Targeting Syria And Iran

By Stephen Lendman

Slowed but not derailed by Russia and China vetoing its Security Council resolution, America’s regime change/war plans remain on track.

In 1999, Washington circumvented the Security Council, UN Charter, and US Constitution to wage aggressive war against nonbelligerent Serbia/Kosovo.

According to former Nuremberg prosecutor Walter Rockler, it “constitute(d) the most brazen international aggression since the Nazis attacked Poland to prevent (nonexistent) ‘Polish atrocities’ against Germans.”

“The United States has discarded pretensions to international legality and decency, and embarked on a course of raw imperialism run amok.”

In 1999, Nobel laureate Harold Pinter called America’s aggression “barbaric (and despicable), another blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile (to consolidate) American domination of Europe.”

It replicated the same process against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, as well as indirectly against other MENA (Middle East/North African) countries. More aggression’s planned against Syria and Iran, mostly likely in 2012.

Run-up tactics include sanctions, hardening existing ones, imposing new ones, isolation, and closing Washington’s Damascus embassy among other steps. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said:

“The United States has suspended operations of our embassy in Damascus as of Feb. 6. Ambassador (Robert) Ford and all American personnel have now departed the country (allegedly because) the regime failed to respond adequately” to US security concerns.

Hawkish UK Foreign Minister William Hague barely stopped short of declaring war, saying Assad must surrender power. “This is a doomed regime as well as a murdering regime. There is no way it can get its credibility back either internationally or with its own people.”

Furious about the Russian/Chinese veto, he added: “There is no way to mince words about this. Such vetos are a betrayal of the Syrian people.”

Like Washington and other rogue NATO partners, he also didn’t “rule out” recognizing opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) legitimacy, much like Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) won backing against Gaddafi.

In fact, international law prohibits it, but no matter. It doesn’t deter Washington/UK/French efforts to circumvent legal standards to advance their joint imperium.

America’s UN envoy Susan Rice, an unprincipled offender with higher aspirations, threatened Russia and China with international isolation for opposing Washington’s Security Council action.

She added that America will use all means available against Assad. Like Hague, she stopped short only of declaring war, though, of course, ambassadors have no power to do so. Neither do foreign ministers with platforms only to repeat sentiments of higher-ups.

Of course, Western-backed insurgents are largely responsible for months of Syrian violence. Assad’s more victim than villain. So-called Syrian Free Army (SFA) militants promise stepped up efforts ahead. According to SFA commander Colonel Riad al-Asaad:

“There is no other road. This regime does not understand the language of politics. It only understands the language of force.”

Behind the scenes, Washington’s orchestrating regime change tactics. So far bombing’s not included. Expect it if other methods fail. Notorious war goddess Hillary Clinton promised to “redouble our efforts outside the United Nations.” Her meaning was undisguised.

She also assailed Russia and China for vetoing SC action. She said doing so “is to bear the responsibility for the horrors that are occurring on the ground in Syria.”

Obama repeated the accusation, blaming Assad (for) “murder(ing) hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children.”

In fact, no nation exceeds Washington’s culpability throughout the region. It orchestrated and participated in murdering tens of thousands of Libyans, ravaging the country, and creating incalculable human misery. Moreover, it’s directly involved in today’s ongoing violence.

Cynically blaming Assad, America’s responsible for thousands of Syrian deaths and atrocities. Its bloodstained hands are infamous. Its crimes of war and against humanity touch dozens of countries globally. Syria’s now target one, then Iran.

Similar to what preceded America’s 2003 Iraq war, Washington, Britain and France now call for a “coalition of the willing” against Assad. If formed, expect Turkey, other rogue NATO partners, regional despots, and Israel (at least covertly) to be included.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy cynically called it a “group of friends of the Syrian people.” Excluded, of course, are the opposition Arab street, millions of others globally, and most Syrians supporting Assad.

Major media scoundrels conceal it. Instead, a February 6 New York Times editorial is typical headlined, “Killing in Syria,” saying:

Assad “continue(s) his killing spree.” Government “forces us(e) tanks and machine guns (against) residential areas in Homs,” killing hundreds….Moscow and Beijing now have the blood of Syria’s valiant people on their hands as well.”

Fact check

Throughout the Western-backed insurgency, Times scoundrels blamed the victim like they always do. Syria was invaded by heavily armed foreign militants. Assad confronted them responsibly. He’s obligated to protect his people. Yet he’s blamed for externally generated violence.

Russia and China blocked SC action intended to smooth the way to war. Similar to Resolution 1973 against Libya, it made demands and promised “further measures” if unmet.

By standing firm responsibly, The Times condemned Moscow and Beijing for wanting “to deny the West another perceived victory.”

At the same time, NYT editors endorse Washington’s intention to circumvent international and constitutional law by using other means to topple Assad. It’s “time for (him) to go,” they stressed, no matter how illegitimate to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries.

Taking aim at Iran

On February 6, Obama used unilateral Executive Order (EO) authority to impose new sanctions on Iranian assets and central bank.

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