By Michael Collins, Agonist
HUGE news on Syria!
The fracturing of the “Free Syrian Army” over official leadership indicating its willingness to drop the demand that Assad be brought down before it will participate in peace negotiations has led to a large part of the FSA coalition dropping out. The renegade faction just seized the headquarters of the Syrian Military Council, along with its weapons. This led the US and UK governments to immediately suspend the “non-lethal” aid that allowed funds from other sources to be devoted exclusively to weaponry.
by Stephen Lendman
It’s no secret. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed what he said many times before. Russia has clear evidence. It proves Western-enlisted death squads have CWs. It proves they use them. On Saturday, Russia’s Channel One interviewed Lavrov. He said Moscow intercepted a phone call between two insurgents. They discussed using chemical weapons.
Russia informed Washington and other anti-Assad governments. It called on them “to make sure that their ‘charges’ kept their hands off any chemical weapons or their components, to say nothing of using them.”
BILL VAN AUKEN, wsws.org
In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, US President Barack Obama elaborated a doctrine of aggressive war in pursuit of US interests in the Middle East that stands in direct opposition to the founding charter of the UN and the most fundamental tenets of international law.
by DAVE LINDORFF
President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly was such an astonishing string of brazen lies and falsehoods it must have had the assembled international delegates choking on their tea or coffee. Whether he was declaring that “together we have worked to end a decade of war” even as he was just blocked from unilaterally launching a war against Syria, or saying “we have limited the use of drones,” when his administration has upped their use from 51 strikes in Pakistan under the prior Bush administration to 323 so far under his own administration, as David Swanson has so meticulously documented in his Top 45 Lies in Obama’s Speech at the UN, it was all lies.
The Grand Narrative for War
by ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky gained much notoriety from their seminal book, Manufacturing Consent, more than two decades ago. The central thesis of that book – that political and media elites construct propaganda narratives in order to build support for U.S. foreign policy – remains as relevant today as ever. Obama’s proposed intervention in Syria is a case in point. Public support for military action remains quite low – ranging from between one-quarter to one-third of Americans according to recent polls. That’s likely to change in coming weeks to months as the administration ramps up its pro-intervention rhetoric, and as political elites, reporters, and media pundits uncritically repeat and embrace his messages.
by Stephen Lendman
Even media scoundrels took note. More on that below. A previous article discussed opposition elements in disarray. Syrian National Coalition (SNC) internal disputes show it’s unable to function effectively. Leadership is weak. The SNC is an artificial construct. It lacks legitimacy. It resembles a gang that can’t shoot straight. On July 8, self-styled prime minister Ghassan Hitto resigned. He did so after four months in office. He did it two days after SNC members elected Ahmad Asi-al Jarba president.
A Deconstruction (Part Three)
by MUSA al-GHARBI AND ST MCNEIL
This 3-part series first appeared in a fraternal organization’s site, Counterpunch, to which we are indebted.
In philosophy circles, bullshit is a technical term denoting a claim which is presented as “fact” although its veracity has not been established. The truth value of bullshit is largely irrelevant to its propagators. Bullshit is disseminated in the service of particular ends, typically opaque to the audience. There is no better description for the Obama Administration’s case for intervention in Syria.
The Deus ex Machina that Saved Obama and the World
by ANDREW LEVINE
In the dramas of Greek and Roman antiquity, playwrights who found that they had backed their characters into hopeless situations would sometimes deploy a plot device called a Deus ex Machina. From out of nowhere, a god would be lowered onto the stage in a crane-like machine; the god would then set matters right.
Op-Ed Contributor / The New York Times
A Plea for Caution From Russia
By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.