Uncle Sam – bombs first asks later – as usual!

Statement by United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria! 

U.S. Out of Syria and the Middle East Now!

On Thursday, April 6, the Trump administration launched 60 Cruise Tomahawk missiles from its offshore Mediterranean warships at Syria’s al-Sshayrat military airfield near Homs, Syria’s third largest city. The U.S. strikes obliterated substantial portions of Syria’s military capacity there. Trump’s action came a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. bombing of Syria.

Neither Trump nor any other U.S. government agency presented a shed of proof that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin nerve gas in its bombing of ISIS, Al Qaida or any other «rebel» groups in Syria’s Idlib province. President Assad denied using sarin gas while Russia’s defense ministry according to the UK-based Guardian, has stated that the chemicals were release when a Syria bombed a «rebel» arm storage facility.

Bomb first! Ask questions later!

Trump and his now bi-partisan «Bomb first! Ask questions later» cohorts have ignited what could become a catastrophic escalation in the region that poses the threat of nuclear war. Immediately before the U.S. missile attack, the Trump administration convened a bi-partisan group of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans for a congressional briefing session. While there was no indication of opposition to the Trump attack, a few, citing the U.S. Constitution, later expressed the need for congressional debate and approval before waging war.

Employing the Obama administration’s «red line» threat of war in 2013 Trump stated, «These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration?s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a «red line» against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.» No doubt Trump was fully aware that Obama’s «nothing» included the continued arming, organizing, financing and training of terrorist and associated U.S.-backed groups in Syria aimed at al-Assad removal.

Corporate media beats the war drums

The corporate media near unanimously beat the war drums to fever pitch and then hailed the bombing without the slightest inclination to investigate, not to mention demand, any facts to substantiate their reflex support for Trump’s monstrous deed. Indeed, and as always, when pretexts followed by war are employed to justify imperialist actions the corporate media paved the way with tragic photos of stricken and suffering children, all accompanied by unsubstantiated assertions that the Syrian government was responsible.

Few, if any, of the kept press proved capable of reporting that the 2013 sarin gas attacks in Syria, according to the research of Pulitzer Prize journalist Seymour Hersh and others, were the work not of the Syrian government but the so-called rebels in Syria, including ISIS. The latter took the Obama’s «red line» thesis seriously and likely proceeded to make it happen. But Obama’s effort to bring on yet another U.S. war of intervention and plunder was fortunately thwarted by world opinion and massive antiwar sentiment in the U.S. At that time, skepticism among U.S. allies regarding another U.S. land war in the region proved sufficient to halt the Obama administration?s drive to war. Yesterday, that proved sufficient, but not today.

With Syria’s U.S.-backed «coalition» including NATO and Gulf State monarchy- abetted forces compelled to retreat from most of the two-thirds of Syria that they previously occupied and terrorized, a bi-partisan consensus has now emerged in Washington that Obama’s «regime change» orientation cannot be dismissed.

U.S. war aims changed

Yesterday’s bombing, according to this scenario, can be effectively used at a future bargaining table to better ensure U.S. influence in a contemplated reconstructed Syria.

U.S. imperialism’s «fight» against ISIS terrorism can now take a back seat to Assad’s downfall down the line.

The need for a united and massive U.S. antiwar movement in the streets of cities across the country has never been greater. Trump’s dangerous and murderous escalation, despite his «assurance» that it is measured and «proportional,» will prove to be the beginning of renewed and intensified U.S. imperialist war in Syria and the region and not the end. 

We are witness to a major shift in U.S. policy wherein Democrats and Republicans alike, cannot brook a defeat in a war that they have fueled and promoted for almost seven years. Today’s crisis-ridden world economy ruled by the one percent is compelled to pursue and intensify its wars against working people at home and abroad.

The days ahead will prove to be a critical measure of our capacity to unite and stay the hand of the world’s most dangerous super power.


Russia: U.S. Secretary of State Holds Tense Talks With Top Kremlin Officials

April 12, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held marathon meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 12. The length of the meetings and the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Tillerson an audience is notable in and of itself, given the preceding back and forth between the White House and the Kremlin on whether Tillerson would in fact meet the Russian head of state.
In their comments following the meeting, both Lavrov and Tillerson said that substantive progress had been made in the U.S.-Russia dialogue. Following the April 4 attack on a Syrian airbase in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack, Russia suspended a critical deconfliction agreement with the United States, designed to prevent collisions on the battlefield. Going into today’s talks, Russia wielded the power of being able to act as a spoiler in Syria at a time when the United States is trying to focus on the fight against the Islamic State, and on the impending offensive against the militant bastion of Raqqa. Lavrov said in the post-meeting press conference that he and Tillerson discussed putting the deconfliction agreement «back on track.» Meanwhile, the United States has backed off its allegations that Russia had advance warning — and covered up its knowledge — of a Syrian plan to launch a chemical weapons attack. Washington is also toning down threats of expanded sanctions on Russia.
Ultimately, the United States still wants to avoid expanding the scope of its mission in Syria, though Russia made clear ahead of the meeting with Tillerson that events on the ground could make that difficult. Putin said April 11 that he had knowledge that another chemical weapons attack is being planned in the southern suburbs of Damascus, maintaining that the chemical attacks are rebel actions meant to undermine the legitimacy of the Syrian government.
The United States will not tolerate certain activities by the Russia-backed Syrian government, including the use of nerve agents against civilians. (Notably, the Syrian government has regularly carried out attacks with chemicals that don’t target the central nervous system, but the United States is not including those attacks in the current definition of its «red line».) Ultimately, the United States wants a final settlement of the Syrian civil war, and that means deciding whether to tolerate Bashar al-Assad as a leader or not.
The two countries are at least making the crucial first step of clarifying their priorities. For now, it seems that a temporary de-escalation in Syria has been agreed upon, which will enable the United States to better manage its risks on the battlefield.  Russia will meanwhile attempt to use this temporary and partial agreement to further the dialogue with the United States on other issues, including NATO, the situation in Ukraine, and sanctions. On the latter, Tillerson said that sanctions could even be added if evidence emerges of Russian interference in the U.S. election. It is still uncertain whether the United States would even entertain the idea of broader negotiations with Russia. There is certainly enough playing out on the global stage to continue to drive tensions between the two sides, but this conciliatory meeting provided the opportunity for much-needed de-escalation, even if such a respite is temporary in nature.
Soursce: stratford.com

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