Monday, February 29, 2016

Obama and Netanyahu Intend Undermining Ceasefire in Syria

Obama and Netanyahu Intend Undermining Ceasefire in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Washington and Israel jointly instigated and manipulated early 2011 anti-government demonstrations in Syria - used as a pretext for Obama’s war to follow.

Netanyahu wants a regional rival eliminated, Iran isolated ahead of undermining its sovereignty - part of a grand US/Israeli scheme to redraw the Middle East map, creating powerless, easily exploited, mini-states.

Russia’s effective anti-terrorism campaign foiled US/Israeli plans. Western and Israeli news reports about Netanyahu welcoming ceasefire in Syria are pure rubbish.

In remarks before his weekly cabinet meeting, he lied saying “(a)nything that stops the terrible killing there is important, especially from a humanitarian standpoint.”

He’s a world-class thug, a notorious Arab-hater, waging terror-war on defenseless Palestinians, murdering them in cold blood, torturing them in confinement, wanting all valued parts of Judea and Samaria exclusively for Jews - including expanding Israel’s undefined borders to include more Syrian territory than already.

He blasted Iran irresponsibly, earlier threatening war, on Sunday saying “any agreement in Syria must include a halt to Iran’s (nonexistent) aggression toward Israel from Syrian territory.”

“We will not agree to the supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah from Syria and Lebanon. We will not agree to the creation of a (nonexistent) second terror front on the Golan Heights. These are the red lines that we have set and they remain the red lines of the State of Israel.”

His regime is the region’s leading menace, its agenda making peace and stability unachievable. Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries. It threatens none now.

It’s Israel’s main regional rival. Lunatics in Tel Aviv want unchallenged control. Iranian sovereign independence prevents it.

The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. US/Israeli-instigated war on Syria wants one rival eliminated before targeting another. 

Plans of both countries remain firm. Ceasefire is pure illusion, dead on arrival before implemented. So are peace talks if begun.

Washington and Israel want war. Expect ceasefire and conflict resolution efforts to be systematically undermined, Moscow and Damascus wrongfully blamed, a recklessly dangerous strategy if implemented. 

Russia’s war on terrorism in Syria includes forcefully addressing any threat to its personnel and aerial campaign. If attacked or endangered, it’ll respond appropriately. Challenging it risks direct confrontation.

What dirty strategies and tactics Washington and Israel intend next remain to be seen - peace and stability for sure off the table.

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Russia and Syria Wrongfully Accused of Ceasefire Breaches

Russia and Syria Wrongfully Accused of Ceasefire Breaches

by Stephen Lendman

It didn’t take long for Western and rogue Arab state sources to begin bashing Russia and Syria irresponsibly - wrongfully claiming ceasefire breaches without credible evidence proving it.

The London-based, Western-funded, anti-Syrian propaganda-generating misnamed Syrian Observatory for Human Rights wrongfully claimed airstrikes targeted rebels in Aleppo province. It reported 14 ceasefire breaches on Saturday alone, adding it’s unable to account for all violations. It reports what its Western paymasters dictate.

French and Saudi foreign ministers conspired against Moscow and Damascus, falsely accusing both governments of ceasefire violations.

An unnamed representative from Riyadh’s cobbled together so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), comprised entirely of anti-Assad extremist groups, said ceasefire is in danger of collapsing barely 48 hours after its implementation.

The Wall Street Journal blamed Syria and Russia of “stepp(ing) up airstrikes on opposition-held territory (held) largely by (nonexistent moderate) rebels,” conditionally agreeing to ceasefire terms.

They “fear the airstrikes will be used to attack them under the guise of striking the extremists,” said the Journal.

All anti-government elements are US-supported cutthroat killers. Some partially agreed to the ceasefire terms. Others rejected it.

Moscow and Damascus announced cessation of hostilities in areas held by anti-government forces agreeing to halt further fighting. No credible evidence suggests they reneged on their pledge.

Claims otherwise are vicious anti-Assad/anti-Russian Western and rogue Arab states’ propaganda. Syria and Russia want hostilities ended and conflict resolution efforts initiated.

Washington, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia want war, not peace. So do their Western and regional allies.

Resolving conflict diplomatically is unachievable. Eliminating anti-government terrorists is the only chance for a durable ceasefire, peace and preserving Syrian sovereignty.

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NYT Reinvented History of War on Libya

NYT Reinvented History of War on Libya

by Stephen Lendman

The Times operates as a quasi-official ministry of state propaganda, featuring misinformation and Big Lies on major issues mattering most - systematically suppressing what readers need to know.

Its two-part misreporting on US-led NATO’s war on Libya was called “Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall” (Part I) and “A New Libya, With ‘Very Little Time Left’ “ (Part II) - a shameless perversion of truth, an utter disregard for the raping and pillaging of a sovereign independent state, the immiseration of its people.

North Africa’s most developed nation was transformed into a cauldron of endless violence, instability, turmoil, deep poverty, mass unemployment and appalling human misery.

Hillary Clinton’s contemptible October 2011 remark after hearing of Muammar Gaddafi’s death, saying “(w)e came, we saw, he died” will long define her pure evil. A shocking graphic video showed US-supported terrorists sodomized him to death with a knife.

Clinton was directly involved in orchestrating US-led NATO terror-bombing, wanting Libya’s sovereign independence destroyed, its oil wealth pillaged, its people exploited - its popular government providing social services most Americans can’t imagine replaced by US-installed puppets serving its interests.

Claiming Washington’s aim was establishing a democratic Libya was pure subterfuge. Clinton is a notorious war criminal, supporting all US naked aggression during her roles as first lady, US senator and secretary of state.

The Times claiming she “belie(ved) in America’s power to do good in the world” was pure rubbish. Longstanding US imperial policy tolerates no sovereign independent states, wanting them all eliminated by coups or brute force.

Clinton supports US interventionist policy, flagrantly breaching core international law. She declined to be interviewed for The Times report. 

Ludicrously in public she said it’s “too soon to tell” how things will turn out in Libya. It’s a failed state, raped and destroyed by US imperial viciousness, human misery afflicting its people, no end of violence and turmoil in sight.

US, UK and French policymakers knew attacking Libya would create the out-of-control conditions affecting the country today. 

Endless wars, turbulence and chaos serve US imperial interests. Peace and stability defeat it. Wherever America shows up, dystopian harshness follows.

Conditions following Washington’s intervention in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere reflect pure US imperial evil. 

The Times claiming Clinton helped orchestrate humanitarian intervention in Libya mocks its US-led rape and destruction.

Times editorial policy endorses all US imperial wars and others planned, ignoring their objectives, mindless of the horrors they inflict.

Protests in Libya preceding US-led NATO aggression were orchestrated in Washington, war planned months in advance. Obama, Clinton and likeminded administration policymakers wanted Gaddafi removed for multiple reasons.

He supported pan-Africanism, a United States of Africa free from imperial domination. He wanted Libyans sharing in the country’s oil wealth, a notion foreign to America and other Western powers.

Under his 1999 Decision No. 111, all Libyans got free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help couples when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more.

Literacy under Gaddafi rose from 20 - 80%. Libya's hospitals and private clinics were some of the region's best. Now they're in shambles. 

Vital public services he provided no longer exist. Pre-war, Libyans had African’s highest standard of living. Homelessness was nonexistent.

Gaddafi believed all Libyans had a right to a home or rent-free apartment, notions unheard of in the West.

He rejected farcical Western-style money-controlled so-called democracy, deplored crony capitalism and neoliberal harshness.

During his tenure, women had the right to vote, participate politically, as well as own and sell property independently of their husbands.

Clause 5 of Libya’s 1969 Constitution granted them equal status with men, notably for education and employment.

In January 2011, weeks before US-led NATO naked aggression, the UN Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi’s instituted political, economic, education, social and cultural rights.

It lauded his treatment of religious minorities. He had nothing to do with downing Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, nor did falsely accused Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi.

He called his Great Man-Made River (GMMR) development of an ocean-sized aquifer beneath Libya’s sands the “Eighth Wonder of the World” - wanting all Libyans sharing in its benefits.

Washington and rogue Western partners wanted it privatized for exclusive corporate gain.

Under Gaddafi, the Central Bank of Libya was state-owned, the interest-free Libyan dinar used for productive economic growth, not speculation, profits and bonuses for predatory bankers.

Gaddafi funded Africa’s only communications satellite, saving hundreds of millions of dollars for low-cost incoming and outgoing calls.

He provided two-thirds of the $42 billion needed to launch a public African Central Bank, Monetary Fund and Investment Bank.

He advocated a new gold standard, replacing dollars with gold dinars, aiming to provide real monetary wealth and value, free from predatory Western  lending agencies.

Washington wants dollar hegemony as the world’s reserve currency maintained, an agenda challenged by Russia, China and other nations increasingly trading bilaterally in their own currencies.

In 1977, Gaddafi transformed the Libyan Republic into the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - a “state of the masses.”

In 1979, he established direct participatory democracy, devolving power to tribal leaders. In 1986, Libya became the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Gaddafi was no dictator. He was a visionary, a revolutionary leader, wanting Libyan society based on equity, justice and fair distribution of national wealth.

He enjoyed strong popular support. He was a marked man. Washington wanted him eliminated, his progressive anti-Western policies replaced by predatory capitalist rapaciousness.

The deplorable Times report reinvented Clinton’s war on Libya, ignored Gaddafi’s vibrant model social state.

It played a leading role in endorsing US-led naked aggression, misportrayed as humanitarian intervention.

It supports Hillary Clinton, backs her presidential aspirations - instead of exposing her war crimes, denouncing her pure evil, and demanding she be held fully accountable.

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Turkey Vows to Continue Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Turkey Vows to Continue Supporting Terrorists in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Liberating Syria and preserving its sovereignty depend on eliminating the US-created and supported terrorist scourge menacing its people - ISIS the main threat.

As long as Washington and other rogue states keep recruiting, arming, funding, training and providing imported death squads with continued material support, endless conflict will rage.

New recruits will replace eliminated ones. Ankara allied with Washington, other key NATO partners, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other rogue states assure cessation of hostilities and conflict resolution are unachievable.

Turkey is a fascist police state, Erdogan a prototypical world-class thug, his second in command Ahmet Davutoglu a caricature of a prime minister.

Together they show why Turkey is a sham democracy. Elections when held are farcical. Fundamental rights don’t exist. International law principles are systematically breached.

Interviewed by Al Jazeera last week, Davutoglu praised anti-government elements in Syria - failing to explain they’re imported foreign supported death squads, committing appalling atrocities, terrorizing civilians, given safe haven in Turkey, able to move freely cross border with regime support.

According to Davutoglu, “(h)ow (could these elements) be able to defend themselves if there was no Turkish support of the Syrian people.”

“If there’s today a real moderate Syrian opposition, it’s because of the Turkish support. If today (Assad) isn’t able to control all the territories (it’s) because of Turkish and some other countries’ support.”

Ankara “will be doing everything for Syrian brothers and sisters - without asking any assistance from anywhere - for refugees as well as for the heroic people in Syria…all Syrians, those, who are raising their voice against this aggression by the regime, by terrorists like YPG, Daesh, who are invading Syria today, like Russia and Iran.”

Reality is polar opposite his ravings. No moderate elements exist. All anti-government forces are terrorists. Assad responsibly defends his long-suffering people, victims of US imperialism. 

Davutoglu disgracefully accused Russia of ethnic cleansing and creating a major refugee crisis.  Why anyone takes him seriously is hard to understand. 

Al Jazeera is owned, controlled and operated by the Qatari dictatorship, allied with Washington, Turkey and other rogue states, committed to raping and destroying Syria, one of the world’s greatest crimes.

Ankara terrorizes its people. It  continues butchering Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian Kurds, fully supported by Washington.

Its policies risk direct confrontation with Russia. Its cross-border shelling and material support for terrorists violate the agreed on cessation of hostilities in Syria since implemented on February 27.

Like neocons infesting Washington, Erdogan, Davutoglu and likeminded extremists in Turkey want endless war, instability and chaos, not peace and preservation of Syrian sovereignty.

Russia understands the challenges it faces. So far, Putin masterfully outwitted Obama, foiling his regional imperial agenda, gaining a strategic advantage he’s not about to relinquish.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Phony Claims About America Supporting Its Troops Exposed

Phony Claims About America Supporting its Troops Exposed

by Stephen Lendman

Surprisingly, the Pentagon’s Stars and Stripes publication headlined “Lacking basic gear, special (forces) stuck buying their own equipment.”

Former Navy SEAL Sean Matson said his head was measured four times before each deployment - for “a more advanced ballistic helmet” never provided.

He and six other SEALs had to spend about $900 on their own for helmets with “lights, communications devices and batteries needed for their missions.”

Instead of fulfilling its obligation to support its troops, the Navy increasingly leaves them on their own to pay for needed gear. 

At the same time, the Pentagon wastes trillions of dollars on unneeded weapons or others failing to work as intended.

Last week, Matson and “others involved in the military’s unofficial civilian-side supply network” met with House members on Capitol Hill, Stars and Stripes reported.

Congressmen involved intend querying Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for an explanation. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R. CA) said special operations forces approached him in his California district, “complaining about the inability to get needed materials, and he has been investigating the issue,” Stars and Stripes said.

Hunter claims numerous instances of supply chain systemic problems, saying “(i)t’s been impossible for me to find out how the money is getting stopped and why it is not going down to where it’s supposed to be.”

Aaron Negherbon is executive director of Troops Direct, involved in providing requested supplies to US servicemen unable to get what they need through military sources.

US forces often have to buy items the Pentagon is responsible for providing, he explained, spending hundreds of dollars of their own money.

Claims about an alleged supply chain breakdown belie contempt at the highest Defense Department levels for the welfare of US forces deployed to war zones. 

War-profiteers enjoy lavish handouts, the needs of US military forces given short shrift - easily replaceable cannon fodder.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Israel's War on Palestine Ignored with World Focus on Syria

Israel’s War on Palestine Ignored with World Focus on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Since October 1, Israel extrajudicially executed well over one Palestinian on average daily, numbers approaching 200 murders, including women and children - defenseless victims of its killing machine.

Washington provides full support and encouragement. Reports indicate Obama increased US aid to Israel this year by $800 million - a $4 billion US taxpayer handout. Israel wants more annually, claiming nonexistent security threats.

State terror stalks Palestinians daily. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported providing emergency medical services for over 5,000 victims of Israeli violence monthly since last October 1.

Its soldiers, police and extremist settlers assaulted PRCS teams and ambulances hundreds of times. Nearly 150 of its paramedics and other staff members were wounded.

Almost 100 ambulances were damaged or rendered inoperable. Western and Israeli media ignore daily atrocities - an entire Palestinian population at risk, viciously terrorized by racist Zionist zealots.

Days earlier, the Stop the Wall campaign against Israel’s apartheid encirclement of Palestinians into isolated bantustans reported how extremist settlers are taking over more territory in Beit Ummar. 

They’re “bann(ing) Palestinians from what they define as ‘their zone,’ “ protected by Israeli security forces - part of longstanding official state ethnic cleansing, wanting maximum Jews and minimum Arabs.

Extremist settlers patrol with firearms visible, ready to use for any contrived reason, able to get away with murder with impunity. 

Rare exceptions prove the rule. Palestinians are being systematically terrorized, Israeli officials supporting what demands world community action to stop.

On Sunday, Israeli forces critically shot and wounded middle-aged Palestinian dentist Hisham Muhammad Atwan Sbeih and 16-year-old Yasan Omar Salah - in harm’s way threatening no one during a raid targeting al-Khader village.

They’re both hospitalized, at risk of being forcibly dragged from their beds and arrested, despite guilty of no crimes.

From February 22 through late April, Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 is taking place in over 150 cities and universities worldwide - each act of resistance lasting a week or longer in the following locations:

Britain from February 22 - 28

Other European countries from February 29 - March 7

Palestine from March 1 - 10

South Africa from March 1 - 10

Arab world countries from March 6 - 26

US cities from March 27 - April 3

Latin American countries from April 10 - 24

Canadian cities during weeks  throughout March

Activities include panel discussions, film screenings, and actions promoting vital BDS support - the most important and effective resistance initiative.

An official Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 statement says the movement is “(i)nspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine…hop(ing) to make (this year’s events) a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.”

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Turkey Breaches Ceasefire in Syria

Turkey Breaches Ceasefire in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Breaching the US/Russia brokered cessation of hostilities doesn’t surprise. Turkey began illegally shelling cross-border over two weeks ago.

Erdogan and his clown prince prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu ludicrously claim the right to attack Syrian territory and Kurdish YPG anti-terrorist freedom fighters to defend Turkish national security - naked aggression by any standard.

On Sunday, Russian Center for Truce in Syria head General Sergey Kuralenko said “(o)vernight (on) February 28, the Russian Center for reconciling the warring sides in Syria received information on an attack from the Turkish territory on the Syrian town of Et Tell el-Abyad by armed units with the support of large-caliber artillery.” 

“This information was subsequently verified and confirmed through several channels, including representatives of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” including Kurds, Arabs and other ethnic groups in the area.

Erdogan does nothing belligerent without US permission or complicity. Moscow demands an explanation from Washington about Turkey’s grave breach - continuing to shell Syrian positions in flagrant violation of cessation of hostilities terms.

Turkish military sources denied clear evidence of its aggression. Its regime continues harboring ISIS and other terrorists, giving them safe haven, arming them, letting them pass freely cross-border into Syria.

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, scores of ISIS terrorists entered Syria from Turkey over the weekend. Kurdish YPG fighters successfully repelled them.

They regained control over more areas in Raqqa province, routing ISIS elements. Syrian ground forces maintain their advance on multiple fronts. 

Russian air power provides important support against all Security Council designated terrorist groups. The struggle to preserve Syrian sovereignty continues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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The Illusion of Ceasefire in Syria

The Illusion of Ceasefire in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Terrorism is the use of violence, instability, chaos and intimidation in pursuit of political aims - a US speciality.

All anti-Syrian forces armed and supported by Washington and its rogue allies are terrorists. Endless war continues, ebbing in some areas, raging in others.

Resumption of full-blown conflict is just a matter of time. Ceasefire and so-called peace initiatives are illusory.

Diplomacy won’t resolve Syria’s conflict. Washington wants war, regime change, and Syrian sovereignty replaced by US-controlled puppet governance. Its objective remains unchanged.

It continues using ISIS and other terrorist elements as imperial foot soldiers. Head of Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria, General Sergey Kuralenko, said anti-government forces shelled Damascus residential areas on Saturday for hours.

Russia halted airstrikes in areas controlled by anti-government forces agreeing to ceasefire terms - for how long remains to be seen as breaches are sure to continue and intensify.

Dozens of Russian drones are monitoring ceasefire areas. Hotlines were established between Russia’s Khmeimim air base and a US Jordanian facility.

Terrorist elements continue attacking areas controlled by YPG Kurdish forces in northern Syria near Turkey’s border - Ankara facilitating their movement cross border. It’s providing armaments and other material support, with full backing and encouragement from Washington.

US airstrikes continue targeting Syrian infrastructure and government targets on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported terrorist attacks in Hama, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo over the weekend. Heavy fighting continues in Raqqa and Lattakia provinces, Syrian and Hezbollah forces along with YPG fighters combating ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Russia’s war on terrorism targets areas controlled by anti-government elements not party to the cessation of hostilities.

Government forces are advancing steadily, retaking areas lost earlier, eliminating terrorists, cutting off their supply lines, defeating them decisively.

The campaign to liberate Syria continues. Cessation of hostilities and peace talks if begun change nothing.

As long as US-supported terrorist elements infest Syria, government forces and Russian air power continue pounding them. Preserving Syrian sovereignty depends on it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Snowden: US Presidential Campaign a Choice Between Trump and Goldman Sachs

Snowden: US Presidential Campaign a Choice Between Trump and Goldman Sachs

by Stephen Lendman

It’s largely a choice of style, not substance, dirty business as usual continuing no matter who succeeds Obama. Still, Snowden has a point. 

Hillary Clinton, like husband Bill, got super-rich through speechmaking, lucrative book deals and other Big Money handouts. 

Lots came from Wall Street and other corporate supporters - a rogue’s gallery of crony capitalist interests buying influence.

Her public financial disclosures show she earned $2,935,000 from 12 speeches to Wall Street banks alone from 2013 - 2015, five for $225,000 (her usual fee). 

Deutsche Bank paid her $485,000, Goldman Sachs an astonishing $675,000 for a single speech. Wall Street banks are her leading campaign contributors.

Over the same period, her financial disclosures show she earned $21,667,000 for 92 speeches to private organizations, mainly crony capitalist interests - expecting handsome dividends from their investments, the way dirty business in Washington works.

America’s political process is too corrupted to fix, a Big Money-controlled one-party state with two wings. All duopoly power candidates march to the same drummer - differing only in style, not how they intend governing if elected.

Uninformed, out-of-touch US voters are easy marks to be fooled each electoral cycle. Media scoundrels promote the illusion of democracy, existing in name only.

Popular interests are ignored, independent candidates entirely shut out. Names and faces change. Dirty business as usual wins every time.

Scattered reforms won’t work. Transformational change in needed. The only solution is popular grassroots revolution. 

The alternative is endless wars, neoserfdom and tyranny, a horror no one should tolerate.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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BBC Reinvented History of War in Syria

BBC Reinvented History of War in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The BBC is owned and operated by the British government, a propaganda tool masquerading as a legitimate news, information and analysis media outlet.

What’s most important for people to know, BBC and its Western counterparts systematically suppress, substituting state-approved propaganda - serving their governments’ interests.

In early February, the BBC reinvented the history of war in Syria, substituting state-sponsored misinformation and Big Lies for vital hard facts essential to explain - the longstanding hallmark of its reporting from inception.

There’s nothing civil about war in Syria, one of the grandest deceptions about years of conflict, the BBC one of the leading proliferators, willfully misleading its viewers and listeners.

It lied claiming “(p)ro-democracy protests…in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa” turned violent…(t)he unrest trigger(ing) nationwide protests demanding President Assad’s resignation.”

False! Michel Chossudovsky explained Washington instigated the “so-called ‘protest movement,’ “ a well-documented fact “from the inception of the Syrian crisis in March 2011” - using “US-Israeli and allied supported (ISIS and other) ‘jihadist’ death squads.”

US-led Western and Israeli mythology about the Syrian conflict persists - from inception to today, a scheme to rape and destroy the Syrian Arab Republic - what media scoundrels like BBC suppress.

So-called nationwide “protests” were orchestrated, instigated and manipulated by Washington, aided by its rogue allies.

BBC claiming government opposition elements took up arms in self-defense was and remains polar opposite reality. Terrorists imported from scores of countries continue being used as US foot soldiers.

The vast majority of Syrians remain loyal to Bashar al-Assad, wanting no one else leading them.

The BBC claiming “(v)iolence escalated…into civil war” still continuing is perhaps the biggest Big Lie about ongoing conflict.

Obama bears full responsibility for waging war. Hillary Clinton in her role as secretary of state shares it. Both are unindicted war criminals multiple times over.

Since conflict began, Assad responsibly defended Syrian sovereignty and its people against US-created, sponsored and supported foreign terrorist invaders. 

The BBC maliciously and without just cause accused him of war crimes and blocking humanitarian aid.

It lied, claiming he used chemical weapons against his own people. Clear evidence shows terrorists were responsible, Saudi Arabia supplying sarin and other toxic agents.

A US-manufactured humanitarian crisis exists. Half the Syrian population is internally or externally displaced. Millions have little access to enough food, clean water, medical care and other essentials to life. Human suffering is extreme.

The BBC, like other media scoundrels, suppresses one of the world’s greatest crimes - made in the USA, Obama, Hillary Clinton and other neocons infesting Washington fully responsible.

Assad is wrongfully blamed for their high crimes, the BBC one of the world’s leading propagandists, its airwaves filled with misinformation and Big Lies, its viewers and listeners betrayed.

So-called “moderate rebels” it cites don’t exist. All anti-government forces are terrorists, all elements waging war on Syria, killing civilians, committing gruesome atrocities, causing vast destruction.

The BBC, like other media scoundrels, never once explained that ISIS and all other terrorist groups in Syria are US creations - trained by CIA operatives in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan. It ignores Israel’s role in wanting Assad toppled, Syria ravaged and destroyed.

It maintains the myth of terrorist groups (imported death squads) “capitalis(ing) on the chaos and and tak(ing) control of large swathes of” territory.

They couldn’t exist without foreign support - led by Washington, Turkey, other key NATO partners, Israel and rogue Arab states.

The BBC lied, claiming US-led coalition warplanes launched air strikes in Syria in September 2014 to “degrade and…destroy” ISIS. Infrastructure and government sites alone are targeted on the phony pretext of combating terrorism.

Washington systematically undermined Geneva I (2012) and Geneva II (2014) peace talks - the BBC wrongfully blaming Assad.

Expect current conflict resolution efforts to fare no better than earlier attempts. Washington and its rogue allies want war, not peace.

The BBC lies claiming otherwise. Endless war continues, Russia’s intervention changed the dynamic dramatically on the ground, a major turning point in the conflict.

Putin and Assad are committed to keep combating the universal scourge terrorizing Syria. Eliminating it is the only chance for peace and preserving Syrian sovereignty.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bashing Trump Makes Him Stronger

Bashing Trump Makes Him Stronger

by Stephen Lendman

He’s a duopoly power anomaly, a billionaire, demagogic business as usual aspirant, coming across to supporters as populist.

Yet nothing in his campaign suggests it, other than his anti-establishment rhetoric.

A previous article said he appeals to voters against bipartisan politics they deplore, business as usual campaigning and governance, promising change, delivering betrayal, ignoring popular needs in office.

He seems impregnable despite expressing outlandish views, including wanting a wall built on America’s southern border, calling Mexicans “rapists,” wanting Muslims banned from entering the country, saying he’ll close mosques, and surviving a flap with Pope Francis unscathed.

He’s the only presidential aspirant able to win support with inflammatory rhetoric on hot button issues, saying what other candidates won’t dare.

Nothing in his background or business record suggests he’ll govern differently from other candidates as president. People needs aren’t his concern. Social justice is off-the-table.

Endless wars and corporate favoritism will continue on his watch. If Republican party bosses undermine his campaign, he doesn’t rule out running as an independent.

His support is ideologically deep and intense. Campaigning against the grain works for him, saying things voters don’t hear from other candidates.

Bashing works to his advantage - from rival aspirants and media scoundrels supporting them. Party bosses are desperate, searching for a way to stop him, blasting what they call his divisive brand of politics.

A New York Times feature story cited Republican strategist Karl 
Rove, warning his “nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November,” at the same time saying it’s not too late to stop him.

The Times indicated Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has a plan to have party members break with him in November’s election.

Other Republicans call for uniting behind a single Trump opponent in a last-ditch effort to stop him. Everything tried so far “sputtered and stalled at every turn,” said The Times.

Despite dark party forces lined up against him, he gained strength heading into Super Tuesday on March 1 with smashing New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada triumphs - saying perhaps he could “run the table” in upcoming primaries, outspoken to a fault as always.

Modesty and restraint aren’t his attributes. Media scoundrels relentlessly attack him, trying to dent his impregnability.

The Times claims his nomination would “serious(ly) damage…the country (and) its reputation overseas.”

It’ll “represent a rout of historic proportions for the institutional Republican Party, and could set off an internal rift unseen in either party for a half-century…”

Nothing in prospect seems able to derail his seemingly unstoppable road to his party’s nomination. 

At the same time, anti-Trump resistance runs deep. Party bosses call his candidacy unacceptable - except to millions of voters supporting him, way more than any of his rivals.

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