We almost went to war over this. In a very long piece published by the London Review of Books Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped the bombshell that the Obama administration’s much hyped reason for attacking the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad over the Ghouta sarin gas attacks was total bullshit. It was as phony as the lies about Saddam Hussein’s yellow cake uranium, mobile chemical weapons labs, trans-Atlantic chemical weapon spewing gliders and links to 9/11. This is not surprising in the least bit. Most wars are based on lies that can be sold to the schmucks and it was at the time one hell of a sales pitch, all of those looped videos of the poor, twitching, dying children that were aired for the maximum emotional impact. It was pure war pornography at both its finest and its worst. Let us not forget how close that we really were to the missiles flying into Damascus, a conflict that could have dragged in Russia and possibly escalated into WW III.
Barry and the boys, especially Secretary of Skull and Bones John Kerry were ready to rumble but unfortunately were too inept to close the deal sending the petulant tantrum throwing ‘allies’ in Riyadh and Tel Aviv into a series of ugly snits that reverberate to this day. Regarding the Hersh story what is even less surprising than the blatant lies that were outed is the refusal of the U.S. state-corporate media to publish it, partially because of the egg on their faces for assisting in selling the Syria attack as they did the shock and awe bombardment of Baghdad but more so that they are not legitimate news outlets in the traditional sense but rather function as propaganda organs of the rogue government.
Hersh himself has been effectively neutralized, smeared and affixed with the dreaded tin-foil hat that effectively ends one’s ability to be published in establishment media. Even the New Yorkerwhere Hersh wrote for years about the machinations of the Bush-Cheney regime including thelies to gin up more wars, torture and subversion of the Constitution has deemed him to be radioactive. Having myself followed Hersh’s work for years the man is a seasoned journalist of integrity and talent who rocketed to stardom with his reporting on the My Lai atrocities during the Vietnam war and ripped away the star spangled facade of Bush-Cheney’s war on terror by writing extensively on the heinous activities at Abu Ghraib prison that forever stripped the noble lie from the Iraq misadventure. With the Obama-Eric Holder war on journalism quashing any serious reportage with media personalities who can’t be bought off or who in the instance of 60 Minute’s now fallen star Lara Logan have agendas real reporters need to go to the foreign press to be published. Hersh likely raised more than a few hackles in Obama’s gang when according to a Guardian Story he blasted the bastards with both barrels by inveighing: “Do you think Obama’s been judged by rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention ot Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for?”. He also dared to blaspheme the new national religion by questioning Obama’s crowning achievement calling bullshit on the assassination of the bad assed bogeyman Osama bin Laden.
Already on Obama’s shit list the latest from Hersh on the Ghouta gassing lies will likely not endear him to administration officials nor the bloodthirsty freaks the likes of John McCain, Mike Rogers, DiFi and Palmetto State Princess Lindsey Graham. The London Review of Books piece thoroughly disembowels the case for the Syrian attack and there should be very serious questions asked of why Obama went in front of the American people early in September and flat out lied:
My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria, why it matters and where we go from here. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over a hundred thousand people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. In that time, America has worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help the moderate opposition and to shape a political settlement.
But I have resisted calls for military action because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21st, when Assad’s government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children. The images from this massacre are sickening, men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas, others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, a father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk. On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off limits, a crime against humanity and a violation of the laws of war.
This was not always the case. In World War I, American GIs were among the many thousands killed by deadly gas in the trenches of Europe. In World War II, the Nazis used gas to inflict the horror of the Holocaust. Because these weapons can kill on a mass scale, with no distinction between soldier and infant, the civilized world has spent a century working to ban them. And in 1997, the United States Senate overwhelmingly approved an international agreement prohibiting the use of chemical weapons, now joined by 189 government that represent 98 percent of humanity.
Perhaps the state-corporate media can be shamed into acknowledging Hersh’s reporting but more likely they will soon mobilize for another vicious coordinated smear campaign. It will be up to the bloggers and alternative media to try to get the truth out in The Homeland. BothJustin Raimondo at Antiwar.com and Marcy Wheeler at Empty Wheel have already written on the Hersh story so hopefully more will follow. It is of especial importance that the exposure of the Syrian lies get out as there is a full court press right now from fifth columnists, war freaks, propagandists, foreign governments and traitors in Congress to sabotage the deal that would prevent the third world war from erupting in Iran which would be a global cataclysm and bring about that looming collapse.
Stopping yet another war is imperative but time is running short.