Conspiracy Theorist

False flag attacks in Syria

By Mark Luedtke

Months ago, President Obama threatened that if the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, it would invite direct U.S. retaliation. Pat Buchanan characterized Obama’s statement, “Foolishly, [Obama] put his credibility on the line by warning that any Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross a ‘red line’ and be a ‘game changer’ with ‘enormous consequences.’ Not only was this ultimatum unwise, Obama had no authority to issue it. If Syria does not threaten or attack us, Obama would need congressional authorization before he could constitutionally engage in acts of war against Syria. When did he ever receive such authorization?”

Buchanan goes on to explain why Obama’s statement is foolish, “Because it is not our war. There is no vital U.S. interest in who rules Syria. Hafez Assad and Bashar have ruled Syria for 40 years. How has that ever threatened us?”

I appreciate Buchanan’s fidelity to the Constitution, but Obama didn’t get congressional authorization to attack Pakistan, Libya, Yemen or anywhere else, so I doubt he’s concerned about getting it to attack Syria. Further, Americans have no vital interest in any of those places, yet Obama attacked them all. Obama cares nothing about such things.

But Obama’s statement gave the Syrian rebels, Israeli government and U.S. warmongers the leverage they needed to pressure Obama to directly intervene in Syria. Buchanan recognized the threat: “It is well within the capacity of [Syrian President] Assad’s enemies to use or fake the use of poison gas to suck us into fighting their war.”

Assad’s enemies rapidly took advantage. In March, the press dutifully reported that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its people, but there were several things wrong with this report. Most obviously, it came from the rebels. The attack killed a number of Syrian soldiers. The Syrian government immediately asked the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons. The attack did not aid the Syrian government, but it provided great potential to aid the rebels. The initial investigation implicated the rebels.

Despite all that evidence, the British and Israeli governments and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel declared they believed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. The warmongers beat the war drums throughout April, pressuring Obama to intervene directly. Fortunately, Obama resisted.

U.N. investigators remained honest in the face of this dishonest pressure. According to the Chicago Tribune, “U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.”

You might think this would put this false flag attack to bed, but the Russia Times reports Secretary of State and warmonger John Kerry continues to lie about the attack, “‘There is no question in my mind that this fight is about the terrible choices that the Assad regime has made,’ Kerry told reporters on Friday, ‘to use gas, which we believe there is strong evidence for the use of.’”

Since this false flag attack failed to draw the U.S. into Syria’s civil war on the side of the rebels, the rebels conducted another false flag attack, this time against a village in Turkey, a NATO ally. CNN reports on behalf of the warmongers, “‘The investigation into the perpetrators is for the most part complete. It has been determined that the organization and its members who carried out the attack were in contact with pro-Syrian regime Al Muhabarat (Syrian Intelligence Services) organization in Syria,’ [Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay] said. ‘The organization is identified and for the most part the persons involved are identified.’”

But as with the last attack, there are several problems with this narrative. The people of Reyhanli, the Turkish town targeted, are mostly supporters of Syrian President Assad and in the same tribe. This attack did nothing to advance the interests of the Assad government, but it has the potential to pull Turkey and NATO into the war on the side of the rebels. In addition, the attack was a car bomb, the kind of attack perfected by al Qaeda and its allies leading the Syrian rebellion.

These attacks and the naked exploitation of them for political benefit illustrate the sociopathic nature of people attracted to government. Politicians and high-level bureaucrats think nothing of killing innocents with chemical weapons and car bombs to advance their personal interests. This is another drop in the ocean of evidence supporting my claim that government, because it is a coercive organization, attracts the worst people to work for it, and the worst of the worst rise to the top.

There’s nothing altruistic about Obama’s resistance to intervening in Syria either. He’s playing smart politics because the American people are against intervention by a 3-1 margin, thank goodness.

Months ago, President Obama threatened that if the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, it would invite direct U.S. retaliation. Pat Buchanan characterized Obama’s statement, “Foolishly, [Obama] put his credibility on the line by warning that any Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross a ‘red line’ and be a ‘game changer’ with ‘enormous consequences.’ Not only was this ultimatum unwise, Obama had no authority to issue it. If Syria does not threaten or attack us, Obama would need congressional authorization before he could constitutionally engage in acts of war against Syria. When did he ever receive such authorization?”

Buchanan goes on to explain why Obama’s statement is foolish, “Because it is not our war. There is no vital U.S. interest in who rules Syria. Hafez Assad and Bashar have ruled Syria for 40 years. How has that ever threatened us?”

I appreciate Buchanan’s fidelity to the Constitution, but Obama didn’t get congressional authorization to attack Pakistan, Libya, Yemen or anywhere else, so I doubt he’s concerned about getting it to attack Syria. Further, Americans have no vital interest in any of those places, yet Obama attacked them all. Obama cares nothing about such things.

But Obama’s statement gave the Syrian rebels, Israeli government and U.S. warmongers the leverage they needed to pressure Obama to directly intervene in Syria. Buchanan recognized the threat: “It is well within the capacity of [Syrian President] Assad’s enemies to use or fake the use of poison gas to suck us into fighting their war.”

Assad’s enemies rapidly took advantage. In March, the press dutifully reported that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its people, but there were several things wrong with this report. Most obviously, it came from the rebels. The attack killed a number of Syrian soldiers. The Syrian government immediately asked the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons. The attack did not aid the Syrian government, but it provided great potential to aid the rebels. The initial investigation implicated the rebels.

Despite all that evidence, the British and Israeli governments and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel declared they believed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. The warmongers beat the war drums throughout April, pressuring Obama to intervene directly. Fortunately, Obama resisted.

U.N. investigators remained honest in the face of this dishonest pressure. According to the Chicago Tribune, “U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.”

You might think this would put this false flag attack to bed, but the Russia Times reports Secretary of State and warmonger John Kerry continues to lie about the attack, “‘There is no question in my mind that this fight is about the terrible choices that the Assad regime has made,’ Kerry told reporters on Friday, ‘to use gas, which we believe there is strong evidence for the use of.’”

Since this false flag attack failed to draw the U.S. into Syria’s civil war on the side of the rebels, the rebels conducted another false flag attack, this time against a village in Turkey, a NATO ally. CNN reports on behalf of the warmongers, “‘The investigation into the perpetrators is for the most part complete. It has been determined that the organization and its members who carried out the attack were in contact with pro-Syrian regime Al Muhabarat (Syrian Intelligence Services) organization in Syria,’ [Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay] said. ‘The organization is identified and for the most part the persons involved are identified.’”

But as with the last attack, there are several problems with this narrative. The people of Reyhanli, the Turkish town targeted, are mostly supporters of Syrian President Assad and in the same tribe. This attack did nothing to advance the interests of the Assad government, but it has the potential to pull Turkey and NATO into the war on the side of the rebels. In addition, the attack was a car bomb, the kind of attack perfected by al Qaeda and its allies leading the Syrian rebellion.

These attacks and the naked exploitation of them for political benefit illustrate the sociopathic nature of people attracted to government. Politicians and high-level bureaucrats think nothing of killing innocents with chemical weapons and car bombs to advance their personal interests. This is another drop in the ocean of evidence supporting my claim that government, because it is a coercive organization, attracts the worst people to work for it, and the worst of the worst rise to the top.

There’s nothing altruistic about Obama’s resistance to intervening in Syria either. He’s playing smart politics because the American people are against intervention by a 3-1 margin, thank goodness.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes only.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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