Syriasly?

Syria must be destroyed, to be saved. The West is following a moral imperative, in its desire to remove the criminal Assad regime. Israel has intercepted chatter, proving that Assad was behind the chemical attack. It will be another cake-walk, just like Iraq. Crowds of thankful Syrians will greet the arriving G.I.s with flowers, waving American flags, and presenting them with all too willing beautiful women, just like the citizens of Paris did, with the fall of the Wehrmacht. Right! A brutal dictator has unleashed weapons of mass destruction upon his own people, after years of his evil regime. He is corrupt. His people are suffering, living in squalor, while he eats roast pheasant and caviar. It is the United States’ responsibility, along with her allies, to stop this tyrant, and establish democracy. Sound familiar?

This is the chronic continuation of the post World War II American mythos. America did not win the war singlehandedly. America was not the only country free from the guilt of committing war crimes, and we were not knights in shining armour, freeing the world. The United States Armed Forces consisted of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, just like every other nation’s armed forces. They were ordinary men doing a dirty, thankless job. They were not super human heroes. We were not always the good guys. The fire bombing of Dresden ranks right up there with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We didn’t commit war crimes, crimes against humanity. We were the victors. The Washington spin machine still spews its lies, through its corporate media, beating the war drums, again, so American troops can march to victory, just as they did, in 1945, in Korea, in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Except, the victory marches ended in 1945. Here we go again.

The US, France, and Britain are poised for war against the Assad regime, ready to attack, pending a command from their political leaders. When the order is given, the target will be softened up with artillery. Artillery, here, means Tomahawk missiles, at how many million each? How much destruction will this cause, and how many innocent civilians must die? Following the softening of the target, special ops troops will pave the way for the expanded invasion of infantry and armour, wreaking havoc on Syrian infrastructure. House to house fighting will ensue. Even citizens opposed to the Assad regime will defend their country against the invaders. Yes, it will be another cake walk. The basis for this attack is a moral imperative, that the Assad regime has used nerve gas on its own citizens. Medicins Sans Frontieres has described masses of Syrian of casualties, presenting to healthcare facilities, demonstrating signs of anti-cholinesterase poisoning, bronchospasms, wheezing, constricted pupils, profound salivation, lacrimation, rhinorrhea, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Many have had seizure reactions. Many have died. It is a logical assumption, that someone detonated a nerve agent in these victims’ neighborhoods. The operative words, here, are ‘someone and assumption’. Someone; the Syrian government denies this, and blames the rebels. The rebels deny this, and blame the government. Never assume. It makes an ass of you and me. Kerry said an attack was irrefutable. Britain and France are indignant. Assad calls the West’s accusations ludicrous. Russia agrees with Assad.

Putting aside emotion, and avoiding an hysterical reaction to this horror, let’s regard the neighborhoods attacked by nerve gas in Syria, as a crime scene. We assume a crime happened, but could it have been a disastrous accident? Intelligence reports Syria to have stockpiles of Sarin and mustard gas. Then, again, intelligence hasn’t always been correct. Iraq was supposed to have ‘weapons of mass destruction’, too. Could someone, say, from the rebel side, not have broken into a secret Sarin storage depot, and mistakenly set off a quantity? Could not a government operative have done the same? Perhaps a rogue agent, from either side, is responsible, without official knowledge. If, as in the case of Iraq, no WMDs exist in Syria, then the perpetrator would have had to manufacture the agent. A lab error could have potentiated a leak. Denial would be incumbent on both parties. The possibilities are endless, except for the fact, that neither side wants responsibility.

Thousands of people don’t flood the doors of local ERs, with the signs and symptoms of anti-cholinesterase poisoning, unless they have suffered anti-cholinesterase poisoning. We must establish motive. A crime of this magnitude, without a motive, is unthinkable. A crime, yes; because manufacturing either Sarin or mustard gas is a crime. Whether the application of the agent occurred as an accident, or purposefully, a crime occurred. We have intent. One doesn’t manufacture a toxic agent, without intent. We have victims, thousands of them. Again, we must establish motive.

Therein lies the quandary. Neither side would benefit, if either one were successfully accused of deploying gas. Memories of the trenches of World War One are still fresh in the world’s memory; the destruction was so horrible, so inhumane. Subsequent deployments by rogue regimes and terrorists, alike, have met with international disdain and condemnation. The perpetrator, if caught, loses, period. If the perpetrator loses, the other side wins, and it would be highly advantageous for the perpetrator to appear the victim. Russia has made the most reasonable assertion, in this case. Allegedly, rebels launched the attack, to make it appear that the Assad regime had done it, thereby forcing the West’s hand: checkmate. The Assad regime might have done this, to make it appear that the rebels were responsible, thereby ensuring an end to Western sympathy: checkmate.

Each side stands to gain, by the opposition’s appearing criminal, heartless, and evil. The world remembers Saddam’s use of gas against the Kurds, as if it were only yesterday. The precedent has been set, in the Middle East, for government to attack its own people. The rebels know this, though, and this fact must not be forgotten. Now, let us step away from the incident and its convolutions. The US, Britain, and France are poised to attack, because Obama’s ‘red line’ has been crossed. Two former colonial powers, still stinging at their loss of dominance in the region want, desperately, to reassert themselves. The upstart wants to live its PNAC neo-colonial dream. Of course they all want to enter the conflict, and not out of humanitarian feelings. As usual, follow the money. The incident of mass anti-cholinesterase poisoning of the Syrian civilian population provides ample excuse for England and France assuming a position of dominance in the Middle East, and allows the US to do the same. While we are snooping around trying to determine whether this act was committed by Assad or the rebels, perhaps we should not overlook the obvious. Include all of the suspects in the investigation. We have seen the enemy, and he is us. The US, Britain, and France would gain phenomenally from removing Assad, and asserting their influence in the Middle East. The military-industrialist complex hears “kaching-kaching” with every cruise missile launch. The manufacture of each Bradley Fighting Vehicle creates profit for the Carlyle Group. Rather than being an act committed by Assad or the rebels, one might also consider this to be the handiwork of the CIA, GCHQ, and DGSE. Before we repeat the mistakes generated by an event in Sarajevo in 1914, we need to look closely, very closely, and never forget to follow the money. We must also remember that among Syria’s allies of Islamists in Lebanon and Iraq, are the nations of Iran, Russia, and China. Gavrilo Princip is smiling with contentment. He is waving his Black Hand. Here we go, again.

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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