By Jerry Alatalo
as it only “coincidence” that U.S. President Donald Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer announced the administration’s discovery of a potential chemical attack by Syria’s Bashar Al Assad, just hours after Seymour Hersh’s devastating-to-Trump article (now internet viral) was published in Germany? Those with any significant knowledge of the Syrian conflict and confidence in their own intuition will answer that question:
“No, it was not by coincidence.”
There is an aspect to this unfortunate, disheartening development far more important than understanding Trump’s chillingly threatening, war propaganda announcement was meant to defeat to the greatest extent possible the impact of Mr. Hersh’s explosive article. The Trump administration’s war threat to Syria, Russia and Iran is clearly a dangerous sign of the extreme risk Trump and his administration’s officials represent to international peace and security.
Some may underestimate the critical state of world affairs this development has created, brush it off as just something that will blow over, and that anyone making a big issue of it is engaging in either hyperbole or exaggeration, or making unwarranted assertions. However, when the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatens Syria, Russia and Iran with military force – three sovereign nations possessing tremendous joint military power, in particular nuclear weapons – the profoundly dangerous nature of the current situation becomes clear as day.
Mr. Hersh’s article points out that Donald Trump was aware his intelligence and military experts did not have irrefutable proof/evidence that Syrian military officers on orders of Bashar Al Assad intentionally dropped a chemical bomb on its own people in early April. Without evidence, why did Donald Trump order 59 Tomahawk missiles launched into the sovereign nation of Syria – and why did he, Ms. Haley and so many others assert they “held the evidence” without eventually making it public?
Ms. Haley told reporters shortly after the early April chemical event that the administration possessed “the evidence”, that it was classified, and that it was a matter of days before it would become declassified then available for all to see. The “evidence” after nearly three months has never been declassified nor published – according to Mr. Hersh’s article because it never existed in the first place. Perhaps it is hyperbole, or otherwise completely legitimate, to assert Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and the many others owe an honest, thorough explanation to the people of America, Syria, Russia and the world on why they made extremely serious, dangerous accusations without real evidence.
What some analysts are saying now is that the United States coalition in Syria is attempting to “annex” or partition Syria, revealing another aspect to the situation, in particular as it relates to deterioration of international relations after Crimea’s people held a referendum, decided to leave Ukraine, and joined the Russian Federation in 2014. Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation has resulted in economic sanctions hurting both the Russian and European Union economies over the period since, and recently renewed in the United States Senate by an overwhelming majority of votes.
It is yet to become seen emergent comparisons between Ukraine/Crimea and Syria among the world’s leaders, but if the United States is leading a Crimea-like annexation of part(s) of Syria the accusations of double standards are certain to follow.
Unfortunately international law has essentially been “thrown out the window” during the long Syrian warring ordeal, thus people wishing for peace in that suffering nation of fellow brothers and sisters in the human family can only pray – and act wisely to prevent a wider, immeasurably more destructive war.
(Thank you to RT at YouTube)