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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Permanent war by hot and other means is longstanding policy by both right wings of the US war party against all nations Washington doesn’t control as vassal states serving its interests.

Mid-March marked the 9th anniversary of Obama regime-launched aggression on nonbelligerent Syria, escalated by Trump.

Endless conflict continues with no near-term prospect for resolution because the US war party rejects restoration of peace and stability to all its war theaters.

On March 15, the US and key imperial partners Britain, France and Germany issued a propaganda statement on Syria.

Big Lies and deception defined it.

Turning reality on its head, their ruling regimes falsely claimed things began in Syria by thousands taking to the streets “peacefully” — a bald-faced Big Lie.

Hostile events that occurred in mid-March 2011 were all about regime change — planned and immplemented by the Obama regime in cahoots with its imperial partners.

They had nothing to do with peaceful street protests. None occurred — everything to do with wanting Syria transformed into US client state, using ISIS and other jihadists as proxy fighters, supported by Pentagon-led terror-bombing.

The joint statement lied, claiming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “pursuit (of) a military victory has displaced over 11 million people – nearly half of Syria’s pre-war population – and killed more than 500,000 Syrians.”

The US bears full responsibility for the rape and destruction of Syria and massacre of its people. Its imperial partners share blame.

The statement repeated countless long ago debunked bald-faced Big Lies about years of war.

No Syrian CW attacks occurred, no barrel bomb attacks, no “arbitrary detention, torture, and starvation.”

High crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide are longstanding US practices — not how Syria and Iran operate.

No so-called Syrian Democratic Forces exist, just cutthroat killer jihadists supported by the US and its imperial partners.

Time and again, the US, NATO, and Israel blame victims of their aggression for high crimes committed against them.

The statement lied claiming the struggle to liberate Idlib from US supported terrorists (falsely calling it a “bloody assault”) displaced “nearly one million civilians.”

Throughout years of fighting, Syrian and allied forces liberated civilians held hostage by US supported jihadists as human shields — none displaced.

The US, Britain, France and Germany lied, claiming they supplied and will continue supplying humanitarian aid to Syrian people.

Along with heavy weapons and munitions, so-called aid went and continues going only to jihadist-controlled areas for use by their fighters.

In all its war theaters, the US and its imperial partners are guilty of the most egregious Nuremberg-level high crimes, accountability never forthcoming.

On Sunday, Iran’s Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei minced no words calling the US “the most evil enemy of the Iranian people,” adding:

“We have no shortage of enemies, but the US officials are such shameless, avaricious, lying charlatans. They are also cruel and terrorists. We have such an enemy against us today.”

The so-called Trump regime offer of aid to help Iran combat COVID-19 outbreaks flies in the face of its sanctions/economic/medical terrorism that’s all about crushing Iran’s economy and maximizing human suffering by preventing imports of food, medicines, as well as medical equipment and supplies.

In rejecting the phony Trump regime no-aid/aid offer, Khamenei stressed that the US can never be trusted.

“What if (so-called) medicine(s) you delivered to Iran actually caused the virus to stay,” he stressed.

What if stuff supplied by the US exponentially increased outbreaks of COVID-19 and other diseases.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif accused the Trump regime of committing crimes against humanity against the Iranian people by threatening sanctions on nations that maintain normal relations with Tehran.

Last week, “Pompeo asked other countries to set conditions to help Iran with the fight against coronavirus. All the United States needs to do is to stop interfering,” he said, adding:

“We will take care of ourselves and have enough friends in the world to help us.” 

“Stop economic terrorism. If you are not ready to do this, then we ask the world to stop just watching this bullying. This is inhumane.”

“Iranians are dying and people are accepting American bullying just in the hope that they will not be hit. This will not work.”

Unilaterally imposed sanctions by one nation on others are war by other means.

Like neutron bombs, they cause many deaths and misery while leaving structures intact.

According to a weekend NYT report, Trump regime officials are at odds over whether to strike Iran militarily.

Hardliners Pompeo and national security adviser O’Brien urge it. War secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs chairman Milley “pushed back,” said the Times, adding:

The Pentagon’s “position prevailed” so far. Attacking Iran militarily would assure harsh retaliation against the US and its regional imperial partners, notably Israel and the Saudis.

It would come at a time when White House and congressional attention should be focused solely on containing COVID-19 outbreaks and aiding unemployed Americans in need by putting large amounts of money in their pockets.

A key way would be by slashing military spending, redirecting hundreds of billions of dollars for domestic human priorities.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions. Now is the time for prioritizing peace, public health, and providing ordinary Americans with money for essentials to life and welfare.

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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.