April 30, 2013
Foreign Policy is portraying former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich as a conspiracy theorist for suggesting that allegations Syria used chemical weapons are part of a manufactured pretext for war. John Hudson, who writes on national security issues for the magazine, believes Kucinich may have been influenced by Infowars.com and Wikileaks.
— Dennis Kucinich (@Dennis_Kucinich) April 26, 2013
Hudson points to our story from March reporting that the United States and Israel decided to escalate tensions inside Syria and confront Assad’s military directly under the weapons of mass destruction pretext.
Events over the past week have borne this assertion out. The Obama administration says it will continue its investigation of phantom chemical weapons while Senator John McCain of Arizona has called for international troops to prepare a Syrian invasion under the pretext of securing chemical weapon stockpiles.
On Sunday, Senator Lindsay Graham said “there’s a growing consensus in the U.S. Senate that the United States should get involved” in a Syrian intervention. Congress now accepts the Syrian government chemical weapons pretext without question, a fact demonstrated by Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who said on Face the Nation that it’s clear the order to use chemical weapons came from the al-Assad regime.
Despite the mindless stampeded toward war under the chemical weapons pretext – virtually the same pretext used to turn Iraq into a hellish failed state – a small number of establishment media journalists have questioned the claim.
“Why use them knowing that you risk losing the diplomatic support of Russia and China, knowing you risk bringing in western intervention, and therefore risk losing the gains you’ve made militarily in the past few weeks?” asks Tim Marshall, the foreign affairs editor of Sky News. “Why now? It doesn’t make sense. If the evidence of use was overwhelming, the question would still remain. But the evidence is underwhelming.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Middle East envoy, said from Beirut last week the U.S. should not use the unverified use of chemical weapons as a pretext to invade Syria. Bogdanov made his comment the same day Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi called the allegation “a bald-faced lie.” The previous day, on April 26, Obama warned Damascus that the use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer,” in other words it would provide a pretext for an invasion of the country.
In March, the so-called rebels supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and trained and armed by the CIA were accused of launching a chemical attack in the Khan al-Assal region north of Aleppo. “Terrorists launched a missile containing chemical products into the region of Khan al-Assal in the province of Aleppo, killing 15 people, mainly civilians,” Syria’s Sana news agency reported.
“An alleged audio recording of a phone conversation between two members of the Free Syrian Army contains details of a plan to carry out a chemical weapons attack capable of impacting an area the size of one kilometer,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote for Infowars.com the following day, on March 20. “The video also contains footage of western-backed FSA rebels announcing their intention to carry out chemical weapons attacks while surrounded with bottles of nitric acid and other substances.”
Despite a promise by the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons by the so-called rebels – who are, the New York Times has admitted, primarily Salafist terrorists – Obama and other American officials dismissed the allegation, stating there was no intelligence to substantiate reports that rebels used chemical weapons against government troops.
Hudson discounts Kucinich’s assertion and writes him off “as a fringe voice in U.S. politics.” He then says that Kucinich’s “remarks are part of an ongoing effort to provide a counternarrative to the idea that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an absolute tyrant and his opposition are well-intentioned freedom fighters.”
In fact, the “freedom fighters” in Syria, as noted above, are almost exclusively radical Salafists of the al-Nusra and al-Qaeda variety, a fact ignored by Mr. Hudson despite the appearance of the information in the New York Times.
Finally, it should be noted that Foreign Policy is a tool in the establishment’s kit designed to shape propaganda and public consensus in favor of war. After all, the magazine lists the PNAC neocon, Robert Kagan, as one of its “top globalist thinkers.” PNAC served as an institutional vehicle for advocating the invasion of Iraq under the pretext that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. The invasion resulted in the death of well over a million Iraqis. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found.
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