CRIMINAL AGGRESSION! US Attacks Syria with Cruise Missiles on the Back of Big Lie.

Aftermath of the attack.  The damage is secondary, it is the precedent that matters.
Aftermath of the US attack on the al Sharat airbase in Homs.
Aftermath of the US attack on the al Sharat airbase in Homs.
Southfront map shows the location of the base near to the east Homs battlefield where the Syrian Army are battling ISIS. After promising to crush ISIS Trump is now offering them air support.

April 8, 2017.

US Attacks Syria with Cruise Missile Barrage on the Back of Big Lie.

At around 3.40am Damascus time on April the 7th, the US Navy launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles upon the Shayrat Syrian Air Force base in Homs province leaving at least six members of the Syrian military dead along with 9 civilians including four children.

Reports of damage vary widely but an aircraft repair depot containing damaged 8 planes and the radar station appear to have been the greatest losses of material.

The attack appears to have been extraordinarily militarily ineffective,but that is secondary to the fact that a threshold has been crossed, a precedent has been set and once these operations begin they almost inevitably achieve a momentum of their own.

In response Russia has suspended the agreement with the US coalition designed to avoid accidental collision or clashes between the Syrian/Russian and US coalition aircraft.

US air strikes in Syria: Russia suspends agreement preventing direct conflict with American forces | The Independent

This is a troubling and potentially extremely dangerous development, but all signs indicate that Russia understands perfectly well that it is no position to directly engage the US in the Middle East.

Therefore in my opinion Russia will not respond directly against the US in Syria, certainly not in the near future, but will seek to engineer a diplomatic end to the issues.

The End of Donald Trump.

The attacks signaled to all intents and purposes the end of the Trump administration in any meaningful sense in all but name.

Trump has walked away, he is no longer present, they had a regime change over there this week it seems and now he knows he is just the front-man, has accepted it and is playing the role.

Paul Craig Roberts on Infowars, April 6th, 2017.

Paul Craig Roberts:”The establishment has reasserted itself. ”

Alex Jones: “Doesn’t he understand , he is a smart guy, that when he rolls over to these people it only encourages them.  They want his head on a spike.”

Paul Craig Roberts:”Well they don’t need his head on a spike if he surrenders to them.”

“I can’t say what he is doing but to me it looks like surrender.” (Source)

Robert Parry at Consortium News provides a credible, albeit anonymously sourced account of the internal machinations:

“the Trump national security team split between the President’s close personal advisers, such as nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, on one side and old-line neocons who have regrouped under National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army general who was a protégé of neocon favorite Gen. David Petraeus.”

White House Infighting

“In this telling, the earlier ouster of retired Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and this week’s removal of Bannon from the National Security Council were key steps in the reassertion of neocon influence inside the Trump presidency. The strange personalities and ideological extremism of Flynn and Bannon made their ousters easier, but they were obstacles that the neocons wanted removed.”

“Though Bannon and Kushner are often presented as rivals, the source said, they shared the belief that Trump should tell the truth about Syria, revealing the Obama administration’s CIA analysis that a fatal sarin gas attack in 2013 was a “false-flag” operation intended to sucker President Obama into fully joining the Syrian war on the side of the rebels — and the intelligence analysts’ similar beliefs about Tuesday’s incident.”

Instead, Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.”

Later Parry writes

“logic and respect for facts no longer prevail inside Official Washington, nor inside the mainstream U.S. news media.”

Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment

They Know It is All a Lie.

In the space of 24 hours Trump has completely repudiated everything he ever said about Syria and foreign policy in general. The intelligence reports must be pretty damning, they must have concocted a case? Apparently not according to Philip Giraldi, extremely credible former CIA officer who stated:

“The intelligence confirms pretty much the account that the Russians have been giving … which is that they hit a warehouse where the rebels – now these are rebels that are, of course, connected with Al Qaeda – where the rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties. Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear.”

(Source)

4/6/17 Philip Giraldi says IC-Military Doubt Assad Gas Narrative – The Libertarian Institute

In order to see just how these actions represent a complete repudiation of everything Trump claimed to represent, we need simply to measure the actions against the President’s own words upon inauguration.

The Inaugural Address | whitehouse.gov

The Promise to serve the people rather than the establishment.

“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.”

This is a very powerful statement and the way I interpret it is he is saying that when he makes a decision the impact of said decision on the average American will be at the core of the process. It is the promise to govern in the interests of the people,”a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

This is a great litmus test by which to evaluate Trump as President.

Later in the speech the same themes are expressed even more forcefully and the folly of the US foreign policy over recent decades is also discussed.

“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

The Inaugural Address | whitehouse.gov

So is there any possible way that the average American family will benefit from the hurling of cruise missiles against Syrian military airfields? If so, how?

There is simply no way any of this benefits the people of the US and that militarily ineffective barrage cost the taxpayers of the US more than 90 million dollars on missiles alone.

(the cost of a single Tomahawk cruise missile is listed as being 1.59 million dollars, 59 times that gives you 93.8 million dollars)

Dud Tomahawk Cruise Missile at the Shayrat airbase in Homs after the US attack.
The hole made by a cruise missile impact upon the arched hangar where the Syrian Air-force stored the planes they were repairing.
Syrian soldiers outside the Shayrat airbase the day after the US attack.
Graphic shows the purported targets attacked by the US. (Source)

An Open and Shut Breach of International Law.

The attack was not in conformity with international law and can therefore be deemed a war crime in and of itself, an act of criminal aggression taken on an evidence free pretext and without the required UN mandate. It is beyond unlikely that anyone will ever be prosecuted for making this illegal order but that is due to the impotence of the administration of international law, the illegality is uncontroversial.

“All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state” (Source)

Even if they eventually hold an investigation and it supports the assertions the US President has made about the origin of the Khan Shaykhun attack, the response was still illegal because there was no UN mandate and no imminent threat- the only situation that provides a legal exception.

” a general prohibition (on the use of force against another nation), subject only to the exceptions stated in the Charter (self-defence and Chapter VII action by the Security Council).

Use of Force by States-Wikipedia

Besting Obama in a bad way.

In his crude way, Trump has shown Obama the “correct” way to capitalise on a big lie.

Act before there is time for the real evidence to emerge. Act like a moron and pretend everyone knows what has happened without evidence, or recourse to basic commonsense.

Create facts on the ground with your response, that is, start the war and after that you’re off and away, the situation will now escalate naturally due to the action that you have taken enabling you to ride the big lie all the way to your desired outcome.

The desired outcome here would appear to be the complete destruction of the Syrian government and the dismemberment of the nation, with Israel gifted the Golan,al Qaeda, the Kurds and the Alawi/Shia./Druze/Christians all hosting mini-states in the place of Syria and never-ending bloodshed in its place.

ANNA News at the Syrian Shayrat airbase after US missile strikes

Report from the Syrian Shayrat airbase after US missile strikes | April 7th 2017

Russian MoD drone footage of aftermath from US missile strike on Syrian Army airbase

RAW: US fires Tomahawk missiles at Syrian military base from USS Ross and USS Porter ships

Syria: Footage of Shayrat base after US airstrike

“Moderate” Mass Murder! Insurgent Car Bomb Slaughters more than 100.

Scenes of mayhem and horror in al Rashideen following the massacre of more than 100 people including at least 68 children in a car bomb attack. (Source)
Sunni insurgents tried to murder these people because they are Shia Muslims, here wounded civilians in the moments after the blast.

April 18th, 2017.

Western Backed Insurgents Conduct Sectarian Massacre west of Aleppo. 

Death Toll is 126, including 68 children.

Suicide Car Bomber Targeted Shia Evacuees from Idlib.

After more than two years under siege in their hometowns of al Fuah and Kafriya, on April 15th, they got on the buses and began the journey to the relative safety and freedom of Government held Aleppo City.

Siege of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya

Only kilometres from their final destination the convoy of buses stopped in the insurgent held Rashideen district west of Aleppo.

Many disembarked and took the chance to stretch their legs. Many children on the buses took the opportunity to escape the cramped environment of the bus.

At some point a supposed Muslim, a fighter from one of the insurgent groups (other than ISIS who do not have any presence whatsoever to the west of Aleppo) detonated a van packed with an estimated tonne of explosives in close proximity to the buses causing the scene to become one of utter carnage and devastation.

Deadly Aleppo suicide attack kills 100 in evacuation operation | World news | The Guardian

Explosion rocks west Aleppo, residents of Fouaa and Kefrayya targeted (Photos, 18 +).

2017 Aleppo suicide car bombing

Evacueees in al Rashidin in the moments preceding the blast.
Survivor of the massacre in the Aleppo University hospital where the wounded were treated. (Source)

Heart-wrenching footage from overcrowded Aleppo hospital

The attack is among the most deadly terror bombings of the entire war and the worst since the massacres of last May that killed more than 130 when a large team of suicide bombers attacked the coastal cities of Jab’leh and Tartous, in that case the carnage was caused by at least seven separate human bombs.

May 2016 Jableh and Tartous bombings

Syria: Terrorist bombings in Tartous and Jableh constitute serious escalation by Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha – Syrian Arab News Agency

More than a dozen insurgents also died in the blast, which appears to have been directed by insurgent factions opposed to the Idlib/Damascus evacuation deal.

The deal remains in place but is only partially complete, an estimated 8000 people remain in al Fuah and Kafriya and Madaya and Zabadani are also only partially evacuated.

Syria resumes evacuation after terrorists kill 112

No party has claimed responsibility for the atrocity and it is likely that the specific offenders will never be identified. Suspicion has fallen upon an outfit named Fawlaq al Sham, who expressed vocal opposition to the evacuation deal. This group was vetted by the US government, labelled moderate and armed with high quality weapons such as the BGM71 TOW missiles.

The Moderate Rebels: A Growing List of Vetted Groups Fielding BGM-71 TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missiles | Hasan Mustafa

In truth the insurgency has taken on such a vicious and sectarian character that there was widespread dissatisfaction with the deal. Many fighters wanted to enter al Fuah and Kafriyah and kill everyone there on the basis that they are Muslims of the Shia variety. Almost any of the numerous insurgent groups operating in western Syria are therefore suspects in the massacre.

In addition to the mass killing, insurgents also kidnapped hundreds of the civilian evacuees, their fate is unknown at this time but if further false flag attacks are planned as the Russian President recently claimed, they may well wind up murdered and used as the victims in a new atrocity to be blamed on the Syrian government.

200 Syrian civilians kidnapped by Al-Qaeda faction amid evacuation deal

An Aberration.

The culture of hatred and devaluation of human life has grown and spread like a cancerous growth in the Middle East over the past several decades.

In the Middle East, the suicide bombings were initially a largely Shia innovation in Lebanon in response to the murderous Israeli invasion and occupation that commenced in 1982 and continued until the year 2000.

The first Sunni group to engage in these operations on a large-scale was the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas who adopted the tactic in 1993, and proceeded to thoroughly blacken the Palestinian cause and help to justify and obscure Israel’s criminal nature with a series of horrific massacres of Israeli civilians over the succeeding decade.

Following the criminal US/British/Australian invasion of Iraq in 2003 the tactic was embraced by Sunni insurgents and the number of such attacks skyrocketed.

Between 1982 and the Israeli withdrawal in 2000, Hezbollah conducted, by US academic Robert Papes count, fewer than 40 suicide attacks on Israeli occupation forces.

In Iraq and Syria the so-called Islamic State group frequently exceed that in a single month, for example the group claimed to have conducted 85 such attacks in January 2016, more than double what Hezbollah had done in 18 years fighting the Israelis.

LiveLeak.com – 85 Martyrdom Operations Carried out by Islamic State Fighters in Iraq and Syria during January 2016 [Infographic]

The blame cannot therefore be placed at the feet of any one group, however suicide is expressly forbidden in Islam so to claim that the suicide bomber is going to paradise or that there is any ground for suicide attacks in Islam is a fallacy, a lie.

Attacks on military targets are not obvious war crimes in the same way as the Rashideen bus massacre but they do violate the rules the Koran asks Muslims to live by and more importantly clearly run counter to the value on life the Koran demands.

“And do not kill yourselves, surely God is most Merciful to you.”

— Qur’an, Sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayat 29 (Source-Translation)

The whole “We are the soldiers of god and we are fond of death” narrative has been completely bankrupt, an outright aberration from day one and will always be so. If you are a real soldier of god, you value life and do not crave or fetishise death.

In fairness it should be noted that  from a military tactical point of view it makes sense for poorly armed militia groups to use human bombs when facing the onslaught of air and ground bombing that accompanies a conventional military offensive. It should also be pointed out that many non-Muslims have conducted suicide attacks, from socialists in Lebanon to the Tamil Tiger separatists in Sri Lanka, who were the most prolific suicide bombers in the world prior to the Iraq war and the emergence of al Qaeda in Iraq as documented by Robert Papes in his work on the topic “Dying to Win“.

Personally it always seemed terribly wrong to me for one person, almost always a more senior person in rank and age to suggest to a foot-soldier that he should conduct an operation where his death is an essential part of the operation.

Just because a tactic makes sense in a certain situation does not mean that it is the right thing to do. It is totally immoral and the foot soldiers are simply being manipulated in a cynical and wicked manner whatever group they represent.

None of that exonerates the Neocon Zionists (nor their “Humanitarian bomber” underlings) who have been the core group responsible for the destabilisation and destruction of the Middle East over the past decades. But there is no doubt that the imperial onslaught has created terrible distortions within the Arab and Muslim world that must be addressed along with the imperial onslaught and the parallel support from Western intelligence for extremists that was the root cause.

Conclusion.

It goes without saying that the massacre in al Rashideen did not merit a mention from the new-found ally of the jihadists in the White House.

All the supposed humanitarian concern supposedly created by the Khan Shaykhun false flag incident attack was completely absent when it came to this far larger massacre. The 68 dead children did not merit even a passing mention, let alone a salvo of cruise missiles from the President who makes no attempt to hide his cynicism and hypocrisy.

 US Rebels slaughter 100’s of Women and Children in Syria

Thus, the mercenaries of the animal Trump killed the children of Kafria and Alfoua, drawing the remaining living consciences in the world

Moment of the attack on the evacuation buses

Shocking video! More than 70 civilians were killed by suicide bomber in Idlib!

68 children among 126 killed in Aleppo blast

The Shocking Massacre of Kafriya and al-Fu’ah

Civilians attacked: UN condemns bombing of evacuees, Western media acquit rebels