Children die in wars. This we know. Often they become the innocent victims in a conflict between warring factions that do not specifically target children. The kids just couldn't run fast enough to get out of the firing line - or the blast radius of a bomb dropped without due care and attention. This is unfortunate – we are told. It is also unavoidable - even with smart munitions designed to minimize collateral damage. Or so we are informed by the promulgators of war, as they stare out from our TV screens, and feign concern for the shredded bundles of bloody rags and flesh that once were children: that could once laugh as they ran down the road.
But then war is hell – is it not? And all children are born in sin – aren't they?
Well – I'm here to say – fuck that.
Forget the semantics – the aggressor in any war will deliberately kill the civilian population: including the children, of the target nation – and continue to do so until the aggressor's demands are met. For this is the implacable logic of modern: asymmetric, warfare. It is no longer about merely killing the enemy. It's all about gaining complete control over the battle space and it's inhabitants. And the main weapon: in the aggressor's arsenal, with which to achieve this is terror.
This is what we have recently witnessed in Syria. An exercise in pure terror that deliberately targeted children. A crime so horrific it beggars belief. Children: from Alawite families, were kidnapped in the Latakia region, taken to the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, and murdered in cold blood. The dead – and some still dying children – were then videotaped and the images posted online. The dual objectives here were to both terrorize the Syrian people: to cause a dramatic increase in the numbers fleeing the country, and demonize Assad's forces who were to be blamed for the atrocity. Both of these developments would then be used to justify military intervention by NATO.
The evidence we have - to support this interpretation of the East Ghouta massacre – has been provided by the International Support Team for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria (ISTEAMS) led by Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross: a Carmelite nun and Mother Superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated in Homs (Syria). This organization has published a preliminary report on its findings: in pdf format, which can be downloaded by using this link:
DOWNLOAD ISTEAMS REPORT
(NB. Please be aware that this is a 46 mb document.)
“The chemical attacks which took place in East Ghouta on August 21, 2013 could be the most horrific false flag operation in history.”
Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross
I will now summarize what I consider to be the salient points made in this report.
1) In the foreword section of this document we learn that its creation: by ISTEAMS, was inspired by the fact that the organization has been contacted by the parents and relatives of children abducted by The Free Syrian Army/Al Nusra fighters in the Latakia region, claiming that they had recognized their children/nephews/nieces in the videos posted online.
There is also an extensive list/table – giving the names and ages of those who are missing or have been kidnapped from the villages attacked in the Latakia region - at the end of the document (pages 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50). The entries relating to children and adolescents are highlighted in yellow.
2) On pages nine and ten we discover that there had been heavy fighting: between the 'rebels' and the Syrian Army (this included artillery and aerial bombardment), in East Ghouta for over a year before the alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21 2013, which forced virtually all of the native civilian population to flee the area. In other words – there weren't (or shouldn't have been) hundreds of children present in the area when the sarin was released.
3) Page eleven of the document covers the apparent discrepancy: evident in the videos, between the numbers of dead and dying children present and the lack of accompanying adults. Where are the parents of these poor children? If they were killed in the attack why weren't their bodies recovered? If they survived why aren't they with their children?
4) On page twenty we find the, rather interesting, juxtaposition of two images.
This is how both these images are featured in the ISTEAMS' documentary evidence. I've included the original text – exactly as it appears in the published pdf - so that you: the reader, will be under no illusions about what is going on here.
Further, we must bear in mind that the image on the right comes from one of the uploaded videos that were deemed 'verified' and 'authenticated' by US Intelligence, when they were presented in evidence: of Assad's culpability in the Ghouta massacre, before the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 5, 2013.
Moreover, these videos have also been referred to in warmongering speeches: delivered in morally outraged tones, given by the likes of Obama, Hagel and Kerry in America, Cameron and Hague in the UK, and Hollande in France.
The thing is – despite the 'verification' and the political status of those mentioned above – nothing can alter the fact that these videos represent pure disinformation. A propaganda deception of the worst kind - that uses images of brutally slain human beings to propagate even more death and suffering.
5) Another point made by the ISTEAMS report is that close examination of the videos reveals that the corpses of some children appear to have been moved from one makeshift mortuary location to another: some miles away, for no apparent reason.
(See page 28.)
The questions this raises are: what on earth were these guys doing wasting time and resources shunting corpses around the area when people were still in urgent need of medical attention?
Did they do this just to make up the numbers at the different locations? To paint as horrific a picture as they could?
Were these dead (probably Alawite) children no more than props - with which to dress up the movie sets in their propaganda/false flag films - to these Saudi Arabian funded Sunni extremists?
6) Finally, one of the most import issues raised by this document is: where are the children now? Where have they been buried?
This is of vital importance. Because it will only be possible to uncover what really happened in East Ghouta on August 21 by having their little bodies exhumed and autopsies performed on them by a team of international investigators.
And this is precisely what Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross and her team are calling for. This is why they have presented this document to the UN. This is, also, what we - as caring, concerned people - must insist upon.
As we can now see, the version of events told to us by our leaders bears no relation to the reality on the ground: the actual events, that occurred in East Ghouta back in August.
But we still hear some insisting that Assad was responsible for this massacre. To me these arguments are absurd. Why would Assad – when his forces are winning the war – and at a time when an international chemical weapons inspection team were in Damascus at his invitation, launch such an attack? Why – indeed – would he engage in such folly when he has been warned: by no less a personage than the President of the United States, that to do so would invoke airstrikes by America and its NATO allies?
Another thing you will have probably heard is that the 'rebels' do not have the capability to carry out such an attack.
Fighters belonging to the Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front have – in the past – been arrested in Turkey in possession of sarin gas. So we know they have access to this deadly compound.
And what about a means of delivery?
Check this out:
Here we see a missile being launched from the back of a truck that obviously isn't designed to perform such a function. Yet there it is – a delivery system.
So the fact of the matter is that – yes – the mercenaries and extremists fighting to bring down Assad do have the capability to launch surface-to-surface missiles equipped with chemical/nerve gas warheads.
But we mustn't assume that this is what happened in East Ghouta. No, it would have been far easier – and much safer – for these monstrous murderers to have forcibly administered poison directly to those poor, defenseless children.
And for that they must answer. As must all who aided and abetted in the perpetration of a crime so evil that – for anyone who thinks themselves to be a 'good person' – doing nothing about this terrible event becomes unthinkable.
Now let's get out there and get the bastards.