"Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their peoples in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was their object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us." -Abraham Lincoln
Do you hear that? It's the sound of war drums beating throughout the United States. The steady beat coming from the news outlets has led to more discussion on social media. Your friends and family are becoming useful idiots by parroting corporate media claims and politician's talking points . They do this all while assuring you and others that they have the moral high ground. We're going to war 'for the children', 'because no one should attack their own people with gas' and because 'we have to do something!'.
The virtue signaling outweighs any call for truth. Syrian children are being openly exploited in an effort to get everyone on board with war, without verifying any details. Go to war first, then ask questions.
The first casualty of war is the Truth. -Representative Thomas Massie
Any good student of history knows that there will ALWAYS be an emotional event necessary to stir up public buy-in for war. Many times later, as we will see, these events are determined to be frauds perpetuated by those who wish to capitalize on perpetual war.
Let’s analyze this list in reverse chronological order. You might notice a major conflict not listed. We'll discuss it's absence at the bottom.
On the eve of Peace Treaty talks to discuss the rebuilding of Syria, the quantity of infrastructure money Syria would receive, and after a prolonged campaign which saw the successful repelling of his enemies, Bashar Al Assad decided this was the time to gas his own people.
This move would undoubtedly remove any support he might have had and turn even his allies against him. Read that again. How much sense does that make? No savvy politician would order such an attack unless it was a last resort when facing an existential threat.
Today, an MIT leading weapons academic claimed that the nerve agent attack in Syria was staged, raising questions about who might be responsible. "His analysis of the shell suggests that it could not have been dropped from an airplane as the damage of the casing is inconsistent from an aerial explosion. Instead, Postol said it was more likely that an explosive charge was laid upon the shell containing sarin, before being detonated."
Jason Stapleton also discusses why it makes little sense for Assad to resort to gas attacks at this time:
I’ll leave the discussion surrounding the validity of the sarin gas attack alone. Speculation that the event was faked came immediately. Some was thought-provoking while other claims seemingly grasped for straws.
Photos disturbingly revealed medical responders handling victims bare-handed (it takes about 2-3 seconds of exposure to absorb through the skin with immediate bowel releasing effects). Doubts also surfaced as Dr Shajul Islam , a doctor in charge of receiving victims, spent a fantastic amount of time tweeting about his overrun hospital and its inability to handle so many victims. He entertained others in twitter debates and requested people who didn’t believe him to ‘call him’ when many believe he should have been overrun with patients.
History has a way of determining the validity of these emotional triggers to war. In the meantime, the importance of confirming reports before spending American blood and coin in faraway lands cannot be overstated.
These trends which mold public opinion highlight the importance of discerning truth/fiction when the drum beats of war begin. For instance, this 7-year old Syrian child runs a Twitter account, speaks perfect English, is verified somehow, and is an absolute media darling receiving constant retweets by CNN and other large networks. It’s almost as if the media isn’t even trying to hide their sculpting of public pro-war opinion.
Casualties in Syria to date: 22 Americans
Trump was correct when he said we should leave these people alone and let them sort it out on their own.
Syria (first attempt, 2013)
In 2013 the war drums beat for U.S. intervention into Syria and politicians received a resounding ‘No’ from their constituencies. War-weary citizens weren’t making the “Syrian civil war threatens American interests” connection. Polls saw a substantial shift toward Pro-War sentiment, however, after a particularly gruesome beheading video Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff on 19 August and 2 September respectively. While many online conspiracy theorists were ridiculed when they questioned the authenticity of the video, they were ultimately validated when it was revealed that the video was likely staged with green screens, camera trickery and slick post-production techniques.
At the direction of U.S. President Barack Obama, the CIA was put in charge of operations worth about $1 billion annually to arm anti-government forces in Syria. It failed terrifically and is largely the result of the current situation today. Headlines such as US-Backed Syrian ‘Moderates’ Behead 12-Year-Old did not demand as much attention for CNN airtime.
Children will always be used as props for war because nothing else tugs on heart strings more. This photo of Omran Daqneesh went viral as 'the iconic image of war-torn Syria'. He and his sister have really been down on their luck. It seems they've been used over and over in multiple war scenes across the country, sometimes even wearing the same war-torn clothes! Videos can be found of photographers setting up this shot while Omran wipes at his bloody face painlessly.
Americans avoided the hefty coordinated push for war by politicians such as Lindsay Graham and John McCain (both highly funded by defense industries that have never met a war they didn’t support) as well as media organizations doing their part to fan the flames of war. Attempted war with Syria was thwarted although persistent bombings and limited military operations have continued ever since.
Casualties in Syria to date: 22 Americans
North Korea (now)
The drum beats for war started even before North Korea launched a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile approximately 40 miles into the Sea of Japan. It started even before Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson awkwardly said "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment." Some took that to mean action will follow, not just more rhetoric.
Possible attempts to begin shaping public Anti-North Korean sentiment can be seen as far back as 2014, though it’s seen the rounds on social media and cable reporting more and more the past 6 months.
Listening to this testimony made me immediately think of the fake- Nariyah testimony (Iraqi soldiers throwing babies from incubators, discussed below) which helped shape support for an Iraqi invasion in 1991. No one is claiming North Korea is a paradise. I’m also not claiming this to be fake; merely that it doesn’t pass the smell test.
Casualties in North Korea to date: N/A
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