It’s the same old, threadbare story, being told over and over again when our governments feel the need to go to war. And it’s not just one particular government, just one super-power doing this, no, they’re all at it. Again.
With the world on the brink of a confrontation between the USA and Russia, thanks to yet another alleged ‘chemical gas attack’ in Syria, one might have thought that by now our various government figures had learned something. But no – the old lies are peddled again and again.
Let’s cast our minds back, to Blair and Bush and their tale about a certain potentate in the Middle East with ‘WMD’ … So we got the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands died. A ‘regime change’ did not bring any peace and prosperity. Instead, we saw the rise of ISIS and continuous warfare in that region unto this day.
I won’t mention Afghanistan where so many of our lads died. We know the results of their sacrifice: no peace, but more terrorism and more terrorists coming to our country.
I will mention Libya and the ‘Arab Spring’ … and Syria. “We”, that is our various governments in the West simply ‘knew’ that the masses in those countries were crying out for liberty and democracy, Western style. They had proof … and it was only going to be a short uprising, no civil war – all would be well.
Instead, there’s no peace, there’s civil war or repression along the whole of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean coast. And ‘refugees’ …
Syria was the prize, supposedly going to topple like a house of cards. That was over 7 years ago. And of course, there were the ‘gas attacks’ by that man Assad. I’ll come back to the first one in 2013, but right now let’s just remind ourselves of the current and last year’s attacks.
Last year, we saw such attack just when Assad’s forces were entering, finally, a jihadi stronghold. Cue uproar, from President Trump down. Actual proof was not needed, there were these photos whizzing around the internet. That was sufficient ‘proof’. Trump acted, firing Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian Air Force base.
People across the world asked where was the logic in Assad gassing his own people when he was winning? Never mind –
“We have proof – trust us!” – and that was that. Or was it?
In February this year, very quietly, it was reported that Gen Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, said that there actually was no proof:
“Lost in the hyper-politicized hullabaloo [… of US politics] was the striking statement by Secretary of Defense James Mattis that the U.S. has “no evidence” that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people.
This assertion flies in the face of the White House (NSC) Memorandum which was rapidly produced and declassified to justify an American Tomahawk missile strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria.” (Newsweek).
Ah. So “We have proof – trust us” was actually, ahem, a porkie? But we surely must believe them now, when they say they have proof! After all, even President Macron tells the world that yes, he has proof! Of course, what exactly that proof consists of he can’t tell us … and Ms May – well, we know all about the sort of ‘proof’ she provides us with. Skripal ring any bells? Our FM Johnson claims (see e.g. here) based on the report from the OPCW, now out, that the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent was extremely pure … so, therefore, the Russians did it. “We have proof – trust us! You must!”
Well, the summary of that report has been made public but, oh dear:
“The name and structure of the identified toxic chemical are contained in the full classified report of the Secretariat, available to States Parties.”
So it might have been a pure anything – we’ll never know, we just have to trust our totally unbiased governments who tell us the ‘have proof’.
It wouldn’t be so bad if these same governments weren’t working full tilt to create a military confrontation with Russia in the Middle East.
As many of us peasants know, Russia and Syria had already warned that the usual suspects were planning to ‘produce’ a ‘gas attack’. And lo and behold – it happened, just like last year: same circumstances, same evidence from the same “White Helmets” (why are they not helping the people in Yemen, btw?), and with President Trump blowing his top again, predictably.
This time round, however, because our various governments have been on the “Putin did it” rampage for a month now (“We have proof, but we won’t tell you, so sit down and shut up”), it has become very serious indeed. So serious that WWIII is indeed a possibility.
One hopes that the little sabre-rattlers, the Macrons and Mays, can be sat upon. Trump however is another calibre. I don’t agree with Nigel Farage’s take that Trump is doing this to get concessions as with North Korea and China. What, does he think, can Putin ‘concede’? Roll on his back and stick his four paws in the air?
Why are our statesmen and ~women and our MSM so fixated on Putin and Russia? Here’s one little secret: remember the first gas attack in Syria in 2013? Remember Pres. Obama’s ‘red line’, and how he and Cameron were gung-ho to attack Assad, even with ‘boots on the ground’? Remember how a certain William Hague was fulminating against the evil Assad? It was another case of “we have proof – trust us” … and then what happened?
This happened: Putin negotiated the destruction of all Assad’s chemical weapons, under UN inspection, to the relief of all of us. Parliament refused to allow ‘boots on the ground’ and indeed any involvement. Obama had to call back his war dogs. He and they weren’t going to get their ‘little war’ – and ever since, the US and their Western Allies have turned on Putin … ever since, they ‘have proof’ which they can’t tell us, but we have to trust them. And this time it’s really different, really! Trust them!