Declassified CIA documents of just a few weeks ago prove that not only did the US President at the time turn a blind eye to Saddam Hussein using chemical weapons in 1988 (with thousands of casualties rather than the alleged hundreds in Syria), but that the USA government criminally handed blood-thristy dictator Saddam Hussein top secret satellite photographs, doing this specifically to help him target thousands of victims of illegal chemical weapons.
Gavin Esler who chaired Saturday’s Dateline London show on the BBC News Channel has now heard this evidence from a senior BBC journalist, and he refused to challenge anything that he said. Given this fact, is there the remotest prospect he will broadcast this dynamite information to viewers of Newsnight? Fat chance. That could only further increase the alienation of the British voters from, and their contempt for David Cameron’s proposed illegal war in Syria.
Such a war in defiance of UN authority would by definition be illegal. What is more (and this is what motivated the thirty Tory MPs who voted against David Cameron, and probably most of the government ministers who didn’t return from holiday or didn’t hear the bell) the proposed surgical strike is a spark in a powder keg.
As Conservative Home’s Alex Deane so eloquently pointed out, Obama’s proposed surgical strikes could so easily escalate out of everyone’s hands – very, very quickly indeed. This obvious fact has intelligent conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic rejecting Obama’s pointless war that will have US troops fighting alongside those who brought down the Twin Towers, and are today intimidating the Kurds and Christians in Syria, as well as just about everyone else.
Not only does this episode of Dateline London expose David Cameron and William Hague’s hypocrisy (and Obama’s too, of course) about how outraged they are that a dictator may have chemical weapons when they actually used top secret military intelligence to assist Saddam Hussein impose ten times as many casualties as Assad is alleged to be responsible for; not only do we see that they are all lying about how easily they can opt for a short, sharp strategical strike when they know they could inflame hostility to the West in the region, with potential retaliation that could escalate into a ground war, despite Obama’s promise he would rise above that… This is only the beginning of the crimes of President Obama and David Cameron.
Obama and his allies (presently scurrying to the nearest exists) insist they don’t care what the UN Security Council thinks because Russia and China are likely to use their veto. However, what they are arguing for sets a precedent and they know it. Obama’s defiance of the UN means that everyone else loses their vetos. In that case, can all the US vetos of condemnation of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians over the decades suddenly be rendered null and void?
Can all Israel’s crimes finally be subject to unilateral punishment by Russia, China, and their economic allies in the BRICS bloc: India, Brazil and South Africa, which would win the support of almost the entire population of this planet?
And why should it just be the five permanent members of the UN Security Council who can do what they like, in defiance of international law? Why can’t every nation state do whatever it likes if President Obama is allowed to get away with acting like Dirty Harry on speed?
I personally don’t think Assad did use chemical weapons. I may be wrong about this. But even if I am Obama and David Cameron have only set the use of chemical weapons, and other WMDs, as their red line. If Assad sticks to conventional weapons from here on in he can, as far as Cameron and Obama are concerned, return to killing Syrian Rebels by the hundreds, thousands, the hundreds of thousands? In what universe does that make any sense?
And what about the very many victims of the Syrian Rebels barbarism? What about powerful Al Qaeda contingent within the Syrian Rebels?
The US President lied through his teeth, alongside Tony Blair, to launch a war in Iraq allegedly because he was an ally of Al Qaeda. The reality, of course, as everyone knew, was this illegal invasion (ignoring the authority of the United Nations) that brought Al Qaeda into Iraq!
Tony Blair concocted dossiers of lies with the help of British Intelligence to drag the British Parliament into an illegal war in defiance of the wishes of the British people. He did so on the basis of Saddam’s not getting rid of Weapons of Mass Destructions (the very same WMDs the US administration helped him use against thousands of people in 1988) , WMDs which, by 2003, simply did not exist!
Why should anyone trust the Central Intelligence Agency or the Joint Intelligence Committee anymore? We don’t. That is why public opinion in the UK, USA, France and everywhere is so powerfully opposed to President Obama’s hapless adventure in Syria, at least until the warmongers go through the proper channel; at that means allowing the evidence to be scrutinized by independent third parties, not simply would-be judges, juries and executioners who think they are above international law.
The world must stand up to dictators. And a dictator is exactly how President Obama is behaving towards the rest of the world. He can no longer be allowed to think he can defy international law with impunity.
The world has to see for itself what evidence exists of Assad’s responsibility for these chemical weapons atrocities. And that is rendered impossible so long as President Obama and David Cameron, William Hague, Theresa May gag all whistle blowers all over the world who have the audacity to expose the very, very, very many crimes committed by agents of the CIA, NSA, FBI, MI5, MI6, Mossad, etc, etc, etc..