The Barrel Bomb Conundrum

 

Much has been said about the Barrel Bomb in Syria. Here is a former Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murrays explanation why he prefers Barrel Bomb against the conventional military bombs from the US army.

Virtually every mainstream media article or broadcast on the United States aerial massacre of Syrian government troops, manages to work in a reference to barrel bombs as though this in some way justifies or mitigates the US action.

It is a fascinating example of a propaganda meme. Barrel bombs are being used by Syrian government forces, though on a pretty small scale. They are an improvised weapon made by packing conventional explosive into a beer barrel. They are simply an amateur version of a conventional weapon, and they are far less “effective” – meaning devastating – than the professionally made munitions the UK and US are dropping on Syria, or supplying to the Saudis to kill tens of thousands of civilians in Yemen, or to Israel to drop on children in Gaza.

If a bomb were to drop near me, I would much prefer it to be a barrel bomb as it would be less likely to kill me than the UK and US manufactured professional variety. If, however my guts were to be eviscerated by flying hunks of white hot metal, I would not particularly care what kind of bomb it was. The blanket media use of “barrel bomb” as though it represents something uniquely inhumane is a fascinating example of propaganda, especially set beside the repeated ludicrous claims that British bombs do not kill civilians.

It is of course only part of the media distortion around the Syria debacle. Western intervention is aimed at supporting various Saudi backed jihadist militias to take over the country, irrespective of the fact that they commit appalling atrocities. These the media label “democratic forces”. At the same time, we are attacking other Saudi controlled jihadists on the grounds that they are controlled by the wrong kind of Saudi. You see, chopping off the heads of dissidents and gays is OK if you are one of the Saudis who directly controls the Saudi oil resources. It is not OK if you do it freelance and are one of the Saudis who is merely acting at the covert behest of the other Saudis who control the Saudi oil resources.

I do hope that is clear.

 

Alfons

 

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Syria crisis is increasing the danger of war in the world.

After the Syrian ceasefire was not implemented, because the American, British and Danish aircraft bombed the Syrian strength, fighting against terrorists, Russia and Syria unilaterally stopped the ceasefire in the area.

Now the US has defined itself, according to “Deutsche Wirdschafts Nachrichten”, the United States to deliver heavy weapons to the so-called opposition.
All this reversal shows once again that the US is not the least bit interested in getting a gun permit in the ravaged Syria. In American circles to accuse Syria and Russia to wipe bomb enemy terrorists, and that Russia has repeatedly asked the United States that the opposition should separate themselves from the terrorists. This has not happened, why the attacks on the areas that the terrorists still have, bombarded by Russian and Syrian air forces. As the situation in Aleppo looks like Syria, with Russia seem to have a big advantage, like the US now deliver heavy weapons to the “opposition”, where one already knows that these weapons will end up in terrorists’ hands.
In a speech in the UN, accusing Sammanta Power, Russia and Syria that they are not interested in a ceasefire, which of course once again shows how the propaganda war going on, where the United States is the good, while Russia and Syria are the evil side. This has been going on for several years, and those suffering are the Syrian population.

If it be that the United States wants peace in Syria, they would cease hostilities, and you could start fredprocessendan together with Russia and other states. In such an arrangement, shall also be Assad’s position in the case, but this should only be done by the Syrian people decide that. Of course, the US is not interested in such a deal. We must not forget Vietnam, where the United Nations decided by negotiating with all parties, that there would be a referendum in Vietnam, where people could vote for the party they wanted. Eisenhower knew that Ho Che Ming, the leader of North Vietnam, would win such a vote by a large margin, so he opposed a democratic vote, and established a dictatorial regime, which was subject to United States. The same applies to Syria, US knows very well that Assad would win such a vote, if they got permission, so it is not interested in that at all, let the Syrian people to decide which regime they want.
Most people know that the so-called Opposition is a diffuse assembled group, where internal fighting, it would make it impossible to agree on a presidential candidate. This know US and its ally very well, which is why you are not interested in a ceasefire.
The only solution for them is that Assad resign and faced court martial. Then arises again the question, who decides whether Assad should go or if he should stay? The most democratic course, is that the Syrian people could decide. This solution is opposed, of course the United States and its allies.
The whole war is about control of oil in the Middle East. Nothing else counts for the United States. The United States must have control.
Samantha Power’s speech at the United Nations, shows again how she was playing a double game, she criticized the Russian and Syrian bombings against Aleppo, and call these as the worst in memory manna. Henna historical knowledge is extremely small, just think of Dresden, when the Second World War was already over. When the US bombed and Royal Air Force, Dresden, a city that had lodge military installations. It could be called war crimes. But as always, it is the victors who write history.
US apparent duplicity, with the people of Syria and in other parts of empires. US demands that other countries facing democracy, while the United States supports holding the world if they have natural resources.

The entire development in the Middle East, is in stark contrast to what the US public policy advocates. After the Arab spring, where several countries in North Africa got rid of their dictators, and hjälpes also by NATO, after showing these years, how dangerous it is for foreign interests intervene in the various countries where it believes that there is a dictatorship . The entire North Africa today is a powder keg, where the IS and other terrorist organizations thrive, and which in general can not imagine the human suffering.
The entire Western world is now a policy in the long run dinghy peace efforts in the world, but on the contrary, all preparing for war by all means. The UN is an insignificant player in this context where the most important decisions are made in Washington and in Moscow and Beijing.

Alfons

CETA trade agreement

Austria’s Federal Chancellor Kern has announced a member questioning in the SPÖ to CETA. The result should be a rejection. The Austrian Chancellor Kern said he was prepared to hold a conflict with the EU.
This will be the next conflict within the EU that Austria is triggering. That will be so, “said Austria’s Federal Chancellor Christian Kern to the ORF. “These free trade agreements actually bring about a massive shift in power for the benefit of globally operating corporations under the cover of free trade, and democratic co-determination, which is a fundamental web defect”. In the end, one had to focus on the fact that “democratic participation in the shaping of our economy remains possible and that we are not shifting the power relations to global corporations”.
Kern announced on Friday in Vienna a member questioning in the SPÖ to the CETA agreement. In view of the resistance that had been formulated so far, it was a signing of Austria, without having been so thoroughly explained and punctured point by point. This is not a populist reflex, but a broad movement against CETA. The outcome of this survey is, however, clear: the majority of the SPÖ members are unlikely to answer yes to the question asked whether to vote for CETA if there is a danger that European standards will be lowered.

Austria is particularly critical of the planned free trade agreement between the EU and the USA (TTIP). CETA, however, contains similar points, Kern said. He did not go into details. He is expected to comment extensively on TTIP at a press conference.

According to surveys, the agreements are also very different in the European population. In Austria, the rejection is particularly large. Many fear that rules for food safety might be softened. Supporters reject this.

In Germany, the CETA agreement does not apply to the government’s opposition. On the other hand, Minister of Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, has declared the negotiations on TTIP practically unsuccessful. Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Commission, and the US have rejected this presentation. Advocates of the agreements hope to create many jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Germany too, criticism of CETA has intensified once again. A complaint was filed with the Federal Constitutional Court, signed by 125,000 citizens. There is no doubt that CETA is harmful to democracy and must, therefore, be rejected. Before the Federal Constitutional Court, we want to clarify whether the agreement is still in breach of the Basic Law, “said Foodwatch CEO Thilo Bode.

However, the EU Commission continues to adhere to the agreement. And the opposition is also not so great at the European Parliament. Germany and Austria play a special role here. “The agreement brings clear economic benefits,” says Artis Pabrikis (EPP), the rapporteur of the European Parliament on the free trade agreement CETA. “These benefits are quite substantial because the EU’s prosperity is very much linked to its trading activity and the possibility of a trade. “The agreement would create more jobs and, in particular, support small and medium-sized enterprises which are the backbone of the economy.
On 17 September there will still be protests against TTIP and CETA across Europe. Attac called accordingly in Austria:
“We want to prevent TTIP and CETA as they contain various critical points, such as investor-state arbitration and regulations on regulatory co-operation, which undermine democracy and the rule of law. We want to prevent the reduction of labor, social, environmental, data protection and consumer protection standards in intransparent negotiations, as well as deregulating public services (eg water supply) and cultural property. ”

Alfons

Only In The World Of American Media Is Syria A Civil War

Brandon Turbeville

To the vast majority of Americans, the Syrian crisis (as well as the state of affairs in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, etc.) is merely a distant blip on a cluttered radar screen. Competing with issues affecting an individual’s daily life like wages, taxes, and free trade, that small portion of the American population who hasn’t completely zoned out of the political and current events sphere is increasingly overtaken with the necessities of survival. Those who are able to devote enough time to the Syrian crisis are confronted with an unprecedented onslaught of propaganda demonizing the Syrian government and the Syrian president as “killing his own people,” “brutal,” and “genocidal.” The Syrian people are also victims of the propaganda war as being obsessed with religion, divided, and opposed to their government.

As they are presented by the U.S. media, the Syrian people, like most other people across the world are completely dehumanized. In American media, Syrians are not human. They are numbers. 100 died today. 86 died the day before. Syrians are not mothers or sons. They are not fathers or little children, grandparents. They are blips on a screen and data in a spreadsheet. At least, this is how they are presented to an increasingly hardened American public, a nation that is becoming more and more desensitized to death, destruction, and degradation both at home and abroad.

Having recently concluded a trip to the Middle East, I can safely say that the claims made by Western media are the opposite of the truth.

While my visit centered in Lebanon, we had frequent opportunities to talk with ordinary Syrian citizens either visiting Lebanon or fleeing the ravages of the war in their home country. Indeed, Syrians and Syrian refugees were plentiful in Beirut and many would openly speak about the horrors visited upon them by the West’s proxy war and their trials outside Syria.

What is so important about the fact that these Syrians were being interviewed in Lebanon is the unique benefit of talking with someone not living in their home country because one knows with relative certainty that the person speaking has nothing to lose or gain by giving a false perception of the government. After all, one of the frequent accusations leveled by the Western media is that, whenever one speaks to a Syrian actually living in Syria is that they are handicapped by that person’s fear of retribution from the Syrian government. According to this train of thought, if a man criticized Assad in Syria, he might be subject to arrest and then, of course, torture, execution, and “barrel bombs.”

But that is not the case in Lebanon. In Lebanon, even the most vocal anti-Assad Syrian can speak his mind and be safely out of Assad’s reach. Indeed, even out of ear shot by the Syrian government. A Syrian in Lebanon can speak his piece and do so safely in the knowledge that the alleged “brutal dictator” cannot reach him.

That being said, out of all the Syrians I met and spoke to – refugees and visitors, Muslim and Christian, male and female – not one of them supported the “rebels” and all of them – 100% – fully supported their government and Bashar al-Assad. These individuals had nothing but hate for the terrorists and nothing but love for Assad and the Syrian government.

This point needs to be stressed. These individuals were not under threat of a tyrant ready to arrest them if they spoke out against him. They were free of Assad. They could spit on his portrait if they wanted and there is nothing the Syrian government can do to them. Instead, they expressed an incredible amount of pride in their country, their government, and their President.

So, with that in mind, if Assad and the Syrian government are “barrel bombing” their own citizens, committing genocide against the Syrian people, and killing civilians indiscriminately, and if Syrians are free to speak their mind about Assad in Lebanon, why couldn’t I find one Syrian who wanted Assad to “step down” or for terrorists to bring them the “freedom and democracy” the West keeps yapping on about? Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places or perhaps the information coming from Western governments and their media mouthpieces are simply propaganda. Personally, I’ll put my money on the latter.

One striking aspect of Beirut in the context of the Syrian crisis is that one does not necessarily have to seek out the Syrians in order to speak to them. If one only wears a necklace, t-shirt, or bracelet with the Syrian flag, they will come to you. Any indication of solidarity with their country, especially exhibited by a Westerner (even better, an American) and a man who speaks only one word of English will stop whatever he is doing so that he can have a conversation with the foreigner, even if that conversation is done by body language hand gestures, broken English, interpreters, or google translate alone.

Others more skilled in the English language are willing to have long discussions about their experiences, their support for the government, and their hatred for the terrorists infecting their country. They would tell tales of watching people they knew killed in front of them and having lost family or very close friends at the hands of America’s “moderates.” Indeed, in Syria, as well as in the diaspora of the last 5 years, it seems impossible to speak with a single Syrian who has not lost someone close to them.

The sheer magnitude of the crisis is unimaginable in scale, much in the way that the horrors inflicted upon the Syrian people by America’s democracy loving cannibals are beyond the comprehension of most Western audiences. But despite all the bloodshed, loss, and terror perpetrated on Syria by the United States, the Syrian spirit remains and the Syrian people remain some of the kindest, friendliest, and most hospitable people on the face of the earth.

In addition, Syrians remain a seemingly highly informed audience despite the fact that their country has been crippled by warfare for the past five years and that they themselves have been turned in to refugees. Knowledge not only of their own situation, but about the players behind it and the developments taking place in Europe and America is common and, while American audiences watch the 24 hours news cycle in utter befuddlement as to the events taking place in Syria, Syrians are profoundly aware of just who is responsible for the crisis their country is facing.

While Americans chalk the crisis up to the “they have been fighting for thousands of years” line or accept the propaganda that Syria is facing a civil war, Syrians know that what they are facing is a proxy war against their government, against their very way of life, and against Russia. Syrians are fully aware of the fact that the terrorists beheading their way across the country are funded by Saudi Arabia, facilitated by Turkey and Israel, and trained by the United States. They are fully aware that there are no “moderates” fighting against the Syrian government and that the United States is responsible for creating the ISIS terror organization it is claiming to fight.

All of this may come as a surprise to Americans but, in Syria, it is well-known.

With that in mind, it is an extraordinary thing that Syrians can welcome foreigners visiting their country with such patience and forgiveness. It is truly amazing that Syrian refugees struggling to survive in a foreign country is willing to sit with a citizen of the very country that destroyed his home and killed his family members, smoke hookah with him, and discuss his homeland. It is an unbelievable act of understanding and forgiveness for a man not to judge an American as the enemy and to separate the American people from their government. I was personally struck by the genuine kindness shown to me by people who have been given every legitimate reason to do otherwise.

What the United States is doing to Syria is truly shameful and immoral but, despite the horrors the U.S. and NATO countries have visited upon Syria, the people have refused to give in.

As Mark Twain said, “Damascus has seen all that has ever occurred on earth, and still she lives. She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies Judging by the people I met, I am inclined to agree with him.

By ALFONS

 

USA IS TRYING TO CREATE NEW CONFLICT BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA:

At the heart of the normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia, the activities of the United States in the direction of Turkey have increased in recent days. In addition, these activities are increasing proportionally to the improvement of Russian-Turkish relations.

Western media and Turkish opposition sources do not stop reporting on “Russian aggression” in Syria. It is already commonplace. One of the widespread reports in the Western media is alleged air attack by Russian aircrafts on front-line Turkish special forces, killing dozens of Turkish soldiers.

As usual, Russia was held responsible even though the Russian aerospace force did not operate in this region (in the north of the Syrian governorial Aleppo). According to a silent agreement between the sides, this area is under the control of aircraft of the US-led coalition.

It seems as if the United States was in a state of tense relations between Russia and Turkey, and Washington is now making great efforts to bring about a new Russian-Turkish confrontation.

On 24 November a Russian SU-24 front bomber was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet. However, we should not forget that this provocation was supported by reconnaissance data from a group of US satellites and Boeing E-3 AWACS of the US Air Force.

Measured against the means used, the decision to attack the Russian jet was not taken in Ankara. Most likely, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave only the consent to this provocation, the belief that the Russian aerospace forces are too much hindering the Turkish interests. However, he should not think that his partner from overseas is concerned about the interests of Turkey.

On 16 July a military coup took place in Turkey. If Erdogan had not been so determined, and his opponents had been so, the event would have led to a mass uprising in the army whose grudge against the government had long developed into naked hatred. All this would have remained an internal affair of Turkey, but it turned out that the power structures in the country were mainly controlled by US military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The influence of the CIA was particularly strong on the Turkish Air Force. Most of the arrests were carried out on the Incirlik Air Force Base, where US aircraft are stationed. The pilot, who shot the Russian bomber last fall, was among the arrested.

After the coup attempt was smashed and the first data were analyzed, Erdogan realized that the United States did not want a stable Turkey and the relations between Ankara and Moscow began to change slowly. Recently, chances for a partnership between Russia and Turkey on the situation in Syria, the most serious problem, were marked. Some paragraphs of the incomplete agreement between Russia and the United States were in the interest of Turkey. As a result, it was quite realistic to achieve a balance of interests for the Syrian governor Aleppo.

While the attitude of the US towards Turkey is very clear, the US authorities are again trying to force Ankara to defend the interests of the West in the region. They make plans for a joint “attack on ar-Raqqa” and put pressure on the Syrian government. In this way, Turkey will inevitably collide with the interests of Russia, according to Washington. The Turkish authorities should decide whether to continue to implement the “orders” of the United States, or to conduct a dialogue on Syria with Russia, which is interested in a stable Middle East.

TRANSLATED BY ALFONS

 

The US have not learned from their mistakes!

Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for Russia and Syria to face a war crimes investigation into their attacks on Syrian civilians, further illustrating the downward spiral in relations between Washington and Moscow.

It is very ironical that just the US shall draw the Russians and the Syrians into the court for war crimes. It seems like a joke, but of course it is a continuation of a game where the US is loosing control.

How can a country have in the last 20 years, been attacking so many other countries, in the name of “war against terrorists” which have resulted in thousands and thousands of civilian casualties, come and speak about war crimes? Thus the United States newer see what they are up to. Do the newer look back what their criminal acts against the people in this world? In the last 15 years only, have the American war machine been involved in the tremendous killing of the as called terrorists? It has without any distinction killed civilians, children, at the same time as the war on terror was going on. The US has called thus killed, collateral dammishs, which is a finer word for civilians. It is hypocritical to talk about the Russians and Syrians of killing civilians on purpose. Of course, there is always more civilian killed than military, and in Syria is no different. It is a great disaster that this war has been going on for more than five years. All talk about a peace agreement has been neglected by the terrorists and by the United States. It becomes more and more clear that the United States has no interests in a piece because they are supporting the terrorists, who are fighting against the Syrian government. The US has always had the goal to undermine the Syrian leader and install a government which is more US, Israel-friendly.

All the surrounding countries, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel have all their fingers in this proxy war and are supporting the terrorists.

The United States are always talking about the Free Syrian Army, but nobody has until today seen any concrete representatives of this army. How are they? What is their aim? Why are the not coming forward and represent their army, and their program how they want to see the new Syria to be build. It is a fas to talk about peace if the American are playing such a double game with the people of Syria.

The only way to finishing this catastrophic war is the play with open cards and not sending weapons to the terrorists, which is well known the US is doing, together with Turkey and the Arab countries.

Let’s talk about a real peace in Syria, and not accusing each other of war crimes, because all of the involved parties are killing civilians, in one or an other way. The terrorists, supported by the US are also very brutal against the civilians, and are using them as shield against the Russian and Syrians attack. If that is not a ware crime, then I do not now what war crime is.

This war is for the United States a game to control the Middle East, and their oil. Nothing is sad about that by the Europeans, which are directly playing with the US, under the pressure of NATO. If the European countries are more independent, they should have the power to stop the war, and at the same time stop all the refugees, who are fleeing the country.

Alfons