War Drums – Obama, Kerry and Associates Clamor for War amidst Opposition.

President Obama and his administration continue to put pressure on Congress to declare war on the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, despite significant domestic opposition from numerous lawmakers and regular citizens alike. Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 2009, claims that evidence of chemical weapon use by the Assad regime has created an imperative for US military forces to intervene. As Fox News reports:

“On Sunday, the president and his inner circle worked furiously over the weekend to win congressional support, appearing on Sunday shows, holding classified briefings and making calls to Capitol Hill leaders.

A senior administration official told Fox News that the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made phone calls on Sunday to senators and House members urging them to vote in favor of the authorization of military force in Syria.

The effort was preceded by Secretary of State John Kerry blanketing the Sunday shows and administration officials proceeding with a round of weekend briefings, as Capitol Hill lawmakers said Obama may not have the votes right now.

Kerry told “Fox News Sunday” that he couldn’t imagine Congress would “turn its back” on Israel or other U.S. allies in the region and on the Syrians slaughtered in the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack, allegedly ordered by Assad.”

I do not believe Assad ordered the chemical attack (presuming the attack even occurred.) Secretary of State John Kerry claims to hold evidence that Assad “undoubtedly” ordered the chemical attacks. I do not believe a word he says. Call me stubborn, but I consider everything the State Department says to be a lie at all times, by default. The burning question is this: Why would Assad launch a chemical attack now? By all accounts, his forces have the rebels on the ropes; if he can hold out for a few more months, Assad will likely win this civil war. Why would he risk an international intervention by committing war crimes now? Assad may be a rotten guy, but he’s not stupid.

I do not believe he ordered a chemical attack. I am not sure I even believe it occurred, but if it did, then I believe it was a “false flag” operation; that is, it was an attack orchestrated by someone else in order to win support for an outside intervention in Syria. I am strongly predisposed to think that the Syrian Rebels may actually be behind the attack. There is overwhelming evidence that Al-Qaeda is amongst the rebel forces, and Al-Qaeda has a famous disregard for honorable behavior and the sanctity of life. I think it is very possible that elements associated with Al-Qaeda perpetrated a “false flag” chemical attack in order to bring the West in on their side. Perhaps it wasn’t even Al-Qaeda, just some random rebel group. That’s another good indicator of why we should stay away from this terrible war: nobody knows just who the Syrian “rebels” are. There are too many different actors and interests involved.

Even if the attack was perpetrated on Assad’s order (which I do not believe it was)… so what? Over 100,000 people have already died in the Syrian Civil War. So what if 1,400 people were killed by poison gas? It sucks that people are dying, but how is that any worse than what’s already going on? People are being shot to death, blown to bits, burned to a crisp, beheaded with kitchen knives, stoned, beaten to death, executed in however many different nasty and terrible ways; and apparently it’s all acceptable, as long as people aren’t being killed by poison gas, because poison gas is somehow more reprehensible than all the aforementioned types of killing.

France is the only other Western nation beside the US that is interested in a war with Syria. The USA and France, once famous for butting heads over the war in Iraq, now look like possible buddies for a war in Syria. There is a very good reason for why this is so, and it can be summed up in one phrase: “Look, a squirrel!”

France is in the midst of it’s worst recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment is through the roof, taxes are at stupidly unbearable levels, and the government of socialist President Hollande is the subject of widespread derision and ridicule. The situation is similar in America: our economic situation is not quite as bad as France’s, but we still suffer from high unemployment, a weak economy, and slowly rising prices. Obama and Hollande are interested in a Syrian intervention for the same reason that Adolf Hitler launched WWII when he did, for the same reason Franklin Delano Roosevelt manipulated the USA into a war that the citizenry wanted no part of, for the same reason that Argentine Government invaded the British-held Falkland Islands in the 1980s, for the same reason everywhere that politicians often agitate for war: to distract people from domestic woes, and to distract attention from their own failed policies. War is the health of the State.

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