Under President Obama the U.S. has conducted bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen (in 2015 the number of bombs dropped on these countries is estimated to be 23,144, with the vast majority in Iraq and Syria). Extrajudicial targeted assassinations using drones or other means have become a mainstay of U.S. foreign policy. As Secretary of State in 2011 Hillary Clinton championed the U.S. war against Libya and infamously cheered the assassination of Libya’s leader with the macabre phrase, “We came, we saw, he died.”
Hillary Clinton, who is vying to become U.S. war president in the November 8 elections, has repeatedly called for a “no-fly zone” in Syria. At the October 19 presidential debate Clinton stated that she supports the U.S. imposing “a no-fly zone and safe havens” to “protect the Syrians and prevent the constant outflow of refugees,” and “gain some leverage on both the Syrian government and the Russians” so as to impose an end to the conflict suitable for the U.S.
Whatever the fraud about the U.S. waging war to protect Syrians, in a speech to Goldman Sachs bankers in 2013 Clinton was clear that a “no-fly zone” would “kill a lot of Syrians.” Clinton noted, “To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk – you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians… there is still an argument that goes on inside the administration and inside our friends at NATO and the Europeans. How [to] intervene – my view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene.”
A serious concern is that Clinton thinks that as war president she can unite the U.S. ruling class and civilian military and industrial complex around a major war such as against Syria. In this case, it also poses dangers of World War and an international confrontation between the big powers threatening humanity itself. Canadians have a critical role to play to prevent such a conflagration. End Canada’s partnership with U.S. imperialism once and for all by establishing an anti-war government that gets Canada out of NATO and NORAD, stands against imperialist aggression and upholds the sovereignty of nations! Canadians must start now by opposing Canada’s criminal measure at the United Nations, opposing the election of a war president in the United States and demanding respect for Syria’s sovereignty.
Diana Johnstone, Hillary Clinton: ‘Queen of Chaos’ on foreign policy
Source: TML Weekly, October 22, 2016 – No. 41