPADS for you!' policy
Obama: Did the CIA betray Assad's opposition in Syria?
Obama planning drone strikes against Assad's opposition in Syria

Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria
PS: The Lockheed Martin F-22 saw its first combat flights this week over Syria. It is a very expensive aircraft, costing $178 million each, but that pales in comparison to the next generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at $337 million a piece. The electronics design magazine ECN writes "according to one estimate, the money spent on the program could buy every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,00 mansion."