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Donald Trump strikes at Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

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eny in reply to Sempervirens

"The U.S. will stand up against anyone who commits crimes against humanity", thundered Tillerson.

Mr Tillerson, how about the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes on a funeral hall in Yemen - a continue troubling series of illegal attacks striking Yemeni civilians - killed more than 140 grief mourners.

The UN annual report by the experts who monitor sanctions and the conflict in Yemen, seen by Reuters, investigated 10 Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March and October that killed at least 292 civilians, including some 100 women and children.

"In 8 of the 10 investigations, the panel found no evidence that the air strikes had targeted legitimate military objectives," the experts wrote in a 63-page report presented to the Security Council.

"For all 10 investigations, the panel considers it almost certain that the Saudi-led coalition did not meet international humanitarian law requirements of proportionality and precautions in attack," the report said.

The US war criminals who used Air Force AC-130U gunship attacking the Kunduz Trauma Centre operated by MSF in Afghanistan with at least 42 people killed and over 30 injured. MSF condemned the attack, saying all warring parties had been notified of the hospital's location ahead of time, and that the airstrike was deliberate, a breach of international humanitarian law and MSF is working on the presumption of a war crime....the list goes on and on for you to charge/jail war criminals in US,UK,France,Saudi, etc. who attack/invade illegally, committing war crimes repeatedly...

Telling lies to justify their war crimes, the US/NATO have repeatedly invaded / attacked illegally (Iraq, Libya, etc.) leading to killing fields everywhere. History suggests the illegal invasions/attacks are not only big mistakes, they are some of the worst war crimes committed.

Mr Tillerson, without any proof, USA again falls into jihadists' trap to attack Syria illegally committing more war crimes.

Mr Tillerson, along with Trump, Bush, Blair, etc.- you are certified war criminals and you have to confront yourself as you have committed war crimes against humanity.

Caught with their tails between their legs, these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron and the lot) must be charged/jailed for life.

eny

Mr Tillerson, where is the proof?

Assad is winning and making good progress to defeat the jihadists and bring peace to Syria while the jihadists are getting more and more desperate and the jihadists have all the incentives to lure and trick USA to attack Syria to be dragged/entangled in this endless bloodshed that will only create a killing field.

These jihadists are desperately doing all the dirty tricks to frame Assad.

These jihadists (mercenaries armed/funded by Saudi, Qatar, etc) are stockpiling chemical weapons (supplied/armed by Turkey and the lot) that were hit and leaked out.

Without any proof, USA again falls into jihadists' trap to attack Syria illegally committing more war crimes.

Mr Tillerson, along with Trump, you're war criminals manipulated by jihadist puppeteers to do all the dirty work without realizing and yet fervently justifying doing all the dirty work for these jihadists.

Mr Tillerson, along with Trump, you have blood on your hands and you will be held responsible for the war crimes you're committing, you'll be held accountable for every casualty in this killing field.

Syria is largely a secular country ensuring the protection of minorities (like Christians).
Mr Tillerson, why are you helping these jihadists to destroy this secular country?
Mr Tillerson, along with Trump, you are certified war criminals

eny

Al-Qaeda was born when the U.S. helped the jihadists (obviously believing they were moderates) to fight Soviet in Afghanistan decades ago.

Telling lies to justify their war crimes, the US/NATO illegal invasions/attacks (Iraq, Libya, etc.) not only set fires to the whole region which have simply radicalized and created more and more terrorists, they also create huge security vacuum skilfully exploited/filled the vacuum by al Qaeda, Islamic State and many other terrorists.

Now IS (& other terrorist groups which are even more radicalized/extreme than Al-Qaeda) are the products of the US (UK& the lot) illegal invasions/attacks of Iraq(Libya, etc).

These jihadists are ever more desperate to lure and trick USA to attack Syria to be dragged/entangled in this endless bloodshed.

These jihadists (mercenaries armed/funded by Saudi, Qatar, etc) are stockpiling chemical weapons (supplied/armed by Turkey and the lot) that were hit and leaked out.

Without any proof, USA again falls into jihadists' trap to attack Syria illegally committing more war crimes and Trump is now another certified war criminal added to the list (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron/Obama & the lot).

The real murderers are the war criminals (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron/Obama & the lot) who committed war crimes by invading/attacking illegally (Iraq, Libya, etc.) with millions of innocent people (including children, women) being murdered / injured / traumatized / displaced and captive women being sold as concubines, hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding Europe.

The region’s governments – Syria, Saudi, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and elsewhere – have both the incentive and the means to reach mutual accommodations. What is stopping them is the belief that the US or some other outside power will deliver a decisive victory on their behalf - if you like Uncle Sam is the puppet attached to the strings manipulated by Middle-East puppeteers to do the dirty work and all this worsens/provokes more violence/bloodshed.

Syria is largely a secular country ensuring the protection of minorities (like Christians).

Many Syrian Christians support the government as the Alawite, a member of a Shi'ite-derived minority sect, as a protector against rebels.

The West should either stay out of it or support Assad.

The quickest way to end the war is for Assad to win.

In fact, Assad must stay to defend (& win) his secular country ensuring the protection of all minorities.

If Syria falls into the hands of rebels, it will be engulfed by sectarian violence that will lead to ethnic cleansing of the Kurd, Christian & other minorities who have long stood against the Sunnis. And Syria will become a new base for IS, Al-Qaeda.

Are these millions of innocent victims (women, children, Iraqis, Libyans, Christians, Yazidis, Kurds,etc.) sub-humans deserve to suffer hell from war crimes committed by these war criminals (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron)?

US,UK,France must stop immediately the support & arming jihadist rebels who have no qualms to ethnic cleansing (just ask any Christians in Syria how much they fear the rebels).

eny in reply to sikko6

Indeed, these jihadists are desperately doing all the dirty tricks to frame Assad.

Trump, Tillerson, Haley, the halfwit lot fall into the jihadists' trap to attack Syria illegally committing more war crimes, becoming the puppet attached to the strings manipulated by jihadist puppeteers to do all the dirty work without realizing and yet fervently justifying doing all the dirty work for these jihadists....Can you believe it?

These jihadists cannot believe their good luck, happily rubbing their hands with glee.

All these illegal attacks (Iraq, Libya, etc.) are war crimes and these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron and the lot) must be charged/jailed for life.

eny in reply to sikko6

Indeed, these jihadists are desperately doing all the dirty tricks to frame Assad.

Trump, Tillerson, Haley, the halfwit lot fall into the jihadists' trap to attack Syria illegally committing more war crimes, becoming the puppet attached to the strings manipulated by jihadist puppeteers to do all the dirty work without realizing and yet fervently justifying doing all the dirty work for these jihadists....Can you believe it?

These jihadists cannot believe their good luck, happily rubbing their hands with glee.

All these illegal attacks (Iraq, Libya, etc.) are war crimes and these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron and the lot) must be charged/jailed for life.

eny

USA is again attacking illegally and committing war crimes and Trump is another war criminal to be added to the list (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron/Obama & the lot).
The jihadists are stockpiling chemical weapons (supplied/armed by Turkey and the lot) that were hit and leaked out.
The real murderers are the war criminals (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron/Obama & the lot) who committed war crimes by invading/attacking illegally (Iraq, Libya, etc.) with millions of innocent people (including children, women) being murdered / injured / traumatized / displaced and captive women being sold as concubines, hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding Europe, drowned toddlers being washed ashore, Afghans, including children and 6-month old baby, drowned in the Aegean trying to reach Greece, setting fires to the whole region which have simply radicalized and created more and more terrorists...all unfolding daily and endlessly, unprecedented atrocities committed by these war criminals (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron).
At the global level, U.S. repeatedly breaks laws to attack/invade illegally which not only raise troublesome questions, indeed, U.S. is the biggest menacing threat to world peace/stability, treacherous peril to global order and rule-of-law.
Dishonest politicians (Bush, Blair, Cameron, Sarkozy, etc) not only fail to meet people’s legitimate expectations and aspirations, they lie, break laws, commit war crimes, defy rule-of-law, run away scot-free without conscience and with no accountability & unspeakable violence.
Syria's six year war (leading to a horrifying coda in Aleppo) is a direct result of US (UK, France, Saudi & the lot) continuous support/arming the rebels to agitate, to kill, to terrorize and fuel the endless bloodshed we're all seeing.
If US(UK,France, Saudi & the lot) stop all their support/arming Syrian rebels,the endless atrocities would have stopped long long ago.
US (UK,France, Saudi & the lot) are the ones responsible for this complete meltdown of humanity.
US,UK,France are committing war crimes by arming these jihadist rebels to prolong the endless violence.
US,UK, France must be held responsible for each casualty in these war crimes.
Syria is largely a secular country ensuring the protection of minorities (like Christians).
Many Syrian Christians supported the government in the civil war as the Alawite, a member of a Shi'ite-derived minority sect, as a protector against rebels.
The West should either stay out of it or support Assad.
The quickest way to end the war is for Assad to win.
In fact, Assad must stay to defend (& win) his secular country ensuring the protection of all minorities.
Without doubt, the endless bloodshed in Syria will be even worse and bloodier if Obama had invaded Syria (another illegal invasion after all the insane illegal invasions of Iraq, Libya, etc!!)
Now that the jihadist rebels were driven out of Aleppo (a turning point in Syria's war) allowing Syria full control of Aleppo after years of fighting against these terrorists, jubilant Syrians are celebrating in liberated Aleppo, restaurants were thronged by Christians late into the night, people danced and celebrated in the Azizya neighbourhood, where the public Christmas tree had gone unlit since rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012.... paving the way for Syria to restore peace and stability in the entire country.
Without doubt, Syria will restore peace and stability in the entire country soon if US,UK,France stop all their support & arming Syrian rebels and the endless bloodshed will soon stop.
These blood-soaked politicians (Bush, Blair, Cameron, Sarkozy, etc) are certified war criminals & US (UK, France & the lot) are fully responsible (morally and physically) to pick up the pieces and restore peace/stability in all these countries.
These war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron and the lot) must be charged/jailed for life.
Unless and until these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron, etc.) are charged/jailed for life, otherwise these politicians&their generals will just continue to wage illegal wars, commit war crimes leading to killing fields everywhere.
Unless and until these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron, etc.) are charged/jailed for life, otherwise the world continues to face endless violence as these war criminals have broken laws and set very bad precedents for all to follow and commit more war crimes.
Unless and until these war criminals (Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Cameron, etc.) are charged/jailed for life, otherwise all these ugly truths must be told and re-told.
By not taking actions to charge/jail these war criminals (Bush/Blair/Sarkozy/Cameron, etc.), UN Human Right, ICC are as despicable as these war criminals.

Archie1954

Increasingly the Economist has shown itself prone to disseminating fake news. This article for instance discusses how al Assad must have secreted away deadly gas to use on his people at a later date since he used it a day or two ago, yet there is no evidence, absolutely none that Assad was, in fact, responsible for the attack. Not only that, the accusation that he was responsible for the 2013 gas attack has been totally debunked, and I believe the Economist knows it. This article is just another attempt to spew hateful rhetoric against a man who, whether we like it or not, is the only person standing between a Syria which is secular and potentially stable and a new Caliphate of extremist crazed Jihadists. Do we want a centre of terrorist military offensives against the whole rest of the Middle East? Well do we?

Dude don't try too hard with facts and evidence. They don't really matter to this Empire.

You got to get onto that more emotional stuff! Pictures of dead children, the spectre of WMDs, the Reds under the Beds sort of thing.

Gotta tell you - it works wonders!!! Unlike facts and reason.

mullah_assassin

Honey, the Neocons are baaaaaack. Unilateralism is baaaack. International law is out. Who needs to even make an appearance at the UN and seek international support for a big escalation such as this anymore? So much easier when you're darling Jihadists are on the ground waging false flag attacks for you and you have infiltrated the mainstream media to justify yourself.

All you pro-US shills ranting on about taking dictators out - you are all cretins.

What did you learn from Iraq and Libya? Nada!

What did you learn from Bush? Nada!

We have to endure another round of stupid Yankee chest beating and hypocrisy, "above the law" bull rampage in the china shop.

Trump is a Zionist shill. I hope his electorate are out in the streets protesting.

It's not turtles all the way down, its Deep State all the way down!!!!

mullah_assassin

Gosh, they suddenly pretend to care about Syrians now! Wow, very believable. After supporting headchoppers and armed mercenaries in Syria, responsible for killing so many Syrians, you are telling me America is here to care about Syrians!

L O L

A Reasoned Voice

One of the interesting things about the proliferation/concentration of Russian trolls here, is the insight it gives to Russia's internal strategy/true positions. Interesting that the usual suspects (e.g Mullah, etc.) are mostly just trying to do general rabble rousing to see what sticks, not the same concerted effort and continuous repeat of the same exact message that we saw the previous few days.

Very fascinating to watch.

mullah_assassin

Dead children are the empire's new excuse for regime change in Syria. They're going to be milking this one.

Killing all those Iraqi children was OK. As long as you're not doing the killing, right Yankees?

You're such a moral breed! With the attention span of a child itself.

Already forgotten the clusterfuck that you created in Iraq and Libya?

This insanity is what you get when you live in a bubble and nobody keeps your cowboy ways in check you sickos!

You're soooo intent on regime change, with the usual "we have no plan" follow up. Headchoppers are ready to step up to the plate, but you don't mind do you? Syria will be another victim of your sick criminality.

You think you're some super heroes like in Hollywood? Just ask the Libyans how many people died after your self righteous proclamations were made about "saving Libyans"?! Just ask the Iraqis how many people died after your self righteous proclamations about "preventing WMD attacks" that were FORGERIES. And now with Syria, we are meant to fall for it AGAIN?

Justice in a perverted system that enables this behaviour is non-existent. Take a hard look at what you really have become.

Over half of these tomahawks were blown out the sky, and the airfield largely intact.

Appropriate beefing up of air defences needs to happen to prevent future cowboy aggression.

The UN should rebuke America for taking this action. No impartial evidence or investigation done. So much for the lauded credibility. West looks amateurish and sheepish for towing this line without question.

Xi now knows he is dealing with a buffoon who wanted to perform his Bar Mitzvah to the world and wants to open up an East Asia front.

Come to think of it, can we start considering the "toppling of regimes" a famous US export? Or does Democracy from the air sound better?

Here we go...the warm and fuzzy justification of violating international law and going back to unilateralism.

"But at least!....."

There is no excuse. This is like me killing my neighbour first after I hear an altercation next door without knowing any details, and asking questions later. Oopsy! Except that, I don't have the advantage of intimidating any of the witnesses.

You opt for war and intimidation when you can't do anything else well and are running thin on options. War is the last bastion for the weak to stroke their ego.

John McCain got what he wanted.

The US empire is on its last crutches if war is its only way out of this mess.

Anybody who opts for war this easily is weak. Its easy to be cowboy....but a real peace-maker? Trump, like most Americans, cannot see outside the bubble they live in.

mullah_assassin in reply to happyfish18

You have to excuse my long rant. I'm at the cusp of a career change into writing.

The Guardian:

"No peace in Syria until Assad is ousted, says Nikki Haley"

Followed by a stomach churning amount of justification for their age old agenda.

Well Vitaly Churkin's dead, so they won't have a man who will intelligently question their grabage.

There you go folks, regime change is officially back on the agenda, based on lies! Neocons/Deep State are rock solidly in charge. I can already see how this whole thing will unfold.

What happened in the last few days was this: Trump started out by seeking rapprochement with Russia and Syria, and the Deep State did not like that at all. They quickly converted him to the dark side. Trump does a 180 degree turn, based on their stock-standard formula - WMDs, dead children, heavy media spin, Russophobia, war drumming. It worked wonders. And what a glorious 180 degree turn it was! From the hope of working with Assad to rebuild Syria - back to regime change. Ahh, some things never die. This is how real thugs roll. Trump probably tried to compromise with this hopeless attack against an empty Syrian airfield. But it did its job. It set the tone for more future aggression. They are just warming up! How can people not see where all this is going?

Humanity rides waves of collective insanity, and we are about to willingly fall right into a crescendo. Is this the best outcome the Western "Rules based" system can produce? What rules exactly? Oh. The ones that don't apply to the rule makers!

Brace yourselves for epic, out of this world verbal diarrhoea coming from the Anglo-Zionist establishment as the war drums get louder. Assad will be made to be the biggest baddie in the entire world, ever since Gaddafi. (Just don't mention the House of Saud - evil but pro-US evil!) And there ain't nothing "We the People" can do about it except watch this empire of racketeering make money from this depravity and pat themselves on the back for doing god's work. They want Syria. North Korea. Then they're going for Iran. And ultimately Russia and China. The Anglo-Zionists covet full spectrum dominance on the Earth. Nobody dares oppose the empire! Ever notice how America doesn't need allies, just vassals? Allies keep each other in check and call out the bullshit - too much for Uncle Sam's fragile ego. Vassals just say "Yes Sireee!" The choir-boys are well known. But the buffoonery will complicate their plans. There is only so much one can do with crass brute force. Western populations need to rise up against the hijacking of their nations, and not at the ballot box. Nobody else will do it for them.

Add Trump to the long list of false prophets. The swamp has drained him about 90%. We have 10% to go, until the squid gets its way. All it took was 3 months to neutralize the threat. This is what's called a "bloodless coup". I hope it feels great to be part of the modern day Roman empire with Caligula at the helm. Like Hotel California, you can check in any time you like, but you can never leave! Trump checked in to "drain the swamp". He'll be checking out as King Swamp.

See ya later Alligator. May the Swamp be with you. Things are about to get swampy.

mullah_assassin in reply to scott0962

The Russians and Syrians have nothing to gain from attacking civilians with chemical weapons. You seem to think that they are some sort of irrational maniacs as spun by the media. They are not. The maniacs are the terrorists they are fighting. They are willing and known to stoop to the lowest levels of humanity. They are backed by many countries so as to dilute accountability for their actions. The media is obviously wilfully ignoring the Jihadist element in this whole stinking false flag affair. Same story with Aleppo.

jomellon

When Saddam Hussein was a US ally and murdered thousands of Kurds with gas was the US worried? Nope.
When he killed tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Iranian soldiers with gas was the US worried? Nope. It was delighted.
Saudi is currently bombing civilians to hell in Yemen - is the US worried? Nope, cheering them on.
Now we are supposed to believe that in a fit of shed a tear compassion and moral outrage it is prepared to start WWIII without any actual evidence of who did a gas attack that killed 73.
And although reporters fear to tread in these areas even at the best of times, we instantly have high quality edited video from non-sourced camera people apparently not troubled by poison gas. Amazing.
And the gas attack was *just a day* before the donor conference about aid to rebuild Syria as the war draws to an end... my goodness me what a silly mistake by the Syrian government, sabotaging the conference and giving the US regime changers an excuse to attack.
Does the US / UK have form in lying about WMD / organizing fake flag attacks?
Like really people: join the dots yourself....