An illegal, criminal – and FAILED attack

Macron, Trump og May gjennomførte et ååpenbart folkerettsstridig angrep på Syria. Det mener også eksperter i den tyske forbundsdagen.

Original title: Et ulovlig, kriminelt – og mislykket angrep 

By Pål Steigan 2018, April

US, France and Britain’s rocket attack on Syria was executed without coverage in any UN Security Council and without Syria having attacked them first. Syria is a full member of the UN and should enjoy protection of the UN Treaty. This is why the attack is a war crime and a crime against humanity.

As we have pointed out earlier, the attack was meaningless militarily and US top generals had succeeded in reducing it to the absolute minimum «necessary” to save Donald Trump’s face.

In summary, it even appears that the attack was a failure on its own terms. More than 100 missiles were launched on Syria. Sources state 103 Tomahawk missiles and 8 British Scalp EG missiles. The Russians and Syrians claim that 71 of these missiles were shot down by the Syrian Air Force. It consists of Soviet weapon systems of the type Buk, S-200 etc., ie at least thirty years old weapons. The much more advanced Russian weapon systems such as the S-400 were not used.  United States denies this, but even the SOHR, strongly against the Syrian government, claims that they were able to register rockets that were downed, and the number was higher than 65.

A 60-70% hit rate for an air defense against missile attacks, is a very big success rate, indeed.

The Pentagon claims that they bombed the Barzeh plant where the alleged production of chemical weapons takes place. This is either a gross lie, or US military leaders are even more evil than we thought. You simply do not bomb chemical weapons storages this way, it will cause the toxic chemicals to spread with the wind and inevitably hit scores of innocent civilians. Our thoughts about those responsible for this bombing are not high, but that they are that evil,  we still have difficulty to believe.

There is an obvious correct method to treat suspected chemical weapons storage and production sites and that is to ensure access for international inspectors, so that any illegal weapons production could be revealed once and for all. This means that they lie and that they know they are lying, but they hope the press is docile and swallows every lie they serve in the lust of war, by refraining from asking embarrassing questions. The Barzeh plant has also been investigated twice by OPCW and no chemical weapons found there.

The first videos of Barzeh plant after the bombing, showing that people walk around the area without any protection against toxic chemicals.

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May are war criminals and should have been tried by an international court. This is currently difficult to obtain, but the least we can do is show that we condemn their actions and show our contempt by revealing their lies.


Translation by Solveig Staal

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Pål Steigan. f. 1949 har jobbet med journalistikk og medier det meste av sitt liv. I 1967 var han redaktør av Ungsosialisten. I 1968 var han med på å grunnlegge avisa Klassekampen. I 1970 var han med på å grunnlegge forlaget Oktober, der han også en periode var styreleder. Steigan var initiativtaker til og første redaktør av tidsskriftet Røde Fane (nå Gnist). Fra 1985 til 1999 var han leksikonredaktør i Cappelens forlag og utga blant annet Europas første leksikon på CD-rom og internettutgaven av CAPLEX i 1997. Han opprettet bloggen og ga den seinere til selskapet Mot Dag AS som gjorde den til nettavis. Steigan var formann i AKP(m-l) 1975–84. Steigan har skrevet flere bøker, blant annet sjølbiografien En folkefiende (2013).