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.

 

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

Russia Begins Withdrawal from Syria.

A small group of SU35s, Russia's most advanced war plane were deployed to Syria only weeks ago.
A small group of SU35s, Russia’s most advanced war plane were deployed to Syria only weeks ago.
Khmeimim airbase (also written Hmeymim‬) on Google Earth.
A South Frnt still shows the areas of control in Syria as of March 14th, 2016.
A South Frnt still shows the areas of control in Syria and south western Iraq as of March 14th, 2016.

March 16th, 2016.

Russia Announces Withdrawal of its Military from Syria.

On the eve of UN brokered peace talks, the Russian Government has made the shock announcement that they will  withdraw the “main part of their military grouping in the Syrian Arab Republic” beginning immediately.

The statement from the Kremlin does not say how many of the Russian Aircraft and troops will be withdrawn from Syria nor how long it would take but it has already started.

FIRST VIDEO: Russian warplanes leaving airbase in Syria

This is a very strange turn of events when it is considered that Russia was sending more warplanes to Syria less than a fortnight ago. South Front reported in early March that Russia had just sent several extra aircraft to the Syrian base and provided an updated inventory of the Russian Airforce in Syria.

South Front's updated inventory of Russian warplanes in Syria from early March, 2016. This indicates that the decision to begin to withdraw was taken in the past several weeks.
South Front’s updated inventory of Russian warplanes in Syria from early March, 2016. This indicates that the decision to begin to withdraw was taken in the past several weeks.

What Forces does Russia have in Syria?

The Russian Air force has stationed almost 100 aircraft in Syria, the estimates for the number of Russian troops in Syria range between 5 and 20,000. Whatever the number, Russian forces have not played a significant role in ground battles.

Officially, the Russian military have suffered three deaths during the Syrian operation, two on November 24th last year when Turkey shot down the Russian SU24 aircraft and another soldier died in the rescue effort and a soldier who died earlier this year as the result of a reported ISIS mortar attack.

There were also credible reports that a car bomb attack in Latakia claimed by Ahrar al Sham had killed at least ten Russian soldiers in late February.

Syrian rebels claim car bomb attack that killed Russian soldiers in Latakia – ARA News

The story disappeared but there were people on both sides telling neutral sources it happened.

Motives.

The Russian decision comes as a shock as they are a vital element of the loyalist coalition that is midway through several major operations.

The motives for this decision will become clear over time but it seems that Russia has decided to put its will towards ending the war in Syria.

It is possible that Russia is attempting to send a message to their Syrian Government allies that they must be flexible in their negotiations with the opposition.

In recent days the Syrian Foreign Minister stated that the status of the Syrian President Bashar al Assad was not up for negotiation. It is possible that Russia would like to see Assad and coterie head into exile as a way to end the war.

Future of Bashar al-Assad remains ‘red line’ as Syria peace talks begin

Russia has tended to be at least one step ahead of Western observers in recent years so only when we see what happens next will Russia’s intent become recognisable.

There are three obvious possibilities.

  1. This is a ruse designed to bolster the Geneva talks and Russia’s international image.
  2. The US and Russia have made a secret deal regarding Syria’s future that will end the war.
  3. Russia wants Bashar al Assad to leave Syria and is trying to make Assad understand that he must yield to the demands of the opposition and leave power.

My understanding is that Russia is perfectly happy to see Assad leave as they understand that the demand for his departure is merely an excuse for the destruction of Syria via a continuation of the war, their priority has clearly been the survival of the Syrian state and the Syrian army, under whatever leadership. If the war could be ended by his departure, in an orderly way it is highly likely that Russia would request that Assad leave Syria.

This is a provisional map of the ceasefire areas. The orange areas are government controlled. The green areas are under juhadist control and the ceasefire areas are in blue.
This is a provisional map of the ceasefire areas. The orange areas are government controlled. The green areas are under juhadist control and the ceasefire areas are in blue. The cessation proved more significant than the small blue sections of the map would indicate.

Brief Summary of the Military Situation in Syria.

International Military Review – Syria–Iraq, Mar. 14, 2016

International Military Review – Syria, Mar. 16, 2016

A Cessation of Hostilities?

Around one hundred small insurgent groupings chose to participate in the partial ceasefire. The cessation did not apply and was never intended to apply towards either ISIS nor the local al Qaeda franchise the al Nusra front. Another large grouping Ahrar al Sham chose not to participate in the cessation due to the fact that the al Nusra front, their close ally, were excluded.

Ahrar al Sham says no cessation of hostilities while Nusra is being attacked : syriancivilwar

Therefore the only insurgent groups of any significance to participate was the Jaish al Islam, largely based in the outer Damascus area and the Southern Front coalition of insurgents fighting in the far less active southern parts of Syria.

On paper it seemed then that the cessation of hostilities would make little difference but the fighting has been sharply reduced in the fortnight since implementation and Russia has been helping to negotiate a series of local amnesties and ceasefires, building on a tactic the Syrian Government has been using for several years and that has seen insurgents allowed to leave many areas including Homs city.

Since the cessation began anti Government demonstrations have resumed in the rebel held areas but they are neither large nor enthusiastic. On the weekend an attempt to hold a pro-democracy rally in Idlib backfired badly when the “democratic’ protesters were attacked by Islamists advocating the implementation of Sharia law. The overwhelming desire of the majority of the people appears to be for the war to end and be able to resume their lives.

The sooner it is over the better, but the problem of al Nusra, ISIS and their sponsors is not suddenly going away, even if the Americans decide to call it a day, there are strong indications that neither Turkey nor Saudi Arabia would follow the advice or direction of the US.

Looking from the Latakia mountains down into al Nusra held Idlib province. The town of Jisr ash Shigour is the white patch in the upper left, at a distance of around 7 kilometres.
Looking from the Latakia mountains down into al Nusra held Idlib province. The town of Jisr ash Shigour is the white patch in the upper left, at a distance of around 7 kilometres.
Syrian Amry rockets impact on a Latakia mountain viewed from a surveillance drone.
Syrian Amry rockets impact on a Latakia mountain viewed from a surveillance drone.

Major Current Government Operations.

The Latakia offensive is almost complete and the assault is poised to move onto Idlib province in the coming days and weeks.

Drone footage of Syrian Army MRLs against militants in Kabbani – Latakia

Syria‬ ‪‎Latakia‬ : ‎SAA‬ ‪‎NDF‬ military operations in Vicinity of ‪‎Kabani‬

A large operation is also underway against ISIS in the area around Palmyra in central Syria.

Syrian Army prepares to storm Palmyra | March 10th 2016

Rain of BM-30 Smerch, TOS-1A and BM-27 by SAA on ISIS in Palmyra

Fighting continues in the Hama and Homs countryside and in southern Aleppo.

Battles for Syria | March 12th 2016

Battles for Syria | March 13th 2016 | North Hama Plain

The Der az Zour pocket showing the SAA positions.
The Der ez Zour pocket showing the SAA positions.

Besieged Der ez Zour and Conclusion.

Thousands of Syrian troops and hundreds of thousands of civilians remain encircled by ISIS in the eastern city of Der az Zour and although ISIS are on the path to total collapse in both Syria and Iraq, without Russian air support it is hard to see the Syrian Army liberating Palmyra and defeating ISIS and al Nusra in Syria.

The attempt to end the war is admirable but this will not solve the problem of al Nusra and ISIS each of which retains significant territories within Syria.

It must be assumed that Russian air strikes will continue in Syria for many months at the very least with a scaled down presence conducting a smaller campaign.  Anything less would be a betrayal of all they have achieved up to this point.

International Millitary Review & Analysis – Withdrawal of Russian Military from Syria


First group of aircraft has left ‪‎Hmeymim‬ airbase for permanent location airfields in Russia

EuroTerror: the Zionist Attempt to Chase the Jews from Europe?

Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein the alleged Copenhagen killer.
Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein the alleged Copenhagen killer.

February 17th, 2015.

Euroterror- Zionist Attempt to Chase the Jews out of Europe? Don’t forget the Police State.

At least half a dozen incidents in France, several now in Denmark.The horrific siege in Holland. Violence  and  arrests in Belgium, arrests in Greece, France, Belgium, Ireland, Attacks on Ancient Jewish Cemetaries!? It’s really been an intense outburst of “violence” over the past month or so since the Charlie Hebdo incident in the 11th Arrondissement on January the 7th.

The same pattern every time. The suspects are well known to authorities. Suspiciously well known to authorities. Every event no matter how petty is used to create a sense of crisis and accentuate the threat despite the clearly weak and petty nature of the attacks, with only the Charlie Hebdo shooting having pretensions of being a military style attack.

The curiously bloodless police murder.
Security forces “attack”

Every single event serves either one or two causes, Zionism or the Security State and frequently both simultaneously.  On the basis of five deaths Netanyahu thinks he can persuade more than half a million Jewish people in France they are no longer safe. We are expected not to notice that the exact same factions turn up in the days after every one of these atrocities, from 911 to the present day and explain to us why we need to live in a Police state and view the world from the Israeli point of view. The same factions ride the wave of terror to power and political survival every time the world has the temerity to notice their true nature.

Zionism being supremacist and colonialist, the War Machine being completely venal and happy to bomb anything. As long as the products they sell remain in demand they are happy. The Zionist narrative is a real problem solver for the War machine, you can fight pointless wars against numerous Muslim enemies on whatever basis politics of the moment dictates, Plus you get the fake bogeyman required for the police state, “Islamic extremists”, and as a special bonus the people from the agencies help organise the fake terror attacks to make sure the population is in the right “frame of mind” to accept the program. Everyone’s a winner! Other than the people of course.

The Eye in the Pyramid from the Rothschild funded Israeli Supreme Court.
The Eye in the Pyramid from the Rothschild funded Israeli Supreme Court.

The other really strange thing is the timing. After all these years, two major wars of Occupation and many more places bombed and yet all in all Western governments since the George W Bush era have had a less openly barbaric approach to Muslim people. They still do evil things, like destroying Libya for example, but it is done in a much less disgusting and offensive manner than during the Bush-Blair nadir. The policies may not have been less damaging but they were certainly less provocative.

Tariq Zahzah take a boy-Lamest Fake Terrorist Ever
Controlled media under attack. Holland.

Almost all the Western soldiers have now left Afghanistan, the Occupation has wound down. The new Iraq/Syria operation is not an Occupation, it is not an attack on a Government, whatever it’s faults and they are many. So why now? Why are all these European Jihadists suddenly springing up and conducting all these operations now after doing almost nothing significant at all during all those wars and all that provocation from the Bush administration Neocon psychopaths? (It is worth noting that the Madrid and London terror attacks were both 100% false flags)

What possible purpose could even the supposed deluded zealot think was being derived from something so futile and depraved as an attack on a Jewish cemetery?

The faux rebel "Clash of Civilisations" Cartoonists attack.
The faux rebel “Clash of Civilisations” Cartoonists attack. Pt. 2

Zionists demand compliance, when people don’t comply with their wishes, bad things start happening. All the nice Jewish people living safely and harmoniously in Europe would seem harmless and indeed laudable to the casual observer,  but to the Zionist all those people and all the people who live happily and peacefully alongside them are a terrible affront. This is the key to understanding the wave of terror in Europe this year. Zionists targeted the Iraqi Jews with small scale terror attacks in the early 1950s for the exact same reason it is worth remembering. Their presence there was contradictory to the Zionist narrative.

The Jewish community attack.
The Jewish community attack. Pt.1.

The Security forces and the Controlled media each play a crucial and obvious role in the New World Order and the War on terror. The “Clash of Civilisations” cartoonists are hit to promote the Clash of Civilisations narrative. The media are targeted to make them look honest and credible and under threat, the Security forces are targeted in order to get them more funding and power and Jewish targets are hit in order to buttress the fading Zionist narrative. They rely on the pretense that Israel is necessary because of the permanent ongoing threat posed by Gentiles, when reality is contradictory they seek to change the situation in their favour. The Controlled media, the Zionist leadership and the Security Services reveal themselves as the key partnership group in all the big lies of our time.

It was encouraging to see that Netanyahu’s comments drew widespread criticism including from the French President. There is always the hope that if Netabyahu continues to make it so obvious he may wreck the illusion they have worked so hard to create. It seems clear that these operations will continue until either European Jews comply with the Zionists wishes and start to leave in large numbers, or the Zionists are caught and forced to stop the Terror.

France: Hundreds of Jewish gravestones desecrated

Netanyahu Once Again Urges Jews to Move to Israel After Attacks

Copenhagen gunman was released from jail two weeks ago | The Times of Israel
http://www.timesofisrael.com/copenhagen-gunman-released-from-jail-two-weeks-ago/

Netanyahu calls for Jewish mass migration to Israel spark criticism | World news | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/16/leaders-criticise-netanyahu-calls-jewish-mass-migration-israel

Assailants Open Fire at Jewish Restaurant in Paris | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/25/days-after-synagogue-attack-assailants-open-fire-at-jewish-restaurant-in-paris/

‘Anti-Jewish Criminals’ Sought by Police After Shots Fired at Paris Synagogue | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/23/anti-jewish-criminals-sought-by-police-after-shots-fired-at-paris-synagogue/

2015 Copenhagen shootings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Copenhagen_shootings

Toulouse and Montauban shootings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toulouse_and_Montauban_shootings

Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Museum_of_Belgium_shooting

List of terrorist incidents in France – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_France

Three French soldiers attacked by knife-wielding man outside Jewish centre in Nice – ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/three-french-soldiers-attacked-outside-jewish-centre-in-nice/6068154

Armed police patrol GCHQ amid fears of a ‘lone wolf’ terror attack | Daily Mail Online
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955452/Armed-police-patrol-GCHQ-time-amid-heightened-fears-lone-wolf-terror-attack-Copenhagen-atrocity.html

Oops! They Hoaxed it Again!

MI6 Chap and his Mossad pal, pose together on an unknown soundstage.
MI6 Chap and his Mossad pal, pose together on an unknown soundstage.

Oops They Hoaxed it Again!
Beheading Hoax Mk.2 Steven Sotloff.


There is a funny scene towards the end of the Monty Python classic “the Life of Brian”. A large group of prisoners on their way to crucifixion are greeted by a cheerful Roman soldier/bureaucrat, who greets the prisoners and instructs them, “Out of the door, line on the left, one cross each”. One prisoner states “No, I am not sentenced to crucifixion, I’m was sentenced to freedom”. The incompetent Roman bureaucrat has no idea the man is lying and says “All right them, off you go” Whereupon the man sentenced to crucifixion admits he has been lying, he too has been sentenced to crucifixion, the Roman bureaucrat scolds him lightly, they both laugh at the prank, and the prisoner resumes his place in the group of men about to be crucified. It’s a joke about bureaucratic incompetence and also peoples mindless subservience towards it. The reason the scene is funny is it’s absurdity, it is ridiculous, no-one sentenced to be crucified who managed to talk their way out of it would ever possibly confess immediately and return to the condemned group.
The bizarre, absurd and fraudulent “beheading” videos of US journalists James Foley and now Steven Sotloff are truly Pythonesque in their absurdity.
Imagine the conversation.
IS jihad nutter enters the cell where captured US journalist is being held.
After greeting the prisoner and exchanging minor pleasantries, the British born jihadist nutter explains the unfortunate situation to the captured journalist.
“Your American government has disobeyed our orders to stop blowing our “brothers” up therefore, I am going to have to chop your head off on camera today in the hopes that the US government will discontinue Air strikes against the Caliphate,”
Captured US journalist. “Understood buddy, no hard feelings, is there any way I can help you blokes out with your propaganda message before you cut my head off?”
British Jihadist Nutter “As it happens mate, we have worked up a little speech we would like you to read for the camera, I have the script here, we think it’s best if you can learn as much as possible before we go live. We will have cue cards, but it will be more natural if you can memorise it.”
Captured American journalist. “Not a problem, I will do my best, we will have takes available if I miss a line though buddy?”
British jihad nutter. “Multiple takes. Thank you for being so obliging in what must be an upsetting time.”
Captured US journalist. “Glad to be helpful buddy.”
British Jihadist  nutter “ Excellent, listen, I have a couple of things to do so I’ll leave that with you and I guess I’ll see you at the beheading.”
“OK pal, I will have this thing down. I am gonna nail this script down, I really want to do a good job for you guys.”
British Jihadist nutter. “Excellent” Departs.
These men are journalists, they are not complete fools, they would know that the US is never going to change what it does based on threats to hostages from Jihadists. They would know that the videos would have the exact opposite effect, they would galvanise the United States public against the “Caliphate” make the need to destroy them and attack them seem more urgent and be more popular.

One interesting thing about this rather dismal psychological operation, is that the creators of these fiascos clearly tried to learn from their mistakes in the Foley video.
There are some minor improvements. They clearly decided that the lack of wind noise in what purported to be a Video shot outdoors was a problem, so the Sotloff video has far more wind noise. They seem to have simply procured a more powerful fan and turned it up to it’s highest level. They also improved the “death shot”, producing a fake video (rather than simply a photo as in Foley video) purporting to depict the corpse of Sotloff with the head sitting on the top.

The immediate goal of these Videos and this group are fairly obvious. Raise the level of fear amongst Western civilians, destroy the social fabric of the Middle East, mimicking the Zionist movement with Neo-Bolshevik Sunni Extremists and rejuvenate and ‘renew the narrative” of the Global War on Terror.

These monsters have been manufactured and they have been hyped, but many of their crimes are very real. The fact that these videos are not authentic does not change that fact.

The sad truth is that the “IS” group are the enemies of humanity, they need to be dealt with sooner rather than later, and I support all of the Military Operations being conducted against them, despite the cynical and dishonest nature of this psychological operation. The way the USA watched passively as the IS looted the Iraq Army weapons stockpiles is extremely suspicous, especially the way they were allowed to drive the hardware back to their Syrian strongholds.

It i9s time for the West to abandon the operation they have been conducting against the Government of Syria over the past four years. It has failed, it has been a fiasco and has only deepened the instability and chaos in this region for no tangible benefit.

There is no doubt the Ba’athist government in Syria has committed many crimes over the years, there is equally no doubt that the Syrian government is not Sectarian, represents stability and is vastly preferable to any of it’s rivals in Syria.

\Where the Neocons failed to get their War in Syria, they succeeded in Libya. Gaddafi, like the Ba’athists in Syria had many faults and committed many crimes, Libya is now a failed state. Revolution almost never achieves positive change, especially when it is violent. The people of the Middle East have suffered unbelievable torment and privation as a result of the deluded policy of chaos pursued by the West over the past decade. When things go wrong as in Libya, they simply walk away as if it had nothing to do with them. These policies are completely counterproductive and immoral and must end forever now.

The very idea that “We know best” is no more than an arrogant  delusion of the childish megalomaniacs of the Western think tanks.

Enough already.

James Robertson.