US Outcry Over Syria... Tears Followed By NATO Bombs

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The crescendo of US-led condemnations against Syria and Russia over alleged humanitarian crimes in Syria grows louder by the day. The eerie sense is that this «outcry» is being orchestrated as a prelude to a NATO-style intervention in Syria.

Such a NATO maneuver would follow the template for former Yugoslavia and Libya, leading to greater civilian deaths, territorial disintegration, a surge in regional terrorism and more international lawlessness by Western states.

The concerted, emotive appeals over the past week – bordering on hysteria – indicate a propaganda campaign coordinated between Washington and its Western allies, the mass media and the US-led NATO military alliance.

It was US ambassador the United Nations Samantha Power who led the chorus of accusations against Russia and its Syrian ally, using the Security Council emergency meeting last weekend to condemn «barbarism» of renewed violence around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Britain and France piled in with more unsubstantiated condemnations of war crimes, as did shameless UN officials, Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general, and Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s special envoy to Syria.

Few people would countenance war, but surely Syria has the sovereign right to defend its nation from a foreign-fueled war on its territory. In all the lachrymose lecturing from the likes of Samantha Power, the pertinent question of who started this war in the first place gets lost in rhetorical fog.

Days later, NATO civilian chief Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement denouncing Russia and Syria for «blatant violation of international laws» in Aleppo, adding that the military actions by both were «morally totally unacceptable».

All the while, Western news media outlets have run saturation coverage of what they depict as a humanitarian hell in Aleppo, the strategic Syrian city where the final throes of the country’s nearly six-year war seem to be playing out.

The New York Times published an article with the gut-wrenching headline: ‘The Children of Aleppo, Syria, Trapped in a Killing Zone’.

It goes on to say: «Among the roughly 250,000 people trapped in the insurgent redoubt of the divided northern Syrian city are 100,000 children, the most vulnerable victims of intensified bombings by Syrian forces and their Russian allies.»

In a separate article, reports: ‘Nowhere to hide’ – volunteer describes conditions inside Aleppo’.

The implication in the Western mass media is that Syrian and Russian air forces are bombarding indiscriminately across civilian districts of the city. The same desperate tone and bias is ubiquitous in all Western media outlets.

However, if we ascertain the sources for this saturation information, it turns out to be a limited range of anonymous «activists», or the Western-funded group known as the White Helmets, which purports to be a humanitarian response network, but which in actual fact is integrated with illegally armed insurgents, including the al Qaeda terror organization Jabhat al Fatah al Sham (al Nusra Front), as writer Rick Sterling details.

Western TV news outlets are routinely using video footage from the White Helmets, supposedly taken in the aftermath of air strikes on Aleppo. This is an astounding abdication of any journalistic ethics of independence and impartiality.

These same media outlets rarely, if ever, carry reports from the western side of Aleppo where a six-fold greater population – 1.5 million – live in government-held districts, compared with the «rebel-held» eastern quarter.

As independent writer Vanessa Beeley recently reported, some 600,000 people fled to the western side of Aleppo from the al Nusra-dominant stronghold on the eastern side. According to medics quoted by Beeley, the majority of the population in the eastern quarter are being held hostage as human shields by the insurgents, or as the Western governments and media call them «moderate rebels» and «activists». There are also credible witness reports of terrorists shooting at people fleeing from the east through humanitarian corridors set up by the Syrian government.

In recent weeks, hundreds of civilians in the western districts of Aleppo have been killed from indiscriminate shelling and sniping by militants from the eastern side.

When do you ever hear or read the Western media reporting on those crimes? You don’t, because that would unravel the propaganda narrative aimed at demonizing, criminalizing and delegitimizing the Syrian government and its Russia ally.

And a key leitmotif of the official Western narrative is to create the perception that innocent civilians in Aleppo are being slaughtered by Syria and Russian forces. Both Damascus and Moscow reject claims that they are targeting civilian areas. Moscow has vehemently refuted Western claims that it is committing war crimes. Even the normally jingoistic US outlet Radio Free Europe quotes a legal expert from Amnesty International as saying that there is no evidence to indict Russia of such crimes.

And because the anti-government militants restrict access to their stronghold, including for UN aid agencies, it is hard to verify the claims and footage coming out of there. Which notwithstanding has not restrained Western media from broadcasting the information verbatim.

The Western mantra of «humanitarian crisis» and «war crimes» has the unmistakable connotation of contriving a public acceptance of certain policy objectives that Washington and its allies are striving for. At the very least, one of those objectives is to create a political atmosphere whereby Syria and Russia are obliged to comply with calls for no-fly zones, as recently demanded by US Secretary of State John Kerry. So far, Syria and Russia have rebuffed any such initiative, saying that it would give succor to the illegally armed groups who are now decisively in retreat.

Still, a more far-reaching objective could be Washington and its allies fostering a public mandate for military intervention by the NATO alliance. The outcry over «humanitarian suffering» in eastern Aleppo is a repeat of the «responsibility to protect» (R2P) ploy which NATO invoked to previously intervene and dismember former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s, and a decade later in Libya in 2011.

The US official inimitably qualified for such a political objective is Washington’s ambassador at the UN – Samantha Power. Her recent diatribes against Russia show a total disregard for diplomatic or legal protocol. Suffused with self-righteousness and selective «humanitarian» concern, Power is evidently leading a media campaign to mandate a NATO force being deployed to Syria’s Aleppo in order to «protect the children trapped in a killing zone» as the New York Times might put it.

Forty-six-year-old Power has made her entire professional career out of formulating the «R2P» doctrine that has in the past well-served Washington’s imperialist goals.

As a young reporter in the 1990s, Power wrote one-sided screeds about ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Balkans, which conveniently demonized Serbia, culminating in the NATO bombing of Belgrade in 1999 and the subsequent carve up of Kosovo to become a NATO base. For this service to imperial interests, she was subsequently rewarded with a professorship at Harvard University and a Pulitzer-prize-winning book about genocide, a book which eminent scholars like Edward Herman have debunked as a load of plagiarism and self-serving historical distortions.

The fiery, Irish-born Power was later promoted by President Barack Obama as an advisor on his National Security Council. It was in this position that she pushed the policy of NATO bombing Libya in 2011 with a reprise of her «R2P» doctrine.

These NATO military assaults facilitated by emotive appeals to «humanitarian values» have since been shown to be reckless violations of international law amounting to foreign aggression. Earlier this year, the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was officially exonerated over war crimes allegations, charges that NATO had leveled to justify its bombardment of his country. Also, earlier this month a British parliamentary committee denounced former prime minister David Cameron for his involvement in the NATO intervention in Libya as being unfounded on claims that then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was preparing to slaughter residents in the city of Benghazi.

But it was so-called «liberal hawks» like Samantha Power who were instrumental in providing political and moral cover for Washington and the NATO military to conduct these illegal foreign invasions and regime changes under the pretext of protecting human rights and civilian lives.

Obama assigned his useful apparatchik Samantha Power to the United Nations in August 2013, where she has proven to be completely out of her depth in terms of diplomatic finesse. She has infused her position on the Security Council with anti-Russian vitriol in the pursuit of Washington’s hegemonic interests, regardless of international law or objective historical analysis.

The «humanitarian» propaganda drumbeat over Aleppo belies the facts and circumstances of Washington’s covert war for regime change in Syria. A dirty war in which it and its NATO allies have colluded with a proxy army of terrorist gangs, as this recent German media report by Jurgen Todenhofer confirms.

Faced with a losing covert war in Syria, through the defeat of its terror proxy forces, it appears that Washington is striving for a more robust intervention in the guise of NATO military deployment, perhaps as «peacekeepers» overseeing a no-fly zone, as seen previously in Libya with disastrous results.

Emoting about humanitarian concerns is a well-worn prelude for NATO barbarism on behalf of Washington’s geopolitical interests. Crocodile tears followed by bombs. And no better person to carry out this subterfuge than UN ambassador Samantha Power.

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venturen's picture

Obama is worried about the US suing the he is worried about the world taking him and Hillary to the Hague...for war crimes!

oops's picture
oops (not verified) venturen Sep 29, 2016 8:35 PM

That Sept 11 Bill is the DEATH KNELL for America.

847328_3527's picture

Who stole my cheese was on the Best Seller list for an awfully long time.

Americans have it rough.

melor's picture
melor (not verified) 847328_3527 Sep 29, 2016 8:39 PM

That 911 Bill in Congress was to protect Israel from their involvement in 911. The war in Syria is to help Israel steal more Arab lands.

Only a fool (US) follows another greater fool (IsraHell).

chumbawamba's picture

This is sounding more and more eerily like the run-up to the invasions of Iraq, Lybia, etc.  Same old game plan, tried and true.

Let's see how Russia counters.  It's a classic chess game this this point.

I am Chumbawamba.

Lost in translation's picture

Glad to see you posting more, Chumba.

Manthong's picture

If any regime in that area needs bombing, and a lot of it, it is the Saudis. We should cut ties and destroy all of the weaponry we sold them.

And if they pull their $750 B, out of our banks, so much the better because the banks are going down eventually anyway.

Saudi jets strike Yemen’s capital during 100,000 strong rally in support of Houthis (VIDEO)


caconhma's picture

Neither the USA nor Putin can afford to lose in Syria. This is a very explosive and unpredictable situation.

For the USA, it will be an end for the US military and financial world hegemony. For Putin, it will be the end of his control of Russia.

Russia is not a match to the US conventional military power. The US ground and air power at least ten times bigger than Russian. The only military parity Russia has with the USA is its nuclear power. But is Russia ready to play a nuclear card?

BOPOH's picture

While your quantitative analysis quite impressive - it is not relevant. Russia and Putin are not ready for total war just yet, they will bend over this time, they have to.

The central planners's picture

The main military asset the US has its the air force but Putin neutralized it with their s400 that its far far superior than patriots anyways a conflict between both will go nuclear.

Sandmann's picture

S-500 is much more fun as is S-350

JohninMK's picture

Think you meant that the S-500 will be more fun. It is not in service yet.

SoDamnMad's picture

So you are saying you are going to invade a soverign country who has not asked you to come (may even tell the world you are invading it) by dropping the 82nd Airborne into it (without logistics support) and bombing it from sea and perhaps Turkey (ha ha), Greece (pay me now), Cyprus (Brits entering another US war like Cameron sucked them into Libya). S-400 takes out some US and NATO (what countries) aircraft while cruise or air to ship missiles damage a carrier.  That will go over pre-election like a loud fart in church. 

Ignatius's picture

Vanessa Beeley, daughter of a former British ME diplomat, gives first hand reports on the ground:

Western media is lying shamelessly.

philipat's picture

Staying with the fundamental issues for a moment, unlike Russia, the US has absolutely no right whatsoever to be inside Syria and its attack on the Syrian army was an act of war. So why would the US want to declare war on Syria, a country that has never threatened it in any way and has done it no harm? If a no-fly zone is declared in Syria it should be declared by the Syrian Government and enforced with assistance from Russia.

poeg's picture

This in spades. Drown the House of Saud and one month later, the region will be notably safer from terrorism... a year later the entire planet.

crazzziecanuck's picture

That's what everyone said about getting rid of Hussein and Qaddaffi.  We all know how both instances turned out.

It's possible that the Royal Family in Riyadh is playing a difficult game with their Nejd-desert Wahhabi fanatics.  Take out the family and all those fanatics can then fill that vaccuum.   Cream isn't the only thing that rises to the top.  So does sh*t and pondscum.

I like the idea of Trump's wall, though not how he and his supporters want to use it.  Let's just encircle the Sunni areas (along with Israel) of the Middle East and forbid them from going in or coming out until they start to act like responsible adults.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

OT, but this guy claims French Military is preparing for a civil war where they will retake all no go moslem areas

8 minutes worth a watch

messystateofaffairs's picture

I think Putin set that chessboard up and the lavrov/kerry deal was setting the US up to try and retrench their terrorists. Russia played the kechup kid for some purpose I can't see. I'm watching the episodes to see how this series plays out, its better than Black Sails.

Freddie's picture

Yugoslavia/Balkans/Serbia bust up had the same playbook to.. Sickening what ZATO/ZWO do.

HedgeJunkie's picture

The only War Criminals we need concern ourselves with are those that reside in Washington, DC.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Honestly, all Russia has to say is that a Syrian no-fly zone will only occur so long as there is a no-fly zone applied to Yemen.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) melor Sep 29, 2016 10:01 PM

US just annonces they own all the terrorist in Syria.

‘Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags’: US warns Moscow if Syria violence goes on Threatens Russia with attacks inside of Russia.

messystateofaffairs's picture

Maybe it will backfire and open tendrils into the mossad.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Nigga, pleeze ....

The 911 Bill (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) does not discriminate between Saudi Arabia and Israel.  It removes the sovereign immunity defense from any "foreign state" whose "employee" or "agent" committed a "tortious" (illegal) act in connection with "an act of international terrorism" in the US.  Hopefully Israel will be named as a defendant in all of the lawsuits for 9/11 and the plaintiffs can ask about dancing Israelis, art students, demolition experts, nano-thermite technology and other fascinating things!

RedDwarf's picture

That was an interesting book.  30% truth, 70% bullshit to make the elites feel better about firing people.

melor's picture
melor (not verified) oops Sep 29, 2016 8:38 PM

Bad all around.

Crash Overide's picture

Excuse me Mrs. Powers I have a question regarding barbarism please...

Would you consider Obama's drone program, Libya program, ISIS program, Syria program, Al Qaeda program, & Fast & Furious program, in any way related to kittens?

dizzyfingers's picture

Let's pray that happens! Sooner rather than later. USA, warmonger 24/7/365.

oops's picture
oops (not verified) Sep 29, 2016 8:34 PM

Here we go again.

cowdiddly's picture

Samantha Powers, a mental midget out of her class with the diplomatic skills of the Kymer Rouge

beijing expat's picture

You have to consider, TPTB knew that when they had Obama put her in that position.

Quantum Bunk's picture

The US did the same thing in Mosul and Fallujah TWICE



Freddie's picture

According to writer Norman Finkelstein and ex CIA agent Robert Baer - Isreal was beaten in Lebanon in 2000 and 2006 by Hezbollah.  They left Lebanon in 30 days in 2006 and lost quite a few tanks and troops/  Syria's genocide is also about hurting Hezbollah.

Here is a Lebanese Christian singer singing the praises of Hezbollah?  Why?  Because they defended Lebanon from invasion.   They are also in Syria defending all Syrians including Christians.

Countries should not invade other countries.


Heavenlysunshine's picture

How many Shekels (or US dollars) is one Palestinian life worth ?

messystateofaffairs's picture

About the same as yours if you are not Jewish.

847328_3527's picture

Samantha Powers, another diplomatic Nightmare.

It's no wonder this administration is a total failure internationally as well as domestically, from the top on down.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

She or he,Samatha Fox is one ugly revolting tranny.

HRClinton's picture

Like Trump, his Russian Bro is all posture and bluster.

Were it not so, Russia would not act so sheepish, meek and conciliatory toward the US in Syria. It's all PR by Russia, as they are otherwise quite impotent. They can't even release my emails, much less impose a NFZ over their host country. LOL.

Wait till I'm POTUS. I'll turn that putz Putin into putty. Our march for Progressivism must continue, until there is regime change in Damascus and Moscow. The dominoes are lined up, getting ready to fall.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Huma is already arranging the threesome, via private email.

beijing expat's picture

You suck Hillary!  Why dont you just fuck off allready?

Yen Cross's picture

  I flushed you this morning,,, You were full of fruits and nuts.

Clock Crasher's picture

All decision making shall be superseded by human level AI.

The alternative - allow Powers and the like to make the decisions.

Vageling's picture

Wait... So the bitch got lost from the set of the walking death and now is wrecking havoc? Great... USA, USA, USA! Sjees... Seriously though... None of us are there to help these folks. All our shiny jets are protecting IS! Now let that sink in. Yup we pissed off a lot of folks. 


WTFUD's picture

Samantha Power's a real Babe! s/c

Should ZATO be so foolish i would like to think Saudi & Israel receive their fair share of those missiles! That ought to be some sort of deterrent.

spyware-free's picture

Powers, Nuland, Clinton, Wasserman-Schultz, Albright...Can the U.S. not find uglier, angrier bitches to be representatives?

East Indian's picture

There is a theory that ugly women seek power to compensate for their lack of beauty, and use that power to attract men.

messystateofaffairs's picture

She is a real babe, if you're into animated cadavers.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Look, it took ISIS mere months to seize territory the size of Portugal in Iraq and Syria. All while US drones, F16's and A-10's supposedly patrolled the skies over them, they not only prospered by selling oil to Turkey but were regularly resupplied in combat by air AND had their injured airlifted to Israeli field hospitals.

All well documented since 2013. Anyone with memory retention better than a goldfish can work out what the fuck is going on. Those fucking lying bitches, Samantha Powers, Victoria Nuland, Hitlery and everyone else doing their bidding are all war criminals marching us to the last war against Russia.