The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again in the Middle East, we have a ‘war’ that was started through secret back room meetings in distant lands… to destabilize a ‘suddenly’ unpopular regime, financed by Saudi and Persian Gulf Arab states… using proxy warriors…leading to a stalemate while literally millions of innocent victims caught up in the middle…dead or homeless.
In a period of 30 months, the death toll in Syria is now close to 130,000 and there are over 2 million refugees scattered all over Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan! This is right on track with the death toll from the Iran-Iraq war of over 500,000 over 100 months of battle in the 80’s.
And who is financing Anti-Assad / Islamist / Al Qaeda warriors in Syria? Yes, Saudi Arabia, Qatar …and indirectly the US, Britain!
Sound Familiar? Who was financing Saddam Hussein? Yep, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait …and indirectly the U.S. and Britain.
And who was on the Side of Iran during the Iran-Iraq war? Syria’s Assad regime, no less. And who is on the side of Syria’s Assad regime today? Iran’s Mullahs, no less.
Hey, it’s the Iran-Iraq war all over again.
In Syria, we have indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets – from both sides. We have Chemical weapons as a tool of war. In fact there have been over 1400 deaths reported due to the use of Chemical Weapons. And who were the venerable suppliers of chemical weapons in Syria??? Europeans of course!! Sound familiar?
Yep, same shit, different day!
Look at this comparison: It was called, Project 922. This was the codename Saddam Hussein had for an extensive program with support and financing by Europeans. German firms such as Karl Kolb helped build Iraqi chemical weapons facilities such as laboratories, bunkers, an administrative building, and first production buildings in the early 1980s under the cover of a pesticide plant. Other German firms sent 1,027 tons of precursors of mustard gas, sarin, tabun, and tear gasses in all. This work allowed Iraq to produce 150 tons of mustard agent and 60 tons of Tabun in 1983 and 1984 respectively, continuing throughout the decade. All told, 52% of Iraq's international chemical weapon equipment was of European origin. One of the contributions was a £14m chlorine plant known as "Falluja 2", built by Uhde Ltd, a UK subsidiary of a German company; the plant was given financial guarantees by the UK's Export Credits Guarantee Department despite official UK recognition of a "strong possibility" the plant would be used to make mustard gas. The guarantees led to UK government payment of £300,000 to Uhde in 1990.
France also provided glass-lined reactors, tanks, vessels, and columns used for the production of chemical weapons. Around 21% of Iraq’s international chemical weapon equipment was French. 75,000 shells and rockets designed for chemical weapon use also came from Italy. About 100 tons of mustard gas also came from Brazil. The United States exported $500 million of dual use exports to Iraq that were approved by the Commerce Department. Among them were advanced computers, some of which were used in Iraq’s nuclear program. Austria also provided heat exchangers, tanks, condensers, and columns for the Iraqi chemical weapons infrastructure
According to Iraq itself, it consumed almost 19,500 chemical bombs, over 54,000 chemical artillery shells and 27,000 short-range chemical rockets between 1983 and 1988. Iraq declared it consumed about 1,800 tons of mustard gas, 140 tons of Tabun, and over 600 tons of Sarin.
Casualty counts from Chemical Weapons used in the Iran-Iraq war from 1983 through 1988 are very hard to determine (precisely), but easily exceeded 100,000. To be fair, Syria’s casualty count from Chemicals appears to be significant, but perhaps one order of magnitude less for an equivalent time period of war.
And if you don’t think the Syrian war was premeditated, consider U.S. General Wesley Clark’s public admission that the U.S. had already made the decision to invade Syria as early as 2001. Additionally, more damning evidence of the West’s intention to precipitate a war in Syria was revealed in an explosive report released by the UK’s Daily Mail on January 2013. Here’s a snippet from a report, which was entitled, U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’. A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam, where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.
Here’s the text of the email, according to the report:
‘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.’
And then contrast this with Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brezinski’s secret meeting in Jordan in August 1980 with senior officials of Saddam Hussein’s military to prepare for an attack on Iran. And Saddam Hussein’s own direct meeting with Saudi royals, that same month (August 1980), to be given direct support and financing for an invasion of Iran. And today, not long after the war itself, all the facts have emerged about who precipitated and financed this brutal war.
And, once again a major war in the Middle East – in Syria now - with literally hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of homeless refugees, has been precipitated and financed by the West and its Arab allies – with no real outcome to show for it.
It’s the Iran-Iraq war again.
The only words that I can think of to describe all this is simply sheer disgust. How are we making the world a better place, by putting millions of children and families in refugee camps, by killing so many innocent by standers? Will these children grow up to be well adjusted, peaceful and loving citizens of planet earth? Or will we have a new generation of Arabs, like countless Palestinian children, who readily volunteer to carry explosive belts into crowded streets to become suicide bombers? Repeat: there are no shortages of volunteers for suicide bombings in the Middle East. This is the new generation being brought up in the Middle East. How can this be good for the West?
The long-term negative effects of these ruthless policies cannot be overestimated.
And does the west truly believe that in this age of mass communication and the internet that somehow their involvement in these dirty and disgusting schemes can somehow be swept under the carpet? Yes, scum bag Assad will eventually be toppled, but who will take his place when we have literally bred 2 million Arabs who have witnessed tragedies beyond everyone’s wildest imagination who will be burdened with unspeakable hatred towards the West. This is not good, in the long-run.
What if they too, one day, lead new governments in the middle-east with rogue nuclear programs and missiles that can carry warheads to Europe? Was there no lesson at all out of the Iran-Iraq war? Why are the same failed policies being pursued over and over again?