Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kerry on Syria: The Absurdity of Certainty

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd”.     Voltaire

In May, 2013, Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria told Swiss TV that there was no evidence of government use of nerve gas, and testimony from victims strongly suggested that it was the rebels who had used Sarin.  The following month, Washington announced it would continue to arm the rebels citing evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people.   In spite of the alleged evidence, Washington refused to send gas masks to the rebels. 

Today, while the UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria are investigating the possible use of chemical agents, US Secretary of State John Kerry put all doubt aside announcing that he has irrefutable evidence that the Assad government is responsible for the use of chemical weapons.  Mr. Kerry is of the opinion that since he has the ‘facts’, the UN inspectors have nothing new to offer - after all, ‘the American intelligence community has high confidence’ in its findings.   This degree of certainty is simply absurd -- or dishonest.

 These allegations are all the more dubious given their source - the Israeli intelligence.  It was reported that an “IDF intelligence unit was listening in on senior Syrian officials when they discussed the chemical attack”.   In his remarks, Kerry stressed “evidence in the assessment that regime forces had spent three days in eastern Damascus preparing for the attack”.    If true, this indicates that IDF unit was aware of the plans and did not inform Washington (or Washington did not act on it) -- unless the IDF miraculously “intercepted a conversation between high-ranking regime officials regarding the use of chemical agents at the time of the attack” (The Times of Israel).   

As the Kerry-doing-Powell tells us:  “We know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and landed only in opposition-held areas”.   Basing the intelligence on these rockets is all the more questionable as the rockets alleged to have been used by Assad bear a strong resemblance to a 1970’s American weapon - the SLUFAE .    Although SLUFAE had been shelved, the concept was built upon by several countries --  namely  Israel.  According to a former UN inspector "a very similar munition was found 3-5 years ago, during one of the Israeli excursions," into Southern Lebanon.” (Foreign Policy).  

So we are left with dubious intelligence and mystifying rockets - but what of the chemical weapons which are reported to have taken a high toll?  Another anomaly in the Kerry allegations is that at the rocket site,  there is a complete absence of fear shown by people posing with the weapons, and an absence of any kind of protective gear.   So if not rockets, what was the delivery method, and by whom?

Dubious  reports have surfaced on the internet which cite a rebel’s father claiming that the Saudis supplied the chemical weapons without instructions, or without telling the rebels what they were which is why “they” went off in the tunnel causing so many accidental deaths.  Although these allegations reinforce the fact that chemicals were used, the unlikely story flies in the face of Israeli intelligence and  Kerry’s  allegations, serving to add confusion to an already mystifying event.  What other plausible explanations are there?

Writing for the prominent Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in his 2005 article entitled “Unmanned Air Vehicles as Terror Weapons: Real or Imagined?”, Dennis Gormley stressed the danger of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles - drones) and stated: “Dispersal of chemical or especially biological agent is ideally suited for a UAV; its flight stability permits the release of agent evenly along a line of contamination.”

Coincidentally, in April 2013, The Times of Israel citing Le Figaro reported that ‘Israeli drones were given leave to fly over Jordan  in order to monitor the chemical caches and take action if necessary’.   Could these drones have been used to destroy an existing caches -  or, were the drones used to disperse the chemical weapons? Certainly Israel  had the weapons, the means and the opportunity.  

The Israeli government has issued no policy statement on biological arms control and it has either signed nor ratified the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC); however,    according to Avner Cohen “Ben Gurion’s desire to seek  scientists to “either increase the capacity to kill masses or to cure masses” implied -- in the 1948 context -- was an interest in biological warfare.  Subsequently, the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) was founded in Ness Ziona, some 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv[i] (The Nonproliferation Review/Fall-Winter 2001).

The institute was not without its hazards.  Several ‘accidents’ took place in Ness Ziona and in August 1998, the British Foreign Report citing Israeli sources claimed that “one accident was so serious that the authorities were contemplating evacuating the entire town of Ness Ziona  before the IRIB scientists had concluded that the threat has passed. 

There were further revelations in October 1998 when Israel admitted that the El Al Boeing plane which crashed in Amsterdam in 1992, was carrying cargo destined for Ness Ziona.  The shipment contained DMMP - a dual-use chemical used in the manufacture of sarin nerve gas.   Perhaps it is the experiments being carried out by the IRIB in Ness Ziona, and all the related incidents, in addition to Israel’s policies that has the Israeli  citizens on a constant alert -- masks ready,  images of which are broadcast to justify aggressive, illegal action.  

There are far too many unanswered questions and potential possibilities - all of which underscore the absurdity of Kerry’s certainty on Syria.    As oft repeated on this topic - qui bono (who benefits)?  For now, we know that that Mr. Kerry’s attention been redirected from the ‘peace plan’ to war planning - at a ludicrously high cost to Syria and at the expense of America’s credibility. 

[i] Avner Cohen, “Israel and Chemical/Biological Weapons: History, Deterrence, and Arms Control”

Monday, August 26, 2013

America’s Battle Cry: Lines and Lies

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.”  Walter Scott

 Historians consider the Mongol raids and invasions as some of the deadliest conflicts in human history.  Their legacy of savagery and bloodshed preceded them; their orgy of violence and destruction left its ugly imprints in the collective memory of peoples everywhere.  So much so that until recently simple folk in some corners of the world would cower unruly children with the threat of an impending ‘Mongol arrival’.  Today, the loathing and dread formerly associated with the Mongols has been transferred to America.  In sharp contrast to Genghis Khan’s frank battle cry -- Morindoo (Mount Up), America prepares for battle with sheer lies.  

 In the 21st century alone, Washington has rolled out a heavy arsenal of lies, misinformation, and dubious intelligence to sell war to the American people - and abroad.  On September 13, 2001, while the country was digesting 9/11, JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) already had a statement/plan ready for Washington.  Their policy called for America to be involved in disputes far and wide for the unforeseen future not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Algeria and eventually Saudi Arabia and Egypt’.[i]  Washington heeded.

In the fall of 2001,  the Rendon Group was given a  contract to handle PR aspects of the U.S. military strike in Afghanistan.   One year later, in  September 2002, a 'meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein’ was devised[ii].   As part of this strategy, an interagency ‘Iraq Public Diplomacy group’ comprising of NSC, CIA, Pentagon, State and USAID staffers was created.  This group produced documentary and press releases showing interviews with Iraqi exiles and dissidents, chief among them the Iraqi National Council (INC) -- a 1992 project of the Rendon Group with Ahmad Chalabi at its head.
Simultaneous with interviews,  the public mind was lulled into submission by being shown pictures of the smoking Twin Towers and victims of Saddam Hossein’s chemical attacks (weapons supplied by the United States and with Washington’s full knowledge to use against Iranians) with the goal of convincing the public that Saddam Hossein’s non-existent WMD.   The public was convinced. America launched on its campaign of ‘shock and awe’ from the stolen nation of Diego Garcia where the natives of the Island had been expelled from their homes after which  "officials ordered their pets to be exterminated. They were gassed with exhaust fumes from American military vehicles” [iii].   

Soaking in a bloody orgy of destruction in Iraq, Washington was preparing the next battle front - Syria (in addition to  Iran and the other aforementioned countries).   In almost exact replica of the Iraq lies, plans were put into motion to remove Assad and neutralize Syria with help from the “opposition” (HERE).   Among those who cooperated with Washington and allies, the Syria  National Council (SNC) gained prominence.  Not surprising given the support of their political heavyweights.    SNC’s  most senior spokesperson, Bassma Kodmani who worked for the Ford Foundation[1] in  Cairo in 2005, took up a new post as executive director of the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) initiated by the powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).   Thereon, Kodmani attended Bilderberg conferences (see more  HERE).  This time the PR firm for the “opposition” was the powerful Lynton Crosby which lobbied on their behalf.  

Barely a decade has passed since the spin masters lies led to an illegal, immoral, and costly war against Iraq as once again they are bombarding us with propaganda and lies -  wanting us to believe that the Assad government used chemical weapon and Syrians must be rescued with our bombs.   Even though revelations have been made that such a false flag operation had been in the making, and that the United States backed the plan to use chemical weapons and blame it on Assad,  and as skepticism is being  voiced in every corner (HERE), Washington is planning a  “humanitarian” war.   

Given the appointment of the interventionist Samantha Power to the United Nations, and her awareness of the Mongol legacy, makes this move inevitable.  Citing Hitler, Power wrote:  

            It was knowingly and lightheartedly that Genghis Khan sent thousands of women and children to their death.  History sees in him only the founder of a state… The aim of war is not to reach definite lines but to annihilate the enemy physically”. (Power, 2002[iv])  

Perhaps she, along with other Washington decision makers, is looking at history in the same fashion as Washington prepares to move onto the next target - a target that will entangle America in a global conflict.   

 In April 2013, the powerful BRICS nations drew their red line on Syria and Iran. Iran recently drew its own red line on Syria.   These are the red lines Washington should heed instead of caving in to the lobbies’ war cries if it is to conflict  - a conflict which will bring an abrupt end to the declining empire. 

[1] Ford Foundation was a conduit for CIA funds during the Cold  War according to Frances Stonor Saunders ( The Cultural Cold War: the CIA and the World of Arts and Letters. New York: New Press 2000)  and seemingly, it continues to play a prominent role in post Cold War activities. 

[i] Richard Bonney, False Prophets: The ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and the Global War on Terror, Peter Lang 2008; "This Goes Beyond Bin Laden," JINSA press release, September 13, 2001.
[ii] Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, “Weapons of Mass Deception: the uses of propaganda in Bush’s war on Iraq.”  Penguin, 2003
[iv] Power,  Samantha.  “A Problem From Hell; America and the Age of Genocide”. Perennial, 2002.  pp23