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ROBERT FISK - Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons

ROBERT FISK

Saturday 8 December 2012
Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons
Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?

The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. We all know who said that – but it still works. Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own Syrian people. If he does, the West will respond. We heard all this stuff last year – and Assad’s regime repeatedly said that if – if  – it had chemical weapons, it would never use them against Syrians.
But now Washington is playing the same gas-chanty all over again. Bashar has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own people. And if he does…

Well if he does, Obama and Madame Clinton and Nato will be very, very angry. But over the past week, all the usual pseudo-experts who couldn’t find Syria on a map have been warning us again of the mustard gas, chemical agents, biological agents that Syria might possess – and might use. And the sources? The same fantasy specialists who didn’t warn us about 9/11 but insisted that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in 2003: “unnamed military intelligence sources”. Henceforth to be acronymed as UMIS.

Coup de théâtre

"Bashar must die!" The Brahimi Plan

The Brahimi Plan

By Thierry Meyssan

August 30, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -  In the aftermath of the second Russian-Chinese veto which formally prohibited foreign intervention in Syria on February 4, the West feigned seeking peace while actively organizing a vast secret war. On the diplomatic front, they appeared to accept the Lavrov-Annan Plan, even as these same countries were facilitating the movement into Syria of tens of thousands of mercenaries and while UN Observers were escorting the leaders of the Free Syrian Army to get them through the roadblocks.

Obama Does Syriana By Pepe Escobar

Obama Does Syriana
August 03, 2012 "
Asia Times" --

ICC - International Anti-NATO Alliance statement on Syria

Stop the war in Syria –No intervention

The ominous signs of impending war with Syria are escalating. A nightmare is unfoldingacross the countryand has now reached the streetsof Damascusand Aleppo. As we are writing these lines, the Minister of Defence Dawoud Raha and Assad’s brother in-law Assef Shawkat have just been assassinated, supposedly by terrorist attack. And we all sense how the story will probably end: Thousands of soldiers and civilians killed, towns and families destroyed, and President Assad and his family beaten to death in a ditch.

NATO and the EU are backing Turkish support to the opposition, along with Saudi Arabian and Qatari millions and arms flowing into Syria from every corner. Any arms trade, by Western countries and their allies and by Russia, intensifies the civil war and conflict.Western media repeats arguments to justify foreign intervention.

The International Coordinating Committee of the Network No to War –No to NATO, opposes any military, economic, diplomatic, orcovert intervention aimed at controlling the internal affairs of Syria or any other country:

Sanctions harm the people of Syria causing food shortages, power outages, and block the distribution of goods.

Foreign intervention from all sides is contributing to the escalation of violence, the possibility of civil war, and total destabilization. This includes any interventions under the cover of “securing” against the possible use of chemical weapons. The people who always suffer the most are the peoplnot engaged directly in the armed conflict.

Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy

Robert Fisk: Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy

The West's real target here is not Assad's brutal regime but his ally, Iran, and its nuclear weapons

Syrian rebels near Aleppo: 'We are besieging Assad's army' Regime forces have been pulverising rebel-held districts using artill

Syrian rebels near Aleppo: 'We are besieging Assad's army'
Regime forces have been pulverising rebel-held districts using artillery and helicopter gunships. But the rebels are upbeat

Luke Harding in Anadan, on the Aleppo frontline
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 July 2012 16.35 BST

Syria crisis: a captured Shabiha member in Aleppo speaks Link to this video
The green tanks of Bashar al-Assad's army twinkled in the afternoon haze – two of them, parked just outside a military base. From the Syrian rebel position, a mere 1.5km away, an opposition fighter peered curiously at them. He poked his binoculars through a tiny window, gesturing to watch out for snipers.

At that moment there was a percussive boom: a shell landing in the nearby hills. Syria's war has been going on for 16 long months – a brutal conflict fought between a well-armed military state and lightly-weaponed revolutionaries. This battle has raged across the country: in Homs, Hama and most recently Damascus.

Last week it arrived in Aleppo in northern Syria. It is the country's biggest city, home to 2.5 million people, inhabited since the second millennium BC, and situated on a historic trading route between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia. It is a microcosm of Syria's complex internal forces, religious and civic. A murderous storm now grips it.

"The bombing has been going on all night. And all morning," Abdul Sadiq, a Free Syrian Army commander, said indifferently. "The shelling is continuous." His militia volunteers seized the town of Anadan, 13km immediately north of Aleppo, a month ago. Groups of FSA fighters infiltrated south and east Aleppo on 20 July.

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