Knowledge Authority, the Media, Manning & Syria

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Yesterday’s reports of a war crime in Syria conveniently obscured from yesterdays news, the news that Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years for reporting a war crime. Now take a second just to admire the beautiful symmetry of the last sentence, that has only been made possible through an ugly truth. Unfortunately for the rest of this article I’m going to have to render myself guilty of the same crime most of the mainstream media has committed by ignoring Manning and focusing on anything else. I could choose any of the hot topics covered by Sky news, BBC news and others in the past few days, these include that picture of an obscenely wealthy baby taken by an obscenely wealthy Granddad, but I’m not sure if the story was about the baby? or the fact that the obscenely wealthy Granddad knows how to operate a camera? I could choose the story of the ‘middle class’, naive, white women arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs from Peru. For this story the BBC interviewed a naïve, young, black women, from Croydon, in a prison cell in Peru, I must have missed the wall to wall coverage she no doubt received at the time of her arrest. I admit to being tempted by the big story, according to the BBC and Sky, that a soulless puppet boy band are releasing a movie. I’ve not seen it, but can only assume due to it’s evident news worthiness, that Harry Styles and the others must answer some of the great existential questions regarding to the meaning of being, in the flick. However to give this paragraph the same sense of symmetry as its first sentence, I’m going with another story, that also involves convulsing kids frothing at the mouth, that’s right, Syria and that whole chemical weapons malarkey.

Despite the glibness of my last sentence, I, like everyone, found the images broadcast yesterday sickening. Footage of the Ghouta chemical attack, which has yet to be confirmed, looks damning and the attack could be responsible for anywhere between 130 and 1330 deaths, depending on where you inhale your news. I’m still not sure who the footage damns though? Most media and political talking heads suggest Assad’s forces, although I cant help but think that his use of chemical weapons would not only be unnecessary, as his regime has reportedly made strong incursions into rebels held territory of late by conventional means, but also suicidal for his regime. I’m sure he’s aware of the itchy trigger finger of the U.S. and her U.K. Colony, also a quick glance at the map should confirm the strategic value of the Syria in creating an important stepping stone to Iran. The timing of this also seems particularly suspect due to the fact weapons inspectors are already in Syria, Assad may be many things, but is he that stupid?

I don’t see how the Assad regime benefits from this attack, so who does it benefit? Well the rebels are very keen for N.A.T.O. to get involved in a similar way to they did with Libya not so long ago and the big boys of N.A.T.O., the U.S, the UK and France, are bloody keen to get involved. The use of chemical weapons has long been touted by these powers as ‘crossing the red line’. Admittedly the other previous crossings of ‘Red lines’ received lots of media attention at first and then much, much less media attention when it was subsequently indicated that it probably wasn’t Assad’s forces, but the differing rebel factions that were getting busy with chlorine bombs. We know the rebels also have chemical weapons, because they released a video of them being used on rabbits, Rabbits!, the bastards.

I feel, at this point, I should make clear that I’m not a sympathiser for the Assad regime and I’m actually for any kind of revolution against corrupt power and for better wealth distribution, hint hint. But if we’re going to send off our poor to die and kill in another middle east war which will only benefit the geopolitical ambitions of the wealthy elite that fund our politicians lets not unquestionably accept their bullshit. When “Some of you wont even be around in 20 or 30 years” (that quote might not be exact as I could bring myself to watch it on youtube, for fear of punching my laptop in its face) foreign secretary, William Hague, talks of a “shocking escalation” and further adds “I am deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of people, including children, have been killed in airstrikes and a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held areas near Damascus,” in his full nasal insincerity, its worth asking yourself whether he really gives a shit or if he’s just upping the tempo of the beat played on the war drum.

There is of course one other option, back on January the 29th 2013, a month after Obama’s chemical warfare, “totally unacceptable” bit, the Daily Mail (I know, I’m sorry, someone sent me the link, I only ever normally read it to check out what Kim Kardashian is wearing) published an article which it claimed that…

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.’

The article goes onto site a hacked email between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence. The ‘approved by Washington’ scheme explained that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons. It reads…

‘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?

The article is no longer available in the Daily Mail website, but it is available, via an alternative archive site, here:-

http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

It is, however, possible to access ‘The Daily Mails’ coverage relating to Kim Kardashian from January 2013, she was sporting a fringe!, gave fans a peek of her baby bump!, hid her pregnancy curves!, wore some diamond rings with lace!, and wore a tuxedo! All separate articles still available directly from ‘The Daily Mail’ today!

In January 2013 ‘The Daily Mail’ published one single article about Bradley Manning.

This kind of brings back an element of symmetry to this piece and I fucking love symmetry. So by all means get angry about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, between reading about the Kardashians or a boy band, but at least consider why you are being told where the blame lies, because there is a good chance that it will not be long until one of your children or someone you know is asked lay down their life for lies built into the blame, because it’s profitable and suits imperialistic ambitions.

@melccrosby

Read more about the profit of war here: – http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/united-kingdom/2009-british-arms-deals-a-tale-of-quick-death-dirty-money-and-fast-profits

References available upon request

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