Trump’s Idlib Story: Another “What’s Aleppo?”-Or What?

by Jerry Alatalo

hile running for U.S. president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson suffered wide public embarrassment and criticism for answering a question on national television about Aleppo, Syria with: “What’s Aleppo?”

Aleppo is Syria’s 2nd largest city, and at the moment of Governor Johnson’s political blunder its citizenry was heavily involved in fighting for survival against a variety of ruthless-killer terrorists.

Did Donald Trump display a “Gary Johnson moment” a week ago during his press conference at the United Nations in New York City? If he did, or did not … it seems Reuters was one of the few world media organizations to even report on Trump’s very puzzling, questions-raising Idlib statements.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-syria/trump-says-learned-about-syrias-idlib-from-supporter-at-recent-rally-idUSKCN1M638H

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday he had never heard of the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib under threat from Syrian government and Russian forces until a supporter brought it up at a recent rally about a month ago.

….Speaking at a news conference in New York, Trump took credit for convincing Russia, Iran and Syria to hold off on the attack after he warned them in a Sept. 4 Twitter post that they would be making a “grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy.”

“Syria’s a mess and I was responsible (for stopping the offensive) and I hope it stays that way,” he said. “When I put out on social media a few weeks ago about Idlib province, I said, ‘Don’t do it’.”

Trump went on to explain that he had just learned about the situation in Idlib after a woman in the crowd at a rally brought it up.

“I was at a meeting with lots of supporters and a woman stood up and she said there is a province in Syria with 3 million people right now. The Iranians, Russians and Syrians are surrounding that province and they are going to kill my sister and kill millions of people in order to get rid of 25,000 or 30,000 terrorists.

“I said that’s not going to happen. I didn’t hear of Idlib province. I came back and picked up the Failing New York Times and opened it up … not the front page, but there was a very big story and I said wow that’s the same story the woman told me and I found hard to believe and I said how, why would anyone do that?”

Trump said the story had indicated the offensive could start the next day and so he wrote his Twitter post and gave orders to his team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser John Bolton, to “not let it happen.”

“That doesn’t mean they can’t be selective, but don’t kill millions of people, and it stopped. Nobody is going to give me credit but that’s OK because the people know, but I’ve had more Syrians thank me for that. … This was about four weeks ago I put that out,” Trump said.

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It is uncertain whether Trump’s statements as reported by Reuters indicate he had never heard of Idlib … or he was unaware that Syrian military forces, with help from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, were about to take the city back from terrorists.

If this was the 1st time Trump became aware of Idlib, then he distressingly repeats the embarrassing experience of Gary Johnson in 2016 when Johnson asked “What’s Aleppo?”. That seems an absolute impossibility for the man who’s been president of the United States for some 20 months.

On the other hand, and nearly equally as concerning if the case, Trump might know about Idlib, but have been actually unaware that Syrians and their allies were intending to retake the city of Idlib with its population of approximately 3 million from terrorists.

For the President of the United States to have become informed of a major anti-terrorist military situation in Syria from a supporter at one of his rallies, which then was confirmed by Trump by reading the New York Times, has one asking the obvious: “What kind of National Security, State Department and Defense Department advice is the leader of the free world receiving?”

This seems as impossible as the theory he’s repeating the embarrassment of Gary Johnson and Aleppo.

Is there another explanation, such as Trump’s sharing a story about Idlib which is completely fictional … and if so, why? Could Trump be telling what really happened, and his advisers are keeping him completely out of the loop? Is Trump trying to give the public the impression his advisers are intentionally keeping him in the dark, as part of some covert psychological operation?

Given the propensity of Trump to go on Twitter and convey oft-controversial messages about hugely consequential matters concerning international relations, – especially situations of war and peace … literal life and death, this event is enormously disturbing in light of its potential negative outcomes if left unresolved.

Whatever the explanation for his “Idlib moment”, from any perspective there is a clear, unbelievably important, profoundly dangerous problem of communications inside the administration of Donald Trump.

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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)

Urgent Message To Americans From Syria.

by Jerry Alatalo

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“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” Address to the United Nations, September 25, 1961

– JOHN F. KENNEDY (1917-assassinated 1963) 35th President of the United States 

yria’s envoy to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari addressed the Security Council on August 28, and described in detail an imminent false flag chemical weapons operation planned and to become carried out by terrorist mercenaries in Idlib. Among the organized actions of the mercenaries described by Mr. al-Jaafari is their intention to murder dozens of children kidnapped by them recently in Idlib and Aleppo, then using  the children’s bodies in filmed recordings of a staged chemical attack to become blamed on the Syrian army.

The nearly unanimous opinion of serious observers around the world who’ve followed events in Syria is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be militarily insane to order a chemical weapons attack, especially after warnings of violent response (war) came from the United States, United Kingdom and France.

Both the Russian and Syrian governments have made public statements concerning the strong possibility of one or more terrorist false flags meant to spark a military response from the U.S., U.K. and France, while those statements have been virtually unreported in the West to citizens of those nations.

John Bolton’s threatening comments in recent days has led to efforts by Russian and Syrian officials, non-corporate independent media groups and journalists to intensify spreading the word of the probable false flag scenario … to stop or prevent a.) the deception, and b.) the potentially devastating military response and escalating war.

Here is what U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said:

“We are obviously concerned about the possibility that Assad may use chemical weapons again. If the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly.”

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We recall the astonishing sentiments attributed to the late William Casey, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency from 1981-1987 in the Ronald Reagan administration, who was reported as saying:

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American people believe is false.” (from Quora.com)

Barbara Honegger commented in November 2014 on Quora.com:

“I am the source for this quote, which was indeed said by CIA Director William Casey at an early February 1981 meeting of the newly elected President Reagan with his new cabinet secretaries to report to him on what they had learned about their agencies in the first couple of weeks of the administration.” 

“The meeting was in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, not far from the Cabinet Room.  I was present at the meeting as Assistant to the chief domestic policy adviser to the President.  Casey first told Reagan that he had been astonished to discover that over 80 percent of the ‘intelligence’ that the analysis side of the CIA produced was based on open public sources like newspapers and magazines.”  

“As he did to all the other secretaries of their departments and agencies, Reagan asked what he saw as his goal as director for the CIA, to which he replied with this quote, which I recorded in my notes of the meeting as he said it.  Shortly thereafter I told Senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who was a close friend and colleague, who in turn made it public.” 

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John Bolton finds it reasonable for Americans to believe on 9/11 the top section of the South Tower “snapped off”, the “chunk of tower” began tilting sideways asymmetrically, and then the powerhouse 110-story physical structure fell to the ground into its own footprint – in perfect symmetry.

Pay close attention to the following video and the words spoken by Syria’s Bashar al-Jaafari. In addition, simultaneously consider that John Bolton was an integral member of the Bush-Cheney administration in crafting the lies and deceptions of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2001 and the criminal war of aggression against Iraq starting in 2003.

Recall that an estimated 1,000,000 Iraqis perished in that illegal war based on lies. Think long and hard about who is telling the truth –  here and now in late August 2018, – Bashar al-Jaafari or John Bolton.

Consider the harsh fact no persons in either the Donald Trump administration or the United States Congress will acknowledge or offer a serious response to what Bashar al-Jaafari stated in this meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Consider also that neither will Western corporate news media groups or their journalists report or disseminate this important U.N. statement in any shape, form or manner, and that what this means is extremely important: the American people will never hear Dr. Jaafari’s message.

Is the Syrian ambassador’s message of paramount importance for the American people? Time is of the essence. The lives of millions of innocent men, women and children are at profoundly grave risk.

Please take right and powerful action now. Disseminate Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari’s urgent message everywhere – to everyone. Stop the real and growing momentum toward a tragic human catastrophe.

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(Thank you to Syriana Analysis at YouTube)

John Bolton Military Threat Endangers World Peace.

by Jerry Alatalo

“Locked and loaded.”

any serious world affairs analysts around the Earth share the following interpretation. United States President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton’s threat of military action against the elected Syrian government of Bashar al Assad signals an imminent “false flag” chemical weapons event inside the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria – Idlib.

The last (most recent) Syrian false flag (filmed by the White Helmets) occurred in mid-April on the outskirts of Damascus in Douma. It was subsequently shown to actually have been the theatrical filming of Douma residents being washed down with hoses, where no chemical weapons whatsoever were present. After a White Helmets member acted as one who’d yell “Fire!” where there was none in a crowded theater, creating uncalled for panic … he yelled “Chemical attack!”, – whereupon his White Helmets co-conspirator started filming.

The White Helmets video of the non-chemical event quickly became front page news around the Earth, Western leaders Donald Trump of the United States, the United Kingdom’s Theresa May and France’s Emmanuel Macron used the “evidence” to break international law in firing 103 missiles onto Syria … and all despite the fact those in the Douma hospital room where the non-event occurred clarified the truth in short order.

Hassan became famous the world over … That is, everywhere on Earth except the West.

Eleven-year old Hassan Diab of Douma was “center stage” in the fictional video, and soon became known by people the world over. Journalists interviewed him and his father, allowing the father and son to offer the truthful narrative. Others in the hospital room that day, including doctors and nurses, equally achieved their “15 minutes of fame” after sharing the truth of what happened.

Young Hassan, his father, the mentioned attendant doctors, nurses and others traveled to the Hague and gave their full testimonies, including a 2-hours long press conference/question-and-answer session.

After it became clear the alleged Douma event involved people being treated for smoke/dust inhalation from conventional weapons explosions, over four months have passed and neither Donald Trump, Theresa May nor Emmanuel Macron have publicly acknowledged Hassan Diab and the other witnesses. The leaders have ignored the staged event nature of that globally publicized video, and offered no comment, much less offered an extensive explanation or sincere apology for the destruction their missiles wrought.

Outside of the cable news group One America Network, veteran respected British journalist Robert Fisk, and hundreds of independent/internet journalists and media groups, Western corporate news organizations have been just as strangely silent as Trump, May and Macron. In the over four months since Douma, Western “pressitute” journalists have offered no explanation or acknowledgement of the Douma witnesses or their easily available Hague public event.

In March, shortly before the April non-event in Douma, it is instructive to recall that Yulia and Sergei Skripal became the widely reported victims of some type of alleged nerve agent, which Theresa May and her Tory government quickly blamed on Russia. Some have speculated (including this writer) the Skripal incident was part of a coordinated false flag, covert intelligence operation designed to paint Russia and Syria in the minds of the public as “ruthless chemical weapons murderers”, and molding public opinion into acceptance of the eventual Trump, May, Macron illegal attack on Syria.

For five months, despite repeated attempts, Russian government authorities have experienced a total stonewalling and lack of cooperation by the May Tory government on the Skripal affair, with British authorities ignoring clear rules set forth on these types of incidents by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Yulia and Sergei Skripal have made full recoveries from what most experts describe as, – if military-grade nerve agent the United Kingdom alleges was deployed … “multiple times the lethal killing power of sarin” – contact resulting in “certain death”.

Besides a very brief, short-on-depth/detail, no-questions appearance by Yulia Skripal recorded by Reuters, neither her or her father Sergei Skripal have engaged/talked with independent journalists, or even corporate media. The two could be said to have essentially disappeared from the face of the Earth.

In an inverse related manner, the Skripal story shares significant aspects with the Douma story, particularly Western media, Trump, May, Macron … others’ total silence on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

Shortly before John Bolton’s dangerous and provocative threat of military force against Syria, both the United States and United Kingdom pushed forth extreme, increased sanctions against the Russian Federation – for the alleged responsibility of Russia regarding the March attack on the Skripals. People might want to think about the timing of the harsher sanctions against Russia and Bolton’s threats against Syria, including consideration of another coordinated, covert intelligence false flag operation.

The intention is provision of a pretext for escalated war.

These are unbelievably dangerous developments.

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(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)