imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Caught in the Act

by Stephen Lendman Saturday, Nov. 03, 2012 at 8:01 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

anti-war

Caught in the Act

by Stephen Lendman

Washington wages direct and proxy wars dirty. Favored allies are cold-blooded killers. Cutthroats are America's favorites. The more vicious the better. America's so-called responsibility to protect (R2P) is a license to brutalize and kill.

Guns for hire willing to commit unspeakable crimes for a buck are recruited, armed, funded, trained, and deployed to commit the most heinous ones imaginable. Nothing too gruesome is out of bounds. Killing goes on daily like sport.

Massacres are strategically timed. Last June, death squads murdered over 100 Houla civilians. They were executed in cold blood. Children were slaughtered like adults.

Pro-government loyalists were targeted. Assad was wrongfully blamed for terrorist killings and atrocities. It wasn't the first time or last.

Weeks later, death squads murdered dozens of Treimseh civilians. Assad was again blamed. Western and UN Human Rights Council reports were fabricated. Media scoundrels repeated them like gospel. Facts don't interfere with propaganda. It's standard policy.

Last March, a rare exception reported accurately. Der Spiegel discussed the "Homs burial brigade." An insurgent "executioner" said he and comrades "kill in the name of the Syrian revolution. They leave torture (to) the so-called interrogation brigade...."

"They do the ugly work." He believes in violence, he explained. He "cut the throats of four men." He machine-gunned many more. Executions happen regularly, he said.

Assad loyalists are targeted, brutalized and murdered. Women and children aren't spared. Der Spiegel's "executioner" article explained. The publication said little more by way of follow-up.

Last March, Human Rights Watch also reported on Syrian "Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses." An "Open Letter to the Leaders of the Syrian Opposition" accused them of targeted killings, summary executions, kidnappings for ransom, torture, hostage taking, and other violent crimes.

HRW's moment of truth didn't last. It's a reliable imperial ally. Amnesty International and similar groups replicate its anti-Assad propaganda. They're well funded to support US interests.

The latest death squad atrocity was too obvious to conceal. On November 1, Reuters headlined "Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers in checkpoint attacks," saying:

Attacks occurred on three Saraqeb checkpoints. They straddle Syria's main north/south highway. Even Assad opposition supporters can't hide what happened. Video evidence showed it.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville called it "very likely that this was a war crime, another one."

"Accountability will follow," he added. How and in what form he didn't say. Expect little more than rhetoric.

Throughout the conflict, Washington Post reports have been consistently one-sided. This time, fingers pointed the right way. "Syrian rebels execute unarmed government soldiers; dozens killed in fighting," it said.

Graphic video footage documented what happened. It's "not the first time that rebel fighters appear to have committed war crimes."

Summary executions happen regularly. Soldiers and pro-Assad loyalists are targeted. Video posted online Thursday was filmed at Saraqeb's Hamisho checkpoint.

"It shows rebel fighters kicking and insulting government soldiers, who are spread out on the ground. Some of them appear to be wounded." One pleaded: "I did not hit anyone, by Allah. I did not kill anyone."

"The man filming the video tells the soldier to shut up and directs his comrades, 'Organize them for me.' The fighters pull the soldiers to the center of the room and open fire on the group, kicking up clouds of dust. The shooting continues for 20 seconds."

"A second video posted online Thursday, which appears to have been filmed shortly after the execution, shows at least three other bodies spread out around the checkpoint."

"The man filming approaches two of the bodies and says, 'The shabiha of Assad, the dogs.' "

The term refers to pro-Assad fighters defending Syria against Western-recruited death squads. In other words, they're anti-imperial resistance fighters. Western reports call them terrorists.

New York Times reports also have been consistently one-sided. Covering up this atrocity isn't possible. It headlined "UN Says Syria Execution Video Shows Apparent War Crime," saying:

Video circulating online shows "antigovernment fighters armed with rifles kicking and summarily executing a group of captured soldiers or militiamen could, if verified, represent evidence of a war crime to prosecute the perpetrators."

Human Right Watch consistently targets Assad. It also accused Syrian opposition forces of torture, other atrocities, and summarily executing security forces and pro-government loyalists in Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, and elsewhere.

On November 1, Amnesty International headlined "Syria: Armed group carries out summary killing of security forces in Idlib," saying:

Video footage showed armed militants "carrying out a mass summary killing of men in their custody." They were beaten, kicked and shot multiple times. AI's Ann Harrison said:

"This shocking footage depicts a potential war crime in progress, and demonstrates an utter disregard for international humanitarian law by the armed group in question."

"Amnesty International has so far been unable to confirm the identity of the armed group that carried out these summary killings, and no group has yet claimed responsibility."

"But we will continue to investigate the incident and once again urge all sides to respect the laws of war and to refrain from torturing, ill-treating or killing their prisoners."

AI consistently is anti-Assad. Harrison's comments were less than fully forthright. She and other AI staff regularly blame Assad for death squad killings and atrocities.

Press TV aired the disturbing video. These are the people Washington gets in bed with.

On November 2, Voice of Russia headlined "Bloodbath in Syria," saying:

Western-recruited death squads kept on killing throughout the Id al-Adha truce and after it ended. It's "unthinkable (that) the United Nations was unable to condemn them."

Failure reveals duplicitous Western standards. Dozens died needlessly. Opposition forces attacked security forces, civilians and government offices. Schools, mosques, and childcare centers are fair game.

Washington wants Syria defeated by terror. Doing so risks regional chaos. It's "no exaggeration to say that stability in this key region hinges on further developments in the Syrian crisis."

America can easily stop conflict by calling off its dogs. Peace and stability undermines its imperium. Violence furthers it. Hired guns are used for that purpose. Syria's being ravaged and destroyed. Olive branches Assad extends are summarily rejected.

On October 30, Syrian expert Patrick Seale headlined "Time for National Reconciliation in Syria."

It’s long past time, but how?

Despite convincing evidence disputing him, he thinks Syria can be "saved from destruction and national disintegration." What are the obstacles, he asked?

Deep wounds must be healed. How can they be when Washington won't let them? Seale admits there's "no readiness for reconciliation on either side." He's half right. Assad wanted it since last year. Repeated overtures were rebuffed.

Militant extremists also want conflict. They want Sharia law replacing replacing secular Syria. Most Syrians want no part of it.

Seale thinks no one wants direct military intervention. Others call that wishful thinking. Washington has longstanding regime change plans. All options are considered. If nothing else works, expect NATO involvement.

Establishing pro-Western governance in Syria is key to isolating Iran and repeating the process. War plans were made long ago. They remain options of choice.

Seale is right saying Syrians and other regionally must choose who'll rule them. Intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign countries violates international law.

One day perhaps America, key NATO partners, and Israel will observe it. So far doing so is nowhere in sight. Don’t expect it as long as imperial ambitions eclipse other priorities.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Dutchman Opens Limited Engagement at Edgemar Center for the Arts on July 15 J01 9:21AM

KPFK in Pacifica's meeting - more descriptions J29 2:57PM

KPFK hosted PACIFICA's board in LA. Missed it? here's some for ya J29 2:16PM

5 Reasons to Support RAC-LA This Month J20 11:10PM

Viacom CBS' Sumner Redstone Promotes Brutal Treatment Of Pot Smokers J19 1:20PM

Summer 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! J15 12:33PM

Housing Board Member is an Evicter! J11 11:37PM

KPFK & PAPCIFICA forum in LA J11 5:45PM

LA Times goes to bat for killer cops in Salinas J10 10:34PM

NUCLEAR SHUTDOWN NEWS MAY 2015 J04 12:48PM

Los Angeles Uranium Film Festival J04 7:18AM

KPFK difficulties continue J01 4:22PM

KPFK buys premiums to re-sell them for donations -so J01 4:00PM

Latest Long Beach Police Execution: Murder of Youth In Mental Distress J01 8:19AM

How can california deal with this water crisis? M31 1:46PM

Four Winds of March Against Monsanto Los Angeles Take The Streets of Hollywood M27 2:49PM

Foreclosure Victims Occupy Senate Stump Speech of Kamala Harris M21 4:58AM

LA Nakba Anniversary protest at the Israel Consulate M19 12:56AM

Long Beach Police Execute Unarmed Teen Hector Morejon on Suspicion Of Trespassing M15 6:08AM

Eagle-Con 2015 at Cal State L.A. M13 4:15PM

Brendon Glenn Dies and Venice S/Weeps M08 7:45PM

JOIN CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST RONALD L. HAVNER JR's PREDATORY BUSINESS, PUBLIC STORAGE M08 4:48PM

Councilmember Bonin Calls People of Venice Outraged by Police Murder “Outside Agitators" M08 10:45AM

May Day March, LA 2015 M07 7:33PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Nazi Holocaust & fbi Extermination J05 10:34PM

Who's behind The Burnings of Black Churches? Who wants a Race War? The Feds J05 9:11PM

Similarities between the Holocaust and modern extermination of Targeted Individuals J05 7:23PM

Iran Bashing in Late Stage Nuclear Talks J05 11:48AM

Hillary Clinton Threatens World Peace J05 9:54AM

UN Human Rights Council Denounces Israeli War Crimes J05 5:42AM

Greek Bailouts for Creditors, not Economic Recovery J05 3:41AM

Génétique de l'environnement J05 1:13AM

GA AS P J04 3:33PM

ACT: Ask Oprah Winfrey to Renounce Leviev’s Angolan Blood Diamonds and Israeli Settlements J04 2:39PM

Video: Rise of the Robots, 1 hr J04 1:27PM

White Supremacists tied to human trafficking and a series of unsolved murders J04 1:22PM

Thoughts on Independence Day Weekend J04 12:20PM

US-Orchestrated Coup Attempt in Ecuador J04 10:31AM

Tentative Deal on Iran Sanctions Relief? J04 10:07AM

Hillary Clinton Warns of Nonexistent Iranian Threat to Israel J04 7:25AM

Scare-mongering Greeks to Vote "Yes" on Sunday J04 3:24AM

Outlaws Are Better Company Than The Community of Cops J03 8:11PM

Caution Re Outdoor Grills, Fireworks And Other Holiday Events J03 2:45PM

Human Rights in Venezuela v. America J03 12:32PM

Israel Falsely Claims Hamas Supports ISIS in Sinai J03 10:04AM

Greece: Ground Zero for Global Pillage J03 6:36AM

UN Declares Highest Humanitarian Emergency Level in Yemen J03 3:23AM

Anarchie et anarchisme J02 10:37PM

The Shortwave Report 07/03/15 Listen Globally! J02 4:48PM

politikang sekswual sa pilipinas J02 12:10PM

Sunday's Referendum in Greece J02 11:31AM

Troika Plan for Greece: Endless Pillage and Regime Change J02 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy