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The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons

The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons By Nicola Nasser

Kerry quoted Ban Ki – moon as saying last week that “the U.N. investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons, only whether such weapons were used.”

If the investigators’ mandate is only to confirm what is already “is undeniable,” in Kerry’s words, why were the UN investigators stripped of the mandate of determining “who” used the chemical weapons in Syria, if not to leave it up to the U.S. & partners to decide in advance as a prejudged conclusion that “There’s no doubt who is responsible: The Syrian regime,” according to Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, to be consistent with their plans for a regime change in Damascus, and let the truth go to hell.

Truth will out but will the world recognise it?

The UK government's case for war on Syria is full of woolly assertions and self-righteousness. 

UK Agencies Give Their Verdict on Damascus Chemical Weapons Attack By Adam Withnall

But evidence mounts of a false flag attack as justification for all out war on Syria.


Another slant on Libya

NATO’s War on Libya and Africa By Maximilian Forte

Myopic left

Many progressive activists exhibit a kind of duality when it comes to harder truths. Traditional issues such as workers rights, benefit cuts and privatisation of public services gain wide support but when it comes to seeing the logical progression of the subversion of democracy suppressing individual rights and the military industrial complex engaging in perpetual war, they fail to make the connection. Perhaps it is a lack of courage in the face of criticism for being a "conspiracy theorist" which makes it hard to engage with the really difficult questions such as what really happened on 9/11. The current fabrication of a pretext to attack Syria is merely a logical extension of what started with the attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon in 2001. Failure to recognise this renders the anti-war movement irrelevant allowing it to be brushed aside with the truth.

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.