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There is no spiritual justification for a U.S. military strike against the government of Syria

There can be no justification, in a spiritual sense, for a military attack by the United States on Syria, whatever the intention or cause.

The very first message of Conversations with God, on pg. 5 of Book One, says that We Are All One. If this is true (and it is), then killing each other to resolve our problems — even our biggest problems — can never be the answer.

There are those who say that the leadership in Syria (meaning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government and military minions) must “pay” for its alleged approval of the use of chemical weapons against Syria’s own people.

The U.S. says it has incontrovertible evidence that the chemical weapons attack that recently killed hundreds of men, women, and children in Syria was conducted by the military of the Assad regime. It says that a military strike against Syria would be limited to the destruction of that government’s own military apparatus.

The spiritual wisdom on this matter says that we cannot continue with the insanity of using killing to end killing, violence to end violence. Negativity only breeds negativity, and CWG says that the problem in the world today is that we keep trying to solve the problem in the world today at every level except the level at which the problem exists.

First, we try to solve it as if it was a political problem, because we are used to using political pressure on this planet to push energy around to get people to do what they don’t want to do. We hold discussions and write laws and pass legislation and adopt resolutions in every local, national, regional, and global organization we can think of to try to solve the problem with words—but it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate over time, the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, “Okay, this is not a political problem and it cannot be solved with political means. It must be an economic problem…” You see, we are used to using economic power on this planet to push energy around to get people to do what they don’t want to do.

So we try to solve the problem as if it were an economic problem. We throw money at it, or withhold money from it (as in the form of sanctions), to try to solve the problem with cash—but it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate over time, the problem reemerges. It will not go away. And so we say, “Okay, this is not an economic problem, and it cannot be solved by economic means. It must be a military problem…” We are used to using military might on this planet to push energy around to get people to do what they don’t want to do.

So we try to solve the problem as if it were a military problem. We throw bullets at it and drop bombs on it to try to solve the problem with weapons —but it does not work. Whatever short-term solutions we may create evaporate over time, the problem reemerges. It will not go away. And so we say, “Okay, this is not an easy problem. This is going to be a long, hard slog. Many lives will be lost in trying to solve this problem. But we are not going to give up. We are going to solve this problem if it kills us.” And we don’t even see the irony in our own statements.

You see, we are very used to trying to force solutions in our world. Yet solutions that are forced are never solutions at all. They are simply postponements. I know that you have all heard the definition of insanity. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result.

The sadness of humanity is that we are forever ready to settle for postponements in place of solutions. Only primitive cultures and primitive beings do that. Highly evolved beings would never, ever settle for a 10,000-year-postponement in the solving of their largest problem.

The problem in the world today is a spiritual problem. It has to do with what people believe. It has to do with our most fervently held thoughts and ideas about Life, about God, and most of all, about ourselves.

This problem of beliefs creates a condition of hopelessness, helplessness, anger, and rebellion. That condition produces a circumstance of run-away violence.

The problem of beliefs is a problem which all of us have helped to create. This is true because all of us have beliefs—and if those beliefs are mistaken, and we then pass on those beliefs to our children and our grandchildren and our neighbors and our friends, we join together to create a Cultural Story that creates the very Conditions which produce the very Circumstances we are trying to avoid. Yet we cannot eliminate them and we cannot avoid them until we eliminate and avoid the beliefs that created them.

And that is OUR work, my friends. That is OUR job. We must change the Cultural Story that created the Conditions that produce the Circumstances we seek to avoid. Yet we will never do that, we will never even be able to, as long as we refuse to acknowledge our own responsibility in the matter. It is as the headline on the masthead of this online newspaper reads.

It is WE who hold the beliefs that we hold, that create the Cultural Stories that start the spiral going. We, ALL of us — including the people who use violence to announce and to scream out their discontent — must change our cultural story, must change our beliefs, if we expect and hope to see a change in humanity’s behavior.

This is because all behavior springs from belief. All behavior. Everything you do, you do because you believe something. You believe something about who you are, you believe something about what is currently happening, you believe something about what you are doing—and, most sadly of all, you believe that you are “right” about all of that. The possibility that you may be “wrong” never even occurs to you.

Yet we are wrong. About almost everything. Certainly about almost everything that is important, such as God, and who God is, and what God wants. And Life, and how it works, and its purpose and function. And we are wrong about each other, and about ourselves, and who we are in relationship to each other, to ourselves, and to God.

The problem in life is a spiritual problem—and the spiritual problem is a simple problem of misidentification. We have misidentified Who We Really Are. We have failed to answer accurately life’s four major questions: Who are we? Where are we? Why are we? What are we doing here?

Most people have not even asked themselves those questions, much less answered them.

If the United States goes to war in Syria — and it very much looks as if it may — the world will have once again used precisely the wrong tactics to solve the world’s problems. What is wrong with all the nations of the world who disagree with the alleged actions of the Syrian government simply and powerfully boycotting that government? Refusing to sell it anything, give it anything, supply it with anything, or deal with it in any way?

There are those who say that won’t work. Russia and China, two huge allies of Syria, will give its government all that it needs to keep things going over there and to stay in power. But surely there must be some effect that the combined nations of the world which disagree with Syria can have on that country, other than raining rockets down on its military facilities and killing more people.

More killing cannot be the answer. Have we become so barbaric as a species that more killing is the only answer the world can come up with? Or have we so utterly failed to crawl out of our Original Barbarism? Is there no way we can advance as a species? None at all?

If I were President Obama, I would hold a globally televised news conference immediately, and place before the world every last bit of evidence that I had that Syria’s government forces were responsible for the chemical weapons attack on its own people. As of writing this update (Friday, Aug 30, 1 p.m . PST), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done that, to the degree that he can, without revealing or placing in danger U.S. intelligence methods and sources.

Then I would ask the whole world, “Is this where we have fallen? Is this what we are willing to tolerate in the name of non-intervention in a so-called sovereign nation’s affairs? Are we willing to stand by and do nothing while, according to the irrefutable evidence we have obtained and shown you here, a despotic government kills its own people by the thousands to stay in power?”

UPDATE: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has, in essence, done that as well. His statement may be seen and read here:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/30/20261297-read-secretary-of-state-kerrys-full-speech-condemning-syria-attack?lite

Then I would dare both Russia and China to respond to the incontrovertible evidence which has been gathered and placed before the world. I would demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad respond to the evidence. This is something that Mr. Kerry has not done.

I would boldly and publicly challenge Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to respond to this evidence, and to do so now. I would demand that he give an explanation of his regime’s actions and stop pretending that the intelligence evidence of thousands of sources, including satellite technology picking up rocket launchings from regime-held areas of Syria and landings in the opposition-held areas, mean nothing.

I would demand, as well, that the rest of the world — Russia and China in particular — respond to these intelligence findings, and stop blocking every attempt to economically and politically punish the Assad regime for its actions, to show him and all of the world’s real or would-be despots that humanity will not tolerate despotism, or the killing of a nation’s own people by a nation’s own government, by any means — to say nothing of the most heinous.

Why do we not do that, I wonder?

UPDATE (Sat., Aug 31, 3 pm pst) As you must know if you are following this international story, President Obama has said that he will not order a military strike by the United States on Syria’s chemical weapons capacity unless the U.S. Congress votes to authorize him to do so. If you are wondering what you can do, please read the headline story on this newspaper’s front page, then join me and Marianne Williamson in the Global Collective Prayer Initiative, Monday, September 2, at 16:00 GMT (that is 9 a.m. Pacific Time). We will pray solidly and intentionally for ten minutes that the U.S. will not launch air strikes on Syria, and that the larger Syrian conflict may end, at last, with peace and harmony prevailing.

UPDATE (Sun. Sept 1, 12 noon pst) Pope Francis today told a papal audience: “Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” NBC News reported that the Pope made his remarks “ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer on Sunday.”

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future!”, the television news network quoted Pope Francis as saying.

The Pontiff, of course, denounced the use of chemical weapons, saying that he condemned “with utmost firmness” such use.

 

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  • iamlife iam

    I love your idea, Neale. I think we, meaning the United Nations, not America, not Obama, but the United Nations, should do what you said. For Obama to do it, the world will respond to the face as the aggressor. Obama is not the caretaker. America is not the caretaker. Noone needs anyone, according to CWG. I believe this to be true. If we engage any debate or confrontation, even though it may be irrefutable evidence, we are inviting opposition. What we want is resoulution 🙂 The soul would have a council. The friggin United Nations should be what it stands for. I have always said what good are they if they don’t caretake all people on planet earth. I love your ideas, though. I do. I think it should be a neutral guy, though, and not Obaman.
    Love to all life. We are that. We are. We just are life, peace. Let it be peace that brings it in Whew

  • Cora Weyman

    More killing has never been the solution. We have to find non-violent ways to get our points across.

  • Awareness

    “16:14 GMT: NATO will not take part in military intervention in Syria, the alliance’s Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told Denmark’s Politiken newspaper.

    “I don’t foresee any NATO role in an international response to the [Assad] regime,” Rasmussen said” – RT

    Bless ALL 🙂

  • iamlife iam

    This is from CNN Ticker just ten hours ago. I love Carter. I really do. I wish every leader could hear what he says about the possibility of unilateral strikes on Syria. Here’s what they report there:

    “That option, former President Jimmy Carter said Friday, would be a grave mistake.

    “”A punitive military response without a U.N. Security Council mandate or broad support from NATO and the Arab League would be illegal under international law and unlikely to alter the course of the war,” he wrote in a statement. “It will only harden existing positions and postpone a sorely needed political process to put an end to the catastrophic violence.”

    “Carter, in his post-presidency, has engaged in global diplomacy in North Korea and the Middle East, and was a vocal critic of the Iraq War.

    “In his statement, Carter said the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a “a grave breach of international law” but that any U.S. action in the country should wait for ongoing investigations by United Nations inspectors to conclude.

    “”All should seek to leverage the consensus among the entire international community, including Russia and Iran, condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and bringing under U.N. oversight the country’s stockpile of such weapons,” he wrote.

  • hempwise

    Your idea Neale comes from finding out and telling the truth so everyone can see whats right there in front of them.Give everyone the information at hand ,nothing changes human behavior faster than the light of public scrutiny.

    We all yearn for the truth ,this is what,s missing in our day to day affairs.The media has to be the first to try as conceivably as possible to report the truth.

  • Contentttt

    A message to Neale Donald Walsch!
    I would like to commend you on maintaining a balanced perspective!

    Yet, the issues and problems that have manifested here on Earth did not begin here on Earth. So the solutions, although they may be realized here on Earth, have to take place in the larger Universe first. Encouraging solutions that are non combative is great! But the old energy patterns playing out and dying in the larger universe will eventually allow human behavior and choices to change and be more balanced.

    Many believe the ill’s of humanity must be cured by humanity. But humanity has been thrown into a revolve door that has been spinning out of control. The old patterns of eon’s of choices are being played out through humanity. Until the revolving door slows down and humanity is capable of getting out of the revolve door fully influenced by the energy patterns created by choices not fully understood when they were made, THEN humanity will begin to see what they could not see or understand before! THEN the possibilities many desire will be possible.

    Even the sleepwalkeer does not know they are sleep walking. So it is with humanity, until they are awakened, all the talking and encouragment will not change their choices. They are not capable of making different choices until the shackles fall off their eyes! To those whom are sleep walking, it is not possible to have a logical conversation with them. They won’t listen and will often believe they know exactly what they are doing and why. So when they can finally awaken,they will begin to see and begin to ask their selves……”What Am I Doing, Why AM I Hurting and Killing Others!”

    Currently only about 1% of the human population is starting to awaken from the deep sleep created by eons and eons of choices before humanity came to Be! The results of the energy shift will take place through humanity, but not because of humanity! Why? Because the issues and disfunction being played out through humanity did not begin with humanity!

    Humanity will not realize a solution, until they are capable of seeing and fully understand the ill effects of the choices most often being made through them are not being made by them. There is a suggestion in the Bible that Jesus once stated: “Forgive them for they know not what they do!” Until the shackles fall off of the eyes of humanity as a collective population, they will not see what they have been doing or hear the or hear the words being shared. When the shackles fall off and humanity can then awaken from their sleep walking stooper, humanity as a whole will then begin to make choices representative of seeing each other as their own Self and that we are ALL ONE!!!

    In the meantime, choose as you choose to choose, encourage and you choose to encourage, but also realize, humanity will awaken 1 at a time for a little while longer! So no matter what anyone promotes or believes is possible, until the winds of change have truly shifted, humanity will not shift into a ready to awaken mode.

    Simply understand, no one on this Earth can shift the time table for the process that is currently taking place! Not a million followers, not a billion followers a one can alter the established time table for awakening to fully begin! Until then what will BE will BE!

    • Kevin Lawrence

      All is happening and will continue to happen exactly as it should. The entire universe and everything in it was created by something much greater than us, what gives us the audacity to think we are really in control of anything.

  • Angus MacLellan

    CWG also states that the most loving thing to do to a despot is to stop him.

    • iamlife iam

      Hi Angus,
      I only have this question for you. A despot creates fear by causing more to fear. Are we any better if we believe we can stop a despot with fear? I don’t think we can stop a despot with the same energy of the despot. We did that for eons. It’s time to try love. Love to you

      • Angus MacLellan

        I ask you this.Is the world a better place after Hitler was stopped or should we have let him murder 12 million instead of 6 million? Love to U as well.

        • Victor

          More questions, about recent events:

          Is Iraq better now than before. Is there stability, freedom, democracy, human rights…?

          Is it so in Libya?

          Afghanistan…?

          Please. come on…!

          • Victor

            A little more…:

            Al Qaida were the bad guys at 9/11 events and Afghanistan…

            Now they are the ´good guys´ in Lybia and Syria?

            Why does US supports Al Qaeda now? Is the ´war on terrorism´ over…?

            Isn´t Al Qaida a terrorist organization now?

            No, they are allies now again (remember that they were created by USA in the 80´s for helping Saddam Hussein (an ally, too) against Iran…

            Oh, History, History, how forgotten you are sometimes…!

          • Victor

            And more:

            How many civillians dead in all these cases: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Pakistan, etc, by western bombings and interventions…?

            These innocent civillians do not matter…?

            Aren´t these killings massacres?

            Oh no! these are just ´collateral damages´, no massacres, no matter how hundreds of thousands these killings are…

            Wouldn´t USA deserve sanctions, punishments, embargos, invasions, or pre-emptive strikes for the Security of the rest of the rest of the world, for employing agent orange, white phosphorus, depleted uraniun, or for providing other chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein or Israel, or for killing thousands of innocent civillians…?

            Isn´t this exactly the very same thing USA is calling for against Syria?

          • Angus MacLellan

            Hi Victor,
            Most of your replies are based on your opinion and not on facts. All that I posted was a simple question regarding a murderous leader who was allowed to murder and gas people to death for years before the world decided to do something. Jewish survivors have stated they knew the world was aware and yet did nothing. I realize you are upset with your government’s record but if there is no response will history not repeat itself again. Until humanity raises itself to a new consciousness, this is the world we have to live in. If as Neale suggests intense prayer is the answer then I am all for it.I will participate even though in his books God states that sometimes we have to be who we are not in order to be who we really are at some point.If you believe that the U.S.has been too hypocritical in the Mideast which is pretty obvious then there is nothing I can say to change your mind because I agree with you. However if chemical weapons are being used in Syria and the world turns away and does nothing because it is too complicated, then the day could come when me and my children could be gassed in our sleep. I believe very few Westerners ever thought an event like 9/11 could take place until we saw it with our own eyes.

            Respectfully

          • iamlife iam

            Angus MacLellan,

            I respect your opinion, yet, you seem to imply that it is America who should respond as the “world.” You write, “Is the world a better place after Hitler was stopped or should we have let him murder 12 million instead of 6 million?” You write “Jewish survivors have stated they knew the world was aware and yet did nothing” You also write, :if America does nothing as a response, will “will history not repeat itself again”? as if America is the only reciprocal ally being affected. America is not the “world.” Yes, we are one, but, not one facet of one can impose sanctions, punishments on another facet without reaping fear upon the land, fear that America is dominant over all other facets. Let “the world” come together as one and respond. Stop assuming America should be the savior of any other nation. The world needs the United Nations to respond.

            You also add this, “if chemical weapons are being used in Syria and the world turns away and does nothing because it is too complicated, then the day could come when me and my children could be gassed in our sleep” Westerners never understood why the Mideast was so bitterly angry, and, now you placing the guilt of not responding with war on Syria on America. It is not us, as a single nation, who can save the world. the world needs to come together and create a working nation that works as one. Let it be the United Nations. that was the purpose of it, when it was envisioned. Let the United Nations decide. Let the United NAtions decide when, if, any sanctions are taken. I personally believe no sanctions should taken. Never should we refrain from sending medical supplies, food, educational tools to lands that are troubled. That’s asking for more trouble. I firmly believe this is not the age of a single savior, not guru, not nation. The world must act as one, and, that means all nations coming at a table to hear Syria talk, and, to respond in love not war,food not bombs. that’s all I have to say. thank you for the dialogue.

            Love to you:

          • Angus MacLellan

            Thank you for the dialogue.God Bless.

          • iamlife iam

            Thank you, love. I know you are one love seeking what’s best for life as love. I hope mankind finds a better way than what mankind has gifted life here on earth as an expression of fear of love. Love to you.

          • Victor

            Opinions? Please…!

            The agent orange in Vietnam is an opinion,,,?

            The set up and lies of Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is an opinion…?

            ´Humanitarian bombings´ in Libya is an opinion…?

            The killing of thousands of innocent civillians with ´intelligent´ missiles and/or drones, etc., is an opinion…?

            Etc.

            What is really NOT a fact is that Assad government used chemical weapons agains civillinas. IN FACT, nor the NATO, nor the UK can join USA because of that. There is no conclusive evidence nor proofs…

            But in case, just in case that it was true that Sirian government did that, the point is that you can not:

            – Protect civillians killing civillians
            – To end the conflict with bombs
            – Support terrorism (Al Qaida, etc.) in the name of ´war on terrorism´
            – Etc.

            This is just stupid and nonsense, and this last thing, yes, this is indeed my oppinion…

          • iamlife iam

            amen, Victor. We’re not going to create peace with war. love to you <3 <3 <3

          • Anthony Palombo

            I resonate with your thinking, Guest. Similar to the physical body’s immune response against pathogens, cancer and free radicals, the Body of Humanity – and we are One Body – has a natural immune response against the likes of Assad and other brutal dictators who kill cells in the Body for political gain and power. My question is: what nation(s) is/are willing to allow the Body’s immune system to work through it/them? Is it only America this time? It seems that fear of consequences is shutting down the Body’s immune response.

          • Victor

            In such way of reasoning, we´d have to ask: Who will allow the USA to continue being the terminal cancer of this world?

            A Corporative-Imperial-Tiranny that has created so much destruction and death around the world and in his own soil, for so much long time…?

            Does the rest of the world would have to make a coalition for a ´preemptive strike´, a ´preventive strike´, or a defensive strike against such huge threat to world peace…?

            Answer that first…

          • Anthony Palombo

            We in America have our sins to repent of. It is not my perception or opinion that America if the “terminal cancer of this world,” as you judge it to be. Corporate greed will bring the corporate world to its knees and demise, both here and in the world. Being out of harmony with the Universal Law of Love, it was defeated before it got started. You apparently hate the USA with a passion. Are you an American citizen?

          • Victor

            I said: “in such way of reasoning”, I mean, your way of reasoning…

            For many people in the world, above all, those who have been invaded, bombed, etc., you can bet that´s the majority opinion… That USA is a terrible “pathogen” that must get an “immune response”…

            Of course, naive, disinformed or brainwashed people always make the ingenuous question: “Why do they hate us”. And of course, don´t get the real answers, but the manufactured ones: “envy”, etc…

            Yes, I´m american. But you don´t have to be american to understand what happens inside and outside of the USA a long, long time ago.

            I reccomend you read the article above “US revealed as enemy of the world”. You´ll get some clues…

          • Anthony Palombo

            I would read it, but don’t see the link to it.

          • Victor

            Ok, I´ll copy it here for you:

            US revealed as enemy of world.

            by Finian Cunningham

            The United States of
            America stands exposed in the eyes of the entire world as the number-one
            terrorist threat to the future of humanity. Many have known this fact
            already, but now it is universally clear.

            As the US prepares to launch an overt war on Syria (the covert war
            has been raging for 30 months), the vast majority of humanity can
            finally see through all its decades of pretense and conceit as the
            world’s model of democracy and international law. And what they see is
            the ugly opposite. The US is a terrorist state that holds international
            law, democracy and human rights in utter contempt. It is ready, as it
            always has been, to kill countless civilians for its selfish political
            ambitions. That is the conventional definition of “terrorism”.

            Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a profound point recently
            when he said that his country has faced aggression for more than two
            years, but only now is the real enemy revealing itself – the US and its
            minions. But the US terrorist state is not just being called out over
            Syria. It is being revealed as the enemy to the entire world.

            From past wars in the Caribbean, Central America, Philippines,
            Vietnam and Indochina, through coups and covert ops in Iran, Iraq,
            Africa, to recent killing fields in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and
            Somalia, the historical picture is now complete. All these conflicts and
            many more – too many to mention here – integrate into one indisputable
            truth. The US is the world’s biggest terror state. If it is not dealt
            with definitely, then the future of the world is in peril more than
            ever.

            In previous crimes of aggression, the US ruling elite could invoke
            the spurious cover of “a coalition of the willing”, or the abused
            authority of the United Nations or NATO. It was able to do that through
            deployment of lies, fabrications and a supine mass media that would lend
            credibility to the mendacity. Now, thanks to alternative, critical
            media and instant global communications, the American lies don’t work
            any longer. In an instant, they are exposed; just like the attempt in
            the last few hours of US Secretary of State John to frame up Syria over
            alleged chemical weapons use.

            The New York Times, BBC and the usual Western media mouthpieces for
            imperialist propaganda dutifully facilitated Kerry and his US state
            terrorism with bombastic, important-sounding headlines: “Kerry lays out
            evidence against Syria”. There was hardly a critical question raised,
            even though there are grounds for dozens such questions. Years ago, that
            kind of herd-think might have been enough to buy the US warmongers
            enough time to launch a war – but not any more. Within minutes of
            Kerry’s supposedly definitive condemnation, statements, articles, tweets
            and blogs were pulling the charade asunder, showing that apart from
            Western-media-amplified bombast, Kerry was not saying anything of value.
            It was just another risible repetition of earlier hyperbole and empty
            rhetoric. Or in short, lies.

            The people of the world have reached a critical mass of intolerance
            towards the rogue terror states of the US, Britain, France, Israel and a
            few other accomplices. We have watched their relentless mass murder and
            exploitation of fellow humans in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We
            have witnessed how this tiny group of state terrorists imposes on the
            vast majority of humanity their vile criminality and in the process then
            insult us with grotesque lies and justifications. We have seen how
            these rogue states have stolen land, poisoned people’s water, burnt
            their crops, dispossessed their homes, assassinated families with aerial
            drones and ground drones in the form of death squads. They have
            committed all these shocking crimes with lies and impunity to the point
            where now these state terrorists are operating in more than one country
            simultaneously in a permanent state of relentless war, pushing the very
            future of humanity to the brink.

            However, despite this lawlessness and gangsterism, the people of the world are fighting back.

            This week the British parliament voted against the London
            government’s arrogance to provide its usual criminal special
            relationship to the Americans. In the execution of past war crimes in
            Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – to mention a few – Washington could rely
            on the trusty British imperialists to give a veneer of “coalition of the
            willing”. British premier David Cameron’s plans to repeat the
            criminality by backing Washington’s plans to bomb Syria were dealt a
            crushing blow by the British parliament voting against any such military
            action. Cameron was forced to withdraw. The vote in the British
            parliament is not so much a sign of ethics among Britain’s political
            class. It is

            more a reflection of the global awakening among ordinary citizens that this insane state terrorism must stop.

            The French government has also backed off earlier bellicose bravado,
            with French President Francois Hollande belatedly calling for a
            “peaceful, political solution” over the Syrian crisis. Even Washington’s
            reliable Canadian puppet Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that
            his country will not be getting involved military in Syria. It is also
            reported that 10 members of the NATO alliance – one-third of the total –
            are not willing to support American strikes. This latter grouping
            comprises the usual minions of the US. And we haven’t even yet
            acknowledged the more strident opponents, such as Russia, China, Iran
            and the majority of nations elsewhere in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

            The people of the world have had it with elite Western rulers acting
            as terrorists who are holding humanity to ransom. The rulers are
            presiding not only over military terrorism. They are inflicting
            economic, social and ecological terrorism with their bankrupt capitalist
            smash-and-grab system. That system has reached the point of meltdown
            and that is why we are being pushed into relentless wars – in order for
            the rulers and their politician puppets to corner the remaining
            resources. The ultimate solution to end the wars is for the people to
            overthrow the economic system that US and Western elite rulers preside
            over. The insane criminality of the US rulers over Syria is exposing
            this historic challenge facing humanity.

            After the British parliamentary setback the US Secretary of Defense
            Chuck Hagel said: “Our approach is to continue to find an international
            coalition that will act together. It is the goal of President Obama and
            our government… whatever decision is taken, that it be an
            international collaboration and effort.”

            Can you believe how ridiculous these American puppets sound? What
            the deluded Americans do not seem to realize is that they are on their
            own. The only entities willing to support their aggression on Syria is
            Saudi Arabia and Israel. So, how’s that for credibility? The only
            support Washington can muster is from a feudal, sword-wielding,
            head-chopping regime and a criminal pariah genocidal state. Coalition of
            the Willing? More like Coalition of the Killing.

            FC/SL

          • Anthony Palombo

            Victor
            Ok, I´ll copy it here for you:

            US revealed as enemy of world.

            by Finian Cunningham

            The United States of
            America stands exposed in the eyes of the entire world as the number-one terrorist threat to the future of humanity. Many have known this fact already, but now it is universally clear.

            As the US prepares to launch an overt war on Syria (the covert war
            has been raging for 30 months), the vast majority of humanity can finally see through all its decades of pretense and conceit as the world’s model of democracy and international law. And what they see is the ugly opposite. The US is a terrorist state that holds international law, democracy and human rights in utter contempt. It is ready, as it always has been, to kill countless civilians for its selfish political ambitions. That is the conventional definition of “terrorism”.

            Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a profound point recently
            when he said that his country has faced aggression for more than two years, but only now is the real enemy revealing itself – the US and its minions. But the US terrorist state is not just being called out over Syria. It is being revealed as the enemy to the entire world.

            From past wars in the Caribbean, Central America, Philippines,
            Vietnam and Indochina, through coups and covert ops in Iran, Iraq, Africa, to recent killing fields in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, the historical picture is now complete. All these conflicts and many more – too many to mention here – integrate into one indisputable truth. The US is the world’s biggest terror state. If it is not dealt with definitely, then the future of the world is in peril more than ever.

            In previous crimes of aggression, the US ruling elite could invoke
            the spurious cover of “a coalition of the willing”, or the abused authority of the United Nations or NATO. It was able to do that through deployment of lies, fabrications and a supine mass media that would lend credibility to the mendacity. Now, thanks to alternative, critical media and instant global communications, the American lies don’t work any longer. In an instant, they are exposed; just like the attempt in the last few hours of US Secretary of State John to frame up Syria over alleged chemical weapons use.

            The New York Times, BBC and the usual Western media mouthpieces for imperialist propaganda dutifully facilitated Kerry and his US state terrorism with bombastic, important-sounding headlines: “Kerry lays out evidence against Syria”. There was hardly a critical question raised, even though there are grounds for dozens such questions. Years ago, that kind of herd-think might have been enough to buy the US warmongers enough time to launch a war – but not any more. Within minutes of Kerry’s supposedly definitive condemnation, statements, articles, tweets and blogs were pulling the charade asunder, showing that apart from Western-media-amplified bombast, Kerry was not saying anything of value. It was just another ri sible repetition of earlier hyperbole and empty rhetoric. Or in short, lies.

            The people of the world have reached a critical mass of intolerance towards the rogue terror states of the US, Britain, France, Israel and a few other accomplices. We have watched their relentless mass murder and exploitation of fellow humans in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We have witnessed how this tiny group of state terrorists imposes on the vast majority of humanity their vile criminality and in the process then insult us with grotesque lies and justifications. We have seen how these rogue states have stolen land, poisoned people’s water, burnt their crops, dispossessed their homes, assassinated families with aerial drones and ground drones in the form of death squads. They have committed all these shocking crimes with lies and impunity to the point where now these state terrorists are operating in more than one country simultaneously in a permanent state of relentless war, pushing the very future of humanity to the brink.

            However, despite this lawlessness and gangsterism, the people of the world are fighting back.
            This week the British parliament voted against the London
            government’s arrogance to provide its usual criminal special relationship to the Americans. In the execution of past war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – to mention a few – Washington could rely on the trusty British imperialists to give a veneer of “coalition of the willing”. British premier David Cameron’s plans to repeat the criminality by backing Washington’s plans to bomb Syria were dealt a crushing blow by the British parliament voting against any such military action. Cameron was forced to withdraw. The vote in the British parliament is not so much a sign of ethics among Britain’s political class. It is

            more a reflection of the global awakening among ordinary citizens that this insane state terrorism must stop.
            The French government has also backed off earlier bellicose bravado, with French President Francois Hollande belatedly calling for a “peaceful, political solution” over the Syrian crisis. Even Washington’s reliable Canadian puppet Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that his country will not be getting involved military in Syria. It is also reported that 10 members of the NATO alliance – one-third of the total – are not willing to support American strikes. This latter grouping comprises the usual minions of the US. And we haven’t even yet acknowledged the more strident opponents, such as Russia, China, Iran and the majority of nations elsewhere in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
            The people of the world have had it with elite Western rulers acting as terrorists who are holding humanity to ransom. The rulers are presiding not only over military terrorism. They are inflicting economic, social and ecological terrorism with their bankrupt capitalist smash-and-grab system. That system has reached the point of meltdown and that is why we are being pushed into relentless wars – in order for the rulers and their politician puppets to corner the remaining resources. The ultimate solution to end the wars is for the people to overthrow the economic system that US and Western elite rulers preside over. The insane criminality of the US rulers over Syria is exposing this historic challenge facing humanity.

            After the British parliamentary setback the US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said: “Our approach is to continue to find an international coalition that will act together. It is the goal of President Obama and our government… whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort.”

            Can you believe how ridiculous these American puppets sound? What
            the deluded Americans do not seem to realize is that they are on their own. The only entities willing to support their aggression on Syria is Saudi Arabia and Israel. So, how’s that for credibility? The only support Washington can muster is from a feudal, sword-wielding, head-chopping regime and a criminal pariah genocidal state. Coalition of the Willing? More like Coalition of the Killing.

  • Victor

    Thank you Neale, you´re very brave, just for daring to say such a thing…

    Of course, I don´t agree with these allegations, as the UN, the British Parliament, or even the NATO, that did intervene with the same pretexts and methods in Libya; now don´t agree neither…

    This is another, ANOTHER case of a ´False Flag Operation´, in the very same format than the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Iraq, or “Gadafi bombing his own people”, or “the Gulf of Tonkin attacks”, etc., that also were “incontrovertible evidence which has been gathered and placed before the world”. Even more incontrovertible yet than now, when there are very serious doubts about the credibility of USA and his allies in these matters, and more than reasonable doubts about these alleged evidences or proofs…

    Nevertheless, a Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that “Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria’s government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed.”

    Of course, again this nothing has to do with respect to public opinion, human rights, “the responsability to protect”, freedom, Democracy, or humanitarian crisis. This is just another case of dominion, hegemony, oil, gas, and strategic geopolitics for controlling Iran, Russia and China. And of course, for putting on the dollar making machine: WAR. In an economy as the US economy that in times of crisis always looks for a war anywhere and sets any false pretexts that it needs for it.

    By the way, the Syrian Government has responded ALREADY these declarations by Sen. Kerry, as has always responded all the accusations in these days, and months, of course, rejecting the validity of these ´proofs´, and solicitating to the UN that comes to the territories in question for making appropiate research. In doing so, US spokesmen as Kerry have said: “it´s too late for an investigation”. But now he says he does have ´incontrovertible evidence´. Who can believe these guys…?

    But anyway, again, thank you for daring to say a different thing than mainstream course, though you´re apparently swallowing part of that mainstream course…

    • Victor

      John Kerry, Obama, etc. say:

      “The use of chemical wapons is a moral obscenity”.

      ´Except when we do it´, forgot to say…

      The U.S. used agent orange in Vietnam.

      The U.S. used white phosphorus in Iraq.

      The U.S. used depleted uranium in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      Etc.

      I haven´t seen yet UN sanctions, preemptive strikes, humanitarian bombings or any political, economical, or military punishments against the US…

      • iamlife iam

        My God, Victor, when you look at it in print, it’s appalling. I am not this for the world. I just am not. I can’t speak for all Americans, but, I didn’t know all this. I knew about Agent Orange, only because my father was there in Vietnam and was ill from it. I am not here to give any human any form of chemical weapon or any other weapon. I don’t even think we need weapons. Do we? Do we really need guns? I don’t understand the policy that says let’s curtail guns, so there will be less violence, yet, let’s contemplate dropping bombs on another nation. I don’t get that. I just don’t. Love to you

        • Victor

          Yes dear Iamlife, but this is how it is right now…

          Hear Obama:

          “We are the United States of America, and we cannot and must not turn a blind eye… we cannot turn away from the massacre of countless civilians… or dictatorships”…

          ´Except when do it´. Except when they are OUR massacres of countless civilians, or OUR dictatorships´. forgot to say…

          ´Then we WILL turn a blind eye AND turn away…´

          Love, Truth. All what we need.

          • iamlife iam

            hmmm I don’t know, Victor. I don’t think we have to just sit back, as if we don’t have a choice. We do believe in choice. That’s one thing America can say about Americans. We believe we have choice. Perhaps, we forgot it, but, it’s time to stand up and reclaim it. I challenge all lovers of life to stand up and write a letter to Mr. President. Just google search it. There is a website which is the government’s website, where all Americans can voice their opinions about everything on their minds. If ever we needed to come forth and voice a no vote by common vote of the people the government is meaning to protect, it is now. Right now, we are being called to voice our opinions. I am writing mine and I am mailing it. I am hoping all reading my message will think about doing it, too. Mine is for my son. I want to give him peace, and, that’s all it took for me to put my hand to that paper. Love to all

      • Ahmed

        Israel used white phosphorus on the Palestinians.

        • Victor

          Of course!

          The principal ally of USA in the region.

  • Michael L

    A call to transparency is always wonderful in my book.
    A call to feel guilty doesn’t quite work for me.
    When you are given a mess, sometimes you have to just take the mop and clean it up.
    I would say without killings.
    Unless this is exactly what we all want. More upheavals in the middle east.

    In any argument , it could start peacefully, but the more you disagree and throw out escalating words the closer you get to a point of no return for violence. Just look at your children’s dynamics as they were growing up. One little slap became an escalating brawl.

    We waited to long, in fact mankind always waits to long.

  • Erica Bates

    Yes. They need to ask those questions. To start the Conversation and encourage transparency. Spot on Neale.

    Will join in at 9 am Pacific time . Thanks for this initiative. Have shared it through my networks. We, the people, do have the power to influence our leaders and focussed energy together at the one time must help.

  • Erin

    And let s/he who has not used chemical weaponry upon their own people launch the first missile of attack!

    That negates just about Every One, Everywhere, Earth, 2013. I doubt the verrry few that fall into the other-wise category would push a button that would then negate them as well.

    I, for one, admit that I am negated. Today, I Am more mindful, but yesterday I have to claim responsibility for the poisonings of airs, waters, soils, & many bodies of life, including my own. Did I use the chemicals in my grasp as weapons? No! They were cleaners, food stuffs, fuels…lifestyle products of my time of ignorance. No matter!!! I caused harm nonetheless! And my previous consumerism has funded continuance for much time to come. “Forgive me, for I knew not what I was doing.”

    However, I do now…though, it is a constant rediscovery & redefine process…The best one can do is be wiser of their next moment away from ignoring one’s beingness. And this I strive toward…wiser beingness…every single moment henceforth. With this understanding, no matter if of individual or community or country, I would have to offer the same option to change without persecution as was provided to me…as is freely given to the many also adjusting their lifestyles beyond their previous blindsightedness…the opt to become of wisdom through experience. To me, this is expanding of Love. And what a perfect opportunity to express such expansion…”To give peace a chance”…Perhaps?

    We shall soon See, won’t We? Blessings, Syrian leaders…I wish you Wisdom of your next moments.

    • Ahmed

      Erin, the UN said it’s the opposition, funded by the US, who used the gas or chemical or whatever it was.

      • Aino Vesanen

        If you refer to the Swiss TV interview with Carla del Ponte (at BBC with a headline “UN’s Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels ‘used sarin”), it is very relevant to mention that that piece of news was published 6th May 13 and not the recent huge attack. A fact which of course doesn’t make it less grave that chemical weapons might have been used before also by some rebels, but matters when we talk about the massive attack which killed nearly 2000 people.

  • Gary Eby

    Time to stop the culture of violence. We can find peaceful solutions to all problems. Let’s suggest to President Obama that we put Assad on trial at the World Court for war crimes. Let the World speak its Word. The US should not be judge, jury, and executioner too.

    • Ahmed

      Gary, almost ALL westerners who visit the Arab world find out the true story of the “violence in the Middle East” BS. All instigated by the Israeli occupation of a land that isn’t there’s alone. Palestine was there when it all started with the Balfour Declaration in 1917. This land is all Christian, Moslem and Jewish. Let’s end this for humanity’s sake. You Americans have a big task to take, coz your Congress is controlled by the extremist Zionists and Zionist-affiliated AIPAC who don’t want peace, but want the land, at any cost. That cost could mean American lives. They don’t care. They killed Jews in Iraq, Morocco and Egypt before to push them to immigrate to “the promised land”. So much for peace.

      • Gary Eby

        Ahmed: I am honored by your response. It’s long overdue to stop the violence as a means to any end. We are all One regardless of race, creed, religion, or and other kind of diversity. The US must stop being the “policeman.” The World needs to step up and say that the use of chemical weapons and any form of mass genocide are war crimes that will result in going to trial in the World Court. Peace and Light….Gary.

        • Ahmed

          Peace! I really don’t know what we can do here in our neck of the woods to help you all help us! In Egypt today, we are fighting the muslim extremist terrorists that Obama has given billions to. And ofcourse they call it a coup coz they DON’T want Egypt to settle and grow into the great nation it once was. The “security of Israel” lie is so infiltrated into America using Jewish media… what we actually call “Zionist” media because we Muslims actually believe in Judaism and believe Jews are good people and we have Jews living in Egypt just as for decades ago.. we believe in Judaism just as we believe in Islam and Christianity (for God’s sake half my girlfriends were Christian :)) and that’s exactly what your media keeps wanting you in the States to believe, that we want to kill Jews and all this crap!!! WE WANT PEACE AND WE’RE TIRED.

  • Julie Montinieri

    Can this message be sent to congress and administration?

    • IamThatIam

      According to Snowden they are reading it 😉

  • Victor

    A bit of awareness… Published in PressTV. A must-read:

    US revealed as enemy of world.

    by Finian Cunningham

    The United States of America stands exposed in the eyes of the entire world as the number-one terrorist threat to the future of humanity. Many have known this fact
    already, but now it is universally clear.

    As the US prepares to launch an overt war on Syria (the covert war
    has been raging for 30 months), the vast majority of humanity can
    finally see through all its decades of pretense and conceit as the
    world’s model of democracy and international law. And what they see is
    the ugly opposite. The US is a terrorist state that holds international
    law, democracy and human rights in utter contempt. It is ready, as it
    always has been, to kill countless civilians for its selfish political
    ambitions. That is the conventional definition of “terrorism”.

    Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a profound point recently
    when he said that his country has faced aggression for more than two
    years, but only now is the real enemy revealing itself – the US and its
    minions. But the US terrorist state is not just being called out over
    Syria. It is being revealed as the enemy to the entire world.

    From past wars in the Caribbean, Central America, Philippines,
    Vietnam and Indochina, through coups and covert ops in Iran, Iraq,
    Africa, to recent killing fields in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and
    Somalia, the historical picture is now complete. All these conflicts and
    many more – too many to mention here – integrate into one indisputable
    truth. The US is the world’s biggest terror state. If it is not dealt
    with definitely, then the future of the world is in peril more than
    ever.

    In previous crimes of aggression, the US ruling elite could invoke
    the spurious cover of “a coalition of the willing”, or the abused
    authority of the United Nations or NATO. It was able to do that through
    deployment of lies, fabrications and a supine mass media that would lend
    credibility to the mendacity. Now, thanks to alternative, critical
    media and instant global communications, the American lies don’t work
    any longer. In an instant, they are exposed; just like the attempt in
    the last few hours of US Secretary of State John to frame up Syria over
    alleged chemical weapons use.

    The New York Times, BBC and the usual Western media mouthpieces for
    imperialist propaganda dutifully facilitated Kerry and his US state
    terrorism with bombastic, important-sounding headlines: “Kerry lays out
    evidence against Syria”. There was hardly a critical question raised,
    even though there are grounds for dozens such questions. Years ago, that
    kind of herd-think might have been enough to buy the US warmongers
    enough time to launch a war – but not any more. Within minutes of
    Kerry’s supposedly definitive condemnation, statements, articles, tweets
    and blogs were pulling the charade asunder, showing that apart from
    Western-media-amplified bombast, Kerry was not saying anything of value.
    It was just another risible repetition of earlier hyperbole and empty
    rhetoric. Or in short, lies.

    The people of the world have reached a critical mass of intolerance
    towards the rogue terror states of the US, Britain, France, Israel and a
    few other accomplices. We have watched their relentless mass murder and
    exploitation of fellow humans in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We
    have witnessed how this tiny group of state terrorists imposes on the
    vast majority of humanity their vile criminality and in the process then
    insult us with grotesque lies and justifications. We have seen how
    these rogue states have stolen land, poisoned people’s water, burnt
    their crops, dispossessed their homes, assassinated families with aerial
    drones and ground drones in the form of death squads. They have
    committed all these shocking crimes with lies and impunity to the point
    where now these state terrorists are operating in more than one country
    simultaneously in a permanent state of relentless war, pushing the very
    future of humanity to the brink.

    However, despite this lawlessness and gangsterism, the people of the world are fighting back.

    This week the British parliament voted against the London
    government’s arrogance to provide its usual criminal special
    relationship to the Americans. In the execution of past war crimes in
    Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – to mention a few – Washington could rely
    on the trusty British imperialists to give a veneer of “coalition of the
    willing”. British premier David Cameron’s plans to repeat the
    criminality by backing Washington’s plans to bomb Syria were dealt a
    crushing blow by the British parliament voting against any such military
    action. Cameron was forced to withdraw. The vote in the British
    parliament is not so much a sign of ethics among Britain’s political
    class. It is more a reflection of the global awakening among ordinary citizens that this insane state terrorism must stop.

    The French government has also backed off earlier bellicose bravado,
    with French President Francois Hollande belatedly calling for a
    “peaceful, political solution” over the Syrian crisis. Even Washington’s
    reliable Canadian puppet Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that
    his country will not be getting involved military in Syria. It is also
    reported that 10 members of the NATO alliance – one-third of the total –
    are not willing to support American strikes. This latter grouping
    comprises the usual minions of the US. And we haven’t even yet
    acknowledged the more strident opponents, such as Russia, China, Iran
    and the majority of nations elsewhere in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

    The people of the world have had it with elite Western rulers acting
    as terrorists who are holding humanity to ransom. The rulers are
    presiding not only over military terrorism. They are inflicting
    economic, social and ecological terrorism with their bankrupt capitalist
    smash-and-grab system. That system has reached the point of meltdown
    and that is why we are being pushed into relentless wars – in order for
    the rulers and their politician puppets to corner the remaining
    resources. The ultimate solution to end the wars is for the people to
    overthrow the economic system that US and Western elite rulers preside
    over. The insane criminality of the US rulers over Syria is exposing
    this historic challenge facing humanity.

    After the British parliamentary setback the US Secretary of Defense
    Chuck Hagel said: “Our approach is to continue to find an international
    coalition that will act together. It is the goal of President Obama and
    our government… whatever decision is taken, that it be an
    international collaboration and effort.”

    Can you believe how ridiculous these American puppets sound? What
    the deluded Americans do not seem to realize is that they are on their
    own. The only entities willing to support their aggression on Syria is
    Saudi Arabia and Israel. So, how’s that for credibility? The only
    support Washington can muster is from a feudal, sword-wielding,
    head-chopping regime and a criminal pariah genocidal state. Coalition of
    the Willing? More like Coalition of the Killing.

  • Ahmed

    While “The U.S. says it has incontrovertible evidence that the chemical weapons attack that recently killed hundreds of men, women, and children in Syria was conducted by the military of the Assad regime”, the UN says it’s the opposition, funded by the US, that did it. Oh, here’s a hint for the real reason this is happening… read about The Protocols of Zion, Illuminati, World Government, “from the Nile to the Euphrates…

    • NealeDonaldWalsch

      I’m sorry, Ahmed, I cannot let that stand. While I do not support U.S. military strikes in Syria, I cannot allow you to say that the U.N. said that this latest use of chemical weapons in Syria was perpetrated by the opposition to the Assad regime, funded by the U.S. Unless I am mistaken, the U.N. has said no such thing regarding this latest attack on Aug 21 that reportedly killed nearly 1,500 people. I believe you are referring to a U.N. report of some earlier incident. Can you cite the U.N. statement to which you are referring here? It is important to be absolutely accurate here. As far as I have heard as of this date (Sun Sept 1-12 noon pst) the U.N. has issued no such statement about the Aug 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria. Please correct me if I am wrong, and please correct yourself if you are.

      • politics

        Neale,

        Have you asked yourself this question?

        Who has the most to gain by using chemical weapons? Then ask, when does logic perform it’s duty to provide clear evidence?

        Think about it…

        • NealeDonaldWalsch

          My question was simply this: Did the U.N. issue a statement saying that the opposition to the Assad regime was responsible for using chemical weapons in the Aug. 21 attack, funded by the U.S.? That is all I asked. Once again, let me be clear: I am deeply opposed to a military intervention in Syria by the United States. But I am also deeply opposed to misinformation. Ahmed, above, made a statement that I believe to be categorically untrue. If I am wrong, please tell me. If Ahmed is wrong, I believe he should acknowledge it and retract the statement. It’s really as simple as that.

          • politics

            Neale,

            This is the first time you have replied to one of my post’s, Thanks.
            Now I know how to get a response from you.

            I also understand where you are coming from in your discussion with Ahmed, but you have not answered my questions. Why?

            This is not about being right or wrong, only well informed. Are you sure that your information is totally accurate? Unless intervention is deemed necessary by a majority of influence from any involved participant’s, then no, I agree with you on any Military action.

            If you disagree with my questions being relevant to this particular topic, then perhaps maybe we have just uncovered the biggest contribution to War.

      • Ahmed

        UN’s Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels ‘used sarin’

        Carla Del Ponte: “I was a little bit stupefied by the first indication of the use of nerve gas by the opposition”

        Continue reading the main story

        Syria conflict

        Damascus on edge

        Awkward timing

        France backs US

        Britain’s status

        Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests rebels have used the nerve agent, sarin, a leading member of a UN commission of inquiry has said.

        Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.

        Ms Del Ponte did not rule out the possibility that government forces might also have used chemical weapons.

        Later, the commission stressed that it had “not reached conclusive findings” as to their use by any parties.

        “As a result, the commission is not in a position to further comment on the allegations at this time,” a statement added.

        The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the statement was terse and shows that the UN was taken by surprise at Ms Del Ponte’s remarks.

        The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria was established in August 2011 to examine alleged violations of human rights in the Syrian uprising. It is due to issue its latest report next month.

        ‘Unsupported’

        In an interview with Swiss-Italian TV on Sunday, Ms Del Ponte, who serves as a commissioner on the panel, said: “Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals.

        Continue reading the main story

        Analysis

        Bridget KendallDiplomatic correspondent, BBC News

        This is not the first time rebel forces in Syria have come under suspicion for using chemical weapons.

        The Syrian government has accused them, and some independent commentators have speculated some groups could conceivably have got hold of stocks when storming government facilities.

        But allegations about sarin nerve agent use, possibly by Syrian rebels, coming from a senior UN official is a different matter. Carla del Ponte is a former war crimes prosecutor and serves on a UN commission looking into human rights abuses in Syria. So any comments from her carry weight.

        However, this is hardly a formal UN position. She was speaking informally in TV and radio interviews, and freely admits that looking at the use of chemical weapons in Syria is not part of her remit.

        All her team did was collect testimony, which they will now, no doubt, pass on to the separate UN team of weapons inspectors waiting in Cyprus for permission to enter Syria to make a full investigation.

        In the meantime her comments are likely to make Western governments even more cautious in their preliminary assessments.

        “According to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated.”

        Sarin, a colourless, odourless liquid or gas which can cause respiratory arrest and death, is classed as a weapon of mass destruction and is banned under international law.

        Ms Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general and prosecutor with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), did not rule out the possibility that troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad might also have used chemical weapons, but said further investigation was needed.

        “I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got… they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition,” she said.

        Ms Del Ponte gave no details of when or where sarin may have been used.

        However, a member of the main Syrian opposition alliance, the National Coalition, denied rebel fighters had done so.

        “The claim is unsupported,” Molham al-Droubi told the Reuters news agency. “There is no objective evidence.”

        US officials also said Washington had no information to suggest Syrian rebels had the capability or intention to use Sarin.

        Continue reading the main story

        “Start Quote

        Signs that world public opinion is being prepared for possible military intervention in the Syrian Arab Republic cause great concern”Alexander LukashevichRussian Foreign Ministry spokesman

        Last week, the US and UK have said their own investigations suggest government forces have used chemical weapons. British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the evidence was quite compelling, but that it would need to be incontrovertible before the case for an international response could be made at the UN.

        On Monday, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said it was deeply concerned by “signs that world public opinion is being prepared for possible military intervention” in Syria.

        On the question of whether chemical weapons had been used, he called for an “end to the politicisation of this issue” and to the “whipping up of an anti-Syrian atmosphere”.

        Ms Del Ponte’s comments might therefore complicate matters for the US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his visit to Moscow this week, says BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall.

        If Mr Kerry was hoping to cite fears that the Assad regime was now using chemical warfare as a reason why the Russians should shift their position, that argument will not be so easy to make, our correspondent adds.

        Mutual accusations

        Continue reading the main story

        What is Sarin?

        One of a group of nerve agents invented by German scientists as part of Hitler’s preparations for World War II

        Huge secret stockpiles built up by superpowers during Cold War

        20 times more deadly than cyanide: A drop the size of a pin-head can kill a person

        Called “the poor man’s atomic bomb” due to large number of people that can be killed by a small amount

        Kills by crippling the nervous system through blocking the action of an enzyme

        Can only be manufactured in a laboratory

        Very dangerous to manufacture

        Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile

        A separate United Nations team was established to look specifically into the issue of chemical weapons.

        It is ready to go to Syria but wants unconditional access with the right to inquire into all credible allegations.

        Both the Syrian government and the rebels have in the past accused each other using chemical weapons.

        The US and the UK have said there is emerging evidence of Syrian government forces having used sarin, with Washington saying it had “varying degrees of confidence” that chemical weapons had been deployed.

        President Barack Obama called in April for a “vigorous investigation”, saying the use of such weapons would be a “game changer” if verified.

        President Assad’s government says the claims do not have any credibility, denouncing them as “lies”.

        Israeli raids

        Ms Del Ponte’s allegations concerning the use of sarin by rebels came after Israel carried out a series of air strikes on Syrian military targets early on Sunday.

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        Israel, whether intentionally or not, has made itself a perceived ally of the Syrian rebels”Haaretz newspaper, Israel

        Regional press worry at Israeli strikes

        The Israeli government made no official comment, but security sources said the strikes were aimed at preventing the transfer of advanced Iranian-made missiles to Lebanon’s Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah.

        The Syrian government said the Jamraya military research centre, north-west of Damascus, was hit.

        A later statement gave more details, saying military positions in the Jamraya area were struck along with other facilities at Maysaloun, near the Lebanese border, and a military airport at Dimass.

        The statement said there was massive damage at those locations and nearby civilian areas with many people killed or injured. It also denied that the targets had included missiles for Hezbollah.

        Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad said the Israeli air strikes amounted to a “declaration of war” and threatened retaliation.

        The New York Times quotes an unnamed senior Syrian official as saying dozens of elite troops stationed near the presidential palace had been killed. The AFP news agency quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, as saying 42 soldiers had died and another 100 were unaccounted for.

        Images on state TV showed large areas of rubble with many buildings destroyed or badly damaged.

        Syria said the latest Israeli air strikes hit three locations

        The Arab League condemned the raids and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern.

        He said all sides should “exercise maximum calm and restraint” and “act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict”.

        Russia’s foreign ministry warned that the “further whipping-up of armed confrontation” sharply increased the risk of “pockets of tension” in Syria and Lebanon, and along their shared border.

  • Contentttt

    When the Un-United States had it’s civil war, no other country came in and said….”You cannot fight among yourselves!”

    So who annointed or appointed the US as police enforcer for the rest of the world and humanity! The US leaders, temporary only, can see the speck in the eyes of the rest of the world, but cannot see the log jam in their own!

    When the US within it’s border’s are a totally unified people without it’s own problems or issues and stuggles and ruthlessness, then the rest of the world will say….”The US has walked the talk!” Until then the US has NO CREDIBILITY AT ALL to attempt to tell another what they should or should not do, how they should or should not act!

    Get off your HIGH HORSE and deal with your own issues first, then other’s will begin to listen!! Until then Democracy is just a lot of HOT AIR, with it’s own problems and issues unresolved!!

    And no amount of prayer for 10 minutes or for 10 hour or for 10 days is going to change what has developed over hundreds and thousands of years, “GOVERNMENTAL SELF RIGHTEOUS AROGANCE!” Pharaohs, Kings, Monarch’s, Prime Ministers, Pope’s, Dictator’s, Emporer’s, Czar’s, President’s have created and “Energy Pattern” of “GOVERNMENTAL SELF RIGHTEOUS AROGANCE”, based on personal perspectives and personal objectives! That energy patterns is still ALIVE and thriving today!!

    Everything else is in the details of the choices made or yet to be made!!
    It is pretty simple really! Until the pattern changes, the choices will be the same!
    “Self Proclaimed Entitlement”!!

    • Contentttt

      Oh yeah, I neglected to include Religious Leader’s, and Parents!

  • Victor

    To consider… :

    The Banality of Empire

    by JASON HIRTHLER

    You have to ask: does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have a
    death wish, launching a chemical attack within miles of a U.N. chemical
    inspection team? He must. Like those cloistered mullahs in Qom, whom
    Zionist sage Benjamin Netanyahu claims would fire a nuclear warhead at
    Tel Aviv the moment one fell into their hands, a mere fait accompli.
    Even though Iran would be instantly vaporized by American WMDs. Even
    though all those coiling spires would turn to dust. Because, as Bibi
    makes clear, you have to set aside the survival instinct when you’re
    dealing with madmen.

    Framing the Enemy

    Assad, of that nefarious Alawite sect, must have similar dementia,
    since according to the Obama administration he launched a chemical
    weapons attack on Syrian “rebels” in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, at
    perhaps the most ill-advised moment in the two-year conflict. A moment
    when Assad had just welcomed United Nations chemical weapons inspectors
    into his country to see whether accusations of a May chemical attack
    were true. The latest attack has generated a freshet of rhetorical fraud
    we haven’t seen since the lofty height of the Bush administration, when
    Dick Cheney was touring the Sunday talk shows waving his
    imminent-threat manifesto and sneering uncontrollably at spineless
    pacifists. It’s Iraq all over again. Just like the fabricated charges
    against a fangless Saddam Hussein, Assad awaits the verdict of history—a
    false accusation, a war fever in the West, and then the falling skies.
    There’s no preventing it. Nobody mainstream has bothered to point out
    that Assad would have to be suicidal to launch an attack with inspectors
    in-country, and with the use of chemical weapons being President Barack
    Obama’s vaunted “red line” across which no sovereign Shi’ite government
    can cross.

    Rebels in Desperate Straits

    On the other hand, there are plenty of perfectly reasonable pretexts
    by which the so-called “Free Syrian Army” might have launched a chemical
    weapons attack, as they likely did in May, according to Carla Del Ponte of the U.N. and the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. She has now suggested
    the latest attack may have again been launched by the rebels. Despite
    the support of al-Qaeda and their al-Nusra Front affiliates, who each
    want Assad gone for very different reasons, this mercenary melting pot
    has been ceding territory to Syrian government forces at an alarming
    rate in recent months. It would behoove them to stage a chemical attack
    that the Americans could quickly attribute to the Assad regime, and
    begin fueling the drones and launching destroyers. Otherwise, the
    government might subdue all the factions ranged against it, consolidate
    its power, and be that much more difficult to unseat. Better to conjure a
    crossed line from the dust of civil, sectarian, and proxy strife.
    Baseless accusations can then issue from the White House lawn, being
    loudly seconded in Tel Aviv, where lawmakers have just rubberstamped
    another bank of illegal settlements for prime West Bank real estate,
    while Palestinians refugees in Ramallah are shot in murky dust-ups with
    the IDF. Illegal interventions. Outlawed occupations. Suspect
    crackdowns. World conflicts in miniature are always afoot in the
    Knesset.

    The Bi-Partisan Blueprint

    Regardless of the trigger mechanism, the administration seems intent on pushing through Donald Rumsfeld’s old madcap blueprint
    for the Middle East, which involved toppling the governments of seven
    consecutive countries on the way to unchallenged dominion over Arab and
    Persian fossil fuels. Their eyes are on the prize. The rest is detail.
    It seems to make little difference to the Americans what becomes of
    Syria, only that Assad is overthrown, and the warlord that plants his
    flag atop the wreckage is hostile to Tehran and is willing to viciously
    put down any foolhardy bids for self-determination that might emerge
    from the populace. After all, the U.S. has left a trash bin of fallen
    monuments and blown infrastructures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. If
    the entire Arab world is a flaming midden whose only functional entities
    are oil derricks, what cause for concern is that to our imperial
    chieftains? Let the Islamists slaughter each other on the peripheries of
    the bonfire while we vacuum every ounce of natural gas and petroleum
    from the core of the earth. (One conjures visions of Daniel Day-Lewis in
    There Will Be Blood, mocking his young evangelical rival and shouting, “I drink your milkshake!”)

    Revving Up the Propaganda Machine

    The more controversial actions of state always require a heavy dose
    of cheerleading from the press, the better to manufacture the consent of
    the general population, or at least seed enough doubt to prevent a
    riot. To that end, The New York Times is back in the organ well, lifting its chorus of fearmongering to new heights. The Washington Post is cranking up the shrill calls for intervention. The ‘Situation Room’ is firing on all cylinders. Fox News is delivering
    thumping polemics on how slow-footed Obama is on foreign policy.
    Liberals stare blankly from the sidelines while their “lesser evil” does
    another expert impression of the “greater evil”. Obama channels
    Clinton. Kerry channels Cheney. But this is par for the course;
    justification cometh before the sword. It feels like 2003 again. All we
    need is Judith Miller to surface with a source in the chthonian depths
    of the Assad administration. Or Colin Powell to crack open PowerPoint
    and lift a few hollow tube photos from Google. And for someone to climb
    into the bully pulpit and tell us in mournful tones that yes, yes, we
    must once again wage war on those nomadic savages pitching their tents
    above our God-given bounty.

    Four Steps to War

    What can you expect in the coming days and weeks? Here’s a sneak
    preview. It’s none too surprising, since the formula has been refined
    over decades. Its architects have their names inscribed on the walls of
    the White House, infamy emeritus. The model calls for Obama to undertake
    a series of anti-democratic and pro-war actions that will be
    reformulated as pro-democratic and anti-war:

    * First, he’ll ignore the people that elected him. He’ll
    cite some moral platitude from a posture of deep anxiety—the man of
    peace forced to confront the need for noble violence. His wrinkled brow
    will slowly morph into the steely eyed gaze of determination—the
    defender of liberty come to rescue the hapless Syrian proles. He’ll wave
    a flag of universal human rights, declare that actions have
    consequences, and point a heavy finger at Bashar al-Assad. Just nine percent of the American population want this. But Obama will be too transfixed by his moral crusade to take notice.

    * Next, he’ll ignore Congress. This is the formal equivalent of
    ignoring the people. But unlike laughing off a Reuters poll,
    disregarding the entire legislative branch of government will require
    some nuanced prose from the Department of Justice (DOJ). No problem. For
    the Libyan war, the DOJ asserted
    that the provision of guns, drone strikes, missile launchers, and other
    weaponry didn’t collectively amount to “hostilities.” Hence there was
    no war. Hence no need to bother with Congressional approvals.

    * Feeling more confident by the day, Obama will then ignore the
    United Nations. He and deputy John Kerry have already said it is too late
    for U.N. weapons inspectors in Damascus to investigate the new claim of
    chemical weapons abuse. They offered a smattering of nonsense about
    “corrupted” evidence, despite the fact that sarin can sit in the soil
    for months. In any case, the U.N. could normally be relied upon to roll
    over in the General Assembly and Security Council on war authorization,
    but for the annoying presence of Russia, finger poised above the veto
    button, awaiting for the Obama administration to ask the Security
    Council legitimate its belligerence. Russia, of course, is itself hiding
    behind a façade of shocked innocence, saying it was fooled by America
    on Iraq in 2003 and won’t be fooled again. This, too, is sophistry.

    * Then he’ll bomb. Missiles will be fired from the safety of the
    Mediterranean or the comparative calm of high clouds. The missiles will
    target heavily populated areas in Damascus, much to our great leader’s
    great regret. Images of wailing Muslims will dot the airwaves. NGOs will
    assemble lists of the collateral dead. The refugee count—already at one
    million—will climb toward two. And Syria, part of the cradle of
    civilization, will begin to resemble Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya in
    its kaleidoscopic mix of blasted infrastructures, sectarian slaughter,
    rampant abuse of women, genetic deformities in the birth population,
    and the steady buzz of Predators and Reapers policing the carnage from
    the sky.

    But, in the end, the oil and gas will be ours, and in Washington, that’s all that matters.

  • Anonamo

    Okay, this is great, and I do agree with most of what you are saying, but what about the man who will seek to kill, maim, and destroy because his worldview has blocked out all possibilities of him being reasoned with? What do we do with those people? Are those the kinds of people that are killing innocents in Syria or are they simply being spurred on by a force of the moment, group think type mentality?

    What do you do when you, as a spiritual person, are in a situation in which one group of people is slaughtering hundreds of innocents before your eyes and you have the means to stop them? I guess the ultimate spiritual answer to this question is to disable the murderers without using lethal force (shoot them in the leg or something) and then later on try to figure out what their real motivations are and if they realize what they are doing themselves.

    Perhaps the killers in Syria simply don’t realize what they are doing, but what if they do and their spirits are simply blighted beyond all help a human can render them? To me, I do believe these are the types of individuals who must be dealt with by lethal force but perhaps those individuals are very rare. Certain people have atrophied right down to the point that a direct intervention by God himself is the only thing that will correct them. When a person’s negative mentality has devolved beyond a certain point, their issue becomes one of an entirely different nature.

    The problem in syria and anywhere where genocide is happening is that passions get REALLY enflamed in these conflicts. An original perpetrater kills a man’s family and that man (and his community), being just average people, becomes enraged and tries to kill the murderer. This in turn causes the instigators to defend themselves, killing the man who just lost his family. And the cycle simply continues like that.

    It takes an extraordinary individual to not hate the one who just murdered your whole family before your eyes… and most people are not like that.

    Also, on a slightly different yet somewhat related note, I’d like to offer the observation that the human emotional body is similar to the physical body when it comes to pain. Spiritual teachers like to preach that everyone chooses their response to a situation, but this teaching is an oversimplification of the truth. Certain reactions are automatically programmed into you (for one reason or another) and it takes conscious effort to change those reactions. THERE IS SIMPLY NO CHANGING THEM ON A DIME like some people like to preach.

    To me it would seem that this is where your Law of Opposites comes in, really. That sometimes, no matter how much you want the pain to stop, you WILL NOT SUCCEED IN STOPPING IT OR MAKING IT BETTER. This is the absolute, diametric opposite of the greatest bliss you’ll ever experience and it will seem like it’s never going to end. No matter what you do, you’ll have to endure it, “if it is in your soul’s agenda to do so”.

    Honestly, I feel as if this Earth is a bit extreme when it comes to its lessons in polarity and perhaps God/(or we) did genuinely get something wrong when he created us all but for reasons we can’t know right now, he can’t simply change it all on a dime. Perhaps he’d make it worse if he did…

    Sorry if I went off on a tangent right at the end. I wasn’t trying to seem so gloomy but from my personal experiences, I have been trough some really intense hells that I can’t quite discern the meanings of. At least, not yet…

    PEACE!

    Also, I realize that much of what I’ve said has been said before, but I think it bears repeating.

  • Anthony Palombo

    Thank you, Neale. I will join you in prayer tomorrow at 11 am here in Louisiana. I do have a perspective to share in this conversation relating to war as an immune response in the body of Mankind.

    There may be a larger picture to consider when judging President Obama’s decision to strike a blow to Syrian President Assad’s war machinery. This action, as with other aggressive actions taken by nations to eliminate terrorists and brutal dictators, can be viewed as an immune response in the body of Humanity. And, yes, the body of Humanity, like our own bodies, has an immune system, and it is just as aggressive as our body’s immune system when it comes to tagging toxins and eliminating them — inevitably at the expense of innocent and healthy cells, thousands giving their lives in the aggressive action.

    Do we decry the loss of the thousands of body cells that die every minute, every hour, every day? Do we judge our body’s spirit and innate intelligence as a “warmonger” when it attacks pathogens, free radicals and cancer cells? It is spirit, after all, that governs our immune system. We certainly do no govern it with our conscious minds. Why is it not seen as spirit that governs the immune system of the larger body of Humanity, which is, after all, the Body of God on Earth? Just think about it. Stand back from the political drama paraded before our eyes on television — and from your own first flush of judgmental feelings — and take another look at it. That’s all.

    America is literally a “Land of Love.” That’s what our nation’s name means. Do we not trust God’s hand in our nation’s presidential leadership? Do we think we know what moves in the hearts and spirits of great leaders in their decisions to take action on a global scale against those who would destroy and threaten the fabric of God’s Body for political gain and power? Or out of sheer insanity, as was Adolph Hitler’s crime against Humanity executed? I think we do not know what’s really moving behind President Obama of the Spirit of God and guiding his hand of leadership.

    There’s a larger picture to consider. Let me not be so presumptuous as to think that I know what’s really afoot on planet Earth in these most unpleasant and tragic events. One thing I do know: “The truth is true and all is well. Unconquerable Life prevails.” And it isn’t always pretty.

  • Ahmed

    Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels, Says UN (UPDATE)

    Added by Graham Noble on August 27, 2013.
    Saved under Graham Noble, Op-ed, Syria, World

    As the Syrian revolt continues to tear the country apart, the international community has been eager to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even as it became clear that the rebels do not, in fact, represent a popular uprising against the oppression of the Assad regime. According to UN diplomat Carla del Ponte, however, it appears that the recent chemical weapons attack, in April, was carried out by the Syrian rebels and not the regime, as it had been widely assumed. Speaking to a Swiss television channel, del Ponte said that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. She also said UN investigators had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but that further investigation was needed.

    A spokesman for the rebels denied responsibility for the most recent attack, which allegedly involved the deployment of sarin nerve gas. He pointed out that the Free Syrian Army does not possess the missiles or shells necessary to deliver the chemical agent. Sarin gas, however, can be delivered in a number of ways. Additionally, while the rebels claim that the chemical agent was delivered by missiles or artilery, there is no evidence of a missile strike or shelling in any of the many videos that have been uploaded to the internet in the wake of the alleged attack.

    After swift initial progress in the more than two-year-old conflict, the rebel advance was stalled as Lebanese terror group Hezbollah sent fighters to the regime’s aid. Whilst a number of towns have been taken and then retaken by each side, Assad’s forces have gradually gained the upper hand. With his army making gains and the eyes of the world upon him, it seems unlikely that the Syrian President would risk carrying out a chemical attack – particularly against an urban area. The Syrian government has flatly denied responsibility for this latest alleged chemical weapons attack and although not widely reported in the western media, there is broad suspicion that it was, indeed, carried out by the rebels. Ultimately, it may prove impossible for UN inspectors to determine who was responsible for the incident. Further, their investigation may be curtailed by the seemingly imminent military action – possibly in the form of cruise missile strikes – by the United States and the United Kingdom.

    US President Obama has sent out mixed messages, regarding his intentions towards Syria; whilst he has stated that the US would not take military action against Syria without a UN mandate, it appears that preparations for an attack are already well underway, with American and British naval forces massing in the region. There is widespread speculation that strikes could be carried out within a week, despite strong and repeated warnings from both Russia and Iran, as well as the Syrian regime itself.

    One of the most ominous repercussions of US intervention against the Syrian government is the possibility that Iran and it’s surrogate in Lebanon, Hezbollah, will launch strikes against Israel, in retaliation. This, in turn, could lead to a regional war, with Russia and the US lined up on opposing sides.

    The United States government has been quick to condemn the Syrian government for the latest chemical weapons attack. Now that much of the evidence suggests it may have been carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels, President Obama should remember that he, along with his supporters and political allies, devoted much time to condemning his predecessor for leading the US into war based on questionable intelligence.

    UPDATE: This article was updated to clarify one or two points that some of our readers found misleading: The chemical attack earlier this year was widely blamed on the Syrian regime. It is this attack that the UN now concludes was carried out by Syrian rebels. It appears unlikely – for a number of reasons – that the most recent August 21st attack was carried out by government forces – despite the rush to judgement within the international community – although this has yet to be fully determined. It is clear that both sides in the Syrian conflict have the means to use chemical weapons and it would be misguided to assume that either side has a moral objection to such attacks.

    As Jean Pascal Zanders, formerly of the European Union Institute for Security Studies, has pointed out ”In fact, we – the public – know very little beyond the observation of outward symptoms of asphyxiation and possible exposure to neurotoxicants, despite the mass of images and film footage. For the West’s credibility, I think that governments should await the results of the U.N. investigation.”

    An Editorial by Graham J Noble

  • Ahmed

    Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

    The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle

    BY PATRICK COCKBURN

    SATURDAY 24 JULY 2010

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    Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

    Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

    Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

    Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that “to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened”.

    US Marines first besieged and bombarded Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in April 2004 after four employees of the American security company Blackwater were killed and their bodies burned. After an eight-month stand-off, the Marines stormed the city in November using artillery and aerial bombing against rebel positions. US forces later admitted that they had employed white phosphorus as well as other munitions.

    In the assault US commanders largely treated Fallujah as a free-fire zone to try to reduce casualties among their own troops. British officers were appalled by the lack of concern for civilian casualties. “During preparatory operations in the November 2004 Fallujah clearance operation, on one night over 40 155mm artillery rounds were fired into a small sector of the city,” recalled Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, a British commander serving with the American forces in Baghdad.

    He added that the US commander who ordered this devastating use of firepower did not consider it significant enough to mention it in his daily report to the US general in command. Dr Busby says that while he cannot identify the type of armaments used by the Marines, the extent of genetic damage suffered by inhabitants suggests the use of uranium in some form. He said: “My guess is that they used a new weapon against buildings to break through walls and kill those inside.”

    The survey was carried out by a team of 11 researchers in January and February this year who visited 711 houses in Fallujah. A questionnaire was filled in by householders giving details of cancers, birth outcomes and infant mortality. Hitherto the Iraqi government has been loath to respond to complaints from civilians about damage to their health during military operations.

    Researchers were initially regarded with some suspicion by locals, particularly after a Baghdad television station broadcast a report saying a survey was being carried out by terrorists and anybody conducting it or answering questions would be arrested. Those organising the survey subsequently arranged to be accompanied by a person of standing in the community to allay suspicions.

    The study, entitled “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009”, is by Dr Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi, and concludes that anecdotal evidence of a sharp rise in cancer and congenital birth defects is correct. Infant mortality was found to be 80 per 1,000 births compared to 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan and 9.7 in Kuwait. The report says that the types of cancer are “similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout”.

    Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia, a ten-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. At Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase in leukaemia, but in Fallujah Dr Busby says what is striking is not only the greater prevalence of cancer but the speed with which it was affecting people.

    Of particular significance was the finding that the sex ratio between newborn boys and girls had changed. In a normal population this is 1,050 boys born to 1,000 girls, but for those born from 2005 there was an 18 per cent drop in male births, so the ratio was 850 males to 1,000 females. The sex-ratio is an indicator of genetic damage that affects boys more than girls. A similar change in the sex-ratio was discovered after Hiroshima.

    The US cut back on its use of firepower in Iraq from 2007 because of the anger it provoked among civilians. But at the same time there has been a decline in healthcare and sanitary conditions in Iraq since 2003. The impact of war on civilians was more severe in Fallujah than anywhere else in Iraq because the city continued to be blockaded and cut off from the rest of the country long after 2004. War damage was only slowly repaired and people from the city were frightened to go to hospitals in Baghdad because of military checkpoints on the road into the capital.

  • Ahmed

    31 August, 12:05 12

    US’s Kerry caught using fake photos to fuel Syrian conflict

    Photo: EPA

    Secretary of State John Kerry opened his speech Friday by describing the horrors victims of the chemical weapon attack had suffered, including twitching, spasms and difficulty breathing. Attempting to drive the point home, Kerry referenced a photograph used by the BBC, illustrating a child jumping over hundreds of dead bodies covered in white shrouds. The Secretary of State forgot to mention, however, that this photo was taken during US intervention in Iraq back in 2003.

    The photo which was later retracted was meant to depict victims who allegedly succumbed to the effects of chemical weapons launched by Assad’s regime.

    However, it was later exposed that the photograph used had been taken in 2003 in Iraq.

    The Secretary of State announced the US will continue “negotiations” with Congress and the American people.

    The decision came after the UK Parliament voted against military action in Syria on Thursday evening, refusing to accompany the US in a missile strike against the Middle Eastern nation.

    Germany also voiced opposition to a Syrian military intervention saying they have “not considered it” and “will not be considering it”.

    France, however, released statements saying they intend to act alongside the US in an attempt to “punish” Syria for the alleged chemical weapons attack.

    Despite numerous allies’ refusal to get involved, Kerry argued “Many friends stand ready to respond”.

    Kerry alleged that not just one, but several chemical weapon attacks have occurred. The attack last week in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta killed 1,429 Syrians, including 426 children. However, Infowars reveals that the “international aid group, Doctors Without Borders, reported 355 people were killed in the attack last week, not the wildly exaggerated figure cited by Kerry”.

    The Secretary of State said the US government has “high confidence” Assad carried out the attack, affirming military intervention would be “common sense”.

    He referred to the attack as an “indiscriminate, inconceivable and horrific act,” claiming a Syrian senior regime official admitted responsibility. However, he offered no hard evidence backing this claim.

    Any US action in Syria will be a limited and politically tailored response – Kerry

    On Friday Secretary of State Kerry claimed that US intelligence concluded the Assad government is responsible for the chemical attack in Damascus on August 21. Kerry said that the evidence the US has is “clear and compelling” but did not offer and proof. Kerry also added that any action that Barack Obama might decide to take will be limited. “We know there is no ultimate military solution. It has to be political,” Kerry said.

    According to Kerry, the US knows “where the rockets were launched from and at what time. … We know where they landed and when.”

    Kerry claims that 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including 426 children, and said the assessment was based on “multiple” streams of intelligence.

    The Assad regime has consistently denied it was responsible.

    “Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack,” Kerry said, referring to last week’s alleged chemical strike outside Damascus.”It’s done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment.”

    As Kerry spoke, the White House sent reporters a “unclassified” summary of the US intelligence community’s “assessment of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21, 2013.”

    It says, in part that:

    “The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013.”

    “A preliminary U.S. government assessment determined that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children, though this assessment will certainly evolve as we obtain more information.”

    “We have intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel – including personnel assessed to be associated with the SSRC – were preparing chemical munitions prior to the attack.”

    “Satellite detections corroborate that attacks from a regime-controlled area struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred – including Kafr Batna, Jawbar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Darayya, and Mu’addamiyah.”

    Voice of Russia, Infowars

    • Victor

      Kerry used an outdated picture?

      Unbelievable!

      Well, not so unbelievable… The same story as in 2003 with Iraq, no matter that Kerry makes a big effort in not stating a link: “Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack,” Kerry said, referring to last week’s alleged chemical strike outside Damascus.”It’s done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment.”

      Well, well, credibility under zero…

      This must be highlighted.

    • herenowhere3

      That BBC story is over a year old. Where is the evidence Kerry used the same picture last week? I’d appreciate a link to proof.

  • Victor

    Please don´t show Obama this report…

    He could decide to bomb Saudi Arabia… Would he…?

    EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi
    Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida
    linked rebel group.

    By Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh | August 29, 2013

    Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of
    the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without
    Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it
    believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much.

    The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League
    have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying
    out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S.
    warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military
    strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical
    weapons attack. The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any
    contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment … already clear to the world.”

    However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta
    residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture
    emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via
    the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were
    responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.

    “My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the
    weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim,
    the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.

    Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed
    inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant,
    known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father
    described the weapons as having a “tube-like structure” while others
    were like a “huge gas bottle.”

    Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels.

    Abdel-Moneim said his son and the others died during the
    chemical weapons attack. That same day, the militant group Jabhat
    al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaida, announced that it would similarly attack civilians in the Assad regime’s heartland of Latakia on Syria’s western coast, in purported retaliation.

    “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use
    them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were
    chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

    “When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he
    must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she
    warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for
    fear of retribution.

    A well-known rebel leader in Ghouta named ‘J’ agreed.
    “Jabhat al-Nusra militants do not cooperate with other rebels, except
    with fighting on the ground. They do not share secret information. They
    merely used some ordinary rebels to carry and operate this material,” he
    said.

    “We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately,
    some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the
    explosions,” ‘J’ said.

    Doctors who treated the chemical weapons attack victims
    cautioned interviewers to be careful about asking questions regarding
    who, exactly, was responsible for the deadly assault.

    The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders added that
    health workers aiding 3,600 patients also reported experiencing similar
    symptoms, including frothing at the mouth, respiratory distress,
    convulsions and blurry vision. The group has not been able to
    independently verify the information.

    More than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government.

    Saudi involvement

    In a recent article for Business Insider, reporter Geoffrey Ingersoll highlighted Saudi
    Prince Bandar’s role in the two-and-a-half year Syrian civil war. Many
    observers believe Bandar, with his close ties to Washington, has been at
    the very heart of the push for war by the U.S. against Assad.

    Ingersoll referred to an article in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph about secret Russian-Saudi talks alleging that Bandar offered Russian President Vladimir Putin cheap oil in exchange for dumping Assad.

    “Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in
    Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen
    terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no
    accord,” Ingersoll wrote.

    “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics
    next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games
    are controlled by us,” Bandar allegedly told the Russians.

    “Along with Saudi officials, the U.S. allegedly gave the
    Saudi intelligence chief the thumbs up to conduct these talks with
    Russia, which comes as no surprise,” Ingersoll wrote.

    “Bandar is American-educated, both military and collegiate,
    served as a highly influential Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and the
    CIA totally loves this guy,” he added.

    According to U.K.’s Independent newspaper, it was Prince Bandar’s intelligence agency that first brought allegations of the use of sarin gas by the regime to the attention of Western allies in February.

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the CIA realized Saudi Arabia was “serious” about toppling Assad when the Saudi king named Prince Bandar to lead the effort.

    “They believed that Prince Bandar, a veteran of the
    diplomatic intrigues of Washington and the Arab world, could deliver
    what the CIA couldn’t: planeloads of money and arms, and, as one U.S.
    diplomat put it, wasta, Arabic for under-the-table clout,” it said.

    Bandar has been advancing Saudi Arabia’s top foreign policy
    goal, WSJ reported, of defeating Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah
    allies.

    To that aim, Bandar worked Washington to back a program to arm and train rebels out of a planned military base in Jordan.

    The newspaper reports that he met with the “uneasy Jordanians about such a base”:

    His meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah sometimes
    ran to eight hours in a single sitting. “The king would joke: ‘Oh,
    Bandar’s coming again? Let’s clear two days for the meeting,’ ” said a
    person familiar with the meetings.

    Jordan’s financial dependence on Saudi Arabia may have
    given the Saudis strong leverage. An operations center in Jordan started
    going online in the summer of 2012, including an airstrip and
    warehouses for arms. Saudi-procured AK-47s and ammunition arrived, WSJ
    reported, citing Arab officials.

    Although Saudi Arabia has officially maintained that it
    supported more moderate rebels, the newspaper reported that “funds and
    arms were being funneled to radicals on the side, simply to counter the
    influence of rival Islamists backed by Qatar.”

    But rebels interviewed said Prince Bandar is referred to as “al-Habib” or ‘the lover’ by al-Qaida militants fighting in Syria.

    Peter Oborne, writing
    in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday, has issued a word of caution about
    Washington’s rush to punish the Assad regime with so-called ‘limited’
    strikes not meant to overthrow the Syrian leader but diminish his
    capacity to use chemical weapons:

    Consider this: the only beneficiaries from the atrocity
    were the rebels, previously losing the war, who now have Britain and
    America ready to intervene on their side. While there seems to be little
    doubt that chemical weapons were used, there is doubt about who
    deployed them.

    It is important to remember that Assad has been accused of
    using poison gas against civilians before. But on that occasion, Carla
    del Ponte, a U.N. commissioner on Syria, concluded that the rebels, not
    Assad, were probably responsible.

    Update: Britain rejected intervention.

    • hempwise

      Have a look at the front page headline of the on-line page of the UK,s Independent paper about the possible supplier of the chemical,s that where used in Syria .The possible suppliers could have been from British company,s as reported there.

      • Victor

        Yes, I’ve seen that…

        This obviously alters the course of the mainstream oppinion created by the US government and his allies, and spreaded by the hegemonic media.

        I believe that prayer is energy. One kind of energy.

        I also believe that information is another kind of energy.

        So, all we can do to alter one of the principal sources of this fire, based on biased information, via controlled media, is also way for altering the course of these events, and eventually, stoping them.

        Alternative media and information is a big hope.

        And of course, public opinion, global public opinion in this case, is crucial.

        A big big source of energy too.

        If it’s alligned with Truth, or at least more close to some thruths, it is the most important energy for Peace.

        • Contentttt

          So Victor, then from what I read above, is You are a Controller and in Your opinion, Control is Justifiable!
          The one thing about choices, when they do not have to BE justified when made, EVERYONE will then see the value of that choice….no justification is necessary, it is obvious to ALL!!

          • Victor

            No; I’m a creator, which is different…

          • Contentttt

            Creator’s can create control for other’s. The idea of being a creator and a controller are not automatically mutually exclusive of each other. Often they are fully connected whether a person is willing to admit this to their Self or not, does not change what it is!!

        • Aino Vesanen

          In principle it is good to have alternative news channels and not just the same mainstream with their mainstream topics etc. But unfortunately there
          are many western (?) “alternative news agencies” who like to
          translate/copy-paste any stuff from anywhere uncritically if it just
          suits their ideological
          agenda. Or to publish bits of news that used to be from sources normally considered reliable, but omit some important parts etc. so that the “truth” suddenly looks very different..

    • Aino Vesanen

      Firstly, at least at MintPress-news site, in the beginning there is this clarification:
      “Clarification: Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and
      writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria.
      Reporter Yahya Ababneh, with whom the report was written in
      collaboration, was the correspondent on the ground in Ghouta who spoke
      directly with the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical
      weapons attacks and local residents.”

      At another site which published this very same writing, Examiner, Gavlak’s name was omitted alltogether. Maybe he didn’t want to have anything to do with it..

      I considerthis one article (I haven’t seen the same anywhere else, although for sure you’ll find the same narrative at Syrian government sites..) written by one reporter whose neutrality can be questioned. Why? Some reasons:
      The recent gas attacks happenened in several areas in the greater Damascus, and some of them were clearly air strikes (some evidence for this, watch the video “Syria crisis: Incendiary bomb victims ‘like the walking dead” at BBC),so even if this piece of news is true, it doesn’t explain everything.
      According to the article which you refer to, the chemical bombs ended up in the hands (literally!) of the rebels, most of whom didn’t know what they were.. I am no expert on weapons of mass destruction, but it’s hard for me to imagine that thousands of people could have died just because a few individuals handled
      suspcious-tube-looking bombs that they didn’t know the truth about uncautiously in their own area! Also, so quickly and vehemently “knowing” the names of the original providers of the weapons/ individual names of perpetrators of such crimes is not necessarily a sign of credibility (on either side). For me it actually works the opposite. I have familiarized myself to some extent to Assad regime news agency SANA’s “news” in English and Arabic, and several features in the article in question here reminded me of its style and narratives.
      I agree that proper investigation is in definitely in place to make as sure as possible
      that the grave accusations don’t hit the wrong target! So many players there are already in the Syrian war and so complicated is the Middle East and often so biased the media there that one must be very critical to accept ANYTHING heard from there as a matter of fact just based on one article or two!

  • Breana Besemer

    First of all, no one has proven who launched the missiles or where they came from.. This is directed toward the debate going on here. We cannot yet assume we know who is responsible for what and how and why. All we know at this point is fingers are being pointed. Corrective action is in question. The whole world is faced with the question, how should we handle this? The fact that more people are asking this question NOW more than ever before is a GOOD SIGN. I believe that prayer is the right thing for all of us to do, but pray simply for a peaceful resolution for all concerned. This world clearly does not need another war. More people today are awake to this truth than ever before in our history, thankfully. Where we are at today is at a crossroads. Are we going to move into more war and ultimately annihilation, or are we going to turn in the direction of unity, harmony and evolution? It is for each of us to choose which path to take now. The escalation of events is only going to force us all to make this decision, as that is one reason we all chose to be here on the planet now, whether you are conscious yet of it or not. I have faith that humankind will pass the test, so to speak. Times are certainly changing. If you can feel the new energies of love and peace and divine recognition in the air, breathe it all in and let it center you and calm you.

  • Sherri

    Please, please, please stop! This finger pointing and blame is part of the problem not the solution. We each must look within our own heart exclusively. Make your peace there and then reflect it in the world.

    • Victor

      Sherri:

      Making accusations about “pointing fingers” is a simplistitc way of denying things.

      This is just about Truth. Truth is the only way to Freedom, Peace, Love.

      If the US and world public opinion in 2003 had been aware of the fallacy of the “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, perhaps war on Iraq could have been avoided. It’s hard to know, but what we do know is that in that time the US public opinion supported this war around 60%. In Afghanistan, around 80%. Both based in fallacies created by the US government and spreaded by mainstream media, although some alternative media said another thing.

      Now the reports say that only 9% of US public oppinion supports any kind of intervention in Syria. This is very important!, and perhaps a stronger basement for avoiding this madness. At least this has been crucial in th UK, where the Parliament denied support to prime minister Cameron in accompanying this. I think these are important signs.

      Spiritually talking, remember for example that Jesus alsto “pointed fingers” to hypocrites pharisees and Law masters. That wouldn’t be so, if it weren’t for a big reason…

      The reason of Truth.

      Blessings

      • Sherri

        Dear Victor,
        Let me first say that I do not disagree with you. We each need to face the truth of our own contribution to the state of the world. Learn from our mistakes and be willing to do it differently from here on. Each of us, every single one of us has contributed. That is why I said finger pointing is not a solution to making peace. I pray that each of us can find that peace which passes all understanding within our own heart and radiates it to all our brothers and sisters.
        All love to you.

      • freeagent37

        Absolutely! Its so painful to see how the “definition of love” has become a time when telling the truth is taboo, or not loving when it speaks against corruption and falsities. Where love is just soft fluffy praising words no matter who it is directed at.

    • Contentttt

      Thank You Sherri! YES!
      Even to pray for something to NOT happen is to control the out come! Even those who believe they stand in a spiritual light, when they pray that a different out come will take place, are only controlling through a venue they deam acceptable! They then promote influencing with prayer, those they cannot influence with words. Prayer created by different human factions across this planet then are creating and promoting a spiritual prayer battle.

      I would encourage ALL to BE the difference eminating and resonating the peace created within our individual Self, like the sun shine brightly, but do not intentionally focus the energy resonating within, directly on a specific problem or issue. The sun eminates and shines brightly in ALL directions! Human’s tend to focus their energy in specific directions to control the situation!

      Control through prayer is still control!
      Be the difference, instead of doing the difference! Prayer is an act of doing, not being! Prayer can and often is used as a WEAPON to control and influence! Most do not see this, most will not see this, most refuse to see this! Prayer is the answer….Right?! Not when it is used as a weapon of mass control.

      Most do not see prayer in the same way I do. They are convinced praying is the answer, by asking another such as their (God) to create in the world and for them, what they believe is advantages for ALL!

      Often NDW, Marianne Williamson and other’s as spiritually aware as they can be in this moment and are, have still so much yet to learn and understand! This requires understanding “ENERGY”, what it does, how it work, what it creates, when it is controlling and when it is encouraging, why using in certain situations to create an end result is using it for person objectives, even if it is justified for the benefit of many human’s.

      Wisdom is understanding the full effects of every choice and then choosing accordingly! Short sightedness is understanding the choice you are making is to create a desired out come and then justifying the choice! Prayer is like an atom bomb, many use it to effect a region, an outcome, or lives. Yet just like America did when it dropped the atom bomb’s on Japan. Their intention was to save lives of American’s, but at what cost, and was the full nature of that choice understood completely before that action was taken? NO!! Or did the means justify the end result?

      I may stand ALONE in how I view prayer, but ALONE I AM willing to stand, because I fully understand ENERGY and how it interacts and reacts with other ENERGY!
      I AM ENERGY, I AM the Centerpoint of the Duality Experience stanind in the middle space, I AM Unconditionally Accepting, I AM without concern, I AM Eminating Neutrality, like the sun, in ALL directions it flows from My Body where the seed of neutrality grows….I DO NOT CHOOSE and I WILL NOT CHOOSE, because then I would not BE Neutrally Accepting of ALL Conditions in Every Present Moment of NOW!

      I WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE…I WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE!
      I AM

      • Sherri

        So happy to have connected with a resonant soul! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      • Shirley

        Thank you for this post! I have not evolved to a point where I do not choose anything, because there is still so much I desire to experience. However, I do agree with you on not choosing a particular outcome about this war. It is just a big drama where everyone is playing a character in order to experience whatever it is they choose to experience. Who am I to say that their wish to experience a war is wrong? They have as much right to choose violence as I have to choose peace. Our souls aren’t harmed in any way, this is all just a big act.

        I did send love and light and peace everywhere during the global meditation last night, and felt connected to all energy in the cosmos. Love and light to you, dear soul! <3

  • Sibila Reventlow

    I totally agree with you. I just started a campaign about this on Avaaz.
    with love from Denmark,
    Sibila Reventlow

    • Sherri

      🙂 how do we find it?

  • Victor

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

    Breitbart : John Kerry’s Syria Proof Was A Recycled Iraq Photo From 10 Years Ago

    by Steven Goddard

    Posted on August 31, 2013 by stevengoddard

    When John Kerry stood in as surrogate president yesterday making the
    case for war in Syria (Apparently Obama was leading from behind again.
    Either that or he wanted someone with the ‘Voice of God’ making the
    pitch for him. Sorry Mr. Kerry, only Charleton Heston had the Voice of
    God and you’re no Charleton Heston.). Kerry talked about and emphasized
    the ‘thousands of pieces of evidence’ we should look at for ourselves,
    things Kerry said he had witnessed with his own eyes. And this photo was
    one of them.

    Then he repeated his challenge to look for ourselves. And I did. And I
    knew I had seen this ‘evidence’ picture, a long time ago. And I knew he
    was lying, again! And I knew what Kerry seems not to have learned yet.
    That in this age of the internet and information you can’t lie for long.
    You will be caught.

    This picture was taken by Marco Di Lauro. Rather than try to explain
    it I’ll use his own words. The ones he used on his web site to describe
    it.

    “Al Musayyib, Iraq – May 27, 2003

    An Iraqi child jumps over a line of hundreds of bodies, in a school
    where they have been transported from a mass grave, to be identified.
    They were discovered in the desert in the outskirts of Al Musayyib, 40
    km south of Baghdad. It has been estimated that between 10,000 and
    15,000 Iraqis had been reported missing in the region south of Baghdad.
    People have been searching for days for identity cards or other clues
    among the skeletons to try to find the remains of brothers, fathers,
    mothers, sisters and even children who disappeared when Saddam’s
    government crushed a Shi’ite uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.”

    • herenowhere3

      Do you have a link to anything that actually shows Kerry using the “recycled” photo? All the right wing sites have a quote from the photographer that was lifted from a BBC story from over a year ago about the BBC using an Iraq photo on a Syria story. I watched the Kerry speech and he didn’t use any specific photos. He did verbally mention images of bodies in sheets, but I’ve found numerous photos actually from Syria that match what he described. If Kerry lied, he should be held responsible, but I’d like to see evidence not just claims.

  • freeagent37

    Open letter to the President of the United States and all government employees of the United States of America, in response to the debate and case on Syria.

    THE CONSCIOUS AWAKENED WORLD COMMUNITY: Good afternoon, Government Employees of the American peoples. The world is watching YOU!, in horror once again as Yesterday YOU traitors within the United States presented another pathetic lie that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack on its own people.

    We see YOU! The same corrupt ignorant terrorists that have infiltrated our American Government, that lied to its own peoples, to get the peoples backing of the bogus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Showing your sad ugly face once again today and claiming another LIE, that the Assad regime and its forces have use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of Damascus. We KNOW without a DOUBT! that all of the corroborators are in fact corrupt fractions within the American Government itself. Anyone with common sense, all the freethinkers in the world can plainly see, that the President of the United States himself, his Administration and most of the Congress are yet again planning another invasion in another part of the world, Syria. The world is overflowing with victims now and counting…terrible images of the dead unconscious world leaders preparing to massacre more people in the name of Democracy! Many more children — young girls and boys are killed in covert secret wars by the American government.

    This ongoing attack on consciousness itself is an assault on the world and all of the human family’s intelligence. It IS and has been for many many years now, the most serious danger to our world’s family security. The United States of Liars are jeopardizing human life and many creatures great and small, at every waking day and hour, making a mockery of Global Peace, by implanting propaganda, brainwashing techniques, and straight out lies! in and to the world’s minds and hearts through Media manipulation and takeover. The leaders of the American Government are endangering our world family by escalating violence and forceful use of weapons of mass destruction. Chemical weapons and many many others are being systematically proliferated to terrorist groups who are doing our Earth Family untold harm.

    In a world in great danger, the Ultimate Danger! Using reverse psychology and complete control of world governments by the true creators of Terror is the greatest menace today, and so now we are confronting you on the world stage and court room of all Human kind.

    Now, after careful deliberation and many years of deep research, We the People have decided that the United States needs to be forced to stop! these Unjustified wars and military action against anyone on this planet. This is an absolute world intervention and We the people will not put any human life in harm. Our actions now are going back in divine alignment, reclaiming our power, taking control of the Earthly Ship of souls. We the people are holding the United States and its secret world cabal accountable for their use of weapons of mass destruction. This gross kind of behavior has gone on way to long now, and we the people will extinguish the infiltrated terrorists within the United States Governments and their capacity to carry out any more harm to the Earth and its inhabitants.

    Our responsibility to ORDER and COMMAND our military to re-position itself and withdraw from every corner of the globe. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and all the terrorists in the White House has informed us that they are preparing to escalate the violence further and inflict more bodily harm to peoples in Syria. Moreover, the Chairman has indicated to us the outright insanity and loose control of force and so our capacity to extinguish this mission of genocide is time-sensitive; it could take place today, tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. We are giving you direct orders! Our decision is in perfect sync by the true commander and laws of love. The decision making as Commander-in-Chief Liar of the United States has absolutely convinced us today that it is the most important work to secure the innocent and clean the planet of corruption. We the People can see clearly and are mindful that the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy has been making a mockery of the constitution itself by breaking domestic and international law and mocking the all-powerful Universal Laws of Love and Peace. Our power is rooted in the heart and logical mechanics of the universe and not in military might. The Obama Administration is a live impending threat and perfect example of a reckless government gone mad, going against the wishes and best interests of its own people And that’s why WE THE PEOPLE are DEMANDING and COMMANDING the PRESIDENT to make a second decision NOW!: We are demanding that the United States seeks Peace and not the use of force and listens to the ones who give them their paycheck.

    Over the last several decades we’ve heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard and absolutely do not represent the Peoples of the United States. So this afternoon, we are speaking to all four congressional leaders, and we demand that these wars stop now! and also any agreement and pathetic debate or voting stop immediately! as soon as Congress comes back into session.

    In the coming days, the Obama administration stands ready to provide every American with more outlandish lies! with more corrupt information implying that we need to start another unjust war, impregnating many Americans and many world citizens with a false understanding of what is truly happening in Syria and the rest of the world, and why it is happening??? This has such profound implications for America’s national security and all of us should be accountable as we move forward into our future, and that can only be accomplished with a majority of the people demanding that these traitors step down now!

    Our government is treasonous and making judgments without waiting for U.N. inspectors or the backing of the majority of its own peoples, using a false case to go to war in Syria. No one is safe or will ever be comfortable with allowing this insane Administration to go forward without the approval of its people, and has been completely been paralyzed and unwilling to help mankind in any regard. As a consequence, the majority of people of the United States are demanding that the Obama administration step down and be held accountable for taking part in creating many of these unjust wars. We are now taking the lead to make peace on this precious planet. Many in Congress were undoubtedly impacted by what we saw happen in the United Kingdom this week when the Parliament stood up to the insanity and passed a resolution to NOT escalate more violent wars. Even the Prime Minister of the UK is supporting wrongful gross unjust action and is bought off! with the Obama Administration.

    We the people have the power and the authority to reclaim our innocents and stop all military action without the bogus authorization of the President. We are now stronger well informed and conscious and the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective when we spread love. We should not be having a debate to kill anyone anymore because the issues are too big for the very balance of life itself here on this gorgeous planet is at stake. And this morning, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell agreed to carry out a terrorist plot in the name of democracy.

    This country is facing a grave decision to allow yet again the perpetrators of these unjust wars, who are using military force, fighting fire with fire and unbalancing, jeopardizing our children’s future further. We respect the views of all those who call for caution, particularly as our country tries to emerge from this time of insane war mongers, profiteering off war and at the same time they themselves were elected to end the very same wars they are empowering. But if we really do want to turn a blind eye, burying our head in the sand, allowing the status quo! And walking away from taking appropriate action and allowing our future to be catapulted closer to total annihilation and doom! In the face of such an unspeakable outrage, WE MUST! Acknowledge the costs of doing nothing and watching these ignorant tyrants spill more blood and destruction on the planet.

    Here is our question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message are we sending if a terrorist organization is allowed to control the American Government a day longer and kill hundreds of innocent peoples, women and children in plain sight and pay no price? What is the purpose of the international system that we’ve built if it goes against anything just and good? The world’s people are standing up now! And demanding the end of all lies and corrupt wars!

    Make no mistake! Obama is a bold face liar! — this has implications beyond any other warfare. If we won’t enforce accountability now! in the face of this heinous act of treason on the earths people, what does it say about our resolve to stand up and control our future together? To the treasonous governments who have chosen to use, build, and stock pile nuclear arms? To the King of terrorists who are now in the White House, Our House! Who are spreading and creating biological, chemical, and psychological weapons as we speak? Misleading our children to go to war and carry out genocide?

    We cannot raise our children in a world where we will not follow through on the Divine Heart process, the Natural flowing precious innocent way of love and peace and keep going along with the lies that this Government says, the accords they sign, and the values that define criminals.

    So just as WE THE PEOPLE will take this case to THE WORLD now, WE will also deliver the truth and its message of peace to the world. While the world keeps wakening and investigates the truth, we will insist ever more that this Abomination and atrocity committed on the world with physiological weapons is not simply investigated, it must be confronted right now!

    We don’t expect every person on the earth to awaken and escape the illusion of the liars within our own government, but as more awaken and learn, all will agree without a doubt the decision we have made to get rid of the current Government and its corrupted system is necessary. Publicly and Privately we have full support from the Universe and all its friends. But WE THE PEOPLE will ask those who care about the writ of the international community to stand up and look deeper in all matters.

    And finally, WE THE PEOPLE say this to the Master Traitors in the United States Government, the president and all the munnions of corruption and fear who control the presidents every move: We see through your dark ways! We know you are constantly manipulating the truth in private special interest against the peoples will and heart. We know you have not tried to make peace. And the American people have the good sense to know we cannot resolve the underlying new conflict in Syria or any other conflict in the world without stopping the corruption in our own government. This is the Peoples war! This is the World’s war on consciousness itself.

    We will continue to support the Syrian people and all the worlds’ people through non-military peaceful means ONLY! Through our pressure on the Corrupt Administration of the United States, our commitment to our children and their future, our care for the displaced, and our pursuit of a political resolution that achieves a government that respects the dignity of its people.

    But we are the United States of America, and we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happening in the United States Government. Out of the ashes of world war, we are building an international order of peace and love, and enforcing the natural rules that will take away the power to kill innocent life. And we do so because we KNOW NOW that the right of individuals to live in peace and dignity depends on the responsibilities of all people, not on the corrupt ignorant terrorist in the White House. Love is perfect!, but this nation of people of the Earth has been lied to for so so long, more than any other, and is now ready and willing to meet their rightful positions of loving responsibilities to our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.

    So to all members of this Sick and twisted Corrupt Congress of both parties, WE COMMAND YOU! To be obedient to its peoples and GOD of LOVE ask you to come on the side of beauty and preciousness. We are looking forward to our new future without this sick disease in our government. And in doing so, WE COMMAND YOU!, members of Congress, to consider that some things are much more important than your little bought off ego of this moment.

    Ultimately, this is not about who occupies the Government at any given time; it’s about who we are as a loving family on Earth. We KNOW that the people’s representatives must invest in the principles of Love and what America does abroad will reflect that Universal Love. And now is the time to show the world that America can stand up! And have the courage to face the truth and these liars. We are doing what we know now to be truth and we lead with the knowledge that right makes mighty loving paradise on Earth here together — not the other way around.

    We all know there is only ONE OPTION. Obama was purchased as a puppet and elected to lead its fellow man off a cliff of destruction avoiding any hard work to clean up this filthy mess. And so are many members of the House and the Senate. We are telling you we know because we now think for ourselves. Our security and life on this gorgeous planet demands that we cannot turn away from the massacre of countless of lives on this planet. And our democracy will not be in vain and will BECOME a true reality when the President and the people’s representatives do as the people say!, do as love says.

    We are ready NOW! to act in the face of this outrage. Today WE ARE COMMANDING Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move forward together as one Family of LOVE

    Thanks very much.

    • Contentttt

      WOW….I sure did not feel much love in this message!! But I did feel/sense frutration, resentment, anger, and contempt! I see a LOT of red and orange and yellow colors when I look at the energy of this message burning deep within it!
      OUCH….to hot for me!

      • freeagent37

        Its just the plain truth, most cant handle it right now, nor face it, but as we evolve and awaken, the world court room is becoming more evident and all peoples are finding themselves in the jury room, because all our acts on this planet are effecting each other at greater and greater speeds and we must get involved in every area of this life. Just saying it like it is.

      • freeagent37

        If we can see the love in trying to put a end to the current agendas within our own countries political and corporate arena, if we cant see the love in a Mother and Father trying to steer his or her children away from harm in a constructive critical way which is not only right and loving but absolutely necessary, as the path that we as a nation right now is way out of balance and sync with the universe, then more pressure and harm with continue. Its not Gods way of punishing anyone or anything, it is just the natural laws ways in which even chemicals themselves that have been brought out of balance explode and snap and fizz before they are brought back into a calm flowing new elixir.

  • Alison Nadine

    All Chemical Weapons should be removed & destroyed now under UN supervision.

    World Leaders need to seek agreement & call for immediate Chemical Weapons removals from Syria and call on Bashar al-Assad & the Rebel Opposition to hand over ALL chemical weapons.

    Thank you dear Neale for opening discussion for us to seek PEACEFUL solutions for the current Crisis to our Global World Community & to find a better way forward together.

    • freeagent37

      Chemical weapons are being used by the American Government and Israel and most people have no idea.

  • freeagent37

    War begets war, violence begets violence. It is only a matter of time before the majority of peoples realize this is a common law of the Universe and so this fact that is becoming so clear to those who start thinking for themselves, that war is not peace and military action is fighting fire with fire. More urgency now is automatically induced into this evolutionary cycle as the planet becomes more polluted by our corrupted programming. The fact that we are all connected is becoming more evident everyday. As we grow and evolve to higher states of consciousness we are finding ourselves effected by the actions across the planet at faster and faster speeds. And just being alive in these fleshly bodies is a direct subpoena in the court room of the global Earthen Collective Soul body. I keep finding so many now who do know the insanity truths within our own governments, and reading their new concepts over and over again in articles like these about how to handle the current situations on the planet. Many are so afraid to say anything against the wrong doings in the American Government, even to the point of buying into the reason of ignoring the negative realities, as this gives them power, and then saying they have no fear. To have courage in the face of this storm, is it not? to man our positions in the light of truth and love, and looking the dragon in the eye, (that we have all been unconsciously a part of creating) and standing up! knowing we can and will together not only make it through alive, but we are built for most powerful storms any man made mind can fathom. We are not here to place blame on any particular person or event…but if that person(s) is standing up to truth and love and challenging it…they will be thrown down, in some way or another. It is not about taking sides of man made issues, but whether or not man takes the side of beauty and peace in the Universal Laws of Love.

  • lalainia shortt

    I loved what u said and posted ..Neale thanks so much for this opportunity…

  • Dag

    As Osho have said, Nowone will ever be taloked about or heard…the fact is: millions of humans have been here before us..think about that….

  • Shirley

    Dear Neale,

    Judge not, and neither condemn, for we know not why a thing occurs, nor to what end.

    While I disagree that “There can be no justification, in a spiritual sense, for a military attack by the United States on Syria, whatever the intention or cause,” I honor your choice, your path, and your truth.

    We came here to experience whatever it is that we choose, and the spiritual justification is that any event–whether “good” or “bad” (as we define it)–has a higher purpose, and it is my belief that the purpose is to create an opportunity for all beings involved to choose, declare, and experience who they choose to be.

    I understand that this is precisely what you have been doing, choosing to be a person who brings awareness to the issue, who supports peace, and who desires a certain outcome (no war, in this case).

    I certainly do not enjoy wars, but I choose to honor each soul’s path, and wish for everyone whatever they wish for themselves.

    Everything will be okay in the end.

    Love and light to you <3

    • freeagent37

      If someone chooses to kill one of your family members in your own house, and then he/she chooses to do it again and again to other family members of yours, we will just honor that decision and know it is all just peachy and great because this person has to do it as it is his role at this time right? So lets just observe the killings and don’t judge and be happy with what ever. This type of ignorant reasoning only exists in those who at the moment the slaughter is not happening in their own back yard or home. How sad, stand up for righteousness! Stand up for those who voices are calling upon the most powerful military in the world to help stop the blood bath, not empower it. The majority of peoples voices of the world have chosen to have peace, its the minority and few who are at the helm of the governments that are playing god, and deciding who lives and dies. Stand up for the oppressed and innocent.

      • Shirley

        Thank you for your comment. I was merely sharing with Neale my thoughts on his belief that there is no “spiritual justification,” I did not say that I’m oppose to any “anti-war” actions anyone partakes. Sure, if people were to come here and murder my family, I would stop them–I might even kill them if there were no other way to make them stop, but I would not call them evil or ignorant or pathetic, for I know they are merely actors carrying out the grand scheme that we’ve all plotted together.

        Like I said, I wish for everyone whatever they wish for themselves, if people choose to try and stop wars then good for them, and I will certainly do my part to bring awareness to the issue as well, but I do not choose to be all angry, resentful and judgmental, and I do not choose to attack anyone by calling them names. What’s the point of speaking more negative words and thinking more negative thoughts, especially when faced with a situation like this?

        I honor the divine in you and I wish for you everything you wish for yourself.

        • freeagent37

          I am not calling you names, I believe this role playing reasoning is just a half truth and it is not you I say is ignorant, its this type of belief system I feel is ignorant one. And it is human to be angry about many things in this reality, to be human is to feel all the emotions life brings, the tricky part is how we react to it, from the heart or the mind. Being in these bodies, we have to judge many different things in life, to protect us, we have to judge even the weight of objects so as not to hurt our backs when we are lifting things. Its just common sense, we know what is right and beautiful. We know what is pure and clean by the creation and natural flow of the earth and heavenly spaces. We want all humans to fill joy and peace. We wish none to be killed, but sometimes just as you have said above, there comes a time when we must choose, and sometimes it is stopping those who are mad and out of control because we know they are doing sick and wrong things, evil things. This type of judgement is not only good, but absolutely necessary in the flesh for our health. We are all connected, and just because we are under the illusion of being in a safe place right now, because we just happen to be living under one of the industrialized nations…what goes around comes around…we must stand up for our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters everywhere, because the earth is our house and backyard, and as we evolve and become more conscious everything that happens on this earth is effecting us at faster speeds. You ether get involved right now, or wait, like the controllers of the government want us to, and things get more hairy and dangerous, because we did not stand up and call it like it is. Sooner or later we all have to make a great decision and stand up together as the pressure mounts. To reclaim our power together on this ship of life, and bless all here who come to sip off the nectar of this marvelous creation and grow in harmony beyond the madness’s of illusionary corrupted mind sets that does not exist except in the mind of ill spirits and souls. I wish all bliss, as the universe and earth is. Honoring the divine and embracing the truth together.

  • freeagent37

    Stand Up!
    Stand Up! for Peace, for Love, for Righteousness and Beauty.

    Stand Up! and let the Women, Children and the Misfortune who have no
    voice on the big stage know that you feel them and see them.

    Tell your congressman, tell your president you want your energy that is
    funneled in their hands to Only be used in a Peaceful Non-military
    response to all problems in the world, to truly represent you and the natural loving laws of the earth and universe.

    Tell the World your energy must be used and harnessed according to your heart, to Love.

    What goes around comes around.

    Don’t let another day go by and pretend that we don’t have the ability
    to change the world. Don’t let another day go by and think what is
    happening to another part of the world can’t happen to you. The world is
    our backyard, the world is our family…everything is effecting us all
    at faster and faster speeds as we awaken to the reality of our true
    interactivity.

    Stand Up! and let all mankind know YOU WANT PEACE and DO NOT SUPPORT anyMORE WARS!

  • Davor Marko

    I saw one (movie) where some bad people tried to bring bombs to USA under tunnels down the Mexican border and kill some peoples in a football stadion.

    If it is the same plan 4 chemical weapons is better to stop that before bring that in USA.
    If that chemical weapon exist must destroyed, if that chemical weapon really exist it is better to be destroyed before some maniac use it and kill some innocent people…

  • Marion Wever

    I’m dutch and hope my english will do. IMANGINE…Our worldleaders are our parents. They fight the whole time, like some other parents do. But you still love them equal. Imagine…The people in Syrië are your familie. Your brothers and sisters. You love them an awful lot. Imangine they are your familie. What would you wish that happened?? You want your parents to stop fighting and work together to solve the problems in your familie, Your household…
    You don’t want, that in the middle of the fight, one of your brothers and sister have to die. You do not want anyone being beaten up. Your brothers and sisters share the same room. and maybe the room is to small for them. So you make it happen, each of them get their own room, their own space for their hobby. In your household you take care of every member..your big sister or your little brother that does’nt matter. And you did so because you love them all. You never let them pay for anything! Teach Love and take away the fear. But the most important thing…make sure that fear has no chance in you own heart because only love can solve the problem. What would love do is the best question ever!!!

    • freeagent37

      No one needs to be harmed or die, but unfortunately the peoples are not fully awake and they are bought into one sided story. Just as long as people are still feeding off just one side they will always be pulled into one agenda. We must! like you have said Marion Wever, Listen carefully to both children, both sides of every story…and look deeply. There is a much more clear story to all this if we listen to both sides no matter what. This is not being done by enough of us right now, most are not thinking for themselves and there is not a balanced jury here on this planet yet, but it is certainly growing to be so.

  • Now that 101 responses & comments have come in, now what are you planning to do? Where do we go from here? Just curious.

    • Ahmed

      Exactly. Since polls said only 9% of the American people are for a strike, will the so-called Democracy show us what it can do, or will it be proven to be just simple fake rhetoric.. again and again and again…

      • Good question, should the government “always” do the will of the people?

        Is war & national protection from terrorists the exception? Should
        there be exceptions?, or, is it the duty of the government to follow
        only the will of the people? When are exceptions allowable?

        • freeagent37

          There is just to much proof now and growing… the Leaders in the American Government our not following the peoples best interests at heart, or the worlds, they are lobbied, bought off and have special interest groups controlling them, this is not a theory anymore, this is a fact. All this terrorist stuff has been designed on purpose, fueled and empowered for many reasons by the USA to get the peoples to fearfully go along with certain agendas. So not only does the Leaders of the United States not care about the Majority of its peoples wishes, there is absolutely alternate objectives and agendas at play here. It’s about taking control of this earthly plane, our government has definitely been highjacked! So just as long as people see clearly that this is happening, and take the time to listen and research other sides of every story here on earth, they will always be lured into the side that is being broadcasted on the mainstream media. We must stand up! Make our voice heard, and tell our leaders they work for us, and our energy must be used for peaceful means.

      • freeagent37

        We can only watch as more people awaken and join hands for peace and demand a end to this insanity. More pressure and pain will continue as these men in power have a definite goal, and they are not asking the heart of the people or the earth, they are rolling at faster speeds just as the awakening is speeding up as well. To experience a planet with the majority reclaiming its rightful position and power to reach out and truly try to love each other, will be the most awesome turning point in the history of mankind.

  • freeagent37

    If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.

    John Lennon

  • Bruce La Fountain

    NOT killing people is always a no brainer…given we use the intelligence that we came stock from the factory with…
    When your belief structure overrides common sense…then STOP IT and find some new beliefs that serve the benefit of all humans…not just some or your own…

  • iamlife iam

    The Senate has passed a resolution to go ahead with the bombing of Syria. This was on the Huffington Post. If enough one loves come together and speak up and speak loudly maybe we can convince Congress to deny this resolution. It’s probably the only way, in my view. We must come together as a general public and speak out our name. Why are we going to war to justify killing for killing? That’s not justifiable war. War should be a last resort and only if one is attacked. Self defense was the reason for many wars, but, in this case it is lacking. We are not going to feel the consequences of our politicians not should they bomb Syria for bombing Syria. Our children are at stake now. We cannot allow these silly ignorant politicians to continue warmongering. That’s all it is. Warmongering. We must act now. Now is the time. Love to all

  • Sander Viergevert

    Does the advisors of Obama read this blog, or one of his advisors?

    • iamlife iam

      I don’t know but if we come together and write letters to congressmen everywhere, we may be able to spark a new way in the mind of them <3

  • Cedde Lausen

    Won´t Russia and China just deny the facts (as they often do) ?
    And even if they went along, would we not just be at the “economic problem” step ?

    • iamlife iam

      Hi, I don’t know about China, but, I think I just read on the Huffington Post that President Obama is actually in Russia and is not scheduled to meet with the main line in Russia. That just doesn’t sound like good foreign relations to me. I wish we had Jimmy Carter on the line

      • Cedde Lausen

        Jeah – It dosent look to promising.
        Lets hope the best

        • iamlife iam

          Hi love, I know prayer heals all life. We pray for the best and do our part to lift life as we move through these trying times. Many are tumbling in the onslaught of these awakening energies, and, some are becoming afraid, but, life always takes care of life. Hi Whew Love to you, love <3 <3 <3

          • Cedde Lausen

            This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius ;-)Thank you, and love to you to 🙂

          • iamlife iam

            It is that 🙂 It is 🙂 We are the new line of oneness, and, that line is always a new day. We create ourselves anew in every second here now, but really it’s all simultaneous, and, we can choose from this vast and vacious spacious heart what we truly are instead of what we aren’t to express as living life. Thank you for your sweetest heart in this second. Love, Love, Love you are Whew Weeee 🙂

  • Aino Vesanen

    For you who ar at FB, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif seems to be an active facebooker! You can comment on his posts and he even seems to read them now and then! One of his last updates:

    Greetings to all friends,

    The recent abhorrent developments in Syria once again highlight the
    fundamental legal, political and moral question on the utility and
    effectiveness of the use or threat of force to advance humanitarian
    causes or even national policies. This has been a constant intellectual
    and practical concern for me over the past three decades. A few thoughts
    on the current issue and wider implications:
    1- Any use of chemical
    weapons must be condemned, regardless of its victims or culprits. This
    is Iran’s unambiguous position as a victim of chemical warfare. But has
    it always been the position of those who are now talking about punishing
    their presumed culprit? How did they react when civilians in Iran and
    Iraq were victims of independently established massive and systematic
    use of advanced chemical weapons by their then-friend Saddam Hussein?
    So, it is prudent to take their assertions at face value now,
    particularly since the circumstances and available evidence indicate the
    likelihood of the use of chemical agents by extremist groups.

    2-Violence, repression, killing and extremism are repugnant crimes and
    every actor with influence in Syria must compel the parties to come to
    the negotiating table. But is a threat to use force the solution? Or
    does it represent the paradigm and the mentality that have helped to
    create this humanitarian tragedy and political catastrophe?
    3- Are
    all options really on the table as the US president repeatedly declares?
    Is every nation with military might allowed to resort to war or
    constantly threaten to do so against one or another adversary? Isn’t the
    inadmissibility of resort to force or threat of force a peremptory norm
    of international law? Is there any place for international law and the
    UN Charter at least in words if not deeds?
    4- Can one violate a
    peremptory norm of international law in order to punish – taking the
    claim at face value – a violation of law or even a crime?
    5- Why in
    fact has the UN Charter — and other sources of international law dating
    back to the 1928 Paris Accord – have prohibited the use or threat of
    force? Is this a wishful idealism of a bunch of lawyers? Or is it in
    fact a legal reflection of a political reality? In other words, is war a
    useful instrument to advance foreign policy or humanitarian
    responsibilities in the 20th and 21st centuries? Or have war and the use
    of force been prohibited because they lost their practical utility?

    6-Have those who maintain “all options on the table” noticed what these
    options have brought them and others in the past 100 years? Have they
    examined empirical evidence of the outcome of wars in the 20th and 21st
    century, all of which were initiated by those who were assured that
    their military might will lead to “shock and awe” and a quick victory?
    Have they not examined the fact that initiators of wars were totally
    annihilated or failed to achieve their objectives in 85% of the cases?
    and …
    Let us hope that we can avert another catastrophic adventurism.”

  • Peter

    Thought provoking discussion and I agree we are all part of the problem and solution with behaviours, actions be it action by non-action such as our taxes paying for our elected officials. I wonder though with the technology age can we reach out to people in syria and let them know how we would like to connect to them through non judgement, compassion how we are all one. We should try to engage from top down and bottom up. We are all connected spiritually from the same source and indirectly through other networks very closely. Our thoughts are real and perhaps we can bring about change if start to believe we can and through constant trying of new methods of communication even the smallest act may lead to a larger change. We should leave no stone unturned to bring peace and love to all.

  • Matt Ison

    Same old solutions for our problems. The viscous cycle of violence continues with no end in sight. Fighting violence with more violence will never help improve a situation. This story we are playing out here in the physical world is so repetitive and predictable. We need awakened leaders to have the courage to lead us down the path of peace and love. Heaven on earth is possible if we can let go of fear and recognize that we are all one with everyone and everything.
    Le

    • hempwise

      Will you become the awakened leader that humanity seeks.Will i become one ,what about all the people here forming one leadership group ! A peace group with another way of finding solutions to the worlds problems .If not us who if not now when ?

  • Shaz

    I think there is another fundamental problem with the US media and as a result has filtered down to the American public. I am speaking about the rampant Islamophobia which has been going on for decades and creates an US vs Them mentality. There is no division since we are all one.

    An example of this recently is the racist comments made by a jewish hecklar about Anthony Weiner’s wife . As an outsider looking in at US news it shocks me that no one in the US media has condemned such vile racism, however, if the racist comments were made about a black or jewish person or any other ethnic group then I’m sure there would have been outrage. This isn’t the only example, everytime I am in the US and watch the news – there are always vile comments made about muslims which go unchallenged. It seems to be perfectly acceptable to make such vile/racist comments about muslims/arabs.

    How is this related to Syria – well everything. If the hatred and false information spread
    about muslims would cease then perhaps people would start treating over a billion people as part of the global community and care for them as fellow human beings rather than see them as an alternate species. There would be more backlash to this talk of bombing Syria.

  • freeagent37

    ~As
    the world continues to be guided by forces that do NOT care for the
    health and welfare of its inhabitants, the true colors of these
    criminals hiding behind the political system in every country are coming
    out into the air all around us now. The world is awakening and clearly
    seeing through the lies of the parties who are bound together by their
    common allegiances to inhuman, unconscious elements.

    ~It is just a matter of time, and growing faster by the minute, hour
    and week, that the TRUTH in every corner of the Earth is compiling a
    library of new reasoning and common sense that is creating a new
    physical, psychological, and spiritual foundation of interactivity that
    has no room for the repeating of historical errors.

    ~Excitement
    is EXPLODING! as people across the globe for the first time are
    absorbing the freedom codes of millenniums, coming together as one voice
    and building ways to purify the status guo with real working peace
    making processes. Coming together and standing up for goodness, for
    beauty, for Love.

    ~To be part of a ‘never before journey’ into
    vast untapped pure waters of conscious knowing, learning from past
    mistakes and sailing the Universal Path to free all humanity of each
    others belief systems is currently underway and gaining momentum. In awe
    and amazement of the process that is you, that is me, that is US, THAT IS (((LOVE)))

    HOLD HANDS WITH EVERY PEACEFUL SOUL ACROSS THE WORLD
    STAND UP FOR NON-MILITARY ACTION
    BOMB THIS GORGEOUS EARTH WITH (((LOVE)))

    🙂

  • Bonnie Green

    As my Native American Dad said to me “put out into the Universe that which you would want to come back to you” n “Honor yourself, mother earth which brings forth nutients for our body n spirits to be fulfilled”, if we fail to evolve due to our fears, we will not create the future predestined for us.
    Out of fear n unknowing we stifle our future possibilities.
    The worst thing we can hold is Hatred, for it smothers all embers of the fire that should drive our journey—-TO ONENESS! We are all in this together.
    When we do not vibrate at the same rythm it simply means we are not in harmony.
    BEGIN TO SEEK HARMONY IN ALL WE DO.
    As our political leaders continue to ignore the will of the people an awakening is taking place, a knowing, without words being spoken, that will no longer tolerate them not being in tune with the WILL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED THEM.
    The good news is we are all becoming one, in our quest for peace n knowing we are all in this together. Together we can prosper n rebuild n find tranquility for all.

  • HOW SHOULD THE WORLD NOW RESPOND TO THE USE OF
    CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA?

    Non violently like Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King. Yet look what happen to them!

    While most if not all here may agree with this, how many would be willing to sacrifice their life for it? It’s the ultimate sacrifice & could be a very painful one at that.

    It’s a lot to ask. But it has proven very effective when used.

    • karenparks

      how many would be willing to sacrifice their life for it? We are all giving our life to it now, in this moment. consciously or unconsciously, with intent behind our thoughts and actions or willy nilly. We are in this together until the end.

  • Mich

    As I read all the happenings on Syria I cannot help but see the correlation of what’s happening there and in Southern Africa! The only difference being that it is not as well publicized as Syria’s dreadful predicament. I pray and trust that humanity will find a way to eliminate all despotic governments whether they are the Syrian’s, Egyptian’s Russians or African’s.

  • karenparks

    It is our belief that we are (1) exclusive vs we are (one) inclusive, that take us to these states of being that we are in today. What can (1) person do to make infinite change? Believe! There go I! in every person you meet and in every action you take.

  • daleseed9

    Nothing will change until Satan is imprisoned. He knows his time is short. He also know s that mankind will always worship GOD. He cannot change that desire, so he does his best to corrupt and pervert our worship. Seems like he’s done an excellent job to this point. We are so easily persuaded to worship just about anything, including our own lusts. As to why we are here, Paul said it’s so that GOD may demonstrate His great love and mercy to all the beings of His Universe – as morally corrupt as we are, still He loves us and sends the rain on the just AND the unjust.