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Chris Hedges on Obama Decision to Attack Syria and "Give Congress a Voice"
Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss President Obama's statement that he has decided to attack Syria and seek authorization from Congress . . . Even though he s...
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A Letter on Syria to Western Narcissists

From Lebanon, Sean Lee, of The Human Province, pens a letter to Western narcissists on Syria:

But please, don't let the conflict in Syria be about opposing America. Let it be about Syria, and what might actually help Syrians – you know, the actually existing people who are dying by the tens of thousands in this brutal war. But if you can’t do that, then do me a favor, and please shut up.

Lebanon: The Smell of Death

On August 23, two bombs exploded in outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Forty-seven people were killed, and over 500 injured.

Joey Ayoub, at Hummus for Thought, shares a must-read testimony of the heartbreak at the hospital of a friend who was in Al Salam mosque when the explosion happened.

The friend writes:

Perhaps the biggest pain they caused wasn’t the dead, nor was it the injured. The injured will heal, the dead will be martyrs. The biggest pain they have caused us to feel is the feeling of helplessness and confusion, wondering if we can do anything to make things better only to realize that we never can.

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SYRIE • La « guerre des cartes » a commencé | Courrier international

SYRIE • La « guerre des cartes » a commencé | Courrier international

Dans l’attente d’une éventuelle « attaque punitive » occidentale contre le régime de Damas, plusieurs médias se lancent dans une véritable course aux cartes permettant de localiser les cibles potentielles.
Depuis la présumée attaque chimique, le 21 août, en Syrie, l’Occident met tout en place pour localiser la production et le stockage de ces armes. De ce fait, les quotidiens et les magazines se sont empressés de réaliser des cartes synthétisant la situation dans le pays. Une véritable « guerre des cartes » est lancée.

La plupart des analystes s’accordent à penser que les armes chimiques se situent dans l’ouest du pays. Le journal The Washington Post et le magazine américain Foreign Policy localisent, chacun sur leur carte, les bases aériennes « abritant les hélicoptères et avions qui pourraient être utilisés pour lancer ces armes chimiques sur les rebelles et civils », commente le journaliste du Foreign Policy John Reed. Le magazine américain va même encore plus loin en représentant les lieux présumés de stockage d’armes chimiques par des têtes de mort !

France's Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria | Reuters

France’s Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria | Reuters

(Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone call on Saturday his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

Following Obama’s announcement that he would seek authorization from the U.S. Congress before taking any military action against Bashar al-Assad’s government, the source said France believed each country’s pace of action must be respected.

“The president reaffirmed to him his determination to act to sanction the regime,” the source said. “Each country’s pace of action must above all be respected. It’s important for the Americans to have the green light from Congress.”

(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Writing by Catherine Bremer, Editing Dominique Vidalon)

_En attendant les barbares_ : Al-Akhbar publie une collection de textes de 2003 de son fondateur, le…

En attendant les barbares : Al-Akhbar publie une collection de textes de 2003 de son fondateur, le très regretté (et très respecté) Joseph Samaha, sur l’invasion américaine de l’Irak. Des textes pour (re)lire les menaces contre la Syrie.

Important : _Chorus of Syria leaks bear hallmark of White House's orchestrated spin_

Important: Chorus of Syria leaks bear hallmark of White House’s orchestrated spin

Just as the White House unveiled its dossier of evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Friday, two senior administration officials were giving a telephone briefing to the media. They were authorised by the administration to attest to the reliability of intelligence suggesting the attacks were carried out by Syria – but only on the condition of anonymity.

Exactly 24 hours earlier, the White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest had discouraged reporters from trusting anonymous administration officials, saying they should “place more credibility in on-the-record statements”.

Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective : The New Yorker

Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective : The New Yorker


Let me be clear, ” he said in an interview on CNN. “ Our goal will not be to effect régime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave.

“I want to reassure our allies and the people of Syria that what we are about to undertake, if we undertake it at all, will have no purpose or goal,” he said. “This is consistent with U.S. foreign policy of the past.”

While Mr. Obama clearly hoped that his proposal of a brief and pointless intervention in Syria would reassure the international community, it immediately drew howls of protest from U.S. allies, who argued that two days was too open-ended a timeframe for such a mission.

That criticism led White House spokesman Jay Carney to brief reporters later in the day, arguing that the President was willing to scale down the U.S. mission to “twenty-four hours, thirty-six tops.”

“It may take twenty-four hours, but it could also take twelve,” Mr. Carney said.

“Maybe we get in there, take a look around, and get out right away. But however long it takes, one thing will not change: this mission will have no point. The President is resolute about that.”

Iran: Facebook Diplomacy

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs,posted a short piece with six questions about Syria on his Facebook page. 1,100 comments left on the Minister's post until Saturday,30th of August. Some called Zarif on the hypocrisy of criticizing Western intervention as intervention, when Iran has its own presence on the ground.

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### #America Totally Discredited A foolish ...

### #America Totally Discredited A foolish President #Obama and moronic Secretary of State #Kerry have handed the #UnitedStates government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions used to destroy #Iraq and #Libya, Obama thought the US "superpower," the "exceptional" and "indispensable" country, could pull it off again, this time in #Syria. But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington's rush to war when there is no evidence. A foolish Obama was pushed far out on the limb by an incompetent and untrustworthy National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and the pack of neoconservatives that support her, and the British Parliament cut the limb off. What kind of fool would put himself in that vulnerable position?

Pourquoi encore s'embêter avec des sondages ? Certes « les Français » sont très contre, mais on va…

Pourquoi encore s’embêter avec des sondages ? Certes « les Français » sont très contre, mais on va t’expliquer illico qu’il n’y a aucune raison de suivre leur avis : SONDAGE. Syrie : 64% des Français sont contre une intervention française

Bref, il faudra que François Hollande fasse preuve de pédagogie s’il veut renverser la tendance alors que plusieurs pays occidentaux ont d’ores et déjà annoncé qu’ils ne participeraient pas à d’éventuelles frappes. « Attention, les Français ne sont pas des va-t-en-guerre, mais ils se rangent majoritairement derrière le chef de l’Etat — par réflexe patriotique — dès que l’opération est déclenchée », tempère Céline Bracq, de BVA.


Washington monte son dossier, la Syrie soutient que le rapport américain est « fabriqué » (PAPIER…

Washington monte son dossier, la Syrie soutient que le rapport américain est « fabriqué » (PAPIER GENERAL)

Alors que les inspecteurs de l’ONU devraient quitter Damas samedi en direction de La Haye, le gouvernement syrien a dit vendredi qu’il rejetait tout rapport partiel de l’ONU diffusé avant la fin de la mission de l’équipe d’enquête. Le régime syrien a également demandé à l’équipe onusienne d’examiner les sites où les rebelles auraient attaqué leurs troupes et des civils à l’aide d’agents neurotoxiques.

L’ONU a promis de retourner en Syrie afin d’enquêter sur d’autres attaques chimiques présumées qui y auraient été perpétrées au cours de la guerre civile qui ravage le pays depuis deux ans et demi.

Le porte-parole de l’ONU Martin Nesirky a fait savoir que toutes les analyses d’échantillons doivent être complétées avant que des conclusions ne puissent être tirées. Aux dires de diplomates, le secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon a indiqué aux membres du Conseil de sécurité que les résultats finaux des tests seraient disponibles dans environ deux semaines.

Faut-il intervenir en Syrie ? Ce qu'en pensent les réfugiés syriens en Jordanie | La mer blanche -…

Faut-il intervenir en Syrie ? Ce qu’en pensent les réfugiés syriens en Jordanie | La mer blanche - البحر الأبيض
Publié le 31 août 2013 par EmilieB

Dans la ville d’Irbid au nord de la Jordanie, à une vingtaine de kilomètres de la Syrie, les réfugiés syriens sont partout. Ceux qui ne sont pas dans des camps, ont élu domicile dans des immeubles du centre-ville. Certains tiennent des restaurants, vendent des téléphones portables, s’improvisent glaciers.
A Irbid aujourd’hui, la majorité de la population est soit palestinienne, soit syrienne.
En deux ans, près de 500 000 Syriens ont trouvé refuge en Jordanie selon le Haut commissariat aux Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, dont 120 000 dans le camp de Zaatari (le deuxième plus grand camp au monde après Daba au Kenya). Selon les prévisions, la Jordanie pourrait même compter jusqu’à un million de réfugiés syriens d’ici la fin de l’année.

Au Liban, les réfugiés syriens espèrent une intervention occidentale contre Damas
RFI Avec notre envoyé spécial à Beyrouth, Daniel Vallot

Les réfugiés rencontrés à Beyrouth sont tous en faveur d’une intervention américaine contre le régime de Damas. Pour eux, il faut punir Bachar el-Assad pour les crimes qui lui sont imputés. Il faut également réduire les capacités militaires du régime syrien pour aider la rébellion.

As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria : Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now

As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now

The British have, you know, made their say, and the Americans, the U.S. government, and France is pushing forward. What I think we should do first, before we actually begin to talk about any of this, is to recognize that this is not—no longer about the Syrian regime and whatever atrocities it may have committed and whatever atrocities the rebels may have committed. This is about invading a sovereign country before even the evidence is out, before even the U.N. inspectors are out. There are decisions to already invade, to attack, to launch a strike on Syria, by a country that we should actually check the record of. The United States is not qualified to do what it claims it wants to do, as a result of its own record in violating international law for a very long time and supporting dictators and rogue regimes and the apartheid state of Israel in opposition to all manners of international law. The United States violated international law by attacking and invading a country on false premise, which is Iraq in 2003. And most importantly, the United States, in Iraq, has actually used nerve agent, mustard gas and/or white phosphorus in Fallujah and beyond, left depleted uranium all over the country in Iraq, ruined and destroyed the lives of generations as a result, and now claims that it needs to do this to protect Syrian civilians, which is exactly the opposite of what will happen in any invasion or any strike on Syria, which is not possible to happen in the surgical manner that is being discussed right now.

#US #WAR #SYRIA #NO #NO #NO #WarIsNotTheAnswer ...

#US #WAR #SYRIA #NO #NO #NO #WarIsNotTheAnswer #Myheartisbroken #Nowordslefttosay #MiddleEast #News #Today #August302013 #Our #Sad #World ## US set for Syria strikes after Kerry says evidence of chemical attack is 'clear' • Secretary of state brands Assad 'a thug and a murderer' • Kerry: attack killed 1,429 Syrians including 426 children • 'History will judge us harshly if we turn a blind eye' • Obama considering 'limited, narrow action' ***Paul Lewis and Spencer Ackerman, Washington*** **Friday, 30 August 2013 14.32 EDT** John Kerry advanced what he called a "clear and compelling" case that Syria was responsible for a chemical attack that killed nearly 1,500 people, in a statement on Friday that made clear the US was on the verge of military strikes against the Assad regime. Speaking in a blunt terms, the US secretary of state branded the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a "thug and a murderer", and said the United States could not stand by and let a dictator get away with such serious crimes. "History will judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turn a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction," Kerry said in a briefing to reporters at the State Department in Washington. Speaking soon after, Barack Obama said that he was considering "limited, narrow action" against Syria. "We can not accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," he said. Pointedly, Kerry made no mention of the decision by the British government to pull out of the coalition, after prime minister David Cameron lost a crucial vote in the House of Commons on Thursday. Instead, Kerry referred to France as the "oldest ally" of the US, after president François Hollande pledged support for military action against Syria.

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This headline should be mounted on the wall of a museum wing devoted to US foreign policy ...

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August 30 2013

U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched-

U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched-

S’ils savaient pourquoi n’ont-ils pas averti ?

American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.

The disclosure — part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria’s chemical attacks — raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?

In a call with reporters Friday afternoon, senior administration officials did not address whether this information was shared with rebel groups in advance of the attack. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the information had been shared.

But at least some members of the Syrian opposition are already lashing out at the U.S. government for not acting ahead of time to prevent the worst chemical attack in a quarter-century. “If you knew, why did you take no action?” asked Dlshad Othman, a Syrian activist and secure communications expert who has recently relocated to the United States. He added that none of his contacts had any sort of prior warning about the nerve gas assault — although such an attack was always a constant fear.

Razan Zaitouneh, an opposition activist in the town of Douma, one of the towns hit in the Aug. 21 attack, said she had no early indication of a major chemical attack. “Even the moment [the attack hit], we thought it was as usual, limited and not strong,” she told The Cable in an instant message. That only changed when “we started to hear about the number of injuries.”

“It’s unbelievable that they did nothing to warn people or try to stop the regime before the crime,” Zaitouneh added.

_Le vieil allié, la France a déjà bombardé Damas en 1925_ France, Syrie et Liban 1918-1946 - Le…

Le vieil allié, la France a déjà bombardé Damas en 1925

France, Syrie et Liban 1918-1946 - Le Mandat à l’épreuve des passions françaises : l’affaire Sarrail (1925) - Presses de l’Ifpo

(...) Dans la chronique ordinaire de la France des années vingt, on relève généralement que le bombardement de Damas, le 20 octobre 1925, a anéanti la carrière d’un général connu pour ses opinions républicaines et radicales, à qui le gouvernement du cartel des gauches avait confié un an auparavant la charge de Haut-Commissaire dans les États du Levant. Pour de multiples raisons, passé l’époque du cartel des gauches, on ne parla plus guère ni de l’affaire, ni du général Sarrail.
Le bombardement de Damas n’est en somme que l’épilogue sanglant d’une crise qui eut surtout pour cadre le Grand-Liban et qui relève dans une large mesure d’affaires « franco-françaises ». La présenter comme une nouvelle manifestation de l’antagonisme entre « cléricaux » et « anticléricaux », comporte plus d’un attrait. L’affaire ne fut-elle pas d’ailleurs perçue comme telle par ses acteurs, français et libanais ? N’a-t-elle pas éclaté dès le 29 novembre 1924 quand le radical Édouard Herriot rappelle le général Weygand, catholique fervent et déjà soupçonné d’œuvrer dans l’ombre au renversement de la République, et le remplace par le général Sarrail, un « vrai républicain », catalogué comme franc-maçon par quantité de ses détracteurs ? Ne s’est-elle pas développée dans le contexte très particulier de la brève expérience du cartel des gauches au cours de laquelle la question religieuse, pourtant sensiblement apaisée depuis 1914, se réveille et connaît une soudaine poussée de fièvre ?

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