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America Hopscotches Into Syria
TARECQ M. AMER
I’ve been watching and listening to a growing number of people in the United States get their hackles up about the moral atrocities going on in Syria. And, with each tear shed and each cry howled, I have also become increasingly disgusted with what passes for geopolitic...
The Banality of Empire
JASON HIRTHLER
You have to ask: does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have a death wish, launching a chemical attack within miles of a U.N. chemical inspection team? He must. Like those cloistered mullahs in Qom, whom Zionist sage Benjamin Netanyahu claims would fire a nuclear warhead a...
Kosovo: Where NATO Bombing Only Made the Killing Worse
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So, was there serious evidence of a Serbian campaign of Genocide in Kosovo? It’s an important issue, since the NATO powers, fortified by a chorus from the liberal intelligentsia, flourished the charge of genocide as justification for bombing that destroyed much of Serbi...
John Kerry’s Tender Sensibilities
KEVIN CARSON
In response to Bashir Assad’s crossing of a “red line” by allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people, Secretary of State John Kerry cites his own fatherly feelings as justification for the all-but-inevitable looming US military intervention in Syria. ...
US Lacks Moral Standing to Condemn Syria
SHELDON RICHMAN
Whether or not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, President Obama has no legitimate grounds to intervene. U.S. airstrikes, intended to punish and deter Assad and degrade his military but not overthrow his regime, would deepen the U.S. investme...
Marching Toward Syria and Beyond
BEN SCHREINER
With Syria firmly in the cross hairs, Washington’s war cries are nearing a crescendo. Playing the tried and true chemical weapons card—played ...
Lebanon, Car Bombs and a New Era of Violence
RANNIE AMIRI
Car bombs have always been the preferred method of political assassination in Lebanon. The most recent was the October 2012 killing of intelligence chief Wisam al-Hasan, a harsh reminder that covert funding of Syria’s militant groups by government officials would not go...
The War Train to Syria
PAUL STREET
A United States military attack on Syria appears to be imminent. Imperial U.S. and British warships are in position in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, loaded for “surgical” acts of war against the Bashar al-Assad regime. The junior British and French partners ar...
Why Syria?
Dr. STANLY JOHNY
History repeats itself. Not as a farce; but as tragedy. Those who witnessed the White House-led propaganda against Iraq in the run-up to the 2003 American war on that country cannot miss the startling similarities between those days and the past few ones. Replace Iraq wit...
Obama is Playing With Fire in Syria
IBRAHIM KAZEROONI and ROB PRINCE
“Now we sit and wait while the Washington regime makes its next lethal move. Let us lift our voices in unison to prevent it. “ “Before another rush to judgment and “punishment” based on a presumption of guilt, as in Iraq, this time, let ...
Unilaterally Striking Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is happening, again. The grotesque similarities are haunting. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States, along with its faithful, evangelically led air craft carrier in the form of Britain, decided to treat the United Nations as a body of opinion rather th...
Object Permanence
MISSY BEATTIE
The Empire marches on. Next stop and drop, Syria. Accomplishing missions. The top stories on Google News this morning (Monday) are chemical weapons in Syria and Miley Cyrus’s gyrations and crotch grabbing as she performed “We Can’t Stop.” We. Can’t. Stop....
Obama’s War Desk
DAVE LANNEN
Mr. Obama’s war desk is heavy with burdensome issues concerning Syria.  Given three minutes of his time I would share the following prospective – of which his advisors are ill-informed; that of a little girl and a soldier. The choreographed chaos in our tent h...
Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria
DAVIS SWANSON
Evidence of “weapons of mass destruction” is “no slam dunk,” U.S. officials are saying this time around, reversing the claim made about Iraq by then-CIA director George Tenet. Opposition to a U.S.-led attack on Syria is growing rapidly...
Red Lines Drawn with Syrian Blood
MUSA al-GHARBI
It doesn’t matter whether or not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons. The US and its allies are likely to carry out an attack on Syria in the very near future; the reasons for this have nothing to do with the recent incident in Ghouta. In respo...
Preparing For More Slaughter in Syria
CHRIS FLOYD
At some point in the next few hours or days, it is likely that deeply damaged collection of moral cretins known as “Western leaders”, will sit down behind the gargantuan phalanxes of heavily armed security that keeps their well-wadded rumps safe and cozy and g...
The Politics of Death
RAMZY BAROUD
How many Egyptians have been killed since the January 2011 revolt? My pursuit for exact figures has proven to be futile. Various sources suggest all sorts of numbers, some scrambled in such a way as to make a political point. It is as if the life of the ordinary Egyptian ...
The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons
NICOLA NASSER
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on this August 26 removed the sword of the alleged Syrian chemical weapons from its sheath and let the snow ball of this subterfuge for a military aggression on Syria roll unchecked, raising the stakes from asking whether “it will ...
Americans Oppose Criminal US Syrian Attack
DAVE LINDORFF
f you needed more evidence that former president Jimmy Carter was corre...
Ascent of the Kurds
CONN HALLINAN
For almost a century, the Kurds–one of the world’s largest ethnic groups without its own state–have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered. But because o...
Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing
JOHN GRANT
Here we go again. Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria. “We can’t do ...
Bombing for Peace
JOHN LaFORGE
High altitude bombing and long-range missile attacks always bring nightmares of dead children and suicidal veterans. The president’s plans for rocketing yet another mid-east country without a UN mandate are being rationalized by pointing to bad actions by others — in ...
Miley Cyrus Twerks; America Goes Insane
JOHN ESKOW
The events of last Sunday were horrific.  Poison was loosed upon innocent civilians—men, women, and children—so it was no wonder The Huffington Post covered the story in such depth, devoting seven front-page stories to it, stories full of righteous wrath...
In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe
GARETH PORTER
After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its inve...
War With Syria and its Repercussions
SHAMUS COOKE
A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a Youtube video.  After a video was released sh...
Only a Peace Conference Can Stop Further Bloodshed
PATRICK COCKBURN
American, British and French air strikes by planes or missiles look probable in retaliation for the  alleged use of poison gas by the Syrian army against people in rebel-held areas of Damascus. Controversy rages about whether or not this is the right thing to do, a...
Cruise Missile Morality
RON JACOBS
Here Washington goes again, talking about blowing up homes, military buildings and people in faraway lands. Of course, the reason presented to the US populace for this bluster before the crime is based on a morality that considers a military response to have some kind of ...
Law and Not War in Syria
TABITHA TROUGHTON
In what world does bombing a country on the pretext of bringing peace make sense? This is not quite a rhetorical question. Here in the UK we see the results all around us, from Libya and Iraq to the fundamentalist insanity which rules what is left of Afghanistan. But the ...
10 Do’s and Don’ts for Progressives Discussing Syria
RAMAH KUDAIMI
With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figur...
Witness to War Crimes
TOM H. HASTINGS
How culpable is the person who watches a mugger rob someone and does nothing? What is our social psychology as we ...
Borders Without Scruples
NORMAN BALL
“International borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference — often the difference between freedom and oppression, tolerance ...
Obama’s Fateful Line in the Sand
ANDREW LEVINE
To die by cobra is not to die by bad pork — Gregory Corso, “Bomb” Who would have imagined that, five years into Barack Obama’s tenancy of the White House, American whistleblowers would seek refuge in Russia (or Chi...
Syria in the Crosshairs
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
I found it truly scary to read that some high officials in the Obama Administration are so disconnected from reality that they consider the 1999 war in Kosovo to be a ...
Forcing Obama into a Prolonged Syrian War
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran The Bandar-Zionist lobby collaboration, currently the cocktail party talk of many in Washington,  is not  a case of strange bedfellows given three decades of mutual cooperation which started during Prince Bandar’s long tenure as Saudi ambassad...
Another Western War Crime In The Making
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington and its British and French puppet governments are poised to yet again reveal their criminality. The image of the West as War Criminal is not a propaganda image created by the West’s enemies, but the portrait that the West has painted of itself. The UK ...
Obama’s War Itch
NORMAN POLLACK
Humanitarian intervention is the liberalization of aggression, liberalism itself having already poisoned the well with its cant about social welfare and labor rights while force-feeding corporate monopolization and the financialization of capitalism through its policy of ...
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing ...
Tilting Towards Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
The recent escalation of tensions in Syria with the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilian population is a cause of concern for the international community.  These attacks allegedly took place in the east and south-west of Damascus on Wednesday, purportedly...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970’s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
Prince Bandar and the Destruction of Syria
PEPE ESCOBAR
Talk about The Comeback Spy. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, aka Bandar Bush (for Dubya he was like family), spectacularly resurfaced after one year in speculation-drenched limbo (was he or was he not dead, following an ...
The Arab Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an ‘Arab Spring’, but even if that ‘spring’ had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more ...
Why No Revolution Exists in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
The era of Arab Spring euphoria is long ended, having devolved into doubt, confusion or wholesale rejection. Libya and Syria put an abrupt end to the Arab Spring celebrations, with the current situation in Egypt adding to the frustration. Part of the problem in dec...
Syrian Regime Change A-La-Carte
JASON HIRTHLER
After committing a half dozen acts of war across the Middle East in recent years, we’re now treated to the absurd spectacle of an American general warning us of the dangers of committing an act of war. On Monday, U.S. General Martin Dempsey starkly outlined options for ...
The Long War in Syria
GARY LEUPP
Two years ago, Barack Obama announced that Syrian President Bashar Assad must “get out of the way.” “The time has come,” he declared on August 18, 2011, “for President Assad to step aside.” Needless to say, Assad ignored him. He was probably not surpris...
The Plight of Syrian Minorities
ANNA HAQ
As the conflict in Syria rages, attention is increasingly drawn to the role of Islamist militants. The dire reality of religious and ethnic minorities comes to the surface. On July 18, BBC World News featured reportage on the Syrian government shelling of the town of al-H...
The United State’s Futile Search for ‘World Domination’
RAMZY BAROUD
Those enchanted by pseudo-reality must have been at the edge of their seats as they watched ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, a Hollywood account of how US SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. But a recently leaked report shows that the ‘riveting’ Hollywo...
The Grand Dilemma
URI AVNERY
Perhaps you are facing the same moral dilemma as I am: What to think about Syria? What to think about Egypt? Let’s take Syria first. When it started, the choice for me was clear. There was this evil dictator, whose family had mistreated t...
How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself
RAMZY BAROUD
“The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution,” wrote Eric Walberg, a Middle East political expert and author, shortly after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. But more accurately, the ...
The Struggle for Influence in Syria
ERIC DRAITSER
This week’s resignation of Ghassan Hitto, the so-called “Prime Minister in waiting” of the S...
Poison Gas & Arabian Tales
CONN HALLINAN
“It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark. It’s not just that we can’t prove a sarin attack, it is that we are not seeing what we would expect to see from a sarin attack.” –Jean-Pascal Zanders, former senior research...