It Isn't Hard To Fool Beltway Media Hacks, Is It?
The White House, in a sad attempt to prove all the international support it has for bombing Syria, released a letter that a couple dozen countries signed onto. The letter (below) condemns the use of chemical weapons and strongly demands action by the UN. The UN is not the US-- and not all "action" is bombing. Here's the statement the 24 countries signed onto:
The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is long-standing and universal. The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere. Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.Among the governments signing on are several that have already specifically said they would not participate in any military action against Syria without a UN green light, like the U.K., Germany, and Italy. Others have no relevance to the discussion at all, like Honduras, Kosovo, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Albania. My guess is that the brutal dictators of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Morocco aren't in a domestic position to attack another Muslim country.
We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.
We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.
Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council's responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years. The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability. We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.
We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.
We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced. Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique. We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.
We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20. We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to those in need.
Did you hear the NPR report Monday about UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's murder? He was killed when he was trying to bring peace to the Congo, at a time when President Kennedy (later assassinated himself, probably by the same forces) was very supportive of him but when the American Military-Intelligence Complex wanted him dead. Eight months before, the CIA had the first Prime Minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, murdered. The BBC also reported on Hammarskjold's assassination Monday-- and, like everyone else looking at the story-- pointed out that everything seems to be pointing towards the NSA:
A commission looking into the death of former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold has recommended that the UN reopen its investigation.If you don't see the connection between part 1 and part 2, don't worry about it.
Mr Hammarskjold's plane was travelling to Congo on a peace mission in 1961 when it crashed in Zambia.
A UN investigation in 1962 failed to find the cause of the mysterious crash.
The commission said there were significant new findings, and that the US National Security Agency might hold crucial evidence.
...Mr Hammarskjold was trying to negotiate a peace agreement between Congo's Soviet-backed government and Moise Tshombe, who had declared independence for its mineral-rich province of Katanga.
The UN secretary general was going to Ndola to meet Mr Tshombe, who was backed by former colonial power Belgium and some Western mining interests.
Three investigations have failed to determine the cause of the crash, and many conspiracy theories have swirled around Mr Hammarskjold's death.
Two investigations held in the British-run Central African Federation, which included Northern Rhodesia, were followed by an official UN inquiry which concluded that foul play could not be ruled out.
The Hammarskjold Commission report, written by four international lawyers, said there was "significant new evidence."
It said the claim of an aerial attack, which might have caused the descent of the plane by direct damage or by harassment, was capable of being proved or disproved.
The report said that given the NSA's worldwide monitoring activities at that time, "it is highly likely" that the radio traffic on 18-19 September 1961 was recorded by the NSA and possibly also by the CIA.
The report said: "Authenticated recordings of any such cockpit narrative or radio messages, if located, would furnish potentially conclusive evidence of what happened to the DC6."
The Commission said it had made Freedom of Information Act requests to the National Security Archive, which were rejected on national security grounds-- but that an appeal had been lodged.
The report concluded that Mr Hammarskjold's death was "an event of global significance which deserves the attention both of history and of justice."