He acted by diktat with no congressional approval. An April 23 Executive Order headlined:
"BLOCKING THE PROPERTY AND SUSPENDING ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES OF CERTAIN PERSONS WITH RESPECT TO GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN AND SYRIA VIA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY"
Primarily targeting Syrian and Iranian entities, US firms are also instructed to obey them.
At the same time, EU nations banned luxury product sales to Syria that allegedly can be duel (military, civilian) use.
Moreover, EU and US officials keep wrongfully blaming Assad for insurgent violence. On April 23, The New York Times headlined, "UN Observers Prove Little Deterrent to Syrian Attacks," saying:
Security forces "engaged in a bloody game of cat and mouse against (UN) observers on Monday, seeming to punish cities like Hama after the monitors left for daring to protest, and adopting a low profile as the monitors visited the Damascus suburbs."
The Times supports all imperial wars and others planned. It reliably serves as Washington's de facto ministry of information and propaganda. All the news it claims "fit to print" isn't fit to read.
Since early last year, Western and regional states provided insurgents serving imperial interests with arms, funding, training, and on-the-ground direction. Assad's blamed for confronting their violence.
Like other articles, commentaries and editorials, The Times piece was full of misinformation, distortions, and ball-faced lies. "Activist" stooges are cited or quoted. Events on the ground are manipulated and falsified to assure violence (blamed on Assad) continues.
What's gone on for months will continue seamlessly. Monitors on the ground can't be everywhere. At issue is who they represent. Will their reports be credible? Or were they handpicked to assure what Obama wants to hear?
Washington planned Syria and Iran regime change years ago. Sanctions and insurgent violence alone can't accomplish it. Western intervention's coming. First Syria, then Iran, and later other targeted regimes.
A nation glorifying wars and violence assures endless conflicts. Its way of life heads it for eventual demise. At issue is will humanity perish with it? The possibility is real and frightening!
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