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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...

Red Lines

  • April 27, 2013
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Western wars and ‘interventions’ in the age of ‘humanitarian warfare’ tend to rely on two essential propaganda tropes to prepare domestic and international public opinion for such events.  Firstly, there is an appeal to humanitarianism/guilt through ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) rhetoric which confers a selective moral obligation to bomb or invade countries of geopolitical interest...

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