Derryn Hinch writes in The Age today (3/11/15):
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gassed and bombed hundreds of thousands of his own people. Australia must not soften its stance against him.”
“In Washington, London and Canberra, Western leaders have described Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an evil, bloody, power-crazed dictator, guilty of crimes against humanity, who must be overthrown. US Secretary of State John Kerry has said: “What he is doing is outrageous, unconscionable, unacceptable, disgraceful, craven. It’s horrendous. And we all know that; everybody knows that.” …. And yet, our “compassionate, peace-loving” government is apparently about to support him.”
Mr Hinch, I respected you when you were found in contempt of court and served a 50-day prison sentence in doing what you believed was right, but maybe you should dig deeper into the Syrian situation if you write about it in The Age.
You quote Washington Post reporter Andrea Mitchell who recently asked Kerry: “Why isn’t this genocide?” Well, why do you not ask the question: Was going into Iraq on a completely fraudulent pretext not genocide by Western governments? Over a million civilians were killed as a result.
Maybe you should do your homework as to how the West deliberately removed Saddam Hussein, then focused their attention on Libya and its president Gaddafi – then focused their energies on removing Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
On using chemical weapons, review the well-researched article in Mint Press (29 August 2013):
“Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much.
The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack…. However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the gas attack.”
Now, the destruction of the the Middle East has been long in the planning.
You can easily find the interview by Retired General Wesley Clark on how SEVEN countries were going to be destroyed in FIVE years. In an interview in 2007 he describe his visit to the Pentagon just after 9/11 in 2001. He said:
“So I came back to see him a few weeks later (2001), and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
Mr Hinch, please don’t become another Australian presstitute.