MintPress Attacked Again For Exposing The Truth About Syria

Recent commentary in Minnesota’s Star Tribune called out MintPress and other independent watchdog news organizations as being “progressive except for Syria.” But what’s progressive about supporting an imperialist, pro-military agenda?
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    Editor’s Note: An abbreviated version of this commentary appeared in Minnesota’s Star Tribune on Monday Nov. 9. That version can be found here.

    MINNEAPOLIS — In recent commentary for the Star Tribune, Terry Burke, a volunteer with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria (CISPOS), cautioned readers on the anti-interventionist coverage of the ongoing war in Syria by several independent watchdog journalism organizations — including MintPress News, Media Roots, Shadowproof, Anti-Media, Zero Hedge and Counter Current News.

    While we at MintPress agree with Burke’s assessment that mainstream media fails to give the public a full, clear understanding of the nature of the conflict in Syria and what’s driving it (control of oil and gas supplies), her attempts to bash these independent, alternative news organizations contained a wealth of inaccuracies.

    Writing for Fifth Column News, Justin King broke down Burke’s arguments and called into question Burke’s implications that MintPress and other sites are on “the payroll of the regime of President Assad of Syria.” These implications, he says, are “buried in a rant that bemoans the named outlets’ habit of criticizing US efforts for regime change.”

    Further, she asserts that websites like MintPress are “progressive except for Syria.” But what’s progressive about supporting an imperialist agenda that believes it’s possible for America to bomb its way out of every difficult situation?

    Rather than conjuring up conspiracies about the agendas of independent, watchdog journalism outlets skeptical about what motivates politicians and foreign policy, let’s look at the real agenda behind so-called “solidarity” organizations that promote interventionist foreign policy:

    Burke’s organization, CISPOS, like the better known Avaaz or White Helmets, for example, promotes an agenda in line with NATO’s war interests. Despite claiming to be anti-war, they’ve staunchly advocated for acts of war, including sanctions and no-fly zones over Libya and Syria, ahead of the United States intervening and arming rebels in those countries. CISPOS has also hosted several events with Syrian expats, who had gone on the record as supporting the U.S. bombing of their country.

    When the U.S. prepares to invade a country or topple a government, it does so first on a “humanitarian” basis. It uses calls for sanctions and no-fly zones to rally public support for the impending conflict, and groups like CISPOS, Avaaz, Human Rights Watch, and the White Helmets jump in to influence public perception of humanitarian crises and to lobby politicians to overthrow foreign regimes.

    Justin Raimondo, writing last month for, outlined the work of these leftist “solidarity” organizations, including CISPOS:

    “Indeed, the cruise-missile left bleeds off into the more liberal precincts of the Democratic party and the mass media, where ‘humanitarian interventionism’ has replaced the old McGovernite ‘isolationism’ of the previous generation.”

    These groups, he explains, have actually been created by pro-war Democrats, or “cruise missile leftists,” that play to the whims of the State Department and hawkish politicians like Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

    Raimondo concludes by saying these organizations “claim that the Syrian ‘revolution’ must be supported, and are basically taking the same position as the US State Department in saying that there is such a thing as a ‘moderate’ and even a secular socialist (!) opposition to Assad which we have a moral obligation to aid.” But this “revolution” has been exposed as being instigated by the CIA and planned out as early as 2006, according to WikiLeaks dumps of State Department cables.

    The true motivations driving U.S. intervention are clear: The U.S. wants to gain control of Middle Eastern oil and gas resources and the routes they take to get to Europe, in order to weaken Russian control over the European gas market.

    The efforts of these “solidarity” organizations to passively advocate for this war for oil and gas have been dangerous. In 2011, Avaaz started a petition for a no-fly zone over Libya and lobbied the U.N. Security Council, the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Foreign Ministers to take heed. Their philosophy: “Hundreds have already been killed and, without immediate international action, the situation could spiral into a national bloodbath.”

    And in 2013, CISPOS and the White Helmets advocated sanctions against and a no-fly zone over Syria. The White Helmets’ inner workings with the PR firm Purpose, Inc. were exposed this year, revealing efforts to lobby the U.S. government to topple the Syrian President Bashar Assad regime. It then came as no surprise when it was revealed that Avaaz and the White Helmets both had ties to the Open Society Foundation, an NGO backed by George Soros, a wealthy investor frequently linked to acts of U.S. imperialism and war profiteering.

    To understand the gravity of both acts of war, look no further than the First Iraq War. Sanctions placed on Iraq by President George H. W. Bush in the early 1990s that left nearly 2 million Iraqis dead, 500,000 of which were children. To punish Saddam Hussein, a dictator installed by the U.S., U.S. sanctions limited imports of goods, clothing, medicine and food to the Arab nation, punishing the innocent civilians who vehemently opposed Saddam.

    President Obama is both Bush presidents on steroids. Why do people in the progressive community support efforts to “spread democracy” when a Democrat is carrying out Republican policies?

    Ms. Burke’s recent commentary and other smears against anti-war activists and journalists that target our lifeline — the funding that keeps our small businesses, blogs and websites running — make it dangerous for those of us who are trying to pick up where the mainstream media has failed: serving as a government watchdog and informing the public about the financial interests driving conflicts around the world. It’s effectively doing the opposite of what groups like CISPOS and activists like Burke should be working toward — fostering peace through transparency.


    So, what is the Syrian war all about?

    Part of the information war Terry Burke alluded to in her recent commentary lies in the mainstream media’s failure to serve as a watchdog and question the official government narrative of the hows and whys of war. The media paints a picture of sectarian strife fueling the atrocities in Syria, but this battle along sectarian lines has been deliberately engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. In this way, the chaos in Syria is similar to every other war or conflict that’s come before it.

    Jabhut al-Nusra

    Syrian rebels at a captured Syrian oil field.

    U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks show U.S. plans to destabilize Syria and overthrow the Syrian government as early as 2006. “The WikiLeaks Files,” the only comprehensive analysis of the full archive of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, reveals that these plans were given to the U.S. by the Israeli government and would be formalized through fomenting civil strife and sectarianism in partnership with nations including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Egypt. The ultimate goal was to dismantle the power structure in Syria to weaken Iran and Hezbollah.

    When he appeared on the RT show “Going Underground” in September, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange elaborated on the contents of a 2006 cable from U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck featured in the book’s chapter on Syria. That particular cable details plans to foster sectarian strife in the region and make Iran appear like a larger threat to Assad than it really was, Assange explained, despite Iran having been sanctioned and isolated for decades.

    He also touched on Israel’s interests in the destabilization of Syria: “[I]f Syria sufficiently destabilized, it [Israel] might be in a position where it can keep the Golan Heights forever, or even advance that territory.” (Indeed, an Israeli subsidiary of New Jersey-based oil company Genie Energy has started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights as planned amid the deadly Syrian civil war.)

    Israeli soldiers walks near the border with Syria near the site of a Sunday Israeli airstrike, in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, Monday, April 27, 2015

    Israeli soldiers walks near the border with Syria near the site of a Sunday Israeli airstrike, in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, Monday, April 27, 2015

    Much of the strategy at play is laid out in a U.S. Army-funded RAND report from 2008. “Unfolding the Future of the Long War” identifies the divide-and-conquer strategy while exploiting the Sunni-Shiite divide to protect Gulf oil and gas supplies while maintaining a Gulf Arab state dominance over oil markets. The report describes a number of strategies the U.S. and its allies could take to achieve their goals, suggesting “the United States and its local allies could use the nationalist jihadists to launch proxy IO [information operations] campaigns to discredit the transnational jihadists in the eyes of the local populace” or the U.S. could “take sides in the conflict, possibly supporting authoritative Sunni governments against a continuingly hostile Iran.”

    Within months, the supposed “revolution” that consisted of only “hundreds” swelled, and armed, non-Syrian rebel groups swarmed the country, prompting a severe government crackdown aimed at squashing foreign meddling.

    The U.S., United Kingdom, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey jumped on the opportunity to organize, arm and finance rebels to form the Free Syrian Army — the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels — through the Friends of Syria pact, as outlined in the State Department plans to destabilize Syria from 2006. (Just a few months ago, WikiLeaks confirmed this when it released Saudi intelligence that revealed Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had been working together to arm and finance rebels to overthrow the Syrian government since 2012.)

    MintPress released a video in 2014 outlining how the arming of the FSA led to the rise of ISIS. The FSA is allied with ISIS’ equally brutal rival Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, also known as the Nusra Front. A Pentagon report obtained via FOIA requests details the government’s awareness that supporting rebels would lead to such a consequence.

    Watch The Origins Of The Rise Of ISIS Lie In US Arming The FSA:

    The true agenda behind the hijacking of the Syrian revolt quickly became evident, with talking heads inserting Syria’s alliance with Iran as a threat to the security and interests of the U.S. and its allies in the region. (The Syrian government is a major arms, oil and gas, and weapons ally of Iran and Lebanon’s resistance political group Hezbollah.)

    But it’s important to note the timing: This coalition and meddling in Syria emerged immediately on the heels of discussions of an Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline that was to be built between 2014 and 2016 from Iran’s giant South Pars field through Iraq and Syria. Through a possible extension to Lebanon, it would eventually reach Europe, the target export market.

    Writing for the Strategic Cultural Foundation in May 2013, Dmitry Minin provides perhaps the most accurate description of the current crisis over gas, oil and pipelines that is raging in Syria. Explaining the possible pipeline routes being explored at the time, it became evident that Syria would be a “key link” in the West’s strategy to secure resources from the Persian Gulf. Yet, he noted, Syria under Assad “leans in favor of Iran and Russia; thus it was decided in the Western capitals that its regime needs to change.”

    Likewise, The Guardian reported in August 2013:

    “Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar and Turkey that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets – albeit crucially bypassing Russia. Assad’s rationale was ‘to protect the interests of [his] Russian ally, which is Europe’s top supplier of natural gas.’”

    The ongoing chaos in Syria isn’t rooted in sectarianism or the public’s yearning for democracy. It’s rooted in engineered chaos and a yearning for oil, control and money.


    The cost of being truly antiwar

    Terry Burke is certainly not the first person to target MintPress News or even me personally for challenging the U.S. government’s war narrative.

    My parents took me to protests in downtown Minneapolis when I was just a few years old. We’d march as a family and a community against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the United States’ role in allowing it to persist.

    When I returned to the U.S. in 2001 after living in Palestine for almost four years, I continued to speak out against Israel’s war crimes, occupation and apartheid — but by now, I had seen the true costs of war with my own eyes, and my voice was stronger than before. One of my teachers rallied against me, accusing me — a 13-year-old girl — of being a Hamas agent and an anti-Semite for criticizing Israel.

    Then came 9/11. I was still traumatized by my years under Israeli occupation and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, but I didn’t hesitate to protest as the U.S. geared up for war in Afghanistan and Iraq. I gave presentations in school about how bombing people doesn’t save people. Students rallied against me, calling me a terrorist sympathizer and saying I was on Osama bin Laden’s payroll.

    When our corporate media and elected officials again started pounding the drums of war — this time, ahead of invasions of Libya and Syria — I again did not hesitate to speak out against these plans or to expose the true motivations behind military intervention.

    After I started MintPress, one particularly notable attack came from BuzzFeed, which functions, inexplicably, as a celebrity gossip website, listicle repository and Israeli Defense Forces mouthpiece. With Israel working with the U.S., even going as far as directing a call to destabilize and overthrow the Assad government in Syria, the site has gone after truly progressive anti-war parties, including pro-Palestine activists and journalists. It was inevitable that MintPress would eventually be targeted, too. Yet I didn’t expect to be at the center of a smear campaign targeting my religious beliefs and family in 2013. (My responses can be found here and here.)

    I didn’t really give it much thought when Terry Burke started targeting me two years ago, calling for my speaking engagements to be cancelled and disrupting my speaking engagements. But rather than ignore her, I reached out to Ms. Burke via Facebook. I invited her to coffee to discuss the conflict in Syria and U.S. foreign policy, but I received no response.

    It certainly wasn’t the first time that my opposition to U.S. intervention abroad was confused as support for Bashar Assad, Moammar Gadhafi, Hamas, Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. And it’s not the first time I’ve seen a fellow anti-war activist advocate for acts of war or even selectively support violent U.S. intervention.

    This time, though, she’s not just going after me; she’s going after MintPress and other alternative outlets with a non-interventionist agenda. She’s questioning our funding, our dedication to our missions, and the people we work with day in and day out.

    While I can’t speak for every outlet she named, it seems that Burke didn’t take time to familiarize herself with the MintPress website. Much of our funding — like funding for many of the sites Burke named and a host of other independent media outlets — comes from donations , sponsorships and ad revenue. There’s similarly no secret about who is behind MintPress; our staff, correspondents and syndication partners are listed on our website.

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    • James Wherry

      Well, maybe if you started reporting on the murderous Syrian government, people would take you seriously.

      • tapatio

        The Jew owned mainstream media squeals continuously about the Syrian government, monkey-boy. The vast majority of what they squeal is LIES.

        And, it’s Pseudo-American ZioNaz!s who are attacking Syria with their Saudi mercenaries……………

        First is a plan, written for Netanyahu’s reign as Emperor of Greater Israel. The writer is the pseudo-American Zionist fanatic, Richard Perle………

        “………by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks
        emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.”

        Next is a report A Report of The Project for the New American Century completed in September 2000………..

        Compare actual events from 2001 to date to the plans outlined in this “report”. Please note, at the end of the report, the list of fanatical Zionists and their sycophants who are responsible for……

        “REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century”

        Paul Wolfowitz

        William Kristol

        Alvin Bernstein

        Eliot Cohen

        David Epstein

        Donald Kagan

        Fred Kagan

        Robert Kagan

        Robert Killebrew

        Steve Rosen

        Gary Schmitt

        Abram Shulsky

        Dov Zakheim

        • James Wherry

          Lying PIG. Iran and Syria created ISIL and are currently funding them. You are a Fifth Column by misdirecting people and shilling for these vermin. The witnesses said the attackers were NOT saying “Shalom!” but attacked after dark on a Friday night – when Jews do not work, but after Muslims keep their holiday day. Instead, witnesses said that the vermin were shouting “Allah Akbar!” This is entirely your fault. You are lying to shill for these murders. Start by admitting the truth, apologizing, and then going to Syria to die killing them. Piglet.

    • Makkoh

      ISLAM is the real crime. Just ask the 40 dead in Paris. Killed in a cowardly attacked (do the followers of Islam know any other way?) Only peace on this earth will happen be when the Imam’s are destroyed and the radical side of Islam is dead burned or buried.

      • tapatio

        JEW-boy, ISIS is SAUDI………..the only friends the Jews have in the Middle East. Saudis and Jews are equals.

        • James Wherry

          Pig-trash, ISIL was supported by Iran and Syria. From 2004-2011, Iran and Syria helped them attack U.S. Soldiers. THAT is how they were already IN Syria, when the people rose up against the dog, Assad. Iran and Syria financed them and armed them. You are now getting blow-back.

          I hope, while you’re gumming your food in the nursing home, that you realize your co-conspirators are all DEAD and that you choke on your porridge.

          • tapatio

            Jew-boy, your tale is going to be a really hard-sell when there are Israeli and American advisors who were captured with ISIS units in Iraq. When humanity becomes sufficiently sickened by Zionism no Jew is going to be safe on Earth.

            • James Wherry

              And your piggy tail is going to be a hard sell, when the names of the accomplices of the Paris murders are uncovered. Your efforts at misdirection are Pig-Stupid.

              When the Muslims of Tripoli were asked under what authority they captured and enslaved Americans, the ambassador from Tripoli replied, “Because Allah wills it.” Muslims refer to all non-Muslims as “kafir,” or “unfaithful” to God. They judge themselves superior to the rest of us, yet you set a double standard and you do not condemn them.. This is why they think that Allah has given them the right to enslave or murder anyone they want.

              By contrast, most Jews recognize that to be “chosen” is to be chosen as an example to the world, not to enslave it, but to be an EXAMPLE to it.

              “In Judaism, “chosenness” is the belief that the Jewish people were singularly chosen to enter into a covernant with G-d. This idea has been a central one throughout the history of Jewish thought, is deeply rooted in biblical concepts and has been developed in talmudic, philosophic, mystical and contemporary Judaism.

              “Most Jews hold that being the “Chosen People” means that they have been place on earth to fulfill a certain purpose. Traditional proof for Jewish “chosenness” is found in the Torah, the Jewish bible, in the Book of Deuteronomy (chapter 14) where it says: “For you are a holy people to Hashem your God, and God has chosen you to be his treasured people from all the nations that are on the face of the earth.” In the Book of Genesis (chapter 17) it also written: “And I [G-d] will establish My covenant between Me and you [the Jewish people] and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.””

              • tapatio

                YEPPERS, THE “chosen” JOOOOISH MASTER-RACE………..

                Baba Mezia 114a-114b. “Only Jews are
                human” (Talmud)

                Sanhedrin 58b. “If a Gentile hits a Jew, the Gentile must be killed.
                Hitting a J6w is the same as hitting God.” (Talmud)”

                “A Jew should and must make a false oath when the non-Jew asks if our
                books contain anything against them.” -Szaaloth-Utszabot, The Book of Jore 17

                “Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings
                but beasts…” -Saba Mecia 114, 6

                “When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 slaves.”-Simeon
                Haddarsen, fol. 56-D

                (The above quotes taken from the “Jewish Virtual Library” site. They
                are only a sampling of the obscenity of the Jewish Talmud and, to an extent, in their Torah.)

                Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev
                Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus stated:

                The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is
                therefore redder and their life is preferable.”

                “The killing by a Jew of a non-Jew is considered essentially a good deed,
                and Jews should therefore have no compunction about it.”

                “If a Jew needs a liver, can you take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing
                by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an
                infinite value. There is something infinitely more holy and unique about Jewish
                life than non-Jewish life.” (Twice, large illegal Israeli organ harvesting
                rings have been caught stealing organs in the US and Europe – NEVER from Jews)

                “The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world domination by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship.
                In this New World Order, the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be
                possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to
                make use of the resources of the state.
                Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which it is said that when
                the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole
                world in their hands.

                –Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx (written – 1879), printed in La Revue de
                Paris, p. 574, June 1, 1928

                Our race is the Master Race. We Jews are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will
                lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.
                ” –
                –Speech byIsraeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to the Knesset, –Reported by
                Amnon Kapeliouk, a Jewish-Israeli journalist in New Statesman Magazine, June
                25, 1982 by Amnon Kapeliouk. (Kapeliouk was a highly respected Israeli journalist.
                New Statesman is the British equivalent of Foreign Affairs Magazine).

                Ovadia Yosef, late Chief Rabbi of Israel and “spiritual” leader/advisor to various Israeli Prime Ministers, including Netanyahu and the “most popular rabbi in Judaism” according to the Jerusalem Post (2001 & repeated in 2010, both “sermons” are on
                Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in
                the world – only to serve the People of Israel.

              • tapatio

                Of course, the “chosen”……………….

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      That first photograph is the most distressing image I have ever seen.

      Where in all of the proclamations about spreading democracy and bringing modernity to the Middle East has the real cost been shown.

      George Bush, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu. You are criminals.

      There should be Numerberg war crimes trials for their complicity in these people’s suffering.

      • tapatio

        Those you mention, and a great many more, are not “complicit” in the crimes against Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Iran. They are the perpetrators of those crimes as agents for the Rothschild-Bilderberg Criminal Cartel.

        • James Wherry

          YOU are complicit in the attacks of Islam. Are YOU a Rothschild-Bildenberg PIG?

          • tapatio

            Are you drunk, Jew-boy? The Rothschild-Bilderberg Criminal Cartel is JEWISH.

            • James Wherry

              Yet you have more to do with the murder of 128+ people in Paris than any Jew does.

              And why did you perk up, when I shouted “Sou-eee! Sou-eeee!”??

              • tapatio

                Perk up? I thought you were calling your mother.

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    • The author nails it.

      This is about many things but most of all about satisfying greed, this is all about full spectrum control over hydrocarbons, therefore the pipelines they travel through.

      This means its really all about who is allowed to profit from this wealth of resources — f.e. the currency used to conclude these transactions will become a very powerful currency.

      For the ever so greedy Neo-Cons, it’s vital that their currency the Petrol dollar is used, which explains all the secretly negotiated FTA’s doing the rounds.

      Little known, Syria is sitting on top of their own massive gasfields.

      • epazote

        Some of Syria’s largest known gas fields are located in Israeli occupied Golan Heights

    • well said Mnar

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    • tapatio

      One thing that Mint Press could do is stop calling the mercenaries that are attacking Syrian “rebels”. There are precious few Syrians among these barbarians.

      • James Wherry

        Here, piggy, piggy: your Muslim friends just murdered more than 120 people in Paris. Typical of you people.


      If we were to believe this is in any way true. Why has the US basically stayed out of the conflict. We see the Jihadi’s killing Christians and other Muslim Minorities enslaving and raping Christian, Yazidis girls and women. Then you say it’s for Oil? If America wanted the Oil Why didn’t we stay in Iraq? Stop the nonsense, this is because Obama is afraid to engage. in anyway with killing Muslims.

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      This article is certainly coherent with everything else that can be learned about the situation in Syria by reading outside the corporate-owned American media that saturates us with Empire propaganda.

    • Jdonnell

      This is one of the best articles to date on what is really happening in Syria. The war would not be going on had it not been for the US fomenting it by encouraging and supplying “activists” (i.e. violent rebels) and leading them to assume that the US would commit the same crimes on their behalf as it had perpetrated in Libya (where the death-count from US and French bombing and rocketing has still not been released years later).

      • James Wherry

        But what about the rape of men, women, boys and girls by Assad’s regime? If ISRAEL did it, we’d all be THROWING UP!

        • Jdonnell

          Don’t fall for propaganda. You can’t blame Assad for such crimes any more than you can blame Obama for the same things that happen in the US.

          • James Wherry

            Gee, so was I allowed to blame Pinochet for the “disappearances” in Chile, or Marcos in the Philippines, or the Shah in Iran? Most of the people on this website want to lynch Netanyahu for what Israel does. Funny how the Far Left holds no compunctions about assigning blame in those examples, and I agree with most of them.

            No: I hold the President of the United States responsible only for what his law enforcement and troops do, not the local law enforcement. Our “Federal, state and local” law enforcement means he’s only responsible for the Federal misconduct. Every President has three basic requirements: 1. Set the standards; 2. Ensure that law enforcement is trained to those standards; 3. Punish those who fail to meet those standards and reward those who exceed them.

            In a dictatorship, President Assad is truly responsible for what goes on: it is the ultimate “command and control” economy. When torture and abuse are that widespread, then it is more likely than not that he ordered it. You get a handful of dirty pictures from one ward of one jail, when 11 freaks in the U.S. Army decide to abuse prisoners at 3AM in Abu Ghraib. You get 27,000 photos of he emaciated corpses of Assad’s victims ONLY when Assad orders it done.

            • tapatio
            • Jdonnell

              Yes, Pinochet was responsible at least in part for the deaths in Chile. Unlike Obama, he was a military leader who became the head of a military government in an illegal coup he headed. The mass killings (tacitly accepted by Reagan and the U. of Chi. economists who cooperated with him) were carried out under his orders.
              As “Commander in Chief” of US troops, a US president is responsible for torture in that he is aware of and defends–or rationalizes. Of course, the phrase, Cmdr. in Chief” is limited to his status with the military, not the US citizenry.
              Assad was invited to head the government by the coterie that supported his father. (He has subsequently been elected.) But, his office does not give him the full control as implied in the US media, any more than a US president has full control of US troops who rape, murder, and steal in the course of carrying out their illegal Mideast wars. Assad is routinely called “brutal” in the US press, but the word is virtually never backed up with any specifics. Barrel bombs don’t make him brutal-assuming he even has anything to do with their use. The US and Israel have used barrel bombs too. They are made to sound as if they violated the rules of war, which is not the case.
              Finally, your own assumption in using the phrase “far left” indicates nothing but a foolish assumption on your part, while clearly implying a very narrow political view on your part. People of good will on both right and left–and center–have opposed the US acquiescence to the neocon-driven policy of supporting Israel’s Mideast agenda, even at the cost of US troops’ lives–something that won’t figure into celebrations this Veterans’ Day.

        • tapatio

          A claim, with NO EVIDENCE OF VALUE, by a JEW. This is what happened to Syria…………

          A plan, written for Netanyahu’s reign as Emperor of Greater Israel. The writer is the pseudo-American Zionist fanatic, Richard Perle………

          “………by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks
          emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.”

          Next is a report A Report of The Project for the New American Century completed in
          September 2000………..

          Compare actual events from 2001 to date to the plans outlined in this “report”. Please
          note, at the end of the report, the list of fanatical Zionists and their sycophants who are responsible for……

          “REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century”

          Paul Wolfowitz

          William Kristol

          Alvin Bernstein

          Eliot Cohen

          David Epstein

          Donald Kagan

          Fred Kagan

          Robert Kagan

          Robert Killebrew

          Steve Rosen

          Gary Schmitt

          Abram Shulsky

          Dov Zakheim

        • James Wherry

          Amnesty International is not run by a Jew and neither is the Syrian Human Rights Observstory.

          Either way, an ad homoneim attack will not enable you to deflect the truth. The 27,000 photos of the evacuated corpses of Assad’s victims show the toryure and abuse that led some Surians to embrace ISIL itself. Iran and Dyria created it and funded it and now they are dying in droves, along with their pig Hezzies.

          Now that’s what I call “a happy ending.”

        • tapatio

          An article by a Jewish propagandist in England’s most right-wing rag