The Pornography of War

 

Chemical, gas, phosphorous, even radioactive weapons are fine when used by ‘our side’ but cause for military intervention when used by our supposed ‘enemies’. An intervention which draws on stocks from the above.

Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail stated that, ‘The U.S. invasion of Iraq has left behind a legacy of cancer and birth defects suspected of being caused by the U.S. military’s extensive use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus.’

Witnessing the birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, Jamail added: ‘They’re extremely hard to bear witness to. But it’s something that we all need to pay attention to … What this has generated is, from 2004 we are seeing a high rate of congenital malformations in this city.’

His view was supported in an epidemiological study in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health which concluded that: ‘Fallujah is experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia and infant mortality than Hiroshima and Nagasaki did in 1945.’ (Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009).

Fourteen years later ex-UK ambassador Craig Murray writes about Syria: ‘In this extraordinary war, where Saudi-funded jihadist head choppers have Israeli air support and US and UK military “advisers”, every time the Syrian army is about to take complete control of a major jihadist enclave, at the last moment when victory is in their grasp, the Syrian Army allegedly attacks children with chemical weapons, for no military reason at all.’

There is an interesting history to chemical weapons attack accusations. The alleged chemical attack by Syrian forces in Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, led to Trump’s decision to launch a cruise missile strike against the government’s Shayrat airbase in Homs, and was accompanied by Trump’s announcement that regime change in Damascus was now a US objective. A year later, the Douma attack has also come at a critical point, just as the entire district of eastern Ghouta has been ‘liberated’ from opposition militant groups, dominated by Jaish al-Islam.

Of the 2017 attack, Theodore Postol, a leading weapons academic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), believed that the US government did not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible. He said: ‘I have reviewed the [White House’s] document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria at roughly 6am to 7am on 4 April, 2017’.

Today the drums of war get louder with Donald Trump tweeting his love of the ‘nice, new and smart’ missiles he is about to launch, urged on by Tony Blair and with Theresa May summoning her ‘war’ cabinet.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the OPCW, have said they are not able to verify the reports on the alleged use of chemical weapons and want to send a special mission to Douma. Looks like Trump’s missiles may get there before they do.

Craig Murray is right to warn that, ‘The massive orchestration of Russophobia over the last two years is intended to prepare public opinion for a wider military conflict centred on the Middle East, but likely to spread, and that we are approaching that endgame.’

Perhaps there is another endgame in sight and they are linked. It’s the arrival of the fifth horseman of the Apocalypse, ‘War as Diversion’.

The FBI has now raided the offices of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. He was involved in the $130,000 payment to ‘Stormy Daniels’. Apparently she can describe the President’s ‘junk perfectly’.

For the sake of the dead and the soon-to-die and for all our sanities, it is time to oppose the way our governments are fetishizing and enabling these mindless wars.

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