Tuesday, 27. December 2011
It is the Genocide Season-Bring on the Invasion!
I’ve been waiting; waiting for the ‘G’ word on Syria, and here it is, arriving right on time, as expected:
A member of the Arab League observer team in Damascus told Al Arabiya broadcaster Monday that “what’s happening in Syria is genocide.”"This is a regime is taking revenge on its people,” Mostashar Mahgoub told the channel by telephone.
It is impossible not to recall the US media-marketed and sold false reports of invading Iraqi troops throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait in August 1990 — reports that were used to build public support and urgency for the 1991 Gulf War. These claims were part of an elaborate propaganda effort by the Washington PR consultancy Hill & Knowlton hired by the Kuwaiti government. Let’s watch the stellar performance choreographed by our government producers-directors:
And then there was that comical trial of Saddam Hussein’s ‘genocide’ deeds in the 80s; emphasis on the 80s-during the era when our Washington rulers considered this ruler a friend and supplied him with all he needed to keep ruling. You see, at the time, in the 80s, we couldn’t care less how and how many Saddam butchered, we looked the other way when he fried Iranians and massacred the Kurds … as long as he got the ‘genocide enabling weapons’ from us, and as long as he remained our dictator:
Rumsfeld was to discuss with Iraqi officials the Reagan administration’s hope that it could obtain Export-Import Bank credits for Iraq, the Aqaba pipeline, and its vigorous efforts to cut off arms exports to Iran. According to an affidavit prepared by one of Rumsfeld’s companions during his Mideast travels, former NSC staff member Howard Teicher, Rumsfeld also conveyed to Iraq an offer from Israel to provide assistance, which was rejected [Document 61].
Although official U.S. policy still barred the export of U.S. military equipment to Iraq, some was evidently provided on a “don’t ask – don’t tell” basis. In April 1984, the Baghdad interests section asked to be kept apprised of Bell Helicopter Textron’s negotiations to sell helicopters to Iraq, which were not to be “in any way configured for military use” [Document 55]. The purchaser was the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. In December 1982, Bell Textron’s Italian subsidiary had informed the U.S. embassy in Rome that it turned down a request from Iraq to militarize recently purchased Hughes helicopters. An allied government, South Korea, informed the State Department that it had received a similar request in June 1983 (when a congressional aide asked in March 1983 whether heavy trucks recently sold to Iraq were intended for military purposes, a State Department official replied “we presumed that this was Iraq’s intention, and had not asked.”) [Document 44]
Iran had submitted a draft resolution asking the U.N. to condemn Iraq’s chemical weapons use. The U.S. delegate to the U.N. was instructed to lobby friendly delegations in order to obtain a general motion of “no decision” on the resolution. If this was not achievable, the U.S. delegate was to abstain on the issue. Iraq’s ambassador met with the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Jeane Kirkpatrick, and asked for “restraint” in responding to the issue – as did the representatives of both France and Britain.
I encourage you to read further on mountains of evidence illustrating our selective support or oppositions to genocidal deeds of world dictators (Click here).
Last February, less than a year ago, we had another envoy declaring genocide for a nation deemed ready to be grabbed- invaded by the West:
Libya’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations has called for Muammar Gaddafi to stand down, accusing him of “genocide” and saying he should stand trial for war crimes.
“He has to leave as soon as possible. He has to stop killing the Libyan people,” Ibrahim Dabbashi told CNN and other hastily convened media at the UN in New York.
“Certainly the best scenario is to have him before the court, to prosecute him and to know from him everything about the crimes he committed before, whether it is the genocide of the prison of Abu Saleem or the genocide he is committing now or the disappearance of certain important personalities … and all the other crimes he has committed during the 42 years in power.”
You may accuse Washington and its tentacle media of many things-all bad, but please don’t accuse them of inconsistency. They adhere to their foreign policy imperialistic pursuits to the T. In Libya it started with mild adjectives on antidemocratic practices before it escalated to Genocide accusations, and the invasion a few weeks later. With Syria it’s gone from HR abuses to now, today, full-blown genocide. Meaning what? Less than a handful of weeks left for Assad?
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