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Media scoundrels build momentum for war. An August 2 Washington Post editorial headlined "The lessons of failure in Syria," saying:

Assad "was never serious about peace...." He remains "determined to crush the opposition...." Russian President Vladimir Putin backs him. Diplomacy failed.

Assad "matched his father's record of despotism: He is willing to slaughter an unlimited number of his own people in order to cling to power." 

(It's) time for the Obama administration to consider measures that stand a real chance of accelerating his downfall...."

Without saying so, the Post endorses war. Daily propaganda sells it. Disinformation is featured. Truth is turned on its head. Readers are betrayed. 

Instead of denouncing imperial wars, media scoundrels endorse them. The New York Times marches in lockstep. Its August 6 editorial headlined "If Assad Falls in Syria," saying:

His "security forces are continuing to kill Syrians in huge numbers....(America) and its partners (must) step up the pressure (and) prepare for a (new) Syria."

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The Times stops short of endorsing war. It creeps incrementally toward doing so. So does failure to urge peace. Legal and moral issues aren't raised. Imperial priorities matter most. Blaming victims supports them.

Fingers point often at Iran. False threats are raised. Haaretz is more hawkish than dovish. On August 7, its dark side was featured. One article headlined "New intelligence reveals Iranian military program advancing faster than previously thought." 

Alleged "new intelligence" is claimed. Unnamed Israeli and Western officials say so. The usual suspect countries are involved. 

According to an unnamed source, current thinking "began to take shape in February when Iran refused to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the base at Parchin, where it is believed Iran is carrying out part of the research and development of its military nuclear program."

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Annually, US intelligence finds no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Western and Israeli leaders know there's none. It doesn't deter their false accusations.

No country matches Iran's willingness to cooperate with IAEA inspectors. It's nuclear sites are the world's most intensively inspected ones. Panchin is a military site. It has nothing to do with nuclear activities.

Israel, America, and other Western nations don't permit spying on their military facilities. Satellites maintain constant surveillance on strategic Iranian sites. 

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