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Lying About Syria, and the Lying Liars Who Lie About the Lying

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7. An unpopular rebellion put into power by outside force does not usually result in a stable government.  In fact there is not yet on record a case of U.S. humanitarian war benefitting humanity or of nation-building actually building a nation.  Why would Syria, which looks even less auspicious than most potential targets, be the exception to the rule?

8. This opposition is not interested in creating a democracy, or -- for that matter -- in taking instructions from the U.S. government.  On the contrary, blowback from these allies is likely.  Just as we should have learned the lesson of lies about weapons by now, our government should have learned the lesson of arming the enemy of the enemy long before this moment.

9. The precedent of another lawless act by the United States, whether arming proxies or engaging directly, sets a dangerous example to the world and to those in Washington for whom Iran is next on the list.

10. A strong majority of Americans, despite all the media's efforts thus far, opposes arming the rebels or engaging directly.  Instead, a plurality supports providing humanitarian aid.

In sum, making the Syrian people worse off is not a way to help them.

But -- guess what? -- the evidence suggests strongly that the latest chemical weapons claims are as phony as all the previous ones.

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at and and works for the online (more...)

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Israel.... David you say; "In fact there is not ... by Toby Seiler on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 10:37:50 AM
In a sense you are correct, but of course the way ... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 2:12:26 PM
Normally, even when I agree with the author 100% o... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 2:14:46 PM
A small group of really screwed up people in this ... by Carol Davidek-Waller on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 3:23:29 AM
It is not only dreadful, but incredibly stupid. Wh... by Paul Easton on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 6:40:10 AM
Obama has a longer attention span than Bush 2.&nbs... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:01:58 AM
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