VALERIE AMOS - The action we can take on Syria. THE GUARDIAN, 091113.

SYRIA - Why cant we hear these views in the mainstream media?

SYRIA - Why cant we hear these views in the mainstream media? -

A Conversation with Yasser Munif: Inside the Syrian Revolution and What the Left Must Do

I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Yasser Munif, professor at Emerson College, call into The Declaration radio show tonight. He has recently visited Syria, witnessed the revolution there, and has spoken and written about it (including an interview with scholar Nigel Gibson at Jadaliyya.) We talked about what he saw, the troubles facing revolutionaries in Syria, the very oppositional distinction between revolutionaries and jihadists, and more. And we talked about the Left’s perception of what’s going on, and how so many are getting it wrong on Syria.

American threats widen fault lines among Syrian rebels, The Guardian.

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SYRIA - Justin Kilcullen in Irish Times

SYRIA - a plea for peace: Denis J. Halliday et al

A Plea for Peace in Syria
LE MONDE – September 2, 2013
The drums of war are beating once more in the Middle East, this time with the possibility of an imminent attack on Syria, after the alleged use of chemical weapons by its government. It is precisely in times of crisis such as now that the case for peace can be made in the clearest and most obvious manner.

First of all, we have no proof that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. Even if proofs were provided by Western governments, we have to remain skeptical, remembering the Tonkin Gulf incident and the Vietnam war, the incubator baby massacre in Kuwait and the first Gulf war, the Racak massacre and the Kosovo war, the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the second Gulf war, the threat of massacre in Benghazi and the Libyan war. All these justifications for previous wars were fabricated or dubious. We may also notice that evidence for the use of chemical weapons was provided to the U.S. by Israeli intelligence which is not exactly a neutral actor.

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