In March 2018 the Saudi tyrant Mohammed bin Salman began a month-long tour of Western nations, securing new arms deals with Britain, the United States, and France.
In early March 2018 the brutal Islamist tyrant received a warm Tory welcome in London. Against a backdrop of widespread criticism of the repressive Saudi regime and their ongoing campaign of war crimes in Yemen, Theresa May agreed a new arms deal with the Saudi regime to supply them 48 Typhoon jets. This deal was signed off by the UK government despite their full knowledge that the Saudis have been using British-manufactured weapons to commit horrific war crimes.
Later that month Bin Salman rocked up in the United States to meet Donald Trump. The President of the United States demeaned his office and his nation by begging the Saudi tyrant to “share the wealth“ by buying more American-manufactured weapons. The trip concluded with a new $670 million deal to supply the repressive kingdom with anti-tank missiles and spare parts for tanks and helicopters.
And then Bin Salman appeared in Paris to meet Emmanuel Macron. The trip concluded with the French government agreeing to essentially scrap their managed arms export strategy in order to hawk weapons to the Saudi tyrants directly. Of the three leaders Macron is under the most domestic pressure to halt arms sales to the Saudis because of their appalling human rights record and their war crimes in Yemen, but he ignored public opinion in order to make French arms sales to Saudi Arabia even easier!
And then just one week later France, the United States and the United Kingdom collaborated to launch missile attacks on Syria (including targets that had been declared free of chemical weapons just weeks earlier by the OPCW).
It’s absolutely obvious that the main beneficiaries of these attacks on Syria are the Saudi-backed Islamist terrorists who have been losing the war there. We know they’re Saudi backed because the US government admitted as much in the leaked Hillary Clinton emails.
We also know that Saudi Arabia has produced the second most ISIS fighters (after Tunisia), and that the country is the single biggest source of pro-ISIS propaganda on social media.
Within five weeks of starting his arms deal tour all three of his major arms-dealer nations have decided to bypass their own parliaments in order to militarily support the Saudi destabilisation agenda in Syria.
The truly alarming thing about this scandalous situation isn’t that France, the US and the UK are selling weapons to tyrannical regimes like Saudi Arabia (they’re three of the five biggest arms dealing nations on earth), nor that they’re actively assisting the Saudis in their strategic destabilisation of their Middle East neighbours (they’ve been happy to watch Saudi Arabia spread Salafi Islamist extremism all over the globe for decades), but that the mainstream press in all three countries simply refuse to explain the Saudi role in all of this.
All three leaders cynically bypassed their parliaments to carry out these attacks. All three leaders defied public opinion to carry out these attacks. And all three leaders are sickeningly close to the vile and repressive Saudi regime whose Islamist proxies in Syria are the main beneficiaries of these attacks.
If mainstream media hacks were even remotely interested in holding the powerful to account then the scandalous involvement of democracy-hating Saudi Arabia in all of this would be a central theme of the Syria airstrikes coverage, but it simply isn’t.
On April 14th 2018 Theresa May cynically bypassed parliament and ignored public opinion in order to join forces with the most unpopular and unstable US President in history and launch air strikes in Syria. And she did this in the full knowledge that she was jumping the gun by attacking before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors could get to Douma and carry out their work.
In doing this she tore up the longstanding convention that British leaders seek democratic approval for military action (unless the UK is under immediate threat) and totally abandoned the principle that it’s important for our political leaders to present the evidence to justify our nation’s actions.
If the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma was carried out by Assad’s forces, then what would have been the harm in allowing the OPCW inspectors to do their work to prove it before the airstrikes were launched?
Surely carefully targeted airstrikes carried out on the basis of a democratic vote, and justified by independent OPCW evidence would have carried vastly more moral authority than rushed airstrikes against inexplicable targets?
When I say inexplicable targets, I’m talking about the destruction of the Barzah Scientific Research Centre near Damascus. Just three weeks before the site was destroyed by airstrikes, the OPCW announced that there was no chemical or biological weapons production at the site. Yet the Tory propaganda machine is trying to pass off this attack as the “targeting of a chemical weapons site”.
So not only did Theresa May jump the gun on OPCW inspections on the alleged chemical weapons attack at Douma that she used as justification for these airstrikes, she also authorised attacks against a site that had been given a clean bill of health by the same OPCW organisation just three weeks ago.
By claiming that the Barzah site was a chemical weapons facility Theresa May and the Tory propaganda machine have clearly and undeniably undermined the work of the OPCW by making out that they’re too incompetent to do their jobs properly.
After the OPCW-undermining attack on Barzah, Theresa May had the absolute cheek to state that “when the global rules and standards that keep us safe come under threat, we must take a stand to defend them”.
It’s pretty difficult to imagine a more threatening attack on the rules and standards that keep us safe than these Tory and UK establishment attacks on the work and findings of the OPCW and the principles of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Our government is systematically undermining the work of the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and what’s even more shocking than that is that they’re using Orwellian reality-reversal tactics to pretend that their airstrikes are actually part of the fight against chemical weapons!
The Tories are trying to make the case that in order to fight against chemical weapons it’s necessary to sideline and undermine the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and to ignore the principles of the Chemical Weapons Convention!
And what’s probably most incredible of all is that in 2012 the Tories granted export licences for the sale of Sarin precursor chemicals to Syria.
So they actually sold Assad chemical weapons ingredients, and now just a few years later they’re sidelining and undermining the OPCW in order to pretend that they’re the great moral authority of chemical weapons!
Surely it’s time to take a stand, say enough of your bullshit, and defend the internationally agreed body of chemical weapons experts against this absolute rabble of evidence-denying, democracy-defying, war-mongering Tories?
Howard Zinn: Whether you call yourself a totalitarian state or
you call yourself a democracy, it works the same way, and that is, the
leaders of the country are able to cajole or coerce and entice the
people into war by scaring them, telling them they’re in danger, and
threatening them and coercing them, that if they don’t go along, they
will be considered unpatriotic. And this is what really happened in this
country right after 9/11. And this happened right after Bush raised
the specter of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
But the question
is, how did they get away with it? What about the press? What about the
media? Isn’t it the job of the press, isn’t it the job of the media,
isn’t it the job of journalism to expose what governments do? You
remember when Colin Powell appeared before the United Nations just
before the onset of the Iraq war and laid out to the UN this litany of
weaponry that Iraq possessed, according to him, and gave great details
in how many canisters of this and how many tons of this, and so on and
so forth. And the next day, the press was just aglow with praise. They
didn’t do their job of questioning. They didn’t do their job of asking,
“Where? What is your evidence? Where did you get this intelligence? Who
did you talk to? What are your sources?” [x]
This is one of those things that I already knew was true, but seeing it so blatantly displayed makes me feel like like I am finding out about it for the first time.
CIA is getting lazy
It is really creepy how they all have the same freaking script
What the fuck
This is Orwellian ! I only watch the BBC, CNN and read AP stories. I only trust these.
Amazing how so many are Fox affiliates. Just say no, change the channel or switch off.