Water Crisis in Syria, "We think it was worth it."

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Water contamination and a water blockade have been occurring in Damascus, Syria which evidently involves the White Helmets, the Nobel Peace prize nominated, NATO sponsored, terrorist affiliated, propaganda "organization". If it involves the White Helmets, it also involves the U.S. and Britain.

"The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the illegal blockade of water to civilians in Damascus is part of a organized campaign under U.S. command. The campaign is designed to block utilities to government held areas as revenge for the liberation of east Aleppo."

As Moon of Alabama described it yesterday:

"After the eastern part of the city of Aleppo was liberated by Syrian government forces, the local rebels and inhabitants in the Barada river valley were willing to reconcile with the Syrian government. But the al-Qaeda Takfiris disagreed and took over. The area is since under full al-Qaeda control and thereby outside of the recent ceasefire agreement. On December 22 the water supply to Damascus was suddenly contaminated with diesel fuel and no longer consumable. A day later Syrian government forces started an operation to regain the area and to reconstitute the water supplies."

Now some "civil groups" have offered access to the water supply under the conditions of that the Syrian army halt it's operations, which isn't going to happen. One of those civil groups has been identified as the White Helmets.

"The U.S. and UK government created and paid White Helmets are “impartially”, “neutrally” and “for all Syrians” blocking the water supply to 5 million Syrians in Damascus. U.S. military and CIA officers run the “operations rooms” in Jordan and Turkey that direct the insurgency."

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/01/usuk-paid-white-helmets-help-blocki...

This is apparently part of a larger, coordinated strategy because the water supply was attacked in Aleppo and electricity and gas lines have been destroyed/cut in Damascus.

It follows a common tactic in war. Evil, immoral tactics that hurt innocent people, especially children. War tactics the United States government knows all too well.

Many know that the U.S. sanctions placed on Iraq in the 90's resulted in the deaths of at least half a million children. Most don't know how the sanctions caused those deaths.

"Confirmed by documents of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), “the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country’s water supply after the Gulf War. The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway.”

The primary document, “Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities,” is dated January 22, 1991. It spells out how sanctions will prevent Iraq from supplying clean water to its citizens.

Iraq depends on importing specialized equipment and some chemicals to purify its water supply, most of which is heavily mineralized and frequently brackish to saline,” the document states. “With no domestic sources of both water treatment replacement parts and some essential chemicals, Iraq will continue attempts to circumvent United Nations Sanctions to import these vital commodities. Failing to secure supplies will result in a shortage of pure drinking water for much of the population. This could lead to increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-deliberately-destroyed-iraq-s-wa...

The document notes that the importation of chlorine “has been embargoed” by sanctions and food and medicine will be affected. That and other documents listed at the link confirm that the United States knew the sanctions would kill hundreds of thousands of children.

They all knew it:

At a House hearing on June 7, Representative Cynthia McKinney, Democrat of Georgia, referred to the document “Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities” and said: “Attacking the Iraqi public drinking water supply flagrantly targets civilians and is a violation of the Geneva Convention and of the fundamental laws of civilized nations.”

I frequently call Obama, Kerry and Clinton war criminals for the war in Syria, among other actions, and that they're responsible for the deaths of thousands of children. By the time it's done it might be hundreds of thousands, just like under his Democratic party predecessor, War criminal/child killer Bill Clinton and his sidekick War criminal/child killer Madeleine Albright. The Democratic War Party continues to kill children.

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Big Al's picture

And we seem helpless to stop it. Every time.
I met this old guy today at a store, he was buying a paper and on the front was something about the GOP. I told him have fun reading about the GOP and he said he'd had enough of politicians. I said, wait till they go after Social Security. He said if they start to do that, we better get out in the streets like "we did in the sixties".
I started thinking about an Old People's March. We ain't done yet.

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Pricknick's picture

What’s the difference today, between a convicted felon and a unprosecuted war criminal?
One has been caught. The other has political protection.
War crimes are legal now.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

snoopydawg's picture

for those who vote to place sanctions on the countries that won't do their bidding for financial gain for the corporations who they have sold us out to.
The people who willingly vote to put sanctions on other countries know damn well that the sanctions are not going to hurt the leaders, but the innocent civilians.
This goes for those that vote for invasions, the use of drones or overthrowing governments and installing brutal dictators and doing nothing when they commit human rights violations.
When Albright said that she thought the sanctions placed on Iraq which killed 500,000 Children I thought what could possibly be worth that? What was gained after their deaths?
Saddam didn't change anything, so what was worth those deaths?
And this goes to anyone who willingly joins the military knowing that they will probably be sent to a foreign country to kill people who have done no harm to this country.
I don't care if people are joining the military because they can't find a job.
There has been enough information available to people to know that if they join the military they aren't fighting to defend this country or our freedoms.
I remember a diary on DK years ago about a person who rejoined the military because his wife had cancer and he didn't have health insurance, so he joined the military so he could get insurance to save her life.
I have always wondered how many other innocent people were killed so she could live?
Anyone who can callously vote to send our military to other countries for the corporations to steal their resources have to be sociopaths or just plain evil.
Nope, no place dead enough for them.
I agree with Rev. Wright.
Read what he said about America and see what you think of his words.

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The donor class doesn’t want it, and Americans elect the bribed. So suck it up.

The Ostrich should be the national bird not the Eagle

jorogo's picture

why people (shouldn't) join the military.
Last evening, I watched the documentary, "Sir! No Sir!", about the growing Vietnam war-era revolution of GI's against their military command, and the roots of the upsurge in the anti-war movement of that era having originated with active-duty soldiers. It's what we need today, but the all-volunteer system has nearly, as planned, negated that possibility.
For myself, a life-long resister, all I can do is display my design-it-yourself bumper sticker....
"Thank a Pacifist for Their Service"

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"If I sit silently, I have sinned." - Mossadegh

Tao Joe's picture

But in a world gone MAD - I mean totally MAD - she could just as easily be the Queen-of-Heart of some other deranged soul's . Sad

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Oldest Son Of A Sailor's picture

Many of these young kids have been indoctrinated into "Patriotically Serving Their Country" along with the idea that the military offers "Career Orientated Education" and "Work Related Experience" without realizing that our government has been coopted by the MIC, corporations and banksters, so they are killing to rape other countries of their natural resources and assets for the benefit of the 1%...

If they come back unboxed, or unmaimed, they will be forever altered, coming back as either a PTSD mess that is incapable of functioning with mental and addiction issues, a person who has realized how wrong war is and joins the Anti-War Effort, or a freak ready to serve the 1% patrolling the streets of our cities and towns as a militarized law enforcement officer...

Have you ever noticed how we have had wars or Gi's or Spooks based in places where some of the best dope in the world originates, or is on a major transportation route? How it has increased the number of addicted people coming back, or involved in the illicit drug trade?

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Korea
  • Phillipines
  • Afghanistan
  • Panama
  • Honduras
  • El Salvator
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Columbia
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Persian Gulf States
  • Turkey
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Various African Nations
  • Various Western Europe Nations
  • and others

They don't always know what they are getting into...
But for those that do they are scum and psychopaths...

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"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."

~John F. Kennedy~
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CB's picture

production AFTER the US starts putting CIA agents in the area. It is now well known that the CIA has used drug money to finance its activities - especially those illegal activities that would not receive Congressional funding. Look at the tremendous damage done to ordinary people all around the world due to cheap and easy to obtain heroin.

I cannot think of any other nation in the world that has done as much damage to the earth's inhabitants and ecosystems in the last century as the USA has done in it's single minded pursuit of financial gain by pushing an agenda of the capitalization of the earth's resources, including it's life forms.

The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia
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McCoy wrote in the book, "American involvement had gone far beyond coincidental complicity; embassies had covered up involvement by client governments, CIA contract airlines had carried opium, and individual CIA agents had winked at the opium traffic. As an indirect consequence of American involvement in the Golden Triangle until 1972, opium production steadily increased ...
Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle grew 70 percent of the world's illicit opium, supplied an estimated 30 percent of America's heroin, and was capable of supplying the United States with unlimited quantities of heroin for generations to come."[7]

The CIA's actions were more specifically described by him thus: "In most cases, the CIA's role involved various forms of complicity, tolerance or studied ignorance about the trade, not any direct culpability in the actual trafficking ... [t]he CIA did not handle heroin, but it did provide its drug-lord allies with transport, arms, and political protection. In sum, the CIA's role in the Southeast Asian heroin trade involved indirect complicity rather than direct culpability."[5]

McCoy said the CIA recruited drug lords in the frame of the Cold War, underlying a "conflict between the drug war and the cold war."[6] For instance, McCoy alleges that the CIA assisted drug lords in Burma in 1950 in operations against China,[8] McCoy also said similar drug trafficking activities occurred from 1965 to 1975 in Laos and through the 1980s in Afghanistan, supporting for example the drug and warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezbi-i Islami guerilla group.[6]
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Oldest Son Of A Sailor's picture

To finance operations have been well documented on many occasions...

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"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."

~John F. Kennedy~
Economic: -9.13, Social: -7.28,
Amanda Matthews's picture

when I think about the price he ended up having to pay for staying true to his convictions. He took on some pretty big guys. Alone.

Democracy Now link

!NERMEEN SHAIKH: A new film out in theaters this week tells the story of one of the most maligned figures in investigative journalism: Gary Webb. In 1996, Webb published an explosive series in the San Jose Mercury News titled "Dark Alliance." It began, quote, "For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency."

AMY GOODMAN: The series revealed ties between the CIA, the Nicaraguan contras, the crack cocaine trade ravaging African-American communities here in the U.S. This is a trailer for the new film Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb.

http://m.democracynow.org/stories/14700

end of link

It's odd but I've had occasion to reference him twice in the past couple weeks. It just seems to me that he's been seriously overlooked and neglected when people refer to courageous and conscientious whistle blowers and/or journalists. I am always grateful for the opportunity to remind people of Mr. Webb.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

mimi's picture

indoctrinated, they get seduced.

along with the idea that the military offers "Career Orientated Education" and "Work Related Experience" without realizing that our government has been coopted by the MIC, corporations and banksters,

One could say they get betrayed by recruiters, who bamboozle them to believe what they read in their printed recruiting material. Glossy booklets.

When they come back and leave the military after combat overseas, they are called the dummies, why they joined voluntarily. That's the most hurting accusation.

Moralizing arrogance is what they need most ... after what they went through.

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Steven D's picture

We have found the monsters and they are us (apologies to Pogo).

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"You can't just leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution."---Tyree Scott

blazinAZ's picture

It's all too common to embargo exactly what is needed -- water, medicines and doctors, food, tools -- as a tactic of imperialism. The US has done this over and over again (e.g., Cuba) in attempts to bend other nations to the will of the oligarchs.

I try and try to see past the inhumane actions and see the humanity of the perpetrators, including Obama, Bush, Albright, the Clintons, ad infinitum, but it is exceedingly difficult. They seem like monsters to me, unethical, immoral, greedy, sadistic, self-absorbed, and lacking in all compassion.

My heart breaks for the victims of the US military and "diplomacy."

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--Amiri Baraka

CB's picture

accuse Russian, Syrian and Hezbollah for contaminating and shutting off the water to 5 million people living in Damascus and other government held areas. The western MSM have also blamed the Syrian government for shutting off the water supply to Aleppo last week, right after it was liberated from the terrorist groups.

Do the assholes that write and propagate these stories have a reasoning brain? Why would the Syrian government do something to antagonize and destroy the very basics of life in areas under its full control when it is in a winning position? How stupid are the "masses" to believe this bullshit?

Here's reports from 3 independent reporters that have actually spent months inside Syria speaking to the people. They rarely, if ever, get coverage from the western media, and if they do, they are deliberately misquoted. These women have been consistently thrown under the bus as Assad 'mouthpieces' or Putin 'stooges' at the Great Orange Circle Jerk.

Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz exposes what went wrong with Western media coverage of Syrian conflict
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Famous Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz first traveled to Syria in March 2016 to film a documentary about the role of women in the Syrian conflict. In 8 months she traversed three quarters of Syria's territory, visiting areas controlled by the Syrian army and by insurgents, meeting with government supporters and opposition members alike.
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"As a result, we turned away from these people, thought that helping them would be a lost cause. In our desperation we put our trust in activists and human rights organizations which claimed that they are present in the conflict zone but failed to adequately relay the situation there. Contrary to a popular belief, there is a moderate opposition in Syria: they are people who, during the onset of the conflict, asked for reforms and not their president's resignation," Ortiz said.
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As Ortiz ruefully concluded, influential media agencies tend to avoid answering such questions; they keep focusing on the military conflict, using civil war references, but neglect to mention foreign gangs that became the source of destabilization.

"We've made many mistakes. We succumbed to the news without verifying their sources," Ortiz said.

The Voice of Syria documentary filmed by the actress and her crew relays the story of the war in Syria "told by real people, citizens", according to Ortiz. The movie is expected to be released in Syria and in Bolivia on June 2017.
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Eva Bartlett on Syria: Responding to Buzzfeed
by Eva Bartlett
Last Friday, December 9, just as the liberation of East Aleppo was taking place on the ground, the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations held a press conference at which Eva Bartlett, Canadian journalist well known for her first-hand reporting about the proxy war in Syria, presented an outstanding analysis of the deliberate disinformation and propaganda campaign the Western mainstream media have carried out since 2011, part of their countries’ regime-change agenda in Syria. Following her appearance at the UN, widely publicized across social media, Bartlett was contacted for an email interview by Buzzfeed’s Ishmael N. Daro. We are posting here the full text of Eva Bartlett’s response, followed by the full text of Daro’s email to her.

Liberty Report talks to Vanessa Beeley: ‘Everything the US media says about Aleppo is wrong’
Why are western media lying and producing a fictional narrative regarding the situation unfolding in Aleppo, Syria?

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

Big Al's picture

After Kissinger and Obama, it's literally become something out of 1984.

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The donor class doesn’t want it, and Americans elect the bribed. So suck it up.

The Ostrich should be the national bird not the Eagle

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Did you read the comments in the Moon of Alabama article?
Many posters left a lot of great links which led me to this one which further takes the masks off of the White Helmets.

Again the depravity of anyone who can turn a blind eye to the suffering and deaths that they have caused is unfathomable to my mind.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/06/21/who-are-the-syria-white-helmets/
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Big Al's picture

I'll check it out.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

people we've murdered, I don't think many Americans want to think about it let alone talk about it. Particularly since President Peace Prize ramped up the program into hyperdrive.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa