Tuesday, 3 September 2013

INSTRUCTION - Vote for war. Ignore refugees. Forget history.

Today the US senate foreign relations committee began their discussions which will lead to a congress vote on military intervention in Syria.  Having watched initial speeches during the live TV broadcast I can tell you that there is no debate here, this is a strict INSTRUCTION to vote in favour of Obama's motion to take military action in response to alleged use of chemical weapons a month ago.  I need to stop following this so closely because it made me feel angry and sick hearing how hard they are banging their war drums.  All the congress leaders have fallen into line and are aggressively lobbying to ensure there's no repeat of the hugely embarrassing inconvenience of British MPs voting against intervention.  It's a foregone conclusion now, they'll be a war with or without any conclusions or authorisation from the UN security council, the US and Israel are already conducting joint missile testing drills over the Mediterranean. 
  • 2 million Syrian refugees have crossed into neighbouring countries, Lebanon has taken over 700,000 refugees which now account for around 1/6 of their population and they can not cope! another 4-5 million Syrians have been displaced within their own country and have fled their own homes.  But still the world debates who was responsible for an alleged chemical attack last month, how about deciding on urgent action to help Syria? to very urgently set up organised refugee camps!  Instead the talk is of how to go about attacking them!  Crazy!
  • The US has a history of using chemical weapons in warfare which makes their stance as world policeman ridiculously hypocrytical.  During heavy fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, 2004 the US used white phosphorus shells and depleted uranium ammunition rounds which annihilated the enemy literally burning flesh to the bone.  The resulting contamination according to researchers has given a 38 fold increase in leukaemia and birth defects have seen a 17 fold increase since pre Iraq war times.  Dr. Samira Alani, a doctor in the city of Fallujah focusing on the issue of birth defects says "it's common now in Fallujah for newborns to come out with massive multiple systemic defects".  *** From 1961 onwards 'agent orange' was used in the Vietnam war.  It was supposedly a herbicide to destroy Vietcong forest cover but also contains dioxin, one of the most lethal carcinogens known, which seriously affected millions of Vietnamese and many US soldiers, it's use was continued for years despite clear knowledge of the chemical's devastating affects and after all these years children are still being born with deformities as a result. *** During the Iran Iraq war between 1981 and 1988 the US continued to aid Iraq despite knowledge of their use of nerve gas against the Iranians, a blind eye was turned because the US favoured Iraq in this particular war.  *** Israel attacked Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2008/2009 with white phosphorus but I do not recall Israel being bombed by the US or world leaders condemning the attacks every hour of every day for weeks and months on end.  *** US Napalm bombs that killed hundreds of thousands in Japan during World War 2???  I'm sure with a bit of research the list could go on and on.....
  • Warnings from other nations, in particular Iran and Russia should be ringing loud alarm bells.  If Syria retaliate (which they say they will) against military strikes then what position will opposing nations take? Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich warned that "military intervention in Syria without a U.N. Security Council resolution would have catastrophic consequences.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned “The use of military means against Syria will have serious consequences not only for Syria but for the entire region.”  America and their new sidekick France are pressing ahead regardless, this is very unlikely to end well! 
displacement of Syrian refugees

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