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10 Questions About Syrian Chemical Weapons

  • September 03, 2013
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There’s an excellent article by the ever-reliable McClatchy News, analysing the various ‘inconsistencies and hinges’ in the Obama administration’s ‘red line’ case against Syria.     In the light of the latest allegations by French intelligence services, it raises several unanswered and often unasked questions:

1. Why would Syria carry out a chemical weapons attack in its capital, within 72 hours of the arrival of the UN Inspection Team, which it had invited to the country to investigate the earlier alleged use of chemical weapons?

2.   Which of the UN Security Council members agreed to...

Israel’s Golden Summer

  • September 01, 2013
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In the midst of the carnage and political chaos that is sweeping through the Middle East, one state is basking in one of the most satisfying periods in its history.     Reporting from Jerusalem last week on the Israeli national mood regarding the possibility of missile strikes on Syria, the New York Times found...

Who Shall We Bomb? How Shall We bomb them?

  • August 28, 2013
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Like a recurring nightmare we have entered the state of prewar.   Our leaders exude moral purpose and determination and a sense of their own historic importance.         Journalists and tv presenters emanate barely-suppressed excitement and urgency, as they interrogate politicians on the legality and possible consequences of missile strikes.

Keyboard warriors clap...

John Kerry’s Moral Compass

  • August 27, 2013
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The Imperium and its allies are preparing public opinion for their forthcoming bombing of Syria, and morality is the order of the day, as it must be, considering the very flimsy legal basis for this ‘intervention.’

So today we find John Kerry insisting that Syrian involvement in the Ghouta chemical weapons attack is ‘undeniable’, and delivering...

The Syrian Weapons Inspection: Chronicle of a War Foretold?

  • August 25, 2013
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It is now becoming clear that the handful of countries which believe that they have some intrinsic right to bomb and attack any country in the world whenever they feel like it are very close to doing it again in Syria.

Despite the divisions within the US foreign policy establishment, despite the fact that even advocates...

Syria: The Red-Liners Are Back

  • August 23, 2013
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Hardly has the blood dried on the streets of Cairo, than the ‘international community’ that barely issued a murmur of protest is once again working itself into a paroxysm of horrified indignation at the evils of the Assad regime in Syria.     The occasion is the alleged sarin gas attack in the Damascus suburb...

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