A bombing in Syria – picture it happening in Cairns or Newcastle
by Mary Maxwell
This article takes off from a comment Phil Hingston made in response to Dee McLachlan’s article “A Syrian Quarry vs Trump Tower.” Hingston wrote:
“Now that we’ve witnessed the murder of an infant at the hands of the White Helmets/Deep State/Banksters, we ought to be able to grasp the evil facing us. This really is just as simple as good versus evil. Everyone can now choose their side. And in an age of information overload, ignorance is not an excuse.”
Even if ignorance is not an excuse, it’s probably slowing down any public protest. How can one figure out what is going on? As has been amply argued at Gumshoe, especially by barrister James O’Neill, “Canberra” constantly lies about international politics, and is totally secretive as to its real guiding policy.
And at Gumshoe, Dee keeps hammering away at the fact that media are not in business to educate but to mis-educate.
Phil Hington’s comment seems intuitively correct. There is a right and wrong in the air today – you can’t miss it. Phil also alerts us to the dire future for ourselves if we don’t have a way of preventing this violence.
I can’t offer any expertise on Syria’s difficulties. I assume that World Government’s plan to knock out the Middle East (including Israel, by the way) is proceeding according to plan.
Just as Orwell held that “the purpose of torture is torture,” most likely the purpose of violence in the Middle East is violence in the Middle East.
Of course that is why we had better wake up and oppose it.
A Potted History of the Conflict in Syria since 2013
You will recall that the US attacked Iraq in 1991 over the (orchestrated) issue of Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait. There has also been, for decades, Israel’s bombing of Lebanon and its own territory, the Gaza strip. Presently there is starvation of the people of Yemen, purportedly owing to a famine.
The US’s war on Afghanistan began in October 2001, possibly in response to one man believed to be hiding in Afghanistan after he destroyed New York: Bin Laden (jokes).
The Australian Parliament voted in March 2003 to help out in Iraq, whatever that means – in defiance of huge numbers of persons on the street of every capital city saying “Vote No.” Remember that?
As for Syria, the action dates to 2011. By 2013 there was a chemical weapon attack in Damascus, in the Ghouta neighborhood, that killed 300 people. I have no idea who did it. But in reaction, Syria’s president Assad allowed UN weapons inspectors to have a look.
We need to acknowledge the presence throughout the area of a hard-to-identify bunch of guys called ISIS or the Islamic state. The BBC reported:
“In June 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants declare ‘caliphate’ in territory from Aleppo to eastern Iraqi province of Diyala…. In September, 2014 the US and five Arab countries launch air strikes against Islamic State around Aleppo and Raqqa.”
Quickly move to 2015 when the Kurds and Turkey has some involvement. By May, the Islamic State soldiers caught everyone’s attention by destroying ancient monuments. (Surely this was not for some religious purist reason, but to add to the flavor of horror. Maybe it was even meant as a test: “Will highly cultured persons present a challenge? Negative.)
Russia and Rebels
Later in 2015 and 2016 we hear of Russian interest in the matter and we hear of rebels. Sorry, I can’t figure out who the rebels are. Maybe they are genuine, native opponents of Assad’s leadership. To give an opinion I would only be guessing – but please consider that most civil wars have outside help or outside instigators.
By now we in Australia are learning – based partly on the Malaysian airlines MH17 crash and Julie Bishop’s unjustified adoption of the position that Russia shot down that plane – that the US is determined to paint Putin as the enemy.
Personally I think that sounds like a perfect Orwell plan to start WWIII. So indeed we have to worry about this — and put our worry to good use. (Note; notwithstanding the above I m no Putin fan.)
The recent event – the US’s air strike against Syria — came 78 days after the Inauguration of Trump as president. “The Donald” had spent years tweeting that the US has no business bombing Syria. So it’s anyone’s guess what got him to change that approach (if he ever really meant it).
The strike was a sudden event. Something took place in Syria in which chemical weapons – alternatively described as sarin or organophosphates – injured many people in the northern village of Khan Sheikhoun. We saw children suffering.
I can’t help remembering the lady who told Congress in 1990 that she had seen Saddam’s troops go into a hospital and take babies out of incubators and lay them on the cold floor. (Not).
At Gumshoe, on April 9, 2017, Editor McLachlan strutted her knowledge of movie scenes and pulled apart the scene in the Sheikhoun quarry, implying that the activity was a set-up.
To mention one fact: the workers allegedly spraying kids with water to relieve the sarin poison were themselves walking around in bare feet. Dee’s article is a world first and is very important by the way!
James O’Neill’s View of the Concealing of Oz’s Position
A year ago, on March 22, 2016, barrister James O’Neill penned an article at GumshoeNews.com entitled “What Exactly Is Australia’s Policy [on bombing] in Syria?”
Seems a reasonable question, doesn’t it? I quote James:
When the Australian government announced in August 2015 that they were going to consider the legal ramifications involved before committing to a decision, they omitted two crucial facts: [1.] Prime Minister Tony Abbott had already solicited an invitation from the Americans to join the bombing campaign. [2.] the legal opinion had been sought and obtained a year earlier.
In mid-September 2015, without any parliamentary debate (then or since) Australia committed itself to yet another war on behalf of the Americans. Bombing raids –“sorties” — commenced almost immediately. In September 2015, according to [Australia’s] Defence Department’s own website, there were 18 sorties into Syria.
… missing from the mainstream media’s purview was the significance of the Russian military intervention at the end of September at the invitation of the Syrian government. That government is the lawful and internationally recognised government of Syria. The Australian media persist however, in referring to it as the “Assad regime.” [Emphasis added]
As for historical context of Syria’s troubles, here is O’Neill describing an article that Robert F Kennedy, Jr wrote in 2016:
Kennedy points out that CIA meddling in Syria began in 1949 and has continued unabated since then.
The current campaign of destabilization against Syria began in 2000 when Qatar, which hosts two major US military bases as well as the headquarters for US Central Command, proposed a major new pipeline. That pipeline was planned to run for 1500km from Qatar, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey, from where the gas would be shipped by sea to the European market….
It has long been a geopolitical aim of the US to destroy Russia’s capacity to meet European demand for gas. That Russian gas has been piped through Ukraine. Part of the wider plan therefore was to overthrow the government of Ukraine, which was achieved in February 2014. The further demonization of Russia was achieved through the shooting down of MH17 over Eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
Again the Australian mainstream media have shown no interest in determining the facts of that event. [Emphasis added]
Come on, everybody, get interested!
It is well documented now that the favoured technique for disrupting and overthrowing uncooperative governments is the use of proxy forces. …
Even when the Russians, through satellite and aerial photography, showed the two-way supply chains between ISIS occupied territory and Turkey, our Foreign Minister was not moved to comment. Similarly, when Israel admitted treating wounded ISIS fighters in its military hospital in the occupied Golan Heights the Australian government extended Israel, yet again, the courtesy of looking the other way. [Emphasis added]
So there you have it. Oz’s democratic rulership is in disgrace. In the last few years I have seen, on only one occasion in Adelaide, what might be called a public protest to the Syria policy. Namely, a lady was standing outside David Jones in Rundle Mall holding up a handwritten sign that said “Stay Out of Syria.”
I’m not knocking it. She may have influenced many passersby.
The Utter Criminality of the Media
Please see my Gumshoe series “Are Media Lies Criminal?” The answer is yes, sometimes. See also Dee McLachlan on the ABC’s squelching of debate on many important subjects such as foreign policy, 9-11, and vaccinations. Here she quotes journalist Derryn Hinch who has since become a senator. He wrote in The Age on January 11, 2015:
“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.”
Recall that this article began with Phil Hingston’s proclamation
“We ought to be able to grasp the evil facing us. This really is just as simple as good versus evil. Everyone can now choose their side.”
I’m here to catalogue what we can do. We can do what the three Gumshoe writers have suggested. That is, like Dee, we can crack down on the media. She does it regularly and you can, too. At the very least show your friends the awful lies. Phone in to a radio show, starting out with an innocent question but one with a sort of bayonet in it.
Like James O’Neill, we can hold parliamentarians, not to say frontbenchers, accountable for what they do. What do they do? They lie. They kowtow to globalists. They go against the legal advice of their own staff. They completely fail to engage the public in decision-making, in fact they suppress debate. They send troops to do things that are first of all not in the national interest and second of all are cruel and outrageous.
Like Phil – and like the lady on Rundle Mall – we can “choose sides.” You really should choose sides, as the alternative is to feel like a mere spectator at a horror show.
Have you noticed that hardly anyone talks about the future anymore? I am pretty sure it’s because we subconsciously turn our mind away from something that is too dire to think about.
So what is making it dire? In part, your silence.
Last month I attended a meeting on indigenous rights. The Aboriginal lady who opened the session offered a word of advice to law students of indigenous background, namely:
“Be curious, and don’t stop being curious. Ask questions, and don’t stop asking questions. Take the initiative, and don’t stop taking the initiative.”
Sounds like it would apply just as well to all Aussies!
— Mary W Maxwell lived in the Middle East from 1988 to 1993. She thinks Middle Eastern people are as “normal” as anyone else. In other words they are our brothers and sisters.