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One sidedness in anti-Assad posts in fb

I repost here a text that was posted on fb.  After commenting it briefly, I was – as expected – blocked by the other original poster. Those who reduce the crisis to Assad only, do not tolerate different opinions.

The Post

1. Assad continues to commit genocide, bombing his people daily. He has murdered half a million people. If you’ve ever wondered what you would’ve done during the Holocaust, you’re doing it now.

The term genocide is not appropriate even with all the war crimes committed by the Al-Assad regime. It is a civil war fuelled and prolonged by outside powers. Those that supported militant groups have at least the same responsibility. The US funded, trained and armed militant groups with $ 7 billion.

2. The world together agreed that using chemical weapons is one of the most heinous acts you can commit. It is strictly outlawed internationally. Assad is responsible for 214 chemical attacks (SNHR).
These are not unverified or false flags. Aside from our timelines filled with endless videos of children frothing at the mouth and dying the most agonising death imaginable, independent bodies like WHO confirm these attacks are without question.

It is without question true that chemical weapon attacks are one of most heinous crimes and that chemical weapons are banned. But it is a very different question to proof who used it. The situation is not as clear. Further, the only body that is entitled to decide about military actions in case of violations against the ban of chemical weapons is the UN. Unilateral strikes are forbidden (a war crime) and undermine the authority of the UN.

3. Strikes from the UK, USA and France isn’t ‘war’. It isn’t ‘bombing’ as the term is usually used either. Technology has moved on a great deal. Taking out Assad’s chemical and airforce capacity is the only way to stop his daily attacks.

Such statements should hardly be necessary to comment. To say our bombs are not bombs but love is sheer cynicism. These strikes were not legalized by the UN and are therefore a clear act of aggression. Such actions undermine the authority of the UN and weaken international law in future.

4. In this type of action a few people might get hurt. But tens of thousands more may be rescued. There are no reported casualties from the night before last.

History shows that acts like those committed by US/GB/FR hardly save people. It increases aggression and leads to more victims. The strike is therefore counterproductive.

5. There is no evidence that this action would escalate into war, just as it didn’t several times recently.

First, this action does not escalate INTO war it IS an act of war. Secondly, there is evidence in history that Russia was wise enough to save the world and de-escalate situations in the past like during the 1963 Cuba crisis when Kennedy risked the lives of 600 million people. We can only hope that Russia does not strike back. The provocation was surely there.

6. What is being proposed is vastly different to what happened with Iraq, Libya and so on. It’s pointless to compare this situation with those. Avoid ‘whataboutery’.

Ignoring history is a decent way to obscure likely outcomes and push people into emotional decisions without reflections about the consequences. In other words: stop thinking, let’s follow emotions … That is propaganda, pure and simple!

7. Yes, Trump and May no doubt have many other horrible reasons for this action. Yes they ignore Syrian refugees. Yes we sell arms. Yes we ignore other similar situations elsewhere. But in the face of a cowardly world, this action is all we currently have.

No, we have plenty more. Refugees can be given asylum and cared for. Turkey and Saudi-Arabia pressured not to support militant groups; diplomacy on a realistic level can be resumed. But it means that the US has to stop aiming at regime change. As long as the main objective is the weakening or removal of Assad, there is no change of truce and peace.

8. Assad has blocked all other types of diplomacy. Again and again and again. Russia vetoed peace talks eight times. The situation has continued for many years. This is a last resort, not a reactive impulse.

This is propaganda. The diplomacy of the US always intended to make Russia cast a veto. Preconditions like Assads removal were made clearly anticipating a rejection and failure of the talks so war could be sold as the ‘last resort’.

9. The current actions won’t end Assad’s regime or the war, nor are they intended to.

What is the intention then? Only the UN has the legal position and the authority to call for a military strike to punish an actor that used chemical weapons. A «punishment» by the US/GB/FR is just a provocation that will most likely lead to heaver conventional bombing. The people will pay the price.

Articles like this seem to have to only goal of fomenting hatred against Assad and reduce the crisis to a single cause. Simple problem – simple solution. The removal of a dictator, however, does hardly change a country into democracy – Libya and Iraq the recent examples.

If the militant, Islamist groups win, Syria will deteriorate into chaos were competing war lords will be fighting for power leading to a second Libya or Afghanistan in the 1990.

If the US enters with troops on the ground (unlikely), we can expected an Iraqi scenario.

If the Syrian government recaptures Syria, the chance for a lasting truce is real. Fighting and bloodshed will end.

Over a period of 20 years a transition to democracy might then be possible.

 

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Sarin lie exposed – Seymour Hersh’s new article

It should be the headlines of all major newspaper but the news is only found on usual suspects: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh published a new article – arguably his potentially most explosive[1]about the alleged Sarin Gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun last April and US President Donald Trump’s military air strike following it in the German newspaper Die Welt.

Must read! Die Trump’s Read Line.

Hersh convincingly explains that the incident was most likely the result of a weapons depot and storage room hit by aerial bombing as “range of symptoms [are] consistent with the release of a mixture of chemicals […] which can cause neurotoxic effects similar to those of sarin”. But the article also points out that President Trump is “risking triggering a World War III with Russia based upon his own rash decision, over the objections and to the dismay of his own military and intelligence advisers”[2].

Apart that the “Salafists and jihadists got everything they wanted out of their hyped-up Syrian nerve gas ploy”[3], the question remains if the attack – that was praised in all major newspapers – was part of a larger anti-Russian campaign as it portrayed Russian complicity: “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”[4], asked Ambassador Nikki Haley at the UN a day after the incident and New York Times run an article headlined “White House Accuses Russia of Cover-Up in Syria Chemical Attack”[5].

If Trump was just responding to disturbing emotions ignoring fact-based intelligence reports[6]or if he was blackmailed by some power group that wanted Syria bombed for whatever reason, is one thing. Fact is that the US is acting irresponsible or with a hidden agenda – an agenda most likely not aimed at the benefit of the people in the region.

The alleged world policeman is rather an unpredictable world gangster that should not be trusted.

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.

5 Ibid.

6 Even if you are deeply moved by dead children and feel an urge to retaliate, no sane person would ignore expert opinion about the perpetrator and just aim bombs at someone that was not responsible. If you want to punish the guilty, you don’t bomb a third-party – not even Trump. The explanation that Trump sent missiles because of some dead children is of little credibility.

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www.macron-watch.org

Of course, we have to support French presidential candidate Emmanuel Marcron against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen but with the strongest possible emphasis of against. Emmanuel Macron is a thoroughly neo-liberal candidate, endorsed by German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble, “the high priest of neo-liberal orthodoxy and austerity policy”[1].

Macron stands even more radical than Hollande for the “Third Way” of neo-liberal belief in progress, which has already led the US Democrats and the European Social Democrats to the brink of the abyss.[2]

The slogan «Macron 2017 = Le Pen 2022» contains definitely some truth: The frustrated unemployed, “the angry whites”, those who brought Trump to power, are a consequence of 40 years of neo-liberal agenda. The disenfranchisement of large parts of the population for the financial benefits of a tiny minority (0.1%) is the central reason for this frustration. Continuing on the neo-liberal path means preparing the ground for Le Pen 2022.

There is therefore an inherent danger in voting for Marcon. Meanwhile we have to endorse him against Le Pen, we have to point out at the same time that we reject any neo-liberal policy that will increase the conditions that breed right wing extremism.«Marcron against Le Pen» but with the strongest possible emphasis of against.

To express this standpoint and ensure that it will not be forgotten as soon as Macron is elected, I suggest a dedicated website that will watch every step that Macron is taking. This website, let’s call it “macron-watch.org”, will monitor all of Macron’s decisions scrupulously and immediately call out in case of danger. The site will assess the policy in relation to possible Le Pen empowerment, post articles and send out warnings (tweets). And most important, people, i.e. voters (!), can register to get immediate updates and react with a shitstorm in case Macron goes too far. The platform should be a tool for all those on the left that do oppose neo-liberal policy.

The proposed site allows for the voter to register on the site, vote for Macron and then watch out for the alerts.

Because after election is before election!

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1 «Hohepriester der neoliberalen Orthodoxie und der Austeritätspolitik», WOZ, https://www.woz.ch/1717/frankreich-vor-der-stichwahl/das-uebel-des-kleineren-uebels

2 Serge Halimi, Le Monde Diplomatique, “Noch radikaler als Hollande steht Macron für den „Dritten Weg“ des neoliberalen Fortschrittsglaubens, der schon die US-Demokraten und die europäischen Sozialdemokraten an den Rand des Abgrunds geführt hat.”, April 2017

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Why Brexit Is Best for Britain: The Left-Wing Case

recommended article

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/opinion/why-brexit-is-best-for-britain-the-left-wing-case.html?_r=0

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The daily Trump resistance

Do not try to cure one evil with an even worse:

And it is important to resist them. And there are lots of really great ways to resist them, such as getting courts to restrain them, citizen activism and, most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the United States after it has collapsed on all levels. That isn’t what this resistance is now doing. What they’re doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald Trump, which is the deep state, the CIA, with its histories of atrocities, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. And I think it is extremely dangerous to do that. Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. And it’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.

Glenn Greenwald, Democracy Now

cf: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/17/rogue-elephant-rising-the-cia-as-kingslayer/

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SNB, bailout Greece – buy the Greek government debts!

Switzerland suffers for many years from the strength of its currency. After three years of intervention, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) removed the cap on its currency which it had imposed. Until then, it had bought €174 billion.

Greece suffers a debt crisis for more than six years with no end in sight. The debts stand now at approx. € 320 billion and growing.

Free to birds with one cage opening:

SNB, bailout Greece – buy the Greek government debts!

The SNB shall grant an interest-free loan to Greece to facilitate an advance repayment. As the lenders to Greece – the European Union, the banks and the IMF – know well that Greece will never be able to pay back these debts, an advance repayement allows the Greek government to actively negotiate a haircut on the lenders.

The interest-free loan will free Greece from its creditors, end foreign intervention in Greece’s domestic policy and restore Greek autonomy. Greece can then give up the harsh austerity measures and reduce the huge tax rate that suffocates its economy.

For the SNB the issuing of the interest-free loan is just part of its monetary policy to weaken the Swiss Frank. The acquisition of approx. €300 billion will counteract deflation, weaken the Swiss Franc and therefore improve exports, save jobs and enkindle tourism.

The main advantage for Switzerland lies in the investment in people: Helping a country to regain independence will foster friendship for centuries to come – an insurance not one single bank – not even the ECB – can give.[1]

The Swiss rose against the local sheriff from Habsburg and freed themselves in 1291. Now Switzerland has the unique opportunity to help the Greeks freeing themselves from the new Habsburg sheriffs.

1 E.g. If Switzerland suffers from atomic incident and 25% of the Swiss have to emigrate, I am sure Greece would welcome us!

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The daily Trump resistance

Amerikanische Botschaft
Ambassade
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3005 Bern

January 26, 2017

Subject: North Dakota pipeline and Keystone XL pipeline
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Your president’s recent decision—apart from ignoring democratic opinion and minority rights—sets the course for the destruction of the planet in general and the the human species in particular. Threatening to destroy the biosphere and the life and future prospect of billions of people is nothing less than the biggest terrorist declaration in human history.

Sincerely yours
Thierry Blanc

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