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Braying for war against Syria

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In preparation for a US war against Syria, Washington's political establishment and the corporate media are steadily escalating a campaign of lies and propaganda about the alleged use of chemical weapons. 

The propaganda about Syrian chemical warfare is completely unsubstantiated and based on assertions that have about as much credibility as the propaganda used by the Nazi regime in Germany to portray its invasions of Poland and Czechoslovakia as acts of self-defense and humanitarianism.

Typical is an editorial in the Financial Times, the voice of the City of London's financial oligarchy. After first acknowledging that "there is no firm proof" that any chemical weapons have been employed by Syrian government forces, the editorial goes on to affirm that "if, as close observers of the Syrian conflict believe, the claims are true, then only concerted action now can hope to prevent atrocities in the future such as that of Halabja, where in 1988 the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq gassed to death 5,000 of its rebellious Kurdish citizens."

The conclusion is preposterous. Having admitted there is no proof that the Syrian military used even the small amount of Sarin gas that the Obama administration mentioned in a highly conditional claim last week, the newspaper asserts that "only concerted action," i.e., direct military intervention, can forestall genocidal atrocities.

Who are these "close observers"? The editorial doesn't say, but one can be certain they consist of the collection of oil interests, Syrian exile politicians and Western militarists that are demanding armed intervention on whatever pretext and as soon as possible. These elements and the pack of liars in the US and British media who echo them will say anything to further a stampede to war.

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