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falsely accused Assad of mass killings in Qubeir village in central
Houla-style slaughter was repeated. Reports said as many as 78 civilians
were killed. Half were women and children. Around 35 members of one
family were murdered in cold blood.
Victims were shot at close range and/or stabbed. Some bodies were burned.
Independent reports haven't explained what eventually will come out.
Pro-Assad loyalists were targeted for assassination. At issue also is
creating pretexts for Libyan-style intervention.
Western-recruited death squads bear full responsibility. Syrian state
TV said an "armed terror group" committed the "horrifying crime....What
a few media have reported (is) completely false. (They're) contributing
to spilling the blood of Syrians."
Responding to calls for help, government forces headed for Qubeir. State
TV said they "raided a terrorist cell and killed a number of them and
confiscated their weapons."
At issue is Obama advancing the ball closer to war. Washington readied
plans long ago. Timing alone remains undecided. Plans now may be set.
Most likely the Serbia/Kosovo/Iraq/Libya model will be repeated.
In 1999, Washington bypassed Security Council approval. It claimed NATO
authorization alone mattered. It set a precedent. Henceforth international
and constitutional law could be circumvented. Going to war became as
simple as ordering bombs away.
On June 6, Hillary Clinton suggested it's coming. Her official State
Department press release said:
"Recent events, including the killings at Houla, have exposed the Asad
regime’s determination to continue waging war on the Syrian people."
"The international community cannot sit idly by, and we won't...."
Clinton stressed "transition(ing)" to a new Syria. At issue is regime
change. Earlier she said Washington and the "international community"
must "intensify" pressure on Assad "whose rule by murder must come to
Heated rhetoric advances the ball for war. So do Western-directed death
squad massacres falsely blamed on Assad.
In late May, Joint Chiefs head General Martin Dempsey said there's "always
a military option....(I)t may come to a point with Syria because of
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf Council states also urge direct
military intervention. So do Western-recruited Free Syrian Army (FSA)
and Syrian National Council (SNC) members.
Russia and China remain firm against foreign intervention. On June 5,
Itar Tass said:
"Russia calls impermissible and dangerous the refusal of the Syrian
armed opposition to follow the plan of UN/LAS Envoy Kofi Annan, Foreign
Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters on Tuesday...."
"That is a very bad and dangerous trend." So is "the establishment of
another illegal armed unit, the so-called Syrian Insurgent Army of 12,000
solders, was announced on June 4."
"The international community should have learned the no-fly zone lesson
from the Libyan events."
"Such a scenario is possible only if the illegal armed units receive
moral support from abroad and are supplied with arms, munitions and
money. We have repeatedly declared that such a situation was impermissible
and we continue to call on the Syrian sides and the external forces
to stick with the logic of the Annan plan...."
"Moscow hopes that the leading world capitals will fully realize the
danger and amorality of preparations for an even bigger bloodshed in
Syria and the leading of that country to a civil war, which may spread
outside of the national territory and spill blood throughout the Middle
On June 7, Reuters said Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members
urged dialogue, not confrontation, saying:
SCO "member states are against military interference in the affairs
of this region, enforced 'handover of power', and unilateral sanctions."
"Member states stress the need to stop any violence on the territory
of Syria wherever it is coming from. They respect broad nationwide dialogue,
based on independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria."
Obama's rhetoric barely conceals intent for direct intervention. Plans
are ready to be implemented. Earlier patterns are being repeated. Propaganda
wars precede hot ones.
NATO intervention followed falsified Serbian atrocity reports. Occupation,
colonization and exploitation were planned. So was expanding NATO and
enhancing US dominance.
New World Order strategy dictates war. Puppet regimes called democracies
are established. Serbia/Kosovo aggression became the operative model.
America's Project for a New Middle East replicates it.
9/11 was the bogus pretext for attacking and occupying Afghanistan.
So were nonexistent WMDs for war on Iraq. Falsified Gaddafi atrocities
produced bombs away. Syria follows the same pattern.
Mass slaughter and destruction follow. Human misery replaces peace and
calm. Washington bears direct responsibility for millions of deaths.
Only imperial dominance matters, not body counts.
Imagine what's coming if not stopped. America's rage to kill and destroy
is insatiable. War on Syria approaches, then Iran, then new targeted
In 2001, the SCO expanded from its 1996-founded Shanghai Five alliance.
Currently its members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Observers include India, Pakistan, Iran,
Afghanistan, and Mongolia. Dialogue partners include Belarus and Sri
Lanka. Expanding the organization is planned.
Its member states and observers comprise around half the world's population.
They counterbalance Washington and other NATO states. They oppose US
They endorse non-alignment, non-confrontation, non-interference, non-intervention,
inviolable national sovereignty, and economic cooperation. They support
peace, not war, to resolve national differences.
On June 6 and 7, SCO members held their 12th summit in Beijing. China's
Xinhua News Agency said the organization "reshaped the global strategic
landscape and reshifted the balance of power."
Summit goals include adopting a "Strategic Plan for the Medium-Term
Development of the SCO." China's Vice Foreign Minister, Cheng Guoping,
"It is no exaggeration to say the adoption of this document will have
far-reaching influence on the SCO’s development."
Security and economic cooperation are prioritized. Beijing's summit
"will be a milestone in the SCO history, and is sure to give new impetus
to the development of the six-member bloc."
China and Russia especially oppose belligerent US policies. Encroaching
near their territory raises concerns. Washington's missile shield represents
a direct threat. It targets Russia and China, not Iran, North Korea,
or other nations.
Washington's military buildup across North Africa, the Middle East,
Central and East Asia threaten both countries.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been touring East and South Asia.
He seeks new basing rights and closer military alliances. Addressing
the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, he said:
"Defense policy in the region calls for the U.S. military to expand
military-to-military relationships well beyond the traditional treaty
"By 2020, the Navy will reposture its forces from today’s roughly 50/50
split between the Atlantic and Pacific to about a 60/40 split between
those oceans - including six aircraft carriers, a majority of our cruisers,
destroyers, littoral combat ships and submarines."
At issue is enhancing Washington's regional influence and strength at
the expense of China. Russia is Washington's main military rival. Between
them, they have about 97% of the world's nuclear arsenal. In addition,
they've got sophisticated delivery systems able to target each other's
China also has significant military strength. According to a 2009 Pentagon
report, its naval forces alone are formidable.They number at least 260
vessels, including 75 or more major warships and over 60 submarines.
It also has hundreds of nuclear warheads, sophisticated delivery systems,
and other strategic weapons. It's a regional super-power. It's also
positioned to surpass America as the world's dominant economy before
During last year's November Bali summit, Obama sought anti-China coalition
partners. Panetta's on the same mission. America's aim is unchallenged
Middle East/Central Asian wars rage for it. More are planned. An eventual
Russia/China showdown looms. Each side seeks strategic partnerships
against the other. How it plays out ahead remains to be seen.
It's hard imagining Washington wants war with any nation able to give
as much as it takes. War was never an option under conditions of "mutually
assured destruction (MAD)."
It's not likely now, but events sometimes overtake policies. Extremist
US hawks believe wars solve all problems. Earlier ones felt the same
In 1961, General Curtis LeMay believed nuclear war with Soviet Russia
was inevitable. He argued for preemptively launching thousands of missiles
to destroy its nuclear capability. He believed losing a few US cities
was a price worth paying.
General Lyman Lemnitzer held the same view. He presented it at a National
Security Council meeting. Thankfully, Jack Kennedy was president. He
was so disgusted he walked out.
Today America has no JFK. He wanted the Cold War and America's involvement
in Vietnam ended. Those views got him killed. Current US leaders crave
more wars. That mindset could assure mutual destruction.
Syria's a stepping stone to Iran and other targeted states. Russia and
China represent the final frontier. Anything ahead is possible given
Washington's rage for dominance no matter the risks. Imagine leaders
willing to take them.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com.
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