If leaders may lie, then who should tell the truth? Desmond Tutu
It’s official, well almost official. Tonight, the BBC’s Panorama will roll out yet more serious evidence that Tony Blair knew Saddam Hussein had NO weapons of mass destruction for months prior to the United States – British invasion of Iraq.
“Fresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction.
“Tony Blair told parliament before the war that intelligence showed Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was active, growing and up and running.” Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, March 18
Specifically, according to Panorama, British intelligence had a critical meeting in Amman, Jordan three months before the invasion. The head of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence agency confirmed that there were no WMD. The British Dodgy Dossier was published days after this information was gathered. That Google generated fabrication pushed for war and conveniently left out the Amman intelligence. This is both fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. Read More
By Michael Collins
The survival of the Syrian government represents a major failure of the empire project to recolonize and dominate energy rich Middle Eastern and North African states.
In an abrupt change from months of anticipatory triumphalism, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius admitted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be leaving power any time soon. This is a radical departure from the NATO script and that of their stenographers in the corporate media. We’ve been fed a mix of articles over the past months predicting Assad’s imminent demise, filled with speculation on how post-Assad Syria will look after he’s gone. (Image)
Reuters reported the Fabius remarks on January 24:
“Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the [opposition] coalition to power, has not happened.”
How quickly “things” have changed. In a July 2012 fit of grandiosity, Fabius announced that “Bashar Assad does not deserve to be on the face of the planet.” Read More
By Michael Collins
When the Western powers and their pals, the oil oligarchs, target your country, it’s time to run just as fast as you can.
The assault on Damascus by Syrian rebels and terrorist murder of the Syrian Defense Minister occurred just as the Red Cross announced that the fighting in Syria was officially a civil war. This is an odd reward system for military action by the Free Syria Army. Commit enough acts of violence and you’re rewarded with special protections that apply in times of war. (Image)
The rebel Free Syria Army attacks cities and villages, disrupts the Syrian economy, and is in the business of suicide bombing. It has the material and diplomatic support of Saudi Arabia and the other oil oligarchies plus the big guns in NATO. So-called Syrian experts supporting the carnage are amply funded by United States sponsored nongovernment organizations.
Rebel cheerleader Hillary Clinton spans the globe to “build pressure against the Syrian regime,” to “end” it, her exact words. She seeks punishment for who disagree, China and Russia.
It’s hard to tell how the latest regime change project will come out. The real Syrian Army seems to win every engagement. China and Russia support the Assad government. At the same time, despite strong public opposition to any intervention, the Obama government is pushing hard to force Assad out of power. NATO and the Saudis seem unwavering.
Let’s take a look at what the New Syria will look like if United States government, the Saudis, and others prevail.