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Picket • Saturday, April 8 at 1pm • Victoria Park • Halifax, NS (Spring Garden Road and South Park Street)
About 60 tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by the USS Porter and the USS Ross against the Ash Sha’irat airbase near Homs in Syria. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, forward based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, are part of the US Navy’s 6th fleet. Continue reading
Thursday, April 6 — 10:30 pm
The U.S. has engaged in criminal activity by launching tomahawk missiles against Syrian military targets on the night of April 6. News agencies report that 50 to 60 tomahawk missiles were launched from two U.S. warships in the eastern Mediterranean between 8 and 9 pm against the Shayrat airbase in Syria, allegedly hitting runways, aircraft and fuel stores. According to some reports, the targeted airbase played a significant role in the Syrian army’s efforts to liberate cities in central, northern and eastern Syria from ISIL, including the battles for Palmyra, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
U.S. imperialist president Donald Trump used the pretext of a chemical weapons attack that is widely suspected to have been a provocation by forces in the pay of the Anglo-American imperialists to blame Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and justify launching the strikes. The aim is to ensure that there is no peaceful, political resolution of the conflict in Syria under the auspices of the Syrians themselves along with those countries they have sought assistance from including Russia.
“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said, adding that there can be “no dispute” that Syria was responsible for the use of chemical weapons, which is simply not the case. No evidence has been presented that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.
Trump said the tomahawk missile attack was to defend the “vital national security interest to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” To cover up the barbaric nature of this attack, Trump called on “civilized nations” to “join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.” He said “years of attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have failed.”
News agencies report that there will be no further strikes until “another decision is made.” Trump is alleged to have informed various countries before the attack, including Russia through military channels, and the U.S. said it received support from “a broad list of nations.”
The cruise missile attack comes after 1,000 U.S. ground troops invaded the country in the past weeks with another 1,500 expected to enter soon after.
From the website of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
Canada’s initiative at the United Nations to sanction aggression against Syria violates the UN Charter, which states that its very raison d’être is to uphold the sovereignty of nations. Canada is basing itself on the lie that what it calls diplomatic options are exhausted. The U.S. imperialists complain bitterly that Syria has not accepted voluntarily that the U.S. and NATO countries should dictate its destiny, and that institutions such as the UN cannot be used to undermine the sovereignty of its members. As part of creating pretexts for direct aggression against Syria, the U.S. and its NATO allies are taking measures that are falsely called diplomatic. These include sanctions on Syria and Russia, UN Security Council resolutions, the U.S. feigned commitment to ceasefires involving its sponsored fighters, as well as fraudulent accusations and provocations against the Syrian government. When the “diplomatic” measures do not succeed in accomplishing U.S. aims, the foremost aim of which is U.S. domination, then the imperialists assert that diplomacy has failed and aggression is justified. Continue reading
In a flourish of fearmongering and deception, the Harper Conservatives on March 24 announced their intention to extend Canada’s military mission in Iraq and expand it to Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition which is waging a dubious, unjust and unlawful military aggression against those countries.
According to the Harper government, “Jihadi terrorism” poses a great threat not only to the people in the region but to Canada and the rest of the world. Harper and his ministers say that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) has declared war on Canada, and to protect Canadian citizens the government will extend and expand the bombing into Syria without consulting the Syrian government.
This is a reversal of what the Harper government said six months ago: that Canada would not conduct raids into Syria without the “clear permission” of the Syrian government. Minister of Defence Jason Kenney stated that Canada’s entry into Syria has come at the request of the U.S. itself. Continue reading
By MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA
(Sept. 17) – THE ISIL or IS threat is a smokescreen. The strength of the ISIL has deliberately been inflated to get public support for the Pentagon and to justify the illegal bombing of Syria. It has also been used to justify the mobilization of what is looking more and more like a large-scale U.S.-led military buildup in the Middle East. The firepower and military assets being committed go beyond what is needed for merely fighting the ISIL death squads. Continue reading