Analysis by LettersToTheBeast
Our friends at CTV (the Canadian Television Network), by way of the Associated Press are back on the Assad-gassed-his-own-people train again. Oh, boy. This is getting very tiresome. And, frankly, insulting. All right. Deep breath. Let’s take this apart one-by-one. And use it as a template for the carbon-copy Bullshit Corporate Media stories (again, “story” being the operative word here). We shouldn’t be mad at CTV as much as the author of this nonsense, Associated Press. Having seen its viewership plummet since the internet made it possible to fact check its claim in a matter of seconds, CTV has laid off its newsroom staff less than skeleton levels. That means they will pick up any story that fills space on its website or time in its newscast. Not unlike how small town weekly rags will be filled with wedding announcements and press releases from politicians and local businesses masquerading as news.
Okay, here goes…
Pressure building to condemn Syria over chemical weapons
Michael Astor, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:25PM EDT
Pressure is building for the United Nations to condemn Syria over the use of chemical weapons as the Security Council prepares to discuss a report by weapons inspectors that found the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons on at least two occasions and is suspected of deploying them in at least three other instances.
“Pressure?” Pressure from whom? “Suspected?” “At least?” Seriously?
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on the Security Council to impose sanctions on the Syrian government over the chemical weapons’ use and to refer the case to the International Criminal Court. The report also found that the Islamic State group, which is already under U.N. sanctions, was behind at least one chemical attack.
Human Rights Watch. Ohhh, George Soros. Well, why didn’t you just say so in the first place? And I see we’re back to using “The Islamic State” again. I’m all for bringing them to the International Criminal Court. But somehow, I don’t think John McCain, the Arizona senator who had numerous selfies taken with “ISIS” types (including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi / Simon Eliot) is going to go quietly. Neither is former Canadian foreign minister and current member of parliament Robert “Rob” Nicholson (CON-Niagara Falls). Nicholson, of course, was foreign minister when Mohammed al-Rashad, a Canadian Security Intelligence agent, was arrested in Turkey while trying to smuggle three teen British girls into Syria to fight for this ISIS outfit.
“We think ISIS – that outfit we air-dropped the food and guns and ammo and sent the Toyota pick ip trucks to – did one attack. Maybe. But we’re really, really sure Assad did the rest. Trust us.”
“This has been a political minefield for five and a half years but we have something different, we have a U.N.-backed mechanism with a report,” said Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director at Human Rights Watch. “We have it in black and white that the Syrian Government and ISIS are responsible for using chemical weapons, it’s a crime and the Security Council has many tools it can use, so we expect them to use them all.”
“We have it in black and white…” Funny you should use those words, Louise. Remember those black and white satellite photos that Colin Powell represented as “clear and convincing” proof of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction? And isn’t that a great title Louise has? “U.N. Director?” The woman has absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations. She used to, but not any longer. But she gives herself the title “U.N. Director” as if associating herself (once gain) with the United Nations gives her some credibility. And of course, the A.P.’s typist (with the willing consent of CTV’s editors) lap it up. Orwelling newspeak and doublespeak.
Hint: Satellite photos don’t come in black and white. They come in colour. Oh, and, just a reminder, that “decontamination vehicle” turned out to be one of these things…
The 95-page report compiled by an international team of inspectors and released last week, found that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 and blamed the government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack.
No kidding. Any luck on tracking down who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack which took place in Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993? “They” used o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile dissolved in methelyine chloride. And “international inspectors…” You don’t say…
The inspectors investigated nine cases in seven towns and determined responsibility in three cases. They said three more attacks pointed toward government involvement but weren’t conclusive, and described three others as inconclusive.
“described three others as inconclusive.” What, you couldn’t even make up a convincing lie for those ones?
When the report was released, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the inspectors’ findings mirrored “numerous other confirmed cases of chemical weapons use across Syria, and countless other allegations of such use, including as recently as several weeks ago.”
Ah, yes. Our old friend Samantha Powers. Where Sam goes, the Third World War follows.
Seriously, honey. Ya gotta lay off the smack, okay? This is for your own good. And Barry, too. Forget about drug testing the truck drivers and the bus drivers. Hell, start making the politicians and bureaucrats piss in a jar before they take office.
Inspectors said that between December 2015 and August 2016 they received more than 130 new allegations from U.N. member states of the use of chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria. They said the attacks involved sarin, mustard gas, VX nerve gas, chlorine, and 61 other toxic chemicals.
In September 2013, Syria accepted a Russian proposal to relinquish its chemical weapons stockpile and join the Chemical Weapons Convention. That averted a U.S. military strike in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.
No, what averted a U.S. military strike was China’s threat (with prodding from Russia) to cut off Uncle Sucker’s credit card if they crossed that line in the sand. China and Russia are happy to see the U.S. government once again get mired down in an endless war against brown people. But all out invasion of Syria and Iran are off the table.
“One thing that we have here is that there is a treaty. Syria is a party to this treaty, they violated it. This is clear. The report shows that you can’t just let them walk away violating the treaty without there being some kind of consequences, otherwise what value is the treaty?” Charbonneau said.
How many countries has Syria attacked, invaded or otherwise launched hostilities against in the past, oh, say 30 years?
Still, it was unclear if Russia, Syria’s close ally with the power to veto Security Council resolutions, would support sanctions.
Is the Space Pope reptilian?
Last week, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the findings needed to be studied by experts and he sidestepped questions about the team’s conclusion that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in two attacks, adding that the report is “very technical,” “quite complicated” and needs study.
Does anybody see the tragedy here? Even if what Associated Press, CTV and the rest of the Bullshit Corporate Media were one hundred per cent factual and true, people will always go back to Saddam’s Nukular Bombs and Weapons of Mass Destruction. And since it was the United States government (with help from israel) that told us those lies, not Russia and not China, the world (even the American people themselves) are deferring to Russia and China.
But since the Corporate Media does continue to tell us tales about fake terrorists, global warming, our ever-fragile economic recovery while covering up The Clintons’ criminal past AND present, Bill’s drug use, Hillary’s fried brain and many other things, what they are reporting about Syria and the War of Terror are not true. They are demonstrably false. And the George Soros / New World Order types don’t have a clue what the hell to do about it.
And just a friendly reminder: When Bullshit Corporate Media tells us about the “war against ISIS (or whatever alternate name they use, ISIL, IS, Daesh, etc) remember it was Turkey, acting for NATO and the U.S. government who shot down a Russian bomber just as it had completed a bombing mission against real ISIS targets. Russia had just destroyed the ISIS infrastructure that made it possible for Bilal Erdogan, the Turkish president’s son, to continue traficking in stolen Syrian oil. Bilal Erdogan owns ship that carry that stolen oil.
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