Establishment Media Spins al-Qaeda’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria
Evidence pointing at al-Qaeda will not derail globalist effort to take down Syria
May 7, 2013
Time is calling the prospect of al-Qaeda in Syria getting chemical weapons “a nightmare scenario” and warns that the terrorist group may end up using them in the United States.
“The prospect of Assad’s weapons falling into anti-American hands is real enough for the U.S. to be watching very, very closely,” writes Michael Crowley for the magazine. “But it’s probably not threatening enough – at least not yet – to justify the kind of full-scale ground invasion that might be required to secure Syria’s chemical arsenal.”
If we are to believe the United Nations, however, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusra Front, has already used chemical weapons.
On Sunday, Carla Del Ponte, a leading UN human rights investigator, told Al Jazeera that a UN commission of inquiry has evidence that the “rebels” in Syria used sarin nerve gas.
“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte told Swiss-Italian television.
“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she said.
Saleem Edris, FSA chief of staff, rejected the accusation. The CIA’s FSA, however, is more or less irrelevant – even the establishment fount The New York Times reports that al-Qaeda controls the manufactured opposition to the al-Assad regime.
“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” the newspaper reported on April 27.
Back in November, the Pentagon floated the idea of using Syrian chemical weapons as a pretext to send 75,000 troops into Syria.
“The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials,” the New York Times reported.
The Washsington Post tried its best to spin the latest evidence that al-Nusra is responsible for using chemical weapons, not the al-Assad regime.
“If the chemical taboo is broken in Syria, does that make the regime more likely to use those weapons itself?” Max Fisher wrote on May 6. “At what point does the United States or Jordan activate its nearby troops, which are on standby to secure loose chemical weapons in a worst-case scenario?”
In other words, despite the evidence al-Nusra (and by extension Saudi Arabia and Qatar) are responsible for using chemical weapons, the response – more likely with each passing day – will be to attack the government of Syria, not al-Qaeda.
The end game in Syria is the same as the one imposed on Libya – “creative destruction” designed to reduce the country to a failed state and ensure that rivals to the power of the United States, Israel and the international bankers do not establish a foothold. Radical Muslim groups controlled by the CIA and British intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood will be installed. The result will be, as it is currently in Iraq, endless religious (Sunni vs. Shia) strife and sectarian conflict that will effectively prevent the vassals from coming together.
“Neocons and their affinity for violent Arab and Muslim-hating Israeli settlers is only a sideshow for the central dynamic – the clash of civilizations as defined by the elite and the plan to take out anybody who challenges their drive for global domination,” we noted in 2011 after the successful destruction of Libya and the engineered mass murder of more than 30,000 people.
“The overthrow of the regime in Syria will not result in democracy. It will produce the sort of chaos previously witnessed in Iraq and now unfolding in Libya.”
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Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is up for the third year in a row and heading towards a record high, according to a new UN report. The Afghanistan Opium Risk Assessment 2013, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, attributes the increase to opium’s rising price, making it an even more attractive crop for farmers. The figure for 2013 is expected to surpass the 154,000 hectares planted in 2012, according to the report. Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, accounting for about 75% of the global supply last year. “The assumption is it will reach again to 90% this year,” says Jean-Luc Lemahieu, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan. “We are looking at a record high cultivation.”
Lemahieu was recently interviewed for The Fix’s exclusive report on the heroin addiction crisis within Afghanistan, which has an estimated 1 million addicts. Earlier this month, the UN also estimated that 1 million deaths worldwide have been caused by Afghan heroin since the US-led “War on Terror” began in 2001, while opium production has increased 40 times. Over 70% of Afthan opium is produced by just three provinces. US troops have attempted to subdue the Taliban influence and find alternative crops for these regions’ farmers. But after the end of the three-year “surge” in 2012, poppy cultivation has soared. It may be that people are turning to illicit markets in greater numbers in anticipation of the predicted withdrawal of foreign forces—and cash—in 2014. “This country is on its way to becoming the world’s first true narco-state,” says an anonymous international law enforcement official. “The opium trade is a much bigger part of the economy already than narcotics ever were in Bolivia or Colombia.”
One million Syrian refugees. Two obstacles to addressing the problem
Intensifying violence and a huge gap in aid funding stand in the way of improving the terrible situation faced by Syrian children
By David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director
Published in the Guardian - 6 March, 2013
Last December the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, announced that the number of refugees fleeing violence in Syria might reach 1 million by June. Today, a full three months ahead of that prediction, comes news that this grim milestone has now been reached.
Two years after the start of the conflict the arrival of the millionth refugee across the Syrian border is a stark illustration of a crisis that is bringing fear, pain and suffering on a massive scale. Within Syria itself violence is intensifying and more than 4 million people, at least half of whom are children, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. In neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – governments and humanitarian organisations, including Unicef, are struggling to meet even the most essential needs of the refugees.
As this crisis approaches its third year, the initial trickle has grown steadily until now more than 7,000 refugees cross Syria’s borders each night. Last night a BBC news crew on the Jordanian border said they counted 1,000 refugees crossing from Syria in the space of just half an hour. Travelling under cover of darkness, the refugee children and their families arrive frightened and exhausted, frequently with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Visiting the overcrowded Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan recently it was clear to me just how much Syria’s children have had to endure. Many have experienced tragic loss and witnessed horrific violence. Others are suffering with coughs, pneumonia and respiratory infections. I was shocked to hear small children tell me their stories of how they hid in basements, found their homes destroyed and fled to the border on foot at night with gunfire. Those deeply personal and intensely moving conversations will stay with me.
The scale of the crisis facing Syria’s children requires a massive response from international humanitarian organisations. Unicef staff and partners are working around the clock to provide essential water, vaccines, emotional and psychological support, education, protection and nutrition to children and families in desperate and urgent need. We are currently providing the supplies and services that can secure safe water for more than 10 million people in Syria – close to half the population. But despite the courageous efforts of our teams, we are facing two serious obstacles which, if they cannot be addressed with urgency, will mean more suffering and a continuing flow of desperate refugee children.
The first is the intensification of violence in Syria. In separate incidents last month 70 children died when missiles struck residential areas of Aleppo, and 20 children died from a bomb blast in their Damascus classroom. At least 2 million people have been displaced within Syria, many sheltering in bombed-out buildings or makeshift camps. With no political resolution to the crisis in sight it is hard to see how the suffering of the children in Syria will be eased and how the flow of refugees will be stemmed.
The second factor is a chronic lack of funding, which is threatening to leave many Syrian children without essential assistance. Indeed, unless an 80% funding gap is bridged very soon, Unicef will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions. For example, supplies of chlorine for clean drinking water in Syria will only last until the end of this month unless the funds are available to buy more. An immunisation programme planned for April, to reach 2 million, may not reach those who need it. Without these vital supplies, millions of children could be exposed to the risk of life-threatening diseases.
Following a sudden disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami, the response of the international community is rapid and effective. Public generosity is mobilised, funds pour in, high-level political decisions are made to ensure that relief reaches those in need as quickly as possible. While the situation in Syria is not a natural disaster, it is a crisis and the suffering of Syria’s children is no less extreme.
Media moments like today’s “millionth refugee milestone” or next week’s marking of “two years of conflict” are desperately important for focusing minds on the suffering of the children of Syria. Hopefully they will produce a surge in attention and public concern that will spur the international community, with a renewed sense of urgency and determination, to ensure that pledges are delivered and sufficient funds are made available to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance.
For one child, in Syria or outside its borders, to be living in fear or without the basic help needed to survive is a terrible thing. If we can see each of the million refugees as a multiple of that individual suffering, it is not just a number, it is a desperate human tragedy that staggers the imagination and demands immediate action.
Photo caption: Boys play on a destroyed army tank, in the town of Azaz in the north-western Aleppo Governorate, Syria.
Photo credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1300/Alessio Romenzi
PTAB 2.5M’s and their associated RBK-250 dispenser. In Marea, which was hit again after the December 12 strike. Fortunately for the town’s residents the pilot’s release timing for second strike was not quite right, and most of the submunitions landed in a wheat field beside the town.
Each and every item in the photographs above was made in Russia during the late Soviet period. President Bashar al-Assad’s government has steadfastly denied using cluster munitions, and the Kremlin has denied providing cluster munitions to Syria.
For more about these weapons, and the politics and language of denials, go here.
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