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Canada's Shame : Wars of Aggression

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Canadians should be hanging their heads in shame.

Our government is guilty of the most egregious criminal acts as defined by the Nuremberg Principles, and we are bona fide members of the "State Sponsors of Terrorism Club" along with other Western powers.

When our government bombs the sovereign state of Syria without the consent of President al-Assad and without United Nations Security Council approval, Canada is committing war crimes of the highest order: a war of aggression, the worst of all war crimes since it leads to all the others.

When we support and fund foreign mercenary terrorists that are invading Syria, we are state sponsors of terrorism. There are no "moderate" forces in Syria that the West is backing. Instead the West is funding mercenaries who are being paid and enabled by the West and its allies, including Canada, Turkey (a NATO member), Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan.

The popular refrain that "Assad must go", echoed by Canada Defense Minister, Harjit Sajjan, is in itself an endorsement of criminality. Regime change operations are criminal aggression, according to international law.

A soft power complex that disseminates lies and confusion is seemingly sufficient to make gullible western audiences accept the criminality, even as the pretexts for previous illegal invasions invariably reveal themselves to be self-serving fabrications. Iraq's Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, but Western sanctions before the premeditated Iraq invasion willfully destroyed water treatment facilities and subsequently killed almost two million people, including about half a million children.

Gaddafi wasn't "bombing his own people" or destroying Libya. The West and its proxies did most of the killing. The illegal bombing in Libya -- in support of al-Qaeda ground troops-- targeted and destroyed civilian infrastructure, including the Great Man-Made River Project.

The bombs and the foreign terrorist ground troops killed Libyans, including its leader Muammar Gaddafi, but Western propagandists and "confusion mongers" portrayed an inverted version of reality to justify the atrocities. Likewise for Bashar al-Assad of Syria -- he is defending his country from foreign terrorists, not "killing his own people" as the main stream media portrays the conflict. The Western invaders are mostly the blame for killing Assad's people.

Assad is not starving his own people either. Recently the discredited Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) fabricated a story that alleges that Assad was starving people in Madaya. Evidence has recently emerged, however, that Western rebels have been stockpiling food and selling it to civilians at exorbitant prices. Again, Western-backed military forces target civilians -- with a view to killing and demoralizing them for "strategic" purposes. Vanessa Beeley decodes the intentional misrepresentation of the Madaya psychological operation by listing investigative questions that should have been asked to find the truth, but were not.

War crimes perpetrated by the West are dressed in mantles of respectability. Main stream media spokespeople, many of whom have conflicts of interest, paint civilian murders as "collateral damage". Some commentators use the phrase "collateral murder", but more accurately the military doctrine of slaughtering civilians is mass murder.

The "War on Terror" after the events of 9-11 have been premeditated wars of aggression, and false pretexts were carefully manufactured by Western state departments, public relations firms, and intelligence agencies; and the mass murders from wars of aggression have been intentional. The "War on Terror" has generated unforeseen developments, but the invasions and occupations were not and are not mistakes, as some commentators would have us believe.

Much of the evil can be explained by Levy Strauss' "Chaos Theory". NATO destroys, loots, and creates chaos so that it can impose its hegemony. Again, the West inverts reality into a ridiculous lie of "spreading democracy". The destruction of nations create waves of refugees that destabilize other countries in the region. Europe is arguably being destabilized with a view to keeping the EU subservient to the U.S oligarch interests. Interestingly, countries not being destabilized include Israel and Wahhabi Saudi Arabia -- and neither country is accepting refugees/imperial crime victims either.

All of these premeditated invasions point to a larger picture. Humanity is being sacrificed for the illusory benefit of the criminal 1% transnational oligarch class that benefits from war. If Western populations were to awaken to the barbaric crimes being perpetrated in their names, they would rightly bow their heads in shame.

The shame would be a strong foundation for shaking off the shackles of lies and war propaganda, and for withdrawing our consent to these wars of aggression, which are crimes against humanity.

(Article changed on January 19, 2016 at 12:28)

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Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017. Visit the author's website at where this (more...)

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