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Aftermath of the alleged gas attack on Douma, an evolving narrative: Part 1

a map of potential confrontation

April 9 2018

It seems almost certain now that the attack on the Syrian airbase near Homs last night was by the Israeli airforce, though we can assume this was with the approval of the USA. While Israel has attacked that airbase before in recent months, the coincidence of timing, less than a day after the alleged “chemical attack” at Douma, obviously raises a lot of questions about what agenda was being served.

Was this a one-off attack using Israel as a shield for US action as discussed in a Brookings Institution paper from 2009? (we agree with the author of that article that this aspect doesn’t get enough discussion).

Was it a prelude to a wider involvement by the USA, France and maybe even the UK? How far is NATO intending to push the risk of a direct confrontation with Russia? How will Russia respond to the Israeli assault or to any subsequent action? Is there any kind of off-ramp or is an escalating confrontation all but inevitable?
And what on earth is Trump really doing?

With the UNSC meeting today and almost any development possible thereafter, the next few days will be interesting.

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JudyJ

I’ll accept ‘down votes’ from anyone who thinks I’m being self-indulgent in conveying this but I have just written a three page email to my MP about our Govt’s attitude towards Syria and Russia. I attached a link to the Veterans Today article of 8 April. He’s Labour so I don’t know his views so it might be interesting to see if I get a reaction. I simply laid out factually what my concerns are regarding the Govt and recent events. I didn’t see any point in asking any questions other than rhetorical but I ended by saying that in the event of a vote on military action in Syria I would implore him to vote against. I just wanted to tell someone as my two collies have told me they’re not interested … rather like my former partner. Sorry – going OT.

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Google Talpiot Program

That’s a very good idea – well done for doing that. We should all be doing that more frequently.
Only thing I would quibble with is that if you are going to link to sources to support your points you shouldn’t be linking to VT when emailing an MP. Using mainstream or mainstream-alternative sources instead will making it harder for the MP to just ignore it.

JudyJ

Thanks for that and I take your point about supporting material. The point with sending the VT article was that it contains information particularly pertinent to what may be going on behind the scenes here and in the US that we are not party to and which is more than likely influencing the decision-making that we are all victims to. I have not seen, and suspect I am not likely to see, the same controversial information published anywhere else but if anyone can point me to any comparable, more ‘mainstream/mainstream alternative’ articles which convey the same or equally damning (alleged) facts about background machinations I would be more than happy to make use of such material.

James Graham

Good Idea. The world loves a trier. I’ll give it a go…and enclose a pair of concrete slippers to make sure my MP get’s the message.

John W
John W

Good for you Judy. I have contacted my Congress members here in the US. I lost my internet for 2 and weeks once and the next I never received a reply back. I believe my suggestions and questions were valid. I was probably marked up as a ‘dissenter’ though.

vexarb

Media Watch. From the Indie, BTL:
BillSykes007 7 hours ago
Why are they so scared of inquisitive minds? Of dissenting voices? I am now here under a different name because this morning a long post I put up explaining point by point why and how this Skripal case has been orchestrated by the British. The post was originally accepted and was up on the board for over 90 minutes then it was removed. I tried to repost it but I got the green sign (moderator) and yet it wasn’t deemed necessary to moderate the original….
+20
Ourfriend47 7 hours ago
It happens to all of us if we question the scam which is the official account of this Skripal affair.
It’s as if MSM hacks have been warned off real journalistic investigation and D-notices threatened.
The only real information and analysis is to be found on sites like OffGuardian
and Craig Murray’s Twitter site, both of which have had DDoS attacks and Murray’s interview on Sky News mysteriously dropped.

JudyJ

When I can be bothered to post on the DM I find that as soon as I include any details of what the Govt seems to have been up to or reflecting the reality of the situation in Syria or Russia which contradicts what we are commonly told the posts don’t get online. Tip: I tried to post info about the Veterans Today article from 8 April and failed, but my post got through when I simply referred people to the article and said they should read it! The other annoying thing the paper does is count rejected posts as part of your quota so you’ll find that, say, three get through and seven fail and you’re told you’ve surpassed you limit of 10 on a subject for that day.

Big B
Big B

One person who definitely had a press suppression DA Notice put in place by the UKGov was Christopher Steele. As Tweeted out by Julian Assange less than a week before his internet access was cut off. Coincidence: probably not? He also identified Joseph Mifsud as being instrumental in setting up the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016. This article [1], originally from Disobedient Media, (thanks Bevin for the link) also links another Brit, Robert Goldstone, with setting up that meet (on behalf of his client, singer-songwriter Emin Agalarov). For those not familiar with the ins and outs of this case: that meet was between Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several others (including Goldstone). It was the characterisation of this meeting with “Russian nationals” that became the second pillar of Russiagate (the first being the Steele Kompromat dossier). Only, as the Elizabeth Vos article makes clear: instead of Russian collusion, that should be British collusion?

Yet another UK link to a central pillar of the Trump-Russia narrative is British music promoter Robert Goldstone, who was reported to have organized a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals in June 2016. In the email chain setting up the Trump Tower meeting, both before and after the meeting, the only real ‘evidence’ of collusion with Russia come from Goldstone’s own emails; none-too-subtle heavy hints about ‘Russian help’ dropped by Goldstone but later – after the emails became public – walked back by him as “hyping the message and… using hot-button language to puff up the information I had been given.”
Some have speculated that Goldstone was also involved with British or US intelligence efforts to concoct the RussiaGate narrative. As soon as his name emerged in the press, Goldstone – like Christopher Steele and Joseph Mifsud – went into ‘hiding’. Multiple press reports claimed he had done so out of fear for his safety, a claim also made about Christopher Steele when his name first became public. Indeed, the UK government issued a DA Notice (a press suppression advisory notice) to the British press to suppress the ex-spy Steele’s name. It is notable that, of all the people swept up into the ever-burgeoning RussiaGate investigation, it is only the UK-linked witnesses – Mifsud, Steele, Goldstone – who have felt the need to go into hiding when their role has been exposed.

So, of the two pillars of Russiagate: all (criminal) roads lead to London. The Steele dossier – according to Assange [2]- “UK government TV then “verified” the dossier. The reporter? Paul Wood, a reporter who has been repeatedly operated within UK military and intelligence covert operation zones.” This is what I have referred to as a ‘collaboration loop’: because it was Steele himself who briefed the press. The Trump Tower Meeting was set up by people with connections to British intelligence – not Russian. Both sides were duped into this meeting. Trump Jr thought he was getting dirt from Russia on Hillary (a Mifsud/Goldstone fabricated story) and Natalia Veselnitskaya thought she was lobbying against …guess who? William Browder. Browder then brought attention to this otherwise innocuous meeting by sending the DOJ a FARA report stating, amongst other things, that Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was colluding with Fusion GPS to get the U.S. to lift sanctions against Russia. This happened a week before the first Wikileaks dump of DNC emails.[Source: Jimmysllamma.com] Coincidence: probably not.
[1] http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49138.htm
[2] https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/976943608136982528

Paul
Paul

Given that Steele was a career MI6 Agent and had been Head of the Russia Desk in recent times, a senior ranking, it is inconceivable that he wasn’t required to seek permission to reveal information gleaned as an Agent. Whoever gave him the OK must have been aware of the end receipents and to what purpose it was to be put; to diss Trump. As an Intelligence Agency of some repute they can hardly say nobody told them! As there hasn’t been a functioning government for some years now the culprit is presumably –.

BigB

Complicit with Steele are former MI6 heads John Scarlett and Richard Dearlove who were behind the Iraq war, a previous dodgy dossier, and a compromised JIC. The article also mentioned Claire Smith: who oversaw and vetted UK intelligence placements: as well as being a member of the Cabinet Office and JIC. The Cabinet Office and JIC brief Ministers. Can you see a pattern developing? This goes to the heart of government, and that includes the opposition.

David
David

Vexarb, the Indy comment facility is useless. It’s only merit is that it is generally open. All that you have to do to get a comment removed is flag it from two separate posting accounts, and it is easy to set up two posting accounts. A few infantile trolls (whose ‘contribution’ to the debate goes no further than one-line accusations of ‘Putinbot’, ‘Kremlintroll’ to anybody they disagree with) have discovered this, and are now making hay.
Unfortunately the Indy comment forum administrators are too weak and feeble (and to be honest, stupid) to deal with the problem.

rogerglewis

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vexarb

Syrian Arab News Agency Reports:
Beijing, SANA. Chinese Foreign Ministry called for conducting a “comprehensive, objective and impartial investigation” into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, warning of the consequences of the use of force on the basis of accusations.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that before a “comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation” had been conducted into the incident, no party should “prejudge the results and come to conclusions randomly.”
He added that his country was “opposed to the wanton use of force or threat of force” and that “military means will lead us nowhere”.

JudyJ

They’re mad, all completely bonkers. Blair, May, Macron, mainstream journalists, the whole damn lot. Reporters: “Well of course May is in a difficult position … does she stick by Trump and join in with an offensive with Parliamentary approval or not, or does she do nothing and incur the anger of the US, who has stood by us through the Skripal case, and leave France to do the bidding. And if she goes for a Parliamentary vote she runs the risk of losing it like Cameron did when we had the chance to bomb Syria in 2013”. Blair: “Well we have to go in militarily if necessary without Parliamentary approval, we can’t stand back and let the Syrians get away with it”. May: “Well this attack, as we have all seen, was terrible and something has to be done and I am considering the matter”. Not one of them, not one of them even acknowledges the possibility that no attack took place or that, even if some incident, did occur, there is every reason to suspect their friends, the jihadis. No mention of an investigation. Can’t any of them acknowledge, or even pretend to acknowledge, that there is clearly a distinct possibility that the Russians may be right about their findings? But no, they have laid out their case for Assad and the Russians being guilty and being perpetual, incorrigible liars to hide the fact that that is exactly what they themselves are. I even have trouble just looking at those mad, cold staring eyes and shifty twitches of Theresa May. If/when they do attack Syria and kill people, knowing full well that there is no justification, it would be premeditated murder and they are no better than the Harold Shipmans, Yorkshire Rippers and Fred Wests of this world but on a much larger scale and should be taken to the Hague if they and we survive for long enough to do that. They obviously do not care one iota for the consequences for innocent people in all countries.

John W
John W

Yes. But we citizens of the West need to realize that governance by proxy isn’t working. Governments are kakistocracies and are not there for our benefit. Not as they are as of now. And I also agree that the entire lot, there in Europe, here in North America, NATO, all of them are completely bonkers. They are indeed the criminally insane.

vexarb

BTL SyrPer 1hr ago: hussein
news coming in that china orders it’s navy to join russian fleet in the mediterranean in anticipation of an attack.
[Rerun of 2013. I expect the Iranian warships to turn up again likewise. But will Izzie’s little German-built Dolphin sub hold place of honour in NATZO Armada this time? Their missiles veered off course last time, and now Russia has let loose an Orca dolfin-killer in the waters.]

vexarb

Saker BTL: Peter from Oz on April 10, 2018 · at 5:48 am UTC
Syrian Girl reappears on YouTube when we need her most. For years, this young Syrian-Australian woman who resides in Australia but is in close contact/visits with her homeland reported regularly on the details of the proxy war ravaging her mother country.
When she started getting 100,000s views and threatened the mainstream narrative her YouTube channel and videos were deleted by the powers that control YouTube.
Good therefore for Russian Insight channel to host her. What she presents about the Douma false flag is shocking and needs sharing:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AbffI52stc0

John W
John W

I thought her channel got deleted. I was a subscriber to Syrian Partisan Girl. Nice.

rogerglewis

Marie Colvin: Syria assassinated reporter, court told
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43711617
“Israel: 40 Years On”
On 14 May 1988, the Daily Telegraph wrote:
Tonight’s edition of After Dark… will mark the 40th anniversary of Israel. The programme is likely to cause controversy, as the Shadow Foreign Secretary Gerald Kaufman and a number of Israelis will appear alongside Faisal Aweidah, the hardline PLO representative in London. For Kaufman, the appearance will not be without a political risk, mainly of a backlash from British Jews who are unlikely to be happy about him appearing alongside Aweidah, a supporter of Yasser Arafat. However for the Israelis involved in the programme there are even greater dangers. They will brave the wrath of the government of their country – where it is illegal for citizens to share a platform with the PLO. One participant…has already backed out after being told she would face arrest when returning home after the broadcast.[53]
14 May 1988 Israel: Forty Years On John Underwood Yohanan Lahav, Anton Shammas, Marie Colvin, Gerald Kaufman, Moshe Amirav, Faisal Aweidah, Nadia Hijab
The plot thickens,

Mikalina
Mikalina

We may not be sure who killed Marie Colvin, but we do know who killed Yesser Murtaja. In full daylight, whilst wearing a blue flak jacket with PRESS written across his chest, he was gunned down by Israeli soldiers who had been given permission to murder unarmed Palestinians by their leader, Netanyahu.

Jen
Jen

Marie Colvin’s Wikipedia entry shows that Colvin had entered Syria illegally and was in the Baba Amro News office building when it was hit by shelling during the siege of Homs in February 2012. An autopsy done by the Syrian government indicated that she’d been killed by an IED filled with nails.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Colvin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Mahmoud_Othman#Baba_Amro_News
It would be interesting to know if that Baba Amro News office was a real news office or some entity akin to the “Aleppo Media Centre” or “East Ghouta Media Centre”.

Mikalina
Mikalina

That wasn’t my recollection. I remember her being in a small building with another reporter or camera man. Quick look on search engine gives Guardian obit:
“The following morning I listened for her voice again on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, but she was not there. By then her body was in the rubble of a house that had suffered a direct hit from a Syrian government shell.”
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/feb/22/marie-colvin
And the 2018 award for the Fake News (that’s lies to normal people) trophy goes to………….. Wikipedia!!!!

Admin

Couldn’t the house also have been the office of a local news outlet? Seems not unlikely if there was also a camera man and another reporter there.

Mikalina
Mikalina

I’m sure I saw a picture somewhere and a report that she had taken emergency shelter and was trapped in a demolished building. I’ll do a search in the morning and post anything I find.

JudyJ

Mikalina – I don’t have any reason myself to believe one narrative over the other but do let me know if you have reason to believe an old GUARDIAN obituary over an up to date Wikipedia entry? We all know how the actual truth can emerge silently over the passage of time.

Mikalina
Mikalina

The Guardian was reporting fairly accurately in 2012 and the quote I gave was a personal recollection from a friend of Marie Colvin. The article also confirmed my own memories of the time.
The updating and re-inventing of the Wiki page on novochuks when the ‘substance’ was first mention practically every minute for most of the day was quite bizarre (as confirmed at the time of my mentioning it by Catte). Wiki has progressively taken an establishment viewpoint over this past year.
History is being rewritten or worse, forgotten, and I think ‘news’ is being treated in the same way. This was shown on UKColumn this week when they traced several newspaper headings + BBC to show that the original ‘revealing’ article had been changed although the heading stayed the same. Interestingly, this was Winston job in 1984 – to find any articles which didn’t ‘fit’ with that day’s given interpretation of the world situation and change it for one that did.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Colvin was making agit-prop for the takfiri butchers. She got her just desserts, and it’s a real shame that more of her ilk have not suffered the same fate.

Stonky
Stonky

Completely off topic, but as we lurch towards WWIII we could probably do with a laugh.
In today’s Guardian, Suzanne Moore, white middle-class middle-aged feminist scourge of the mansplainers, will somethingsplain* to us all why young black men are stabbing each other in epidemic numbers:
“Drill music isn’t making boys kill each other – knife crime is about something much deeper”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/10/drill-music-police-cuts-knife-crime-teenagers
Thanks Suzanne. We’re bloody lucky you were here to whateversplain it to us.
*There must be a proper name for this kind of splaining.

Mikalina
Mikalina

Condescension?

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

Looks like the writing is on the wall guys. Going back to WW2, the first danger signals came from the punitive imposition on Germany of the Treaty of Verseilles in 1919. That left Germany embittered and revanchist, which was predicted by Keynes in his short work, ”The Economic Consequences of Peace”. After a period of virtual civil war, the Nazis came to power in Germany, circa 1934. Then followed Anschluss with Austria, the reoccupation of the Rhineland and the annexation of the Sudetenland, and eventually Prague. All of which pointed unequivocally to a new war in Europe. Chamberlain’s phoney peace deal in 1938 was shattered one year later and the Churchill – a war leader – took over the shortly thereafter.
The present conjuncture has all the hallmarks of another prelude to war. There has been provocation after provocation by the Anglo-Zionists which started with the expansion of NATO to Russia’s western frontier. A development noted by the American statesman George Kennan and the historian John Mearsheimer.
Then the abrogation of the ABM treaty of 2002, two-part regime change in Ukraine, the Orange Revolution in 2003 and the coup in 2014 concurrent with these events was the siting of BDS in Romania and another planned Poland this year. I almost forgot to add the ongoing attempt to include Ukraine and Georgia into NATO.
I am afraid all the arrows point to war. Provocation has been heaped upon provocation and Russia has to a large degree been forced back onto its western frontiers. So where do we go from here. I think that Putin has brought Russia practically back from the dead since 2000. This has been no mean achievement. But I wonder if he is aware of the situation facing, not only Russia, but the world. I think that Russia needs full mobilisation for war and possible a leadership which is cognisant of this imperative. I am not convinced that at this stage in this situation Putin – with his talk of ‘our partners’ and his somewhat over-conciliatory approach, is the man with policies which will bring this about.
Britain in 1940 switched leadership from Chamberlain to Churchill and in 1941 the US economy was mobilized for war to the extent that it ceased to be a capitalist economy and instead became a command economy. In both the UK and US the war economy did not stimulate the private sector it REPLACED the free market and capitalist investment for profit.
Time has become perilously short, and big decisions have to be made – pronto

Catte
Catte

The nuclear option makes these kinds of retro analyses not very useful as comparisons. A straightforward declaration and invasion of Russian territory is not going to happen, whatever the less informed armchair generals suggest. That’s not remotely a plan. The plan is to force Russia to retrench, to attack its ability to stay in Syria, to force it to either engage or retreat in Ukraine, and to nibble away at its borders thereafter by indirect and proxy engagements.
The risk of full scale war arises from miscalculation, not from a Sept 3 1939 style declaration. It arises from NATO’s failure to understand that Russia has red lines, and Syria is one of them. Everything Putin has done over the past few weeks has been aimed ay signalling this red line to NATO. But NATO seems not to have understood.
The point is the only way for either side to win this particular war is to succeed in preventing it, and that is what Putin is trying to do. Once the war starts there are no winners, as he’s always said.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

”The risk of full scale war arises from miscalculation, not from a Sept 3 1939 style declaration. It arises from NATO’s failure to understand that Russia has red lines, and Syria is one of them.”
Yes, and chief of those miscalculations was the belief by the British/French that war with the Axis powers could be prevented by diplomacy, the Munich Agreement and ‘Peace in our time.’. The ultimate denouement , the invasion of Poland, was the last piece in the jigsaw of Anglo/French miscalculation. Germany kept pushing, Britain and France kept vacillating – result? WW2.
You write: ”NATO’s failure to understand Russia’s red lines …” this in spite of Putin’s pointing out the salient fact on numerous occasions, seems to be another such ‘miscalculation’. More often than not the formal declaration of war, including WW2, is often the end product of a series of such miscalculations.
I also think that it has not been a misunderstanding on NATO’s part about Russia’s red lines. On the contrary NATO knows perfectly well what Russia’s red line are, but it chooses to simply ignore them. Now the talk is of fast-tracking Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. Push, push, push, another provocation. More to come.
And BTW I think we can learn a lot from retro analysis. Human nature – the pursuit of power and the urge to dominate doesn’t change – only the weapons change. To think that the crossbow had such a devastating effect and the wounds it could inflict are reflected by early weapon bans. In April 1139, the Second Lateran Council, under Pope Innocent II, banned the use of the crossbow against Christians, although against the Saracens it was considered okay.
And now we have ICBMs!
Look Catte, I hope you are right. I hope that Putin’s approach of ‘softly, softly, catchee monkey’ works, but given the historical record, I am not entirely convinced that it will. One way or another we’ll find out.

Paul
Paul

I suspect Putin is only too aware of the coming problems. Mobilisation can be irreversible as 1914 illustrates. And what exactly is it that demands Russia should step up and sacrifice itself to the megalomaniac in the WH? To save our bacon? It’s asking one heck of a lot!

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

”And what exactly is it that demands Russia should step up and sacrifice itself to the megalomaniac in the WH?”
Errm let me see. Self preservation as a sovereign state perhaps? Or the alternative option – abject surrender, and a massive step forward for the Anglo-Zionist project of a global empire.

Paul
Paul

Self preservation sounds right, he represents millions of ordinary Russian civilians. Bomb a US carrier if it launches missiles? The neocons would ejaculate with delight “got him!” Russia is a relatively weak country with its economy under fire from all directions. It has top end missiles but I believe Nato has a few too. The millions of Russian soldiers are teenage conscripts. Stalin saw that France and the UK were never going to form an anti-fascist alliance; they hoped Germany would take on Russia alone and leave them out of it. The Non Agression Pact forced France and the UK into the World War against their heartfelt wishes, a diplomatic master stroke. Maybe Putin will look to Eastern Europe for an Alliance? many there fear American economic dominance.

Paul
Paul

Frankly if the choice is between annihilation and more power to the ‘Anglo Zionist bloc any sane Russian would say, ‘its your problem, not ours’. Which is correct, we support the bloc and encourage it at every turn.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Putin is sane, decent and intelligent-what Western leader qualifies for any of those descriptors?

Admin

Another point to make is that the Chamberlain deal was only phoney because the UK ditched it and the US/UK manipulated Germany into the move against Poland.

Paul
Paul

I don’t understand the point. The UK declared war on Germany when they invaded Poland. It was a stupid guarantee that Chamberlain gave as there was nothing the UK could do to help Polsnd and eventually abandoned them altogether in 1945. The Dark State of the time certainly wanted Germany to attack Russia but how did they ‘encourage’ Germany to attack Poland? One suspects that was a decision taken by Hitler alone, he didn’t need encouragement just satisfaction Russia wouldn’t resist.

OMG
OMG

These ridiculous, suicidal gas attacks by Assad seem to coincide not only with battleground victories against the head-choppers, but co-incidentally with Israel’s murderous attacks on unarmed Palestinians “throwing stones”.
What nobody seems to have picked up is the emphasis – and red lines – on Gas; gas, gas attacks. Why is gas so much worse than being dismembered, disembowelled, and mutilated by high explosives? Certainly I would favour unconsciousness and death by gas before being smashed to pieces by depleted uranium.
Thinking about it, these relentlessly repeated claims are an exercise with the dual purpose of providing a subliminal message about the greatest tragedy in human history, repeated ad nauseam. The massive ‘gassing’ of European Jews some 65 years ago. Lest we forget.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

You probably have a point. Here in Austfailure ‘Holocaust’ stories are interminable. This pseudo- religion has now discovered that the trauma suffered by survivors has affected them epigenetically, in a way that descendants of, say, famine, are affected by changes in gene expression, manifested through succeeding generations. So we can expect heart-wrenching ‘Holocaust’ stories for, well, forever, really. Meanwhile EVERY other Holocaust in history, the genocides of Armenians, Congolese under the Belgians AND Washington’s favourites, Kagame and Musuveni, the Indian victims of the Great Famines imposed by the English etc, even our own Indigenous Holocaust, that is completely denied, or celebrated by the hard Right, and which continues to today, are ALL totally ignored. One genocide, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is real, whether four or six million makes no difference, garners more attention and mock-religious dedication than all the others put together. A very odd situation, indeed.

OMG
OMG

Yes, Mulga, until recently I shared your belief: 50 years of propaganda and brain-washing does that. Now I do not believe a word about the false wartime history of 65 years ago – see https://barnesreview.org and “ The hoax of the 20th Century” by Arthur Butz for example.
Once you realise these falsehoods – and the lies that can be promulgated, with power – then the current situation begins to fall into place.
Every other “Holocaust’ or genocide pales into insignificance, historically, compared to this new religion.

wildtalents

Might the alleged victims of alleged gas attacks be somewhat easier to stage photographs of, whereas the beheaded, the disembowelled, the dismembered (etc) cannot be depicted on rolling “news” channels without causing offence to the delicate sensibilities of viewers? The same sensibilities which prevent the considerate “news” channels from showing the horrific effects of Western bombs dropped by Saudi proxies on Yemeni children, for example. I merely pose this question, you understand, one would not want to be construed as a sock puppet for the animal Assad and all the other Official Enemies.

notheonly1
notheonly1

Mankind can’t see the forest for the trees.
So many confused minds, so many screaming voices frothing at the mouth.
War has become a ‘reality’-show. Observed from afar – sides taken based on
bias and propaganda. The lazy mind is hardly awakened.
Cool minds would prevail – if they could. But the name of only God there is,
is Mammon. It’s all about money, always, everywhere. And the meek go along
with it, because they too, could once become a millionaire to host a game show
and turn president.
Who wrote the script for this cheap soap opera? Who is really in control in
a Universe in which the only ‘Boss’ is called ‘Evolution’. Too all-encompassing
to be fathomed, to difficult to grasp. The Universe is just unfolding and on
some planet, somewhere in what folks call the Milky Way, a species comes
and goes.
It will only matter to wo/mankind if it goes out with a bang – croaking away
in a nuclear winter. The Universe will just have another day, another night,
Stars will be born, Stars will die.
The collective consciousness is delirious from egoism that is worshiped and
not as recommended treated for what it is. A cancer on humanity.
Enjoy the life that was given to you. Bless those whose lives are taken for the
rabid greed of a few monsters. Over seven Billion Davids to one hundred
Goliathes. And it can’t be done?
What a shame.

notheonly1
notheonly1

Correction:
But the name of the only God there is…
Too all-encompassing
to be fathomed, too difficult to grasp.

Mikalina
Mikalina

For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.

MichaelK
MichaelK

The images are almost iconic, the ones from the fake ‘gas attack’ in Syria, which is why they are so powerful and why they false and a piece of elaborate propaganda theatre. Reality, alas, is more prosaic and boring. In real life the people would be the central part of the visual narrative, but here, it’s the camera that occupies the central role, and who is holding the camera… nobody seems to care. The camera isn’t neutral or just a truth teller, it’s a participant in this theatre, powerful propaganda designed to hit the heart way, way, before the brain has a chance to process and understand what it is we are actually seeing. Only we’re not ‘seeing’ at all. The camera is ‘seeing’ for us and telling a story that’s a pack of lies designed to provoke war. Our Sarajevo trigger moment, back to 1914.
When the Russians use the phrase ‘grave consequences’ this means… war in diplomatic code language. They cannot allow, at this late stage, the West to launch a massive air-strike on Syria that would destroy what’s left of Syria’s infra-structure and wipe out the Syrian air-force and air-defences. The dilemma for Russia is stark. Do they retaliate directly against the Americans or do they ‘only’ shoot down American cruise missiles over Syrian territory. If Russians are killed do they go further and hit the launchers, taking the fight to the Americans? What happens then? Can the conflict be contained to Syria alone? Does Russia fight a conventional war against NATO in Syria or not?

vexarb

A clip from EM reposted on SyrPer with comment by MD:
@ejmalrai 1 hour ago
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My sources are telling me: this is an #Israeli response to the Iranian trap. Therefore it is a hit and run ops, but also trying to please #SaudiArabia [Israel’s only ally in the ME] and drag #USA [Israel’s chief sponsor] into an aggressive response against #Damascus: many birds in one stone +
MD: Sign of Israeli weakness, they sneaked in a hit-and-run move against Iran which doesn’t change the course of the war. It shows they are scared of Iran. The Iranians will study everything. They’ll do an investigation how Israel carried out this operation and plan relevant future actions.

ninetto
ninetto

What many forget: things started going bad for Assad + Syria right about the time when Assad started making serious peace offers to Israel around 2004.
https://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1130/p06s02-wome.html
The USA/Israeli militarists fear nothing more than peace in the region, which would finally force a real solution to long-time issues, on which Israel/USA are clearly on the wrong side of international law.

vexarb

This is speculation, but AR on SyrPer may be holding up a finger to find which way the wind blows: Anti_Republocrat 8:20 PM —
Trump’s meeting with military leaders just ended, which means it lasted less than an hour.
When new NSA John Bolton left the room and walked past a pair of reporters, who asked him how first day was going.
“What could go wrong?” Bolton said.
Any time Bolton does not sound happy, that’s perhaps a good sign.

Billy Bakke
Billy Bakke

In a galaxy far, far to close to home. In a time that maybe our last. The elites of the US and its vassal states have finally realised that they have lost their dirty little proxy war in Syria. Russia has humilated the Empire, bloodied its nose. Pipelines lay unconnected. Plans for global dominance lay in disarray. Will the Empire strike back? Will it now attack Syria, rain down cruise missiles on Assad the ‘Animal’ and call the Russians bluff? Is it a Russian bluff? Will Putin really be willing to enter into a full scale war, which retalitain to any American or large scale Israeli aggression will inevitably lead to. A war that will pull in Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the whole Middle East. And perhaps lead to the final apocalyptic nuclear conflagration to end (finally) all Wars on planet Earth! Will the Russians and Iranians really go toe-to-toe with the ‘crazies’ in Washington over Assad and Syria? Or has the Empire finally eginereed a way to outcrazy everyone and force its hegmony and tyranny over an exhuasted and acquiescent humanity? Who knows? Who can fathom the machinations of the psychopaths that rule over us all.
We stand on the brink my friends, truly.
Who will lead us from this madness.
Where is the rebel alliance?
Where are the leaders and the voices of truth?
If I believed in a God, now would be the time to ask him to bless us all!
Peace.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

I think the central question MUST be -why are Western ruling elites behaving with such psychopathic mendacity, hypocrisy and recklessness? In the end, in my opinion, all roads to answer that question lead to Tel Aviv.

Harry Law
Harry Law

It would appear the US are going to take action against the Syrian Government, even before a team can be sent in from the OPCW to determine whether a chemical weapons attack has even taken place, and who, on his first day in office, will help decide what actions to take, why John Bolton, you could not make this stuff up. If the US, the UK and France decide to launch an attack. It simply will not do for Russia and Syria to try and intercept a barrage of missiles, this will encourage the West to bomb again based on other false pretexts, knowing there are no consequences

Paul
Paul

But to give a robust response is fraught with difficulties. Putin has spelt out more than once over the past year that he will only remain in Syria if it is in Russia’s interest to do so. To do otherwise is absurd, it is his prime responsibility.

Harry Law
Harry Law

“But to give a robust response is fraught with difficulties” that’s true, but to give no response could be fraught with even greater difficulties, no response would enable the Neocons surrounding Trump to declare Putin weak, Putin would then be inviting more military action against Syria and a descent into greater conflict. To stand up against the bully in this case is the correct thing to do, in my opinion, that is in the long term interests of Russia. Remember this Western aggression based on a coalition of the willing outside the UNSC is against the UN Charter and all International Law. Just like the invasion of Iraq.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

International Law and the ‘rules-based international order’ (the catch-phrase that the local baboons have been trained to gibber or grunt, like a mantra) is what the US says, goes. Nothing more, nothing less. It is a global dictatorship by the greatest force for Evil the world has ever seen, and one that seems Hell-bent on destroying humanity now that its own eclipse is imminent. It is acting PRECISELY as its history and malignantly narcissistic credo foretold that it would. Don’t neglect the ‘religious’ aspect, either, as the Trump regime is full to the gills with fundamentalist loons who would do anything to bring on the End Times. Lucky us. Like watching a hyper-nova collapse, very close to home.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

It will not be in Russia’s interests to abandon Syria. The reason why Putin decided to intervene in the war against the jihadists in Syria in the first place was to confront the jihadists in Syria otherwise he would be confronting them in Chechnya and Dagestan. A Russian retreat is no longer and option, it will be taken as a sign of weakness and this would only embolden the Anglo-Zionist death cult. The Anglo-Zionist bloc can walk away from Syria without too much loss of face, Russia can’t.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

The OPCW is hopelessly compromised by US and/or other Western control-like all other multilateral organs.

Paul
Paul

So it would seem, Mulga. The main reason I can see for the unexpected receptiveness of USUK reps at UNSC to an OPCW investigation is the confidence that OPCW is now in safe hands, and may actually be directed to, say, a stash of A-234 in a sock drawer somewhere in East Ghouta. If not, as Mercouris has argued, the prospect of an OPCW investigation would make a Western bloc attack more likely–that is, if there was no chemical attack at all.

kayaboosha
kayaboosha

Hey team, I’m picking that’s a typo in the article?
“While Syria has attacked that airbase before in recent months……”
Unless I’m missing something!

Admin

Thanks – fixed

rogerglewis

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43706709 The timing of this raid on Trump’s offices speak to the Deep State still leaning on Trump. They clearly do not think they have enough in their Control File for him to guarantee he will do their bidding under the current Provocation
Catherin Austin Fitts has written about Control Files and how the Deep State keeps those allowed to progress into the higher positions of Apparent power.
http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/catherine-austin-fitts-scandals-control-files-and-blackmail/
I suspect that the control File on Gerard Kushner Trumps son in law is quite healthy and that is keeping Trump in line , but the spooks are still very nervous because of this sort of thing.

http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/04/trump-netenyahu-greater-israel-and-rove.html
http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/08/six-ways-to-sunday-trump-and-deep-state.html

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Mueller PLAINLY has nothing on ‘Russian collusion’, so he is trying to get sacked so that Trump can be ousted for ‘obstruction of ‘justice”. I just heard one gibbering presstitute insect declare, straight-faced, that investigating Ms Storm or whatever is part and parcel of ‘Russian collusion’. Did Putin send her to Trump with secret instructions, hidden upon her person?

Google Talpiot Program
Google Talpiot Program

Trump has a got a lot of links to organised Russian (very Jewish) crime.
No hard evidence yet that this means link to the Russian state however Russian mob is powerful and will have some contact with high-level Russian state personell.

Jay Q
Jay Q

They haven’t left us with much time to somehow organise a mass anti-war protest!

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Not much time to organise a mass wake, either.