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)

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Russia, Syria Make Powerful Case At United Nations.

“I will put another rhetorical question: For do you understand the dangerous threshold towards which you are bringing the world? One of the areas where there’s hostility where that is most stark, that is on Syria. The terrorists and extremists supported by external sponsors are enduring a defeat there. Let us recall that we are talking about those terrorists and extremists who you supplied, financed and deployed in the country to oust a legitimate government. And now it is clear why this is causing hysteria among those who invested political and material capital in these dark forces.”

Russian Federation Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia – United Nations Security Council, April 9, 2018

(Transcript)

ut unfortunately the situation is such that I will have to say a great deal today, and it will be incumbent upon you to listen to what I have to say. We are grateful to Mr. deMistura for his briefing as well as to Mr. Markram. The Russian Federation demands both for this meeting to be held on the agenda item: ‘Threats to International Peace and Security’.

Insofar as we are deeply alarmed at the fact that in a number of capitals of, above all in Washington, and those blindly following it, of London, in Paris … there was a deliberate policy undertaken to stoke international tensions. The leadership of the United States, of the United Kingdom and of France, without any justifications and without considering the consequences, have engaged in a confrontational policy against Russia and Syria, and they are prompting others to follow suit.

A broad arsenal of methods is being leveraged: slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions and threats to use force against a sovereign state. Russia is being unpardonably threatened. The tone with which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable even during the Cold War. Such boorishness against my country is something which your predecessors did not take the liberty to undertake.

What is next?

We recall a rhetorical question which the Russian president put forward in 2015 from the United Nations General Assembly to our Western partners, above all the United States, concerning their reckless geopolitical experiments in the Middle East: Do you understand now what you have done? And the response at that time hung in the air, but there is a response: No, you do not understand – just as you fail to understand what you are doing now.

The lack of a clear strategy on any issue is appalling, not just to us. It confounds not only us. This is confounding to the majority of those seated here, but they are, have decided, not to openly put this forward to you, following you everywhere you go regardless of what you … everything you touch chaos is left behind. In the brackish waters of which you try to take out, fish, something, but only mutant fish are being taken out.

I will put another rhetorical question: For do you understand the dangerous threshold towards which you are bringing the world? One of the areas where there’s hostility where that is most stark, that is on Syria. The terrorists and extremists supported by external sponsors are enduring a defeat there. Let us recall that we are talking about those terrorists and extremists who you supplied, financed and deployed in the country to oust a legitimate government. And now it is clear why this is causing hysteria among those who invested political and material capital in these dark forces.

Recently, thanks to the efforts undertaken by Russia in line with implementation of Security Council resolutions, a large scale operation has been undertaken to lift the siege of eastern Ghouta. Its residents for a number of years were forced to endure the mockery and torture of fighters. More than 150,000 civilians were evacuated from that Damascus suburb – complete, purely voluntarily with the requisite security conditions being provided. Tens of thousands of them have already been able to return to the liberated areas, and many were met with their … many met with their relatives.

There has been no change in democratic composition which is being shouted about by supporters of the Syrian opposition has occurred – these are lies. With the leaders of armed groups there were difficult negotiations that took place. As a result many of them left the areas they had occupied with full respect for guarantees for their safety. Incidentally during these transportation operations several attempts were undertaken to stage terrorist attacks, when the militants attempted to put … to reach the buses with the (explosive) belts.

Others preferred to settle their status with the Syrian authorities … Thanks to presidential amnesty, they now will be able to return to civilian life, and subsequently it is possible they may enter the Syrian security forces. We are talking about implementation of a UN principle – demobilization, disarmament and reintegration. However, this positive dynamic is not to the liking of some. Foreign sponsors, Western countries were willing to take up any new straw just to maintain a hotbed of terrorist resistance at a striking distance from the Syrian capital.

This for the fighters to continue to terrorize ordinary civilians, to cease their food and to request from the international, to beg of the international community, that humanitarian assistance be delivered. Incidentally, they were not prepared to share medicine with ordinary civilians, as was shown in the inspection of the strongholds left behind by the fighters, as was the case in the past and eastern Aleppo, improvised hospital facilities in basements were full of medicine, which as a result of sanctions, Western sanctions, were not provided to Damascus and other government controlled areas. Also, large storage (inaudible) were found as were the bodies of the corpses of people who had been subjected to torture.

We are stunned (at) the scale of the tunnels that were being used by jihadists, and some of them … small trucks were able to freely move about. These surprising underground facilities, brought together the positions of groups who are viewed by some as moderate, and they were linked to the strongholds of jihadis. On 6 April the new head of Jaish al-Islam, following instructions of sponsors, derailed evacuation of a party of fighters from Douma, and resumed the rocket and mortar firing against the residential areas in Damascus.

According to official information – (8) eight died and (37) thirty seven civilians were wounded. Unfortunately, we failed to see statements from Western capitals condemning the shelling of a historical district of Damascus. The following day 7 April fighters accused the Syrian authorities of dropping barrel bombs with toxic substances. At the same time diversions were being mixed up. They were … it was either called sarin, at times chlorine or at times a mix of toxic substance, of gases.

Based on a well known scheme these rumors were immediately taken up by those financed by Western capitals. I’m referring to, what – on NGOs and the White Helmets, who are mendaciously acting under the cloak of health professionals. And these reports were also taken up and transferred to media outlets. It behooves us once again to state that many of these dubious opposition structures have a clear list of the email addresses of representatives of Security Council members, which shows that some of our colleagues recklessly approached, with the reckless approach towards their status, are leaking sensitive information to their proteges.

Incidentally, all should recall the way that accidentally the White Helmets put on the internet and a video – video where, which showed preparation for staging a so-called victim of an alleged attack perpetrated by the Syrian army. In 2011 the chemical serial began and this continues … to be shown to us with the calculation for each new episode to be more resonant than the one prior to it. In Washington, London and Paris, immediately conclusions were drawn pinning blame on the Syrian authorities, or, as they call it, the ‘regime’.

Has nobody put the question after themselves why does Damascus need this? There were insults against the Syrian government, however the Syrian leadership … however the main burden of responsibility was pinned on Russia and Iran, and I think that this is hardly surprising to anybody at this point. Now, this has been done based on current trends, immediately, without any investigation being conducted. On 8 April the Syrian troops sweeping through (inaudible) near Douma found a homemade … a manufacturing area of Jaish al-Islam to manufacture chemical substances artisanally.

Chlorine agents of German manufacturer and special equipment were also discovered. In Istanbul an opposition journalist (name inaudible) whose base put on his Twitter page a video allegedly from the area of the incident … This was probably from the White Helmets – an unknown individual next to a handmade bomb with a chemical of which allegedly … which allegedly struck the bedroom of a building in Douma. All of this is accompanied by comments about another attack by the regime against civilians. The staged nature of this action is something of which there’s no doubt.

The trajectory of , the alleged trajectory of the bombs is unnatural; this entered this through, fell through a roof and naturally calmly fell into a bed without damaging that bed – a wooden bed without damaging the wooden bed, clearly was placed there prior to preparation for the staging. And an interesting … There’s an interesting incident that the chemical provocation in Douma on Saturday 7 April occurred immediately after the US delegation at the Security Council received instructions to convene for today Monday 9 April, to convene expert level consultations on their draft resolution on the mechanism to investigate incidents with chemical weapons.

The initial text today has far-reaching changes and revisions. In the, under these obscure … under these obscure circumstances of course we need to get to the bottom of what is taking place. However, we need to do so in an honest, objective, impartial way without disregarding the principle of presumption of innocence, and by no means prejudging the outcome of the investigation. Despite the provocations Russian specialists continued their efforts to resolve the situation in eastern Ghouta.

In afternoon 8 April Sunday following a new agreement that was reached, the evacuation of Jaish al-Islam fighters resumed. Following the liberation of Douma from fighters, Russian specialists were sent there – a specialist on radiological, chemical and biological protection to collect evidence and information. They took soil samples which they … which show the lack of nerve agent and chlorine containing substances. And locals were … were interviewed about the cessation of resistance to the fighters. Not a single local resident confirmed the chemical attack having taken place. A local about a hospital … those, there were no reports about symptoms from a toxic substance such as chlorine.

Other medical facilities are not located in Douma; the bodies of the dead as a result of contamination were not found; medical personnel and residents have no information about their potential burial areas. Thereby the use of sarin and chlorine is not confirmed. Incidentally, the representatives of the Syrian Red Crescent refuted the statement allegedly made on their behalf on the delivery of assistance to victims of toxic gas.

I call upon those who will speak against me, slandering the regime, to proceed from the premise that there was no chemical weapons attack. Sweden drew up a draft resolution to investigate the incident. In principle, in order to conduct an investigation OPCW needs no resolution. However we are willing to consider this resolution. Today we propose that what you envisage in your project and your draft be done. Let the OPCW which through the technical … the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat Mr. (inaudible) stated a willingness to get to the bottom of what took place.

Let it immediately, tomorrow … fly to Damascus. There the Syrian authorities and Russian troops will provide conditions to travel to the area of the alleged incident for them to familiarize themselves with the situation. Incidentally, this is what President Trump and other Western leaders called upon on us to undertake. As for the possibility of a chemical attack, being a possibility, this was repeatedly warned about by the Syrians at the Russian Center for the reconciliation of opposing sides. It was stated that in order to take a film of a chemical attack – and I put this in quotes – the ‘necessary equipment has already been brought in’.

We too made the relevant statements of the Security Council. You’ve heard these warnings. You’ve heard, but deliberately ignored them insofar as they do not align with the doctrinal views of those who sleep within (inaudible), in elimination of a legitimate government in another Arabic country. Still what is not being looked into – at the fact that a significant number of chemical weapons were discovered November December 2017 in Syrian territory that had been liberated from fighters.

… (Hama) 20 one-ton containers were discovered; more than 50 munitions were found which contain toxic chemicals … (Idlib) 24 tons of toxic chemicals were discovered and this is believed to be chlorine. In the storage site 30 kilometers northeast of Damascus 140-160 millimeter caliber munitions were found; plastic canisters were found with phosphorus, with phosphorus substances and compounds in the area of a (inaudible) province … An industrial complex that was found for the synthesis of various toxic substances; 54 chemical munitions were found; with 44 chemical containers were found, and these could be used for the manufacture of toxic substances.

From the beginning of this year alone four instances were reported of fighters using toxic chemicals are from, up against positions where government troops are located in (inaudible). More than 100 Syrian troops were hospitalized at 3 March. When (inaudible) were liberated in eastern Ghouta, fighters from government troops discovered in a tunnel an underground artisanal manufacturing site to make chemical munitions of a handmade nature.

And this is far from a full list. It points, it … to the wrongdoings and abuses by the irreconcilable opposition. However, the OPCW’s experts being sent there to identify evidence is not something which we see people eager to do. We demand that OPCW verify all of those areas. Access is being … can be provided. Also, information is surfacing that at Tanf the camp American instructors … instructors have trained a number of groups of fighters to stage provocations with chemical weapons used to create a pretext for a strike.

It was clear to us that they attempt to shelter terrorists, and at the same time to punish the regime so hated by some Western capitals will sooner or later be undertaken. Speaking heads on television screens sought to repeat last year’s … last year’s chemical attack against Syria – last year’s strike. This morning there were strikes … missile strikes against the T4 Air Field in Homs province.

We are deeply troubled by such actions. Provocations in Douma echo last year’s incident in Khan Sheikhoun. The unifying moment aspect is the fact that there’s a planned nature of these attacks. Analysis of the US operations prior to and after the incident in Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 shows that Washington, ahead of time, prepared for its operation. The US Porter and Ross naval destroyers from 4 to 7 April last year, that is, when the toxic substance was used in Khan Sheikhoun before the strike against the Shayrat airbase, were already present in the Mediterranean waters where they were engaged in planned operations.

They did not enter the ports where an exchange of munitions could have been taking place by increasing the number of cruise missiles. Inter alia 4-5 April the Porter destroyer was located southeast of Sicily and the Ross naval destroyer was in a passage from the (inaudible) naval base in the area southernmost, south of Sardinia. Later 6 April an expedited … a movement of both naval destroyers were reported in the firing positions south, what … more southwest of Cyprus. From there on 7 April they conducted a mass strike against the Shayrat airfield. At the same time the number of Tomahawk missiles that were launched, 59 units, surpassed the overall munitions aboard two naval destroyers if they had actually been engaged in the anti-missile defense operations that had been assigned to them.

And for that purpose only 48 units were necessary. Thereby, US naval vessels even prior to the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun entered military service at the … with strike equipment that is an increase of cruise missiles that were necessary for the anti-missile defense. And this could attest to prior planning by Washington of an act … a strike against Damascus.

The fake news on Saturday from Douma are geared inter alia towards drawing attention of society away from the Skripal case which was muddled up by London, and pulling … and throwing on Russia completely unconfirmed accusations, and with the aim of pulling solidarity to build an anti-Russian alliance. Now the English are stepping away from a transparent investigation and putting forward specific … specific responses for the questions put, and at the same time they are sweeping up their tracks.

During the Security Council meeting 5 April on the Skripal case, we cautioned that an attempt to unjustifiably place blame on us of having had a hand in the Salisbury incident was linked to the Syrian chemical dossier. Yesterday this issue saw new interesting developments. For the moment UK foreign minister Boris Johnson continues to disclose things against Russia and attempt to be witty – and here’s the following pearl.

British naval experts south of Cyprus intercepted on the day of Skripals’ poisoning … on the day of Skripals’ poisoning intercepted reports from Damascus suburbs to Moscow, and this is what Times is reporting. It contains the following sentence, the phrase: “the message has been delivered”. The parcel has been delivered and two individuals successfully left. This turns out to be part of the intelligence information provided by London to allies two hours prior to the expulsion of Russian diplomats. However, is it not clear that there’s an irrefutable link here? Is that not clear to all – Syria, Russia, Salisbury?

I will … I would (inaudible) to the British intelligence services and I will do so without charge. …Another powerful course – a step. Why not propose that novichok, which is so liked now, was received … reached Salisbury directly from Syria – by parcel, to cover up their tracks. This is complete mockery here.

Ambassador Haley very simply stated that Russia will never be a friend of the United States, and I wish to respond to that. Friendship is something which is both reciprocal and voluntary – one cannot force a friendship, and we are not particularly keen to be friends with you. We are not begging to be friends with you. What we want from you is really nothing. It’s something that is normal: civilized relations which you arrogantly refuse, disregarding elementary courtesy, basic courtesies. And you’re misguided if you think that you have friends.

You have so-called … friends of yours are only those who cannot say no to you and this is the sole criterion for friendship in your understanding. Russia has friends and unlike your selves we do not have adversaries. We do not view the world through that prism. And yes, international terrorism … that is our enemy.

However we continue to propose cooperation. This needs to be respectful, and mutual, cooperation. It needs to be geared towards resolving real – not imagined – problems. And you should be equally interested, equally as interested as we are in such cooperation. Ultimately as permanent members of the Security Council we bear the main responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the US that armed force under mendacious pretexts against Syria, where at the request of the legitimate government of the country Russian troops have been deployed, could lead to grave repercussions. We call upon Western politicians to scale down their hawkish rhetoric, to meaningfully consider possible repercussions, and to cease the reckless spill over of threats to global security.

What military misadventures of the West bring about are well known to us if we consider the examples of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. And nobody has vested you with the power to act as … act as policemen of the world, and at the same time to act both as investigators, prosecutors, judges – and executioners. We call for your return to the legal fold, to comply with the UN Charter, and to jointly tackle problems that arise rather than attempting at each step to advance your egotistical geopolitical games.

All of the energy needs to be focused on support for the political process in Syria to which end it is necessary to constructively pull the efforts of all influential players. Russia always stands ready to engage in such cooperation. To conclude Mr. President, I wish to take this opportunity to request an open briefing of the Security Council on the outcomes of the UN assessment mission in Raqqa and the situation in the (inaudible) camp.

As the members of … we see the way members of the Commission attempting to create a smokescreen around this issue, which is a result of their actions in Syria, including the operation to raze Raqqa to the ground through the bombings. No chemical provocations will detract attention from this – from what you’ve done.

Thank you.

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Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador Dr. Bashar Jaafari addressed the Security Council after the delegations from United States, United Kingdom and France exited.

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

Woolsey On U.S. Foreign Policy: “Num, Num, Num…”

By Jerry Alatalo

resident Donald Trump of the United States spoke recently on the situation in Syria: “I will say … What Russia, what Iran, and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace. I will tell you that we’re there (occupying an estimated 25-30% of the nation of Syria) for one reason … We’re there to get ISIS, and get rid of ISIS, and go home. We’re not there for any other reason, and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”

Why did Mr. Trump find it necessary to assert that U.S. military forces were not occupying or controlling a large portion of Syria east of the Euphrates River – illegally according to international law and the United Nations Charter – for “any other reason”? What possible “other reason” was Mr. Trump referring to, was he responding to specific allegations, and how is it that such a mysterious-regarding-meaning, intriguing and suggestive statement received no further attention from corporate media? Does Mr. Trump feel his very brief explanation absolves his administration of any illegality regarding the U.S. military occupation of Syria, or somehow “magically” makes what is perceived by any international legal expert an illegal occupation now legal?

One wonders what Donald Trump would do were terrorists in the eastern suburbs of Washington, D.C. raining bombs and missiles down on residents of the city. Perhaps if the tables were turned, the people of the city of Damascus, Syria changed places with the people of Washington, D.C., Mr. Trump might have a slightly different way of perceiving things. Obviously he is well aware of the facts on the ground in Damascus and East Ghouta, yet the former reality TV star has learned well the 1st requirement of good actors: the ability to lie at will.

Donald Trump is a deceiver of the highest order. Donald Trump is arguably the most dangerous human being on Earth.

Perhaps if Mr. Orwell were around he could help with an explanation with regard to Mr. Trump. Of course, that’s just wishful thinking. Many think the near-prophetic Orwell described today’s world situation in 2018 with his classic novel “1984”. Unfortunately Mr. Orwell has long since left the Earthly realm, yet people are every now and then provided rare insight into the more mysterious operations of the world, such as recently from former Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) James Woolsey.

It is worth noting that Mr. Woolsey has been (or may still be) associated with a fossil fuels corporation by the name of Genie Energy, whose owners include individuals with names like Rothschild, Cheney, Summers, Murdoch, etc., and, notably – considering the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria, managed to acquire control over an immense, $multi-billion, recently discovered oil/gas deposit in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. It is also worth noting, but not surprising, that Fox News host Laura Ingraham made no mention of Genie Energy or the controversial Golan Heights in her recent interview of the former CIA director.

Ms. Ingraham did ask some very pertinent questions nonetheless, perhaps unwittingly, of Mr. Woolsey.

Laura Ingraham: “Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?”

Woolsey: “Probably (?) … But, uh, it was for the good of the system in order to avoid communists from taking over. For example, in Europe in ’47, ’48, ’49, the Greeks (and) the Italians … the CIA …”

Laura Ingraham: “We don’t do that now though … We don’t mess around in other people’s elections?”

Woolsey: “W e l l … num, num, num, num, num … Only for a very good cause. Only for a very good cause in the interest of democracy.”

Laura Ingraham: “Thanks for being here. Always great to see you.”

What was particularly objectionable in the short interview, besides Ms. Ingraham’s clearly calculated plan of asking only “softball” non-controversial/probing questions, was the explosion of laughter after the CIA’s former top man unintentionally let slip a major, very rarely seen revelation on a major corporate media platform.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

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After nearly seven (7) years of unimaginable, seemingly endless death, destruction and suffering in his country of Syria, United Nations Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari most certainly finds nothing humorous about U.S./U.K./France actions against Syria. This is how the United Nations reported/described the address on February 24 to the United Nations Security Council by Mr. Ja’afari:

BASHAR JA’AFARI (Syria) said “moderate armed groups” based in Ghouta had targeted thousands of missiles at Damascus, attacking, among other locations, the headquarters of the Syrian Red Crescent.  Quoting a French citizen’s description of those attacks, and of others in recent years, he said doctors and other personnel had also been kidnapped by armed groups.  The delegate of France had today said that a truce must be observed.  While that was true, 29 other Council resolutions — including 13 on counter-terrorism — must also be implemented.  The delegate of the United Kingdom had presented horrific tales, but had omitted descriptions of those perpetrated by his own Government in Iraq, Palestine, Libya and even the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).  The Syrian Government had taken seriously and observed all de-escalation initiatives in order to protect the lives of its citizens and stop those “trading with their blood”, he said, calling on all States to sever any ties with terrorist groups in the country.  The Syrian Government retained the right to respond to attacks by such groups, he said, noting that some Council members supported those groups and even practiced State terrorism.

While the Syrian Government continued to practice extreme self-restraint, he said, the violations perpetrated by terrorist groups had become increasingly serious and now threatened the lives of 8 million people in Damascus.  “We bear the responsibility as a State for our citizens, and we have a right to counter-terrorism,” he said.  Syria had exercised its legitimate right, taking measures to protect civilians and allowing the safe exit of civilians.  Describing the White Helmets as the new representatives of the Al-Nusra Front, he called for full respect for his country’s sovereignty and for full consultation with its Government on all matters affecting it.  However, such core international principles were ignored, lost to political whims and double standards when it came to Syria.  Countries must stop spending millions of dollars to support terrorists, he said, noting that to date the United States alone had spent $4 billion in Syria.  Indeed, the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and France must stop devising strategic plans — reminiscent of their colonial times — aimed at dividing his country.  Syria had the right to defend itself according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, he said, emphasizing that double standards based on financial polarization, if unabated, would continue to mar the Organization’s reputation.

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During his highly-charged, direct address to the United Nations Security Council where there was a unanimous 15-0 vote for a 30-day ceasefire in all regions of Syria, Bashar Ja’afari publicly states that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened war against his country, and issued a warning of his own in response.

To avert potentially catastrophic escalation of violence in Syria, the Middle East region and beyond, the decades-long criminally aggressive U.S. foreign policy – unwillingly and likely to his distressful regret described by ex-CIA chief James Woolsey as “Num, num, num, num, num…” – must end.

(Thank you to United Nations at YouTube)

End The War In Syria.

yria’s Ambassador Dr. Bashar Ja’afari addressed the United Nations Security Council on February 14, 2018.

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(Transcript – United Nations website)

Mr. Ja’afari (Syrian Arab Republic):

“Article 2, paragraphs 1, 4 and 7, of the Charter of the United Nations provide for respect for the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members and that all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State. Moreover, no provision of the Charter authorizes the United Nations to intervene in matters that are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any State.”

“Likewise, all 29 resolutions on Syria adopted in the Security Council stress the strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. It is our right today, as it is the right of all peoples of the world who still believe in the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, to wonder what the Council is doing to ensure respect for those purposes and principles wisely established by the founders, with a view to maintaining peace, security and prosperity following the wars and tragedies that they experienced.”

“We in Syria know that our country is not the first victim of violations of Charter provisions and international law by certain members of the Council. However, what Syria has been enduring is the consequence of silence over the course of decades in the face of such violations. What did the Council do when certain Member States undermined the provisions of the Charter and prevented the Palestinian people from exercising their right to creating an independent State, with Jerusalem as its capital? What did the Council do when those Member States themselves violated the provisions of the Charter by invading Iraq? What did the Council do when those same States violated the provisions of the Charter and destroyed Libya?”

“What did the Council do when the same States violated Charter provisions by fuelling terrorism worldwide and called it the jihadi movement? What did the Council do when the same States violated the provisions of the Charter and flagrantly interfered in the internal affairs of Member States and looted their resources, as is the case with several African States? The animosity of certain countries towards Syria derives from the principle of arrogance of power, rather than the rule of law. It reflects disrespect to the purposes and principles of the Charter and a total lack of serious accountability on the part of those who avail themselves of the law of the jungle.”

“I would like to explain the unprecedented global terrorist war that my country has been subjected to over seven years, amid the silence of some, the complicity of some, the indifference of some, overlooking of some and conspiring of others. Certain influential countries on the Council — I mean the United States, the United Kingdom and France — have done all they can to destroy Syria, its people and its political standing, in order to settle scores with my country by manipulating the provisions of the Charter and violating its provisions so as to achieve their special agendas related to interference at the expense of the blood and the fate of the Syrian people.”

“They have exploited the media, and unfortunately some United Nations employees distort reality about what is happening in Syria and to lie to international public opinion regarding the human suffering of Syrian civilians. With regard to the suffering of Syrian civilians, it has been inflicted on them by armed terrorist groups for seven years.”

“Such groups use civilians as human shields, target hospitals and schools and use them as military posts, camps and detention centres for the people they abduct. In the past 20 days, the city of Damascus has been subjected to 1,000 missile and mortar attacks. Some Council members have manipulated the principles of the United Nations Charter and violated its provisions by giving orders to their regional partners to invest all they can in media and materials to support armed terrorist groups, by issuing Wahabi fatwas for the shedding of Syrian blood, by opening their borders to facilitate the entry into Syria of tens of thousands of mercenary terrorists from more than 100 Member States of this Organization, by setting up training camps in neighbouring States and by calling these terrorists moderate Syrian opposition.”

“Today those mercenary terrorists who come from more than 100 states are simply called Syrian opposition. It seems that their DNA has been altered, and now they are just the Syrian moderate opposition. It is no secret that this support to the terrorists has cost those States $137 billion, as confirmed by the former Prime Minister of Qatar. It is also no secret that the former United States Ambassador to Syria confirmed that his country had spent $12 billion over the four years from 2014 to 2017 in order to change the regime in Syria, as officials in Washington, D.C., want to do in Baghdad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela and Iran.”

“WikiLeaks documents have revealed the policies of successive American Administrations and shown that the United States Government has been opposed to my country since the American and British invasion of Iraq. Those countries have manipulated the principles of the Charter and violated its provisions by giving armed terrorist groups toxic chemicals to use against innocent civilians, subsequently manipulating the locales of such incidents and providing the investigation mechanism with concocting false information and fake testimony to accuse the Syrian Government in order to find an excuse to attack it.”

“There are 136 letters in the dossier I hold here, sent to the Member States by the Syrian Government and containing very important information on the acquisition of chemical substances outside Syria by terrorists for their use in Syria. Those chemicals were indeed used in Syria and, as I just said, 136 letters were written about them. The Council has the letters, but only a few of its members were interested in reading them. One of the most important political magazines, the American Newsweek, published an article on 8 February written by Ian Wilkie entitled “Now Mattis Admits There Was No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas on His People”. The United States Secretary of Defence admits in that article that there is no proof of the use of toxic gas by the Syrian Government against it people, neither in Khan Shaykhun nor in Al-Ghouta in 2013.”

“The French Minister of Defence, Florence Parly, also said yesterday, like her American counterpart, that there is no documented proof of the use of chlorine gas by the Syrian Government. Yet the words of the French Minister did not prevent her President from threatening to stage an aggression against my country, Syria, as the former United States Administration did.”

“These countries have manipulated the principles of the Charter and breached its provisions when they tried to legitimize the recurring attacks perpetrated by the forces of what is called the International Coalition, led by the United States, the most recent of which was this illegitimate coalition’s attack on 8 February on northeastern Deir ez-Zor, against Syrian popular forces fighting terrorist Da’esh. This region, which is 30 kilometres wide and 65 kilometres long, and which was attacked by the Syrian popular forces against Da’esh, is under United States protection. Da’esh, which we defeated in Deir ez-Zor and Albuqmal, left these two cities under American protection and entrenched its presence in the region along the Syrian-Iraqi borders.”

“When the Syrian popular forces attacked Da’esh there, they were shelled by the United States Air Force. This is clearly yet another example of the Coalition’s real mission and the role played by Washington, D.C. in supporting the terrorist organization Da’esh, as it has done in the past, when the United States targeted Syrian Arab Army sites in Jabal Al-Thardah, near Deir ez-Zor, on 17 September 2016, enabling Da’esh to advance and occupy areas in Jabal Al-Thardah. The Coalition has deliberately destroyed 90 per cent of the Syrian city of Raqqa and has failed to uphold its commitment to defusing tens of thousands of mines left behind by Da’esh before abandoning the city and perpetrating terrorist acts under its two umbrellas — the United States, east of the Euphrates, and Turkey, north of Afrin.”

“It is unfortunate that in his statement, to which I listened carefully, the Special Envoy made no mention of the occupation of various areas in my country by the United States and Turkey. He did say that there was a cross-border dispute in Afrin, but did not mention the illegitimate Turkish presence in my country and the attack on the Syrian city of Afrin. These States have manipulated the principles of the Charter and violated its provisions when they stayed silent, along with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, with regard to the repeated attacks by Israel’s occupation forces on areas of the Syrian Arab Republic, the most recent being their act of aggression on 10 February, which my United States colleague has attempted to justify by claiming that it was a response to an Iranian drone’s flight over occupied Palestinian territory.”

“That is not true; it is false and misleading. It is not the first time that we have witnessed Israeli acts of aggression against the sovereignty of my country. Every member of the Council is aware that Israel continued to violate my country’s sovereignty until one of its military planes was brought down by a Syrian rocket over occupied Palestine. Israel has consistently violated my country’s sovereignty — and I would like to remind the Council and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of that.”

“The Council has been prevented from issuing statements condemning terrorist attacks by military organizations and their launching of more than 1,000 missiles and mortars, most recently targeting residential streets and suburbs, diplomatic missions, infrastructure and churches in Damascus and other cities. Those acts of aggression have resulted in dozens of civilian deaths and hundreds wounded, most of them women and children. These States have manipulated the principles of the Charter and violated its provisions when they talk about what they call besieged areas in eastern Ghouta and the Damascus countryside.”

“They have forgotten that the residents of eastern Ghouta have been besieged from within by armed terrorist groups that are operating from there, using civilians as human shields and attempting to divert humanitarian convoys for the benefit of their supporters or to sell their supplies to desperate people at exorbitant prices, as happened in eastern Aleppo.”

“At the time when the United States first decided unilaterally and illegitimately to intervene militarily in my country, Washington stated that its goal was fighting Da’esh. After that, it changed its mind, saying that it was in Syria to establish permanent military bases for safeguarding the strategic security of the United States and its allies. It later changed its mind once again, saying that the purpose of its presence in Syria was to establish armed militias in opposition to the Syrian Government and to enable them to exploit oil, gas, water and hydrocarbons and other resources in Syria — in other words, they wanted to establish a mini-State.”

“Subsequently, it changed its thinking once more, stating that it would remain in Syria even if Da’esh was defeated. It said the same thing about Iraq, in order to justify the presence of their forces there. It has continued to change its mind, saying that it would leave Syria only if a political settlement was reached and the security of its allies was assured. Most recently, it has stated that it is in Syria to fight Iran, Hizbullah and Russia. It has shifted its nuclear strategy and is considering the possibility of using nuclear weapons. Tomorrow, perhaps, it will tell us that it is in Syria to fight Martians from the Milky Way.”

“The Syrian Government commends the Russian Federation’s efforts, and specifically President Vladimir Putin’s initiative in hosting the Syrian National Dialogue Conference in Sochi, which was yet another demonstration of the fact that the only way to achieve the aims of the political process in Syria is with Syrian oversight and with no foreign interference of any kind. The conference participants represented every sector of Syrian society — political, social, cultural, economic, and more. Two documents were adopted by an overwhelming majority, a final statement and a document calling for the establishment of a constitutional committee.”

“I very much hope that the results that Sochi has produced will not be misinterpreted. The final statement, voted on and amended by the Syrian participants, was adopted unanimously by a broad majority through a democratic vote, based on the procedures established for the conference. It represents the basic pillar of the political process that will produce future dialogue and discussion, rooted in a solution that, assuming no foreign interference, will be entirely Syrian-led. The final statement represents a legitimate foundation for any political process, especially considering that it reflects national principles that have unanimous support in Syria and cannot be questioned — respect for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Syrian people’s right to choose their own political and economic system and to maintain the Syrian Arab Army and armed forces.”

“Given the principle that the Syrian people themselves must determine their future and their Constitution, participants in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi adopted a resolution to establish a constitutional committee. Consequently, the committee should be established according to the resolution voted on by the Syrians. The resolution identified the tasks of the committee, and the participants in the Congress did not grant the Special Envoy to Syria any tutelage, delegation or authority to establish the constitutional committee. We in Syria are committed to the decision taken by the participants of the Congress. We are not concerned with any committee set up by foreign stakeholders, and will not deal with the results of its discussions or with anything related to it.”

“The constitutional issue is a sovereign one. The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic remains committed to any political course that would end the bloodshed of the Syrian people, preserve my country’s unity and independence, ensure its sovereignty and uphold the principle of the Syrian people to determine their own future through Syrian dialogue. This firm principle has been underscored by all relevant Security Council resolutions on the Syrian crisis.”

“In conclusion, I would like to respond to my colleague of the United States, who called for peace in Syria and the implementation of resolution 2254 (2015), which was approved by her country. The resolution underscores the need to maintain the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of my country, Syria.”

“Given that the resolution, which was approved by Washington, D.C., underscores the need to maintain the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of my country, Syria, then why does the United States have forces in parts of my country? Has the United States of America not violated the very resolution that its delegation voted in favour of in the Council, where it was unanimously adopted?”

“Thank you for your attention.”

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