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Coalition Airstrikes against Syria and Iraq: "Counting" Civilian Casualties, Fake Atrocity Narratives

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Washington-led Empire is a global gangster state[1]. It corrupts all organizations that stand in its way, including supposedly "non-governmental" agencies[2].

These agencies are government and/or foundation-funded. They are not neutral. They serve and advance Empire's crimes. They fabricate consent by propagating fake narratives, including the attribution of fake atrocity stories to target nations and their leadership. Amnesty International is one such agency. Amnesty's statistics regarding Coalition bombing campaigns and civilian deaths provide a window into the corruption.

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When the U.S.-led Coalition claimed that coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq killed 1,302 civilians between August 2014 and the end of April 2019[3], we (including Amnesty) had every reason to be incredulous.

Ali al-Bayati, a member of Iraq's Office of the High Commission for Human Rights claims, for example, that the coalition killed 11,800 civilians, including 2,300 children, and 1,130 women, in addition to 8,000 wounded by shelling [4] during the same period.

These figures are reinforced by the fact that the coalition carried out about 20,000 airstrikes between August 8, 2014 and July 31, 2015, and that they targeted 3,262 "ISIS buildings" which, according to Prof. Chossudovsky, were in fact Iraqi and Syrian civilian infrastructure.[5]

But Amnesty International/Air Wars' "counter argument" that 1,600[6] civilians were killed in the 2017 Raqqa offensive alone that reportedly destroyed 80% of the city, and therefore constituted carpet bombing is also dubious, first, because these statistics are not consistent with a four month long carpet bombing campaign, and second, because Amnesty International has lost its legitimacy as a reliable source of independent research.

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Amnesty International failed when it fabricated fake narratives about Syria's Saydnaya prison[8].

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Washington-led Empire is a global gangster state[1]. It corrupts all organizations that stand in its way, including supposedly "non-governmental" agencies[2].

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The bulk of the word 'apathetic' is 'pathetic'. What needs to be done is clear. Who needs to do it is equally obvious. People trap themselves not by their lack of imagination but their unwillingness of imagination. I haven't been able to figure out why that is. The imagination is dazzling, exciting, fulfilling, entertaining, ennobling, inspiring, truly phenomenal. Somehow as people grow older, they lose touch with that. Laziness? Conditioning? Brainwashing? What I do know is we are confronted with a simple choice: Either we the regular people -- us folks not in the clutches of neoliberalism, capitalism, neoconservatism, fascism, or any other ism -- grab the power and turn things around or we'll all be victims of the final word in 'isms' ... extinctionism.

We're either bold or we're timid. We either think big or shrink to irrelevance. We either come out swinging or go down cowering. We either go for broke or we get broken.

Here's how we can get the attention of the 160 million people on the bottom of the economy, the ones who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, the ones who can't raise $500 if there's an emergency, the ones who are in debt up to their eyebrows in an economy that doesn't work for them. One simple message: WAR IS MAKING YOU POOR! Then give them something they can do: Only vote for Peace Dividend candidates in 2020, for Senate, House, and President. Simple, straight to the heart of the matter, in language they'll understand: WAR IS MAKING YOU POOR! Demand the Peace Dividend refund: https://peacedividend.us ... DEFUND THE DOD BY REFUNDING YOU AND ME!

This is the easiest sell in decades and will starve the beast, end the wars, stop the militarization of everything. Crazy? Not as crazy as warring ourselves into bankruptcy or nuclear extinction.

Or do we let the agencies of war, death, destruction, plunder exposed for what they are in this brilliant article, do our thinking for us?

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I don't think change will come at the ballot box. We the People have to take ownership. The political system is too corrupt.

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I loudly applaud the effort and energy that John offers to us through the ballot box, but deep down Mark, you are very convincing that the political system

has become too entrenched and nearly set in stone.

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When something is set in stone, there's always a way to deal with it.


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BEAUTIFUL, Buddy - this one I've spent years at, but pushing that stonework up and downhill isn't my way. It takes too long to wear out before I do.

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I agree. It was 130 million brain-washed people who voted for either Chump or that corporate whore.

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While you're correct about the Orange Maggot and the Lying Hyena, let's not forget where the real power is. Please just read what appears on the first page here. It's based on the Constitution ....

NO CONTRACT NO VOTE

There are 435 House seats and 34 Senate seats up for grabs November 2020. Organize at a local (congressional district) level, replace 370 of the crooks and liars in Congress, and it won't matter who is in the White House.

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That, of course, is a self-fulfilling prophecy if everyone is convinced that voting is pointless. Please look at this and let me know what you think ... Do The Math ... because I don't see what the flaw in the analysis is, assuming as you must there is one.

If there are no legitimate alternatives at the ballot box or if there is a legitimate choice but no one knows about it, you're right. BUT if you take the time to study in detail my strategy, you'll see it offers a nucleus for community, grass-roots, bottom-up organizing.

'Take ownership' is a catchy phrase. But what does it mean? How, Mark, do we take ownership? How is that organized? What would it look like? What would its goals, benchmarks be? What metrics do you have in mind to measure progress? I'm not being argumentative here. If you can answer these and offer a step-by-step plan for 'taking ownership', I'll be right there among the first in line to help.

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Quite well put, nakama- tomodachi.

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どうもありがとうございました!

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I missed the class on reading Nipponese script, arigato - English trans.?

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Translation: "Thank you very much!" (with respect)

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MSM has people totally brainwashed. The only way to effect change is to spread the truth and beat MSM at its own game. I have no idea if it is possible, but I try anyways, because even if I fail, I win.Politicians at this stage are simply fronts. They offer false hope and weaken People Power. It's all by design.


If people knew the truth, that our governments are committing mass murder every day in Syria and beyond, a legitimate holocaust, and if people felt the truth, then people would see all Western politicians as the criminal diversions that they are. I have no respect for politicians. If people knew the truth, they would not respect Western politicians either. And then the People would have the Power to change things for the better.

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Everything you say resonates 100%, Mark. But it's where you take what you said, most of which I believe and know as well, to some more constructive level that I have issues with. People are wrong until they're right. People are brainwashed until they're not. People believe lies until they stop believing them. It's all very dynamic and what drives change is not absolutes like "MSM has people totally brainwashed" PERIOD EXCLAMATION POINT.

For example, I don't fully accept this premise: "If people knew the truth, that our governments are committing mass murder every day in Syria and beyond, a legitimate holocaust, and if people felt the truth, then people would see all Western politicians as the criminal diversions that they are."

Actually, if people think those folks over there are the bad guys and deserve it, they celebrate their slaughter. Not everyone is a person of compassion, sensitive to morality, and balanced in their assessment of situations, as you obviously are. You're seeing your fellow man through your own Mark Taliano lens, thus are blinded to obvious ways of communicating with our fellow citizens.

Unless you live in Woodstock, NY, I see no evidence you've taken the time to look at what I'm proposing. Ignoring the ideas and hard work of others is a sure way to guarantee your myopia is a permanent affliction. Sorry to see that.

I will, however, continue to follow your articles. You're an excellent, insightful writer.

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