Lies of Mass Destruction — Ghouta, Syria.

By Na'omi Allen
Mrs Allen is a disgruntled American veteran and this is her personal blog. She studies geopolitical phenomena, with a focus on countering contemporary Nazism.
 

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MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere)In 2017, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria after civilians were killed by chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun. At the time, the White House provided no proof that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime, and they did not seek approval for the use of military force from congress. It took the UN six months to release findings attributing the attack to Assad, after extensive testing revealed that weapons used against Khan Sheikoun shared a chemical signature with weapons used four years earlier against Ghouta.

To prevent our country from sinking deeper into the MENA quagmire, we must demand that our leaders and their talking heads start telling, and acting in accordance with, the whole truth.

What’s been happening in Syria has been reported in such an obscure way that most Americans mistakenly believe that Syria was proven to be responsible for the 2013 Ghouta chemical attack, and that Congress approved US support for Syrian “rebels” in the civil war against Assad because of it.

But I’m old enough to remember that, back in 2013, the public was well aware that blame for the chemical attack could not be proven, and that serious consideration was given to the possibility that “rebels” had staged a false flag in order to gain international support for their side of the civil war.

Video evidence of Salafi-Jihadi firing volcano rockets at Ghouta, found on the cell phone of terrorists who were killed by Kurdish Peshmerga on the Syrian border in September, 2013.

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Once in a while, a news piece will recall this fact, as does this recent article about the current effort to sue Assad through French and German courts.

“The United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons conducted inquiries after the 2013 attack in Syria, but the evidence they amassed has never led to any accountability and never identified perpetrators by name.” (The New York Times)

Despite reasonable doubt, President Obama declared that, “Assad must go!” He urged Congress to authorize a US led effort to overthrow the Syrian government, but that never happened. Several pieces of legislation were introduced to support the Syrian civil war effort, and every single one of them failed to pass, or died in committee.

There is no congressional mandate to overthrow the Assad regime. The fighters who Congress has authorized our government and military to support in Syria (using the 2001 AUMF) aren’t supposed to be “rebels” at all. They’re supposed to be fighting al Qaeda, not Assad.

What’s more: Obama’s State Department started collaborating with Syrian “opposition” groups in 2012, before the Ghouta chemical attack even happened. And Rafif Jouejati — an American activist who now serves as a spokesperson for the Turkish-backed Syrian National Coalition — recently admitted that she helped organize the 2011 Syrian Arab Spring.


 

 

Whatever you think of him, our State Department’s effort to overthrow Assad is unlawful and illegitimate… not just because it was never authorized by Congress, but because it was based on yet another WMD Lie. What’s even worse: The fighters we lawfully (The Syrian Democratic Forces) and unlawfully (Syrian National Army) supported are now currently in open war with each other in Rojava.



Why I don’t support masking children.

RSV is more dangerous and prevalent, and kills our children at twice the rate of Covid, but people haven’t lost their fucking minds over it. Shall we bundle our kids in bubble wrap and never let them leave the house again?

A recent study conducted by Waterloo University confirms: N95 grade masks are the only ones that somewhat work to stop transmission.

Unfortunately, habitual use of N95 masks do not come without their own health risks. CDC officials have dismissed concerns about prolonged mask use causing hypoxia by showing us data proving that wearing a mask does not lower oxygen levels in our bloodstream. But this does not explain why so many struggle to breathe while wearing an N95 mask for more than a short period of time.

Oftentimes, for the whole truth, we need to look at studies that have nothing to do with Covid-19, or ones that are not meant for the general public… like this article, written for surgical staff to help them learn how to overcome “physiologic implications” invoked by prolonged N95 mask usage. N95 masks won’t reduce your oxygen levels, but they will make your body work harder for it.

“N95 mask use noticeably increases inhaled carbon dioxide, reduces inspired oxygen, and increases the work of breathing.”

The above conditions will force your body to compensate in order to maintain proper oxygen levels, and the symptoms of this reaction are not insignificant.

“Symptoms include sweating, visual changes, headache, dyspnea, increased irritability, and decreased reasoning, alertness, and exercise endurance. Independently, the inspired oxygen of 17% (normal, 21%), yields headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness, muscular weakness, dyspnea on exertion, nausea, and vomiting. Simultaneously, the augmented resistance to inspiratory (15% of maximum) and expiratory flow, when experienced for greater than 10 min, results in respiratory alkalosis, increased lactate levels, fatigue, and impaired physical work capacity.”

Do the benefits outweigh the risks? That’s probably something a parent should decide, in consultation with their pediatrician, based on the individual circumstances of their own children. If a parent wants their child to wear a mask (either an effective N95 or a useless one) — all day, every day, five days a week — we probably shouldn’t stop them. But no parent should be forced to put their children through this.

The article, published in an anesthesia magazine, goes on to explain exercises to help surgical staff improve “conditioning of respiratory muscle strength and respiratory muscle endurance” to help them breath easier while masking… but good luck trying to teach children these techniques and the discipline to practice them.

Before evaluating the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine for children, please read the product label first.

More to Consider:

Published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene: P/KN95 masks don’t cause Hypoxia, but wearing one for more than an hour at a time does reduce your O2 and increase your CO2 enough to make you feel like crap.

Why most children are practically bullet proof against Covid.

Why Pfizer-Comirnaty is having difficulty proving its efficacy with children: Non-vaccinated children in their study’s control group aren’t getting sick, either.

Frequent testing of school children, like we did during the Swine Flu pandemic.

Boost your child’s immunity.

Improve diet and exercise, since obesity is the number one comorbidity that exacerbates Covid-19.

Tuition Free Online Classes for children with chronic conditions that put them at risk for severe Covid illness.



Erdogan laments: Nobody likes his terrorist army anymore.

MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere) — During this year’s Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Erdogan complained, “We did not get the support we expected from the international community in our efforts to destabilize Syria.”

 

The jury is out about whether he meant to say “destabilize” or whether it was a Freudian slip, but Anti-Assad “rebels” — who now all fight under the Turkish flag in NW Syria — have indeed lost financial backing from the international community. Zahir Sahlou, who leads the organization widely known as the White Helmets, recently blamed Tulsi Gabbard for it, crediting her for convincing the world that they and the opposition forces are all terrorists… which he claimed was, “Russian propaganda”.



Timeline: Troubled Waters in the Black Sea (Updated: 19 January 2022)

In late Spring 2021, Russia attempted to shut down traffic in the Black Sea, and our State Department condemned the move as an “unprovoked escalation”.

Current tensions in the Black Sea began in October of 2020, when Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy and Turkey’s President Erdogan announced their intentions to regain control of the Donbas, and to de-occupy Crimea and Sevastopol. This announcement was provocative for three main reasons.

  1. It established a policy of abandoning a political solution for the Ukrainian civil war, which could have (and eventually did) undermine Minsk Protocols that were put in place to end armed conflict.
  2. It established a policy of pursuing a military solution to the Crimea issue, which had never been done before.
  3. Perhaps the most dangerous provocation: It explicitly threatened to wrest Sevastopol from Russia, which would open up an entirely new area of armed conflict, certain to ignite a third global war.

Russia has used Sevastopol as a naval base for their Black Sea Fleet for centuries. Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, when Crimea was made part of Ukraine, agreements were drawn up to treat Sevastopol as a breakaway state that would remain under Russian control. Under the Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty, Russia holds Sevastopol in lease (currently set to expire in 2042).

The Timeline:

On 16 Oct 2020, after signing military cooperation agreements of undisclosed terms, Zelenskyy and Erdogan released a joint statement to confirm their effort, “… towards de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as restoration of Ukraine’s control over certain areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”

At the same time, Zelenskyy congratulated Erdogan for discovering large natural gas deposits in the Black Sea.

“I would like to congratulate the Turkish people on the confirmation of large natural gas reserves in the Black Sea. The development of the gas field will significantly change the balance of power in the region, in favor of the Republic of Turkey and your friends.” — Zelenskyy

Ukraine then contracted the UK Ministry of Defense to build Ukrainian naval facilities, and ordered warships from Turkey, patrol boats from the United States, and missile boats from the United Kingdom.

Erdogan also re-started his controversial Istanbul Canal Project, which has long been criticized as a threat to global peace and a violation of the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits.

On 18 Dec 2020, more details about the Turkey-Ukraine joint security agreement were revealed, and most of it focused on securing the Black Sea and repatriating Tatars to Crimea.

By the end of December, the emerging Ankara-Kyiv strategic axis gained notice from the diplomatic community who began guessing about Erdogan’s motives. Besides Erdogan’s affinity for Turkic ancestral homelands, speculation included a desire to limit Russia’s control of the Black Sea, and an attempt to regain US favor.

In February 2021, despite earlier promises to restore the peninsula’s water supply if needed to avert crisis, Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs said that, “Ukraine will not supply water to Crimea until it returns to Ukraine.”

On 01 March 2021, the US Department of Defense announced that they were sending military aid to Ukraine, as mandated by Trump’s 2021 NDAA, but the Biden administration would be withholding more than half of the package, due to non-compliance issues on Ukraine’s behalf.

On 23 March 2021, Zelenskyy formalized the Ukraine-Turkey military pact (forged in October, 2020) by signing an executive order to de-occupy Crimea and Sevastopol.

On 26 March 2021, the Ukrainian government released a joint statement of UN nations condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea, and called on the international community to support its territorial integrity.

On 02 April 2021, Erdogan falsely notified Putin that the United States would be sending warships through the Turkish Straights on a mission to support Ukraine. Shortly afterward, a noticeable surge of Russian troops in Crimea and the Russian-Ukraine border began. Russia claimed their troop movements were part of routine military exercises, in preparation for Zapad-2021.

On 06 April 2021, John Kerry met with Russia’s Foreign Minister in India, purportedly to discuss climate change.

On 14 April 2021, the US Department of Defense denied that it was sending warships to “support Ukraine”, and cancelled “routine maneuvers” in the Black Sea. President Biden re-affirmed our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, but called on all parties to deescalate and return to Minsk protocols. He proposed detente with Russia, and was criticized for not advocating for Ukraine’s NATO membership.

The following day, Russia announced that they were closing off access to the Kerch Strait, which connects Crimea to Russia.

On or about 16 April 2021, Ukraine leadership rebuffed calls for deescalation and a return to Minsk protocols, arguing that NATO was the only thing that would stop Russian aggression. They also threatened to arm themselves with nuclear weapons if they are not granted NATO membership, despite failing to comply with basic standards (including human rights issues).

On 19 April 2021, it was announced that Putin accepted Biden’s invitation to meet virtually for Biden’s Earth Day Summit.

Notwithstanding President Biden’s call for deescalation and detente with Russia, the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee (chaired by Senator Menendez) announced that it had drawn up legislation to increase military aid to Ukraine, to “send a strong signal of support to our friends in the region”.

 

On 22 April 2021, Putin attended Biden’s Earth Day Summit, and Russian troops began withdrawal from the Russia-Ukraine border, but left their military equipment in place.

On 23 April 2021, it was leaked that the Biden administration did not believe that Russia was staging to invade Ukraine.

On 25 April 2021, Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that Biden had requested a face-to-face meeting with Putin, and that it was, “positively perceived”. The Kremlin announced that, “A final decision on the meeting had not been made but it could happen in June.”

On 27 April 2021, Biden replaced warships that were previously committed to support NATO maritime security in the Black Sea with a single Coast Guard Cutter.

On 11 June 2021, it was announced that Exxon Mobile and Chevron had secured contracts to extract natural gas from the Black Sea for the Turkish government.

On 16 June 2021, Presidents Biden and Putin met in Geneva.

On 25 June 2021, Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey forged an agreement of cooperation in the energy sector, in particular on the supply of liquefied natural gas.

On 12 July 2021, Putin wrote an open letter to the people of Ukraine that can be summarized: “Let us not fight. We are brothers.”

On 08 September 2021, after months-long preparation, Russia officially commenced Zapad-2021 drills. The infamous military exercise (routinely held every four years) was (and continues to be) portrayed across Western media as a provocative “amassing of Russian troops”.

In October 2021, Russia was accused of weaponizing energy against Europe… a charge that Germany insisted was not true.

On November 2021, a US barge delivered a small number of patrol boats that Ukraine had previously purchased from the US to “beef up” the Ukrainian navy.

On 03 November 2021, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of using Zapad-2021 to stage a military invasion of Ukraine. Similar accusations were made during Zapad-2017, which lasted from March through the end of November.

In mid November 2021, the Kremlin announced that arrangements were being made for another Biden-Putin summit, which would take place virtually.

By late November 2021, Ukrainian officials announced that Russian military invasion was imminent. Calls for intervention followed.

On 07 December 2021, a video conference was held between Presidents Biden and Putin, and red lines were drawn.

 

 

In comments to the press about the conference, and about whether the US would be sending US military troops to “protect the sovereignty of Ukraine”, President Biden stated that, “We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO Allies. That obligation does not extend to Ukraine. ” Despite this, lawmakers escalated their call for US military action with demands for a “preemptive” first-strike against Russia, and some of their proposals included dropping nuclear bombs on Russia’s metropolitan cities.

On 19 January 2022, after meeting with US Secretary State Antony Blinken, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister stated that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia would not end until Russia has abandoned the Donbas, Crimea, and Sevastopol. The joint press conference set off mass panic in the country, prompting Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy to back-peddle on war rhetoric.

Read More: White House launches preemptive attack against independent thinkers who counter war propaganda.



Observation: Critical Race Theory is doing us more harm than good.

MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere) — I have a huge problem with Critical Race Theory (CRT), not because I think we should ignore racism and social inequalities, but because I think its so-called Antiracist programs are likely to do us more harm than good.

A perfect stranger who has undergone Antiracist training would probably dismiss my discomfort as a product of White Fragility… but I’m not even white. Contrary to popular belief, white people aren’t the only ones who object to CRT. For example, this black mother who doesn’t want our children indoctrinated with genocidal tendencies:

“I’ve spent a lot of time in Central Africa because my dad is from the Congo. And some of the propaganda that’s being spread right now here in Evanston is similar to some of the divisiveness that took place in Rwanda before the massacre.” (The Atlantic)

It may seem like an exaggeration, but — myths of inherent superior/inferior racial status, sectarianism, scapegoating, and collective shame and blame driven by moral imperatives — common themes used by Critical Race Theorists in America today were what turned seemingly ordinary Rwandans into ruthless murderers.

Read more at the Human Security Centre, about how propaganda triggered the Rwandan genocide.

“… sacralization of values interacts with willingness to engage in extreme behavior in populations vulnerable to radicalization. In addition, social exclusion appears to be a relevant factor motivating violent extremism and consolidation of sacred values.” — Scott Atram, How People Become Radicalized

Read more at Scientific American, about how social marginalization and sacred values are key factors for extremism.

Themes used in Critical Race Theory have historically and scientifically proven to radicalize people for violent extremism. Ironic… since its popularity grew in response to the 2020 George Floyd riots, out of a desire to reduce racial tensions and violence.

Watch: Forensic Psychologist justifies controversial statements she made during a seminar on “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” at Yale School of Medicine.



al-Tanf is no longer a Syrian rebel stronghold.

MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere) — Once known as the last standing moderate rebel group, Maghawir a-Thawra has long abandoned the Syrian Revolution to instead join the Syrian Arab Republic’s fight against Turkish invasion.

Maghawir a-Thawra (MaT), whose ranks consist mainly of early defectors from the Syrian military, recruited to fight alongside the US military against Daesh, no longer exists as a rebel faction, and the al-Tanf region that they control is no longer a rebel stronghold. There have been no reports of hostility between MaT and forces allied with Assad since December of 2016, and their numbers have dwindled significantly.

Their manpower strength was first downsized in 2017 when major joint operations with the US against Daesh ended. Most of them then went to Palmyra, which is held by the Syrian Arab Republic (aka, the Assad Regime).

Others left al-Tanf in December 2020 to join the Assad regime’s fight against Erdogan’s Syrian National Army and the Turkish invasion.

The few (roughly 200) who remain in al-Tanf are there to protect noncombatants who became refugees when Daesh sacked their homes.

Besides repelling small pockets of Daesh, MaT also protects noncombatants against Iranian militias who operate independently of the Syrian government. Russia has also protected al-Tanf from Iranian rogue militias… which should only be confusing to those who believe that all Iran-backed militias are allied with the Syrian Arab Republic (they’re not), or who believe that our US military is at war with Syria and Russia (we’re not).

MaT’s activities previously included joint operations with the US military to protect oil fields leased from the Syrian Democratic Forces by an American company, but the Biden administration has officially abandoned that mission.

“DOD [Department of Defense] personnel or contractors are not authorized to provide assistance to any other private company, including its employees or agents, seeking to develop oil resources in northeastern Syria.”

The US al-Tanf Outpost still exists, but with minimal US troops, and only with a narrow focus to defeat the small remaining pockets of Daesh.



Erdogan expands his terror network in Syria.

MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere)People are noticing that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has been providing security in Idlib.

In prior years, Hayat Tahrir a-Sham/Nusra, would attack & jail protesters raising the revolution’s flag. Today, HTS provided security for the revolutionary protest in Idlib. Further steps are needed from HTS to prove to activists that it went through a genuine transformation https://t.co/vnsg8Cn2bm

— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) March 15, 2021

 

This confirms rumors about a deal negotiated by Turkey between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and HTS, that would allow the extremist group to oversee security in FSA strongholds.

While many still refer to them as FSA, the Free Syrian Army ceased to exist when they merged with other opposition groups to form the Turkey-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), who have been assisting the Turkish effort to “liberate” Northern Syria from the Kurds. And while called “the Revolution’s flag”, what is being flown by demonstrators is actually the SNA’s banner.

Watch, a first-hand account of an American who was held prisoner by the “Free Syrian Army”:



Related News: Human Rights Watch accuses Syrian National Army of crimes against humanity in Northern Syria.

Erdogan is successfully increasing his influence in Syria, and the coalition he has created seems increasingly extremist, not “moderate”.

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Précis: Of, by, and for the People… of Syria.

MICHIGAN, USA (Notes from Nowhere) — Key players of the Syrian Revolution held a discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, about whether there is hope for peace in the war-torn country. The conversation quickly turned into a measured debate about foreign involvements… with the American panelists calling for more, and the Syrian panelists calling for an end to foreign intervention.


 

 

Panelists:

Labib al-Nahhas is a displaced Syrian national and founder of the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity, a social movement that advocates for a safe and dignified return of Syrian refugees so that they may peacefully participate in the political future of their country.

Rafif Jouejati is an American NGO activist who admits in this video that she was a lead organizer of the 2011 Syrian Arab Spring protests. She now serves as a spokesperson for the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (aka, the Syrian National Coalition), an organization based in Turkey that claims to be the interim government of Syria, and which serves as the governing body of the Syrian National Army.

Zahir Sahlou is an American physician and member of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), an NGO that has provided for the Syrian White Helmets since 2011. Dr Sahlou is currently lobbying congress to support Syrian “opposition” fighters.

Sinam Mohamad (@sinam56) is a Kurdish Syrian national and spokesperson the Syrian Democratic Council (the political arm of the Syrian Democratic Forces).

Précis:

Paraphrased summary of the conversation.

Labib al-Nahhas (SYR): The Syrian Revolution was inspired by Arab Spring.

Rafif Jouejati (US): The revolution was triggered by Assad’s heavy handed treatment of protesters during Syria’s Arab Spring protests.

Labib al-Nahhas (SYR): The protests turned into an armed rebellion due to a sincere need for activists to defend themselves, but it wasn’t until Iran, ISIS, and other foreign fighters entered the fight that things took an ugly turn and became about Jihad.

Dr Zahir Sahlou (US): The idea that the Syrian Civil War is a fight between two evils that America should stay out of is Russian propaganda. America must be involved, and they must not choose the side (Assad’s) that is killing innocent children in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, funding and international support for the “opposition” has significantly been reduced… because, Tulsi Gabbard has convinced everyone that the opposition are terrorists.

Note: Tulsi Gabbard managed to log-roll an amendment into the 2020 NDAA that now forbids US funding of terrorist organizations in Syria.

Rafif Jouejati (US): They Syrian National Army fights against a brutal regime. They fight for democracy, against authoritarianism and dictatorship.

Labib al-Nahhas (SYR): The problem with Assad’s regime is not about authoritarianism or dictatorship. It’s about sectarianism, and the humiliations that come with it.

Sinam Mohamad (SYR): Human rights violations happen on all sides, but what’s happening in Syria is no longer a civil war. It is now a foreign occupation. Turkey’s flag flies everywhere in what other countries believe to be rebel strongholds, and the Syrian people who fight under that flag — the Syrian National Army — they are killing and raping other Syrians. They no longer fight for the Syrian people. They fight for Turkey.

Labib al-Nahhas (SYR): Political change is the only peaceful solution, and only the Syrian people can make that happen.

Sinam Mohamad (SYR): The Syrian Democratic Committee is willing and able to help effect political change. The Syrian people, alone, must be who forges the path forward, and that effort must include the Syrian Democratic Committee. They are the only group who is organized and fighting to secure democracy for the Syrian people, yet they have been excluded from all negotiations for peace and a new constitution.

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