killers are US favorites. They committed mass murder and horrific atrocities
since last year. Washington, other Western countries, and regional rogues
arm, fund, train, direct, and encourage them.
On December 21, Russia Today interviewed Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov. Moscow isn't "in the business of regime change," he said.
He categorically rejects notions about Russia granting Assad asylum.
He condemned Western double standards. So-called friends are terrorists,
he said. They're ravaging Syria.
"Our colleagues from the UN Security Council have been refusing
to condemn these terror acts," he added.
"They have been critical of terrorism as a whole but said we must
take into account the reasons why rebels are attacking security forces."
"Our Western colleagues are dividing terrorists into bad ones and
acceptable ones. This could end badly."
Earlier chances to end conflict failed, he stressed. They're gone.
Moscow pushed hard for diplomatic resolution. Washington, key NATO partners,
and regional allies prevented it. Russia remains committed. It's going
all out to prevent full-scale war.
Lavrov's concerned about Turkish-based offensive Patriot missiles
on Syria's border. They "could be used against (Syria and) Iran."
Russia doesn't recognize Syrian National Council (SNC) 2.0 officials.
It's ready to talk to all sides to end conflict. Only dialogue works,
he believes. Conflict can persist longterm.
Neither side can win, he stressed. He's also concerned about terrorists
getting chemical weapons. More on that below.
On December 22, the Syrian Free Press said "terrorist groups threaten
to pollute Syrian drinking water with toxic chemicals."
Earlier, they threatened chemical weapons use. They uploaded a You
Tube video. It showed them testing chemical weapons on lab rabbits. Threats
to use them against Assad loyalists followed.
Lab equipment and chemical containers were shown. Some containers
bore the Turkish chemical company Tekkim name.
An Arabic text wall poster read, "The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat
A Reeh Al Sarsar)."
A man shown begins mixing chemicals in a beaker. It emits gas. Rabbits
in a glass box have convulsions, collapse and die. The audio states:
"You saw what happened. This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites.
I swear by Allah to make you die like these rabbits, one minute after
you inhale the gas."
Now they say they developed a toxic substance called Sunna 2. It
can chemically pollute water, they claim. Two grams can kill an adult
in less than an hour, they say. They threaten to use it.
Chemical weapons use fear-mongering continues. False allegations
claim Assad may use them. On December 19, the Council on Foreign Relations
(CFR) headlined "Preventing Chemical Weapons Use in Syria," saying:
It's "wrong to assume the (threat) is receding. Indeed, there are
good reasons to believe it could grow in the coming weeks and months."
Syrian officials repeatedly stressed they won't use these weapons
internally. Comments they make fall on deaf ears. They're largely ignored.
CFR shares guilt with others. Syria has a sizable arsenal, it says.
It contains deadly Sarin nerve gas and other chemical agents. They've
"been weaponized into bombs, artillery shells, and possibly warheads for
delivery by missiles."
If "rebel forces progressively gain the upper hand," Assad may use
them, CFR claims. No evidence suggests it. None shows insurgents made
Their accomplishments include terror bombings, massacres, and other
gruesome atrocities. Well-funded street gangs can commit similar crimes
CFR urges aggressive preventive steps. "Military strikes" should
be readied if "warnings," "securing loose weapons," and "information warfare"
Iraq WMDs redux emerged. Secretary of State Colin Powell hyped nonexistent
mobile weapon labs among other fraudulent claims. He said sound evidence
proved it. He lied.
He later called his accusations "the lowest point in my life." Mea
culpas don't wash when they come too late to matter. The cradle of civilization
was destroyed. It no longer exists. Syria's turn is now.
Alleged Syrian mobile weapons labs are hyped. Claims don't wash.
They're no more credible than about Iraq.
Washington Post contributor David Ignatius has close US intelligence
ties. He openly favors arming Syrian death squads. He ignores gruesome
atrocities they commit.
He reports what imperial America wants stressed. Facts don't interfere
with propaganda. Media scoundrels prioritize it.
On December 19, he headlined "A defector's account of Syrian chemical
weapons on the move."
He claims bogus "chilling evidence" that Assad "developed special
vehicles (for) moving and mixing the weapons." He cites "unconfirmed allegation(s)
that (Hezbollah) may have trained" in their use.
An unnamed Syrian source is cited. Allegedly he has inside information.
He took refuge outside the country. An anti-Assad group connected Ignatius
and him by phone.
Alleged Iraq defector "Curveball" performed similar services a decade
ago. Everything he said was fabricated. Ignatius mentioned him briefly.
He accepted his unnamed source's information on good faith.
He checked with "independent sources," he claims. He finds what
they said credible. Allegations without proof followed. Doing so doesn't
Chemical weapons use fear mongering is fraudulent. It doesn't deter
media scoundrels from hyping it. According to Ignatius' source:
"Technicians constructed a mobile lab that could combine and activate
so-called 'binary' chemical weapons agents."
"These mobile mixers were constructed inside Mercedes or Volvo trucks
that appeared, from the outside, to be similar to refrigerator trucks."
"Inside were storage tanks, pipes and a motor to drive the mixing
"The (source) estimated that 10 to 15 of these mobile laboratories
had been constructed. An independent source said these numbers were high,
but he confirmed that the Syrians do have mobile labs."
These type claims emit a familiar odor. It's too obvious to miss.
Ignatius dismisses it. He's confident that enough of what he reported
His evidence is an unnamed source, one or more unnamed independent
ones, and his own sense of what's right, wrong, or somewhere in between.
This type trash isn't journalism. It's fearmongering propaganda.
We've heard it all before. It proliferates ahead of longstanding war plans.
People are manipulated to believe Big Lies. Repeated ad nauseam, most
Washington repeatedly gets away with mass murder. How many more
millions must die before this madness stops? Media scoundrels share responsibility.
Blood on their hands won't wash off easily. They have much to answer for.
Ignatius is as shameless as the rest of them.
They're paid to lie. Their job is to manipulate readers and viewers
to support what they should oppose. It's a full-time job. It pays well.
Truth-tellers aren't wanted. They obstruct America's imperial strategy.
Weeks after Washington invaded Iraq, Ignatius was unapologetic.
"Personally, I don't much care if the US reports about (WMDs) prove to
be imaginary," he said. Toppling Hussein's regime was still right."
Even first year law students and many others know international
and US constitutional law prohibit interfering in the internal affairs
of other countries. It's only permitted in self-defense or if imminent
attack appears certain.
Ignatius and other media scoundrels care only about Washington's
imperial agenda. Might over right, they believe, trumps rule of law principles.
Despots feel the same way.
Lavrov told Russia Today that Moscow has Syria's chemical weapons
"under control." Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) reported the same thing.
Lavrov said Syria "consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two
locations amid a rebel onslaught, and they are under control for the time
Russia "has military advisers training Syria's military," he added.
They keep "close watch over its chemical arsenal." It's unlikely that
Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, or other Islamofasist killers will get secured stockpiles.
Earlier reports suggesting they got them in amounts enough to matter
are false. Russia's directly involved in preventing it. DF said its presence
"delivers a heavy swipe to the rebels."
It's committed to ending conflict diplomatically. Keeping it from
spinning out of control is prioritized.
DF said US, Jordanian, Czech, Polish, and perhaps other NATO countries
are directly involved on the ground. They're present to secure "chemical
or biological caches and dismantl(e) them."
Doing so intervenes directly in Syrian hostilities. DF stopped short
of suggesting what else is ongoing. Perhaps Washington plans a false flag
Doing so would be pretext for greater intervention. Russia knows
dirty US tactics well. It's going all out to deter them.
DF, US officials, and media scoundrels claimed Syria fired more
Scud missiles. Insurgents were targeted, they said. Earlier reports were
false. New ones lack credibility.
An unnamed Defense Department official said, "We know they've been
firing Scuds and continue to fire them."
Washington sources prioritize false claims. Earlier ones are repeated.
New ones are invented. Repetition gets people to believe them. No matter
how many times they're deceived, they're simple to fool again.
Syria's pot keeps boiling. Updated reports will follow.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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