Americans at War

Donald  Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, and event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion.    He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine.    But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun.

Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario.   The war machine has been geared up on invading Syria for years.  It is so frustrating to watch the proxies muck around.   And please be aware that, whatever you may read, the Russians and Chinese are taking this action very seriously.   However, unlike our own government, they don’t act without intelligence, consideration and a plan.

If you think this is about a chemical gas attack, then please read Ray McGovern’s prescient article, The Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson, from last December.   Apparently, we didn’t get it.

So what can we do?

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A Fact Finding Mission to Yemen

Abdallah Mabkhout al Ameri, one of the dead, had previously survived a US strike on his wedding party. Photo via Reprieve

In February, President Trump gave the go-ahead to a Special Ops Mission in Yemen that was originally planned on Obama’s watch.    Numerous civilians were killed including 9 children, one of whom was Anwar Awlaki’s 8 year old daughter.   The event was widely, but not deeply covered in the U.S. MSM.   The focus was on blaming Donald Trump.   The Bureau of Investigative Journalism ran The Full Details of Botched US Raid in Yemen within a couple of days, naming the victims and providing information about them.  Since then, The Intercept ran an even more personalized article with interviews of the local people.   They must have someone inside Yemen.   Meanwhile, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that the number of drone strikes in Yemen has exploded since President Trump came into office.   Apparently the new President is also thinking of waiving a Congressional block on selling certain types of weapons to Saudis for use in Yemen.   It is difficult to imagine appropriate use of any weapon against the defenseless population of Yemen, but even so, Mr. Trump has once again iced the cake of mindless international intervention and destruction.

On one of the list serves I frequent, someone asked the question, who will go to Yemen and tell us their story.   I’ve actually been thinking about this.   Yes.   It seems crazy, but it would be something to go there and show some compassion for the people and bring back their stories.   Of course, The Intercept is already doing that.   But, I was mulling the difference between going to Syria to talk with people and going to Yemen.

I wrote:

I wish I could go to Yemen to document what it is happening there.

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George Panyne and I recording The Broken Spear Vision in the new studio for WRFR Rochester Free Radio

Syria and the Broken Spear Vision

Below is my recent interview with George Payne on his radio show, The Broken Spear Vision.   We talked about my trip to Syria from a variety of perspectives.   I’m always amazed at how much information we pack into each 1/2 hour show of the Broken Spear Vision.   George wrote an excellent article in which he embedded the interview and posted to his personal blog.   If we don’t agree on what is possible, George at least is open to what I have to say about my experiences and to the fact that I continue to look at the positive initiatives in Syria and the Region with the potential to restore not only the sovereignty of the smaller nations of the world but to move these populations towards a just peace.

Conversations on War and Peace with Judy Bello

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Aleppo Update

As i mentioned our visit was cut short by 24 hours maybe because they were worried that the Castello road to the north might close again, not sure.  Day before yesterday 2 suicide bomber vehicles were intercepted by air to ground missiles inside the northern perimeter of the western area of Aleppo.

Terrorist hell cannon activity has increased in response to the Russian and Syrian strikes particularly in the Ramousie area which is where the terrorists claim to have taken ground.  (Unfortunately, they did) The reports from inside Aleppo tell us the opposite, that the SAA lured terrorists out into the open before deploying air strikes which wiped out over 2000 terrorists.

Terrorists used chemical weapons in an attack on the old city on the 2nd August.  4 died including one REAL Syrian Civil Defense worker [not the fake White Helmets] and 25 women were affected by the toxic gas…described to be similar to Chlorine or Mustard.

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Welcome the Refugees; End the Wars

This year, Peace Action New York State has been focused on building strong student chapters. They have been doing a great job.   Judy Bello has had several opportunities to meet these young people who just might be the next generation of dedicated activists.     In September Judy was invited to speak by the Western New York Peace Center at Canisius College in Buffalo. The subject was the war in Syria, a tough one for most Americans to wrap their minds around.   Later she was invited by Peace Action, New York State (PANYS) to give some background on the recent flood of refugees fleeing into Europe, first at Hobart William Smith in Geneva and just this week at SUNY Geneseo.

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Rally in Support of the Iran Nuclear Deal

On August 26th, Rochester activists joined a national call to stand up for the Iran Nuclear Deal as an example of successful diplomacy.   More than 50 people showed up at the Federal Building for a rally and some enthusiastic protesting.  Members of Senator Gillibrand’s staff join us for a while, and conversed with members of the crowd.  After listening to […]

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Yemen Crisis: Trapped American – Freed Hostage

I wasn’t following this story in real time, but when it came to my attention today, the irony was too poignant to ignore.   A friend just sent me the content of an post from  Journalist Casey Coombs on the First Look, Intercept website.on May 4.   It is called “Stuck In Yemen: A Personal History“.  In the article, Coombs describes being stranded in Sana’a during the Saudi bombing campaign because the United States decided not to rescue US nationals in the country.

On April 30, the U.S. State Department posted updated information for Americans in Yemen with this printed in bold: “There are no plans for a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of U.S. citizens at this time.  If you wish to depart Yemen, you should stay alert for other opportunities to leave the country.” 

So there he is.  Abandoned in a war zone.  Fortunately, the locals are friendly, including the Houthis guarding a nearby outpost..

A month later, he is an American Hostage of the Houthis, freed by the Sultan of Oman.

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