Another Manufactured Pretext for War with Syria.
June 27, 2012
The downing of a Turkish jet by the Syrian military
last week was not merely a military incident making the possibility of
an intervention and regional war much more likely. This episode was the
most recent in a long and storied history of “international incidents”
or provocations used by imperial powers as pretexts for military
aggression. Without such incidents, the forces of imperialism are seen
as nothing more than aggressors, out to destroy weaker nations in their
own interests. However, with the necessary justifications that such
episodes provide, those same powers can portray their wars as justified,
necessary, and wholly righteous.
Image: US made F-4 Phantom painted in Turkish livery. While the Turks contend their aircraft was merely “training” or conducting benign “reconnaissance,” Boeing’s own website gives us insight on other possibilities the F-4 may have attempted to invade Syrian airspace for – namely probing air defenses for future campaigns to neutralize them ahead of a full-scale conflict.
This event last week was only the latest in a
series of provocations specifically designed to justify a military
intervention. However, as the façade of the Houla “massacre”, the use
of children as human shields, and the countless other lies propagated by
the Western media have been debunked or otherwise exposed, the Western
imperialist ruling class looks for a new incident to legitimize their
plan for total war on Syria.
Just the Facts
On June 21st, a Turkish jet was shot down by Syrian military forces.
Initially, the Western media rushed to portray this incident as a
blatantly aggressive action by Assad and his military, hoping to play
off their many months of propagandizing the public into believing Assad
to be the devil incarnate. Vigorous condemnations were heard from all corners of the Western ruling establishment,
as the world seemed to move closer to another so-called intervention.
However, as the episode unfolded, the media had to backtrack and, as
usual, reversed their initial story without a fraction of the fanfare
that the initial lie had. They had to admit publicly that, in fact, the
Turkish jet had violated Syrian airspace
and so, according to international law, Syria was well within their
rights to shoot it down. This fact gets lost in the narrative however,
as the world looks to NATO, the military arm of US power projection
around the world, to “act decisively”.
This episode is merely the latest attempt by the imperialist
establishment to drum up support for some form of military intervention
by portraying the Assad regime as bloodthirsty monsters. Last month, we
saw the world recoil in horror at the brutality of what came to be
known as the Houla “massacre”. However, as the United States, France,
and the other Western powers attempted to spin the event as a brutal
example of why they must wage war on Syria, the truth came out that,
in fact, the victims of the massacre were not killed by government
shelling, but by close range execution attributable to the
NATO-sponsored death squads unleashed on the people of Syria.
Like the Houla massacre, the outrageous claim that the Syrian military
was using children as human shields was designed to play on the emotions
of the international community in hopes of eliciting a swift response
and creating the a climate conducive to war. Naturally, no evidence
exists to back up this claim other than a dubious UN report
based on so-called “activists” and “eyewitnesses”. The Western
propagandists are less interested in being able to support these claims
than simply making them and implanting them into the public
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