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.


Selective and incomplete report serves American-Zionist agenda

It has been crystal clear that the UN and its affiliated bodies have been one of the major tools used by the US to implement its agenda in Syria and the region in a way that meets the requirements of American Zionist project and serves colonialist interests. As was the case with the report of the Special Commission on Syria, the new UN report on the allegations of Chemical weapons’ use in Eastern Ghuta is biased and politicised full of exaggerations and undocumented information. The UN report on the chemical attack in Syria on August 21 confirmed that chemical arms were indeed used at the site.  The UN inspectors, however, were not authorized to name a suspected guilty party in the attack, and the evidence they presented has been subject to contradictory interpretations. Without a complete picture of what has taken place in Eastern Ghuta, the report remains one-sided. 

The report was only a new means to put more pressure on Syria through drafting a resolution regarding Syria’s chemical weapons by France and Britain which are dreaming of restoring their colonialist past in the Arab region. The document was drafted by the US, France and Britain, which have been pushing for military action against Syria even before the UN inspection report was released.

In fact, the findings of the non-final report issued by the UN General Secretariat on the allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus Countryside which said that the toxic sarin gas was used did not add anything new to what the Syrian government has cautioned of several times since the beginning of the crisis.

Issuing a non-final report would disrupt the comprehensiveness of investigation and confuse the independent, objective and honest scientific dimension of this investigation. Moreover, it will serve the interventional agendas of some countries which are seeking to politicize the investigation so as to try to demonize the Syrian government, disregard the positive meaning of Syria's decision to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and sabotage the Syrian-Russian initiative to put Syria's chemical weapons stocks and storage and production sites under the OPCW control.

Issuing an inconclusive report also aims to undermine the chances of holding the Geneva 2 conference and move forward with the option of military aggression against Syria.

A number of reports confirmed the use of sarin gas by the terrorist groups in Syria, including the Turkish authorities' arrest last May of 12 terrorists with 2 kg of sarin gas in their possession moved from Libya onboard a civilian plane. There are also reports on the involvement of Qatari officers in shipping poisonous chemical materials across the Turkish lands to the armed terrorist groups which used them in Khan al-Assal.

This UN report should be only good for one thing, that is to be folded and stuck under a short leg of a table to stop it from wobbling, because the UN has become a puppet organization controlled by the Zionists and the West. This fact is very clear and open even for a blind man to ascertain the truth, but the UN and its inspectors are twisting the truth away from the world by orders of the US and its allies to politicise everything in service of their colonialist agenda.


Biased, politicized reports lacking credibility & objectivity

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the US has been exploiting its great influence to employ the UN and its affiliated bodies to serve its conspiracy against Syria. The US and its allies have been diverting a number of UN organizations from their noble goals and purposes, pushing them to ignore human rights violations in occupied areas, particularly in Palestine and the Syrian Golan, all while these organizations race in an unprecedented manner to take biased decisions against Syria to increase the shedding of Syrian blood and the destruction the country, thereby giving Israel a green light to increase its oppression, crimes and settlement in the occupied Arab lands.

The recent report presented by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria was full of bias, exaggeration and disinformation, and it lacked credibility and authentic testimonies.

Despite the fact that the Commission  admitted the support offered by external parties to extremist terrorist groups fighting in Syria, it was not brave enough to name these parities, namely the US, France, Britain and their regional and Arab tools: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Commission did not even refer to the frenzied campaigns by some countries which are inciting killings in Syria every time a sign of an international move comes into sight towards a political solution based on comprehensive dialogue among the Syrians without foreign diktat. Whenever the international efforts reach a breakthrough with regard to convening the Geneva Conference and resolving the crisis politically, the US and its allies increase their military and financial support to the armed takfiri groups to escalate their terrorist operations against Syrian people and their public and private properties.

It seems that the Commission has neither heard nor seen the savage atrocities and heinous massacres of al-Qaeda- affiliate organizations and the Takfiri groups in the areas that they attacked, the public executions before the children and women and the acts of vandalism against factories, hospitals and public utilities. Moreover, the Commission alleged that the Syrian government is destroying its health institutions. This is a very cheap and politicized disinformation because there is no country in the world that demolishes its hospitals and infrastructure.

The report ignored the fact that the main factor behind the internal displacement of Syrian citizens is the terrorist operations by the Takfiri groups and the forceful dislocation on sectarian grounds, because one of the main sinister goals of the US and its allies was to incite a sectarian war that destroys the country and weakens the army. It also ignored the unfair and unjustifiable sanctions targeting the Syrian citizens in their livelihood, health conditions, education and other basic human rights.

As was the case with the previous reports, the Commission did not maintain truth and objectivity and ignored scores of authentic documents submitted by the Syrian government that belie the groundless allegations of the parties complicit in shedding the Syrian blood.


A Chance to Sponsor Mideast Peace

Syria, a peace-loving country, has been for decades working for the restoration of the Israeli occupied Golan. Syria's participation in Madrid Peace process on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338  has led to progress regarding the restoration of the Golan.

Syria's work for peace has been accompanied with her repeated calls for the freeing of Mideast region from all Mass destruction Weapons MDWs. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Syria presented a proposal to rid the region from MDWs in 2003. Unfortunately, such proposal was shelved by the USA, which has been lobbying and threatening Syrians of launching attacks against them, not to mention the US covert as well as overt alliance with al-Qaeda affiliates as to destroy the secular Syria.

With this in mind, Syria has recently joined the chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)  and out of its latent desire for peace, stability and tranquility. Syria is indeed keen on the realization of the just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. Hopefully, others would recognize that in the global village of today, it is peace and only peace which can deter as well as secure all.

Thus, the US Administration of Mr. Barrack Obama has a chance now to sponsor  peace, instead of sword-rattling and war crimes. A U.S.-led attack on Syria without United Nations support would be a war crime regardless of congressional approval, Noam Chomsky, the antiwar activist and author, said in response to President Barack Obama's announcement that he would seek Hill approval.

"As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world," Chomsky told HuffPost in an email.

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

An outlet for Obama’s political fiasco

The planners of the war against Syria sought to undermine the resistance axis in the region but failed to achieve that purpose. We have noticed, since the start of the crisis that the US intervened indirectly in Syria in many forms, especially through ordering its regional and Arab tools to train, fund and export terrorist groups to Syria to commit savage atrocities against Syrian people and destroy their public and private properties.

The second phase for the US was to intervene militarily, but all its sinister schemes which aim at undermining the resistant role of Syria and reshaping the map of the region in a way that suits the American Zionist interests went in vain, because of the strong spirit of resistance planted in the souls of the Syrian and Arab people and the high awareness of European and American peoples towards the adverse consequences of the war which will be launched against a sovereign country.

The United States halted its plan to attack Syria because of the resistance movement and the opposition of the world public opinion to such an unjustifiable offensive. Countless of problems will face the US over its decision to attack Syria. The most important reason behind the US backtracking on its decision to launch a military strike against Syria has been the resistance way of thinking.  Moreover, the American and European people do not approve of an attack on Syria under the pretext of chemical weapons use, because US officials had also used a big lie earlier that is the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), to attack Iraq. In 2003, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in a flagrant violation of international law under the pretext that Baghdad was in possession of WMDs. However, no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq and the Iraqis are still suffering from the repercussions of this devastating war which destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of the Iraqi people.

The recently conducted Gallup survey indicates that Americans’ trust in Obama’s ability to deal with international issues is at an all-time low, with only 49 percent saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in the US administration. Renowned American intellectual Noam Chomsky said the recent Russian proposal aimed at halting a US strike against Syria has saved President Barack Obama from a political fiasco. The plan is a godsend for Obama and it saves him from what would look like a very serious political defeat.

Obama has not been able to obtain any international support for his reckless military adventure. Even Britain wouldn’t support it, because the British House of Commons did not vote for it. And it seems that the Congress wasn’t going to support it either, and this would leave his military adventure without any support. The wise American lawmakers know well that Obama’s scenario will bring adverse repercussions on the American people as was the case with the previous military adventures launched by Bush’s administration against Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apart from the local and international support the Obama administration failed to recruit, Washington’s threat of force against Syria is a crime under international law, because according to the UN charter, no state has the right to launch a war or threaten to use force against a sovereign state. 

The crisis in Syria should be settled by the Syrians themselves through respecting the Syrian sovereignty, halting the acts of violence and launching the comprehensive political dialogue between the government and the opposition without preconditions and on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué issued on June 30 of 2012.

Syrian government's agreement on the initiative is an important step towards a political settlement of the crisis in Syria. This step indicates the serious intentions of Syria to press ahead in resolving the crisis politically. The agreement on the initiative revives hope in the possibility of driving away the phantom of war in the region. Syria's decision to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) uprooted the U.S. pretext to launch an aggression, and the countries and sides which played the war drumbeats will no more be able to continue their previous policies after this decision. All countries opposing the aggression are victorious and the international circumstances fully support Syria's decision. But providing arms to the illegitimate extremist groups and the reach of chemical weapons to these groups is the biggest threat to peace and security in the region.