Obama’s Highway to Hell in Syria?

Editor’s note: firstly, the link to pfc manning’s contribution requires a login to the Murdoch press (i.e The New York Times).

Norman Solomon claims that the assault on whistle-blowers will ensue that ‘mainline media’ will tell the official spin.

Putting aside for the moment the fact that New York Times is ‘mainline media’ – the claim that Syria possesses stockpiles of chemical weapons comes from ‘American diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records’ released by bradley/chelsea manning – these are hardly reliable sources.
The whistle-blowers themselves are caught in a web that is orientalist and racist in nature – their leaks not really capable of revealing anything ‘true’ about the nature of the conflict in Syria as these cables are seen solely through the eyes of US strategic interests. But readers may judge for themselves…

Ask yourself why would Assad use chemical weapons against his own people?
Isn’t it more likely that it is the opposition or rogue elements in the army? Israel, France, and the US have  all used chemical weapons against people in the developing world to serve their own imperialist ambitions.
Where is the sign that the material released by whistleblowers Manning or Assange is an accurate depiction of what is going on in Syria?
Assange/Manning have distributed source material from the American military, how does that help us understand what is going on, given its history of lies and deceptions?

In the clip outside the British Foreign office, Ciaron O’Reilly claims that the civil war in Syria ‘is a sectarian war.’

No matter what is said about Assad – he is a secular leader and the war in Syria is not sectarian in nature – it is a civil war fueled by US, French, British, Israel and other interests.
The aim of the civil war in Syria is to destablise whole popultaions and to break the region up up into parts (to divide Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt & Syria) so that the people may be dominated militarily by Israel, serving US strategic interests in oil and gas.

O’Reilly also states that this war has been going on for decades. What exactly do you mean, Ciaron? The Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights? The Israeli invasion and occupation of Southern Lebanon? The Occupation of the West Bank by Israeli Settlers aided by the IDF? Israeli murder of hundreds of children in Gaza in 2009/2010? The ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel? I think the writers of the article below need to be clearer in what they say and do and why  … especially when they are leaking dossiers compiled by Western intelligence.

Is there no end to Obama’s hypocrisy? To call out Assad and the Syrian army but not to call out Netanyahu and Israeli military?

In 2008, Hezbollah drove the Israeli military out of southern Lebanon and that country finally had some peace for 5 years – now all they have is refugees (from Syria, sic).

To Norman Solomon: Will the whistle blowers strip off the mask of lies by re-telling the lies, I think not.

Ian Curr
Editor, WBT.]

On 10/09/2013, at 10:24 PM, Ciaron OReilly wrote:

Syria: Manning Activists Resist as US Vice President Conspires with British Foreign Minister over War Plans.

Mon 9 Sept: Catholic Worker Ciaron O’Reilly provides a speed bump on Obama & Kerry’s Highway to Hell in Syria
As the New York Times comments on Pfc. Manning’s contribution to our understanding of how Syria acquired chemical weapons…

Syria’s top leaders amassed one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons with help from the Soviet Union and Iran, as well as Western European suppliers and even a handful of American companies, according to American diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records

…and Norman Solomon tells us What the Assault on Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria

Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria.

…London based Manning supporters from the Catholic Worker gather outside the Foreign Office in London to protest the visit of Vice President John Kerry.

If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your life – Phil Berrigan R.I.P., WW2 combat veteran, Plowshares movement founder & anti-Vietnam War resister.



Ciaron O’Reilly
Blog http://ciaron.wordpress.com/

“The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets.”
Phil Berrigan

4 thoughts on “Obama’s Highway to Hell in Syria?

  1. wiseupforbm says:

    Re. Ed’s note…

    I think it’s a link to the NYT, didn’t seem to require a log in. It’s clear from the link that it’s going to a NYT article. Having a link to an article wasn’t meant to imply endorsement.

    The diplomatic cables have of course to be seen in the light of where they come from and what interests they represent. That doesn’t negate their value and it doesn’t make the act of whistleblowing any less significant imo. The cables and other documents released by Manning do contribute to our overall understanding – the point isn’t to claim that the cables contain an objective truth; rather that even given their US bias they indicate – in this instance – that Assad has been armed by the same nations now planning to wage war on Syria for possessing these arms. The WISE Up article reposted here doesn’t comment on the likelihood or otherwise that the weapons actually WERE used by Assad, nor does it comment on possession and use of chemical weapons by others in Syria.

    Anyhow, my bit of this post was written in haste so could maybe have been worded more carefully. Apologies for that … see http://wiseupforbradleymanning.wordpress.com

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