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It’s time to make the ME free from WMD

Israel is the only outlawed entity in the world which still rejects to join the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has been stockpiling chemical and nuclear weapons since the 1950s with the help of the US, France and other Western states. The Israeli arsenal of chemical and nuclear weapons has been manufactured over the past decades without any reference to the dangers and threats it causes to the peoples of the region and the world as whole.  If the US and the West really want peace and stability in the Middle East, they basically have to get Israel to turn all its Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) over to an international supervision.

 Syria's decision to place chemical weapons under international supervision has stripped Israel of any excuse to keep its weapons of mass destruction. Dismantling Israel's huge arsenal of nuclear and chemical weapons should be a priority if the US and its Western allies are serious in their keenness to establish peace in the Middle East region.  The Zionist entity is still armed to teeth with nuclear and chemical weapons, and the US and the West have to put pressure on Israel to accept to be disarmed and join the NPT. In December 2012, Tel Aviv once again dismissed the latest demand from the members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to join the accord. 

The main danger of WMD is the Israeli nuclear and chemical arsenal, but nobody is speaking about that. The Syrian chemical weapons are a mere deterrence against the Israeli nuclear arsenal and other WMD which have been used to kill the Arab people and force them out of their indigenous lands. 

A newly released report in a US professional journal confirms that Israel is equipping some of its submarines with nuclear-capable cruise missiles, echoing the 2013 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook on Armament and International Security, which also implied that Israel may have nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missiles.

Most experts estimate that Israel has at least 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor. Vanunu has disclosed important information about Israel’s nuclear activities which constitute grave danger to the whole region. The United States is protecting Israel’s nuclear weapons, which is offensive not defensive as Washington and Tel Aviv claim.

In fact, Israel started nuclear activities early in the 1950s with the help of the French, the British and the US, during the Johnson years, allowed them to steal nuclear materials and complete the manufacture of an arsenal of nuclear heads.

Western countries have once again blocked a resolution proposed by Arab states to the UN nuclear agency criticizing Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons. The draft was put forward by 32 countries during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency's annual General Conference in the Austrian capital, Vienna to criticize Israel's refusal to acknowledge its possession of nuclear weapons.

The Western stand reflects the double standard policy with all issues pertaining to the Arab Israeli conflict and the issue of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

The Middle East will not see peace and stability as long as Israel refuses to put its nuclear weapons under international control.


The world is acquiescing to a US-led criminal war based on a vile “snuff movie.”


The American war footing towards Syria plumbs a new diabolical depth.

Not only is it an act of criminal aggression against an innocent country – the supreme crime according to Nuremberg Principles – but that transgression would itself be based on another vile crime – the deliberate killing of children for propaganda purposes.

The notorious videos purporting to show the half-clothed bodies of dozens of lifeless Syrian children are the central component of US claims for launching a war against Syria. Suspiciously, this footage gained wide circulation on the internet and on international television news bulletins within hours of the alleged toxic gas attack on 21 August near Damascus.

Now it appears that those videos are part of an elaborate, diabolical fabrication, the circumstances of which are very different from what they are meant to assign.

Nobody is questioning the fact that the children are dead. But what transpires is that the children seem to have been murdered by some form of intoxication and that their deaths were then recorded by their killers – with the calculated intention of producing a propaganda video.

That propaganda purports to blame the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons causing massive civilian casualties. That in turn is aimed at provoking outrage among world public opinion, which would underpin US military intervention on the basis of President Obama’s so-called red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

In other words, the world is being pushed into acquiescing to a US-led criminal war on Syria based on a vile “snuff movie.”

In the world of vice, there can be few acts more criminal and morally depraved than that of making snuff movies. This illegal genre of film is where some unwitting victim is murdered on screen for the perverse gratification of those behind the camera and the eventual underground audience who indulge in such odious entertainment.

Usually, in the making of snuff movies, the persons recording the scene of death are the killers or their accomplices. These movies are, needless to say, highly illegal and confined to a secretive subculture. Those who make snuff movies and watch them are complicit in murder, and the videos are in effect indictable evidence of their crime.

On close examination of the alleged gas attack videos that came out of Syria on 21 August, the blunt assessment is that the footage is nothing less than a snuff movie.

This is the shocking conclusion from an independent study carried out by Syrian Christian leader Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib. Under the auspices of the Geneva-based International Institute of Peace, Justice and Human Rights, the study concludes that the infamous gas-attack videos showing dead children, is a fabrication. That is, the children were not killed, as alleged, by Syrian government forces firing chemical weapons on the Ghouta suburb of Damascus.

According to the authors: “From the moment when some families of abducted children contacted us to inform us that they recognized the children among those who are presented in the videos as victims of the chemical attacks of east Ghouta, we decided to examine the videos thoroughly.”

Mother Agnes’ investigation goes on to say chillingly: “Our first concern was the fate of the children we see in the footages. Those angels are always alone in the hands of adult males that seem to be elements of armed gangs. The children that trespassed remain without their families and unidentified all the way until they are wrapped in the white shrouds of the burial. Moreover, our study highlights without any doubt that their little bodies were manipulated and disposed with theatrical arrangements to figure in the screening.”

The authors add: “Thus we want to raise awareness toward the humanitarian case of this criminal use of children in the political propaganda of the east Ghouta chemical weapons attack.”

Mother Agnes and her co-authors have submitted their findings to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. But, tellingly, the report, which was published earlier this week, has received negligible coverage in the Western mainstream media.

It is not determined who actually killed the children and by what method. Some observers have pointed out that the victims appear to have tourniquets on their arms. That would suggest that they received a lethal injection.

It also appears that the children are not from the location of Ghouta. It is believed that many of them were abducted by the foreign-backed militants during raids on pro-government villages in the Latakia area of northwest Syria during the weeks prior to 21 August.

That confers on the crime in Ghouta on 21 August the most hideous proportions. For what is deduced is that dozens of children were abducted for the fate of cold-blooded murder, to be videoed with the purpose of fabricating a crime falsely attributed to others for propaganda effect – propaganda to precipitate a war.

When we look at the choreographed way in which the US government and its Western allies have reacted to the incident and the videos, it is suggestive of collusion at some level. Several reports have tied the involvement of Saudi, Turk and Israeli intelligence with the supply of toxic chemicals to the foreign-backed militants fighting in Syria for the Western agenda of regime change against the Syrian government. These intelligence agencies are closely aligned with those of the US, Britain and France.

The fundamental importance of the alleged gas-attack videos to the US and Western case for military intervention in Syria raises the question of how much do these governments know about the exact circumstances of the child deaths that ostensibly occurred in Ghouta on 21 August.

Apart from flawed interpretation of the inconclusive UN chemical inspectors’ report released earlier this week, the other component of the US government’s case for a military attack on Syria are the videos purporting to show the aftermath of a chemical weapons incident in Ghouta.

Appealing to Congress for military strikes on Syria earlier this month, US Secretary of State John F Kerry described those images as “sickening,” and added that “the world must act on such horror.”

Affecting an air of privileged briefing, members of Congress were taken into closed-door sessions. There, they watched the videos showing lifeless children lying in gaunt rooms in an unknown location, apparently having died from exposure to sarin or some other toxic gas.

It appears that US lawmakers viewed the same video footage that the rest of the world has also accessed via the internet and on television news bulletins. The viewing of such distressing scenes paved the way for the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to vote for resolution 2021 backing President Obama’s military attack on Syria.

While the momentum for war has abated in the past week because of the Russian-brokered deal to decommission Syrian government chemical weapons, nevertheless the US continues to threaten that military strikes still remain an option on the table.

US-led wars in the past have notoriously relied on false flags and pretexts, such as the sinking of the USS Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin incident and 9/11. But if the US commits to war on Syria, its lawlessness will have reached a new low. In that event, it will be a war of aggression based on a snuff movie.



"I had five sons, now I have four": Syria's senior cleric pardons the "rebels" who killed his son


The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness


‘I met those men who assassinated my own son – and they told me they didn’t even know whom they were killing.” Sheikh Ahmad BadreddinHassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, sits in a straight-backed chair, his immaculate white turban atop a narrow, intelligent and very troubled face. His son Saria was a second-grade student at Aleppo University when he was shot dead getting into his car. “I went to see the two men in the court and they said they’d just been given the number of the car’s registration plate, that they didn’t know whom they had killed until they went home and watched the news on television.”

I ask for his reaction to the men’s confession, and the Grand Mufti puts his hands over his eyes and weeps. “He was only 21, my youngest son. It was 10 October last year. I am trying to forget that he is dead. In fact I feel as if Saria is still living. On that day, he was to be betrothed to his future wife. She was a student of medicine, he was in the politics and economics department. ‘Saria’ in Arabic means ‘the highest point’. The two men said that in all 15 were involved in planning my son’s death. They said they were told he was a very important man. I said to them: ‘I forgive you’ and I asked the judge to forgive them. But he said they were guilty of 10 times as many crimes and must be judged.”

Sheikh Hassoun holds up a finger. “That same day I received an SMS message. It said: ‘We are not in need of your forgiveness.’ Then I heard on one of the news channels that the gang’s leader had said he would ‘judge the Mufti first. Then let him forgive us.’ So I sent a message: ‘I have never killed any man and I don’t intend to kill any man but I regard myself as a bridge of reconciliation. A Mufti must be a father to all. So what do you want to kill me for'?

“All the men involved were Syrians, from the countryside of Aleppo. They said they received their command from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, that they were each paid 50,000 Syrian pounds. This shows that my son’s killing was not out of doctrine or belief. The two men were 18 or 19 only.”

So each man was paid the equivalent of £350; SariaHassoun’s life was worth a total of just £700. “I had five sons,” the Mufti says. “Now I have four.”

Sheikh Hassoun is, you might say, government-approved – he prayed beside the Syrian leadership  in a Damascus mosque after a bomb warning – and his family, let alone he himself, was an obvious target for "rebels" in Syria. But his courage and his message of reconciliation cannot be faulted. In whatever new Syria arises from the rubble.

And he speaks with remarkable frankness. When I tell him that I fear the mukhabarat intelligence service in Syria contaminates all it touches, including the institutions of government, he does not hesitate for a moment before replying.

“I suffered from the mukhabarat. I was taken from my post as a preacher from 1972 until 2000. I was taken from my position as Friday speaker in the Aleppo mosque and from lecturing on four occasions. The intelligence services all over the world are the same: they never look after the interest of the human being – they only look after their own institution".

And he asks whether it is not also true that the American intelligence services do not also spy on Americans and all of Europe, a difficult question – it must be said – to deny. “Let us put aside the Prophet Mohamed, Jesus and Moses – all the rest of the world are controlled by intelligence services.”

Unlike most Syrians, the Mufti looks forward rather than back. He prays for a Geneva 2 conference. “I am the Mufti of all Syrians – Sunni Muslims, Christians, Alawites, Druze – of all the diversity of sects we had before the crisis. There is no choice other than reconciliation; it is the only way back. But to offer reconciliation, we must eliminate the ‘external hand’ first.

“And if the neighbouring countries like Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon don’t try to make this same reconciliation, they will burn – the fire of crisis will flow to them, especially Turkey. For all Syrians, we are open for them to come back. The problem is those who came from outside Syria – especially from Iraq and Turkey – who came without visas over smugglers’ trails either to meet death or to overthrow the authorities here.”

A tougher Mufti emerges now. His sons’ killers, it transpires, are not the only prisoners of the government that he has met. “I saw men after they were arrested,” he says. “Some were in tears. They said they thought they were on their way to fight in Palestine, not to fight in Syria.”

There are times – when Sheikh Hassoun speaks of an “external hand”, “elimination” and “criminal gangs” – when one hears His Master’s Voice. And on the question of sarin gas, he takes the government’s side of the story. He quotes President Bashar Al-Assad as saying he would never use gas against Syrians - that if he had used it, the war would not have gone on for two and a half years.

The first major use of gas came in March at Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province, near the Mufti’s residence, when at least 26 civilians suffocated to death. This is his version of what happened.

“Some of the farm labourers reported to me that all the terrorists in the area had suddenly left – the night before the attack – and had evacuated all their people. So the civilians were happy – they were civilians and many were the wives and children of soldiers – and so they went back at last to their homes. Then came the chemical missile attack. I said at that time, in March, that this event is just an experiment, that gas will be used again in other places.”

This, of course, is not a story the Americans want to hear. Five months ago, the Mufti was invited to speak at George Mason and George Washington Universities in the United States and he travelled to Jordan for his visa. He says he was asked to go to the US embassy in Amman where he was interrogated by a woman diplomat from behind a glass screen.

“I was so insulted that I decided not to go and I left for Damascus the next morning.” A wise move. Sheikh Hassoun says that, the same day, one of his sons, who was in Amman, received a call from the embassy denying him a visa. “To be a secular Mufti,” the sheikh adds, “is dangerous.”

And it is true that the Mufti is a most secular man – he was even once an Assembly MP for Aleppo. “I am ready to go anywhere in the world to say that war is not a sacred deed,” he says. “And those who have fought under the name of Jesus, Mohamed or Moses are lying. Prophets come to give life, not death.

“There is a history of building churches and mosques, but let us build human beings. Let us cease the language of killing. Had we paid all the funds of war to make peace, paradise would exist now. This is the message of my Syria".

Source: the Independent


Zarif , Hague call for peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart William Hague in a meeting in New York agreed to pursue the resumption of the severed relations between the two countries through their deputies, according to FNA.

"In this meeting (between Zarif and Hague), the bilateral relations and resumption of ties were reviewed and the two top diplomats agreed to study the different dimensions and the way of doing so through meetings to be held between their deputies  on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting (underway in New York)," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Zarif and Hague held a meeting on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, during which the British foreign secretary highlighted the constructive role of Iran in the settlement of the crisis in Syria, and called for more interaction between international bodies and Tehran to find new peaceful solutions to the ongoing crisis  in Syria.

Afkham said that the Iranian and British foreign ministers have also discussed the crisis in Syria, and added, "International topics and the Syrian issue were raised at this meeting, and given Iran's special and influential status in regional issues, Zarif explained Iran's views about the Syrian issue."

"During the talks, Mr. Zarif laid emphasis on (the need for) a political solution to the Syrian crisis," she added.

"Given the fact that we are on the threshold of a new round of nuclear negotiations, some related views were also exchanged on the issue in this meeting," Afkham said, stressing that "the meeting between the Iranian and British foreign ministers was a step forward".

Late in August, UN Undersecretary General Jeffrey D. Feltman also underscored Iran's influential role in settling the regional crises, and hailed the country's cooperation with regional and international bodies in various fields.


Ryabkov: US Syria Policies within UNSC Illogical

 MOSCOW- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has stressed that Washington's attempts to persuade the UN Security Council (UNSC) to adopt a resolution that would contain threats against Syria are illogical, according to the Voice of Russia.

 In the Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, Ryabkov said on Tuesday, "the Syrian side has clearly demonstrated its goodwill to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. In this situation, the Americans' attempts, which are vigorously supported by the British and French, to push the UN Security Council toward adopting a resolution that would contain an immediate threat against Syria appear to be illogical."

Ryabkov: UN experts to return to Syria on September 25

Ryabkov said The United Nation's chemical weapons experts are expected to return to Syria on September 25.

"We are pleased that our persistent calls for the return of UN experts to Syria to investigate other instances of chemical weapons use have produced results. The latest information available indicates that Salstrom's group will leave for Damascus tomorrow, September 25," Ryabkov clarified.

Russian Foreign Ministry against UNSC Syria resolution with automatic sanctions

Ryabkov also said that any UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution should not contain automatic sanctions that might be applied should the Syrian chemical weapons disarmament deal be broken.

"A UNSC resolution ought to come as a follow-up to the appropriate decisions made by Executive Council of the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). I repeat once again that adopting a UNSC resolution enforcing Article 7 of the UN Charter or automatically applying sanctions, let alone military force, is out of the question," he stressed.

The Russian diplomat pointed out that the US Congress members' refusal to meet with Russian parliamentarians, who planned to visit the United States to discuss the Syrian crisis, highlights the weakness of Washington's stance on this topic.

"The American side's failure to respond to this initiative, which was effectively blocked by it, indicates the weakness of Washington's arguments and possibly the absence of the required support within the American Congress for the US administration's plans," he said.

Pushkov: There are limits for Moscow Cooperation with the US

Russian State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said that Russia will not give the nod to a UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria.

At an Open Rostrum roundtable in the State Duma on Tuesday, Pushkov criticized the argument that Russia can only do something real in cooperation with the leading Western states and described it as dangerous.

"Yes, we must walk this way as we did (cooperating with the leading Western states) and this tendency should be consolidated. I agree. But the cooperative spirit must have its limits. We demonstrated maximum willingness to cooperate on Libya. The result is well known: We lost absolutely everything we could there, including in terms of image," Pushkov said.

Russia has been opposing for two and a half years the adoption of a resolution that would authorize air strikes against Syria. Due to this Russia has gained much in terms of image, he said.

"We are demonstrating that we can do quite a lot," he added. "What is meant here is the resolve to pursue our own line. Yes, Russia will be cooperative with the United States as much as possible and for as long as possible. But there are limits to this," Pushkov said.

H. Mustafa