Of Blindness and Historical Amnesia

US President Barack Obama publicly stated the US cannot “turn a blind eye” to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He accused the Assad regime of orchestrating the August twenty first attacks, allegedly killing 1,429 people. In a recent address, Obama acknowledged his constituents, the American People, were weary of a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, “But we are the United States of America, failing to respond to this outrageous attack would increase the risk that chemical weapons could be used again, that they would fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us, and would send a horrible signal to other nations that there would be no consequences for their use of these weapons. All of which would pose a serious threat to our national security.”

Has the news media been silent about another poison gas attack, since the one Medicins Sans Frontieres described, in which they counted three hundred fifty dead, roughly a tenth of those affected? Perhaps the number of fatalities has grown. Perhaps the famous French charity was mistaken. This might be how Mr. Obama came up with the 1,429 figure. According to medical professionals on the scene, approximately 1/10 of the population attacked on August 21, 2013 died. Now, the skillfully manipulative orator, Barack Obama, strives to inflate the death toll by four. Again, even with the Obama estimate, far fewer victims would have died, than had they been attacked with Sarin, a toxin twenty times as lethal as cyanide. Reports, at the time of the attack, were consistent with organophosphate poisoning, but not Sarin poisoning. The death toll was not high enough, and the symptoms too limited in scope and morbidity. The longer this plays out, the more credible is Vladimir Putin’s analysis. A drug in the same class as Sarin would leave similar, less acute, and less widespread symptoms, and would not require a sophisticated lab to fabricate. Anti-Assad forces, whoever that might be, the rebels, CIA, MI-6, DGSE, or Mossad could have made such a substance and deployed it, then manipulating the media into reporting a Sarin attack by Assad.  The fallout would be the end of the Assad regime, re-colonising by Britain and France, the fruition of PNAC’s dreams, and heightened security for Israel.

Yes, “we are the United States of America”, the global police force, the provider of consequences for all the bad guys in the world. Just call 911, and America will send in the Marines. When did Syrian troops assist either the North or the South in the American Civil War? Why must America always become involved in every international conflict? The risk that chemical weapons might be used again has been constant since the First World War. Every nation, including the United States, Britain, France, and Israel, has stockpiles of poison gases, as well as biological agents. The chance of their being “used again” is irrelevant. They will be. Failing to respond does not equate a risk of terrorists gaining access to weapons of mass destruction and an increased risk of their “using them against us”. So, how does the Syrian conflict, and an alleged Sarin attack, by an as yet unknown perpetrator, pose a threat to American ‘national security’? It doesn’t. Whenever a politician desires to commit military force to any undesirable, unethical, or illegal task, he sings the mantra of national security. Hitler claimed Jews, Roma, Slavs, and any German opposition threatened national security. There were so many threats to German national security, that the Nazi government had to spend millions of Reichsmarks developing a bureaucratic behemoth of mass murder, just to keep the German people safe.  Once again, history repeats itself. The United States, under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Barack Obama, will rain death upon the people of Syria, in defense of American national security. Just like with the Nazis, price will be irrelevant.

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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