China Slams Syrian Airstrikes As Germany And Italy Refuse To Participate

While the western community has been broadly supportive of the overnight strikes launched against Syria by the US, UK and France, two prominent members have either refused to participate or outright oppose them.

As we first reported last week, Germany (along with Italy) refused to be an active member of the strikes. On Saturday morning, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the country won’t participate in military actions against Syria, according to an interview in news magazine Spiegel.

"This is not the role that we - in coordination with our partners - want to play in this conflict.” Although, he added that he understands the view of French President Emmanuel Macron, who said use of chemical weapons "crosses a line" and added that "The use of chemical weapons must stop and can’t be without consequences."

Angela Merkel was similarly supportive: "We support that our American, British and French allies, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, have taken responsibility in this way," the Chancellor said in statement... just not enough to take part in the strikes that she knew would prompt a response from Putin.

Italy also rushed to made it clear to the Kremlin it was not an active participant: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a televised address that the reaction to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria was measured, and should not mark the beginning of escalation in the region. He then added that while Italy is an ally of the participants, the country didn’t participate; and while Italy usually gives logistical help, in this case Italy did not provide.

Perhaps the reason for this reticence is that the two nations most reliant on Russian nat gas imports, realized that they don't want to be especially cold this coming winter.

Meanwhile, China was less diplomatic and shortly after the strikes began, Beijing voiced opposition to US-led air strikes against Syrian military targets on Saturday and called for talks, adding that the Western operation had complicated efforts to find a solution to the crisis.

"Any unilateral military action violates the United Nations charter and its principles and international law and its principles. [The strikes] are also going to add more factors to complicate the resolution of the Syrian crisis," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

Beijing also called for an investigation into claims of a Syrian poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that rescuers and monitors say killed more than 40 people, and prompted the Western action.

“The Chinese side believes a comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation should be conducted into the suspected chemical attacks and it should come up with reliable conclusions ... Before this, no conclusion by any side should be made,” Hua said.

Hua also said the Chinese embassy in Damascus was in close contact with Chinese citizens in the country. “So far they are all safe,” she said.

Beijing was reacting to air strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France carried out on what the US said were three chemical weapons facilities – one scientific facility near Damascus and two storage facilities near Homs. A total of more than 100 missiles were fired and the air strikes lasted no more than 70 minutes.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “Mission Completed”, and thanked Britain and France for the “perfectly executed strike”.

Announcing the strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, US President Donald Trump branded last week’s alleged poison gas attack the “crimes of a monster”.

A few minutes later, an AFP correspondent in Damascus heard a series of huge blasts and residents rushed to their balconies. For around 45 minutes, explosions echoed and the sound of warplanes roared over the city, as flashes flared in the distance.

Syrian state media reported only three people injured and Russia’s defence ministry said there were “no victims” among Syrian civilians and military personnel. Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said no additional strikes were planned. “Right now this is a one-time shot,” he said.

Syria’s regime, which has repeatedly denied any use of chemical weapons, immediately denounced the strikes as “brutal, barbaric aggression” that was “doomed to fail”.

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On Saturday, Russia said it was calling an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the “aggressive actions” of the United States and its allies. “Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of international law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state,” the Kremlin said.

Inspectors with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due later Saturday to start work on a probe into the events of April 7 in Douma, the last rebel-held pocket of the onetime opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for calm, delaying a planned trip to Saudi Arabia to deal with the aftermath of the military action. “I urge all member states to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances,” he said in a statement.

Beijing-based military analyst Li Jie said Beijing should stand with Russia as tensions rose between China and the United States.

“In this case, I think Beijing should stand firmly with Russia over the Syria issue. China is unlikely to send troops to Syria, but China would be on the same page as Russia when it comes to issues like supporting the Syrian government,” Li said.

Comments

Belrev Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

This is all empty talk now after the fact of powerless nations that cannot stand up to the power of Rothchilds agenda.

All pussies trying to save their faces in front of their own populations.

Lumberjack Belrev Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way

 

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/13/trump-attacks-syria/

 

No Proof Made Public

Likewise no public proof has been offered that Syria was behind the alleged chemical attack last weekend in Duma, where as many as 70 people may have been killed.

The gas allegedly used in the Duma attack is chlorine. In 2014 Syria was certified by the OPCW to have given up its entire chemical weapons arsenal in a deal with the United States and Russia. The chemicals were destroyed on a U.S. Navy ship.

 

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Slack Jack BaBaBouy Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:41 Permalink

Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.

HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY SEEN VIDEO OF THE DAMAGE THAT THESE MISSILES CAUSED?

The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with)."

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macholatte Slack Jack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

 

The more accurate description should read like this:

On Saturday morning, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the country won’t participate in military actions against Syria, according to an interview in news magazine Spiegel.

"This is not the role that we, as parasites, - in coordination with our partners - want to play in this conflict.” Although, he added that he understands the view of French President Emmanuel Macron, who said use of chemical weapons "crosses a line" and added that "The use of chemical weapons must stop and can’t be without consequences. So we wait for someone else to spill their blood and spend their treasure for our benefit. We wish them god speed in getting us the new gas pipeline."

Angela Merkel was similarly supportive: "We support that our American, British and French allies, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, are stupid enough to spend their money so foolishly and have taken responsibility in this way. We are off the hook and don’t owe anybody anything," the Chancellor said in statement... just not enough to take part in the strikes that she knew would prompt a response from Putin.

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curbjob macholatte Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:58 Permalink

You could have summarized with a simple: "Germany and Italy require a burden of proof that their interests are directly threatened before firing missiles into urban areas of another sovereign nation." 

... or to condense even further; "fool me once ..."

Aside; what was missing this time around was Nikki Haley grandstanding at the UN with a cartoon PowerPoint presentation of mobile chemical labs that can move at the speed of light (now you see it; now you don't) Being able to visualize the threat may have tempered their scepticism ... or not.

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fx curbjob Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:35 Permalink

Merkel is a spineless cunt. She fully supported the attack but she fears the domestic backlash if she order german troups to participate. 75% of the population were against the airstrikes, according to polls. It was NOT out of porincipal opposition that she didn't participate with troups, it was pure opportunism, as always with that bitch.

 

Notably, the German de facto consitution (Grundgesetz) explicitly forbids German particpation in a military attack on another country unless it is done in accordance with international law. While the attacks on Yugoslavia by German bombers were already a violation, a strike against Syria would be way harder to argue. In short, Merkel and her warmongering coalition partners would face the very real prospect of a trial in court. A lot of Germans would love to sue them instantly and the attorney general would have a hard time to justifiy staying put.

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Rutalkingtome fx Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:03 Permalink

Could also br due to historical reasons (that Germany did not participate). It is a sensitive issue in Germany to get into a conflict with the Russians since Russia was invaded by Germany during WWII which evetually lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Russians! Obs NOT the Americans. Germany was a defeated nation efter the battle of Stalingrad against Russia. Hollywood changed the story later on but they use to do that.

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yvhmer Rutalkingtome Sun, 04/15/2018 - 07:16 Permalink

I gave you a +1 for the initial part of your post.

The later part where you write: "Germany was a defeated nation efter the battle of Stalingrad against Russia. Hollywood changed the story later on but they use to do that."

It was not. The '43 battle of Kursk changed the tide. And it was a narrow escape for them Red Army dudes and dudettes. Read Lost Victories by Von Mannstein and you'll get the idea.

Recuperation of military equipment requires production capacity and lot's of oil. And by then that was a problem. On the one hand by the incessant bombing of German Cities (Ruhrgebiet = coal) by the Western Allies, on the other, because Germany was dependent on oil from Hungary and Romania and synthetic oils from their own coals production. Take out the oil, blitzkrieg is done for. All that is left is attrition.

The push in 43 to gain access to the Baku region, on a strategic level, was most important to keep the tanks and armored cars running. Failing to secure an important pocket, the whole war was lost as domestic oil production was too limited to keep  the tank divisions running and the planes in operation. The rest is history. 

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Faeriedust CarthaginemDel… Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:22 Permalink

Your sentiments are laudable but your vocabulary is extremely limited.  Might I suggest visiting Thesaurus.com on a regular basis?  If you find that site excessively erudite for your adolescent intellectual development, Swearosaurus used to provide not only excellent interlingual equivalents for the most common obscenities, but fascinating linguistic notes on the unique characteristics of different languages and cultures. 

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Slack Jack D.T.Barnum Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.

HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY SEEN VIDEO OF THE DAMAGE THAT THESE MISSILES CAUSED?

The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with)."

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Lumberjack chunga Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:38 Permalink

Hillary is his alter ego. I bet he even has his caddy move the ball out of the bunker when no one is looking...as the peanut gallery cheers him on.

 

The Corrupt U.S. Congress Cheers as the War Industry Steals Billions from the People’s Coffers!

https://www.newsbud.com/2018/04/13/the-corrupt-u-s-congress-cheers-as-the-war-industry-steals-billions-from-the-peoples-coffers/

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Crazy Or Not Belrev Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:25 Permalink

I don't fully buy Germany's non-participation, yep vested interest and commercial advantage in NordStream's - However, they'll soon gear-up when whatever border Gladio action happens to their East. But this is a ways off at present 2023-2025 perhaps.

EDIT:

I'd add that Italy's exclusion puts them as a convienient safe haven port for strike groups in the med.

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