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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Didn't take long: Biden now at war with Iran

 


The Associated Press reports: 

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.

Now let's 'unpack' this one as they say in the biz.  The US is illegally in Syria.  Russia has been invited by the Syrian government to help them fight against terrorists that are clearly supported by US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel.  Iran has been invited by Syria to help as well.  (That is legal under international law.) The US uses its current occupation of part of Syria to steal their oil and to give Israel the chance to grab even more land from the Syrian people - as part of the goal to create a 'Greater Israel'.

Washington says it had to bomb targets in Syria to pay back Iran for recent attacks on US troops in Iraq.  Washington lies when it claims it is still in Iraq at the 'invitation' of that government.  The fact is that the Iraqi government has told the US to leave their country.

So the US is doubly violating international law in this case with illegal occupations in Iraq and Syria.  But since when does Washington care about 'the rule of law'?  If you doubt me just ask the Indigenous people of North America about Washington breaking treaties and following the rule of law.

At least (and I am quite surprised to see this) the AP did offer this quote in the article:

Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, criticized the U.S. attack as a violation of international law.

“The United Nations Charter makes absolutely clear that the use of military force on the territory of a foreign sovereign state is lawful only in response to an armed attack on the defending state for which the target state is responsible,” she said. “None of those elements is met in the Syria strike.”

The Pentagon claims that the attack on its troops in Iraq was done by Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite forces. Might be true, might not be true.  The AP again reports:

Biden administration officials condemned the Feb. 15 rocket attack near the city of Irbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region, but as recently as this week officials indicated they had not determined for certain who carried it out.
So what can you really believe out of the mouths of the new Biden administration - which has boasted 'We're back'!

But even if true it means that Iraqi people attacked the US for being inside their nation.  So what if Iran backs them!  Iran borders Iraq and is actually surrounded by US bases in the region. What is the US still doing in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other nations in the region anyway?!

The world needs to wake up and call out the US for war crimes - virtually everywhere. US-NATO are insanely poking Iran, Russia and China with a big stick - looking to make trouble that will justify more military expenditures, more war and more occupations. 

Isn't it way past time to sanction Washington and Brussels?

Bruce

 



1 Comments:

Blogger KBRO said...

BRUCE--IMPORTANT POST, AS MOST OF YOUR STUFF IS--CAN YOU MAKE THIS & OTHERS SHAREABLE ?

2/26/21, 11:12 AM  

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