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MUHAMMAD: Unjust Syria Airstrikes a Trump Smokescreen

The leaders of Syria — from President Bashar al Assad, down to the groundskeeper at the Presidential Palace — have to be the dumbest guys ever.

You have to be some kind of incredibly dumb to be winning a bloody civil war you’ve been fighting for seven years — a war which has cost tens of thousands of casualties, many of them children — then use banned chemical weapons on civilians. Duh.

Well, that just might provoke a retaliatory response from the western instigators of the rebellion. Who is dumb enough to commit a rookie mistake like using banned chemical weapons on a civilian population? Who? Probably not Syria’s Assad.

The dumb ones are the members of the U.S. and Western European public, who swallow that garbage as a justification for launching an illegal military attack on Syria and marching this country into an unwinnable and immoral war.

“Assad gassed his own people.” It’s like: “Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.” And only U.S. military aggression can tip the scales of justice, back in favor of “Us,” because we are on the side of The Angels.

On cue, a cheering section made up of corporate-owned-media correspondents were in Damascus (site of the attack), in Beirut, embedded on U.S. Navy vessels when the joint, U.S.-British-French strike force, struck. How convenient.

So the political leadership in this country is betting that a round of “support our troops” nostalgia will draw attention away from some of the really lamentable policies from the Trump administration.

World War III is “happening in slow motion,” George Galloway, a former member of the British Parliament warned on his Mother of All Talk Shows.

“It appears we have a political leadership that’s in quite a hurry to get to Armageddon,” Galloway said.

The incumbent U.S. leadership is deluded, thinking this country can “win” such a war. A better ambition would be to hope to “survive” Armageddon.

“If President Trump attacks Syria under a false flag operation, if Mr. Trump goes the way he is presently going, it would be like taking a gun and putting it to his head and to the head of America, and to the head of the Western world,” Minister Louis Farrakhan said April 13 during an interview with Freedom FM 106.5, St. Kitts and Nevis. “The Western world will not survive this war. So, once the war is started, the end of this present world has arrived.”

“President Trump’s decision to strike Syrian forces was impulsive, dangerous and a clear violation of domestic and international law,” Jon Rainwater, executive director of 61-year-old Peace Action (formerly SANE Freeze), said in a statement. “This attack endangers U.S. forces in the region, and invites escalation from Russia, Iran and Syria.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had had “irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this.” He did not identify the state. The Russians said there was a U.K-funded Syrian medical group called the “White Helmets” which faked the April 7 attack in Douma with the help of the British government.

The Russians see this thing all they way differently. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, told reporters that the Brits told the an outfit called the White Helmets, who work as first responders in rebel areas, to fake the alleged attack. He released statements purportedly from medics at the neighborhood’s hospital who said a group of people with video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that it had been affected by chemical weapons. The medics said no patients had been affected by chemicals.

And so, like during the Iraq debacle, people in this country are expected to shut up with the unpatriotic dissent.

Beware the unintended consequences.

The Islamic State, al Qaeda, the Taliban and all sorts of bad actors were born out of the U.S. blunders in Afghanistan and Iraq. Boko Haram and a whole lot of troublemakers on the African continent were born out of the U.S. intervention in the ousting of Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. Now, here we go into Syria. What are we supposed to be, gluttons for punishment?

And just who are going to be the allies of such mad U.S. policies? Mexico? (Incidentally, first pay for the wall.) The Black youth who are routinely gunned down by cops? Young people who feel unsafe in their schools? Women who feel abused and underpaid on the job?

Just who will pledge allegiance to the new American-led, World’s Caucasian Posse? Syria is the starting ground.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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