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 - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Irresponsible Syria Bashing

by Stephen Lendman Friday, May. 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Syria

Irresponsible Syria Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Syria's June 3 presidential election approaches. It's historic. It's the Syrian Arab Republic's first ever free, fair, open presidential process.

Twenty-four aspirants registered to compete. Parliamentarians Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar were approved. So was Assad.

He's overwhelmingly popular. He's expected to win easily. Syrians want no one else leading them. He's especially trusted now. He's defeating foreign invaders.

He's doing it responsibly. He's fighting for Syrian freedom. For its independent sovereign rights.

He's up to the challenge. He's winning. He's defeating Obama's dirty game. He deserves universal support.

Friends of Syria/London 11 countries include America, Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On May 15, they issued a joint statement. They irresponsibly denounced what deserves support.

They shamelessly called Syria's upcoming democratic presidential election "illegitimate."

It'll be free, open and fair. International monitors will observe things. It'll shame what passes for sham London 11 country processes.

It's representatives outrageously called what's upcoming "a parody of democracy." Under conflict conditions, turnout is expected to be impressive. Not according to them.

They ludicrously claimed it'll "be devoid of political participation of millions of Syrians." They "call(ed) on the entire international community to reject" what's planned.

They "agreed unanimously to take further steps…" They called doing so "a coordinated strategy." They support death squad killers.

They lied calling them "moderate opposition" forces. They blamed Assad for their crimes.

They want him and Syrian officials prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. More on this below.

They're implementing a so-called Core Group action plan. They stopped short of explaining details.

Their strategy prioritizes aggressive war. They want tens of thousands more Syrians killed.

They want the entire country ravaged and destroyed. They want its sovereign independence eliminated.

They want illegitimate puppet rule replacing it. They want what Syrians overwhelmingly reject.

On May 18, Syria's Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Minister Faisal Mikdad criticized Western hypocrisy.

"Those who conspire against the presidential elections in Syria are conspiring against democracy, political pluralism and the freedom of expression in Syria," he said.

His comments followed John Kerry's Big Lie. He called planned upcoming elections "a farce." A "fraud on democracy," he added. He promised redoubled opposition support.

"Our teams are going to come together in very short order now to lay out a specific set of steps that can and will take in order to have a greater impact," he said.

He stopped short of discussing military aid. "(E)very possible avenue that is available is going to be pursued," he promised.

He lied claiming Assad "is making partnership with terrorist elements, attracting terrorists, and engaging in terrorist activities agains his own people."

He practically ruled out resolving things diplomatically. He did so by turning truth on its head.

He disingenuously claimed Assad refuses to negotiate. He's gone all-out to do so responsibly. So has Russia.

Their best efforts were spurned. Washington bears full responsibility. It deplores political solutions.

Obama didn't wage war on Syria to quit. He prioritizes war. He abhors peace. He's got lots more death and destruction in mind.

He wants greater charnel house conditions than already. Salvador Option strategy was chosen.

Rules of engagement include massacres, torture, and other atrocities. No-holds-barred business as usual continues.

Civilians are fair game. They're vulnerable. They're targeted. They're murdered in cold blood.

Assad is wrongfully blamed for Western-supported death squad crimes. War without mercy continues. Washington bears full responsibility.

Syria is Obama's war of choice. He's got blood on his hands. He's responsible for tens of thousands of deaths.

For millions internally and externally displaced. For continued war without mercy. For more of the same planned.

On May 20, Putin and China Xi Jinping issued a joint statement. "Russia and China find any attempts at an external forcible interference in Syria impermissible," it said.

Both countries "support efforts taken by the Syrian government and the international community for a successful finalizing of the process of destroying the chemical weapons of Syria."

Both leaders support resolving things diplomatically. Syria invited Russia to monitor June's electoral process.

Moscow's Central Election Commission confirmed it. Chairman Vladimir Churov said:

"We are closely watching the election process in" Middle East countries. He's considering whether to send observers.

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said there's "nothing in the Geneva (agreement) that would ban or question such elections."

Claiming otherwise is false, he stressed. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is an unapologetic pro-Western stooge.

He's an imperial tool. He lied claiming Syria's presidential election runs counter to Geneva's "letter and spirit."

Syria's constitution requires them. They must be held before Assad's tenure expires in July.

Russia's upper house Federation Council Deputy Chairman Ilyas Umakhanov endorsed what's planned. Elections are positive for Syria, he said.

Its people alone must choose who'll lead them, he stressed. On May 21, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported "Syrians more enthusiastic as elections draw near."

They represent democracy in action. They're important. They're "taking place alongside a series of army's victories in the battlefield against terrorist groups," said SANA.

"Heartened by the positive atmosphere prompted by the political and military victories, Syrian citizens continue to stage various activities and events to express their happiness over the course their country is walking."

Huge crowds filled Damascus' Al-Hejaz Square. Strong Assad support was expressed. Denigrating Western and regional rhetoric was rejected.

Damascus faculty, students and workers voiced support for Assad. They called voting in June's election a national duty.

Similar rallies, marches and events took place in other Syrian cities. Support for June's election was expressed.

National flags and Assad photos were featured. Syria's army fighting terrorist invaders was endorsed.

France is a virtual US proxy. It drafted a Security Council resolution. It's expected to be voted on Thursday.

It's irresponsible. It's one-sidedly anti-Assad. It wrongfully blames him for Western-supported terrorist crimes.

On Wednesday, Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin promised a veto. "Yes, we'll do this," he said.

"The adoption of such a resolution may have negative implications for common efforts toward settling the crisis in Syria," he added.

He'll explain more later, he said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called France's resolution unacceptable.

It "urges the referral of files to the ICC," he said. "We…oppose such an approach in the Security Council," he added.

It's "counterproductive in the current situation." It's thinly veiled deception.

It's cover for UN Charter Chapter 7 authorization. It'll be used "for...force against Damascus," he stressed.

It's "knowingly politicized." It's pretext for US-led NATO direct intervention. It supports Libya 2.0.

"The draft resolution that is currently submitted to the Security Council is unacceptable to us, and we will not support it. If it is put to a vote, we will veto it," Gatilov stressed.

China was expected to do likewise. Both countries vetoed three previous irresponsible Western-sponsored one-sidedly anti-Syrian SC resolutions.

Doing so avoided all-out war. Longstanding US policy pressures, bullies and threatens other nations. It does so to support its imperial agenda.

Five dozen nations irresponsibly blamed Assad for Western-supported terrorist crimes.

They expressed support for prosecuting Assad and other Syrian officials in the International Criminal Court.

It's an imperial tool. It blames victims for Western crimes against them.

It has no legitimacy whatever. It violates fundamental legal norms and standards.

Thursday SC voting proceeded as scheduled. Russia and China vetoed France's resolution. They acted responsibly. Doing so slows Obama's imperial project.

New York Times editors consistently support what demands condemnation. They're on the wrong side of history.

They support Washington's imperial agenda. They're one-sidedly anti-Syrian.

They feature contributors with likeminded views. They deny responsible voices space to respond.

Jonathan Stevenson is a former International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) senior fellow.

From November 2011 - May 2013, he was Obama's Middle East/North Africa national security political/military affairs director.

He's currently a Naval War College professor. Scoundrel media publications feature him often.

On May 21, he headlined his NYT op-ed "Go Beyond Diplomacy on Syria."

He urged Obama "not merely advance Mr. Assad's exit from office…" He wants him replaced.

He ignored international law. It prohibits interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

It doesn't matter. He wants Syrians having no say. He wants what he calls "moderate and capable" governance running Syria.

None that matters opposing Assad exists. Western-supported radicalized elements wage war against him.

So-called "power-sharing compromise" is figment of his imagination. "(A)ctive American diplomacy" he cites is nonexistent.

He urged supplying illusory "moderate" opposition groups with "sustained covert assistance."

Doing so he claims signals Washington and its imperial partners are serious about pursuing "peaceful political transition in Syria."

Like Afghanistan. Like Iraq. Like Libya. Like wherever America shows up. Mass slaughter, destruction and human misery follow.

Peaceful countries become charnel houses. They're transformed into uncontrollable cauldrons of violence.

So-called democracy instituted doesn't exist. Claiming otherwise is pure fantasy.

Stevenson supports war. He does so without admitting it. He deplores peace. Claims otherwise ring hollow.

He cited nonexistent "global terrorist threats." They're convenient illusions. They're figments of his imagination.

They invented as pretexts. They used to advance America's imperium. It rages against humanity. It threatens its survival.

Times editors featured Stevenson's rubbish. Likeminded hawkishness is embraced.

Imperial supporters remain unapologetic. They bury vital truths. They substitute Big Lies. They ignore fundamental rule of law principles.

They promote wrongheaded policy. They support US crimes of war and against humanity.

They're willing co-conspirators. They use journalism as a dagger against freedom. They defend the indefensible. Don't expect them to explain.

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

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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

add your comments


Local News

MDRC's Rent Reform Assault: Section 8 tenants vs. affordable housing industry J24 12:24AM

Obama at LA Trade Tech J23 3:23PM

Los Angeles Joins World Wide Protest Against Israeli Aggression J22 6:33PM

Los Angeles Joins World Wide Protest Against Israeli Aggression J22 5:48PM

Los Angeles Joins World Wide Protest Against Israeli Aggression J22 5:28PM

Protest Israeli Shelling of Gaza J21 1:58AM

#SaveTheInternet Rally J20 11:24AM

PACIFICA is shify-ing more J18 8:55PM

Radical Women Study Group J16 4:43PM

KIDS REPLANT WILSHIRE FRUIT TREES UPROOTED BY VANDALS J16 2:34PM

Emails Needed by Thursday, July 17 to Save the South Central Farm (Again) J15 4:40PM

Is AFT Pres Weingarten On The Take? J12 7:45AM

LA Living in Vehicle Law Found UnConstitutional J11 12:22PM

KPFK News covers the Che Cafe struggle J10 9:33PM

Public Comment on South Central Farm Site J07 10:44PM

Successful Protest at new Burbank Hobby Lobby on 4th J06 5:17PM

Protesters Violently Arrested in Murietta J05 12:44AM

Gallery Opening Highlights Journalist’s Creativity, Insights, and Passions J03 11:52AM

Indymedia On Air - Che Cafe show J02 10:27AM

Save the Che: Letter from Zack de la Rocha J29 8:47PM

Political Thriller Citizen Koch Premieres in Los Angeles J28 2:35AM

Veteran and Families of Military hold Press Conference J18 7:36AM

Furious Homeowners Occupy Lobby of Fannie Mae in Pasadena J16 4:15AM

Change Links Revival J12 12:09PM

Election Day with Occupy Los Angeles: Know Your Rights Juror Education Rally J05 9:39PM

United We Stand Festival Ignites a Wave of Action for Indy Journalists and Active Citizens J05 7:36PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Water in California - info proliferated now is dubious J28 5:04PM

Pacifica clearly endangered. Reposting info here: J28 2:34PM

Paraphysique de la violence J28 9:49AM

Video: Occupy Love (2013), 1 hr 19 min J28 4:43AM

Philippine President told: Re-energize the campaign for reforms J28 3:23AM

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis J27 12:13PM

¡Abajo las nuevas exacciones criminales de Israel! J27 11:41AM

Who declares themselves to be the ultimate-only-valid-authority here on current wars elsew J27 11:11AM

looks ok to me... J27 10:32AM

Down with the latest criminal abuses by the Israeli State! J27 10:21AM

THE BOOK OF JOSHUA | ZIONAZIS J26 9:52PM

Video: Left Forum on Thomas Paine 1 hr, 23 min J26 4:21PM

Surpopulation et paupérisation J26 9:13AM

AVAAZ_GAZA_war crimes J26 8:07AM

Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO) Struggles for Peace J26 8:02AM

Snake Valley Festival in Baker NV fights SNWA ‘Water Grab’ J26 6:59AM

Nuclear Bomb LA 1983, Revelations tortured Witness Recovers from 14 year coma J25 7:52PM

The Shortwave Report 07/25/14 Listen Globally! J24 5:00PM

Come for the education, Stay for the fun at the OC Health & Wellness Fair J23 10:59PM

Philippine president signs law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings J23 3:55AM

Rockets found in Gaza school J22 10:57PM

Statement on the Gaza Genocide J22 8:32PM

Capitalism and War: Pope Francis J22 4:18AM

Geekouts Link's for June and July 2014 J22 1:14AM

ADI holds Week of Action Against Circus Suffering J21 11:41AM

phantom protests J21 7:35AM

Précis de la tyrannie ou les 64 bourgeoisies J21 3:32AM

The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith J19 3:19PM

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