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MSM Support Brazen Lawlessness
by Stephen Lendman
28 Sep 2014
MSM Support Brazen Lawlessness
by Stephen Lendman
International, constitutional and US statute laws aren't ambiguous. They don't leave wiggle room.
They're clear and unequivocal. No nation may attack another except in self-defense.
None may do so without Security Council approval. Presidents can't authorize war. Nor Congress. Nor US courts at the highest level.
Claims otherwise are false. America's last legal war was WW II. Obama's wars are brazenly lawless.
They have no legitimacy whatever. They constitute premeditated naked aggression. They're Nuremberg-level crimes. The supreme crime against peace.
Don't expect media scoundrels to explain. They support what demands unequivocal denunciation.
Failure to do so constitutes complicity with the highest of high crimes.
Media scoundrels cheerlead them. They regurgitate Big Lies doing so. Last week's headlines featured a so-called Khorasan Group.
It's more fiction than fact. It's fake. Irresponsible fear-mongering gets people to believe otherwise.
Posing a threat to Europe and America's heartland, it's claimed. Truth is polar opposite.
Last week's screaming MSM headlines said US warplanes targeted the secretive group's "training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communications building and command and control facilities."
Islamic State, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and similar groups wage guerrilla warfare. They have no standing armies.
They don't fight like traditional ones. Their forces are well dispersed. Their weapons aren't concentrated for easy targeting.
So-called communications, command and control and training camp facilities struck were empty buildings.
Not according to Joint Chiefs of Staff director of operations Lt. General William Mayville Jr.
He hyped a fictitious group. He lied claiming its fighters were in the "final stages of plans to execute major attacks against Western targets and potentially the US homeland."
"We believe the Khorasan Group was nearing the execution phase of an attack either in Europe" or America.
A Pentagon statement said it "established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations."
Media scoundrels regurgitated this rubbish like gospel. Without challenging it. Without demanding verifiable evidence.
Without refusing to publish without it. Without reporting what readers and viewers most need to know.
Fear-mongering substitutes. So do Big Lies. They suppress reality.
They're pretexts for militarism, wars of aggression, occupations, colonization, resource theft, and exploiting populations for profit.
They reflect official US policy. Media scoundrels march in lockstep.
Claiming Middle East terrorist groups threaten America's heartland is nonsense. Rubbish.
Americans have more to fear from police brutality, air pollution, unsafe food and drugs, gun violence claiming tens of thousands of annual victims, and traffic fatalities killing from 30 - 50,000 or more annually for decades.
Don't expect media scoundrels to explain. Or tell readers what they most need to know about major world and national issues. Ones affecting their lives and well-being.
Or explain Washington's relationship with IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and other extremist fighters. They're US shock troops. They're used against America's enemies.
Against Gaddafi. Against Assad. Against any leader or sovereign government Washington wants toppled.
US special forces and CIA operatives train Islamic terrorists in Jordan and Turkey. They're deployed cross-border. They're sent to further America's regime change plans.
Bombing isn't to degrade and destroy them. It supports them. It targets Syrian infrastructure, oil facilities and empty buildings.
They're unrelated to defeating them. They're prelude to attacking Syrian targets. Perhaps Damascus.
Perhaps with intent to kill Assad. Maybe other Syrian officials with him. Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.
Orwell did best saying "in times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." It's truer than ever today.
Big Brother wages war on truth. Hot war on America's enemies. Not hot enough for Washington Post editors.
In mid-September, they headlined "The US strategy to defeat the Islamic State is underpowered," saying:
America's previous wars on Iraq (Afghanistan and other adversaries) "assembled formidable coalitions of dozens of countries."
"By those standards, the results…of the Obama administration’s efforts to marshal an alliance to fight the self-described Islamic State look meager."
WaPo editors want more. A more robust response. With boots on the ground. From multiple countries.
John Kerry said defeating IS depends in part on non-combat efforts. Discrediting its ideology. Stopping volunteers from joining them.
He ignored what's most important. So did WaPo editors. US imperialism serves them. Its war on humanity.
It's aggression, repressive occupations, and resource theft. It's exploiting populations for profit.
Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. They urged more of encourages angry Muslims to join IS and other extremist groups.
They want Iraq's military strengthened. They want America more actively involved. They want war, not peace.
So does WaPo contributor Rosa Brooks. She's a Georgetown law professor. She's a New America Foundation senior fellow.
Bilderberg Group/CIA-connected Google CEO Eric Schmidt chairs its board of directors.
Right-wing ideologue Anne-Marie Slaughter is president and CEO. She's a regular WaPo contributor. Other board members include a rogue's gallery of imperial supporters.
Brooks says she "can't help feeling queasy every time (she) hear(s) the president pledge that there will be 'no boots on the ground' in America's newest war."
She wonder(s) what that pledge really means - and just why we're supposed to find it reassuring."
"It's a pledge that seems to have everything to do with politics and little to do with the imperatives of strategy or security."
Obama wars "have everything to do with" advancing America's imperium. Making the world safe for monied interests.
Letting war profiteers gorge at the public trough. Waging war on humanity for unchallenged dominance.
Doing it lawlessly. With evil intent. With unbridled ruthlessness. Millions of corpses attest to America's barbarity.
Don't expect Brooks to explain. Or that no nation in human history caused more harm to more people maliciously. Over a longer duration.
Waging permanent wars against humanity. Using IS and other terrorist groups as proxies. Shock troops. Foot soldiers. Boots on the ground.
Brooks quoted Obama saying "(t)he only language (IS) killers (understand) is the language of force."
They have good teachers at US training camps. They're taught the fine art of killing. How to commit atrocities.
Which ones for what purpose. Including beheadings. US special forces and CIA operatives are experts.
"Relying on airstrikes alone may merely prolong a bloody and inconclusive conflict, or strengthen other actors who are just as brutal as Islamic State fighters, from the regime of Bashar al-Assad to the al-Qaeda-linked rebels of Jabhat al-Nusra," Brooks claimed.
Syria is Obama's war. He launched it. He bears full responsibility for mass slaughter and destruction.
For wanting Syria ravaged and destroyed. For greater regional control. To eliminate a key Israeli adversary. To isolate Iran.
Syria was invaded. There's nothing civil about ongoing conflict. Assad governs responsibly. He's obligated to protect his people.
They support him overwhelmingly. They want no one else leading them.
Brooks didn't explain. She wants him ousted. Rule of law principles don't matter.
Nor lawless aggression. Nor using extremist killers as US shock troops.
"If Obama's promise of 'no boots on the ground' means we'll be fighting a war of half-measures - a war that won't achieve our objectives and that may increase the long-term threat - I'm not sure, in the end, that it's a promise I want him to keep," she said.
Lots of other ideologies are as extremist as Brooks. Anti-war/rule of law advocates get no scoundrel media space or air time.
Warriors and hawks alone are welcome. Their world is Orwell's vision of “a boot stamping on a human face forever."
It's official US policy. It's for unbridled imperial control.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen (at) sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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