26 August 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
President George W. Bush’s chief political adviser Karl Rove once infamously said of the United States under Bush, «We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality». And the reality created by Rove, Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and other war hawks convinced the world, wrongly, that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, that Saddam’s agents were seeking yellow cake uranium in Africa, and that Saddam’s army possessed mobile biological weapon laboratories capable of releasing anthrax.
In fact, Iraq had no such weapons, there was no evidence of Iraq trying to procure uranium from Niger or any other African country, and that the biological weapons mobile laboratory information was disinformation provided by a professional Iraqi con artist who the CIA called «Curveball».
Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair eagerly went along with America’s ruse about Iraq. In the end, the false information was used to justify a deadly and costly invasion and occupation of Iraq by Western nations, chiefly the United States and Britain.
Now, over a decade later, the Obama administration is dusting off the Bush administration’s playbook and using it on the government of Bashar al Assad of Syria… The Obama administration first showed its neo-conservative traits when it justified NATO and Gulf Arab intervention in the Libyan rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi as falling under its «responsibility to protect» civilians being attacked by Qaddafi’s forces.
The Western media portrayed Libyan civilians being attacked mercilessly by Qaddafi’s troops just as it has hyped the «brutality» of Assad’s forces against Syrian civilians. Neither in the Libyan example nor the Syrian case, did the Western media, save for a few isolated examples, report on the crimes against humanity committed by Libyan and Syrian radical Sunni Islamist rebels. Documented cases of genocide of black African guest workers in Libya went unreported just as are current cases of wanton killing of Syrian Shia’s, Alawites, Christians, and Kurds being committed by radical Islamists, including Al Qaeda-linked rebels.
Rather than report on Syrian rebel massacres of Syrian civilians and Iranian nationals and foreign Christian clerics, the Western media is promoting the unverified story that a Syrian government chemical attack on “thousands” of civilians in the Ghouta suburb outside of Damascus. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) ratcheted down the number of dead civilians from «neurotoxic symptoms» to 355.
One of the West’s chief fabulists, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who lied about Qaddafi’s presence in Venezuela after Islamist rebels seized power in Libya, claimed that Syrian rebel-supplied video tape footage of dead Syrian civilians from a government-ordered chemical attack was authentic. After questions arose as to the veracity of the Syrian rebel video «evidence» of a nerve gas attack on civilians in Ghouta, Hague backtracked by claiming the Syrian government destroyed the evidence of their attack. Syrian forces had uncovered chemical weapons-related equipment and supplies in a tunnel in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, which had been used by rebel forces. Syrian state television reported that Syrian soldiers who discovered the chemical weapons cache began suffocating.
The Obama administration cynically stated that it was too late for the Syrian government to invite UN weapons inspectors into the suburbs of Damascus where chemical weapons were reportedly used. It was more déjà vu. All of Saddam Hussein’s entreaties to the U.S. that his weapons sites were open to full UN inspection were also called too little and too late. Nothing Saddam could do in 2003 or Assad can do in 2013 could or would dissuade the United States and its allies from launching an attack on an Arab country.
Obama’s final preparations for war with Syria, using a dubious Syrian rebel report of the crossing of a «red line» in the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, have their origins early on in the Bush administration. Former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark was quoted as saying that in the weeks after the 9/11 attack, he was told by a general serving on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff that the United States was going to take out seven countries in five years. The general who told Clark cited a classified memorandum, which described «how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran». Although it is now twelve years later, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran are the only countries remaining on the target list which have not been completely taken over by the United States.
In January 2013, a hacker obtained emails from a British private security company called Britam Defence, which is headquartered in London, which referred to a planned false flag chemical weapons attack to be staged in Syria with financing from Qatar. The attack would be blamed on Assad and use Russian-speaking Ukrainian personnel in a video that would then be disseminated to prove Russian involvement with Assad’s forces.
The email from Britam’s David Goulding to the firm’s Philip Dougherty, stated:
We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose and attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.
We’ll have to deliver a CW [chemical weapon] to Homs, a Soviet-origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.
Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?
Some eight months before the Syrian rebels disseminated a video showing dead civilians in Ghouta, there is evidence that the Obama administration, working with the Qataris and a British private military contractor, planned to use a chemical weapon in Homs and make a video showing the involvement of Russian-speaking personnel. In simple terms, Washington, Doha, and London were planning a «false flag» chemical weapons terrorist attack in Homs and blame Assad’s forces for crossing the «red line» in using chemical weapons against civilians. It is exactly the template that was used in Ghouta.
Western intelligence maintained a longstanding meme of suggesting that Al Qaeda was trying to procure weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. During the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Al Qaeda units used chlorine gas on civilians. In June of this year, Al Qaeda was found by Iraqi authorities to be producing mustard gas and other chemical weapons, including sarin gas, at two facilities in Baghdad. The weapons were said to be for use outside of Iraq. Around the same time, the Turkish media reported that the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Al Nusra Front, was in possession of sarin gas for attacks inside Syria and Turkey. In March, Al Nusra used chlorine gas in an attack on civilians in Syria.
Al Qaeda has obtained weapons of mass destruction and their use in Syria is countenanced by Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his foreign policy mouthpiece Hague, the Syrian rebels headquartered in Istanbul, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
After the dubious report of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons was hyped by the Western corporate media, Al Nusra said it reserved the right to strike at Alawite civilians in Syria. Obama and his British allies remained silent.
The Syrian false flag chemical attack is also déjà vu in another respect. Once again, we find Al Qaeda and its proxies on the same side as Israel and its intelligence services. There were reports in the Western media that it was Israel’s signals intelligence agency, Unit 8200, which intercepted communications between Syrian government military commanders ordering the chemical weapons attack. At the same time, Syrian rebel leaders in Turkey were calling on Israel to pressure Western countries to militarily attack Assad’s government. The coordination of propaganda between Israel and the Syrian rebels on the Ghouta incident is prima facie evidence of wider overall cooperation between Wahhabists and Zionists in the Middle East, from Libya and Egypt to Yemen and Lebanon.
The proffering of the Syrian rebel video of dead Syrian children from an alleged government chemical attack suspiciously coincided with the debut of Al Jazeera America on four major U.S. cable television systems. Al Jazeera, wholly funded by the Qatari emir, a Muslim Brotherhood adherent and supporter of Syrian rebel forces, provided its new American viewing audience with non-stop coverage of the chemical attack, repeatedly re-broadcasting the rebel video. It is not secret where Al Jazeera’s sympathies lie in the region. In 2006, Gideon Ezra, the former deputy chief of the Israel Shin Bet intelligence service, was quoted in Foreign Policy as saying, «I wish all Arab media were like Al-Jazeera».
It is rare when Israel and Al Qaeda surface in full agreement with one another and coordinating their efforts out in the open during a covert operation. The last major time that happened, it was not Syrian civilians who were caught in the bloody maelstrom of a Wahhabist-Israeli joint false flag operation but Americans at work and traveling on September 11, 2001.