Over the past weekend the Western press was blasting Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes in their assault on the terrorist controlled part of East Aleppo. A typical headline from The Washington Post read, “US accuses Russia of ‘barbarism’ and war crimes in Syria.” Meanwhile, the Long War Journal declared, “US hits another Islamic State chemical weapons facility in Iraq.” UK’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is crying foul that Russia should be investigated for war crimes.
The Western media, of course, is now in high gear fanning the flames, charging Putin and Assad with war crimes due to apparent heavy civilian losses. Reports range up to 139 casualties last weekend alone. If readers take these latest proclamations at face value, they would automatically conclude that America and its Western vassals are the true holier-than-thou good guys in the Middle East fighting the bad terrorists Islamic State, while Russia and Syria, as the US demonized enemies, are the ultimate bad guys mercilessly committing crimes against humanity.
Let’s first address the report that the US bombed a terrorist chemical weapons factory in Iraq. Hands down the US is the single biggest perpetrator ever using chemical warfare in crimes against humanity. Between dropping two atomic bombs when Truman knew that a defeated Japan already wanted to surrender to the unprecedented tonnage of napalm bombs used over Tokyo in the final year of World War II (in just a two day period in March 1945, the US dropped over 1,500 tons of napalm bombs), to the even more napalm used at 125 tons a day for three years less than a decade later to kill upwards of 5 million Koreans during America’s first undeclared war, followed by 400,000 more tons of napalm and 20 million gallons of Agent Orange dumped during the Vietnam War that eliminated up to 3.4 million South East Asians (Vietnam Red Cross estimated 4.8 million deaths from Agent Orange alone), the US has a very long history of flagrantly violating international law banning chemical and biological warfare ever since the 1925 Geneva Protocol to its 1993 renewal. Not that a law ever stopped US exceptionalism from wrongdoing, those wars were just the beginning.
Depleted uranium left behind in both Afghanistan and Iraq’s both Gulf War rubble and then the white phosphorus poured down on Fallujah residents in Iraq in the last decade, not to mention in 1988 giving Saddam Hussein made-in-America mustard gas that Washington knew would be used on his own Kurdish citizens and Iranian troops for which US intelligence helped deliver target coordinates, America has used chemicals that have helped kill millions during every single decade since the 1940s. That’s seven decades in a row!
On top of that, the US regularly uses internationally outlawed tear gas on its own citizens who exercise First Amendment rights to protest. America’s militarized police illegally unleash chemicals and batons as counterterrorism weapons against peaceful assembly to break up protests like the Occupy movement. No other nation comes close, although at least two Empire buddies also use US-made chemical weapons. Israel deployed white phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza and Saudis are now using the same US supplied skin-melting WMD on victims in Yemen. Birds of a feather . . .
Then there was the sarin gas chemical weapon launched on the Damascus suburb back in August 2013 by US-supported terrorists that Obama wrongly blamed Assad for in his false flag attempt to first commit airstrikes on Syria. Met with strong opposition worldwide, among them 91% of Americans and UK parliament, along with a last minute brokered deal by Putin, allowing Assad to turn in his chemical weapons, Obama was successfully thwarted from potentially starting WWIII the first time around. Still possessing among the largest stockpiles of outlawed chemical weapons and by far history’s worst offender using them, a claim that the US recently destroyed a chemical bomb factory in Iraq hardly turns Empire into a good guy. The same can be said when every now and then the US kills a high profile terrorist, making a big deal as if it covers up the fact that Obama and his neocons are in bed with terrorists.
Under totalitarian regimes, information and disinformation are always used as propaganda fodder in a war to control and brainwash people’s minds. Inevitably history teaches us that the truth becomes every tyrannical government’s enemy and lies are the standard weapon deployed to justify and cover up actual evil. In this war in Syria and broader Middle East, if the truth be known, US led coalition forces are the true bad guys protecting their fellow bad guys as their proxy war terrorist allies that the US itself created decades ago, while at the same time combating the only true fighters against terrorism in Syria—Russia, Syria, Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian Kurds.
Washington neocons never fail to utilize their hypocritical standby attempting to feebly take the moral high ground always justifying their overt military aggression in the name of humanitarianism. Without any evidence to back up her completely bogus claim, the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, keeps accusing Putin as the perpetrator of what turns out most likely to be another US staged terrorist rocket attack that a week ago destroyed 18 of 31 trucks, killing 21 in a UN aid convoy, thus resulting in suspension of relief efforts to the people of Aleppo. While the Russian military spokesman maintained in addition to neither Russia nor Syria standing to gain from attacking the convoy, the damage to the vehicles and remnant traces appear to be from shells fired by tanks, cannons or RPG’s that al-Nusra Front (deceptively renamed last month Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) is equipped with and was visibly active in the area where the attack occurred. Even the UN retracted earlier statements and moved away from placing the blame on Russia. In any event, the US and its fellow terrorists would obviously benefit the most by blaming Russia. And both Empire and terrorists have the means to carry out such an attack.
In a Sunday emergency session of the UN Security Council, Power led the flimsy high and mighty charge:
Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism. It is barbarism.
It was the United States that pressured and insisted the UN deliver aid relief against both Syria and Russia’s warnings that insisted the terrorist controlled road to Aleppo was unsafe for passage. But the neocons had an agenda to pressure the UN to get clearance for the convoy delivery. It’s now come to light that a privately funded NGO security firm, owned by a former British military intelligence officer (not unlike Blackwater), hires fake first responders that pose as Syria Civil Defense covertly operating with Western security forces most often in terrorist embedded areas. They’re called the white hats and most likely last week worked in cahoots with the local terrorists to pull off the false flag so that Empire could conveniently blame Putin for the so called airstrikes out of some twisted revenge that only diabolical forces of the US crime cabal could dream up. Coldhearted Russia and Syria would be blamed for not permitting humanitarian assistance to the long suffering residents of Aleppo. Washington and hired white hat first responders would insist that Russian bombers flew overhead for hours blowing up the convoy at the loading docks while food supplies were being lifted onto trucks 15 miles from Aleppo, thus also “proving” that Putin and Assad had no interest in either the September 9 ceasefire nor peace.
The other part of the now shattered US-Russian brokered peace proposal was that the US would entice or coerce its infamously labeled “moderate rebels” to uphold the ceasefire agreement while physically separating themselves from so called “bad terrorists,” ISIS/al Qaeda/al-Nusra Front. Instead, the Syrian government stated that the US backed moderate opposition groups violated the agreement over 300 times from September 12 to the 19, and at no time did the US follow through on its preposterous role to impose its backed rebels leave Aleppo in order to distance themselves from the terrorist groups ISIS/al Qaeda/Jabhat Fatah al Sham entrenched in the besieged city of Aleppo. It was a sham from the start and Defense Secretary Carter and his generals knew the ceasefire would expose their pretend game. Peace was never part of the US agenda as anyone who knows anything realized long ago that there’s no difference between so-called moderates and ISIS, except that the moderates are completely dependent in close alignment with the big boys ISIS/al-Qaeda/al-Nusra.
Obviously the most damning evidence indicating that the US never intended to honor the ceasefire agreement came when US led coalition jets attacked a Syrian Arab Army position near Deir Ezzor airbase on Saturday, September 17, that the US feebly claimed was “an accident.” The Russians had to call the Americans twice for the hour long airstrikes to finally be called off. The incident that killed at least 70 Syrian soldiers and wounded over 100 allowed sufficient air cover for nearby ISIS terrorists to wage a successful assault within seven minutes after the airstrikes began to advance forward to overtake the attacked Syrian high ground. The Damasus government intercepted a conversation between the US military and ISIS just prior to the airstrikes, confirming they were premeditated, well-coordinated, and deliberate acts of aggression that violate international law and more than anything else expose US Empire’s true intentions all along in the Middle East to protect its terrorist ally.
The UN convoy attack two days later was mere camouflage in a vain attempt to disguise US criminality for the Saturday airstrikes involving US, Australian and UK warplanes. Because the Syrian government forces were clearly winning the war against the terrorists and closing in on the final ISIS strongholds of East Aleppo and Raqqa, the Washington neocons were deceitfully using the ceasefire and months of Vienna talks as opportunity for its proxy terrorist allies to regroup and then launch its latest volley in the propaganda war to smear both Assad and Putin with this most recent barrage of verbal attacks. That’s what nations do just before all-out war, they demonize to dehumanize the enemy as propagandized mental prepping for war. Right now, Washington is conditioning Americans for world war against Russia.
Still another hugely significant development from September 20 receiving a Western media blackout again proves that the US Empire and its Western puppets are behind the terrorists. A Russian missile attack destroyed a secret field operations room in west Aleppo province just three days after the Syrian soldiers were killed in the US airstrike. Three caliber missiles from Russian warships were responsible for killing 30 military intelligence officers from the US, Israel, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, confirming that the US Empire is leading all terrorist operations in Aleppo province.
Once the US shifted its game changing strategy to “accidentally on purpose” murder, Syrian soldiers, Putin and Assad have been forced to change their rules of engagement, now taking out any forces deemed hostile to the Damascus government, regardless of what nation they belong to. The US airstrike and Russian missile attack have ratcheted up hostilities to extreme risk that war breaking out between the US and Russia appears inevitable. The Russians now realize that the US can never be trusted, that Washington neocons never had any intention of making peace in Syria, and that using the Vienna talks as a smokescreen only enabled terrorist factions to regroup and subsequently prolong Empire’s regime change war by securing a safe haven. As such, the Russian-Syrian led coalition is now resolved to unilaterally finishing off the terrorists themselves by over the weekend stepping up their air campaign on terrorist controlled East Aleppo. Where there is no will to achieve peace through diplomacy, as the double-crossing US has demonstrated, Russia, Syria and Iran have concluded that the only solution is through achieving a military victory against all the terrorists as well as their Western sponsors in Syria.
Similarly, Iraq also painfully knows that the US has only led a fake war against ISIS, often witnessing US airdropping arms, ammo and supplies to the terrorists. So without Washington’s help, the Iraqi militia, Iraqi Kurds and Iranian military are set to take back Mosul, the second largest city, as the final terrorist stronghold in that nation, as well. Because the real antiterrorist forces have made so much progress this last year combating the world’s largest terrorist organization that US Empire created and still obviously supports, that’s why the US and its vassals are resorting to such desperate measures both on the battlefield as well as the information war to keep both their terrorists and its war on terror alive.
In reaction to the warmongering rhetoric that Washington and its European vassals keep echoing about “Russian war crimes,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the West’s remarks are highly “unacceptable,” adding the truth that terrorists were misusing the ceasefire to “regroup, to replenish their arsenals and for obvious preparations to carry out attacks.” Hence, the double down on artillery and airstrikes before Syrian ground forces move in to the embattled, jihad held areas of Aleppo.
Leave it to spot-on Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on her Facebook page to rebuke Samantha Power’s hypocritical grandstanding: “Historically speaking . . . a barbarian is someone not belonging to an empire, and we have only one of those today. As for the imagery . . . the world has seen nothing more barbaric in modern history than Iraq and Libya done the Washington way.”
The geopolitics chessboard game that US Empire is so recklessly playing with partner-in-crime Turkey is nothing short of full implementation of their Plan A (at one time masqueraded as Plan B if the so called peace process breaks down, which the US had obviously been planning for all along), to establish a permanent terrorist stronghold with a no-fly zone over eastern Syria in order for the terrorists the US and Turkey have been backing for years to continue fighting to finish off Assad. Of course, invading Syria gives Erdogan opportunity to fight Kurds to ensure they don’t secure northern Syria for themselves. After Erdogan shot down the Russian jet last November, it was impossible to invade Syria then without triggering an all-out war with Russia. So what does the subversive evildoing duo of NATO conspirators do? The US and Erdogan collude in staging an “unsuccessful” coup in July that prompts Erdogan to grovel in Moscow licking Putin’s bootstraps that then effectively sets the stage for Turkey to betray Russia a second time by suddenly invading northern Syria last month in an obvious ploy to finally secure their long plotted turf while restoring their much needed terrorist supply line.
It was recently reported that US Special Forces are stationed at seven different military bases in Northern Syria. With both Turkish and American boots now on the ground firmly and illegally entrenched on Syrian soil, the uninvited enemy invaders have finally positioned themselves to rescue their longtime sweetheart investment called global terrorism, force “balkanization” of Syria into weakened partitions while still seeking regime change against demonized enemies Assad and Putin as the warm up prelude to WWIII. Hence, this week’s over-the-top smear campaign by the US to portray Syria and Russia as coldblooded monsters slaughtering poor Aleppo war victims, sabotaging all efforts at humanitarian aid while willfully refusing to comply with the peace proposal they signed and, thereby, torpedoing the peace process. This ongoing propaganda blitz is designed to leave the West no other choice but to stop the “evildoers” once and for all, thus forcing an unavoidable global war confrontation.
The history of the Middle East since 9/11 makes plain and clear who the actual good guys are and who the real bad guys are, and not surprisingly for anyone half awake, it’s the opposite of how the Western propaganda machine is feeding the global masses its 24/7 lies as the primary driving force leading humanity on the fast track to World War III. 2000’s Project for a New American Century (PNAC) called for a “new Pearl Harbor” that the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz neocons materialized a year later as their 9/11 inside job, based on bogus lies about WMD and ties to terrorism granting license to illegally invade, indefinitely occupy and lay to waste to both Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as NATO waging an illegal air war against Libya, sending in more proxy terrorists to brutally murder Qaddafi who was leading Africa toward independence and prosperity away from US imperialism and its petrodollar chokehold.
Murdering over 4 million Muslims in the process, US Empire with all its bloody wars has also continued employing its terrorist mercenaries to carry out state sponsored terrorism with not only America’s 9/11, but 3/3 Madrid, 7/7 London, last year’s January Hebdo and November’s Friday the 13th Paris attacks and dozens of other smaller scaled terrorist attacks. like this year’s Brussels airport and Bastille Day Nice attacks and on and on ad nauseam they go, all diabolically perpetrated by Empire’s CIA/Mossad/MI6 handlers using jihadist patsies in a divide and conquer war against Islam and people everywhere.
Then came the CIA-induced Arab Spring uprising starting in 2011 as an extension of the neocon regime change operation taking down 7 sovereign nations in five years that General Wesley Clark leaked in 2007. With five down and still two to go on their unfinished hit list—Syria and Iran, the juggernaut to get to the grand prize, Iran, of course, remains Assad’s Syria. The fact that Assad rejected Empire’s 2009 Qatar-Turkey-Syria gas pipeline that would effectively crush Russia’s hold on European gas export sealed Assad’s fate as a forever target in Empire crosshairs. Hence, the propaganda making him an evil despot, but like Putin a saint compared to the demonic evil in control of the Washington warmongers.
With upwards of 400,000 Syrians killed in the near half-dozen year war that US caused, and over 11 million people displaced constituting half of Syria’s prewar population, it is the US Empire that is truly the most brutally barbaric enemy to the entire world. Up to 30 million humans and counting have been murdered around the globe in the 37 nations that the US has attacked just since WWII. And with all its lies and disinformation, the United States is bent on igniting a global war that will likely dwarf in both death toll and human tragedy the two world wars from the last century combined. So let’s not be fooled by the sleight of hand deadly deceptions spun by the ruling elite’s puppet show from Washington that’s currently waging a genocidal war against all of humanity.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field with abused youth and adolescents for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at empireexposed.blogspot.co.