Disinformation on gas attacks in Syria (4): The falsification of evidence is the falsification of history

The following article about the gas attacks in Damascus on August 21st appeared online on Saturday, September 7th. This weblog is circulating it as part of a series of information updates to assist our readers as well as the anti-war forces to maintain their orientation against the massive disinformation coming from the NATO bloc and the self-serving reporting from the media. Given the blatant lies peddled as “facts” in the so-called “dossier” of the Obama regime, the article brings to the fore the aims and modus operandi of the disinformation of the U.S. to serve its aggressive aims against Syria.

The article merits attention because it also zeroes in on and strips the mask off of the “counter-spin” of the “non-believers” who appear as critics of Obama and NATO, which has emerged superficially in opposition to the “spin” of the “believers.” This latter feature takes the form of a “debate” that is now being choreographed between “the believers and non-believers” over the credibility of Washington’s assertions over the origin of the gas attacks in Damascus. Others are trying to find the truth somewhere in between. The “debate” is aimed at creating a paralysis amongst the people through the method of spreading of doubt and “hopelessness, helplessness and humiliation.” This “debate” is an integral part of the offensive of U.S. disinformation.


DISINFORMATION about the use of chemical weapons in Syria seeks to pit believers against non-believers in a “policy debate” which has as its sole aim to disinform the polity. This means that the aim is to make sure the formation of an organized opposition is not possible. The “debate” embroils the non-believers in arguments which are irrational to cover up that it is the believers who have the missiles and chemical weapons and delivery systems and that they have usurped the power to use these weapons and systems to violate Syria’s sovereignty.

Actual proof of who used chemical weapons on whom is not significant to the imperialists. The truth has nothing to do with whether they will attack Syria. They use every and all opportunities to push their agenda. In fact, given the total lack of credible evidence, the question has legitimately arisen of what exactly the U.S. is up to. It is crying Havoc! and unleashing the dogs of war. None of this accords with the Rules of War. Even a formal declaration of war on Syria has been dispensed with. It would require an explanation before the world of a just cause to break the peace.

There is no such explanation. In appealing to Congress and allies, Obama said recently, “Just as I will take this case to Congress, I will also deliver this message to the world. While the UN investigation has some time to report on its findings, we will insist that an atrocity committed with chemical weapons is not simply investigated, it must be confronted.” He and Kerry have refused to answer what action will be taken if Congress does not authorize military action, but his emphasis on its necessity is clear. As he reiterated recently, “I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line.” He added, “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.”

The worlds’ people are condemning the U.S. and other war mongers and demanding that they uphold the principles on which the UN was established. Even if chemical weapons were used, there are international bodies and treaties to deal with such things, such as the International Criminal Court or the UN’s Chemical Weapons Convention. But the U.S. and media disinformation do not bother with such things.

The world’s people do not accept the imperialist dictum that “Might Makes Right.” They oppose the use of force or the threat of use of force between or among nations. This is an important stand which foils the deliberate use of disinformation to cause hesitation and division within their ranks on the basis of claims about chemical weapons and humanitarian causes.

The U.S. is the biggest purveyor of chemical and biological weapons and has a long legacy of using them. It dropped atom bombs on the Japanese to threaten the entire world to come under the U.S. dictate following the victory of the anti-fascist cause in WWII. It subsequently used chemical weapons on those who resisted their wars of aggression, as was the case of Korea, Viet Nam and the other Indo-Chinese peoples and other cases since then. Today it commonly uses weapons which contain depleted uranium in all its current wars. U.S. imperialist concern for the victims of chemical weapons can only be seen as a cynical ploy to justify new crimes today.

The imperialists’ morbid preoccupation with death and destruction is also evident in discussions over whether or not they can control the fallout of their attacks on Syria. It is claimed they want to avert another Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. Some non-believers who are demanding to be made into believers demand a guarantee that the attack on Syria will be quick, clean and painless and not involve boots on the ground. The U.S. President and Secretary of State then declare, there is no guarantee but it must be done and this time they will try to get it right.

It is an irrational discourse because the only thing which is real is that the imperialists are bound and determined to attack Syria. This is not because of high ideals, or because they can control the situation after they attack. It is because anarchy has been raised to authority and they will not permit anyone else to control Syria, or West and Central Asia and North Africa. They must wrest it away from real and perceived contenders within their own camp who are also vying to control Syria, West and Central Asia and North Africa.

The arguments pro and con the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime are the instruments of the falsification of history, the diversions to embroil people in a policy debate over which they exercise no control. The decision is not whether or not to attack. The aim is to prove that the people are powerless. It is to wreck the organized resistance of the people. The method is to:

1. Sow doubt in the justice of the people’s cause. They are to start believing that by opposing attacks on Syria, “they are defending a hardened war criminal.”

2. Sow doubt in their own capacity to achieve results – i.e., “the lying machine is just too powerful for the truth to prevail.”

3. Sow hopelessness, helplessness and humiliation – “resistance is of no avail.”

TML calls on Canadians to stand with the Syrian people and their resistance to foreign attacks and invasion. Even as people flee in their thousands to avert the impending catastrophes the imperialists are planning, the Syrian Army and resistance fighters from Hezbollah and other anti-imperialist fighting contingents are taking their battle stations. Their cause is just. Join the ranks of all those fighting to preserve the peace by upholding the sovereignty of nations. No Means No! No to Imperialist War! No to Imperialist Crimes Against the Peace! Uphold Syrian Sovereignty!

Related articles

Disinformation on gas attacks in Syria (3): The self-serving twisting of ‘intelligence’, tonyseed.wordpress.com, September 5, 2013

Disinformation on gas attacks in Syria (2): Which Syrian chemical attack account is credible?, tonyseed.wordpress.com, September 3, 2013

“Disinformation about gas attacks in Damascus (1): Syrians in Ghouta claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attack”, tonyseed.wordpress.com, September 2, 2013


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