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Freedom Rider: American Hell for Syria

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    With the imminent attack on Syria, Barack Obama prepares to add to his personal legacy of illegal wars based entirely on lies. The corporate media will eagerly sell the newest U.S. aggression, starting with the absurd premise that Syria would launch a chemical attack “when it is winning the war fomented by the United States, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other gulf monarchies.”

    Freedom Rider: American Hell for Syria

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    “The White House says that United Nations inspectors in Syria are too late to investigate the chemical weapons claims and must be ignored.”

    William Kristol called Barack Obama a “born again neo-con” after the president sought his advice when making the case for the over throw of the Libyan government in 2011. Kristol certainly ought to know who his compatriots are but the statement isn’t quite true.

    No one becomes president who isn’t a true believer in the American empire of money and murder. They are all neo-cons, despite what they may say about immigration or gay marriage or health care. The differences at the top are small. The pinnacle of power is reserved for people who are aligned with the ruling 1% and who will use American power to dominate the world economically and militarily.

    America has brought destruction on a mass scale to many parts of the world. In the past two decades that hell has been almost constant. Bush the elder and Bush the younger are both responsible for at least 1 million deaths in Iraq alone. When not sending United States troops to fight on the ground they instigated proxy wars such as between Somalia and Ethiopia. Bill Clinton bombed the former Yugoslavia, enacted deadly sanctions against the Iraqi people and backed the killers in Africa who have brought so much death to the Congo.

    “The pinnacle of power is reserved for people who are aligned with the ruling 1% and who will use American power to dominate the world economically and militarily.

    Barack Obama is smarter than them all and that means the world is in very grave danger from the United States. He knows that domestic opposition to aggression is lessened if there are no American soldiers in danger. In the age of drone warfare and so-called surgical strikes, he can quiet all but those absolutely committed to peace and non-intervention. The recent claim that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians is just the latest in a long line of lies used as pretexts for war by American presidents. The Gulf of Tonkin, WMD, and incubator babies stories all played pivotal roles in getting an uninformed populace to say yes to wholesale slaughter.

    It is very hard to believe that the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria would commit a chemical weapons attack when it is winning the war fomented by the United States, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other gulf monarchies. President Obama went on record to say that the use of chemical weapons would draw a “red line” and trigger military action. Assad has hung on in the face of terrible odds and would be a fool to risk war when he has the advantage before peace talks are held. The talks have been delayed for months by the United States in an effort to buy time for their “rebel” allies. Assad wanted and needed these meetings to take place and wouldn’t have done anything that would give his enemies an excuse to walk away from the table. It would also be very bad timing on the eve of the next G20 summit which will be hosted by Russia, Syria’s strongest ally.

    So once again we have the United States doing its usual dirty work with the help of their hand maidens in the corporate media. Just as they did in 2002 and 2003 the television networks and major newspapers repeat as gospel truth every assertion coming out of the White House. The Obama administration is taking its cues from the bad old days of George W. Bush. The White House says that United Nations inspectors in Syria are too late to investigate the chemical weapons claims and must be ignored. Without a hint of irony or mention of its previous shameful behavior the New York Times tells its readers why this must be so.

    “Images of Iraqi babies with two heads or no heads are also gut wrenching and Kerry is one of the people responsible for making that moral obscenity take place.”

    Also without shame or irony, Secretary of State John Kerry, made a statement which made words like propaganda seem quaint. “Let me be clear. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.” Kerry was among the senators who voted to approve the invasion of Iraq. That invasion included the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus against civilian populations. These weapons are still causing horrific birth defects in Iraqi children years after they were used. Kerry said that images of victims were “gut wrenching” and that he couldn’t forget seeing a father holding his dead child. Images of Iraqi babies with two heads or no heads are also gut wrenching and Kerry is one of the people responsible for making that moral obscenity take place.

    The United States supported Saddam Hussein when he used chemical weapons to attack Iran in 1988. Apparently Kerry doesn’t find the recent government created carnage in Egypt very gut wrenching, nor the continued American created chaos in Somalia which has killed many babies and grieving parents. Our president brags about his personal role in determining who will be on the assassination kill list. This country is in no position to take the moral high ground about Syria or any other country.

    Every claim for humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect are based on lies meant to obscure America’s true and very base motivations. The world can only hope that Syria’s allies are able to make Obama and his friends think twice. There is no deterrent for a war mongering nation except the fear of defeat.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)

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    i dont know

    I dont know what to say, war is very dangerous for human existences. I just hate it as well as I hate belajar bahasa inggris

    Yeh that's what I said and am still saying

    Assad's going down

    You keep hoping for an Arab saviour to fight and defeat white supremacy for you. 

    Keep dreamin, it aint gonna be Assad or Ahmadinejad anymore than it was Saddam or Gaddafi.

    They may back down on striking Syria, for now, but whatever happens next will end in the removal of Assad. 

    These bitch ass so called world leaders aint gonna go to war over no Syria -- pipelines, geopolitical and strategic "importance", etc notwithstanding.

    They want to control the place not destroy it. Assad is the main impediment to that. That's why he's gone. 

    Now don't get me wrong, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see the bastards destroy each other or even just to watch the US and the UK deplete themselves by pouring their resources into a REAL war, one in which there is equal destruction on both sides. 

    That would be good for all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons . . . . 

    However, my concern is esacalation. 

    It should probaby be your concern too. 

    Now Obama is an interesting story. It's finally dawning on that bootlicking son of bitch that his entire grooming for the presidency was intended to make him the fall guy for this big day, the day it blew up in all our faces. 

    And for once the fool may be making the right move. In true Pontius Pilate style the mothafucka is now trying to wash his hands of it and pass the decision over to the mad dog white mob aka Congress. 

    Even an emasculated eunuch like BO can't swallow that much white supremacy penile discharge. 

    How I hate these bastards. Death to them all. 


    "Assad is going down"? I don't think so

    Have you considered what that Iranians think? Just imagine they retaliate against the Saudis, what will Washington do?  I can understand why the double-dealing British are backing out.  Don't mess with Iran.  They are a legitimate regional power.  If Hezbollah,  the Iranian proxy fought to a standstill with Israel, what do you think will happen when the Boss himself removes the gloves?

    White supremacy is my best least friend

    it always proves me right.

    State of play is the Yankies are going in -- all "fuck y'all and we'll do it by ourselves if necessary". 

    Kerry just broke down the lies they're gonna try and sell it on. 

    Other western "powers" (the Brits) appear a bit sheepish and don't seem to have a taste for this one.  (for the time being)

    Either way Uncle Sam's going in -- in defiance of all the bad boy (thug) talk about Russia sending migs, cigs (who gives a frig?)   

    Like I said, ASSad is going down. 


    uhhh be realistic bruh. and do your research

    Supersonic Yakhont and Iskandar Missiles "signed, sealed, delivered".

    Remember that anything that gets delivered to Syria, gets automatically delivered to Iran, who knows how to replicate/produce things they get their hands on (and deliver to hizbol).

    The only question left is if Obama is going to be smart and kick the can down to the next white administration so they can get their asses kicked in a last stand against the Muslim/colored world.

    It's obvious that the rich white establishment is putting Obama on the spot by pressuring him into another genocide against people of color on the anniversary of MLK I have a dream.

    None of what I said negates the fact that some in the O administration should be prosecuted for the genocide committed against Black people in North Africa during the Arab spring Al qaeda destabilization program.. unleashing right wing Arab racism on Black peoples head..

    And there should be an investigation into the Haitian genocide. Starting with the modern day HAARP program and then going into what economic factors led to Haiti having poor infrastructure and weak corrupt government, and culminating into the investigation into germ warfare/experimentation against the Haiti people.

    Assad is going down

    If Assad is counting on his "alliances" with Russia and China to deter American agression, he's living in cloud cuckoo land. 

    Super powers' first second and last loyalty is to their own preservation. They won't go to war with each other over some desert in the Mid East.

    They'll cut a few behind the scenes deals, agreeing the terms by which Assad will be regime changed, divvy up the booty and then onto Iran next. 

    We need a new Hannibal to unite the world masses against the Super Powers, someone like the kick ass Robert Mugabe. These fucking Arabs aint it.

    They're even more craven before white power than your average, dumb, wish 'I was white', negro.  That's why they're in worse shape, ideologically, than your average, dumb, wish I was white, negro.




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