It’s WMD all over again….
Remember the claims by the Bush Administration, their cronies, and the mainstream media of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) being stockpiled by Saddam Hussein and the charges of using chemical weapons on his own population?
Well, it worked so well back then to convince the sleeping American public to support a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, they are using it again.
Only now, the villain is Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria.
Alleged hacked emails from defense contractor Britam reveal a plan “approved by Washington” and funded by Qatar to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria and blame it on the Assad regime, fulfilling what the Obama administration has made clear is a “red line” that would mandate US military intervention.
According to Cyber War News, which details the process of how the emails were hacked and includes screenshots of the leaked documents, the hack also uncovered, “extremely personal information,” including copies of passports of Britam employees, some of whom appeared to be mercenaries.
Impartial experts are casting doubt of the veracity of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, with numerous observers labeling the timing of the story “suspicious”.
Up to 1,300 victims are alleged to have been killed in what opposition sources are calling a “gas attack” on the towns of Zamalka and Ein Tarma as UN inspectors visit nearby Damascus for a pre-planned investigation into allegations of chemical weapons used by both rebels and the Syrian Army.
“Firstly, the timing is odd, bordering on suspicious,” writes BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner. “Why would the Assad government, which has recently been retaking ground from the rebels, carry out a chemical attack while UN weapons inspectors are in the country?”
His suspicions are shared by Swedish diplomat and former UN weapons inspector Rolf Ekeus, who told Reuters, “It would be very peculiar if it was the government to do this at the exact moment the international inspectors come into the country….at the least, it wouldn’t be very clever.”
Diana Johnstone writes on the Ron Paul Institute website, “In Iraq, there was never any proof of WMD, but the US went ahead and invaded.
In Kosovo, the United States obtained withdrawal of international observers who could have testified whether or not there was evidence of “genocide” of Kosovars. The accusations escalated during the war, and when, afterwards, no evidence of such mass murder was found, the matter was forgotten.
In Libya, the pretext for war was a misquoted statement of Gaddafi threatening a “massacre of civilians” in Benghazi. This was exposed as a fake, but again, NATO bombed, the regime was toppled, and the pretext falls into oblivion.
How many times can the United States use a false alarm to start an aggressive war? Non-existent “genocide” in Kosovo and Libya, non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and now what looks to much of the world like a “false flag” chemical weapons attack in Syria.”
Just as in the roll-up to the war in Iraq, we are being fed another stream of propaganda designed to foster American support for the overthrow of another Islamic leader opposed to American imperialism.