An open letter to Mark Walter Scott, the Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Dear Mr Scott,
I watched Lateline last night with despair (video and transcript here). It was only on Monday that you gave General (Ret) Petraeus a platform on the 7.30 report to preach his version of success against “terror” and the need to continue their warmongering. (My report here). And then, not even 48 hours later, Elliott Abrams is given a platform to push the most egregious propaganda. Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC. (That is a bunch of private citizens who seem to be the source of much foreign policy). Abrams was an adviser to George W. Bush and the Reagan administration.
These commentators bleat about the Al-Assad regime (as they did about Saddam and Gaddafi), but the destruction of Syria (along with Iraq and Libya) was in the planning in 2001. Retired General Wesley Clark “leaked” this out in 2006. He was privy to an alleged memo in the Pentagon only days after the false flag that is known as 9/11.
Clark stated publicly (to Amy Goodman) that the neocons had planned the destruction of seven countries in five years. (Video below)
And Abrams and Petraeus – your esteemed guests – were part of that dastardly plan.
I applaud Emma Alberici for asking the right questions. As an example:
EMMA ALBERICI: As a former member of the Bush administration, how much personal responsibility do you feel for the rise of Islamic State?
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: Well, in all candour, not much. You know, president Obama withdrew American soldiers from Iraq, saying at the time, starting in 2009, “Iraq is now stable.” That was as a result of the surge that came in the last couple of years in the Bush administration….
They destroyed the country and over a million were
killed murdered. There was not one al Qaeda operative in Iraq in 2001 and Bush’s “shock and awe” campaign of designed destruction vacuumed them in. (One must understand that al Qaeda was a CIA invention and ISIS has been funded by friends and allies.)
Abrams went on.
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: …And so you began to have these massacres: the barrel bombing, the use of chemical weapons. It is a reaction to that, I think, that the Islamic State grew so big.
The West perpetrated the initial unrest in Libya and Syria and weapons were “moved” from Libya to Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was then accused of a chemical weapons attack. But interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta tell a different story – that rebels received those chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief. US warships were stationed in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch military strikes against Al Assad. They might have done so, were it not for an article published by Mint Press questioning the official story.
And what Abrams says and prescribes is INSANE:
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: ….And I think the other thing we need to do in addition to fighting ISIS is getting rid of Assad, because I think that regime which, as you say, is unbelievably brutal. I mean, it’s 300,000 dead, 8 million refugees. That regime is a jihadi manufacturing machine. There wouldn’t be an Islamic State if it weren’t for that regime’s attacks on Sunnis in Syria. They look around for protection and we’ve done nothing: we in the West. So they turn to the Islamic State, which is Sunni and which is saying it will protect them. So I think there’s two parts to this. The first part is attacking the Islamic State. The second part is doing something about Assad.
Appalling. Let us have the 9/11 discussion later – but it is the West that has attacked and bombed everybody. It is the West that has provided the fertile ground for “jihadi manufacturing”. In Australia, we remove passports and jail those involved in the terror there. But Abrams advocates that very involvement!
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: ….You know, even now, though we’ve given no help for years (they have) to these Syrian rebel groups that are not part of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda – its Jabhat al-Nusra affiliate in Syria – they exist. They exist in their thousands. And I think…
EMMA ALBERICI: But they’re also designated terrorist groups.
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: No. Some of them are and many of them aren’t. And I think that if we actually went to work there to build up a rebel force, which is what Obama’s advisers were advising him to do in 2012…
“But we need to train, we need to help, we need to arm, we need to advise, we need to finance. I don’t think we need many of our own people there.
Nothing will stop these madmen until they have removed Al Assad and leveled Syria.
And the ABC gives a platform to preach this terrible view to Australians.
The ABC is here to give us the real story – without fear or favour. At least provide a counter voice to this war mania. A Salon.com article, “Can Elliott Abrams be stopped?” describes him as “cooked from a neoconservative recipe” and he was indicted for lying to Congress about his role in coordinating the Iran-Contra scandal. Why is Australia giving these people airtime?
Petraeus was brought out by the Lowy Institute and Abrams by the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council. Thus on the question: Did the ABC invite these two guests? My guess is the ABC was “instructed” or “urged” to give airtime to these “esteemed” gentlemen by members of the board, or by someone high up somewhere – to further propagate a geopolitical agenda far beyond Australian interests. Their appearance, however, seems well orchestrated to draw the Australian people back into the the worst war crime since WW2.
These gentlemen should rather be questioned on war crimes – and preferably not be given such a prestigious platform to espouse their long-planned plunder and destruction.
PS: The Clark – 7 countries in 5 years – video.