After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify
invading Iraq in 2003, a new U.K. inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no
lessons are learned for the West's new propaganda about Russia
by Robert Parry
A British parliamentary inquiry into the Libyan fiasco has reported what should have been
apparent from the start in 2011 -- and was to some of us -- that the West's military
intervention to "protect" civilians in Benghazi was a cover for what became another
disastrous "regime change" operation.
The report from the U.K.'s Foreign Affairs Committee confirms that the U.S. and other
Western governments exaggerated the human rights threat posed by Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi and then quickly morphed the "humanitarian" mission into a military invasion
that overthrew and killed Gaddafi, leaving behind political and social chaos.
The report's significance is that it shows how little was learned from the Iraq War fiasco in which George W. Bush's administration
hyped and falsified intelligence to justify invading Iraq and killing its leader, Saddam
Hussein. In both cases, U.K. leaders tagged along and the West's mainstream news media
mostly served as unprofessional propaganda conduits, not as diligent watchdogs for the
Today, we are seeing an even more dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing
Russian President Vladimir Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for
"regime change" in Moscow. Amid the latest propaganda orgy against Putin, virtually no
one in the mainstream is exercising any restraint or finding any cautionary lessons from
the Iraqi and Libyan examples.
Yet, with Russia, the risks are orders of magnitude greater than even the cases of Iraq
and Libya -- and one might toss in the messy "regime change" projects in Ukraine and
Syria. . . .
The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the
people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad. . . . What Israeli military
leaders really worry about - but cannot talk about - is losing their nuclear
monopoly.--"NEW IRAN AND
SYRIA 2.DOC," U.S. Dept of State, January 1, 2001 (WikiLeaks, November 30, 2015)
[Former Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the first
Nuremberg trial, called waging aggressive war "the supreme international crime"--Enver
Masud, "Iraq War: 'Supreme International
Crime'," The Wisdom Fund, June 29, 2005]
[Russia is being encircled by US and Nato bases and missiles in violation of a pledge by
the United States not to expand Nato "one inch to the east".--John Pilger, "The New World War -- The Silence Is A
Lie," johnpilger.com, September 24, 2008]
[During 17 years of assault on a defenceless civilian population, veiled with weasel
monikers like "sanctions" and "no fly zones" and "building democracy", more people have
died in Iraq than during the peak years of the slave trade.--John Pilger, "Iraq: The Crime of the Century,"
New Statesman, December 10, 2009]
[It says: "The [British] government failed to identify that the threat to civilians was
overstated, and that the rebels included a significant Islamist element. By the summer
of 2011, the limited intervention to protect civilians had drifted into an opportunist
policy of regime change."--Jonathan Marcus, "An obituary for the age of
intervention?," bbc.com, September 17, 2016]
[In the case of Russia, some American leaders actually believe a potentially nuclear war
can be won and should be considered while at least one general has taken steps to bring
about such a conflict.--Philip Giraldi, "Deep State America,"
unz.com, September 20, 2016]
[The final blow apparently came from the Russian-Syrian side, but what provoked the decision
to end the ceasefire was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces on 17 September.
That convinced the Russians that the US Pentagon had no intention of implementing the main
element of the deal that was most important to the Putin government: a joint US-Russian air
campaign against the Islamic State (IS) militant group and al-Qaeda through a "Joint Implementation
Centre". . . .
The Pentagon was motivated by an overriding interest in heading off such high-profile
US-Russian cooperation at a time when it is pushing for much greater US military efforts
to counter what it portrays as Russian aggression in a new Cold War.--Gareth Porter, "How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria - and the
ceasefire," middleeasteye.net, September 23, 2016]
[British parliamentarians released a report which condemned the U.K. government under
David Cameron for its role in the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya.--James W Carden, "How
Libyan 'Regime Change' Lies Echo in Syria," consortiumnews.com, September 25, 2016]
Journalist Vanessa Beeley exposes White Helmets coalition, September 29, 2016
[Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news
networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched
them, according to a former employee.--Crofton Black & Abigail Fielding-Smith, "Pentagon Paid for Fake 'Al Qaeda' Videos," thedailybeast.com,
October 1, 2016]
[The Syria Campaign is registered in England as a private company called the Voices
Project at an address shared by 91 other companies. Aside from Asfari, most of The Syria
Campaign's donors are anonymous.
Looming over this opaque operation are questions about its connections to Avaaz, a
global public relations outfit that played an instrumental role in generating support
for a no-fly zone in Libya, and The Syria Campaign's founding by Purpose, another PR
firm spun out of Avaaz.--Max Blumenthal, "'Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That's Lobbying for Regime
Change in Syria," alternet.org, October 3, 2016]
[Not since the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has Official Washington's
political/punditry class clamored more single-mindedly - and openly - for the U.S.
government to commit a gross violation of international law, now urging a major military
assault on the government of Syria while also escalating tensions with nuclear-armed
. . . there are two key facts about Syria that Americans are not being told: one, U.S.
regional "allies" have been funding and arming radical jihadist groups, including Al
Qaeda terrorists, there almost since the conflict began in 2011 and, two, the claim
about "moderate" Syrian rebels is a fraud; the "moderates" have served essentially as a
P.R. cut-out for the U.S. and its "allies" to supply Al Qaeda and its allies with
sophisticated weapons while pretending not to.--Robert Parry, "New
'Group Think' for War with Syria/Russia," consortiumnews.com, October 5, 2016]
[consider what the reaction in this country would be if an alliance dominated by another
major power, say China, began to add the Caribbean countries, the Central American
countries, and the northern tier powers of South America to a military alliance that it
controlled. Consider further the probable reaction if the Chinese equivalents of
neoconservatives campaigned to bring Canada and Mexico into such an alliance and deploy
Chinese military forces in those countries. Would any U.S. leader - indeed, any prudent
American - not consider that a threat to the nation's security?--Ted Galen Carpenter, "Why
Russia Fears NATO," antiwar.com, October 10, 2016]
[Evidence now suggests that we are seeing a replay of Curveball and the Iraqi WMD in
2003 and the bogus hysteria about stopping a Libyan "genocide" in 2011--Rick Sterling, "The
'White Helmets' Controversy," consortiumnews.com, October 19, 2016]
TRANSCRIPT: So in late 2011 there is an internal document called the Libya Tick Tock
that was produced for Hillary Clinton, and it's the chronological description of how she
was the central figure in the destruction of the Libyan state, which resulted in around
40,000 deaths within Libya; jihadists moved in, ISIS moved in, leading to the European
refugee and migrant crisis.--"Julian Assange Speaks About
Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Election and the Litany of Charges Against Him,"
truthdig.com, November 5, 2016
Israel: "as long as Sunni and Shia are at each other's throats, . . . Israel has nothing to fear" @ 24 min
CIA Analyst Ray McGovern, LPAC, January 16, 2017
[For instance, you could release what the U.S. government actually knows about the Aug.
21, 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria; what the files show about the origins of the Feb.
22, 2014 coup in Ukraine; what U.S. intelligence analysts have compiled about the July
17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. And those are
just three examples of cases where U.S. government propagandists have sold a dubious
bill of goods to the American and world publics in the "information warfare" campaign
against the Syrian and Russian governments.--Robert Parry, "Trump's
Foreign Policy at a Crossroads," consortiumnews.com, February 9, 2017]
CIA and Mossad work in tandem with British intel. The goal for the CIA was to replace
Assad with a puppet and to topple Iran so we could access their oil. Israel works
closely with it's "sister", Saudi Arabia, to help this dark cause. . . .
The travel ban included 7 countries chosen by both Jared Kushner and Rudy. Why did it
not include Saudi Arabia, or Pakistan, or Turkey or other countries that hate us? The
seven nations mentioned were chosen by Israel, that's why. . . .
Understand that if Trump and Putin work together to defeat Isis, they are actually
defeating a CIA/Mossad creation, and furthermore, Syria and Iran grow stronger, which
the Saudis and the Israelis fear.--Tyler Durden, "DHS
Insider Warns 'It's Spy Versus Spy'," zerohedge.com, February 17, 2017]
[it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the
authorization of the government of Syria.--Daniel McAdams, "Trump Invades
Syria," antiwar.com, March 8, 2017]
[Villainizing the Kremlin - without much evidence - for crises from Washington and
Europe to Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan is increasing the possibility of a US-Russian
war.--Stephen F. Cohen, "
Mounting Incitements to War With Russia," thenation.com, April 26, 2017]