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Today the Guardian in its trademark handwringing fashion is marking the fourth anniversary of the Syrian conflict: 200,000 dead, 3.5 million refugees.

The Guardian should also commemorate three and a half years of bloodshed, destruction, and misery inflicted upon Syria by the United States, the EU, and the GCC—make that murder, war crimes, and collective punishment IMO–much of it enthusiastically endorsed by the Guardian and its media brethren.

Think I’m exaggerating? But first read the piece (reproduced below) that I wrote in November 2011, when it was clear that the domestic uprising was headed for defeat and the West and GCC faced the crucial choice whether to let Assad cobble together some reconciliatory process…or try to bring him down with a foreign-supported insurrection.

We all know—or should know—what choice was made.

And we should know—but probably don’t know—the actual cost.

Consider these numbers: 7,000…and 193,000.

7,000 is the estimated death count for the Syrian unrest after the Syrian government had crushed the rebel enclave in Homs in February 2012 and shattered the domestic uprising.

193,000 is the death toll since then…since the United States, the GCC, Turkey, and their enablers began pumping money, arms, and diplomatic support into the various Syria-based paramilitaries that eventually encompassed not only the hapless Free Syrian Army but Al-Qaeda, IS, and their affiliates and allies.

When you read my piece, you’ll see some bad pennies turning up again. Like Victoria Nuland, charged with inciting the Syrian opposition to ignore reconciliation. Like Abdelhakim Belhadj who, on his long march from anti-Qaddafi Islamist to reputed head of IS Libya, shows up in Turkey to succor the Syrian opposition.

A lot of death…a lot of murder…has been packed into those 3 ½ years.

7,000 versus 193,000.

As I mentioned on my twitter feed, I wonder if there’s any second thoughts in the US State Department about spurning the reconciliation route in Syria.

I doubt it. The US foreign policy regime deals in consequences, not causes, so it can shirk responsibility for its failures and claim victories instead.

But remember those numbers : 7,000 vs 193,000.

Here’s another number to remember: 5,400.

That’s the quasi-official death toll for the Ukraine conflict (though unofficial estimates are much higher).

As of now.

Here’s hoping thee and a half years on we won’t see another bloody imperial folly play out in Ukraine.

The Syrian Revolution Hijacked
November 29, 2011

(Republished from China Matters by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Syria 
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  1. Kiza says:

    Hello Peter, you are spot on.

    The Anglo-Zionist vultures are waiting in the shadows of any social disturbance around the World to pounce on the financial and/or domination opportunity it creates. Sometimes they steer it up, at other times they take over an indigenous one. GCC is a set of Anglo-Zionist appointed and protected monarchs, who spend most of their domestic loot on furthering Anglo-Zionist interests, which are the same as their own. For example, there was never any Sunni, semi-Sunni or remotely Sunni terrorist group anywhere in the World which the Saudi monarchy did not like and did not finance, from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Albanian KLA in Serbian Kosovo, Bosnian Muslims, Chechen terrorists in Russia and so on.

    US, UK, Israel and GCC operate as one block and will remain together even if EU eventually drops out of this “International Community” because of Ukraine.

  2. Israel National News Op-Ed Calls on Israel to Drop 20 – 30 Nukes on Germany, Iran

    “the author claims that only through nuclear annihilation of Iran and Germany, with 20 or 30 nuclear bombs each, can Israelis prevent the state’s destruction.
    “If Israel does not walk in the ways of God’s Bible,” author Chen Ben-Eliyahu wrote in Hebrew, “it will receive a heavy punishment of near complete destruction and doom and only a few will be saved.”
    One of Israel’s missions is to remember the crimes of Amalek, a tribe representative of pure evil in the Bible, whom Jews are commanded to obliterate. . . .

    “To an existential threat we must respond with an existential threat,” he wrote, “not with speeches in Congress. We must make it clear to the Iranians that Israel will wipe out their nuclear program and Tehran and Isfahan as well.”
    “If [an enemy] rises up to destroy you, rise earlier to destroy him: twenty, thirty nuclear bombs will do to assure the job gets done,” he continued. . . .

    When the Messiah comes, Ben-Eliyahu wrote, Israel will reverse the Final Solution. “Twenty, thirty atomic bombs on Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Dortmund and so on to assure the job gets done. And the land will be quiet for a thousand years,” he wrote.”

    note to the Israeli editorialist:

    Henry Morgenthau, Jr., a Jew, was a key organizer and facilitator of the US firebombing campaign that reduced 131 German cities to rubble, including

    Erich Mendelsohn, “the Jewish architect,” assisted the US Air Force and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company in devising the most effective way to produce a firestorm that would, in Mendelsohn’s vision, prepare the field for the “re-education” of the people —

    . . .in order to reeducate the people at large . . . to rebuild their towns and dwellings—the visible expression, the broad acre of their social and civic consciousness—the people themselves must first experience the fight for existence, experience personal danger and common sacrifice, the turmoil of mechanized battles, the mental preparedness for being blotted out at a second’s notice.
    Erich Mendelsohn, April 22, 1942

    Mendelsohn’s efforts resulting in “blotting out” over 800 years of cultural legacy in Munich alone; it incinerated over 600,000 German civilians.

    Every American schoolchild who is forced to read the syrupy “Diary of Anne Frank” and the fraudster Elie Weisel should be required to read The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945, by Jörg Friedrich.

  3. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Any chance the president’s Nobel Peace Prize could be revoked? Most likely not. A person who is not an insider is left to guess as to what the intentions of our foreign policy really are, apart from the pablum fed to the public. Is the chaos, violence, instability that results from our policies actually intended or is it due to incompetence? Perhaps throwing large parts of the world into disarray makes it easier to exploit them for whatever purpose and to make sure there’s no one who can resist the ambitions of the US. Humane considerations such as avoiding loss of life are not a factor, apparently. People are just ants to be crushed underfoot.
    The death toll number for places such as in Ukraine should be multiplied by a factor of, say, ten to arrive at a picture of the misery index. For every person killed there’s usually three or so who are permanently disabled, there’s widows, children left without a father, people who lose a relative, disruption of employment, poverty, and so on. And don’t forget about the refugees caused by all of this, people whose homes and all their belongings are destroyed and they are left with just a suitcase of whatever they could hurriedly grab, left to just walk along the road to parts unknown. The architects of all this human misery are wining and dining like kings as they receive applause and awards from each other.

  4. MarkinLA says:

    Is the chaos, violence, instability that results from our policies actually intended or is it due to incompetence?

    Once might be incompetence, twice maybe, but not 300 billion times.

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