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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sustaining misery criminals “cleanse” the “uncivilized”: U.S. officialdom channeling Churchill

Proponent of chemical weapons
(gassing people)
Britain's Winston Churchill
Eugene Weekly’s Ted Taylor’s “Experts on chemical weapons”
Editing, bracketed comment, ending commentary by 
Carolyn Bennett

The first country that was alleged to have “used chemical weapons in the Middle East,” Taylor writes, “was Great Britain in 1920, as part of its efforts to put down a rebellion by Iraqi tribesmen when British forces seized the country following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.” Britain’s Secretary of State for War and Air Winston Churchill is reported to have said:

‘I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. 

‘I am strongly in favor of using poisonous gas against uncivilized tribes.’

[A fair question is: Who is/was actually uncivilized, Iraqis or Churchill?]

Syria blocked by United States

In 2007, when Syria had a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, Taylor continues his experts’ reporting, its leaders introduced a draft resolution to create a weapons of mass destruction zone for the entire Middle East (the measure would have included addressing Egypt’s chemical weapons and Israel’s nuclear, biological and chemical weapons). The United States blocked this move

Treaty nations fail treaty promise

Nations who are parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) agreed but failed to destroy all their chemical weapons by May 2012. Most of these nations ─ including the United States of America ─ failed to meet either the initial 2007 deadline or the 2012 extension deadline, which means that the United States and other nations are not in compliance with their responsibility and promise to destroy all their chemical weapons. There is also uncertainty as to whether all nations have declared their possession of chemical weapons and thus the accuracy or inaccuracy of the number of existing stocks in the world. 

“Had the 189 nations who are members of the OPCW complied with the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention’s required destruction of chemical weapons,” Taylor writes, “there would be far fewer of these weapons available for transfer and use.

So when U.S. President Barack Obama says his government “knows” Syrian President Bashar al- Assad has chemical weapons, “Assad could be saying the same thing” about the United States.

U.S. war on Iraqis
Breaking law on pretext of lawbreaking

It is hard to see how [the United States’] breaking solemn undertakings to most of the countries of the world by neglecting treaties and principles of international law” agreed to by the United States “will either bolster U.S. ‘credibility’ or enhance respect for international law,” Taylor quotes a paper by the Western States Legal Foundation.

“International law provides no exception for the ad hoc use of force by states in cases involving actual or possible use of prohibited weapons by states with which they are not at war. 

Standing alone, allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government do not provide a legal basis for military action by any non-party to the conflict.

Unilateral punitive strikes justified as a defense of the global norm against chemical weapons are unlikely to protect Syrians or others against use of chemical weapons and other attacks. …” Such strikes, however, “could lead to a significant increase in the level of violence throughout the region.”
U.S. war on Vietnamese

n my view, a view which is not only mine, the United States of America plays out the same predictably deadly pattern, over and over again.

Through entrenched and, by definition, corrupt government officials and their paymasters, their profit and nonprofit co-conspirators, they execute the same historic pattern: create a problem (conflict, war, factionalism, misery); then, on some dire-sounding trumped-up charge or pretext, propose to solve that problem by more violence.

Real problems of relations among people and within regions, conflict, disease, hunger, human rights, and the basics of living are of course never solved. This is a deliberate consequence, as the co-conspirators, government officials and their “partners” and paymasters, continue to enrich themselves, propagandizing their “solutions” on the backs of the world’s peoples. Global misery, endless misery ─ as with circular arguments and self-fulfilling prophesies ─ is created and sustained by dark(sinister) knights of the realm.

Sources and notes 

“Experts speak out on chem weapons,” Ted Taylor’s blog, September 4, 2013, http://www.eugeneweekly.com/blog/experts-speak-out-chem-weapons

EXPERTS quoted by Taylor

From the Institute for Public Accuracy, Eryl Nassruns the Anthrax Vaccine blog
Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco
Jacqueline Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation

Journalist Ted Taylor is editor-in-chief at Eugene Weekly

“The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War,” by Western States Legal Foundation, Executive Director Jacqueline Cabasso

Jacqueline Cabasso appeared last night on The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays, for September 4, 2013 - 6:00 p.m., http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/94985

See also: Western States Foundation at http://www.wslfweb.org/aboutwslf.htm#brd


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