Clyde Lewis: Are We Playing Same Tune In Syria?
By James Pilato
Producer 'Ground Zero w/ Clyde Lewis'
Is the whole world watching as the situation rapidly deteriorates in Syria. US officials are reportedly ready to launch missile strikes against the Assad regime for an alleged chemical attack against their own people. The Washington Post reports that, "The Obama administration believes that U.S. intelligence has established how Syrian government forces stored, assembled and launched the chemical weapons they say were used in last week’s attack outside Damascus".
But KXL's Clyde Lewis says we should take a look at history first.
"How hard is it to understand that we are playing the same tune again in Syria as we did with Saddam Hussein," Lewis asked on his late night talk show.
Lewis says the mainstream consensus appears to point to public support for military intervention in Syria. However, independent media outlets and other international officials have questioned the veracity of the claims being made about the supposed attack.
"There needs to be definite information on what happened to then think about a reaction," Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said.
The Corbett Report interviewed Ayssar Midani, a French/Syrian citizen and activist, on her claims about satellite evidence concerning the chemical attack. Midani says the images show that the alleged chemical attack was not, in fact, launched by Assad's government, but was made by 'rebels' who were funded and trained by Western political powers.
Lewis feels that this situation should give us all "an eerie sense of déjà vu to when the wars in Iraq were also based on the flimsy premise of 'weapons of mass destruction' and the evil act of Saddam Hussein turning weapons on his own people." Lewis went on to say that "it gets even uglier and highly pathological."
Coincidentally, Foreign Policy magazine has just published an exclusive report titled, "CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran".
"The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen," Foreign Policy reported.
Lewis asked listeners if "we are repeating history again as we consider military action against Syria for the same offense… [A]re we to believe that this is all the fault of Assad? Or are we seeing a repeat performance of underhanded deals that will eventually be revealed again as war crimes?"
And perhaps, he said,we should all be doing more historical research. But we should do it before the dreaded Syrian Electronic Army gets our Internet, too.