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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Arrogance of Empire

They're at it again. You know: the country that thinks it's above international law and believes it has the right to bomb, threaten and bully anyone who doesn't tow the line.

Yesterday, four US aircraft travelled eight miles inside Syrian airspace from Iraq and killed eight unarmed civilians on a farm.

The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said those who died were a father and his three children, a farm guard and his wife, and a fisherman.

"We consider this criminal and terrorist aggression. We put the responsibility on the American government," Muallem told reporters following talks with UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband. "All of them [the victims] are civilians, Syrian, unarmed and they are on the Syrian territories. Killing civilians in international law means a terrorist aggression."

Killing civilians in international law certainly does mean a 'terrorist aggression'.

But what have Britain and America's neocon writers- normally so quick to denounce 'terrorist' acts when they are committed by swarthy people with beards and moustaches, have to say about this blatant act of state-terrorism?

Absolutely nothing. Their silence is matched by that of the US Government.
And Britain's puppet government too.

The BBC reports:

Mr Muallem and Mr Miliband were scheduled to hold a joint press conference, but Mr Miliband withdrew. The UK government has declined to comment on the raid.

Next time you hear a neocon talk of 'terrorism', and the threat it poses, just remind him or her of yesterday's events in Syria, and ask them why they failed to condemn it.

Meanwhile in Syria, anger is growing at the US aggression and at the Syrian government's lack of a military response.

"The people who were killed were harmless, they should have been protected. It is a very saddening experience. People talk about patriotism, but when it comes to action - nothing happens"

says one Syrian eyewitness to yesterday's terrorist action, as reported on the BBC's website.

Many are of the opinion that the US administration gave the go-ahead for yesterday's attack hoping it would draw a Syrian military response, which in turn would lead to a major Middle Eastern war: something which we know the warmongering neocon faction would love to bring about. We undoubtedly live in dangerous times and, as I've said before on numerous occasions, we will continue to do so unless the advocates of perpetual war are removed from anywhere near the corridors of power.


Anonymous said...

This is esp interesting given how the US/UK axis of evil etc condemn countries like Zimbabwe,and use sanctions against them. The US can kill all it likes and the west and its UN do nothing....U ca be sure the third world vistims of wester aggression are taking note.

The US and its serfs will destroy the international system.


David Lindsay said...

Not "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb/Bomb, Bomb Iran", but, it seems, "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb/Bomb, Bomb Syria".

A country with at least five predominantly Christian provinces, and where civil servants are given Sunday morning off to go to church even though Sunday is a working day.

A country, for pity's sake, which is in talks with Israel ("indirect" talks, but so what?).

Let us be grateful that this last ditch bit of electioneering, trying to incite Syria to war in order to shift the Presidential debate from the economy to "national security", is certainly not going to succeed.

But let us have no compunction about calling it what it is.

Dan said...

The usual line of defence is to put the (insurgent) tag on the victim. and go ask the dead if they are not.
But what about the children and the woman?

Here we have US soldiers getting off the plane, opening fire on children and their mother. before flying back safely to their base.

Deliberate act of terror, aimed at children, they haven't been cought in cross fire, they are not collateral damage, and it's not technology error.

Anonymous said...

Just to remind people, US justified this atrocity by claiming Syria is harboring terrorists. The US meanwhile is harboring terrorists: thugs like Carriles. By US doctrine: Venezuela or Cuba hae the right to invade the US and kill american pursuit of terrorists...why is the media ignoring the hypocrisy?

Note also the silence of the western countries...


Roland Hulme said...

"Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said those who died were a father and his three children, a farm guard and his wife, and a fisherman."

Fortunate a totally unbiased source of information was available.

Neil Clark said...

roland: to find winners in horse-racing you need to look at previous form. And when it comes to judging who is lying you need at previous form too. The Syrian Foreign Minister or the US State Dept- you know the ones who talked us 'genocide' in Kosovo, Iraq's 'WMD threat' and of the democratically elected Lukashenko being 'Europe's last dictator'?

It's no contest.