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Gordon Duff Interview with PressTV: Is America about to attack Syria on fabricated evidence?

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by Montecristo

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Who killed these innocent children and scores of others with a deadly nerve gas in Syria? Was it Bassar al-Assad, as the West claims? Or is Assad being framed for an attack that was actually carried out by his Western accusers?

Press TV has conducted an interview with Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today, about the crisis underway in Syria. This helps to cast new light on the situation.

To see the 4-minute interview with Gordon Duff on PressTV, in which he alleges that the UN Syria team may be about to fabricate evidence to justify an attack on Syria, clickHERE.

Readers may prefer to read an approximate transcript of the interview first and then come back to the video later.

An important note will be found at the end. This comes from a valued source who reveals that a hacker has obtained definite evidence that Britain could be behind the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people. This appears to be part of an elaborate scheme cooked up by the US, Britain and Israel to start yet another war in the Middle East on a false pretext. First they aim to destroy Syria. Then they plan to destroy Iran and take possession of its oil wells.

The trillion dollar question is: will Russia and China stand by and let them get away with this monstrous war crime — a crime which not only threatens their own vital interests but and is in fact no more than a proxy war against them?

The Gordon Duff / Press TV interview

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Press TV: It seems the US has ruled out the possibility of a political solution to the crisis in Syria. What’s going to happen in the near future, do you think?

Duff: We have a couple of issues to take into mind. First of all, there has been no time in the past that the US government has ever said it didn’t have conclusive evidence. So, this is the first time the US has ever claimed that it wanted proof before  acting and right now the government claims that it has no proof.

Press TV: Is this a good sign or a bad sign?

Duff: It’s a sign that reflects statements that have been made over the past few weeks by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey who has long stated that the US has no way to be involved in Syria, that it has no way to ever seek a resolution, no way to get out.

This is the other important US policy; the US believes that if it destabilizes and destroys the Assad regime, the regime to replace it will be an enemy to the United States. The US government has already stated that policy.

So, regime change is definitely not in the cards for the Obama administration. It’s not a desired goal and that’s clearly stated.

Press TV: With regards to the recent chemical attack, how much is there that the UN investigation team can do, first of all, ro prove who did it and prevent perhaps a possible attack from the US?

Duff: The UN investigation team has been entirely compromised. They will be presenting evidence to indict the Assad regime. They will be fabricating that evidence. We’re aware of that.

Recent investigations by journalists operating in the state of Georgia have found the facility that has produced the weapons. That facility was turned by the Georgian government over to the US. The facility is named after Senator Jack Kemp. It is producing both sarin and VX gas. The weapons have been traced back there. There’s been an attempt to make this public.

This is very much an act of desperation. It’s driven by the Israeli lobby in the United States. The UN will be working with it and it is quite possible that the Obama administration will administer what we will say is some sort of perfunctory attack against Syria in a haphazard manner in order to silence critics and move on. It would be a shame if that were to happen. It would be duplicitous, cowardly and stupid.

Frankly, it’s also likely.

Press TV: Very briefly, sir, at the end of the day, how much room is there for a political solution?

Duff: There’s no room for the United States to be involved in any political solution. Assad is clearly winning the war. This act of desperation on the part of al-Qaeda working with representatives working high in the US government — Senator McCain, Senator Graham, Senator Rand Paul — who are working close with al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and with rogue elements within Israeli intelligence are totally responsible for these chemical attacks. We know it. The proof is being garnered and there is no responsible authority to send it to.

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Well, Gordon Duff certainly doesn’t mince his words. The Israel Lobby and the various elements “working high in the US government” are “totally responsible for these chemical attacks”, he says. That makes sense.

Why would Assad be so foolish as to hand the US and NATO a perfect pretext for war?

Lasha Darkmoon has received the following electrifying information from a valued correspondent today who wishes to remain anonymous. This throws a new light on the

General Sir Michael Wilkes (KCB CBE),  Chairman,  Britam Defence Limited

General Sir Michael Wilkes (KCB CBE), Chairman, Britam Defence Limited

Syrian situation. The email concerns the activities of Britam, a secretive British security company whose website is hosted on  a Malaysian server. It concerns a hacker who managed to break into Britam’s website.

Here is the email allegedly obtained by the hacker who hacked into Britam. One of the e-mails contains a discussion between Britam’s Business Development Director, David Goulding, and Philip Doughty, the company’s founder.

Here is what Darkmoon’s correspondent writes:

In the exchange, it’s revealed that there is a plan to unleash chemical weapons in Syria in order to blame it on the Bashar Al Assad regime to justify a direct intervention by US and NATO forces in the country’s civil war. The plan, thought up by the government of Qatar according to the e-mail, was “approved by Washington.”

THE HACKED EMAIL:

Phil:  We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington. We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record. Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?
Iran has been blamed for the hack into Britam but I am cautious on this accusation. The timing here is too critical. The alleged hacked documents look authentic: from Britam, as linked to the Cyber War News site.
This report first appeared in Cyber War News, an excellent source. Britam needs to be flushed out on this one if they were involved in this. Halliburton is involved,  [being] discovered through this hack, [and] connected to Britam. Halliburton, remember, moved to Dubai. Halliburton is pushing to have the “red line” crossed on Syria.
I’ve tried to comprehend this. When emails get hacked into they appear as HTML code. The above text is from an email allegedly hacked from the servers of Britam defense. Britam is huge— founded by former SAS people. Anything is possible with these people. [Britam] is a UK-based defence contractor. Some have questioned the validity of the information, though all investigations appear to show that the email originated from Britam’s IP range, leaving hacking the HTML code (a much more difficult task) the only way this could have been created fraudulently.
If this is true, it means that the Iranians are not  responsible for “framing” the West, because the email originated from Britam’s IP range.
It is getting more complex by the day.  If true, do we get to declare war on Britain?

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“They confiscated my only source of livelihood”

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Khader Merwan Al Seidi |(26)

 

Khader Merwan Al Seidi (26) is one of Gaza’s fishermen and a victim of the repeated military attacks carried out by Israeli forces against fishermen in the Gaza Sea. Khader is the breadwinner for a family of 14 members. He is married with a one-year-old child, and resides with his extended family in a house in Shati refugee camp. The camp, located along the Gaza shore, is home to most of Gaza’s fishermen, for whom the sea is their main source of livelihood. On 13 August 2013, Khader left his home early in the morning, and made his way to Gaza seaport. From there, he sailed west, remaining within the Israeli-imposed limit of 6 nautical miles offshore, to fish for the day. However, Khader was attacked by Israeli naval forces, arrested, and interrogated, and his boat and fishing tools were confiscated. Khader was released 15 hours later.

Khader describes the incident as follows: “At around 12 am, I sailed from Gaza seaport on my boat with three of my fisherman friends, one of whom accompanied us on another boat. We sailed to the west until we reached 6 nautical miles off shore. We threw the fishing nets into  the sea but, after a while, the engine of the other boat broke down. We helped our friend by taking him to shore. It was around 3:30am when we returned in my boat to the place where we had thrown our nets in order to retrieve them. Suddenly, I heard the sound of a whistle coming from an Israeli gunboat, which approached and started to shoot at us. The gunboat was accompanied by two small rubber dinghies on which there were a number of Israeli soldiers. The three boats surrounded our boat. There was no prior warning. They started shooting directly at us. It seemed like a trap, since they had allowed us to throw our nets in earlier. In the past, they used to shoot at us even before we threw our nets.”

“I immediately cut the net in order to flee, but I was injured in the intensive shooting by a rubber-coated bullet to my right hand. One of my friends attempted to sail the boat after I was injured, but he was hit by rubber bullets to the back and chest. Suddenly, I saw one of the small Israeli boats passing out our boat. The engine of our boat was shot and another of my friends was injured, so our boat stalled amidst the continued shooting. One of the Israeli soldiers boarded the boat and started shooting at the engine which was completely destroyed.  Another of the soldiers forced us to take our clothes off and jump onto one of the dinghies.

“We were in a state of fear and panic due to the continued shooting around us. One of the Israeli soldiers asked, “Where were you fishing?” I answered that I had been fishing within the 6-mile limit. However, he insisted that I was outside the limit. We were transported in the dinghy for around 15 minutes, and then we were transferred to the Israeli gunboat, where they handcuffed us and covered our heads. We stayed there from approximately 4 a.m. until  11am. The sun was hot and we were constantly beaten. My boat, which is my only source of livelihood, was confiscated again. The Israeli gunboat then took us to Ashdod port. We were taken to a room to receive medical treatment”

“At approximately 2pm, we were individually questioned for a few minutes each. The interrogator was very sarcastic while interrogating me. He joked about how frequently my boat had been confiscated, without any consideration for how painful that was for me. When I told him that fishing was my only source of livelihood, he replied that that was not his concern. He asked me for information on other fishermen. He asked me to sign a document in Hebrew which I did not understand. I refused and asked him to read to me what was written. He had written that I had initiated the attack on the Israeli soldiers, as well as many other claims, so I refused to sign. I also refused to be transferred to an Israeli hospital despite my poor condition. I was afraid.”

At approximately 4 pm, Khader a long Hasan ‘Ali Hasan Murad (27), Mohammed Jamal Hassan al-No’aman (28), and his brother Hasan (27) were transferred, handcuffed, by bus to the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”). They were then taken to ShifaHospital in Gaza in order to receive medical treatment.

This is the second time in three months that Khader’s boat and fishing instruments have been confiscated. The first incident occurred on 5 June 2013. Khader states: “I still have not received any information about the previously confiscated property. I know that what they took will not be returned. The first boat confiscated was my own. When it was confiscated, I got a loan to buy an engine to put on another boat. I still haven’t paid for the loan. The second boat is not mine. It belongs to some relatives. Now, I have to pay for the engine and the boat.” Devastated by the resulting financial burdens, Khader has not been able to resume fishing or provide properly for his family. Khader explains: “I have been watching my family starve for the past week. Fishing is not a consistent source of livelihood in Gaza. Sometimes, I earn what feeds my children for the day, sometimes for the week and sometimes, I get nothing at all.”

Khader’s relatives show the remainder of his fishing equipment

These constant attacks also result in social instability and tension within the family. Khader’s mother, Um Khader, explains how difficult it is to live in the house of a fisherman who has had all of his property confiscated and is incapable of compensating for his financial loss: “They shout all the time. They are angry and helpless.” Knowing the risks fishermen face on a daily basis, Um Khader wishes that her son had learned any other profession. “This time last week, when Khader did not arrive home at his usual time, we became worried. We thought his engine might have stalled. We thought he might have drowned in the sea. His relatives went out to sea to look for him, but in vain. No one told us that Khader and his friends had been  injured and imprisoned. I waited for him along the shore with his wife from 10am until 7pm when they finally called. He usually gets home at around 10am. When he doesn’t arrive by then, I know that something bad must have happened to him.”

Khader knows no other profession but fishing, in which he has been working for the past seven years. However, for him, the Israeli decision to increase the fishing area to 6 nautical miles has had no significant impact, but has rather increased the risk to both his life and his property. He states: “What is the use of increasing the fishing area to 6 mileswhen they will eventually confiscate our property and our fishing tools in front of our eyes? How can it alleviate the fishermen’s suffering when we are no longer sure if we are fishing in the right place? We never know whether we are going to be left to fish in peace or if we will be the subject of Israeli attacks.”

Khader was arrested while fishing within the Israeli-designated 6 nautical mile limit. Israel has unilaterally imposed an illegal “buffer zone”, an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip. The precise area designated by Israel as a “buffer zone” is unclear and this Israeli policy is often enforced with live fire. In accordance with the ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s last military offensive on the Gaza Strip in November 2012, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) in an online statement on 25 February 2013 declared that fishermen could now access the sea up to 6 nautical miles offshore instead of the previously-imposed 3 nautical miles. However, this reference, along with the reference to the increased land area, was later removed from the statement. On 21 March 2013, the Israeli forces’ spokesperson announced re-reducing the fishing area allowed for Palestinian fishermen from 6 nautical miles to 3 nautical miles. However, on 21 May 2013, Israeli authorities decided to allow fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical metres once more. The arbitrary and changing parameters of the so-called “buffer zone” have led to huge confusion among fishermen. As a result, the sea, their main source of livelihood, can only be accessed with high risk.

Preventing Palestinians from accessing their fishing areas violates numerous provisions of international human rights law, including the right to work, the right to an adequate standard of living, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Enforcing the “buffer zone” through the use of live fire often results in, inter alia, the direct targeting of civilians and/or indiscriminate attacks, both of which constitute war crimes. Israel’s attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip constitute a violation of international humanitarian law as codified under Article 147 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover such attacks can constitute war crimes under Articles 8(2)(a)(i) and (iii) Article 8 (2)(b)(i) of the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute. The implementation of the ‘buffer zone’, maintained through attacks, constitutes a measure of collective punishment, which is prohibited under Article 33 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention. The right to work, including in just and favourable conditions, is provided for under Article 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Moreover, Article 11 of the ICESCR recognizes “the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.”

 

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The Spreading Wings of Islamophobia in Egypt

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The Orwellian features of the military takeover in Egypt have received attention, although the use of language to evade unwanted truth continues because incentives to do so persist. For this reason, Washington has remained unwilling to call what happened in Egypt on July 3rd as a coup, despite its unmistakable character. The nature of Egypt’s coup has daily become more and more evident. It is now clear that not only was the takeover properly described as coup, but it has turned out to be a particularly bloody coup that is now being reinforced by a total lockdown of opposition forces and democratic options, including even dissenting opinions.

It is true that the disgraced members of el-Sisi’s façade of civilian leadership, its so-called ‘interim government,’ continue to tell a compliant media in Cairo about intentions to restore democracy, revert to the rule of law, end the state of emergency, and carry forward the spirit of Tahrir Square in 2011. They even have the audacity to invoke their allegiance to the overthrow of Mubarak as ‘our glorious revolution,’ historicizing that memorable occasion when the whole world was inspired by this remarkable scene of Egyptian unity and fearlessness. They shamelessly make such a claim at the very moment when their own movement is extinguishing the earlier quest for a just society by this newly empowered and ruthless police and security establishment. The latest reports from Egypt suggest an atmosphere in which state terror prevails without accountability and with a writ so large as to reach even those anti-Morsi activists who were in the street on June 30th but now have the temerity to question the release from prison of Mubarak. Nothing more establishes the hypocrisy of the new Egyptian leadership than to insist on their continuity with the earlier democratic movement and their support for Mubarak’s release from prison and accountability.

Of all the Orwellian ironies is this double movement that deserves our contempt: public reassurances about fidelity to the January 25th Revolution of 2011 while arranging the official rehabilitation of Hosni Mubarak!

But less noticed, but at least as insidious, is resurgent Islamophobia on the part of the el-Sisa junta that runs the country with an unconcealed iron fist. Revealingly, Western media seems to avert their eyes when reporting on the suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its supporters. Now according to the most recent reports the non-religious leaders of striking workers or independent journalists are being killed or criminalized if they offer even the mildest criticisms of the harsh oppressiveness that prevails in Egypt these days, and the justifications offered are that they are engaged in ‘Islamic’ politics. [See David D. Kirkpatrick, “Egypt Widens Its Crackdown and Meaning of ‘Islamist,’” New York Times, Aug. 25, 2013] In the security codes operative these days in Egypt, ‘Islamist’ is increasingly being used as a synonym for ‘terrorist,’ and neither is seen as entitled to the protection of law nor even treatment as a human being. It is hard to grasp this kind of extreme Islamophobia in a country that is itself overwhelmingly Muslim, and in which even its military leadership affirms its private adherence to Islam. Such an inner/outer confusion is more distressing even than the Orwellian manipulations of our feelings by Inversions of language: calling the peaceful demonstrator as ‘a terrorist’ and treating the terrorist acting on behalf of the state as a bastion of public order. Why? This inner/outer demonization of Islamists gives a sanctuary to the virus of genocide. We urgently need further insight into this disturbing discovery that the worst forms of Islamophobia seem currently emergent within the Muslim heartland.

There are other features of Egyptian developments that point in the same direction. None more illuminating than the failure of the Western media to observe that the new rulers of Egypt shockingly turned their back on the most elemental human entitlements of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose membership and sympathies extends to at least 25% of the country. Recall how strident and universally endorsed was the external Western criticism of Morsi for his failure to establish a more inclusive form of democratic governance during his time as president. Then compare with the deafening silence about the undisguised embrace of violent exclusiveness by the el-Sisi cabal. Somehow the repression of Muslims, even if taking the form of massacres, guilt by identity, and group criminalization, is reported upon critically as an overreaching by the government seeking in difficult circumstances to establish public order.

The repressive policies and practices of the el-Sisi leadership are rarely identified, even tentatively, as a genocidal undertaking where affiliations with the most popular and democratically most legitimate political organization in the country is by fiat of the state declared an outlaw organization whose membership become fair game. Is inclusiveness only expected when the government is in the hands of an elected Muslim-oriented leadership? Is exclusiveness overlooked when the government moves against an alleged Islamist movement? What, we might ask, is the el-Sisi concept of inclusiveness? At present, the only plausible answer is ‘my way or the highway.’

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Once upon a Palestine

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Map showing how Palestine has been usurped by the Jews between 1947 and 2012By Mhara Costello

Writer and poet Mhara Costello pays tribute to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified and outstandingly brave Palestinian people.

Once upon a distant time, there was a land called Palestine 1
Is it yours or is it mine, this land they once called Palestine 2
And who am I to stand and stare, in disbelief at land stripped bare
Banished people, stolen homes, broken dreams, crumbling stones
Of ancient graves and ghostly moans, silenced by Israeli drones

Who is this God that would erase, a people from their own birthplace
What kind of God would curse and smite, to please the cruel Israelite
Thugs! Thieves! Parasites! How dare they speak of wrong and right
Whilst dragging children thru’ the night, from their beds, pale with fright
Bound and shackled, in a cell, just a kid, alone in hell 3

No mother, father, man of law, allowed to enter thru’ that door
Till false confession fear has wrought, a boy alone must face the court
His crime? With stones he bravely fought, at those he knows his enemy
Till flows the river to the sea, young freedom fighter he will be
To set his land and people free

Who was it made the desert bloom, filled the air with sweet perfume
Jasmine, peaches, sage, and thyme, “Once upon a Palestine
Who was it made the desert bleed, raped and pillaged, sowed their seed
Of death, destruction, theft and greed, with every twisted word and deed 4

The Bedouin who stands alone, midst debris of his bulldozed home 5
Stares out upon once cherished earth, whose forbears, long before his birth
Toiled this land for all their worth

Oh ancient well of water sweet, that once did quench God’s thirsty sheep 6
Now doomed to choke in desert heat, with nought to drink but dry concrete
Courtesy of Israeli jeep
Manned by robots, following orders, “erase those Palestinian borders”! 7
Hide all trace of Arab culture, replace it with the Zionist vulture

Sly alibis and dirty lies, of traitor Brits, whose stitched up lips
Couldn’t wait, to seal the fate, of Arab Nation extermination
Condemned to brutal occupation; Well done! Balfour Declaration 8

For every drop of blood been spilt, every settlement ever built
Every teardrop ever shed, every bullet thru’ the head
Every precious child laid dead and every Zionist lie been said

“The old will die, the young forget” – Ben Gurion, do not hold your breath!
Your words of bile, we won’t forget; this battle is not over yet! 9
We’ll see you burn in hell, you bet!

The wise man teaches, so I’m told, revenge is a dish best served cold
For every Freedom Fighter bold, enshrine their name in letters gold
Let their stories brave be told, till time stands still and hell turns cold!

The fishermen who dare not fish, what kind of unjust law is this! 10
Lets mighty Israel take the piss, whilst sinking in its own abyss
Of cruel rule and iron fist; dares mock at International Law
Is this what brave souls gave life for?

Enough’s enough! We’ll have no more; of got at! Shot at! Bashed up boats! 11
Impounded! Hounded! Freedom floats, to plumb the depths of deep despair
In a world that’s neither sane nor fair, United Nations, are you there? 12
Shame on you! To stand and stare, Ban Ki loonhow do you dare! 13
Gutless wimps of Zionist pimps! Tyrant’s answer to a prayer

Pollute the water! Cut the power!
Close the checkpoints! Wait for hours 14
No matter if you’re old or sick, held fast in vile Israeli grip 15
Watch the clock hand slowly tick, see the blood begin to drip
Newborns die, mothers cry, fathers sigh, world asks why 16
So do I

Cries of children; Run! Run! Staring down Israeli gun
Hey! It’s just a bit of fun! Watching school kids bleed and run

Remember Tom, noble, strong 17
In act so brave, his life he gave
“Spare the child, but mark your grave”
Heaven smiled, Tom’s choice was made

One life lost, another saved
Laid to rest, 21 of age
Angels sang and Gaza prayed
A light went out – true Martyr made

Zionists fiddle, whilst Israel burns
Same old same old, no lessons learned

March to the sound of the war drum you beat
Trample the truth as it clings to your feet
In the slime and the grime of your “Jews Only” street 18
Shalom! Dogs and Irish, no Arab you’ll meet
On Streetwise Apartheid, Gods “Chosen Elite”

Shine up your trophies, just so you can brag
As you count every corpse on Obama’s false flag
Caught, bought and paid for, in each body bag
Three billion dollars! Guess who’s been had! 19

So innocent children can burn to a crisp
Xmas in Gaza snows white phosphorus! 20
“The Most Moral Army” that doesn’t exist
Who’s kidding who? But if you insist!
There in the glass is your real Terrorist!  21

Cowards and bullies, two of a kind
Sound in the body, but sick in the mind
Spawn of the Stern Gang and vile Haganah  22
Irgun’s Ms. Livni, her Ma and Papa

Who would you believe it? But hush now! Don’t tell!
Blew up us Brits in King David’s Hotel!
We know who our friends are, didn’t we do well!
Birds of a feather, we’ll meet them in hell!

But hey! What’s your problem? We’re all best mates now
Changing our laws to protect “Sacred Cows” 23
The woman who boasted, with no sense of shame
Operation Cast Lead, she’d do all again 24
Proud of her role in this orgy of pain 25

It’s all so confusing, speak up! Hague! Explain!  26
Shielding war criminals, since when was our game
There’s blood on your hands and it’s staining our name
The wrong side of history is where lies your fame
Next to your Masters of Zionist shame!

The pride and the glory and God save the Queen
Won’t save us now from an act so obscene
“Great British Empire”? Shamed old has been!
Farewell Magna Carta; Impossible dream

You lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas
Dance with the Devil and crawl on your knees
At the skirts of Ms. Livni, to plead “pretty please”
Daughter of Zion, slaughters with ease
It’s only an Arab, shoot with the breeze

Streets hung with netting, no prizes for guessing 27
Stench is quite telling, you know what you’re getting
When Settler Scum’s yelling, with IDF’s blessing
Hatred is spreading, no forgive, no forgetting
Shit sticks where it hits, defiles sacred dwellings 28

Grapes of wrath, spoils of war
Sixty-five years, how many more
Ask yourselves, what was it for
Karma’s knocking upon your door
You stole another people’s land
What part of that, don’t you understand

Arabs made homeless, clutching a key
Forced from their homes, fled into the sea 29
Proud noble race to sad refugee 30
Shame of the Nakba! Catastrophe!

Show me the Fuhrer to lay all the blame
Where were the cries of “not in my name” 31
As you watched from the sidelines, “Gurion’s Game
Immune to the suffering of grief loss and pain

Dave to Goliath, roles now reversed
Victim to bully, chapter and verse
Goebbels to Gaza, shades of Mein Kampf 32
Checkpoints and cameras, ID cards to stamp

Hard to believe, in the land of one’s birth
1.7 million denied freedom, self worth 33
Whilst W*nkers in Whitehall
Free roam this earth

Friends in high places, puppets on strings
These are a few of my not favourite things
Dope smoking soldiers, not human kind
“The Most Moral Army” stoned out of its mind! 34

God’s chosen people? God must be blind!!
But God’s seen the light and the sights blown his mind!
Hey! God’s new commandment! Occupy-Stop” !
God’s smelt the coffee and thrown in his lot!
With those pesky Arabs; deserve all they got?

God begs to differ; why would they not?
Fight for the right to a life without strife
Free from the Jackboot of Zionist might

Pilgrims and poets, music and song 35
Writers, the fighters, record right and wrong 36
Power of the people, united we’re strong! 37
Come join the dance! It’s where you belong! 38

Words are our weapon, who needs a gun
Armed with the truthJustice will come!
Garden shed rockets and rocks in kids pockets! 39
No Army! No Navy! No train with the gravy!
Just a will and a way, no if’s buts or maybe!

No brute F16s or killing machines
Just a girl’s silent screams, crushed with her dreams 40
Casually slaughtered, one brave precious daughter
When Catakillerd” its quarry
 God blessed Rachel Corrie  41

Fate will take her pound of flesh, plucked within the gory mess
Of crimes against humanity, etched into eternity 42
Pray tell, “Isra-hel”, where will you be
In the Hague, for all to see
Down on your knees, begging Merci
Outcasts of society
Que Sera, what must be, will be

Time and Tide for no man waits 43
When stood before those pearly gates
Locked and barred, be in no doubt
The tide brings in what the world casts out

Written in the sands of time, sins of man
Yours and mine; but let the punishment fit the crime
Of persecution by design; what’s mine’s my own
What’s yours is mine; speaks the bully, none so blind

Once upon a distant time, I was yours and you were mine
Rise again! Sweet Palestine 44
History’s page turns one last time
Desert breeze draws a line
Apocalypse now!!Free Palestine!

انها لثورة حتى النصر
Tamerishe ©

Note

Once upon a Palestine began in the spring of 2011; a few lines and the title, swiftly followed by a cascade of verse, then put to one side for a previous work barging in out of nowhere, demanding to be written. Going through my own dark night of the soul at the time, “Once upon a Palestine” continued to gather dust in a drawer until the summer of 2012 – when the words came back to haunt me. So here it is. My humble contribution to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified, outstandingly bravePalestinians of Palestine. I don’t know about the Lost Tribes of Israel”. It’s about time the dispossessed, ethnically cleansed, indigenous Peoples of Palestine picked up their keys and came home. Where they belong. Namaste!

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White House official: ‘Very little doubt’ Assad used chemical weapons against civilians

White House official: ‘Very little doubt’ Assad used chemical weapons against civilians

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Syria says it will allow UN access to site, warns U.S. military action would cause ‘ball of fire, inflame the Mideast.’

Haaretz

Shortly after the two Western powers issued their assessment, Syria announced that it had agreed to let United Nation inspectors visit the site of the chemical weapons attack, state TV reported. The inspectors are scheduled to visit the site on Tuesday.

The announcement came just after a senior member of the Obama administration said there was “very little doubt” that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in an incident that killed at least a hundred people last week.

The official said that the U.S. intelligence community based its assessment given to the White House on “the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, and witness accounts.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

The official also said that the White House believes the Syrian government is barring a UN investigative team immediate access to the site of a reported August 21 chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs in order to give the evidence of the attack time to degrade.

French President Francois Hollande, meanwhile, said a “body of evidence” suggested that chemical weapons were used during the attacks and that Assad’s regime was most likely behind it.

According to a statement Sunday from his office, Francois Hollande said “everything” leads France to believe the regime was behind the attack. His office did not elaborate.

The International aid group Doctors Without Borders said Saturday it had tallied 355 deaths from Wednesday’s attack in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb.

U.S. President Barack Obama and top advisers are hashing out options for responding to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria amid what Britain called “increasing signs” that the Syrian government was responsible for Wednesday’s nerve gas attack on civilians in a rebel-dominated area..

Syrian authorities warned the United States on Sunday against any military action over the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria’s civil war, saying this would “create a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East.”

Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem early Thursday and told him that the Damascus government should have allowed a full United Nations inspection of an alleged gas attack should the regime really have nothing to hide.

Kerry called “to make clear that if, as they claimed, the Syrian regime has nothing to hide, it should have allowed immediate and unimpeded access to the site rather than continuing to attack the affected area to block access and destroy evidence,” a State Department official said.

“The secretary further emphasized … that he had received full assurances from Free Syrian Army commanders that they would ensure the safety of UN investigators into the targeted areas,” the official said.

Kerry, who participated remotely in a White House meeting on the potential U.S. response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, made a round of diplomatic calls on Saturday to his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey, the official said.

“In all these calls, the secretary emphasized the importance of quickly determining the facts and underscored the seriousness and gravity of any chemical weapons use,” the official said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government has accused the insurgents of firing the chemical weapons “as a last resort” to try to provoke foreign intervention on their side.

Meanwhile, Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi, in remarks released by the official news agency SANA late on Saturday night, said that any U.S.-led military action would be “no picnic”.

“U.S. military intervention will create a very serious fallout and a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East,” Zoabi said.

He also suggested that UN inspectors would not be allowed to visit the site of the alleged nerve gas attack as it was not part of a previously agreed list of locations where opposition activists say government forces used chemical weapons. Syrian authorities have denied any use of poison gas in the conflict.

Zoabi said Damascus would cooperate “significantly and transparently” with UN investigations but not allow any “inspection that will prejudice national sovereignty.”

Iran, Assad’s most powerful Middle East ally, also warned the United States against crossing the “red line” on Syria, saying this would have “severe consequences”.

“America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of Syria’s red line will have severe consequences for the White House,” Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying.

He was responding to weekend statements by Western officials regarding the possibility of military intervention in Syria.

Syrian opposition reports that between 500 and well over 1,000 civilians were killed on Wednesday by gas in munitions fired by pro-government forces, and video footage of victims’ bodies, have stoked Western demands for a robust response after two years of international inaction on Syria’s conflict.

Meanwhile, Iran on Sunday warned the United States against crossing the “red line” on Syria, saying it would have “severe consequences”, according to the Fars news agency.

“America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of Syria’s red line will have severe consequences for the White House,” said Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, reacting to statements by Western officials regarding the possibility of military intervention in Syria, according to Fars.

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Venezuela to sell oil at ‘fair price’ to Palestinians

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Venezuela and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority on Saturday signed agreements which include deals to sell oil to the occupied territories at a “fair price,” Caracas said.

The accords were inked following a meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki.

“It is an agreement of cooperation and solidarity with our oil industry… a sale of fuel at a fair price,” Jaua said at a press conference.

The agreement also guarantees “favorable” repayment terms as well as training of Palestinians on handling and distribution of oil.

Malki, who is on a tour of Latin America, said he was “extremely satisfied” with the agreement.

OPEC member Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves and produces up to three million barrels a day.

During the 14-year reign of Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer in March, Venezuela used its oil wealth to shore up leftist governments across Latin America, most notably Cuba.

Chavez, who often inveighed against US “imperialism,” also cultivated close relations with Washington’s foes, including Iran and Syria.

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Defeated NATO Dangerously Desperate in Syria

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Did the West Gas Thousands to Rescue Failed Syrian War?  

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As far back as 2007, it was a documented fact that the West, including the United States and its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, conspired to use terrorists drawn from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in an attempt to overthrow the governments of Iran and Syria.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” stated (emphasis added): 

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Starting in 2011, this conspiracy was catapulted into all out war – albeit behind the tenuous smokescreen of “pro-democracy activists” and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” fighting for “freedom” within and along Syria’s borders. 

Not only has this conspiracy been exposed, but it has categorically failed. The Syrian government has routed even the most dug-in terrorist proxies, making irreversible gains against a clearly depleted enemy. While the US continuously threatens to “arm the opposition,” it is a fact that any and all weapons, cash, and support the US had, it has already sent over the last 3 years. This includes untold millions in cash, and literally thousands of tons of weaponry airlifted by the US and UK. The US and its regional allies have also scoured the global extremist networks they have built up over decades for every last fighter they could possible find – all to no avail.

There is nothing left  except direct military intervention, which cannot be sold as helping an opposition now clearly exposed as being Al Qaeda. That means, the humanitarian intervention, “right to protect” (R2P) must bewiped clean of NATO’s lies and crimes in Libya, and prepared for Syria. Only what exactly could the West use to justify an intervention against the Syrian government that is worse than what it and its proxies have already done to tens of thousands of Syrian civilians? 

With a victorious Syrian government mopping up NATO’s terrorist proxies and currently hosting UN chemical weapons inspectors in Damascus, the use of chemical weapons now would defy all logic – from a tactical level, to a strategic and political level. Chemical weapons, according to the US military’s own reviews of their extensive use in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980′s, reveal the true nature of chemical warfare – a truth the Western media has all but avoided in their speculative and purposefully manipulative coverage of the alleged incident.

A document produced by the US Marine Corps, titled, “Lessons Learned: The Iran-Iraq War” under “Appendix B: Chemical Weapons,” provides a comprehensive look at the all-out chemical warfare that took place during the devastating 8 year Iranian-Iraqi conflict. Several engagements are studied in detail, revealing large amounts of chemical agents deployed mainly to create areas of denial, not mass casualties. In the end, it is determined that conventional weapons are by far more effective and more preferable. 

The effectiveness and lethality of chemical weapons is summarized in the document as follows (emphasis added): 

Chemical weapons require quite particular weather and geographic conditions for optimum effectiveness. Given the relative nonpersistence of all agents employed during this war, including mustard, there was only a brief window of employment opportunity both daily and seasonally, when the agents could be used. Even though the Iraqis employed mustard agent in the rainy season and also in the marshes, its effectiveness was significantly reduced under those conditions. As the Iraqis learned to their chagrin, mustard is not a good agent to employ in the mountains, unless you own the high ground and your enemy is in the valleys.

We are uncertain as to the relative effectiveness of nerve agents since those which were employed are by nature much less persistent than mustard. In order to gain killing concentrations of these agents, predawn attacks are best, conducted in areas where the morning breezes are likely to blow away from friendly positions.

Chemical weapons have a low kill ratio. Just as in WWl, during which the ratio of deaths to injured from chemicals was 2-3 percent, that figure appears to be borne out again in this war although reliable data on casualties are very difficult to obtain. We deem it remarkable that the death rate should hold at such a low level even with the introduction of nerve agents. If those rates are correct, as they well may be, this further reinforces the position that we must not think of chemical weapons as “a poor man’s nuclear weapon.” While such weapons have great psychological potential, they are not killers or destroyers on a scale with nuclear or biological weapons.

Therefore, had the Syrian government used chemical weapons and somehow was able to create the perfect circumstances to create mass casualties, they did so solely to produce an abhorrent civilian death toll and the perfect pretext for Western intervention, knowing full well such weapons would be otherwise useless in battling armed formations. Since Syria’s chemical weapons would most likely be under the lock and key of its most elite forces, as they are in Iran, revealed in a RAND Corporation document, that would mean that their use was approved by the highest ranking members of the Syrian government and military – this would be the same government and military that exhibited unlimited restraint against intentional and coordinated provocations carried out by NATO-member Turkey and their regional partner, Israel – restraint exhibited solely to avoid providing the West with the pretext for direct military intervention.

Why then would the Syrian government choose now, of all times, to give the West exactly what it was looking for, right as the window was closing on the West to accomplish its goals versus Syria and neighboring Iran?

The answer is, the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons in Damascus, or elsewhere. And while the strawman currently being knocked down by the Western media is whether the attacks were faked or real, the stark reality is that NATO and its terrorist proxies most likely did expose a large number of people to something, seeking mass casualties in a last ditch effort to salvage what is clearly the end of their “Arab Spring” blitzkrieg. 

As previously reported, NATO and its proxies in Syria have both the means and the motivation to carry out chemical weapon attacks.This includes access to Libya’s stockpile of chemical weapons and a NATO-enabled pipeline feeding fighters, cash, and weapons from Libya into Syria via NATO-member Turkey. 

Image: (via the Guardian) “Chemical containers in the Libyan desert. There are concerns unguarded weapons could fall into the hands of Islamist militants. Photograph: David Sperry/AP” 

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It was also confirmed that the US had been providing select terrorist units operating in Syria, training in the handling of chemical weapons. CNN had reported in December of 2012, in a report titled, Sources: U.S. helping underwrite Syrian rebel training on securing chemical weapons,” that:  

The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday.

The training, which is taking place in Jordan and Turkey, involves how to monitor and secure stockpiles and handle weapons sites and materials, according to the sources. Some of the contractors are on the ground in Syria working with the rebels to monitor some of the sites, according to one of the officials.

NATO not only ensured that chemical weapons in Libya remained in the hands of a proxy regime now openly arming, aiding, and sending fighters to assist terrorists in Syria, but also appears to have ensured these terrorists possessed the know-how on handling and using these weapons.

While absolutely nothing adds up across the West’s corporate media networks, one story that does add up is the claim by Syrian troops that terrorist tunnels have been discovered containing chemical agents – as reported in Reuters’ article, Syrian soldiers enter rebel tunnels, find chemical agents: state TV.” 

What we are now witnessing is an attempt by the West’s corporate-financier establishment to push for direct intervention faster than the facts can come out over what exactly happened near Damascus. Just as was the case in Afghanistan, Iraq, and  Libya, the West hopes people can be made hysterical enough, long enough, to get a “foot in the door,” so the bombs can start dropping. Failing to do so at this juncture would spell the absolute end of the West’s current plans versus Syria and Iran – and so however tenuous and discredited this latest plot may seem, expect dangerous desperation from the West.

Now more than ever, Syria and its allies must be prepared to defend against provocations both militarily and diplomatically. 

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Britain Jumps On Bandwagon, Obama Plans War

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After a skewed United Nation’s probe of the chemical attack allegedly carried out by Syria’s government, Britain has now joined forces with the Obama Administration to initiate strike against key installations in Syria later this week.

BEIRUT, LEBANON - JULY 01: A Syrian child from the city of Dara'a pauses in the doorway of her home she shares with extended members of her family in a poor neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees on July 01, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently the Lebanese government officially hosts 546,000 Syrians with an estimated additional 500,000 who have not registered with the United Nations. Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put a huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, LEBANON – A Syrian child from the city of Dara’a pauses in the doorway of her home she shares with extended members of her family in a poor neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees on July 01, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently the Lebanese government officially hosts 546,000 Syrians with an estimated additional 500,000 who have not registered with the United Nations. Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put a huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Shepard Ambellas

WASHINGTON — All options are on the table, as war is imminent.

The Syrian government maintains innocence.

However, it appears the Russians are even suspect of the likely trumped-up story that the Syrian government is somehow responsible for the chemical attack.

All evidence shows that the attack was indeed actually carried out by U.S. sponsored rebel forces.

The Obama Administration and allied Britain now seek to launch a massive cruise missile strike on the defenseless country to get the gears of war turning.

Although proponents of war conclude, “The escalation comes as a direct response to what the Government is convinced was a gas attack perpetrated by Syrian forces on a civilian district of Damascus last Wednesday.

The Assad regime has been under mounting pressure to allow United Nations inspectors on to the site to establish who was to blame for the atrocity. One international agency said it had counted at least 355 people dead and 3,600 injured following the attack, while reports suggested the true death toll could be as high as 1,300.”, reported Telegraph.co.uk[1]. Although most belive a perpetuated false flag event was at play.

What is more startling is a report from France24.com where British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated, “The fact is that much of the evidence could have been destroyed by that artillery bombardment,” he cautioned during a press conference after Damascus gave its green light to a mission by UN inspectors.”[2] signifying that the whole thing is a lie.

 

Sources:

[1] Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria – Telegraph.co.uk

[2] Syria chemical attack evidence may have been destroyed: Hague – France24.com

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Lifting the mist on the Egyptian crisis

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There is mass confusion across the political spectrum in the West, from the left, through the bleeding-heart liberals to dyed-in-the-wool conservatives and other right wingers, regarding where to stand on the crisis in Egypt.

Some leftists have fallen back onto their Washington safety blanket. They figure out that because the US has failed to cut military aid to Egypt following the mass movement that ousted Islamist President Muhammad Morsi and the clamp down on Morsi’s organization, the far-right Muslim Brotherhood, which has been holding Cairo hostage with a paralysing sit-in, then the US must be in favour of Egypt’s interim, army-backed government that replaced Morsi. Therefore, so their logic goes, leftists must do the opposite and back the far-right Islamist group. These supposed left wingers are generally represented in various online outlets as well as in the liberal media, including Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Channel 4 News, the BBC and the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Qatari TV channel, Al-Jazeera.

The right, on the other hand, would like to see concerted action, including sanctions, against Egypt to force the interim government to give in to the far-right Muslim Brotherhood’s blackmail. Among the exponents of this argument is Britain’s Conservative prisons minister, Crispin Blunt, and US Senator John McCain.

Between the two camps is a coterie of Islamists of various degrees of extremism, Islamophiles, including a worryingly large group of online activists who have little idea about Islam, Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt or anything else but nonetheless think that because there are bad people called Islamophobes, then Islamism must be cool. It also includes lots of bleeding-heart liberals who think all sides should just sit down and sort things out – forgetting that that is precisely what Egypt’s interim government has been trying to do since Morsi’s removal from power on 3 July. Examples of the various shades of this group can be found among the interviewees of Al-Jazeera’s English-language TV channel.

Most of the arguments put forward by left wingers, right wingers, bleeding-heart liberals and those in-between have already been debunked in various articles published on this website. Generally, the arguments fall into three clusters: democracy, human rights and the “the US conspiracy”.

Democracy

This is the argument that the far-right Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi was popularly elected and therefore should have been allowed to serve his term in office. It is a flawed argument. As Egyptian freelance writer and broadcaster Magdi Abdelhadi says,

It has become pretty obvious to everyone that democracy for the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] means nothing more than the ballot box and winner-takes-all. That is primarily why they have failed to build bridges with the opposition and create consensus – the only way to run a divided society like Egypt…

No less important for the MB is the need to revise its founding myth (its core ideas have remained untouched since its founder Hassan al-Banna more than 80 years ago) that Shari’ah [Islamic law] is the panacea to the ills of society. This fallacy has been exposed and is why people quickly became disillusioned with Morsi. The poor and hungry cannot eat Shari’ah, neither can holy books or piety alone create jobs or grow the economy. Egyptians revolted against Mubarak in January 2011 not because of a supposedly lost Muslim identity, but to demand freedom, dignity and social justice…

The “democracy” argument also ignores the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood’s core beliefs are inherently and irrevocably opposed to democracy.

In the group’s belief, the Koran and Sunnah [the teachings and practices of the Prophet Muhammad] constitute a perfect way of life and social and political organization that God has set out for man. Islamic governments must be based on this system and eventually unified in a caliphate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s goal, as stated by Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, was to reclaim Islam’s manifest destiny, an empire, stretching from Spain to Indonesia. It preaches that Islam enjoins man to strive for social justice, the eradication of poverty and corruption, and political freedom to the extent allowed by the laws of Islam…

On the issue of women and gender the Muslim Brotherhood interprets Islam conservatively. Its founder called for “a campaign against ostentation in dress and loose behaviour”, “segregation of male and female students”, a separate curriculum for girls, and “the prohibition of dancing and other such pastimes…

For the Muslim Brotherhood, sovereignty lies not in the people, but in God and only those able to interpret God’s will as laid out in the Koran and within the framework of the Brotherhood’s ideology – i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood’s religious scholars – can mould politics and determine public policy.

Human rights

The “human rights” argument deployed by Westerners opposed to the interim Egyptian government’s handling of the Morsi supporters’ mass sit-in, which for six weeks paralysed large sections of Cairo, cutting major arterial roads and holding entire residential districts hostage, centres on the terrible civilian casualties resulting from the security forces’ forceful ending of the sit-in. Wittingly or otherwise, this argument ignores the fact that this was no ordinary sit-in, and it is hard to imagine any government, whether in London, Washington or Berlin, tolerating a similar situation in its own capital for even one day, let alone six weeks. As Egyptian writer and activist Wael Nawara put it,

For six weeks, yard by yard, the Rabia al-Adawiya encampment expanded its borders, creeping to claim kilometre after kilometre of neighbouring streets, including the Autostrade road, which connects Nasr City and the rest of Cairo to the city’s airport. Until one day, Rabia al-Adawiya was no longer a sit-in, but a sprawling town, even a city-state, with fortifications, internal police force, complete with torture camps and border control officials. Rabia al-Adawiya came to manifest the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Parallel State”

To be sure, the human cost of ending the Muslim Brotherhood’s mass paralysis action has been truly appalling, but blame for this lies squarely with the Brotherhood’s leaders, who have turned down every attempt by the army-backed interim government to resolve the crisis peacefully and begin instituting real democratic civilian rule.

Instead of acknowledging the fact that most Egyptians wanted an inclusive and tolerant civil state where all citizens – Muslims, Christians and non-believers – are equal, not an Islamic state with a constitution guided by seventh-century values, the Muslim Brotherhood chose the path of violence and, along the way, fooled many Westerners. As Abdelhadi says, the Brotherhood “has perfected the art of double-speak: the language of democracy and human rights to its Western interlocutors, but that of jihad and xenophobia to fire up its poor masses”. And fire up the masses – their own masses – they did, with the horrific results we see hourly on our television screens.

Given the Muslim Brotherhood’s intransigence and determination to impose its brand of Islam on all Egyptians, could the Cairo standoff have ended differently? We do not think so. To quote Nawara,

Many people see this confrontation as imminent and unavoidable – and that if it was allowed to take place two or three years from now, the Muslim Brotherhood would have been able to infiltrate and split the army, and hopes for restoring order without dividing the country would have been slimmer. While we’re now horrified by the death of hundreds, if the country were in a state of a civil war in which two armies fight, the death toll could climb from hundreds to hundreds of thousands…

The conflict in Egypt is not a dispute over percentages of election gains. It’s not about who rules. It’s rather about “what to rule”: the state of Egypt — or the Brotherhood’s state.

The “US conspiracy”

This is the favourite argument of the lazy, the ignorant and the fake, one that is invoked to explain all problems, from the Arab Spring generally, to the Syrian civil war, to the crisis in Egypt.

Proponents of this argument often hold contradictory positions but, having little understanding of anything, they do not even recognize the contradictoriness of their stances. For example, more than a few online left-leaning Western apologists for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian wing, Hamas, simultaneously oppose the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. They claim that the Syrian Brotherhood is a US-Zionist client while at the same time arguing that the move against the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is a US-Mossad-inspired operation aimed at satisfying “Zionist plans for Eretz Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates”, as one Alex James put it in an email to us.

The “US conspiracy” argument hinges on the fact that the Egyptian armed forces receive something in the order of 1.3 billion dollars in US aid annually and the fact that the Barak Obama administration has so far held back from cutting this aid in response to the clampdown on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo sit-in.

This is also a flawed argument because it ignores that, in the balance of bargaining chips between the United States and Egypt, it is Cairo, not Washington, that holds the upper hand. The US aid to the Egyptian military is given as an inducement for the Egyptians to continue observing the humiliating Camp David agreement of 1979. It is, if you will, a bribe. Given that Israel is more or less all that the US cares about in the Middle East, upholding the Camp David agreement is paramount as far as Washington is concerned. Consequently, whatever the Obama administration might think about the ouster of Morsi, it cannot cut off aid to the Egyptian armed forces without risking the Camp David agreement, and risking Camp David is something the Israelis would not want – or allow – Washington to do.

In any case, the “US-aid-to-the-Egyptian military” argument may soon be resolved. According to a report by Daily New Egypt, the Tamarrud (also spelled “Tamarod”) movement, which played a major role in ousting Morsi by mobilizing millions of Egyptians against the far-right Islamist president, has joined a campaign aimed at ending US aid. In a statement, it demanded that the Egyptian government hold a referendum banning US aid, cancelling the 1979 Camp David peace treaty with Israel and rewording security-related treaties to allow Egypt to secure its borders. This, it said, is in response to the US interference in Egyptian political affairs, specifically, Washington’s tacit support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The “US conspiracy” argument also ignores the fact that, historically, the West – especially the US and Britain – have preferred Islamists to Arab nationalists. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that the Islamists are content to let Western powers have their way on Israel, oil and trade in return for the West turning a blind eye to Islamist repression and suppression of civil and human rights. As Hussein Agha and Robert Malley say in “This is not a revolution”,

In exchange for economic aid and political support, they [the Muslim Brotherhood] will not threaten what they believe are core Western interests: regional stability, Israel, the fight against terror, energy flow. No danger to Western security. No commercial war. The showdown with the Jewish state can wait. The focus will be on the slow, steady shaping of Islamic societies. The US and Europe may voice concern, even indignation at such a domestic makeover. But they’ll get over it. Just as they got over the austere fundamentalism of Saudi Arabia. Bartering – as in, we’ll take care of your needs, let us take care of ours – Islamists feel, will do the trick.

All in all, the arguments that have been deployed by the Western media and many of the commentators chosen by Qatari Al-Jazeera TV to appear on its news programmes, as well as by a various self-styled leftists, bleeding-heart liberals and right wingers, do not stand up to scrutiny. However, if it were a matter of factual scrutiny, these arguments would not be deployed for long. The problem is, we suspect, those who articulate these argument do so not just out of ignorance, but a combination of ignorance, ideology and political ulterior motives.

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