Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition

President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad’s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-waives-ban-on-arming-terrorists-to-allow-aid-to-syrian-opposition/article/2535885

This is really a very troublesome report of supplying terrorists with arms, with the sole aim of Regime Change, and this is not the first time that rebels have been supported by the US Government.

Several scholars have accused the United States of conducting state terrorism. They have written about the liberal democracies and their use of state terrorism, particularly in relation to the Cold War. According to them, state terrorism was used to protect the interest of capitalist elites, and the US organized a neo-colonial system of client states, co-operating with local elites to rule through terror.

Notable works include Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s The political economy of human rights (1979), Herman’s The real terror network (1985), Alexander L. George’ Western state terrorism (1991), Frederick Gareau’s State terrorism and the United States (2004) and Doug Stokes’ America’s other war (2005). Of these, Chomsky and Herman are considered the foremost writers on the United States’ involvement with state terrorism.

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The issue in the article makes a realistic proposal that most atrocities are committed within the U.S. sphere of influence in the Third World. The premise being that if you influence you are basically in control of those fractions, and even today we see Sen John McCain met with rebels that are quite happy to murder indiscriminately.

John McCain Pushes Back Against Lebanese Report Of Photo With Syrian Rebel Kidnapper

The Daily Star of Lebanon reported that McCain posed with a Syrian rebel kidnapper in a photograph. His office denies that the man identified himself and condemned the group’s action. (AP Photo/Syrian Emergency Task Force, Mouaz Moustafa)

The Daily Star of Lebanon reported Thursday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was photographed with members of a group responsible for kidnapping 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims. His office, however, condemned their actions and said that no one in the meeting called themselves by the names mentioned in the report.

The Star reported that Mohammad Nour, a chief spokesman and photographer for the rebel group the Northern Storm Brigade, was photographed with McCain, according to families of the kidnapped and one person who was released. Abu Ibrahim, another man with a reported connection to the group, was also in the photograph.

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What we are seeing is more and more evidence of massacres on all parts of the web and you only need to Google or go to You-tube to see the atrocities taking place daily, and yet the West seems to have blinkers in place or consider these images as irrelevant evidence.

ImageOne could of course argue that Assad has killed more, but should the West support rebel  fractions, and in particular, those that for 11 years have been fighting against. More reports of Al Queda joining the fray in Syria anticipating US support. Additionally can those elements actually be controlled? if not a never ending war would be Syria’s fate for many years to come.

You can see the whole of this report here which asks:

Bashar Al-Assad’s New War: Has Syria’s Civil War Been Hijacked By Foreign Fighters?

The power struggles, political and religious affiliations, the regular defections, and almost daily changes in support cannot guarantee that any weapons sent to help ‘freedom fighters’ will in fact be in sole custody of the right group, which brings the question of whether they could ultimately be used against troops of the West.

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O’bagy it seems is not what she appears……

Embattled Syria analyst vouched for rebel group that depicted burning US Capitol

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Elizabeth O’Bagy, a pro-Syrian opposition analyst whose credibility has come under fire, might have even more explaining to do – as court documents show she once vouched for a rebel group whose website displayed extremist and anti-American images.

Among the pictures was one showing a burning U.S. Capitol.

O’Bagy was fired earlier this week by the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly lying about her academic credentials. Her writings had been used by U.S. officials to bolster their case for military action against the Assad regime.

O’Bagy discussed the rebel group in question in a June 19, 2013 signed affidavit filed in the case of American Eric Harroun, who was indicted for fighting alongside the terror group al-Nusra in Syria.

O’Bagy’s signed declaration, which included a breakdown of rebel groups and their varying degrees of affiliation to Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, was used by Harroun’s defense to argue that the former Army medic had actually fought with a splinter group and not a terrorist one – a group tied to the one O’Bagy described.

In the document, O’Bagy said she had reviewed the apparent Facebook page for the Al Aqsa Islamic Brigades, and found no signs of jihadist leanings.

“I have also reviewed a Facebook site … that purports to be associated with the al Aqsa (Islamic) brigades,” she stated in the affidavit. “The facebook site does not appear to be particularly jihadist in orientation, and posts videos associated with groups that are all affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.”

Yet newly uncovered images from the group’s Facebook page depict otherwise – including one that shows the U.S. Capitol building engulfed in flames, and armed fighters marching in the foreground. Other images show what appears to be a black-and-white flag, which is viewed by intelligence analysts as a sign of a group’s Islamist bent (although O’Bagy wrote that many fighters not affiliated with jihadist groups use a similar flag).

The Facebook postings, which had been up for weeks, were recently taken down following an NBC News investigative report about the group.

O’Bagy said in the court document that there are several groups that go by the name of Al Aqsa. But the Facebook site she referenced in the affidavit is the same one that contained the extremist images – although it’s possible she never saw those pictures.

O’Bagy, a Georgetown University alumna, was put in the media spotlight following an op-ed piece she wrote in The Wall Street Journal which was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in their case for a military strike in Syria.

Specifically, Kerry read a quote from the op-ed in which she wrote that Islamic extremist factions are not “spearheading the fight against the Syrian government,” but rather that the struggle is being led by “moderate opposition forces.”

Since then, O’Bagy has appeared on multiple news outlets, including Fox News, CNN and NPR, to discuss Syria. She has weighed in on complicated ethnic and religious challenges in the region.

Her credibility and objectivity came into question over her work with a Syrian opposition group called the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

The Journal, after the op-ed was first published, included a clarification noting she is “affiliated” with that group, and that the organization subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments “to provide aid to the Syrian opposition.”

O’Bagy, in an interview last week on Fox News, claimed she is not an employee of the task force, and is not a lobbyist. She said she works with them as an independent contractor, and her contract fee comes through U.S. government contracts.

She also defended herself on Twitter, claiming she is “not paid to advocate” the view that the U.S. should get involved in Syria.

The D.C.-based scholar was fired this week from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly lying about her education credentials.The institute posted a statement on its website claiming she misled the organization about having a Ph.D.She reportedly claims she had defended her dissertation, but was waiting for the degree.

Calls to O’Bagy from FoxNews.com on Thursday were not returned.

US and Russia agree Syria chemical weapons deal in Geneva

“Well, well,well….. politicians actually doing their political job.
This is really a bit of good news amongst all the rhetoric……. today Obama is breathing a sigh of relief, but to be honest, no thanks to him or Kerry. Putin is exploiting their foolishness, but has scored real points in this………
The red line, degrading the Soviet compromise, the vote in the house, British escape, the pandemonium caused by reckless intolerant attitude….

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov
This should be a lesson to the Brits too…….. not to blindly follow.
All these are relevant issues, but at the end of the day, who brokered the deal…… THE PEOPLE DID!
Starting with the Brits to defeat a vote that showed real sensibility form the parliamentarians……
Then Obama putting his toe in the water with the Americans finding that it was scalding hot forced a huge amount of backpedaling, and best of all, FORCED NEGOTIATION between all sides.
The only negotiation forced by the will of the people in 50 yrs and the ONLY one that can be called a success…….. Now lets start looking at every single weapon that has an indiscriminate nature………….
Seeing you guys are actually talking now, lets look at depleted uranium, drones, atomic weapons………. its a good start!”

Quotes about life

Damned if you do, and damned when you won’t.

The Syrian crisis is fast becoming the war that nearly was with John Kerry in Europe (here) to try and get together some order to the tatters of a policy and overreaction for the establishment.

I say overreaction, because almost from its inception and not properly consulting of global (as well as local) opinions, this assault on tyranny and oppression is dying a death. Not of course that anyone wants to see it die, (with the possible exception of Assad) but because opposition to war, Iraq, and possible consequences are saving the day.

People are concerned when they get misled and it certainly proves the adage of crying wolf…… too many times……. and again bringing up motives and speculation of alternative agendas.

What is clear is that many of those that condemn what is a very intricate issue, have indeed been guilty of their own atrocities, and non benevolence. There is a mass condemnation of Chemical weapons, and I would say it does not matter…. not one iota.

If I kill you with a chemical weapon, a drone, or depleted uranium, you would not be at all concerned what the method was, your concern would be that your dead. Not how you died, as surely that must be secondary. Is there a good way of dieing?

The idea of getting rid of chemical weapons is  a convenient one, certainly to the largest powers, because they can no longer use Chemical warfare, it’s considered anti social, but any rogue power could……. and it is a battlefield condition that could and would really hurt. Kind of like the playground games that when, if I can’t play I am taking the ball. But is it a serious effort to stop people getting killed? Not really because if we were serious in our commitment to that, we would ban so many other weapons too…….

Atomic Weapons…. You can see just how we came to where we are today and the video by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto below highlights the cold war and our intended dominance of all other countries. This is a must watch video of testing, but watch to the end and it perhaps will give some a little hope. (make sure you have sound and full screen).

So perfecting Atomic weapons have been a huge priority and culminated in the Cold war periods, but I would suggest if you have a nuclear warhead , why on earth does it need to be a better, bigger more powerful warhead.

We already know what the original ones did, can we now suppose we all this testing that they are infinitely more powerful than those of Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

Chemical warfare saw in 1997 31,500 tons to the USA and 40,000 tons to the USSR and since then because of arms treaties have reduced to 10% (USA) and 43% to the USSR left for destruction, with the remainder ongoing for both countries.

Although commendable that both world powers have virtually stopped testing atomic weapons and are getting rid of chemical weapons, the question is just what on earth would we do with such power and killing weapons. If one weapon of this magnitude does not convince your adversary of your intension’s, how would several thousand that could kill the planet several times over be a logical alternative…..

We cannot as human beings name a war, or conflict that can be shown to have achieved a worthwhile goal or objective, yet, we make arms on such a huge scale it beggars belief. Yet our governments held the widely held belief that having more ‘big sticks’ than the other guy’s made sure you would not get beaten………….

Little wonder why Assad has chemical weapons in the first place, and reluctance to remove them, because its the only ‘Big Stick’ he has, with no inclination for others about him to remove theirs!

The option of course is to ban all indiscriminate weapons of ALL types.

Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria Researcher Cited By Kerry And McCain In Hearings, Fired For Ph.D Claim

Update**********

On the 7th September I posted an article on Elizabeth O’Bagy who was supplying misinformation to Kerry and McCain.
entitled: Syria just gets worse

Today this lady was fired for being ….not so honest

Vladimir Putin Warns Against U.S. Military Intervention


This is really getting to be a comedy of errors…… my red line/world red line……boots/no boots on ground……. Brits with us/Brits gone…… world support/no one there……. let the people vote/ hold it off till the polls get better…….. Give up CW/ woops I was kidding…………. Give up CW/ I was serious……….Assad used CW/ the rebels used it sometimes…….. Its for American safety/ they can attack our allies not America……..attack so send ships/dont attack have them sunbathe a while……………..
While we are dithering about interfering in someone elses business the whole issue has become a mockery, and our concerns now lie with wether our makeup is on right, not with the crucial issue that we are talking about peoples lives.
This is a badly thought out intervention without sufficient proof or backing and poor leadership as to a sensible way forward.
One thing is absolutely certain……. an attack on Syria is not nonsensical and unrealistic.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/12/politics/putin-syria-editorial-reaction/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

President Obama Address To The Nation On Syria!

We were given what can only be a very dysfunctional President try to make a very difficult sell for nothing at all last night.
He made a claim for nothing other than continued negotiations in an event that has become a farce which ever way it is analyzed.
What was proliferated was supposed to be a vote in the Senate for authorization for an attack on Syria for the use of chemical weapons, and instead we had back peddling after being sideswiped by Vladimir Putin in a stroke of brilliance at averting a confrontation.
The president was up against some key items, that the most formidable Obama knew he would not be able to get over.
The Red line that was set by Obama as his limit, quickly became a global red line when limited support for an attack became apparent.
Evidence that should have been provided at such an important address was not evident in any shape or form. Too much emphasis on ‘We know” when in reality there is strong suspicion but so little to back it up.
“Unbelievable small strike” according to John Kerry and so it was contrary because the President when addressing the issue said the US does not “Do pinpricks” in reference to criticism of what the strike would be.
Give up his chemical weapons said Kerry when asked what Syria could do to avert a strike, in an off the cuff comment that he qualified as not being serious.
Russian President Putin quickly exploiting the comment and brokering a deal with Assad, to take advantage of a great opportunity,was a stroke of genius.
Assad agreeing to be rid of his weapons, and allow them to come under international control to be destroyed.
Boots on the ground, that have been off and on the ground as if levitating.

One thing that has become very obvious is that people, Americans dont want war and to some extent has been the saving grace of this issue. The President has responded and yet been reserved enough to make sure people are informed and to listen to the rumblings.

He has been given a lifeline by the Russians and he has taken it, which has got him out of the mess at least temporarily in the face of a loss should the vote have gone to Congress…… All in all…… no war…. perfect!

Assad: U.S. ‘Should Expect Every Action’ If It Strikes Syria


Can of Worms?
President Assad has made his case clear it seems……….
“You should expect everything… expect every action,” Assad said. “Not necessarily from the government.”
An ominous prediction in as much as what does it conjure up in your mind, and the guy might have a point.
At the moment Kerry admits he has no absolute evidence….. (But he knows!)
There has been no declaration of hostilities.
We don’t actually know for sure who let the chemical weapons off.
There is no UN mandate allowing an attack therefore it would be illegal.
There is no NATO alliance involvement.
So retaliation in any form that he can would be justified as this is a selective war of aggression on a smaller country, without any mandates.
Thought ought to be given to this statement though. The US is in all parts of the world and many civilians as well as business interests, and all cannot be protected, its just not possible…
So are we doing the right thing, or merely opening up to an awful lot of nastiness.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost