I wish I was ignorant and lived in an isolated Norway. If so I would chose between headlines such as “Man over trimmed bushes next to highway“, “Man arrested for having exposed his genitals in front of a bar“ or “Boy filled his room with Lego!“ when I was doing my weekly roundup. (Those are actual headline from Norway in the past week). But I can’t! I have to get my fingers a little sticky and dig into the real gore. I mean, it feels like there is a comet hanging over our heads that’s been turning the whole world crazy the past week, so I’m going to talk about that.
• On Monday both France and the UK publicly stated that Assad was behind chemical attacks on civilians in Syria, and wanted to punish him by attacking military installations. That was before the UN inspectors had been at the site, meaning that the UK and France didn’t really give a fuck what the UN report would be, and that it would be better to just attack Assad right away in case the report would conclude in unwanted answers.
• The UN general secretary Ban Ki Moon literally BEGGED for a couple of more days “to give peace and diplomacy a chance”, not that Europe would ever listen to advice from yellow man. But luckily, even if France and the UK were ready to ignore Russia, China and pretty much the rest of the world, they were too scared to make a move without a confirmation from the grande Big Brother, the United States of America, so they postponed the war.
• Obama was hesitant in his reply, basically because the Congress is on holidays till the 9th. So he decided to buy some time by looking for a “legal loophole” that would enable him to carry out a military attack. That loophole must have been found found on Thursday, when Obama stated in a public speech that a potential attack on Syria would not be to protect Syrian civilians, but American lives, as he feared that chemical weapons could end up in the hands of “terrorists”.
So, the West wants to punish Assad with a military attack, at the same time as they don’t want his enemies to get any stronger, which in turn probably means that they would have to attack them too at some point.
The West agrees that Syria need to get punished because someone has used weapons that they are not allowed to use. The West strongly believe that Assad was behind the use of those weapons, but don’t really know what to attack, or what the desired consequences of such an attack should be, as they ultimately don’t want Assad to lose power to his enemies.
The Weapons“Chemical Weapons” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction” are usually keywords that trigger warmongers of the West to invade the East, and is used to legitimize Western mass murder of Muslims. It was used as an excuse to invade Iraq, even if no one even had a remote idea of what a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” quite looked like. But we do know what Chemical and Mass Destruction weapons don’t look like, because they definitely don’t look like the white phosphorous bombs that Israel deliberately targeted school children on Gaza with in 2008, and they absolutely don’t look like the depleted uranium shells that the U.S. and the U.K. peppered souther Iraq with in the Gulf war that turned the land into a modern Chernobyl that, till this day, has one of the highest rates of birth defects in the world. Those weapons are OK to use, because we’re pretty sure our enemies are not capable of making them.
Even Saddam’s chemical weapons weren’t that scary in the beginning, when they were used against Iran. The West kind of turned a blind eye to that one, and Germany and the U.K. didn’t see any reasons to stop exporting chemicals that could be used for weapon making to Iraq. Those were just standard chemicals to make ink for ballpoint pens, so there were no reason to stop selling it, even if you could also make chemical gasses similar to the one we saw killing thousands of Iranians. But when the West decided that Saddam wasn’t Our Man in the Middle East after all, we of course stopped selling those chemicals to Iraq – as well as ballpoint pens, and life necessary medicines, and pretty much everything else. The massive sanction regime that was designed to punish Saddam Hussain, or at least the people of Iraq for having such a leader, ended up taking the lives of half a million children – but it was worth it.
(The infamous video from the show 60 Minutes where Madelene Albright says that it’s worth killing half a million children).
So the West pretty much agrees that Syria needs to get punished, and Obama is literally sitting there on the trigger as I write this. The U.K. and Germany finally took to senses after some heated statements earlier this week, and came to the conclusion that they will not go to war against Syria, while France is just dying to show the world that they’re the super power they never were. But that’s not surprising coming from France, as Syria did use to be their property 67 years ago. It was a gift from the UK in one of the greatest backstabs in history. Perhaps they could get it back now? No! That’s crazy, but…just a little bit? Their own little “Iraq”, so to speak? It tickles.
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