Working late, at home, so had a lie in.
Got up, thinking about coffee and turned on the TV and my computer, news and emails, catching up on the world overnight.
FUCKING HELL ! ! !
Trump has launched a missile attack against Syria, cruise missiles exploding all over the place, a deliberate act of war by the US against not just a Russian ally but against a country that has Russian forces fighting to defend!
Our media yesterday was filled with pictures and videos of a gas attack, everyone was talking Sarin, words were used, atrocity, war crime, Assad. No one had any proof of who did it, or even what the gas was, everything was speculation, guesswork. And then I turn on the news and Trump is attacking Syria, NATO is attacking yet another middle eastern country, the military might of the west is being thrown at yet another Arab leader to topple them.
All with the same unproven and more than a little dubious claims about a Sarin attack by Assad.
Yes, unproven and Dubious. You don't want to believe me, fine, go online, look up Sarin, look at the official sites from the CDC, various governments and organisations that describe just how nasty the stuff is. Then go back and watch those videos again, the ones that are being used as unquestioned proof by our media, look at the victims, look at the way the people are treating them, look at those terrible images and question them, think for yourselves.
Sarin is evil, it lingers on the bodies and in the clothing, rubbing and touching the clothing of victims with bare hands infects the touchers. See anything odd in those pictures?
Look up the symptoms of the gas and then look at those videos, can you see all the symptoms, can you see most of the symptoms, can you?
Look at the victims, bodies just piled up, stripped of clothing, except their underwear, because while the western media is happy to show graphic pictures of people who may have been killed in a gas attack, showing genitals, not allowed.
Also where were the female victims, 100 dead, half of them statistically should have been women, anyone see any? No? Is this just the Islamic contempt and disdain for women so common in the region? If not, where are the female victims?
The victims, so many children and some men, piled bodies of the victims, all those approximately ten year old boys striped and piled up. Dead? If they were still alive it's a strange way of treating them and if they were dead, 50 male dead and so many were ten year old boys. Does that seem odd to anyone.
Sarin works fast, get it on your skin and you have a few minutes, but somehow the camera crews filming all those victims failed to film all the people with bare hands becoming affected by contaminated clothing.
Where is the independent confirmation, where is the proof that is was Assad, or even that it was Sarin and not the Chlorine that has also been so often used in Syria by everyone including the anti Assad rebels, Islamic state and a host of others who aren't Assad's forces.
Where is the UN chemical weapons team? Where is the proof that our government and Trump claim tells them this was indisputably the work of Assad? Our politicians lie to us constantly, we have been here before, remember Blair and Iraq, hundreds of thousands of dead, millions of refugees and we walk away leaving the whole region in chaos, because our government had indisputable proof. They lied to us before, now they say the same thing and expect us to believe them. Do you believe them this time, are you that gullible?
Where is this proof, what is this proof, why will they not reveal it, anyone saying it's to hide the presence of NATO troops in Syria or spy satellites or any other such means, BULLSHIT, we know they are there, the Russians know they are there, the Syrians know they are there, just what is being kept secret, and why?
No I'm not a bleeding heart liberal lefty, bad shit has happened, bad shit is always happening, women and children are dying daily and yet we keep selling more bombs, giving people more guns. People have died in what may very well be a gas attack, but why this sudden response, why will no one question, why will no one wait for proof? Instead of risky war with Russia.
For those of you who say, "But no Russians were hurt or Killed in the attack". You miss the bloody point. Trump, the US military have absolutely NO IDEA where Russian personnel in Syria are from day to day. Military advisers, support personnel, technical staff, they could be anywhere, at any time, working alongside their Syrian allies. That airbase they dropped cruise missiles all over, it could have held dozens or hundreds of Russian personnel.
The US had no way of knowing there weren't any Russians at their target, and they fired anyway.
Meaning they accepted the risk that their attack would kill Russians.
THE US LAUNCHED THAT ATTACK NOT KNOWING IT WOULD OR WOULD NOT KILL RUSSIAN SOLDIERS. AND THEY ATTACKED ANYWAY.
Something happened. men, women and children have died, just as they died yesterday and the day before and the week before that. The western media and governments ignore the daily death toll in Syria, and Iraq, and the Yemen, and Israel, and Pakistan. Just more not white people killed by mostly other not white people, in some far away nations with lots of sand. No one cares, no one reports it in our media.
Several dead in France, hold the front pages, five dead in London, weeks of front page news and everyone is talking about it, asking how it was allowed to happen, pushing for yet more government access to our privacy. Tens of thousands of dead in the middle east, many killed by US bombs and British bombs, yawn, nothing to see here.
It is the speed of this that worries me, a massive media focus, every government in agreement, no one wanting to wait and find out what actually happened, no one wanting open proof, everyone saying they knew what happened but no one willing to tell us. Smoke and mirrors. We are expected to shut up and let our leaders push us into war because they know best.
Why does this upset me, why does it worry me?
Because this is a big event in the pattern of events that push us into war. Things happen because other things have already happened, a chain of events, one to the next to the next. Study history and you can see these chains of events leading to an inevitable conclusion.
I see many events happening now, having happened over the last few months and years, as part of a pattern that leads to several possible events and one of those events is a nuclear war, another is the imposition of what amounts to a police state. Neither are good news and it isn't clear which way we are going, in fact it may not be possible to see where we end up before the cascade happens.
These events come one or a few at a time, leading to more events which in tern lead to others. But there comes a point where events become unstoppable, each kicking off the next and then the next so fast it becomes impossible to control them or keep up with them, a cascade of events beyond our control. That is where wars come from, not just the deliberate policy to attack someone else, but a cascade of events that make wars inevitable.
Trump has just given us an event, which has opened the way to other events, Russia reinforces Syria with more anti air defences and more planes and troops, Russia backing down and allowing Syria to fall which emboldens NATO and leads to more troops on the Russian borders and more provocation, more missile attacks which this time do kill Russians, Syria directly attacking Turkish and American troops inside Syria, those troops attacking back and calling for support, China and Russia forming a closer alliance in response to the clear evidence that the US president is a dangerous lunatic willing to commit an act of war because he felt like it.
The cascade happens because something kicks off something, the possibility that war between NATO and Russia or China because someone gets lost and wanders across the wrong border, because someone fires at the other side, one ship rams another, more aircraft are shot down. We are fast approaching the point where such a cascade becomes possible, because there is no distance between the hostile forces, no room for calm words, no one willing to actually be calm.
A final thought. After the first world war the nations of the world came together to form a league of nations, to bring peaceful cooperation after the destruction. To give a voice to all nations and to bring all nations to the table, where problems could be resolved by diplomacy rather than war.
Many organisations were formed, to help those nations who needed help, to educate, to trat the sick and feed the hungry. A laudable aim and one which in many cases was carried over to the United Nations.
But it failed, it was increasingly ignored, considered toothless, powerless, both unable to respond and unwilling to do so. The League of nations turned a blind eye to imperial expansion, aggression, out right conquest. It failed and in its failure war broke out and spread.
Today I am listening to talking heads, government ministers and spokespeople, talking about how the UN is weak, toothless, how it has become necessary to act directly without going through the UN.
Saying that the UN should be ignored, that it is acceptable for aggression to replace diplomacy because the UN has failed.
Last time people thought, and spoke like this, well, I know where that ended up. Do you?
One more final thought, and in a way this one is even worse. Trump is meeting the leader of China today, a head to head meeting, one of the things to discuss is the relationship between China and the United States. Two expanding empires with borders that meet each other. Yesterday Trump was a clown, a chaotic, unpredictable idiot. Today, he is a dangerous unpredictable clown with an arsenal of nuclear weapons, the world's most expensive military and the demonstrated willingness to risk a war with Russia to make a political point.
Worse than risking war with Russia, worse that an act of war with Syria, worse than the utter stupidity of jumping off so quickly on such scant evidence being made public.
Worse than yet another US unilateral attack aimed at toppling another middle eastern leader they don't like.
Worse than all of that.
He may have done this simply to look tough as he meets the Chinese today.
What a fucked up world we live in.