"...following White House confirmation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people,"
Hmmm. Reminds me a bit of the "confirmed" WMD found in Iraq. In reality, there seems to be more evidence showing that anti-government videos were fabricated. For example, Mother Agnes, who lives in Syria, offers some serious criticism of a video that ended up on Reuters. On the other hand, there is widespread evidence that al-Queda affiliated rebels, the ones Obama and company want to support, are the ones using chemical weapons.
There are images of Syrian rebel forces loading blue canisters, of what may likely be chemical weapons, onto artillery equipment. There are also videos of apparent sarin gas attacks on a village, as noted at this link. There is also a video of a rebel claiming responsibility for gas attacks in Syria. Do we know with absolute certainty that these are not staged images and videos? No. But there is more documented evidence in support of this scenario than the scenario being peddled by President Obama and John Kerry.
Forms of collateral damage from Middle East interventions
Let's forget for a moment that Russian and Chinese battle ships are staged in the Middle East ready to jump in at the onset of any US intervention and begin WW III. What kinds of collateral damage has been noted in US- Middle East interventions in the past?
For starters "According to a report by “costofwar.org” 15,500 to 17,000 civilians have been killed as a result of America’s invasion of Iraq and still counting in Afghanistan." According to a new study on US veterans, "...more veterans are killing themselves than previously thought, with 22 deaths a day - or one every 65 minutes, on average." Is this a result of having been involved in unjust wars, torture and prisoner abuse? Perhaps this is a factor. One of the least considered groups of people, the Middle East Christians, offers more to consider. The above map, sourced from a Christian persecution website, outlines how Christians are already being beaten in Syria for their faith. The Iraq and Afghanistan invasions have demonstrated that US intervention in the area do not help to alleviate Christian persecution, but increase it. There are a select few that stand to profit from these invasions.
The US military-industrial complex stands to make some serious profits if the US bombs and / or invades Syria. With respect to oil, Dick Cheney's Haliburton made $39.95 billion off the Iraq war. According to an analysis by the Financial Times published in April 2013, ten contractors received 52 percent of the funds, which came to $138bn in total.
The FT Times outlined the No. 1 recipient:
Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL), in 2007.
But, even if Cheney is quietly resting at one of his many mansions just twiddling his thumbs, and even if no oil is involved in a Syrian conquest, the use of missiles, fighter jets, ammunition, and all the other accruements of war, will generate huge profits for the hungry US war machine. Is there any surprise, then, that the US MSM consolidated news and political pundits are willing to ignore evidence that suggests the US refrain from such an attack? That wouldn't be politically correct, even for a Nobel Peace Prize winning president. And one thing that many gung-ho anti-Muslim Christian neo-cons may not be aware of is that fellow Christians tend to suffer the most under such invasions.
As far as minorities go, Christians were the greatest collateral damage of Iraq War.
Organization Open Doors has been on-location in Iraq and offered this first-hand news:
"The field worker goes on to say that about 1,000 Christians have been killed during the 10 years since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Compared to other groups that have been killed within Iraq, the number of Christians killed is a much higher percentage." - So, was the Iraq invasion a success? Well, if being a Christian there will get you killed today, I guess that isn't much of a democracy, is it? The article goes on to state, "According to the World Watch List, Iraq is number 4 on the list of countries where Christian persecution is most rife."
The following embedded video underscores how Syrian Christians do not want a Syrian invasion today:
The Syrian woman made a valid point, a point supported by the people who live and work in the Middle East: US invasions in the Middle East increase Christian persecution and killings. She stated,
"We are the minority Christians who, unfortunately, by you and so many in the Senate, are just considered as collateral damage."
As noted in McCain's final statement, the woman's comments fell on deaf ears. McCain was instrumental in supporting the false WMD excuse for invading Iraq and, according to the NY Times, "...insists that he will never waver from his support of the war, no matter what the personal cost." Perhaps the secret Middle East war profits of the McCain family offer a slight reason for this determined and undying support?
Afghanistan is not much different. It was also invaded by the US shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks and US occupation remains, despite the fact that US soldiers are still being killed and peace and democracy have not been established there. And for Christians? You guessed it, "Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christian converts from Islamic backgrounds."
Though Middle East leaders are often corrupt, the fact is that streets are safer and there is more real freedom when there is some government control. As noted by Christian Freedom International,
"When government forces aren’t present, Muslims have been known to rob churches and kidnap, rape, or even kill Christian women."
Yes, it's true that the Bible tells us that Christians will be persecuted. And Jesus actually told us to rejoice when we are persecuted, because it means we are being identified with Christ. Nevertheless, this does not mean we should support causes that will increase Christian death and abuse.
Screenshots of courageous Marines and Navy men are posted on the Internet revealing how personal moral fiber sometimes takes precedence over career and obedience to the status-quo system. Would that the US Congress displayed such courage in requiring accountability for US politicians. One soldier wrote, "Wake up people" on his sign. Are you awake?
The agenda of the New World Order
One of the reasons the US public is not aware of what is transpiring is because mainstream news simply avoids a lot of important stories. The two main beneficiaries of the US interventions in the Middle East are those seeking war profits and those seeking more international control.
"The vast majority of Americans are left completely in the dark because American mainstream media, collectively slanted toward globalism, has been dominated by the very same globalists who founded the Trilateral Commission..." Globalists who wish to establish world government and do away with US sovereignty have no qualms about plundering other counties and plundering the US as well. The plundering of America was highlighted with the recently exposed extensive mortgage fraud. Companies such as Goldman Sachs were involved in the fraud and are connected to the Trilateral Commission, an organization with goals of establishing world government. For example, it's documented that Vladimír Dlouhy, listed as a Trilateral Commission leader at their website, is also listed at the Trilateral website as "international advisor for Goldman Sachs." The leaders of the New World Order like Middle East wars because they destabilize existing leadership and allow their own leadership to be installed.
In summary, there has been a pretension that US invasions will bring peace and democracy to troubled Middle Eastern areas. When, in reality, thousands of innocent civilians have been maimed, abused or killed and the violence continues to this day. Instead of actual peace and democracy, we now have globalists over seeing a "peace process" that 5they are in control of. Almost all of the Christians were either killed or forced to flee out of these countries. Profiteers and New World Order globalists are the ones who benefit from such interventions. Sadly, many US evangelical Christians, such as Billy Graham, have bought into the warped and criminal neocon value system and actually lend their support to US war criminals and their combination of secret and overt crimes.
I stumbled across a verse which seems to apply to the US military these days:
"Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, You will be plundered; When you make an end of dealing treacherously, They will deal treacherously with you." (Isaiah 33.1 KJV)
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