Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Road To Damascus - Stopping Military Adventurism in Syria

Peter Hitchens is asking us to write to our MPs to avert war.

I have emailed mine, anyone else want to do the same?

Here is my effort, please feel free to copy/adapt if you think it of any use:

Would you be willing to ask a question at PMQs about false flag attacks in Syria?

I read recently that America was warning the Syrian Government that if there is another use of chemical weapons there then a military response will be launched.
Sample article:

This has been interpreted by some as an encouragement to IS and other rebel forces to stage or fake one so as to give the US a pretext for an attack on Syrian government forces and installations, so effectively helping terrorists. It is alleged that this has happened before:

A US Senator is now claiming that MI6 are involved in planning something like this for the near future.

Can you please seek a clear and unequivocal assurance from HMG that if a chemical weapons use happens or is alleged, the UK will send a team to obtain conclusive forensic proof of its use and the identity/affiliation of the perpetrators, before making any statement in support of further US intervention in Syria or offering any assistance from HM Armed Forces?

By coincidence, yesterday I came upon an extended illustrated BBC blogpiece by the documentary-maker Adam Curtis (essentially a plan of his programme):

The aggressive incompetence of the very divided UK intelligence community is certainly not limited to offloading a full pistol magazine into the face of a terrified Brazilian electrician. Reading Curtis, the scales fall from our eyes with the clatter of spent shells.

And now, as we see above, it is alleged that MI6 are helping lay the groundwork for another US air attack on Syria.

MI6 has form in this kind of caper - remember that two of their officers were found with a bunch of SAS men in Libya as the West started boiling the pot there:

And then there is the long history of governments exploiting foreign factions and forces for short-term advantage and as often as not, long-term disaster. Think of the King of Leinster inviting the Normans (not "the Saxon foe across the water") into Wexford in 1169; the Germans smuggling 50 million gold marks plus Lenin into Russia to help foment revolution there, so German divisions could be transferred to the Western Front in WWI; the British encouragement of Islamic revivalism in the Middle East in the early 20th century, to push back against Communist influence; and so on and on.

A propos, like many others I used to think that the Allies hanged the German High Command at Nuremberg for their atrocities against Jews and others. No: it was for "Crimes against peace", as in:

i. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
ii Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

Will we at some point try neoconservative hawks, or shamefacedly and posthumously pardon Nazis?

UPDATE (16.09.18):

Mr Hitchens has repeated his call in his MoS column today. I fear that the plan is to arrange the false-flag attack before Parliament reopens so as to prevent opposition to Western acts of war on Syria.


James Higham said...

Start with Blair’s hanging, drawing and quartering.

Sackerson said...

I think Blair's Iraq business was out of weakness and self-deception; he wanted to play with the big boys. Bush had his number, psychologically, and played him ruthlessly.