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Mask of Zion Report: War on Syria

Mask of Zion Report Sept 5, 2013

by crescentandcross



War on Syria–the real deal or a strategic retreat on the part of the ‘smarter’

elements within organized Zionism?

Prepare to be dazzled with Jonathon’s analysis and delivery.


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Difference between a Black and a White President


A Black President Puts His Shoes on a Table at Which His Predecessors Sat

By: Ali Baghdadi

(Arab Journal, Chicago)


An African American Muslim wrote me, “Wondering really hard! What is the difference between a Black President and a White President of the USA… Because the one in office is just as blood thirsty as all the ones before him… we need no more wars!!!”

My Black brother hit it on the head.  Both are blood thirsty.  They are not only thirsty for blood of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America alone, but also for the blood of young men and women that they send to die or be maimed in faraway lands.  Those are usually the Blacks, Latinos and poor Whites. 

A Black President is like his colleague, the White one.  Both are servants of the rich and the powerful.  Both are figure heads and window dressers.  In terms of war and peace, the president of the most powerful nation on earth does not set the policy; does not make the vital decisions; and does not call the shots.  The invisible government, made up of cruel super rich and corrupt power hungry men who use the media as tools of mind control of the masses, are the actual rulers.  Those, who invest hundreds of millions of dollars to put their man in the White House, pull the strings; tell the president what to do, what to say, and how and when to say it.

“We’re NOT a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy: A government by the wealthy.” – Ramsey Clark, former U S Attorney General


However, there is some difference between the two.  Unlike Bush II, a Black President must be very bright and a great communicator.  He must have the ability to charm you with his oratory skills and delivery style.  On issues that affect our lives, as well as the lives of all people on our planet, a Black is more dangerous and treacherous than a White one.

The first and most important assignment given to the Black President is to work hard to improve the US image and repair the damage the former White President and his gang left behind.  That is called deception.  Another important task was to protect George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld and other criminals responsible for crimes against humanity, including the Iraqi and Afghani wars, as well as torturing by water boarding, among many other crimes, from prosecution.  According to cables released by Wikileaks, the Black President worked hard behind the scenes not only to prevent any investigation of torture in the United States, but shutdown efforts abroad to enforce the Geneva Conventions. Recently, he moved another step further.  He signed an executive order to not prosecute these evil men.  Obama’s action opposes the demands of the great majority of people around the world.

A White President today cannot deceive the masses of the oppressed and the people of color.  They have become familiar with his long history of crime and fabricated lies that have brought them enormous pain.  They know him from the real life experiences of misery and backwardness.  They suffer greatly from his conduct as a war monger and a thief that takes from the poor and gives to the rich tiny minority that put him in “power”.  They bleed from wars and conflicts he has created to keep his benefactors’ war industry going and prospering. 

The rate of death and birth defects generated from “depleted uranium” among Iraqi children in the cities of Faluja and Basra is fourteen times the rate among Japanese children in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where Americans dropped the two atom bombs.   To spread America’s “democracy” in Iraq, over three million lost their lives.  Vietnamese dead surpassed four million. Our Black President executes the same policies carried out by his White predecessors, and recycles their same lies.   Through scheme and fraud, he succeeded in deceiving the great majority of people at home and abroad.  His victims thought that he was one of them; that he would bring an end to their miseries; and that he would bring peace and prosperity to the entire world.  They believed his falsehoods.  What a disappointment!!!

At the early stage of his presidency, the Barack Hussein Obama we elected and supported gave speeches in Cairo and Istanbul.  He spoke out loud, “no wars against Muslims”.  He was received as a hero.  They believed in his promise of change.  They trusted his rhetoric of hope.  Muslims and Christians felt relief.

I was one of the “fools”.  I voted for him.  I campaigned for his election.  I wrote several articles in his defense.  I subjected myself to the ugliest and dirtiest names in the American vocabulary.  I was described as an Arab “nigger” and a camel “jockey”.  Despite a half century of hard work I invested in the “land of the free and home of the brave”; despite my sincere and humble attempt to do my duty as a good citizen; and despite the fact that I have been relentlessly speaking out to unveil the dangers and criminality of the US government’s policies that endanger the true and legitimate interests, and the wellbeing and future of Americans, as should be expected from all real patriots; I was described as a “terrorist” and told to pack up my Muslim “rags” and get the “hell” out of the United States, the leader of the “civilized world”.

It didn’t take long for people who were elated by the election of Barack Hussein Obama to discover that they were wrong; that they were fooled; that they were taken for granted; that the man in the White House, as his predecessors, is phony and a big liar; and that he is nothing but a hyena dressed in a skin of a lamb.  The Black President sent his war bombers to Libya and turned the country into a failed state.  The regime installed by Washington cannot even enforce its authority over the capital.  He increased his troops in Afghanistan.  His drones fire rockets and kill entire families almost daily in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

President Obama’s latest crime was his audacity to turn his al-Qaeda terrorist “friends” loose in Syria.   The eaters of government martyred soldiers’ livers and hearts in front of TV cameras turned beautiful Syria into ruins.  And what is most surprising is his impudence to accuse President Bashar al-Assad of poisoning his own people, a horrendous crime clearly carried out by savages financed, armed, trained and given political support by the US government.  Empowering the Jewish settler state and the control of Syria’s newly discovered huge natural gas and oil reserves, not democracy, are the real motives

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U.S. unprepared for mission in Syria, warns air force commander



U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a planned military operation against Syria until the end of the congressional debates was preceded by a warning from the commander of the United States Air Force that a budget cutback in the Pentagon had severely affected the Air Force’s combat preparedness. The commander, General Mark Welsh, issued the warning publicly, in meetings with troops at Air Force bases in Japan and in an interview with Air Force Magazine, the online journal of the Air Force Association.

By promising that the operation would not involve prolonged involvement of ground forces, Obama put most of the burden on the aircraft and missile arrays of the Air Force and the Navy. Welsh’s warning shows that Obama’s reasons for delaying the operation were as much military in nature, as political and international.

Haaretz in depth coverage of the crisis in Syria: Israel, U.S. carry out joint missile test in Mediterranean Sea (Gili Cohen, Reuters and Jack Khoury) || A game-changer for Assad, even if there is no U.S. strike (Zvi Bar’el) || Obama, Syria and the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran (Amos Harel)

According to Welsh, the reason the U.S. Air Force is only partially prepared is the grounding of interception and electronic combat squadrons. He said that he had not been pleased with the Air Force’s level of preparation while planning for its missions in Syria.

Welsh, whose official title is chief of staff of the Air Force, is responsible for building up the Air Force, but not for its combat operations, which are entrusted to the commanders of the various theaters. The commander of the operation against Syria will be General Lloyd Austin, the commander of the United States Central Command. Syria is in his jurisdiction, though troops serving on ships in the Mediterranean Sea, in Europe and even on bases in North America will be called up as well.

The operation is being planned jointly by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, CENTCOM, the Unified Combatant Commands (particularly the U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of missiles and bombers, and the special operations forces.)

The chiefs of staff of the ground forces, Air Force, Navy and Marines are not in the chain of command, which leads directly from the president and defense secretary to the theater commanders. But they have a great deal of influence as the military advisers authorized by the National Command Authority — the president and the defense secretary — and as figures who report to Congress and are cited as experts in the media. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has expressed his reservations about an operation in Syria, even as he acquiesced to Obama’s statement that the military was prepared and ready for action.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked the joint chiefs of staff to prepare “a range of options,” Welsh said in Japan, “and we have been doing that planning. This is part of our due diligence.” But the joint chiefs of staff, led by Dempsey, expressed their reservations about the operation, the troops required to carry it out and its attendant obligations. The challenges the American army faces in Syria are more complex than they were in Libya on the eve of the operation there in the summer of 2011, said Welsh. “Over the last eight months or so, the Chiefs have been united on this,” he said. “We’ve been pretty blunt about this.”

Last month, Welsh came to Israel for meetings with Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Air Force commander Amir Eshel, who also know the trouble caused by budget cutbacks. He knows the Israel Defense Forces well, having previously been commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, where Israel was the only Middle Eastern country within his area of responsibility.

Welsh said that two of the most vital capabilities in any airborne operation against Syria would be F-16 fighter jets, which are intended for electronic combat against Russian-made ground-to-air missiles, and F-22 fighter jets, which are intended for aerial combat. These squadrons have been grounded over the past few months, with the exception of F-22 fighter jets that were deployed in the Pacific Ocean theater for fear that a war might break out in Korea. The grounding enabled the Air Force general staff to provide tuition assistance to soldiers.

The threat of a cutback in funding for tuition assistance, which caused a great deal of bitterness among Air Force troops, was prevented only thanks to the Air Force general staff’s willingness to reduce flight hours, which resulted in the grounding of squadrons. According to the Air Force journal, 33 squadrons were grounded in recent months, while other squadrons have only a basic level of preparedness.

General Burton M. Field, the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (a position similar to that of a head of operations in the Israeli Air Force), told Air Force Magazine that the budget for flight hours had been cut by 30 percent due to sequestration and that less than 50 percent of the Air Force’s “primary fighting forces” were at the desired readiness level of 80 percent. The highest priority was given to the units operating in Afghanistan, maintaining nuclear capability, interception preparedness (for a Global Force Management Plan for dealing with events like the one that took place on September 11, 2001) and deployment in Korea and Japan.

Air Combat Command chief General G. Michael Hostage III warned of a shortage of combat personnel in the Air Force. “If Syria blows up or Iran blows up or North Korea blows up, I don’t have a bunch of excess forces I can immediately shift to that conflict. I’m going to have to pull them from other places,” he said. The cutbacks also affect the refueling squadrons, advanced training for fighter pilots, training of ground forces and aircraft and engine maintenance.

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Barack Obama’s comments on Syrian chemical dossier are so cryptic and unclear that even hardliners in Europe feel more and more confused.


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) talks with Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on a resolution on Syria on Capitol Hill September 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize U.S. President Barack Obama to use limited force against Syria after adopting amendments from U.S. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-NV). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) talks with Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on a resolution on Syria on Capitol Hill September 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize U.S. President Barack Obama to use limited force against Syria after adopting amendments from U.S. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-NV). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Igor Alexeev

It becomes more and more apparent that “humanitarian” invasion, if it is going to happen, will be about Qatar’s gas pipeline to Europe, Cheney’s drilling license near the Golan Heights and struggle over Lebanon’s offshore gas. “Human rights” pretexts do not convince anybody in Europe.

Surprisingly representatives of the US military industrial complex seem to distance themselves from armchair strategists in the White House. Interventions in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have shown that US officials do not care what the world would say about violation of international law. That’s why there must be some objective economic contradictions that caused this sudden pacifist sentiment. Military hawks’ public statements on the real situation in the US economy may be much more informative than Kerry’s diplomatic pantomime.

“Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should “have his head examined”, as general MacArthur so delicately put it,” told an audience of West Point cadets former US minister of defense Robert Gates just before his resignation in 2011. Unfortunately for American taxpayers his attempts to instill a “culture of savings and restraint” in the US military were not successful. In 2011 Joseph Lazarro precisely described this tendency as “imperial overstrech”. In his opinion, hegemon’s attempts to maintain global control may cause severe economic crises and social instability. Americans with military background know what «limited strike» really means.



Donald Rumsfeld and Zbignew Brzhezinsky, for instance, refrain from jingoism. Rumsfeld has bashed Obama on Fox news: “There really has not been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation”. Brzhezinsky is even more straightforward: “US foreign policy on Syria is difficult to understand in the long-term”. Truly these are the last things one would expect to hear from the architects of American brutal invasions who encouraged lucrative arms contracts and field weapon tests. Retired military officials often mouth the words of their colleagues in the Army. What do officers in charge of Syrian crisis say?

”We have learned from the past 10 years, however, that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state… This is especially critical as we lose readiness due to budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty,” complained Chairman of Joint Chefs of Staff Martin Dempsey. Costs of the military operation following all proposed scenarios could average well over $1 billion per month. War overseas has never been cheap. The US will have to overuse again its privileged status in the world’s financial system and, therefore, face reputation risks. That’s why US Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in his letter to Congress has pointed at “the threat of default” and “irreparable harm to the US economy”. He knows that trust is hard to build and very easy to lose. Dancing on the fiscal cliff after military intervention in Libya led to the downgrade of US sovereign credit rating from S&P’s AAA (outstanding) to AA+ (excellent). As a result the cost to insure US debts against default has risen from an average of around 25 basis points in 2007 to a range from 55 to 75 basis points in 2011, Bloomberg reported. American “expertocracy” did everything in their power to downplay the rating fiasco because S&P put at risk the “sancta sanctorum” of Washington’s global financial system – the strange dependence of Central Banks around the world on the international market of US Treasuries. Revenge of the administration was quick and painful. SEC and Department of Justice announced that S&P was under investigation. Two years on the situation is very similar: nobody knows how the markets will greet the news of another credit rating downgrade.

Financial witch hunts cannot change the sad reality of American debt. Splendid little war, however, is a different story – especially if Arab countries are ready “to share the cost”. In mid-October 2013 the US federal government will have to cross the real “red line” and deal with looming debt ceiling fight 2.0. It is entirely possible that threats of US military intervention in Syria are aimed at distracting public attention from the new period of financial turbulence that may ensue.

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Paul Jay: Portrait of an Anti-Zionist Zionist


Introduction by Gilad Atzmon:

A few weeks ago some of us were rather amused to see Max Blumenthal, in conversation with Paul Jay (The Real News Network), deliver the usual anti-Zionist Zionist (AZZ) spiel. After the program many Palestinian solidarity and anti-war commentators were outraged and demanded that Jay provide me with a right to reply. So Jay approached me, asked to clarify a few issues and promised to come back to me shortly with an answer. I didn’t hold my breath because since the incident I had learned a little about Jay’s political affiliations and motivations.

Yesterday, he came back with his answer (follow the link) which he manages to stuff with a pile of confused and jumbled arguments that convey profound intellectual ignorance and are riven with a host of embarrassing contradictions. But one thing was for sure. Gilad Atzmon would not be appearing on Jay’s show. Why? Because, above all, Jay is a coward and must have realised that he doesn’t stand a chance of countering my ideas in front of a camera, not even in his own studio.

I define Jewish Power as the power to divert the attention from Jewish Power and Paul Jay clearly engages in just such an endeavour. In fact, my main contribution to this discourse is probably my capacity to expose this very power and the manner in which it is wielded (Actually, all I do is hand the microphone to my detractors and let their symptoms speak for themselves).

But Jay’s muddled text cries for attention because it is an invaluable glimpse into the deeply corrosive and dishonest attitude that currently contaminates Palestine solidarity, the anti-war movement and the entire peace movement.

Jay attempts to build  his entire argument around the notion that I am an ‘anti Semite’ only to eventually admit that actually I am not. “Since the late 19th century the term (anti Semitism) has been used to mean hatred of Jews….Do I believe you (Gilad) hate all Jews? No. But your theory leads to that”

Well, I have some news for Jay & Co. ‘Theories’ do not hate, ideas do not kill, it is people who hate and people who kill. My ‘theories’ are there to enlighten people, including Jews.  My ideas offer Jews, even the so-called progressive Jews such as Jay himself, an opportunity to self-reflect and, hopefully, to correct that which needs correction. But here we have a problem. As I explore in The Wandering Who, Jewish identity politics is a general state of blindness, a detached collective mind-set which Jay himself proudly exhibits. We know that the Israelis will accept no criticism and their Jewish so-called  opponents react exactly the same. Time after time, they kill the messengers – or at least attempt to do so. This is why I am not at all angry with Jay, in fact I feel for him. He is trapped – metaphysically, spiritually and intellectually. Jay’s plight is the Jewish tragedy – a disastrous tale I explore fully in my writing. From a  psychoanalytical perspective  the man is in ‘denial’ and, like other progressive Jews, he, for the time being,  resists therapy.

Now, before I let you read Jay own words, allow me to address some of his mistakes:

Jay fails to grasp the obvious distinction between ‘Judaism’ (the religion), ‘Jews’ (the people) and ‘Jewishness’ (the Ideology). In my work I concentrate on Jewish ideology and since I believe that every ideology and politics must be subject to criticism, this obviously includes Jewish identity politics. Jay, on the other hand, tries to block any criticism of Jewish politics and ideology. Is this because he believes that Jews are chosen? You be the judge.

Jay proclaims “the internalization of racism is not inherent in identifying ones cultural and ethnic roots as being Jewish, and to do so, is nothing uniquely Jewish.” Now, if Jay is correct, what is it that makes the ‘Jewish state’ Jewish? And what is it that makes JVP (Jewish Voice for peace) Jewish?  Moreover, How many Goyim served as the secretary of JVP or ‘Jews for Justice’ in the last decade?  Not one is the answer, and the reason has much to do with racial and ethnic qualification. Sooner or later even Jay will have to admit that by its very nature, Jewish politics is exclusivist.

Jay, who goes on for six pages about my criticism of Jewish politics, apparently doesn’t understand a thing about Judaism, Zionism and their relationship with Jewish textual heritage. For example he is particularly concerned my interpretation of the following Biblical verse: “Then when the Lord your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you – a land with large, fine cities you did not build, houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – and you eat your fill.” Deuteronomy:  Six: 10 –11No one who reads the above can turn a blind eye to the continuum between the Biblical call for plunder, the Zionist project and the Israeli practice. But Jay simply attempts to smokescreen this glaring fact.

Interestingly enough, in my latest book The Wandering Who I try to rescue Judaism out of this continuum. But Jay, being a secular Jew, doesn’t want anyone to fiddle with his cultural heritage in spite of the fact that he himself is totally unfamiliar with any Jewish text, let alone its cultural meaning.

So here is the story Jay seems to miss: Judaism is not driven by the Torah – the Talmud is a central text of Judaism. It was actually Zionism that revised and revolutionized the relationship between Jews and their forming texts and made the Torah into its primary text. Hence, Biblical plunder is deeply rooted in the new Hebraic culture, Israeli politics and legislation, a topic about which Jay is obviously clueless which may explain his obvious fear of facing me on his show.

It takes six pages for Jay to spit out his banal, materialist, Marxist clichés regarding Israel and its origin. “Israeli state is a product and significant piece of the system of international capital”.  But here is the problem Jay is unable to integrate into his system.  Israel defines itself as “The Jewish State”, its tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols and, as I write these lines, its Jewish Lobbies are pushing for, on its behalf, a war in Syria. And as if this were not enough, the Jewish progressive network invests all its energy in trying to stop us from discussing it at all. This is the reality Jay attempts to disguise. But he can’t. No one can, not anymore. If anything Jay’s conduct in this affair only reveals the destructive and sinister power of Zionism within media in general and within the anti war movement in particular.

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U.S. Military Intelligence Involved in Chemical Attack in Syria

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A photo taken by Marco di Lauro/AP in Iraq in 2003 was presented by US State Secretary Kerry on August 30, 2013 as evidence of “Assad’s chemical attack.”

The situation in Syria is still in focus of the world media. Another U.S.-led “humanitarian intervention” may be unleashed soon. The Pentagon announced that it is ready to attack Syria in order to punish Bashar al-Assad and Syrian army for the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilians.

Meanwhile, the new evidence of the U.S. intelligence being involved in chemical attack near Damascus on August 21, 2013 has been leaked to Internet.

A hacker got access to the U.S. intelligence correspondence and published private emails of Col. Anthony J. Macdonald, who is the General Staff Director, Operations and Plans Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence the US Army Staff.

In an email exchange on August 22, 2013 with the US Army civilian analyst Eugene P. Furst congratulates Col. on successful operation and refers him to a Washington Post publication about chemical attack in Syria.

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E.FURST: By the way, saw your latest success, my congratulations. Good job.
A.MACDONALD: As you see, I’m far from this now, but I know our guys did their best.

Another set of private correspondence between his wife Jeniffer MacDonald and Mary Shapiro reveals that colonel did not keep his mouth shut in the bedroom:

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M.SHAPIRO: I can’t  top  thinking  about that terrible gas attack in Syria now. Did you see those kids? I was really crying- They were poisoned, they died. When is it  over? I see their faces when in sleep. What did Tony say you about this?
J.MACDONALD: I saw it too and got afraid very much. But Tony comforted me. He  said the kids weren’t hurt, it was done for cameras. So you don’t worry, my dear.
M.SHAPIRO:  I’m still thinking about  those Syrian kids. Thanks  God, they are alive. I hope they got a kind of present or some cash.
From Col. MacDonalds’s wife dialog with her  friend it’s  clear that the video with the children  killed in the  chemical  attack near Damascus was staged by the U.S. Military Intelligence.

This information sheds new light on the US administration’s confession that “there were indications three days prior that an attack [on August 21] was coming”.

As Joseff Budansky from GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs wrote on Sunday:

On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

According to the same source,

On August 24, 2013, Syrian Commando forces acted on intelligence about the possible perpetrators of the chemical attack and raided a cluster of rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar. Canisters of toxic material were hit in the fierce fire-fight as several Syrian soldiers suffered from suffocation and “some of the injured are in a critical condition”.

The Commando eventually seized an opposition warehouse containing barrels full of chemicals required for mixing “kitchen sarin”, laboratory equipment, as well as a large number of protective masks. The Syrian Commando also captured several improvised explosive devices, RPG rounds, and mortar shells. The same day, at least four Hizballah fighters operating in Damascus near Ghouta were hit by chemical agents at the very same time the Syrian Commando unit was hit while searching a group of rebel tunnels in Jobar. Both the Syrian and the Hizballah forces were acting on intelligence information about the real perpetrators of the chemical attack.

The samples of toxic agents were reportedly sent to Moscow for a detailed analysis.

Published data clearly indicate that the US administration is about to create any pretext to launch a military strike on Syria. Most recent revelation that the US Secretary of State John Kerry has used a photo taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate “Syrian victims of gas attack” last Friday to justify his bellicous message to the US Congressmen gives even more evidence that the “intelligence information” the warmongers claim to be based on is groundless or simply fabricated.

Now the vast majority of people worldwide perfectly understand that a kind of tricky game is being played on their behalf. The British parliament has already met the demand of clearly expressed public opinion and opposed the suicidal war over Mediterranean. Will the US legislators show us the same prudence and common sense? We will see it next week.

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I$raHell forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)



  • A Palestinian child died of wounds he had already sustained when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp.

–       A civilian was wounded, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

  • Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       2 protestors, including a child, were wounded during a protest in Bil’in village.

–       Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

  • Israeli forces conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.


–       At least 33 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were arrested in the West Bank.


  • Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

–       Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

–       4 Palestinian civilians were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.


  • Israeli navy forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

–       Israeli navy forces opened fire at fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.


  • Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–       Israeli forces confiscated vegetable stands along bypass road (60), north of Hebron.

–       Israeli forces demolished a house and a shed “barrack” in Fasayel al-Fouqa area, northwest of Jericho.

–       Israeli forces attacked 5 women during a protest against property demolition.


Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (29 August – 04 September 2013).


During the reporting period, a Palestinian child died of wounds he sustained when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, 2 weeks ago, while 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child were wounded during protests against the annexation wall. Moreover, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at him east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.

On 31 August 2013, Palestinian medical sources at the Specialized Arab Hospital in Nablus declared that Karim Sobhi Saleh “Abu Sbeih” (17), from Jenin refugee camp, died of wounds that he had sustained on 20 August 2013, when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp and clashes erupted between them and Palestinian children. During those clashes, a civilian was killed and 2 others, including the abovementioned child, sustained serious wounds. The child had been receiving medical treatment at the Arab Hospital, until he was pronounced dead on 31 August

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 August 2013, Yusef Kamel Sa’d (20) sustained a bullet wound in his left thigh when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at him. Sa’d was about 500 meters away from the fence when he was targeted.

On 02 and 03 September 2013, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that approached the border about 2 nautical miles off the shore. The fishermen were frightened and fled back to the shore fearing of being arrested or injured. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported in both incidents.

The full report is available online at:

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Defense Day: India’s Aggression Continues


By Sajjad Shaukat


The 6th of September is celebrated every year as the Defense Day by every Pakistani. The day holds a significant place in the history of our nation, as on this very day, Pakistan’s courageous armed forces and the entire nation stood united in 1965 for the defence of the homeland in thwarting the nefarious designs of the enemy which had threatened the territorial integrity of our beloved country through an all-out war.

Pakistan Army not only forced Indian troops to retreat from Lahore sector, but also crossed the Line of Control, occupying various parts of Indian-held Kashmir-the root cause of the war.

This time, the Defense Day has come at a time when Pakistan’s security forces have equally been responding to India’s aggression at the Line of Control (LoC) besides facing a different war of the enemy which employs subversive activities of various kinds.

Recently, tension between India and Pakistan has accelerated, as the former set off a series of unprovoked cross-border firings at the LoC in Kashmir including Working Boundary in Sialkot and Nakiyal sector. Indian armed forces have intermittently been continuing their aggression by violating the LoC. So far, they have killed some personnel of Pak Army, and the paramilitary troops including one captain and several innocent civilians. But every, time, Indian guns became silent when Pak Army and Rangers responded with equal response for the defense of the country.

While, in order to justify its open aggression, India concocted a fabricated story of accusing Pakistan Army of killing its five soldiers on August 6, this year, In this regard, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Defence Minister AK Anthony have blamed Pak Army for the incident on LoC. In this regard, Pakistan Foreign Office and Pak Army sources have strongly denied terming it “baseless and unfounded.”


Earlier, Indian high civilian officials and Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh had already threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for the alleged killing of its soldiers in fighting near the disputed border of Kashmir, saying, he had asked his commanders there to be aggressive in the face of provocation.


Some members of Indian Parliament used tough language against Islamabad. One of them stated that New Delhi should teach a lesson to Pakistan. Another member said that India should even prepare itself for war with Pakistan.

BJP leader Rajnath Singh said that India’s patience was at an end and demanded that all dialogue between India and Pakistan including Confidence Building Measures (CMBs) be stopped. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid stated on August 16, “Talks with Pakistan become difficult or impossible or are suspended, the situation as of now is not conducive for talks with Islamabad.”

However, the ongoing pretext of India is to create obstacle in the way of the new peace process with Pakistan so that Pak-Indian issues like Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, water and especially main dispute of Kashmir remain unresolved.

But matter is not confined to suspension of peace process. Now, with rise in tension on LoC, Indian rulers, opposition parties, media, particularly news channels have resorted to fanning anti-Pakistan sentiments, war hysteria and jingoism.

It is notable that under the pretext of Pak-China durable and strategic relationship, Indian ex-Army Chief, General Deepak Kapoor, revealed on December 29, 2010 that the Indian army “is now revising its five-year old doctrine” and is preparing for a “possible two-front war with China and Pakistan.”

Defence experts opine that taking the concept of a two front war, India has launched an ambitious military buildup plan, along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) situated between Indian-Chinese border and LoC in Kashmir near Pakistan.

In the mid of October 2011, as part of its second phase of military expansion along the China front, Indian government has given the go-ahead for the deployment of BrahMos cruise missiles in Arunachal Pradesh located near the Chinese border. With a range of 290 km., these missiles are being deployed to improve India’s military reach into the Tibet Autonomous Region. The three BrahMos missile regiments raised so far have also been deployed in the western sector of Pakistan.

Besides, external threats, Pakistan, its Army, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other law-enforcing agencies have been facing a different war, while enemy is also different, which conducts various kinds of subversive acts such as suicide attacks, targeted killings, assaults on the Army and on security agencies, kidnappings and sectarian violence etc. In this regard, militant outfits, especially Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) including other banned organizations have claimed responsibility for a number of terror-attacks. Karachi, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan have become special targets of their acts of sabotage.

Unlike the past wars, the arena of war has changed. In the ongoing era, non-state actors have made it difficult for the military to serve alone as the automatic dominant sphere in every war, covering all the land, sea and space domains. Now, lethal weapons and subversive tactics used by the terrorists can be more harmful in damaging the interest of a rival country. As part of the new warfare, India has set up secret training centers in Afghanistan where its military personnel in connivance with Israeli RAW and CIA have been imparting training of guerilla warfare to the youngsters, having connections with South Waziristan-based TTP and BLA. Based in Afghanistan, these anti-Pakistan agencies send heavily-armed militants who commit various sorts of terror-activities in order to destabilize Pakistan, as it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. Besides foreign agents are also working inside Pakistan.

Despite the fact that on the pre-information of the ISI, Pakistan’s law-enforcing agencies have thwarted many terror attempts through pre-arrests, discovery of weapons and huge explosive material, suicide jackets etc., but terrorists keeps on targeting the installations of security forces, intelligence agencies and police including government buildings.

Notably, our security forces have been facing boldly an invisible enemy—the militants who mostly fight anonymously. Even the US-led powerful states have failed for the last 12 years in fighting these insurgents in Afghanistan. Instead, within four months, Pakistan’s armed forces and intelligence agencies had successfully ejected the Taliban from Swat, Dir and Buner. While our security forces are still boldly coping with the sudden attacks of the militants in some tribal areas.

In his book, “Fighting Power: German and US Army Performance, 1939-1945”, Creveld identifies the elements of moral force, whom he calls “fighting power, the willingness to fight and the readiness, if necessary, to die.” The greater these elements, the less vulnerable an armed force will be to demoralization. So, moral force is critical in determining the combat power of any belligerent.

No doubt that these elements like will to fight and moral force have been more found in Pakistan’s forces which had defeated India in 1965. It is owing to this passion that while waging this new style war with the non-state actors, several personnel of our security forces, especially those of Pak Army have sacrificed their lives for the integration of the country, and compelled the militants to escape or run from the war-zones.

It is mentionable that media reported on January 2, 2013 that while changing professional priorities, Pakistan Army has declared the internal threats such as anti-state terrorist groups as major challenge to the country. In this regard, Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani also said that the country was pitched against the faceless enemy, adding that the present spectrum of threats could be defeated through collective national efforts in which the armed forces had a pivotal role to play.

Today our nation is facing multiple challenges to the security of the country. So, it is not army’s war only nor of intelligence agencies alone. In fact, it is nation’s war which demands cooperation of every citizen and politician.

On this very day, imbibing the 1965 spirit of unity, the Defence Day serves as a motivating force for the civil and military personnel including the public to cope with the new dangers of this different war through collective unity. The entire nation must also show full unity with the armed forces, encouraging them in giving equal response to the Indian aggression which still continues at the LoC.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power

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Media Forms Negative Public Opinion


By Sajjad Shaukat


This fact has been recognised by all the intellectuals that media play a key role in forming the public opinion. It has the power to mould peoples’ views in positive or negative sense.  In the western countries, journalists enjoy freedom of expression, but they do not cross the limits by exaggerating some chaotic event or development which could result in misguiding the general masses.

It is our misfortune that since the private TV channels started in Pakistan, media has always misled the people by manipulating any event or development which does not suite the country, as it has already been facing multiple crises of grave nature.

Besides other issues, let us take the example of small incident of July 15, 2013 in Islamabad, where the lone gunman, namely Sikandar Hayat, while sitting in a car had been firing intermittently and Police did not go ahead. Although Police had worked out a strategy to negotiate with the gunman, yet due to hindrance by media, Police seemed to lose time in its rational response. The entire nation was embarrassed before the world which was watching the entire drama. It further tarnished the image of Pakistan in the eyes of international community in wake of continued terror-related incidents.

There is no doubt that live coverage of an event has its own merits, while it dependents upon the situation. But the live coverage of the gunman indicated media’s irresponsible approach. During this sensitive situation, instead of becoming a support element of state by facilitating the state organs to perform well, media started impeding the task of security and law-enforcing agencies which were engaged in handling the issue. Media confused the scene with reporters and cameramen, and by making telephone connections with the suspect to negotiate in awkward manner. These anchors also criticised the vital state organs like Police and law-enforcing agencies by misinterpreting the scene, and thus formed negative public opinion.

On August 16, while hearing a suo motu case, even Chief Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Mohammad remarked, “The live coverage of Jinnah Avenue’s like incidents are against the norms and cause panic among the public.”

It is notable that ARY TV Channel has always been appreciative of Supreme Court’s verdicts in different cases, suggesting to the public that Judiciary must be respected under all circumstances. Contrarily, its anchors were especially audacious enough to point out public whisperings by indicating certain biases and prejudices of individuals regarding various cases including Arsalan Iftikahr–Malik Riaz corruption case—alleged selective suo moto notices, and Pakistan Peoples Party’s perceptions that Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Chaudhry Iftikhar Mohammad was soft on Pakistan Muslim League (N). They also pointed out that public undertone that lawyers have become the force of Chief Justice, while lower courts lacked patronage against rude, insolent lawyers, maltreating judges, ignoring rigging in present elections, refusal to cooperate with Public Account Committee under Nadeem Afal Chann for audit of official funds etc.

However, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudahry’s recent visit to Quetta coincided with the registration of FIR against the chief executive of ARY News, Salman Iqbal, the Executive Director Owais Tohid, Quetta bureau chief, Shahid Hameed Rind and Islamabad bureau chief Sabir Shakir over the broadcast of showing video clips of terrorists’ attack and bombing of Quaid’s residency at Ziarat.

Balochistan’s provincial information department mentioned in the FIR that ARY News, in its current affairs programme on Aug 13, ran “objectionable video clips” released by an outlawed outfit Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) about the destruction of Ziarat Residency after an attack in June.

Without grasping reality, and just like the trade union type move, it stirred the entire media community, and the organisations of journalists had staged protest demonstrations throughout the country against the action of the provincial government.

Media reports also revealed that the FIR was registered on the instructions of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudahry. He had also taken notice of videos, showing terrorists’ attack on Quaid’s residency and ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to investigate and inform the Supreme Court about action taken against the channel.

So far PEMRA has not been able to apprise the court as to why ARY Channel permitted display of videos. Some media anchors misperceived that FIR was registered on the instructions of Chief Justice who wanted to take action against ARY Channel because he was not happy with it.

By ignoring their responsibility, Journalists regarded the FIR as an attack on their independence, showing firm resolve to force the government to withdraw the FIR. Media’s reaction on registration of FIR against ARY Channel appeared to be harsher than expected, as they started blackmailing the government through their protests. In this context, instead of guiding the general masses in right direction, their anchors and pro-media commentators criticised the rulers and even the Judiciary in one or the other way—thus formed negative public opinion. However, because of their undue pressure, the Balochistan government withdrew the FIR.

Unfortunately, the government failed to apprehend the perpetrators and did not mobilise public support against the terrorists. By availing the opportunity, media, particularly ARY exploited the Ziarat incident by inciting public emotions with regard to insensitivity of the government to undertake action against those who attacked the residency in Ziarat.

No doubt, people of Pakistan were hurt on watching such a video, shown on the Independence Day. It seemed that it became part of the program highlighting the cause of creation of Pakistan, with comments on criminals’ attack on Ziarat residency.

Nevertheless, our media needs to correct reporting, and also stop encouraging hostile forces to use media as a tool of their anti-Pakistan activities. Pakistan is proud of its independent media services in restoring the Judiciary and facilitating the democracy to be nourished. Media must restore Pakistan’s image. So instead of forming negative public opinion by misguiding the people through exaggeration and prejudices, our media must develop positive thoughts among the general masses.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations


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Obomba – Delivering Democracy First Class


Summing up both statements by Brzezinski and Kerry it’s becoming quite obvious that an alternative media and the independent minds worldwide connected to it ARE having an effect on global affairs.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Sergey Baranov

As the Obama administration presses Congress for permission for a military intervention in Syria, citizens around the world are rallying against it. (1) At first glance, it might seem that the people’s voice is slow to be heard or taken seriously, when a military strike is planned and on schedule. (2) But are they really unstoppable?

According to prominent figures such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, they are not. A former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder has said during an interview with Germany’s DW News that a growing political awakening is making it difficult to solve regional conflicts. “Given the contemporary reality of what I have called in my writings ‘Global Political Awakening,’ a policy of force based primarily on Western and in some cases former colonial powers does not seem to me a very promising avenue to an eventual solution to the regional problem,” said Brzezinski, referring to the situation in Syria.’’ (3)

A few years back, Zbigniew Brzezinski gave another speech at the CFR conference during which he said that ‘’for the first time in human history almost all of mankind is politically awake and activated. And that is an enormous change.’’ While referring to dominating Atlantic powers, Brzezinski continued: ‘’The lethality of their power is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historical low. In earlier times, it was easier to control a million people than to physically kill a million people.

Today is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.’’ (4) This global awakening, to which a chief architect of U.S. world hegemony is referring to, has become possible thanks to the internet, something which was also confirmed recently by the Secretary of State John Kerry during his last week visit to Brazil. As it has been reported by the Intellihub,( 5)in his statement John Kerry complained about how difficult the internet has made it for the ruling class to “govern” people’’.


Summing up both statements by Brzezinski and Kerry it’s becoming quite obvious that an alternative media and the independent minds worldwide connected to it ARE having an effect on global affairs. This is why it has been, still is and will be a continuous attempt to control the internet by the global elite. The recently failed internet bills such as CISPA and FISPA were only a beginning of these efforts. More of them will be coming and we the people must watch them like hawks, steadfastly speaking against them as though our lives depend on it.



[1] Protesters rally for and against possible U.S.-led attack on Syria  –CTV News

[2] General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years – Youtube

[3] Brzezinski: ‘Global Political Awakening’ Making Syrian War Difficult –Story Leak

[4] Democrat Zbigniew Brzezinski: “It is easier to kill one million people, than it is to control them.” – Bilderberger

[5] Kerry Says Internet “Makes it Much Harder to Govern” and “Organize” People – Intellihub

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