Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria by David Swanson + Was the Syria Strike Even Legal?

British parliament - David Cameron - Don't bomb Syria.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 7, 2017

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons.

This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal than chemical weapons — or for that matter than the depleted uranium weapons with which the United States has been poisoning the area. The fact that a weapon has not been banned does not create a legal right to go into a country and kill people with it.

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White Helmets Video, Macabre Manipulation of Dead Children and Staged Chemical Weapons Attack to Justify a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria by Marcello Ferrada de Noli

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The video below may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

by Marcello Ferrada de Noli
SWEDHR chair
The Indicter, March 6, 2017
March 10, 2017

An examination of a White Helmets video, conducted by Swedish medical doctors, specialists in various fields, including paediatrics, have revealed that the life-saving procedures seen in the film are incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake, including simulated emergency resuscitation techniques being used on already lifeless children.

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Why Release the Torture Report Now by David Swanson

"Extraordinary Rendition," A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 6, 2017

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime.

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Chris Hedges: The Hidden Tragedy of the Vietnam War

My Lai Memorial Site - Vietnam - Diorama of Massacre

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 2, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the hidden tragedy of the Vietnam War with author of “Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam”. Nick Turse uncovered documents that revealed systematic violence against civilians extending beyond the massacre at My Lai. They look back at Vietnam to understand what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the civilian cost that accompanied our defeat in Vietnam.

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Chris Hedges: We are Trapped Within this Death Spiral of Violence + Iraq War Tribunal

13th Anniversary of the Iraq War

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with Chris Hedges

CODE PINK on Dec 1, 2016

After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War brings the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It inspires the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017.

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The Media and Their Atrocities by Michael Parenti (2000)

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michaelparenti.org, May 2000
December 5, 2016

For the better part of a decade the U.S. public has been bombarded with a media campaign to demonize the Serbian people and their elected leaders. During that time, the U.S. government has pursued a goal of breaking up Yugoslavia into a cluster of small, weak, dependent, free-market principalities. Yugoslavia was the only country in Eastern Europe that would not dismantle its welfare state and public sector economy. It was the only one that did not beg for entry into NATO. It was — and what’s left of it, still is — charting an independent course not in keeping with the New World Order.

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75 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies by David Swanson

War Crime

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 30, 2016
December 1, 2016

Pearl Harbor Day today is like Columbus Day 50 years ago. That is to say: most people still believe the hype. The myths are still maintained in their blissful unquestioned state. “New Pearl Harbors” are longed for by war makers, claimed, and exploited. Yet the original Pearl Harbor remains the most popular U.S. argument for all things military, including the long-delayed remilitarization of Japan — not to mention the WWII internment of Japanese Americans as a model for targeting other groups today. Believers in Pearl Harbor imagine for their mythical event, in contrast to today, a greater U.S. innocence, a purer victimhood, a higher contrast of good and evil, and a total necessity of defensive war making.

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Embracing the US-NATO War Criminals Who Destroyed Our Country by Milina Jovanovic

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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by Milina Jovanovic
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 7, 2016

Serbia’s Agreements with NATO. A War for US Hegemony in Europe

Seventeen years have passed and many people have already forgotten that the U. S. and a number of other NATO countries collectively waged one of the most destructive wars on the European continent since the end of World War II–the modern aerial bombing campaign against the Serbian people. In the tradition of the New World Order, this “intervention” wasn’t called “war.” It was argued by various Western politicians and the corporate media that the bombing campaign was directed against the late Serbian President Miloševic and his “propaganda machine.”[i] In fact, the NATO bombs loaded with depleted uranium[ii] were falling on bridges, maternity hospitals, private residences of ordinary people, a moving train, a Serbian TV station, the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, as well as water plants, schools, electrical power plants, and many other objects that were crucial for the society to function.

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Provoking Nuclear War by Media by John Pilger

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com
August 23, 2016

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

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Hillary Clinton: A Threat to All Humanity

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GlobalResearchTV on Jul 24, 2016

The world looks on in horror as Hillary Clinton heads to Philadelphia to be nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the presidency. Yet still the leading lights of the so-called “progressive” movement argue that it is the left’s duty to vote for this neocon warmonger. But the consequences of this strategy may well lead directly to nuclear war. This is the GRTV Backgrounder on GRTV.ca.

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Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children by David Swanson

#Paris bombing #syria

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 20, 2016

Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it’s acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria?

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What Makes Obama Think His Wars Are Legal? by David Swanson

War Crimes Must Be Stopped

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 13, 2016

President Barack Obama’s lawyers, working on our dime, have just laid out a 46-page explanation of why current wars are legal. They’ve done so in response to a lawsuit, which has limited the argument in some significant ways.

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John Chilcot Finally Releases Iraq Inquiry Report

The Blood Price

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Chilcot Report critical of Tony Blair, British intelligence in lead-up to Iraq War

with David Swanson

RT America on Jul 6, 2016

After a seven-year-long investigation, Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry Committee Sir John Chilcot released his report on the United Kingdom’s role in the Iraq War. The Chilcot Report is highly critical of the UK’s intelligence services, saying they provided “flawed” information about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. RT correspondent Polly Boiko has more on the report from London. Then, RT America’s Anya Parampil sits down with author and activist David Swanson, who says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair “knew very well” that WMDs did not exist in Iraq.

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Have a Chilcot Fourth of July by David Swanson

Blair's Bloody Hands

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 28, 2016

This Fourth of July, U.S. war makers will be drinking fermented grain, grilling dead flesh, traumatizing veterans with colorful explosions, and thanking their lucky stars and campaign contributors that they don’t live in rotten old England. And I don’t mean because of King George III. I’m talking about the Chilcot Inquiry.

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Sue Saudi Arabia For 9/11, and U.S. For All Its Wars by David Swanson

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, April 18, 2016
April 20, 2016

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would open the United States up to lawsuits from abroad.

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