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When Governments Lie: Humanitarian intervention from Serbia to Syria and beyond.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H. L. Mencken

“Information that is presumed to be true at encoding but later on turns out to be false (i.e., misinformation) often continues to influence memory and reasoning.” – UK Ecker 

 

While the corporate presstitutes fly into hysterics over Trump’s latest tweet storm, CNN has had to quietly sack three journalists tied to its Russiagate witch hunt, which has finally been revealed to be a complete hoax, engineered for ratings purposes. Also in underreported news, comes veteran journalist Seymour Hersh’s belated revelation that US intelligence were fully aware there was no sarin chemical attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun in April – but went ahead with their strike on the al-Shayrat military airfield anyway.

I guess it’s water under the bridge now. Isn’t that what they say? I should probably leave it alone. I said my piece at the time, turns out I was right. No need to rub it in.

Except they are doing it again!

Just when the Syrian Army and its allies have almost routed out ISIS and retaken control of the country’s south eastern borders, come reports of a new ‘chemical attack’ by ‘government forces’.

The US are losing in Syria and they are desperate. Having backed away from regime change in Damascus, plan B was to force a ‘political solution’ – i.e. to partition the country and create a Sunni “salafistan” in the east. But with recent developments in Turkey, Saudi and Qatar, the defeat if ISIS in Iraq, and Kurdish autonomy looking increasingly off the table, the US are fast running out of proxies to fight their ground war.

It looks like the West’s little killing spree is over, and with it any hope of Balkanising the territory of Syria and Iraq for geopolitical purposes. With help from Russia and Hezbollah, Syria has driven back US backed proxy forces and retaken important strategic territory, isolating the al-Tanf military base in the south, which was being used as a training facility for ‘moderate rebels’. Iraq has also recently declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, marking the end of the line for the Islamic Caliphate. Facing strategic defeat, the US will likely seek to follow the path of humanitarian intervention, aka Right to Plunder, better known by its more polite euphemism ‘responsibility to protect’.

Milosevic, Hussein, Ghaddafi, Assad, Maduro. Five presidents, the same unfaltering script. Venezuela is now in a state of ungovernable chaos, or so the corporate media would have us believe, brought on by repressive government forces responding violently to ‘peaceful protests’. Tell that to the victims of the attack on the Hugo Chávez Frías Children and Maternity Hospital, recently besieged and set fire to by right-wing anti-government extremists.

For those with short historical memories, a similar counter-coup was orchestrated in 2002 against the socialist economic policies enacted by the government of Venezuela following the Bolivarian Revolution. Chavez’ ‘crime’ was to take advantage of favourable oil prices to introduce populist policies vastly improving the economic, cultural, and social conditions of the Venezuelan people, through massive redistribution of wealth, land reform, and the creation of self-managed worker co-ops. Chavez’ reforms lifted millions out of the barrio, and still have popular support even after worsening economic conditions brought on by a steep decline in oil prices.

But don’t expect to hear any of this on the evening news. The corporate media, as always, will continue to construct their narrative according to the US’ script, bringing us daily new stories of state violence and corruption, preparing the ground for eventual ‘humanitarian intervention.’

Twenty years after Bill Clinton declared that ‘NATO must stop Milosevic’s atrocities against Kosovo’, few would be aware of the Hague Tribunal’s exoneration of the former Yugoslav president for war crimes alleged to have been committed against Muslims and Bosnian Croats during the 1992-95 war. Sadly the ruling came 10 years too late for Milosevic, who died in a UN prison in 2006 from complications arising from an untreated heart condition. Too late as well for the people of the former Yugoslavia, on whom NATO dropped humanitarian bombs for 78 consecutive days and nights.

In 2011 President Obama grossly exaggerated a ‘humanitarian threat’ to justify military action against Libya which ultimately led to the country’s destruction and the brutal murder of its leader Muammar Ghaddafi. The truth is there was no massacre planned for Benghazi. Neither had there been any mass murder of civilians during counter insurgency operations (let alone rapes by armed forces supplied with viagra.) In fact Ghaddafi had promised amnesty for those “who throw their weapons away”, even offering the rebels an escape route via an open border to Egypt, rather than letting them fight “to the bitter end”.

Babies thrown from incubators, weapons of mass destruction, sarin gas attacks, attacks on Christian minorities, and on, and on, and on it goes. A stream of endless government propaganda used to justify endless wars of aggression, dutifully reported by prostitute stenographers posing as the western “free press”. Because where would we be without press freedom…

At the risk of triggering Godwin’s law, it should be noted that interference in the affairs of a sovereign state for the protection of a persecuted minority was precisely the argument made by Hitler for invading Poland and Czechoslovakia, and for this specific reason was expressly forbidden under the UN charter. At least this was the position officially held until Clinton’s articulation of R2P.

If you can’t see a pattern yet, you are either blind or wilfully ignorant. Humanitarian interventionism is liberal imperialism by another name, and should be condemned in the strongest terms, especially by those on the left of politics. As a friend likes to say, we are internationalists, NOT anti-nationalists, and have no business meddling in the affairs of sovereign states. Something to think about when the reports of Assad’s next chemical attack begin to circulate, as no doubt they soon will.


21 comments

  1. Roswell

    Sean, I agree with most if what you say, but to suggest that Russiagate has been proven to be a completed hoax also suggests that Comey lied at the Congressional Hearing. I can’t buy that.

  2. Jarrad Day

    Good article Sean , I imagine some of the kool-aid drinkers that sometimes post here struggle with the fact they are deceived constantly by our corporate media here in Australia when it comes geo-political matters and events ..
    Good to read someone that has an idea on what’s actually going on . Deciphering the mis-information , the omissions and mis-directions isn’t easy , and leaves you open to ridicule and accusations of conspiracy theory when you try to explain them , hopefully your work helps more people join the dots for themselves before they lazily try to criticize it . keep it up mate .

  3. paulwalter

    Speaking of Kool-Aid, how is the humanitarian aid effort led by the USA and Saudi Arabia going in war and cholera-ravaged Yemen?

  4. Zathras

    Trump’s announcement of a “wonderful new” arms deal with the Saudis was really the restarting of an existing deal placed on hold by Obama due to the unacceptably high civilian death toll in Yemen.

    Likewise his alleged sanctions on Qatar didn’t stop Trump from selling them extra fighter jets 5 days after calling them a sponsor of terrorism.
    Their real goal is to shut down Al Jazeera to stop them reporting on developments in the region in favor of the “fake news” that serves the USA so well and Trump in particular.
    It was no accident that Al Jazeera was militarily targeted twice by USA forces during their war coverage.

    Likewise the Chinese Embassy missile attack during the Bosnian crisis came at a time when they were negotiating a gas deal in the area and didn’t go unnoticed but was poorly reported. The more the USA tried to lie its way out of it the worse it got for them until the Western media just dropped it entirely.

    It’s always been an ugly situation but is being made even uglier by the new regime with hobgoblins and misinformation on all counts.

    There must be a long-term strategy at work here. Nobody could be that stupid so consistently.

  5. silkworm

    I was going to say exactly the same thing as Roswell. CNN did not invent Russiagate.

  6. Stephen Brailey

    Yes a lovely read…from the comments it appears to be verse and chorus to we the adherents to the faith.

  7. Sean Stinson

    Oh for f*cks sake.

    I write a piece about 20 years of US imperialist wars under the banner of humanitarian intervention and you want to nitpick about Russiagate?

    Like Republicans vs Democrats was ever any more than bread and circuses – the illusion of choice that comes around every 4 years.

    Honestly, the level if petty tribalism I see here does my head in some times.

    Newsflash – Hillary lost because she was a shitty candidate – not because of Russian interference. The democrats had 8 years in which they could have introduced all manner of progressive policies, including 2 years (2008-2010) with a majority in both houses. Instead they bailed out the bankers and doubled down on Bush’s war crimes.

    the Democrats are not a ‘progressive’ party. They are not the party of the ‘left’. They are capitalist-imperialist. just ask Nancy Pelosi.

  8. economicreform

    Roswell, I hate to pop your belief bubble, however Comey lied at that hearing, big time. He has a long record of lying and playing political games. There are many revelations about his background to be found in the alternative news networks.

  9. economicreform

    Sean said: ” Also in underreported news, comes veteran journalist Seymour Hersh’s belated revelation that US intelligence were fully aware there was no sarin chemical attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun in April – but went ahead with their strike on the al-Shayrat military airfield anyway. ”

    Actually, it is worse than that Sean. US intelligence told Trump directly that there was no evidence whatsoever for a Sarin attack from the Assad government’s forces. Read Dr Paul Craig Roberts and a host of other commentators who have read and analyzed the Hersh statement and his recent interview. Trump went ahead with the bombing for other (political) reasons, which he did not disclose at the time. That makes Trump a war criminal — and provides more than sufficient grounds for impeachment.

  10. Freetasman

    Sean Stinson say, quote:
    the Democrats are not a ‘progressive’ party. They are not the party of the ‘left’. They are capitalist-imperialist.

    And I agree with you 100%, further more Sanders can make all the noise that he like but he is part of that party.
    If Sanders was having any conviction he should have risked his position in the senate and go alone or with the Greens that have invited him as a leader..

  11. economicreform

    Silkworm, there is no reality to Russiagate. No real evidence has been produced that Russians interfered in the recent US presidential elections. All the Washington Post and New York Times have come up with is hearsay from unidentified sources. That’s very poor journalism, and is simply not good enough. The reality is that the Democratic party apparatcheks, shell-shocked and traumatized by Hillary’s unexpected election loss, were eager to grasp any explanation that came along other than the facts pertaining to her incompetence and untrustworthiness. Three of the multiplicity of security and intelligence agencies – who do not especially like Clinton, but dislike Trump even more – were more than happy to provide such an explanation. Which “information” (read fake news) they fed to their uncritical media contacts. I am inclined to think that this misinformation circus would never have gotten off the ground if Trump in his ineptitude had not been so inclined and willing to make enemies out of powerful and influential people … and he now has plenty of such enemies. Far more than any president wishing to survive can afford.

  12. Roswell

    Oh for f*cks sake.

    I write a piece about 20 years of US imperialist wars under the banner of humanitarian intervention and you want to nitpick about Russiagate?

    I said I agree with most of what you have written but because I doubted the origins of Russiagate you respond with a dummy spit.

    No explanation. Just a dummy spit. “Petty tribalism” that does your head in.

    I’m sorry. I wasn’t aware that we have to agree with everything you say.

    OK, just to make you happy, you’re right. Everybody else is wrong.

    Respond with another dummy spit if you wish, but I’m out of here.

  13. Jarrad Day

    Trump rained down the tomahawks as a warning not to fire on Israeli jets again .. if i’m not mistaken a few days prior to all of this Syria had blown an Israeli jet from its skies after it had attempted to hit Syrian defense targets .. The accidental release of chlorine and other products from the building that Syrian jets had hit was the perfect cover for the US to send their message and capitalize on the propaganda show to follow ..

  14. jim

    When the US bombed Libya , and backed the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt they in effect killed the gatekeepers and so opened the immigrant flood gates to Europe ,as they have did similar in Iraq, also right now there are over ten million Syrians standing with president Assad if the US/west take out Assad it will be opening the blood gates literally.
    The USA,s plan is for the New World Order which was ordered by Senor GW Bush and today Europe bares the bane of that order with nearly 60 Million “people” with one million unaccounted for “people” on the run/hunt for what they can get or achieve or should that be what they can rob and blow up,….. I’m saddened for Europe.
    “hey Sam Where you going with that gun in your hand”?.

  15. Matters Not

    tied to its Russiagate witch hunt, which has finally been revealed to be a complete hoax, engineered for ratings purposes.

    Yes it’s apparently a complete hoax. So much so that even Trump has been sucked in:

    President Donald Trump says he agrees that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but has repeated his assertion that he believes “other countries” may have done the same.

    Trump did not elaborate on which other countries he believes meddled in the 2016 election during his remarks in Warsaw, Poland Thursday. He says “nobody really knows for sure.”

    Note, that according to Trump Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election . Apparently there’s suckers all round. But we here at the AIMN are assured that Russia didn’t play any part.

    Now if only the ‘story’ didn’t keep changing.

  16. Sean Stinson

    Pray tell exactly HOW is Russia supposed to have meddled in the 2016 elections? Did they hack voting machines? Tamper with ballot boxes? If so, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?

    Its Jul’y 2017. The world has moved on, but liberals still won’t let go of Russiagate. It really is quite surreal.

  17. jimhaz

    [The world has moved on, but liberals still won’t let go of Russiagate]

    “The world has moved on” – phrases like this are like crude propaganda… the sort of psychological trick the fake news of Briebart would put on.

    Why the hell should we “move on” when it is still under investigation. Trump very actions during and after the election meant that it was ever more imperative to be formally investigated.

    Do you move on from any of the negative outcomes the US has made over the last 50 or so years…naaah of course not.

    [Did they hack voting machines? Tamper with ballot boxes?]

    On this we can say No they did not.

  18. Sean Stinson

    The West is being ideologically, socially, and politically groomed for war with Russia and China, while the alternate media goes along with the charade. Nice.

  19. Steve ellery

    Read the protocols

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