In 2016, Walk the Talk: “Anti-Islamophobia.” (You can do it.)

by Joe Scarry

December 6, 2015 — This week, American Jews are participating
in a series of nationally coordinated actions against Islamophobia
and racism to mark the eight days of Chanukah with a rekindling
of their commitment to justice. (See jewssayno.org)

As a person working to put a stop to war, it is clear to me that the conflating of the ideas of “the threat of Islam” and “the global war on terrorism” are the biggest obstacles to peace today.

Simply stated: Islamophobia fosters war.

We live in a 24/7 entertainment and media culture, and it is a constant struggle to shift from being a passive participant in the dominant cultural narrative to being an active influence on the ideas circulating in our communities.

Numerous groups are leading an effort to replace Islamophobia with education and conversation. (See links below.)

In particular, as an active participant in several church congregations, I recognize the responsibility of people of faith to move from contemplation to action. (Apostles act.) I invite us members of Christian communities to ask ourselves:

What are we doing to bridge the gap between ourselves and Muslims?
(If we are not the ones to create the bridge, who is???)

Here are some of my recent blog posts on the subject of Islamophobia:

We all wish to be judged by our good intentions. But the way people know us is through our actions. So … what do people in the Muslim world know about us here in the United States?

(See They’ll Know Us By Our Actions)

The iPhobe is a humanoid robot that spouts anti-Islamic rhetoric and encourages fear and hatred in an unprecedented variety of ways.

(See Like your iPhone? You’ll LOVE the new iPhobe!)

If we are going to stave off a U.S. war against Iran, we are going to have to have some very difficult conversations with other Americans. Some people are extremely hostile. It’s confusing and a bit frightening, but we’re going to have to confront it.

(See Why Does Iran Arouse So Much Hostility?)

In 2013 America, we have been conditioned to feel anything associated with Middle Eastern and/or Muslim men should trigger feelings of suspicion, fear, and hatred. And when those cues are triggered, all of our objectivity and healthy skepticism goes out the window.

(See Orwell and the Uses of Hate)

Here’s something that would be courageous and valuable, in my opinion: zero in on the handful of people in the world who have their fingers on triggers of the massive nuclear arsenals that threaten us, and bring them to heel. That would be impressive.

(See The Wrong 3,000,000 Covers: Quel dommage! )

I wonder if the outrage that many Muslims seem to feel at the suffering of other Muslims doesn’t put us Christians to shame.

(See Fighting Back: It’s alright as long as you’re a Christian, right? )

The biggest idea coming out of the 2013 Drone Summit? We will only deal successfully with the crimes being committed using drones when we understand them as part of the much larger war against communities of color . . . .

(See Drone Gaze, Drone Injury: The War on Communities of Color )

“Yes, I tell everyone: I’m Sicilian — but,” she said, “that doesn’t mean I’m Mafia — and German — but that doesn’t mean I’m a Nazi.” And then she added: “And being Muslim doesn’t mean someone’s a terrorist! That’s what I tell people!”

(See Kairos: “Muslim” Doesn’t Mean “Terrorist”! )

I was back in New Jersey to visit with high school friends in July. It gave me the opportunity to visit the newly opened 9/11 Memorial. Not surprisingly, what I saw made me spend days and weeks thinking about the memorial itself, and the larger issue of 9/11 in our national life. Out of all that I have seen and heard and read and thought about, several thoughts keep rising to the top.

(See 9/11 Memory: Grieving and Celebrating Valor, Leaving Vengeance Behind )

Useful links to anti-Islamophobia resources

10 Strategies to Counter Islamophobia – Presented by Imam Malik Mujahid at 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago, January 27, 2016.

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Drones: We Need Debate, Not Sound Bites

by Joe Scarry

It’s an election year in the US. National security is becoming a top issue. Everyone’s talking about ISIS, and terrorism. The evolving US militarism is bubbling just below the surface.

Okay: let’s put the question on the table.

REAL debate is not the 3-ring circus that you see on TV during prime time,
full of personalities and ad hominem attacks, but rather a knowledge- and
research-based exchange of argument and counterargument directed at
focused analysis of a specific question. Passion and competition, yes,
but, more than anything else, debate is an exercise in critical thinking!

Let’s hear some real debate: Is military action the solution? Is violence the way to fight violence? Are we going to “drone” our way to a peaceful world?

Before we let some politician get away with a cheap sound bit, let’s subject the question to real scrutiny:

Does the use of drones really offer countries like the US the best solution for addressing violent threats?

Let’s see a real debate.

Related posts

Anyone who has had to write a speech knows that the hardest part is to land on the main idea. Once you’ve got that right, the rest practically writes itself.

(See “The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence.” on Scarry Thoughts.)

A virus is able to be so successful precisely because it (most of the time) doesn’t kill its host. I can’t help thinking that we simply are not being intelligent about how to respond to violence. How might recognizing the “viral” nature of violence help us to respond to it more intelligently?

(See Violence: Taking Over Like a Virus on Scarry Thoughts.)

We can now entrust all the dirty work — including war — to robots. (Or can we?)

(See A Modest Proposal: Debate the Drones on Scarry Thoughts.)

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#PeaceDay 2015 – Ten Thoughts on Peace

by Joe Scarry

Rainbow peace sign flag
(Image: @fieldsforever58)

Yesterday was the UN International Day of Peace.

The day nudged me to think about what — if anything — I feel I really know about peace and the movement for peace.

Here are 10 things that are true for me . . . .

(1) Nuclear abolition

The risk from nuclear weapons is so great, the only responsible course is total elimination now.

(See What’s YOUR “appetite for risk”? (Eliminate nuclear weapons NOW!) )

(2) Getting with the times

The means available to us today for eliminating war vary greatly from those available from those working to eliminate war in decades past.

(See Not Your Father’s Antiwar Movement )

(3) Social media power

One means that can be the source of enormous power is social media.

(See News Worth Spreading: “There IS An Alternative to War!” )

(4) Intersectionality

We face a whole lot of obstacles to peace and justice. To be a peace activist means committing to work on multiple fronts.

(See Drone Gaze, Drone Injury: The War on Communities of Color )

(5) Grounding oneself

Where do people find the grounding to sustain their work for peace?

For many people, grounding is found in community and/or faith.

(See Get Outside Your Comfort Zone and Have A Conversation Today (Welcome to the Ministry) )

(6) The centrality of nonviolence

Eventually, it becomes clear that “nonviolence” is not just an aspect of style, and somehow optional, but is, in fact, a central source of the essential power needed by anyone working for peace.

(See Chenoweth on Why Nonviolence Gets Results (The “Cliff’s Notes” Version) )


(7) A challenge to the Church

How much attention should Christians give to the work of actually opposing war?

To me it seems clear that Jesus’ “good news” is a subversive, anti-imperialist, anti-establishment, anti-status quo call to action.

(See How Shall We Live in the Face of Empire? (Reading Mitri Raheb) )

(8) Peace work

Peace is a system, and we should approach it as something to work at.

Peace work requires resources: hours, money, skills.

(See A Global Security System: An Alternative to War from World Beyond War.)

(9) Permawar

The main characteristic of war has become its persistence. Why?

(See J’ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar)


(10) Go ahead, say “never”

One of the best things we could do is get out of the “little bit of war” habit. Saying “no” is the first step to finding alternatives to war.

(See Greenwald Was Right: “Humanitarian” War in Syria? It’s Just More War )

What’s true for you?

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Why Are These Military Experts Saying CUT CUT CUT Nukes?

by Joe Scarry

I was shocked by this sentence in The New York Times four years ago:

“The Pentagon has now told the public, for the first time, precisely how many nuclear weapons the United States has in its arsenal: 5,113. That is exactly 4,802 more than we need.

(See “An Arsenal We Can All Live With” by Gary Shaub, Jr., and James Forsyth, Jr., May 23, 2010 in The New York Times.)

I was even more shocked when I read the identities of the authors:

Gary Schaub Jr. is an assistant professor of strategy at the Air War College.

James Forsyth Jr. is a professor of strategy at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Who are Schaub and Forsyth? Why do they say the U.S. should hold no more than 311 strategic nuclear weapons — less than 1/10 of its current levels?

Anti-nuke? Not by a long shot . . .

Gary Schaub

Gary Schaub taught at the Air Force Research Institute and Air War College, both at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He is currently a tenured Senior Researcher at the Centre for Military Studies of the University of Copenhagen, where he and his colleagues “conduct research-based consultancy work for the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Defence Committee of Parliament as well as scholarly research on international security issues.”

Here’s James Forsyth, Jr.’s profile from the Air Universitywebsite: “Dr. Forsyth received his PhD in International Studies from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. While there, he studied international and comparative politics, as well as security studies. He has taught at the Air Force Academy and Air Command and Staff college, where he served as Dean. His research interests are wide ranging and he has written on great power conflict and war.”

Schaub and Forsyth are military experts.

And, in general, they favor the existence — though not the use — of nuclear weapons.

They come right out in their op-ed and say, “The idea of a nuclear-weapon-free world is not an option for the foreseeable future. Nuclear weapons make leaders vigilant and risk-averse. That their use is to be avoided does not render them useless. Quite the opposite: nuclear weapons might be the most politically useful weapons a state can possess.”

Still, they have called for deep cuts in U.S. nuclear weapons.

Doing the math

Col. B. Chance Saltzman (left)
in his capacity as 460th Operations Group commander
( U. S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers, 7/7/2011)

Schaub and Forsyth’s op-ed grew out of a paper: “Remembrance of Things Past : The Enduring Value of Nuclear Weapons”, which they published in conjunction with B. Chance Saltzman (Colonel, USAF) in Strategic Studies Quarterly, Spring 2010.

Even if you are usually unconvinced by the game theory and other heuristics usually relied upon by proponents of nuclear strategy, the “Remembrance” paper is worth reading, because it does something insightful: it points to the degree to which the U.S. (and others) have been constrained by the relatively small arsenals of other countries (e.g. China). They suggest that, in fact, a significantly reduced nuclear arsenal would accomplish deterrence. 

In addition, they provide useful discussion of the need to reach reductions by steps — i.e. steps that even those resistant to reductions can swallow.

What is “strategy,” anyway?

If you’re wondering what Schaub and Forsyth have up their sleeve, it may be contained in these sentences:

“We need a nuclear arsenal. But we certainly don’t need one that is as big, expensive andunnecessarily threatening to much of the world as the one we have now.(emphasis added)

Two little words — “unnecessarily threatening” — go a long way to suggesting why Schaub and Forsyth think the U.S. would be better off with fewer nuclear weapons.

Any advocacy for the elimination of nuclear weapons must sooner or later get around to the specifics of the steps by which we get to zero. U.S. nuclear strategists recognize that 311 is still alarge number of strategic nuclear weapons for the U.S. to hold. Shouldn’t our minimum demand be to get U.S. to this level (or below)?

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How do you formulate a statement that can somehow convince the United States to eliminate its threatening nuclear weapons?  How do you formulate the 10th request? Or the 100th? Knowing all the time that the United States is in the position — willalways be in the position — to say, “No” ?  At what point does it dawn on you that the United States will nevergive up its nuclear weapons, becauseit has the power and the rest of the world doesn’t?

(See 360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States))

There are three centers of power that will impact nuclear disarmament: the President, the Congress, and the people. One of them will have to make nuclear disarmament happen.

(See Countdown to U.S. Nuclear Disarmament (With or Without the Politicians) )

In light of the upcoming review of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and the fact that organizations throughout the country and worldwide are organizing to press the U.S. to substantially reduce its stores of nuclear weapons, it seems like a good time to use social media to get EVERYONE on board!

(See 5 Ways YOU Can Make a Difference on #NoNukesTuesday )

Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon – a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War – deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy.

(See Reviews of “Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom” by Elaine Scarry )

Done correctly, the questioning of physicist “Ash” Carter will allow for one of only two possible conclusions: (A) The continuance of the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons renders the U.S. unsafe; OR (B) This Secretary of Defense nominee is not really competent as a physicist, as he claims.

(See ASK THE PHYSICIST: “Ash Carter, are we safe with all those nukes?” )

Other related links

“Even our generals are telling us we have too many nuclear weapons.” Senator Diane Feinstein in the Washington Post, December 3, 2014: “America’s nuclear arsenal is unnecessarily and unsustainably large”

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Want #NoNukes in 2016? TAKE ACTION!

by Joe Scarry

A Ban on Nuclear Weapons
(Read statements of 120+ countries supporting.)

Following the the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima (WNVF) I have written a lot about the many places in the world that people have been harmed, and continue to be harmed, and are likely to be harmed more in the future, by nuclear radiation.

But even more important is to tell people about the progress being made to stop nuclear weapons, and to urge everyone to take action.

Tonight is the State of the Union address in the US.  Despite the hopes of many, President Obama seems to have forgotten his call for the elimination of nuclear weapons.  The good newsis that a bill is in Congress to eliminate US nuclear weapons and convert the money and resources to safe, renewable energy. YOU can help by joining with thousands of other activists and getting your member of Congress to become a co-sponsor of “The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act.”

The movement to eliminate nuclear weapons from the UK
has grown in success through the courage of thousands
in taking to the streets and putting their bodies on the line.
(What are you prepared to do?)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the movement to get nuclear weapons out of the UK is coming to a head. For years, dedicated activists have built a consensus to get Trident nuclear submarines out of Scotland — and effectively out of the UK. A powerful bloc in Parliament, led by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, is pressing hard on this issue. YOU can help by participating in the Mirror UK poll saying you support eliminating Trident.

Most exciting of all, a movement is underway WORLDWIDE to ban nuclear weapons. At this writing, 121 countries have joined the call for a global treaty to outlaw and eliminate nuclear weapons. You can help by sharing this information with others and meeting with your government representatives to help increase support.

Make no mistake: we face a profound challenge to overcome an Empire that threatens annihilation and has a thermonuclear monarch sitting at its head.  Most of what passes for politics is really just another layer of entertainment in a pervasive entertainment culture — especially in 2016 in the US. But there is something new happening: the fact that you are reading this online, and can use social media to take action and encourage others to do so, too, points to the tool we can use to liberate ourselves.

TAKE ACTION:

* Use the Roots Action petition to get your member of Congress
to become a co-sponsor of HR 1976
  – 

“The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and
Economic and Energy Conversion Act.”
* Take a few seconds to say 
“YES – the UK should Scrap Trident!”* Write to your foreign minister and
call for a BAN on nuclear weapons
using the easy ICAN web form.

Related posts

Hibakusha is a word that has traditionally been used to refer to people affected by the nuclear blasts in Hiroshima and Nagaski.  It is now being broadened to recognize the many additional victims of acute affects of nuclear radiation (including fallout from tests and radioactivity from mining and processing). In fact, we are all subject to the impact and threat of nuclear radiation spread indiscriminately by nations and corporations.

(See HIROSHIMA: What does it mean to say, “We are ALL ‘hibakusha’?”)


There are three centers of power that will impact nuclear disarmament: the President, the Congress, and the people. One of them will have to make nuclear disarmament happen.

(See Countdown to U.S. Nuclear Disarmament (With or Without the Politicians) )

The decision about whether to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation is our decision. And that is why the entire country is mobilizing for mass action for nuclear disarmament in 2015. Are we capable of making sure the messengers — Obama, Putin, the other agents of government — hear their instructions from us clearly?

(See NEEDED: Heroes to Bring About Nuclear Disarmament )

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A Christian Christmas in Snowy Iran

by Bill Wedin

iranchristmas

 

Yep. That’s is Tehran, Iran you see buried in snow in the upper left photo there.  That’s the Hub of Human Evil. According to American hate radio, anyway. Snowy Tehran on a peaceful winter day. Makes you think of Boulder, don’t it? Surrounded by snow-covered mountains? Those are the Alborz Mountains. And they are higher than the Rockies. They are the highest peaks in Asia west of the Himalayas, in fact – with skiing on the upper slopes all year round.

Shocked? I certainly was when I first started surfing the web for photos of Iran. I was shocked by the mountains. Shocked by the snow. Shocked by the busy ski shops. Shocked by the “cool dudes” throwing snowballs in their trendy clothes. Shocked by the American-looking yellow school bus in the upper right photo there. Shocked by something in every photo I saw.

But most of all I was shocked by my shock. I was shocked by the fact that a reasonably well-educated, well-informed man like me, who reads at least a dozen alternative news sites like this one daily, should have so many misconceptions in my head about Iran – without my even being aware they were there. Like the notion that Iran is one big, brain-baking desert. Or that Iran is hostile to Christians and women. Continue reading

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Christmas in Damascus! — Yes, Damascus Syria!

By Bill Wedin

Christians celebrate Christmas during a party held at the Dama Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Pope Francis' Christmas message, delivered on Wednesday in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, addressed the Syrian conflict: "Too many lives have been shattered in recent times by the conflict in Syria, fueling hatred and vengeance. Let us continue to ask the Lord to spare the beloved Syrian people further suffering, and to enable the parties in conflict to put an end to all violence and guarantee access to humanitarian aid. We have seen how powerful prayer is! And I am happy today too, that the followers of different religious confessions are joining us in our prayer for peace in Syria. Let us never lose the courage of prayer! The courage to say: Lord, grant your peace to Syria and to the whole world."(AP Photo)

Christians celebrate Christmas during a party held at the Dama Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Pope Francis’ Christmas message, delivered on Wednesday in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, addressed the Syrian conflict: “Too many lives have been shattered in recent times by the conflict in Syria, fueling hatred and vengeance. Let us continue to ask the Lord to spare the beloved Syrian people further suffering, and to enable the parties in conflict to put an end to all violence and guarantee access to humanitarian aid. We have seen how powerful prayer is! And I am happy today too, that the followers of different religious confessions are joining us in our prayer for peace in Syria. Let us never lose the courage of prayer! The courage to say: Lord, grant your peace to Syria and to the whole world.”(AP Photo)


What a joyous Christmas season for all these Syrian Christians!  With young, white-bearded Santas, just back from battling Muslim terrorists, blowing their shiny trumpets and banging their brightly-colored drums, while Christ’s beloved, brown-eyed children are so filled with His Infinite Love that their faces show no fear.  How like those first Christian children in ancient Syria they must be–with Muslim terrorists crucifying Christian children all around them, even as Roman troops once did.  It is only Christ’s Love that keeps the terror from these children’s hearts as they share the warmth of this Christmas celebration.  What a Miracle of Faith!  Just think.  That these Christian kids and grownups are actually the direct descendants of those first Syrian Christians whom Saint Peter and Saint Paul once came to teach–sharing “The Glad Tidings” of Christ’s Wondrous Birth and Redeeming Resurrection!  And that Golden Chain of Faith has remained unbroken down through the ages to this very day.

Who–but Satan Incarnate–would ever seek to break it?

Obama–that’s who.

Not because he’s a secret Muslim.  But rather, as Jesus warns us in Matthew: Ye can not serve God and Mammon.”  And Obama has long since chosen Mammon.  As have all the War Hawks in Washington along with him.  From Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on what passes for the “Left” these days to Ted Cruz and Bill O-Reilly–that domestic “Defender of Christmas”–on the Right.  That’s the mind-boggling truth.  Though these pundits and politicians would like to convince us that they are Christian to the core, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” And their fruits are nightmares of hatred.  Nightmares of hatred that pit Sunnis against Shiites, Muslims against Christians, in endless wars and terrorist acts that reduce militarily strong, stable, secular, Arab-nationalist states that Syria, Libya, and Iraq once were into the weak, unstable, sectarian, crony-capitalist “statelits” that Iraq and Libya are now and that Syria is fast becoming–knowing that statelets are easy to plunder.  In Syria’s case, it’s resources are: oil; ports on the Mediterranean Sea: and pipeline routes to Europe.

Getting Rid of The Christians

The one big obstacle to stealing Syria’s resources are these Syrian Christians whom American Christians would demand that Obama defend if they knew about them.  Syrian Christians who’ve dwelt in these sacred lands since Biblical times.  Theses Syrian Christians feel towards Syria the way Israeli Jews feel towards Israel.  Syria is their ancient homeland.  And they’re not about to move, at least not because of Assad. For Assad is a strong believer in secular Arab nationalism: which holds that all religious minorities must be protected by the state if they are come to see themselves as “Syrians” first.  For only as a united people can they resist colonial rule.

That’s the part that the American mainstream media never tells us.  All we hear is how Assad has been a brutal tyrant towards all who oppose his rule even nonviolently.  And he has been.  What we haven’t been told is that Syrian Christians still exist in Syria today–and still remain loyal to Assad. For the simple reason that Christians lived in safety for decades under Assad–until the CIA launched death squads against them in the guise of Muslim terrorists in 2011. By then, the number of Syrian Christians had grown, according to the CIA’s own estimates, to nearly 2 million Church-going Christians in Syria.  And for the sake of national unity under Arab nationalism, Assad was equally diligent in promoting peace between Sunnis and Shiites.  Witness the fact that while Assad himself is a Shiite, Assad’s wife is a Sunni.  Nor was their marriage such a rarity.  Before the CIA began the Civil War, such interfaith marriages were extremely common. As common as they were in Iraq before the US smashed that country to bits and sewed hatred everywhere.

After all, what need is there for the “world’s policeman” if the Prince of Peace reigns everywhere? Obama and our agnostic American media understand that truism all too well.  That’s why the American people have heard not a word of Russia’s return to its ancient Christian roots since the fall of Communism.  Talk about “Glad Tidings” in this Season of Peace!  What a Heaven-sent answer to our prayers!  Yes, your prayers and mine!  Is that not a testament to the Power of Prayer?  

Yet Obama Administration says nothing about this Redemption of the Russian Soul.   And the servile “liberal” Western media follow suit.  Though Obama and his sycophants clearly understand just how Christian a leader Putin really is, they would have the American people believe that Putin is really a closet Commie–“Out to recreate the glories of the Soviet Empire.”  (These are Obama’s own words.)  When Obama knows full well that no one has been more adament in his denunciation of the Soviet Union than Putin himself.

As for which of these leaders is truly committed to protecting the Syrian people, suffice it to say: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”  Just look at this past month.    It is Putin who has destroyed terrorist oil tankers by the thousands in a single month!  NOT Obama.  In a flagrantly impeachable act, Obama actually ordered our pilots to ignore these terrorist convoys trucking stolen Syrian oil to traitorous Turkey–some of which were 4 lanes wide and 10 miles long! What were our patriotic pilots to do?  If they pretended to see nothing, they’d be aiding the enemy in time of war.  Whereas if they reported these enemy movements, they’d be disobeying a direct command from their Commander-in-chief.  What a terrible bind to put our pilots in!

Obama doesn’t care about them.  Obama doesn’t care about the American people.  Obama doesn’t care the Syrian people.  Obama only cares about one thing.  And that’s helping his corporate cronies get their hands on all that oil.  What right do the Syrian people have to Syria’s oil–just because it’s under their sand?  And if Assad sides with them, then off with his head!  Literally!  Let Isis and Al Qaeda chop away!  No time for elections.  Polls show Assad would win in a free and fair election, anyway.  Among Syrian Christians especially.  We have only to gaze at that joyous Christmas celebrations in Damascus to understand why. Under Assad there is peace.  Under Assad there is safety.  For Sunnis and Shiites, Jews and Christians alike.  That’s what it means to live in a secular state–even if that secular state is a dictatorship.  Whereas in a sectarian Islamist state of the sort that “moderate” and “extremist” terrorists have been imposing on conquered Syrian villages and towns since the Civil War began, Christians who do not convert face hanging, burning, beheading, and/or crucifixion.    

This hidden Christian genocide is in Syria all the time.  Only the American people never hear about of these atrocities.  Indeed the “liberal” media keep most of us from knowing that a Christian community in Syria even exists!  The massacre of Syrian Christian in the village of Kessab is a case in point  The atrocity began at dawn on March 21, 2014 with a heavy barrage of Turkish artillery fire from batteries across the border; followed by rocket and machine gun fire from Turkish gunships flying low over the village.  Despite supposedly being sworn enemies of each other, hordes of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Free Syrian Army militiamen then stormed across the border from their safe havens in Turkey.  Though most villagers escaped, at least 88 Christians were killed; the women raped.  One Christian boy was slaughtered in the very doorway of his home; then left to rot for 3 days while his parents were made to watch.  Later, 30 Christian villagers were abducted by Turkish authorities and flown to Tripoli, where they were interviewed by Obama’s then Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone.  Once the Ambassador determined that none of these Syrian Christians had family in America to whom they might “leak” their stories, he left without offering to help them get home, which they finally accomplished on foot after weeks of walking.  As always, the Western mainstream media said nothing of this tragedy.  Even efforts by  Presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump, have not succeeded in breaking through the mainstream media wall of silence on the terrible atrocities being committed against the Syrian Christian community.

But “[The] truth will out!” as Shakespeare says.

And so it is with Obama’s collusion with Turkey to make use of ISIS to help topple Assad, while pretending to fight the very terrorists they created.  Though the War Party may control what our corrupt corporate media let the American people know, they do not have a lock on what the world media informs the world about– starting with RT and its explosive coverage of the Russian Defence Ministry’s world-press briefing on Turkey’s collusion with ISS in transporting millions of barrels of stolen Syrian oil by tanker trucks to Turkey in exchange for weapons and fighters for ISIS in Syria–complete with mind-blowing satellite photos of literally thousands of tanker trucks driving, bumper-to-bumper, driving towards the Turkish-Syrian border and back.  That briefing was on December 2.  Then on December 14, Russia-Insider broke the story of US pilots being ordered to ignore these vast convoys of ISIS trucks going to and from the Turkish border.  So what’s Obama up to?  Is he and Turkish President Erdogan actually in cahoots to secretly strengthen ISIS with weapons and hired fighters till it can topple Assad? Even if it means the death of every Syrian Christian?  And what will happen to the suicide rates of those patriotic young pilots who were ordered by Obama to aid the enemy in time of war?

Fortunately, the Prince of Peace does win sometimes.  And this Christmas seems one of those times.  It’s hard to believe.  But here on December 16–even as I was about to write a gloomy ending to this Christmas article that began with joyful Syrian Christians–I read that after meeting with Lavrov and Putin, John Kerry has just announced that US has changed its position and now agrees with Russia that the Syrian people should be allowed to choose their own leader in a free and fair election that includes Assad as a candidate!  Wow!  The US will allow the Syrian people to pick their own leader?  Even a leader who stands up to us?  And says “No” to us?  Without fear of regime change?  And Russia can eliminate all the terrorists too?  So that the Syrian people can live in peace and safety once again?  And even be lifted out of poverty by their own revenues?  Those are Glad Tidings indeed.

Merry Christmas to the Syrian people.  May it all come true!      

 

                                                                                                                       

 

  
What a falling off was there!  Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5. line 54

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