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Galloway Urges Opposition to War on Syria “on Behalf of ISIS and Al Qaeda”.

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Doubtful Evidence From Syria Says George Galloway.

Anybody with doubts about Syria remember this is Galloway’s position.

One wonders if he will be speaking at Stop the War Coalition events on this theme?

For a left response see:

 Simon Nelson. Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.

After nearly seven years of unrest and civil war in Syria, Assad’s chemical attack on the civilian population trapped in Douma, a city near the capital Damascus, no longer seems shocking; it was the action of a regime that is able to kill and maim with impunity.

The attack on the city followed negotiations which ended on 25 March with an agreement for a cessation of armed attacks, to allow for civilian evacuations. People were allowed stay, including members of the main rebel group there, HTS, on condition they became civilian police. 4,500 people were evacuated before the attack.

But on April 6, 2018 the heavy shelling of Douma which culminated in the two chemical attacks continued. 350 airstrikes were carried out in 48 hours. Syrian helicopters dropped 120 barrel bombs.

Assad did not need to use chemical weapons against the civilian population. The regime was on the cusp of taking control of this area and is in control of all but a handful of areas in the entire country. (Idlib in north-west Syria, is the largest area that is not under his control, and still has rebels who wants Assad replaced.)

The attack was about showing that his regime and his Russian and Iranian allies are in control and will not tolerate any dissent of any kind.

The small pockets of resistance to Assad are now dominated by the jihadists of Jaish al-Islam (HTS) who are unable to win the war. Meanwhile Turkey, the major backers of the Free Syrian Army, is focused on repressing the Kurds. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states know it is increasingly futile for them to back the various jihadist factions scattered across Syria.

Russia claims the attack simply didn’t happen, while the US, France and the EU condemned it.

As we go to press Donald Trump is threatening airstrikes against Assad and his allies in response. A targeted airstrike on 8 April, was probably carried out by Israel following missiles being launched from Lebanon. This was a warning to Iran not to set up military bases near Syria’s border with Israel.

Some on the left have questioned why Assad would launch such an attack when he is so close to victory. Those influenced by Stalinism and a desire to see Russia as a bulwark against US imperialism have even said that it could not have happened.

An inability to recognise and condemn the brutal nature of the Assad regime was reflected in the Labour Party’s woeful statement. That calls on “all those” who have used chemical weapons to be punished and describing the rebels in Douma as “occupying”. Those rebels are not friends of the left, women, the labour movement or minorities, but they are no more occupying than the regime is. Except of course, these rebels are not backed up by Russian jets and Iranian and Lebanese militias. The statement’s talk of meaningful dialogue to find a lasting political settlement is a fantasy. Assad has won the war and is celebrating his victory with a gruesome show of power.

The Labour leaders’ inability to squarely face reality mirrored Corbyn’s initial response to the poisoning of ex-KGB agent Sergei Skripal, when he refused to blame Russia for the poisoning and stressed that a third party could have carried out the attack.

Assad is now very likely to make more such attacks to enforce his grip on any area that has been a rebel stronghold. For seven years Syria has been the battleground for clashes of regional imperialist rivalries, with Russian and the US supporting their own chosen sides as and when they chose to.

The displacement of refugees both within Syria and outside its borders has caused a huge humanitarian crisis. This will, in the immediate future, get worse as Assad restores “order”.

Here is the video.

Video shows Syrians affected by chemical attack

Several Syrian activist groups reported barrel bombs with toxic gas were dropped by helicopters over the rebel-held city of Douma left dozens of civilians dead and scores wounded. Syrian state news agency SANA has cited an “official source” denying the allegations.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

16 Responses

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  1. Mad, and what’s more utterly vile comment about sloshing water.

    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm

  2. If Paul Joseph Watson says it true it must be true 😉 But seriously any one who has ever had any kids knows that they burst into tears when sloshed with water, you (accidentally) fire a water pistol at them…

    Harrassed Parent

    April 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm

  3. The Morning Star has the low-down on the Fake News story,

    “Today, the pretext for escalating Britain’s military involvement in Syria is that the Assad regime — the internationally recognised, legitimate and elected government in Damascus — is guilty of a poison gas attack on the citizens of Douma.

    Film of the aftermath, broadcast across the world in recent days, shows a troupe of very camera-conscious young men washing down the victims, all of whom are children, most of them looking more bewildered than wounded or incapacitated, and without a distressed parent or relative in sight.”

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/those-who-bang-drums-war-should-be-resisted-avoid-repeating-devastating-follies-past

    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2018 at 4:10 pm

  4. Follow me, George ‘show business legend and raconteur’ Galloway, or the puppy gets it.

  5. Even the Holy Bible predicts that Armageddon (a Third (and Final) World War) will kick-off in the Middle East (Israel).

    Nostradamus

    April 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

  6. Why, oh why, do we keep electing mad bastards for ‘politicians’?

    Z for Zacariah

    April 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

  7. Is this the same Tony Blair who led the UK into an ILLEGAL war in Iraq? Who used the ‘sexed up’ PhD of and student at an American university dredged up by his ‘spin doctor’ Alastair ‘I suffer from depression’ Campbell as the basis for the ‘dossier’. Who lied that Sadam Hussain had ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that could wipe out the UK in 40 minutes.

    And to this day the nearest the UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has found to a ‘a weapon of mass destruction’ is a broken hub-cap in the Iraqi desert. Could do some serious damage though if someone was to throw it eh, Tony? What a brass neck this man has. He should be thanking his lucky Teflon stars that is isn’t facing an International War Crimes Tribunal. Utterly despicable!!

    The Spin Doctors

    April 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm

  8. Is this the same Tony Blair who led the UK into an ILLEGAL war in Iraq? Who used the ‘sexed up’ PhD of and student at an American university dredged up by his ‘spin doctor’ Alastair ‘I suffer from depression’ Campbell as the basis for the ‘dossier’. Who lied that Sadam Hussain had ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that could wipe out the UK in 40 minutes.

    And to this day the nearest the UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has found to a ‘a weapon of mass destruction’ is a broken hub-cap in the Iraqi desert. Could do some serious damage though if someone was to throw it eh, Tony? What a brass neck this man has. He should be thanking his lucky Teflon stars that is isn’t facing an International War Crimes Tribunal. Utterly despicable!

    The Spin Doctors

    April 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm

  9. Coatsey,

    You were a depraved monstrous war monging cunt before and that you remain now.

    You know that Assad did not carry out a chemical weapons attack but because of your depravity, your utter debasement you pretend that he did.

    And you do this so US imperialism can bring bloody hell and carnage to a region it has already led to the gates of hell.

    What are you? What kind of perverted animal are you? To what depths of depravity are you capable?

    You fucking utter debased cunt.

    Marxists Against Depravity

    April 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm

  10. To you depraved cunts the red line is chemical weapons. If you are part of the imperialist family you can drop bombs liberally where you see fit, casually shoot protestors by the score, you can blown the heads of anyone you want, you can obliterate entire villages, destroys towns and set entire regions on fire but woe betide anyone who uses chemical weapons.

    And oh so conveniently for you depraved cunts Assad obliges you time and again to cross your red line at the exact moment you always want him to. How so very convenient for your depraved cunts.

    Marxists Against Depravity

    April 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

  11. I don’t normally respond to hysterical idiots but would just like to point out re “woe betide anyone who uses chemical weapons” is not an ‘imperialist’ invention but comes from an international convention very much about ‘red lines’ and ‘yes, CW are different’ that a load of countries signed up to, including Syria.

  12. Wonder how Komrade Koates will ‘respond’ to MAD’s comments 😉

    Yulia

    April 12, 2018 at 9:05 am

  13. Chemical weapons are bit old hat anyway. CWs belong in the Stone Age. If you have to resort to chemical weapons it only means that you can’t afford modern tech such as nuclear weapons. Substitute Assad for Fred and Wilma Flintstone and assert that it is OK to strike Fred and Wilma’s cave with nuclear weapons but woe betide Fred and Wilma if they dare fire a rock from a catapult back.

    The Flintstones

    April 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

  14. Nuclear weapons can also do a lot of damage. Are they likewise banned by ‘international convention’? Thought not 😉

    Oppenheimer

    April 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

  15. To MAD

    Andrew Coates

    April 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm


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