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International law and the US war drive in Syria

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Amidst the mass of lies coming from US President Obama's press conference on Tuesday, one passage stands out. 

Referring to entirely unsubstantiated charges of chemical weapons used by the Syrian government, Obama declared this a "game changer." Why? Because "we have established international law and international norms that say when you use these kinds of weapons, you have the potential of killing massive numbers of people in the most inhumane way possible. ..."

Words can hardly describe the level of hypocrisy in this sanctimonious declaration. They come from the head of a government and military that has unleashed violence all over the world and is guilty of the most brazen violations of international law.

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This applies first of all to the Syrian operation itself. In the same press conference, Obama acknowledged that "from the beginning" the aim of the US has been to unseat the government of Bashar al-Assad. "We have worked to strengthen the opposition," he added. "We have provided nonlethal assistance to the opposition."

He went on to say that the administration has "asked the Pentagon, our military, our intelligence officials" to prepare a "spectrum of options." Media reports based on comments from administration officials after the press conference reported that the US is moving toward providing "lethal weaponry" to the "rebels." The US military has already moved to establish a base in northern Jordan, on the Syrian border, with the aim of bringing in 20,000 US troops.

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