Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rounding error

"Jared Kushner is surprised he can’t get Palestinian Businessmen on Board with Promises of Prosperity" (Cole):
"The Palestinians know their own history and they know that the post-WW I Versailles peace conference and then the British empire itself promised them a Palestinian state (the latter by 1949). While Jewish nationalists or Zionists make a big deal out of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, it says nothing about erecting a state in Palestine, and League of Nations deliberations repeatedly scolded the British for ignoring the national development of the indigenous Palestinians, the primary function of a Class A Mandate like Palestine. Palestinians are a people as Syrians and Iraqis are a people, and all were promised a state by the League of Nations. Only Palestinians did not get one. They won’t rest until they have a passport."
I know they will roll out the OPCW again the next time they need PR, but it now has zero credibility: "The Western Media is Key to Syria Deception" (Cook):
"The leaked document is deeply troubling for two reasons.
First, the assessment, based on the available technical data, contradicts the conclusion of the final OPCW report that the two chemical cylinders were dropped from the air and crashed through building roofs. It argues instead that the cylinders were more likely placed at the locations they were found.
If that is right, the most probable explanation is that the cylinders were put there by al-Qaeda groups – presumably in a last desperate effort to persuade the west to intervene and to prevent the jihadists being driven out of Douma.
But even more shocking is the fact that the expert assessment based on the data collected by the OPCW team is entirely unaddressed in the OPCW’s final report.
It is not that the final report discounts or rebuts the findings of its own experts. It simply ignores those findings; it pretends they don’t exist. The report blacks them out, erases them from the official record. In short, it perpetrates a massive deception."
and:
"This week the same al-Qaeda groups that were present in Douma – and may have staged that lethal attack – claimed that the Syrian government had again launched chemical weapons against them, this time on their final holdout in Idlib.
A responsible media, a media interested in the facts, in evidence, in truth-telling, in holding the powerful to account, would be duty bound to frame this latest, unsubstantiated claim in the context of the new doubts raised about the OPCW report into last year’s chemical attack blamed on Assad.
Given that the technical data suggest that al-Qaeda groups, and the White Helmets who work closely with them, were responsible for staging the attack – even possibly of murdering civilians to make the attack look more persuasive – the corporate media had a professional and moral obligation to raise the matter of the leaked document.
It is vital context as anyone tries to weigh up whether the latest al-Qaeda claims are likely to be true. To deprive readers of this information, this essential context would be to take a side, to propagandise on behalf not only of western governments but of al-Qaeda too.
And that is exactly what the corporate media have just done. All of them."
Then some funny stuff about the liars at the Guardian reporting on France and the US saying nice things about the OPCW, without the context that the OPCW has just been caught lying, leaving the reader wondering what the hell is going on.   Cook finishes with some of the 'wars for oil' bloviation that respectable people use in lieu of mentioning the dreaded JQ!

Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
"The “freedom and democracy” brought to by “liberators” Obama, Hillary, Cameron and Sarkozy turned a once stable state into a hellhole of roving jihadists still ravaged by war today. And they wonder why we oppose US regime change war designs against & ? 🙄"
"'Troops To Iran' Scare - The Mountain Brings Forth A Mouse" (Moon).  Given the number of American troops, mercs, and spies sloshing around the world, the new troops to the Middle East to supposedly look after (!) the ones already around Iran is just a rounding error. They probably lose track of this many troops every week!  This is a good thing, as it appears to represent Trump's moderation of the crazies he has around him.
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