By: Anthony Mathew Jacob
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, ’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.(Mathew 7:3-5, Bible)Well, the peace loving US plans to attack Syria, ostensibly to save the Syrians! The US it seems is very concerned about the use of deadly gases and according to Washington, President Bashar al - Assad has been responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of the armed forces. The US regimes have a legacy of saving the whole world through their humanitarian efforts; they did that in Korea, China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Lebanon, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Libya and Iraq.
Their humanitarian efforts(through drones) continue till date in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Nobel laureate President of the US now wants to save the innocent people in Syria just as his predecessor George W. Bush saved the Iraqis and the whole world from the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Saddam supposedly possessed.Why Syria?Syria has suffered brutal violence since 2011, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives and a million more are struggling with widespread violence. The economy, homes, family and lives of millions of Syrian are at stake. Since 2011, Western powers and Israel with the help of their regional allies namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are funding and training the militants operating inside Syria. The Western media has tried to portray this as a fight between the civilians and the Assad regime, but evidence suggests that the ongoing violence is unleashed by al - Qaeda and its affiliate organizations along with the so called Syrian opposition. According to intelligence reports terrorists from around 30 countries are fighting to topple the current Syrian regime. The main reason behind targeting Syria is its opposition to the American domination in the Middle East and Israeli occupation of Palestine. Damascus has openly voiced its opposition to the Israeli oppression in Palestine and called for an end to it. A careful observation of the events unfolding since the past few months will help join the puzzle, Iran is under sanctions on fabricated charges of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Iraq is facing a deadly sectarian violence, Lebanon’s Hezbollah has been declared a terrorist organization and Syria is facing both internal and external threats. On the other hand, nations like Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey who are slaughtering human rights and butchering freedom of speech are supported by the US, Israel and other western powers. Thanks to American foreign policy the real dictators in the Middle East now want to save the Syrians from dictatorship.Obama and the war rhetoric
The most generous and peace loving man on earth, wants to bring peace to Syria. Barack Obama, yes the very president who won the Nobel Peace prize in 2009 is lobbying for intervention in Syria. Ironically, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to him for his " extraordinary efforts " to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.The Norwegian Nobel Committee it seems announced the award citing Obama ' s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a " new climate " in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world. God bless the Nobel committee and the Nobel laureate. Since the last few days, the US threats of military intervention in Syria went crescendo after the deadly gas attack on Damascus suburbs killed around 400 people. The US, Israel and other western powers have claimed that the gas attack was used by the Syrian regime while the Syrian regime and human rights activists around the world have blamed it on the militants operating in Syria and the western backed Syrian opposition. Washington claims to possess all the necessary evidence to prove that the Damascus regime used Sarin gas on the attack on 21 Aug. Both, the US President and Secretary of State are vigorously lobbying for Syria strikes. However there are a lot of discrepancies in their so called ‘classified intelligence. ’ Firstly, the number of casualties given by Kerry was 1,429 while the British assessment put the figures at 350 on the other hand a Syrian opposition source namely Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the figures at 502. Finally Obama rounded off the figure at 1,000.Gas attackWhile the US is drumming around with the gas attack story, many experts have questioned the veracity of the sources they claim to have collected data and the samples they claim to have collected. Meanwhile, Russia has openly rejected US " evidence " on Syrian regime’s involvement on 21 Aug gas attack. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said: " While the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be investigated, Western powers were jumping to accuse President Bashar Assad ' s regime without proof and out of personal dislike for the Syrian leader.[The] West is unable to present evidence of the involvement of the Syrian authorities in chemical attacks, but states that ' red line ' in situation has been passed. "
Despite all the western hype of gas attack by Assad, the Syrian opposition forces have admitted to have carried out the gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus and the western media has deliberately ignored this important news.“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families…. many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the(deadly) gas attack, ……The father of a rebel who was killed in what ' s now being called an accident by many in Ghouta and Damascus said: " My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry, ” said Abu Abdel - Moneim. The father said at least 12 rebels including his son were killed by the chemical weapons. " Even the US intelligence community has denied having concrete evidence to pin Assad to the gas attack. An intelligence source speaking to The Associated Press said that the evidence against Assad is " not a slam dunk " while theNew York Times reported on 29 August that the US officials have no "smoking gun" evidence to nail Assad to the chemical attacks. The US evidence that Assad carried out the gas attack is just like the evidence they presented on Saddam possessing the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). A decade has gone by but the so called WMD's were never discovered. Today the Iraqi nation lies shattered and destroyed as a result of greed, propaganda and lies… the same story, same greed, lies and propaganda is being repeated in Syria…The US just refuses to learn from its past mistakes in the Middle East and the world. Not just the US, even its allies in the Middle East are happily continuing on their march towards tyranny, oppression and bloodshed. It's time that they realized the consequences of what they are doing and planning to do, for as Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) says: "Whoever does evil, will suffer its recompense in this very world."