Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018

MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey

SYRIA: Part III—Are We Headed for International War Over Unproven Allegations? More Video From Tucker Carlson


Some of us remember the 1997 film, “Wag the Dog,” a movie that starred Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Woody Harrelson. None of those actors is a particular favorite of mine, but the film, itself, coming about the time of the latest eruption of Bill Clinton sex scandals, made a point: in times of crisis, embattled governments—or, in the Syrian case, rebels near defeat—attempt to create diversions, in this case, a “false flag” operation to prevent actions that could ensure their final extinction.

The announcement a little more than a week ago that President Trump intended to pull American troops and support units out of Syria was met with expressions of worry, horror and angst, not just by the few remaining Jihadi rebels on the ground who once had hoped to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replace him with an ultra-Islamist government, but also by the Israelis who are constantly fearful of Iranian influence in the area and who are the biggest proponents for continued chaos in Syria as well as American boys doing the fighting, and, lastly, by the bloodthirsty Neoconservative foreign policy establishment in Washington, for whom Syria had become a “back door” to war with Russia, their ultimate target.

Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and others frankly and openly declare as much: they want war, all in the name of the high-flying but the utterly deadly and fatal idea of imposing liberal democracy and equality in every country around the world, whether those countries want it or can absorb it, or not…and whether it will cost the lives of thousands of American boys, not to mention the trillions of dollars spent on endless war.

Of course, and very ironically, certain potential targets of Neocon globalist ideas get passes: The most glaring example is Saudi Arabia, arguably the most authoritarian of all Middle Eastern states and the source of much of the financing and manpower for most of the Islamic extremism in the area—indeed, much more than Iran. But, then, Iran is the focused and fierce enemy of Israel, and that counts far more in American equations and Neoconservative foreign policy analysis, despite being horribly skewed and potentially dangerous to real American interests.

Just like the supposed sarin gas attack almost one year ago exactly in the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhoun, this purported attack on the village of Douma has all the earmarks of a “false flag” operation with the specific purpose of drawing the United States deeper into a conflict which has no resolution, but could very well get us into an extremely dangerous shooting war with Russia.

It is what is NOT being said, what is NOT being reported by Fox News that is truly troubling. In earlier alleged chemical attacks (El Ghouta in 2013 and Khan Sheikhoun last April 2017), Islamist jihadist retained control of the supposed target sites after the attacks were mounted so international inspection teams could not readily analyze the sites; that is not the case today. Russian-backed Syrian government forces have now taken control of Douma:

“As a result of the total surrender of the Jihadis previously in control of Douma on Sunday, it is the Russian military who this time are in control of the alleged crime scene. This has put the Russians in a position where for the first time they are able both to invite the OPCW [the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] inspectors to attend the crime scene and to provide them with protection if they are there….” []

And that is exactly what the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, has done: urgently requested that the international OPCW immediately send an impartial team of scientists to actually analyze and find out exactly what did happen.

Is this not a reasonable—indeed, an absolutely necessary and required action—before hundreds of American missiles and jets, and potentially thousands of American boys go off to a renewed conflict that could actually unleash a World War III, and before thousands of body bags come back to the United States? Cannot we wait until such a fair, scientific assessment is made—despite the bloodthirsty cries of Graham, or General Jack Keane (on Fox), or the Congressional Democrats who also understand that a unwinnable quagmire could assist in bringing down the hated Donald Trump?

Yet the urgent Russian resolution to do just that—to immediately send an OPCW team to find out the truth—was essentially vetoed yesterday by the United States, France and Britain in the UN Security Council. []

What indeed are Lindsey Graham and the war hawks in the GOP the Neocon foreign policy establishment afraid of? Why this headlong plunge into war, which would be, as I have written before: perpetual war for unobtainable peace resulting in thousands dead and maimed, and the distinct probably of conflagration on an international scale.

Just as in the case of the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in England—a case that is now unraveling almost totally, with the head of the British chemical lab at Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead, contradicting Prime Minister Theresa May and her Foreign Minister Boris Johnson that Russia was the identified source of the chemical agent Novichok [], the chemical attack at Douma has all the marks of the latest “false flag” operation…an operation with devious purposes, with a media, including most of the pundits and armchair generals of Fox, chiming in for blood…with the notable exception of Tucker Carlson.

And it is Carlson’s latest commentary and interview with Glenn Greenwald from Tuesday night, April 10, captured on You Tube, that I pass on and urge you to watch today.  It lasts about 5:49. And after watching it, I implore you to contact your congressional representatives and the White House to demand that an impartial investigation of the events at Douma be made, and that the United States support it—despite the bloodthirsty screams of the globalists—before any offensive action is initiated:

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