Syria’s U.N. Envoy Issues Searing Attack On U.S., U.K., France Narrative.

by Jerry Alatalo

United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley – after Syria’s Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari delivered a searing oratorical attack on the U.S., U.K. and France. (Security Council Meeting – September 6, 2018)

ersons who have followed tragic events in Syria over the course of over seven (7) years since warring began in March 2011 can understand the frustration felt by Syria’s United Nations Ambassador Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari. His nation and its people have been victim to a historic criminal, covert, organized war of aggression using terrorist mercenaries leading to the deaths of an estimated 500,000 human beings.

One who has observed events unfolding across the span of years might wonder what spiritual, emotional or moral reserves Dr. al-Jaafari has turned to for maintaining his sanity and continuing to fight the diplomatic battles inside the increasingly hostile United Nations Security Council.

If the leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and France can somehow come to their moral senses and choose not to order another false flag chemical weapons event in Syria, in the process opting not to attempt an illegal military strike meant to overthrow the Syrian government, – then perhaps the Syrian people can finally experience a long-awaited peace.

If only … Bashar al-Jaafari’s blistering oratory at the September 6, 2018 meeting of the U.N. Security Council will most certainly not become reported or shown on Western corporate media, continuing the total blackout on his U.N. activities since March 2011.

If only … Should civilization rise to the occasion, manage to avert the unspeakable, and future generations experience the opportunity of discovering transcripts of U.N. Security Council meetings from 2011-2018, among those who will stand out more than others, recognized and honored by people years from now, will be Syrian Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.

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(Partial transcript)  

“As I’m sure you’re aware, President, Syria and its allies are engaged in a ferocious battle against terrorist organizations such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Al Nusra front, and others. And I’m pleased to say that we are winning that ferocious war – against terrorists, may I repeat. We do not need to use the prohibited chemical weapons to stamp out terrorism, nor would we.

“As I’m sure you’re aware, those who have waged war against international terrorism, and you have all done so in your way, you all know that we cannot give ground to political blackmail and to the threats posed by terrorist organizations. Nor can we give way to political blackmail by governments including the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, of France, who have engaged in prohibited acts in Syria, to witt: support for terrorists and terrorist attacks.

“They have given orders to Al Nusra front, to a terrorist group and to its affiliated groups, in particular the White Helmets. Given them orders to use chemical weapons to target civilians in Syria, and then to turn around and accuse the Syrian government of having behind these chemical attacks, and use that as a pretext for their own ends in Syria. The war is in Syria. It’s not in New York, Washington, London or Paris, and we have no beef, as it were, with New York, London, Washington, Paris. We certainly didn’t.

“Our war is against Al Qaeda, which has been responsible for aggression; which carried out an aggressive attack in September 2001 in New York. It has been responsible for attacks in Paris, in London, in other capitals. That is our enemy – a deserved enemy Al Qaeda. And you, – you support and back Al Qaeda against us. And the reward for all of that is that we are forced to wage this war alone. Ask yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, you who are supposed to be responsible for upholding the Charter and international peace and security.

“What would cause Syria to use a prohibited weapon – prohibited internationally, – a weapon that we don’t possess and that will bear no fruit? That will gain us no ground; that will lead to nothing?

“Why would we do that?”

“This is simply being wielded as a pretext by the three countries before-mentioned to carry out aggression.

“Why are people claiming that chemical weapons are being used … and why is the outlandish claim being made that these chemical weapons are only impacting women and children? For what Earthly reason would the Syrian government attack women and children? If we were to use chemical weapons, why wouldn’t we use them against the terrorists? Can you give us the times and the sites when these chemical weapons were used in Syria?

“Why do these governments and terrorist groups … Why are they all able to predict what will happen in terms of chemical weapons? We’ve heard claims here, aired here again today, that chemical weapons attacks are forthcoming. How can you make that claim? How do you know … how do you know that? How do you and the terrorist organizations know that that is likely to happen?

“Fifty-six (56) official letters have gone between ourselves and the OPCW. I beg your pardon …one hundred and fifty-six (156) letters, including some letters addressed to you the Security Council in the OPCW explaining the facts of Syria’s government action, of what we’re doing. But nobody reads these letters.

“Nobody wishes to cooperate with the Syrian government to combat and stamp out terrorism and to prevent the use of chemical weapons. That’s what we’re seeking to do. And why not? …Because certain countries don’t actually wish to resolve the problems in Syria.

“Certain nations are invested in terrorism.

“Why are the Security Council and the OPCW still incapable of handling information provided by Syria in one hundred and fifty-six (156) official letters, most of them provided last year, on a handling of chemical elements, and also reporting the use of toxic chemical substances by terrorist organizations targeting civilians? And the terrorist organizations were allowed to get off scot-free, and the army of the Syrian Arab Republic is accused instead.

“We have many questions. We have detailed them in these letters and we have no answers thereto.  I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

“Over the last eight years the governments of these three countries, – the U.S., the U.K. and France – have supported terrorists. And that is why these three governments in their actions, often indirect but often flagrant, are engaged in behind-the-scenes military action against our country. They illegally deploy military forces in parts of the Syrian territory. These countries impede the political process; they have done so in Astana and Geneva and Sochi, and in so doing they hinder the eradication of terrorism in Idlib.

“They intend to impose a suffocating economic embargo on the Syrian people, and they seek to strangle the financing of the reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation of Syria. These countries will hamper the return of refugees through their actions, and the return of Syrian migrants as well, who wish to return to live in a dignified safe and secure and peaceful way in their country Syria.

“I would like to say to you all that after the destruction of the two last installations, which was reported by Izumi Nakamitsu, and after the dispatch by the OPCW of a mission to verify the destruction of those remaining chemical weapon production facilities, the last two. All of those are facts.

“My country has therefore lived up to all of its obligations. Returning to these chemical weapons production facilities, I repeat: the last two have been destroyed and that has been verified.

“Two days ago we submitted an official letter to the members of the Security Council with specific, accurate and credible information about the preparations underway by terrorist groups in Idlib and in the suburbs of Aleppo, planning the use of toxic chemical substances as part of an attack against civilians.

“We underscored the fact that this is intended to turn around the territorial gains being made by the Syrian army in these regions. It is very clear, President, by way of conclusion … It is very clear.

“It is very sad that certain permanent members, including the current presidency of this Security Council, have mixed up the actual purpose of this meeting and the purpose of tomorrow’s meeting, and confuse the two issues.” 

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(Thank you to The Syrian Mission to the United Nations at YouTube)

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Lecture in Girona on the Universal Right of Self-Determination of Peoples

Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT

 OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS

 RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE

OF THE UNIVERSAL RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES

Introduction: The “right of self-determination of peoples”, hereinafter the “right of self-determination”, is a fundamental right protected at the highest level by the international legal order. It is enshrined in the first article of the Charter of the United Nations, the founding treaty of the Organization, and in other international legal instruments, including the UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is considered “jus cogens”, that is, fundamental norm of superior hierarchical rank, standing above any contradictory legal provision which would become automatically null, in accordance with the Charter and with Article 53 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

 

It is therefore a direct and legally binding right applicable to all United Nations Member States…

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Sergey Lavrov: Syria, Douma, Khan Sheikhoun And Skripal.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Truth is a torch, but a terrific one; therefore we all try to grasp it with closed eyes, fearing to be blinded.”

– JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (1749-1832) German philosopher

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ussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke in Moscow on Saturday April 14, the day after the U.S., U.K. and France launched over 100 missiles on Syria, discussing and sharing important facts regarding the attack, the Skripal event in the U.K., last year’s Khan Sheikhoun incident, and the alleged April 7 chemical incident in Douma.

Chances are likely zero that any of the relevant factual information Sergey Lavrov presented will become acknowledged, analyzed, responded to, nor otherwise mentioned by the administrations of President Donald Trump in America, Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France, or western corporate media. …Until it becomes impossible to ignore.

The most crucial aspect of Mr. Lavrov’s statement is the stark contrast presented between his version or narrative of what occurred in the ultimately consequential events, and the narratives of Trump, May and Macron presented to justify their previous decisions along with their most recent, coordinated, arguably illegal military action.

As demonstrated for years at United Nations Security Council meetings focused on warring in Syria where often-heated discussions have featured the same widely contrasting narratives, it seems the building intensity of the Syrian crisis has reached the point of profound revealing – the culmination in a certain, decisive and historic moment – and the inevitable, world-altering identification of those speaking truth and those speaking lies.

Some might refer to or recall the phrase “separating the wheat from the chaff” to describe what is now surely and unavoidably occurring on Earth. Due to the extraordinary nature of discussions held at the 8,233rd meeting of the United Nations Security Council on April 14, 2018, it will become recorded in history books as a world milestone event.

There is no doubt conditions on Earth have developed sufficient for predicting an imminent, immense, paradigm-shifting and truly historic collision of truth and lies. For the well-being of humanity, now and for the sake of future generations – may that profoundest of collisions be a peaceful one.

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(Thank you to RT at YouTube)

Syria’s Bashar Jaafari To World: ‘You Need To Know A Bitter Truth.’

“And we will not allow anyone, permanent member or non-permanent member, to do to us what they did to Iraq and Libya.”

United Nations Security Council – April 10, 2018

Syrian Arab Republic – Ambassador Dr. Bashar Jaafari

Thank you, Mr. President.

I will give my colleagues who are about to leave the room some of my valuable time. They are afraid that I will win them in a battle of the arguments, and they do not want to hear any opposing opinions. Those who just left the room in their statements said that today is a sad day for the non-proliferation regime. I would like to refresh their memory, and say that the violation of the non-proliferation regime is their specialty – the specialty of those Western states.

The United States of America used nuclear weapons in Japan; it’s used chemical and biological weapons in Vietnam, and enriched uranium in Iraq. France used Algerian human samples when they tested an atomic bomb in the desert of Algeria. They had actually put them in the desert against poles, and they actually tested the first atomic French bomb and Britain conducted all their nuclear tests in their colonies in the ocean, in the islands in the ocean.

And then the ambassador of Britain says that this is a sad day. English is not my mother tongue. But I know that in Douma there is no people, there are Syrian people; there is no people of Douma, there are residents. The people are the Syrian people. I would like to quote a British author apart from Marx and Lenin. I would say that Shakespeare the poet, the British poet, said one day, and I quote: ‘Lies defame you. Either be honest or be silent’. This is back-translated by the interpreter remarks.

She said that Russia does not have the authority to go to Douma and establish whether chemicals have been used in Douma or not. She said that this is not the authority of our Russian friends, who are actually on the ground. It’s not their purview to go to Douma and to actually examine the scene. This is quite strange. Why didn’t Britain say this to itself when it sent it’s intelligence to Khan Sheikhoun, and they gave themselves authority to take samples from Khan Sheikhoun. This is what they claimed.

They claimed this and the French did the same. They took samples and they took them to French and British labs, without coordination with the JIM (Joint Investigative Mechanism) or with the FFM (Fact finding mission). This is quite a paradox. They give themselves the right that they deprive others. Anyway … Britain did sign, I think two weeks ago, an agreement with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the sale of weapons for a hundred billion US dollars, which is much bigger than (inaudible) deal, to continue to kill people in Yemen, and to start new wars with Syria, with Yemen … and to implicate the entire region in war that would be never-ending.

This is what Britain can do. Mahatma Gandhi … He knew the British. He knew them well. He was right when he said one day, and I quote: “If there is a fight between two fishes in the ocean, you have to know that Britain started the fight between the two fishes”. End of quote. The colleague from the United States said that there is only one monster that’s facing the entire world today in defiance.

It is the monster that financed terrorists for years in Syria. I would say this monster is the United States, Britain, and France. They sponsored terrorism in my country for seven years. Before that they did the same in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Libya. They sponsored terrorist organizations that are splinters of Taliban, ISIL, al-Nusrah Front, al Qaeda and Jaysh al-Islam … and the white helmets, which is the new invention by the British intelligence.

The monster she spoke of destroys and occupies and sends its troops everywhere in the world for thousands of miles to destabilize and to threaten international peace and security. The monster is an American monster that so far refuses to destroy its chemical arsenal. The United States has refused and continues to refuse to destroy its arsenal, but they would lecture others and give sermons on the destruction of chemical weapons.

Mr. President. My colleague from the French delegation said that he was horrified by the pictures he saw – but he wasn’t horrified by pictures of hundreds of civilians that French airplanes killed in Manbij in 2016. Two hundred civilians killed, entire families killed by the warplanes of France. The Ambassador from France did not see those pictures, and they were not a source of horror for him. The word double-standard is an understatement in itself, for those people.

Mr. President. In response to the web of lies by some Western states against my country, against the backdrop of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7th 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expatriates in the Syrian Arab Republic, today, on the 10th of April 2018, has sent official invitation to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) to dispatch a fact-finding mission to visit Douma and investigate the allegations, on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. And … to establish the facts on these allegations.

I did inform you of this yesterday in this very chamber. The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the visit of the FFM. And, it stands ready to fully cooperate and provide all forms of assistance for this mission undertaking its functions, and guarantees the safety of its members, and it will facilitate the interviewing/sampling in accordance with the terms of reference. We look forward to the FFM undertaking its work in transparency and professionalism and reliance on credible, tangible evidence.

And if it actually reaches the locations, it will reach a Douma that is liberated, and they would be able to have full access to any location they wish to visit.

Mr. President. The situation is quite clear. The co-sponsors of the US draft resolution do not seek the truth, because, simply, it will condemn them and their terrorist proxies on the ground. Instead of waiting for the FFM of the OPCW and establishing whether toxic chemicals were used in Douma, instead of this, they table draft resolutions that do not enjoy consensus and do not seek the truth. It just seeks to establish mechanisms that have no objectivity and pre-empts the results that support their political accusations and agenda. And they are aware that cloning the JIM would not be accepted by the states that truly seek, in this council, to establish the truth on who uses toxic chemicals against Syrian civilians.

In this regard, I reaffirm that the US, Britain and France did make the JIM a failure. And they are the ones who thwarted its work as they insisted on politicizing its work; and they did bring pressure to bear on its leadership; and they did stop being professional and credible. And they issued fabricated reports that accuse us based on open sources that include the White Helmets and false testimonies, and fabricated evidence that finds its source in terrorist groups – most important of which al-Nusrah Front and the White Helmets, which are a British-hatched media arm of al-Nusrah Front.

Mr. President. This scenario is similar to the scenario we witnessed a year ago, when the United States of America launched a wanton aggression on al Shayrat airbase based on weak arguments and pretexts that we have used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.  These were proven false when the US and its allies prevented the experts of the JIM from visiting Khan Sheikhoun, and they prevented them from taking samples from the military base we just referred to.

Things are crystal clear. The aggression of the US and its accomplices thrives across history on lying, misleading and hegemony, and on the rule of the powerful. It is a brutal approach that does not respect the rule of law and does not give weight to international diplomacy. My country Syria, for seven years and to date, is a case in point, for their appetite for lies, misleading and fallacies of the United States and Britain. In this very chamber, what they did actually to destroy Iraq under the pretext of a big lie, which is weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

And I’m compelled this time and every time to remind you of the position of the former foreign secretary Colin Powell when he in this room, and I was there … and I was actually in the seat of the deputy PR of China, Colin Powell did showcase tapes, documents, pictures and maps that we found out later that they are fabricated by the CIA to serve the agenda of invading Iraq, which was prepared in advance at the time. And the same thing happened with Libya.

And you need to know a bitter truth. This world, throughout centuries, you have seen different areas of occupation and hegemony, and they sought to loot the wealth of the nations or occupy land or impose geopolitical agendas. However, the political immorality reached a new low as they destroyed Libya and killed its people to cover up for a case of bribery and financial corruption that implicates the head of a member state that is a permanent member state of this council, that says it upholds democracy and freedom.

And, they have imposed on oil exporting countries to pay the bills of the continued aggression and military intervention. This is an affair between those who are corrupt and have the money and those who are mercenaries and have weapons and power. Today some permanent members are launching an aggression on countries with sovereignty, just to cover up for their domestic crises and the conflict between their political elite.

Mr. President. We in Syria, after seven years of a filthy terrorist war that was imposed upon us, we believe that the choices are clear. And they are a big challenge on this council, so that the council would stand up against such lies and this political failure, failure that the US, Britain and France are trying to implicate the council in and drag it towards it. It’s your decision today, and the international public opinion, your peoples and peoples of the free world, will be your judge as you exercise your responsibilities towards upholding international legitimacy and the maintenance of international peace and security, and protecting the world against dark terrorism that is used and exploited by these three countries to undermine the stability of States and their self-determination.

I call upon you to uphold the multilateral political system and order that believes in the right of people to self-determination and rejecting political insecurity and economic hegemony. The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its condemnation in the strongest terms of any use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstance and everywhere. We stand ready to cooperate with the OPCW to uncover the lies promoted by some Western parties to justify their aggression, and in service of their political goals.

We can see their ships in the eastern Mediterranean and they were waiting for the veto to start their aggression. I would like to say to those Western parties – and they need to listen to me attentively. Your threat of aggression, your maneuvers, your lies, your terrorism would never derail us, as one of the founding states of this organization, from exercising our right and fulfilling our duties in accordance with our national constitution and the (UN) Charter to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to fend off any aggression from any source. And we will not allow anyone, permanent member or non-permanent member, to do to us what they did to Iraq and Libya.

Thank you, Mr. President.

(Thank you to The Syrian Mission to the United Nations)