By Ali Jaffer Zaidi
The USA with its allies has been engaged in countless wars in Middle East, rather, Greater Middle East, on the pretext to combat Islamists (that Washington either created, trained or armed), to save the lives of civilians and to bring democracy in the region. The government in Washington, the champion of “freedom” and “democracy” always speaks of “peace” but wages endless wars, backs absolute monarchs and authoritarian regimes all over the world. For the ruling classes, war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
Now Syria is once again the centre stage in Middle East. The escalating rhetoric of Trump threatening a USA missile attack with a tweet “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart” seems to be a declaration of war. The UK and the French Governments are ready to join the attack. This is the extremely dangerous moment for the world.
The most potent weapon in all the wars imposed so far by corporate imperialism has been the pseudo-Information. “Chemical weapons used by Asad” is an excuse for a direct attack on Syria. It is yet to be confirmed that a chemical weapon attack had taken place or not and if it took place, who was behind it. But the whole wide world knows that who (not UK) is the leading manufacturer country of such weapons, which country is buying and supplying such weapons to the terrorists, rebels and Islamists in the Greater Middle East and out of these illegal and immoral wars based on total lies and fabricated stories, imposed on the innocent people of the Greater Middle East by Global Corporate Imperialism, which cartels (two cartels in particular, the cartel of oil and weapons) are profiting trillions of dollars, who is capturing the important geo political strategic locations and looting the resources and who is pursuing the goal of global supremacy. Although the objective of Globalisation by implementing New World Order through illegal wars based on lies has been exposed and defeated yet USA with its allies is still pursuing its goal of global supremacy with the recent threats of starting a direct military action in Syria. There seems to be a connection between Skripal and the Syria chemical attacks to get the public support for direct action against Syria and Russia.
Whereas it is on record that in 2013 the Syrian government provided the U.S. and Russia what was supposed to have been a comprehensive listing of all the chemical weapons in its possession and their location. A letter from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent at the time to the United Nations’ then-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon promised that Syria would immediately comply with its CWC obligations. The following year, then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the U.S. had struck a deal with Syria “where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.” So, Syria did not have the chemical weapons. How it happened and who did it is yet to be investigated. But war mongers are in a hurry to attack Syria.
So far 190 nations have ratified the treaty (1997 Chemical Weapons Convention CWC) banning the production, storage and use of chemical weapons. Whereas Four have not: Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan. The U.S. ratified the CWC, but as of Dec. 2015, it had not yet destroyed about 10 percent of the 27,771 metric tons it declared, including sarin and mustard gas.
We all know that who invents and uses these nasty weapons. The first napalm bomb manufactured by USA was dropped on Berlin by an U.S. aircraft On March 6, 1944. On the night of March 9, 1945, 330 American bombers dropped 690,000 pounds of napalm within an hour on Tokyo killing over 100,000 people. Like most of us, I remember that the Napalm bombs manufactured by Dow Chemical Company USA were employed in the Vietnam War in 1963 and 388,000 tons of napalm was dropped in Vietnam during 1963 -1973. Until recently Napalm continued to be used in Iraq (1980-88, 1991), Angola (1993) and Yugoslavia (1991-1996) although it was banned by the United Nations in 1980. And who can forget the August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima killing millions of people. Three days after the United States dropped another atomic bomb on Hiroshima, again killing millions of people. When I was in the middle of writing these notes, I got a shocking report cited by Fars News reported by Al-Mayadeen news channel that a number of British troops have been captured during the Syrian Arab Army operation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. They are believed to be a part of international military forces deployed in the region to launch a ground assault in Damascus in cooperation with the US. According to the report, the US and other NATO countries, Jordan and Israel planned to launch attacks from several fronts, but the plot failed and Syrian armed forces made a series of rapid advances in Eastern Ghouta in March. The plot allegedly involved massive airstrikes by US and Israeli plans that were supposed to pave the way for ground forces.
(The writer is an author of his political autobiography, journalist, and analyst and contested the elections for UK Parliament as a socialist anti-war candidate.)
By Ali Jaffer Zaidi