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25 January 2013 @ 12:02 pm
Obama Can Legally Impose Martial Law When The Dollar Collapses  

"We're going to kill the dollar"

The Federal Reserve’s Plan B by Mike Whitney
How do you solve a problem when you’re running a 10% fiscal budget deficit? You are not going to get growth without private sector credit demand. The government’s idea right now is that we’re going to export our way out of this, and when I asked a senior member of the Obama administration last week how are we going to grow exports if we will not allow nominal wage deflation? He said, “We’re going to kill the dollar.” Kyle Bass interview.
Last week, amid growing rumors of a global currency war, the Fed’s balance sheet broke the $3 trillion-mark for the first time in history. According to blogger Sober Look: “For the first time since this program was launched (QE) it is starting to have a material impact on bank reserves … which spiked last week. 2013 will look quite different from last year. The monetary base will be expanded dramatically as long as the current securities purchases program is in place. ‘Money printing” is in now full swing.’” (“Fed’s balance sheet grows above $3 trillion, finally impacting the monetary base”, Sober Look)
Let’s review:
Fannie and Freddie’s policy is designed to help the banks
The Fed’s MBS purchasing program is designed to help the banks.
The Fed’s QE (UST purchases) policy is designed to help the banks.
Full analysis http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/22/the-feds-plan-b/

9. When we introduced into the State organism the poison of Liberalism its whole political complexion underwent a change. States have been seized with a mortal illness - blood poisoning. All that remains is to await the end of their death agony.
10. Liberalism produced Constitutional States, which took the place of what was the only safeguard of the goyim, namely, despotism; and a constitution, as you well know, is nothing else but a school of discords, misunderstandings, quarrels, disagreements, fruitless party agitations, party whims - in a word, a school of everything that serves to destroy the personality of State activity. The tribune of the "talkeries" has, no less effectively than the press, condemned the rulers to inactivity and impotence, and thereby rendered them useless and superfluous, for which reason indeed they have been in many countries deposed. Then it was that the era of republics become possible of realization; and then it was that we replaced the ruler by a caricature of a government - by a president, taken from the mob, from the midst of our puppet creatures, or slaves. This was the foundation of the mine which we have laid under the goy people, I should rather say, under the goy peoples.


Shock claim: Obama only wants military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'
On Monday, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made a shocking claim about what we can expect to see in Obama's second term.
Garrow made the following Facebook post:
I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.
So, who is the source?
Garrow replied: “The man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes.”
[...] This comes on the heels of Sunday's report in the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) that the head of Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is being dismissed by Obama and will leave his post in March.
The WFB article states:
Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”
Did Gen. Mattis refuse to "fire on U.S. citizens?

What's happening with the N. American state terrorism org?
NATO post nomination for Allen to go ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Wednesday it will go ahead with Gen. John Allen's nomination to become commander of NATO forces in Europe, following his exoneration in a Pentagon investigation of questionable email exchanges with a Florida woman linked to the sex scandal that led David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.
If confirmed by the Senate, Allen would succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis in the NATO post. Allen is due to leave his position as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan on Feb. 10.
Dead link http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=13&articleid=20130124_13_A9_WASHIN733416
So there you have it. Everything in place for global chaos - WWIII, global financial collapse, Obama doing everything to provoke an insurgency, US regime security and civil services armed to the teeth with UN outlawed hollow point ammo, FEMA camps ready for "political re-education", tens of thousands of triple occupation coffins prepared, mass graves ready. Everything in place for the subjugation and defanging of the US public, the UK having been defanged years ago. The only hurdle remaining, how to start a nuclear war to achieve the planned elimination of billions?
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Obama Tailoring Military Leadership to Only Those Who Will Shoot Fellow Americans
[...] When you think about everything Obama has done to undermine the traditional integrity of the US military, it all makes sense. He forced the military to accept homosexuals and then took action on any who opposed that measure. Then Obama started attacking the military retirement system making a military career less attractive than before. Then he took action against military chaplains who stood up for their faith. Lastly, the Pentagon has issued orders for troops in the Middle East to remove all religious symbolism, however this is largely enforced against Christians and Jews, but not for Muslims.
The Obama administration was outraged when American soldiers burned a stack of Qurans. He said nothing about the Qurans being defaced by Muslim prisoners and Obama said nothing about the stack of Bibles that were burned at the same time.
Obama condemned the soldiers that urinated on several dead Taliban and ordered their court martial, but he said nothing about the way captured American soldiers were being tortured by their Muslim captors.
Ever since taking office 4 years ago, Obama has been carefully tailoring the military to his specifications. Once he started making his sweeping changes, many career military personnel including commanding officers began retiring or resigning their commissions, leaving the military to the liberals.
I’ve been writing for a couple years now saying that Obama has plans to purposely destroy America’s economy in order to create a national emergency. This would give him the reason to declare martial law and assume dictatorial control. He will disband Congress and establish his own Gestapo style national police.
http://godfatherpolitics.com/9112/obama-tailoring-military-leadership-to-only-those-who-will-shoot-fellow-americans (h/t MT)

Edited at 2013-01-25 11:44 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
The Criminality of Green Dogma
"Climate Crimes" Green Policies That Are Killing Nature
What did the winters look like before global warming?
CNN: Marc Morano on extreme weather trends
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
The Criminality of Green Dogma
"The increasing intensity of extreme weather events, and associated hugely damaging bushfires in Australia, are starting to influence public opinion over climate change issues, a leading ecologist, Prof Lesley Hughes, says.

Prof Hughes, of Macquarie University, Sydney, gave a public lecture on ''Southern hemisphere biodiversity in a changing climate: 2050 and beyond'' at an international conference being staged in Dunedin this week.

More than 300 researchers from about 35 countries are attending the Seventh Southern Connection Congress, a multidisciplinary gathering devoted to natural science research involving the southern hemisphere.

Prof Hughes felt frustrated that despite a high level of agreement among scientists about the big threat which global warming posed to the environment, human life and many plant and animal species, many other people had not fully grasped the urgency of the situation."
Re: The Criminality of Green Dogma - clothcap on January 26th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 10:38 am (UTC)

CIA Media Infiltration: Operation Mockingbird and the Sock Puppet Social Media
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)

Operation Hollywood: How The Pentagon Shapes And Censors The Movies
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Zero Dark Thirty - Truth Or Consequences
Interesting look at the film, its fallacies and its conditioning aspects especially wrt the desirability and efficacy of torture.
"Zero Dark Thirty is writing our collective history for us – engraving it on the American psyche. The graphic images of who we are and the deeds we have done are intended to inspire confidence and to soothe qualms – now and in the future. We are a Resourceful people. We are a Righteous people. We are a Resolute people who not shrink from the necessary however hard it may be. We are a Moral people who bravely enter the shadowy precincts where Idealism collides with Realism – and come out enhanced."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-brenner/zero-dark-thirty-truth-or_b_2541371.html (h/t MT)

Al Jazeera, a CFR propaganda channel given to blind-siding in support of the darker deeds of the bilderberg subjects surprisingly gives us
"The controversy around Zero Dark Thirty: As misleading as the film itself"
Both treat torture at secret CIA prisons as if it were a thing of the past, masking the reality of an enduring practice.
A thinly veiled attack on Obama, more evidence of a rift in the NWO upper hierarchy maybe.

Edited at 2013-01-25 11:43 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Libya updates via MT 24 Jan
Europe urges citizens to leave Libya's Benghazi
The call to leave Libya's second largest city irked Libyans keen to win foreign investment to rebuild a fractured infrastructure and boost the oil industry after the revolution which toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

US and 3 European Countries Warn of Threats to Westerners in Libya
LONDON — Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States issued ominous warnings on Thursday about threats to Westerners in Libya, in particular the unruly eastern city of Benghazi, less than a week after the deadly hostage crisis in ...

Foreign Intervention in Mali Is Libya in Reverse
The objectives of the French operation in Mali are exactly the reverse of the NATO intervention two years ago in Libya. And once the air strikes in Mali had begun, France had little choice but to put boots on the ground.

Libya wants peacekeepers in Mali after French-led drive
Libya is now worried about an exodus of Malian and foreign Islamist fighters as a result of the Mali crisis, and the smuggling of weapons if the vast country's desert borders cannot be secured. KNOCK-ON EFFECTS. The Tripoli government has been beset by ...

Former Libyan Intelligence Chief Could Face Gallows Soon, Lawyer Fears
PARIS — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's intelligence chief is expected to be tried by a Libyan military court in the coming days and will face a certain and swift execution, his British lawyer said on Thursday.

More states tell citizens to leave Libya
Germany and the Netherlands on Thursday joined Britain in urging their citizens to leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi over an “imminent and specific threat”, raising fears of more Islamist militants attacks on energy plants and foreigners in ...

The Left, not Hillary Clinton, failed on Libya
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2013 — A national scapegoat narrative is quickly developing which would place the entire burden of the deadly Libyan 9/11 anniversary attacks squarely on the shoulders of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

UK, Germans, Dutch warn of threat to Westerners in Benghazi, Libya; urge ...
LONDON — Britain, Germany and the Netherlands urged their citizens to immediately leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, warning of an imminent threat against Westerners days after a deadly hostage crisis in neighboring Algeria.

NewsDaily: UK urges Britons to leave Libya's Benghazi over threat Britain urged its nationals to leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, citing a "specific and imminent" threat to Westerners days after a deadly attack by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria.
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Syria updates via MT 24 Jan
How Syria's bloodshed drove a peaceful protester into the battlelines
"Still alive," Abu Omar said ruefully, responding to my question of "How have you been?" It's become something of a standard reply. We'd last seen each other in Damascus almost exactly a year ago, when Abu Omar and other activists devised an ...

French foreign minister sees no progress in Syria, suggests Assad's fall not ...
PARIS — The French foreign minister is suggesting that the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad is not imminent — a stark admission by France, one of the most ardent supporters of the Syrian rebels. France was the first country to recognize the ...

In Senate confirmation hearing, bipartisan pressure on Kerry over Syria policy
President Barack Obama's choice to be secretary of state, Sen. John Kerry, D- Mass, testified Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one day after the same ...

Israel's Barak: Syria serves as warning that countries can't always count on ...
DAVOS, Switzerland – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that global inaction on the bloodbath in Syria is a warning to many countries that they cannot count on outsiders' help — no matter how dire the circumstances. He suggested, in an ...

In Syria, Two Opponents Of The Regime Fight Each Other
In a small border town in northern Syria, there are two groups that both oppose President Bashar Assad's regime. But instead of working in tandem, the Syrian rebels and a Kurdish militia have been battling each other in the town of Ras al-Ayn. Sally ...

Syrian crisis: Where's US aid going?
(CNN) -- It has been more than a year since the United States government withdrew its ambassador to Syria and closed its embassy in Damascus. On Thursday, that ambassador returned to the region along with a U.S. delegation, touring a Syrian refugee ...

Man arrested in connection with terror offences in Syria
He was arrested by counter terrorism (SO15) officers investigating people travelling to Syria to support terrorist activities. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Friday. The man was seized in east London at 17:30 GMT after a ...
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Syria updates via MT 24 Jan cont'd
Syria conflict: UN says refugee crisis in Jordan 'critical'
The UN says there has been a huge leap in the numbers of Syrian refugees arriving in Jordan, putting a considerable strain on resources. A UN official told the BBC that up to 3,000 were arriving every day and at least 50,000 were waiting to cross ...

The Syria debate, continued
My column last week arguing that American intervention would probably not have helped Syria has generated a lot of discussion, both positive and negative. Some of the discussion has been productive and useful, even if some has been of the predictably ...

22 OFWs return from Syria
A new batch of 22 overseas Filipino workers who availed of the government's repatriation program returned home from strife-torn Syria Thursday night.

NewsDaily: France sees no sign Syria's Assad will be toppled soon
France said on Thursday there were no signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to be overthrown, something Paris has been saying for months was just over the horizon.

Thousands of jihadists pouring into Syria
JERUSALEM – Al-Qaida-linked jihadist rebels are streaming into Syria via the Turkish border at a rate of thousands per month, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials said Russia and Iran have been compensating ...

Activist Post: Syria's Muslim Brotherhood Propped Up by US Since
In 2007, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, "To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers." And even then, it was noted that the Brotherhood held close links with groups the US recognizes and lists as terrorist ...

Daily Kos: Rape in #Syria: 'He pushed a rat in her vagina'
A Syrian woman was raped to death with a rat. A rat was forcefully thrust in between her legs, while in captivity, and then she died. Stop for a moment and try to fully fathom that. This happened in Syria. Not a sick Hollywood movie.
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Dear terrorist supporters Cameron and Hague
This is what your support for the animals delivers -
Daily Kos: Rape in #Syria: 'He pushed a rat in her vagina'
A Syrian woman was raped to death with a rat. A rat was forcefully thrust in between her legs, while in captivity, and then she died. Stop for a moment and try to fully fathom that. This happened in Syria. Not a sick Hollywood movie.
Since I see my role in writing these dairies as comforting the afflicted, I want the story of these women spread far and wide.
I want the truth about the 80 students slaughtered at Aleppo University by the Assad regime a week ago well known and beyond dispute.
And in a world that has been willing to sit on its hands while these people get raped and slaughtered, I don't mind if I afflict the comfortable.
I hope the title of this diary gave you a true picture of what is happening today in Syria. It is the way one women died.
You may prefer not to know her story.
Well, now you do.
More from the diary -
The attack on the uni was indisputably committed by terrorists. It is probable it was a car bomb and possibly a missile. There were missile attacks the same day against civilians in the city in gov't held areas.
Rapes are probably committed by both sides. Using the same terrorists that committed so many atrocities in Libya guarantees that. Instigating and supporting an insurgency by providing weapons, funds and terrorists guarantees that an internecine conflict ensues. Refusing to allow a peaceful negotiation ensures the prolonging of the conflict.
The author is either shamelessly using this as propaganda against the Syrian regime or is deaf, dumb and blind to the politics and manoeuvrings behind the situation.

Edited at 2013-01-25 12:29 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on January 25th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Aleppo University.
"It is probable it was a car bomb and possibly a missile."

Definitely a missile. Car bombs don't go whoosh before they go bang.
Re: Aleppo University. - clothcap on January 25th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Aleppo University. - (Anonymous) on January 26th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Aleppo University. - clothcap on January 26th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Aleppo University. - clothcap on January 26th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Aleppo University. - (Anonymous) on January 27th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Aleppo University. - clothcap on January 29th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
Election 2013: Reforming the City of London Corporation
In March, elections to the City of London Corporation take place. They could be used to challenge the unaccountable power wielded by this state-within-a-state.
On the 21st March the City of London Corporation will hold elections for its ‘Common Council’, the democratic component in its ancient system of local government. To understand why elections to this small, historic local authority matter it is necessary to appreciate the role that the Corporation plays in the life of the United Kingdom. For, as understanding of the importance of the Corporation grows, so does the case for using the 2013 elections to campaign for its reform.
Continues http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/daniel-jones/election-2013-reforming-city-of-london-corporation
Those who are interested in standing for the Common Council election or who simply wish to find out more about the election can find details on the City Reform Group website http://cityreform.org.uk/how-to-join-crg/ or the Corporation’s own website. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
What David Icke has said since 1998 about paedophile and child killing Prime Minister Ted Heath is backed-up here by barrister Michael Shrimpton, an Intelligence and national security consultant, from his own contacts and inside experience
Here http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/78362-what-david-icke-has-said-since-1998-about-paedophile-and-child-killing-prime-minister-ted-heath-is-backed-up-here-by-barrister-michael-shrimpton-an-intelligence-and-national-security-consultant-and-former-immigration-judge-from-his-own-contacts-and-insi
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC)
Michael Shrimpton
Who on earth in their right mind would believe a word coming from this dubious character?

"Who was the audience for Shrimpton’s paper? In its website’s welcome page the Summit describes itself as:

… a non-partisan, non-profit, neutral forum that uses private charitable funds to bring together intelligence agencies of the free world and the emerging democracies [...] The Summit is to provide an opportunity for the international intelligence community to listen to and learn from each other, and to share ideas in the common war against terrorism.

Leaving aside the claims of non-partisan neutrality for a moment; as a surprisingly large amount of the population know from all the literature on leaks, exposés, defections, trials, enquiries, memoirs, cover-ups, murders and scandals concerning the ‘secret’ agencies, this definition assumes an ability to listen and learn within a general trusting camaraderie somewhat scarce in a profession more known for its internecine vendettas, management of treason, personal betrayal, manipulation, rogue elements and so forth. A lot of this literature would seem to question whether there is such a thing as a happily retired secret intelligence officer, or that they gracefully fade away. Some readers may have noted that for a large amount of important secret intelligence agents to openly turn up to a Summit would mean they might cease to be secret, or at least, given all their paranoia, represent a target for those ever present terrorists. It is difficult to argue that “the international intelligence community” has been put at a cunning remove from the prying eyes of terrorists by gathering it together and listing names and personal details on websites. But it is not so much that the secret intelligence services are secret as such, a defining characteristic is more that they act with impunity.

Another defining characteristic would be deception and simple dishonesty."

Re: Michael Shrimpton - clothcap on January 26th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Adam Lanza Death Certificate says Dec. 13th 2012 NOT 14th (day of shooting) Nancy Lanza's Obituary
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Record removed soon after, why?
Commenter -
I personally looked up every single victim in the SSDI. I can't explain why, but at least six did not show up in the SSDI on my search, and one of those that did showed up with the wrong birthdate. All those who weren't listed, I performed several searches. What's really strange is, Adam Lanza is not showing up at all now, so I wonder if they pulled it, because of the error. Another thing that's worth mentioning is, Emilie Parker was listed as deceased. There's a lot of controversy surrounded her father--who many believe to be a crisis actor--after he gave an announcement the day of the shooting, which appeared to be staged. His daughter, Emilie, was also reportedly photographed with Obama the day after the shooting. I also seen where a mother is claiming her daughter's photo--which she claims was taken off Flickr--is being used as one of the victims under a different name.
Daniel Barden – 9/25/2005 - Birthdate listed as 09/27/2005 on SSDI
Marquez-Ana M Greene – 4/4/2006 – Not listed in SSDI
Chase Kowalski – 10/31/2005 - Not listed in SSDI
Jesse Lewis – 6/30/2006 – Not listed in SSDI
Grace McDonnell – 11/4/2005 – Not listed in SSDI
Lauren Russeau – 6/10/1982 – Not listed in SSDI
Mary Sherlach – 2/11/1956 – Not listed in SSDI
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - clothcap on January 25th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Names Of Sandy Hook Victims
On Saturday, the Connecticut State Police released a list of the names of the 26 victims who were shot and killed at a Connecticut elementary school. The victims are 12 girls, eight boys and six adult women. The victims, police said, were shot up close, multiple times.
The following is a list (as released by police) of the victims in Friday's shooting spree on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
- Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
- Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
- Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
- Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
- Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
- Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
- Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to suspect Sandy Hook is being used to destroy Obama.
clothcapclothcap on January 25th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
A sensible take on the Aleppo Uni atrocity
US covers up Islamist involvement in Aleppo bombing
[...] The massacre highlights the hypocrisy of the major powers, who are stoking up a sectarian civil war aimed at ousting the Assad regime, under the banner of “humanitarianism” and the “protection of the Syrian people.” In reality, the war is largely being fought by Islamists, seeking to establish a state based on sharia law.
The support given by the US and its allies to the Syrian opposition again demonstrates that the difference between “freedom fighters” and “terrorists” depends entirely on the geostrategic and economic interests of the major powers. The collaboration with Islamic fundamentalists and cover up of its atrocities in Syria stands in contrast to the denunciations of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamists responsible for last week’s hostage crisis in Algeria.
The bloody denouement to that crisis saw Algerian forces storm the natural gas facility where hostages were being held, resulting in the deaths of 48 hostages, and as many as 32 Islamist fighters—a high death toll, but still less than that of the Aleppo massacre.
Likewise, France’s invasion of Mali, launched on January 14, has been carried out on the spurious pretext of combating Islamist forces in the north, many of whom were involved in the US-NATO overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. France’s intervention is not about “terrorism” but reasserting French interests in North Africa amid an accelerating scramble for the continent’s resources.
Washington blacklisted Al-Nusra as a terrorist organisation last December. The move was no more than a ploy in response to growing revelations about the extent of Islamist participation in the Syrian opposition, and has not altered the Obama administration’s support for the opposition forces. In an acknowledgement that Al-Nusra is playing a critical role in the conflict, other Syrian opposition groups opposed its blacklisting.
Al-Nusra has carried out similar atrocities to that at Aleppo university before, including car bombings in Aleppo on October 3 that resulted in 48 deaths and more than 122 serious injuries. It has also been linked to other prominent terrorist attacks in Syria, including:
* A suicide bombing in Damascus in December 2011, which killed 44 people and wounded 166 others.
* The murder of 13 men in execution-style killings in the Deir ez-Zor, a city in Syria’s east, last April.
* An attack on a government TV station in Drousha, south of Damascus, and the killing of seven people, including three journalists, last June.
* The kidnapping and execution of a government TV news reporter in July.
Much of the American and international media has uncritically repeated opposition claims that the Syrian government carried out the attack on Aleppo university. They have been unable to explain the basic rationale for such an attack.
As Bill Neely, the international editor of Britain’s ITV news, commented: “The obvious question is why would a government warplane attack a government university in a government held area of the country’s biggest city? There is no logical answer. There was no threat at the university at the time to the army.”
Neely noted that the hesitancy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to describe the attack as a war crime was bound up with the likelihood that the bombings were carried out by the Syrian opposition, which is backed by the “international community.” Instead Ban cautiously described the bombings as “heinous” and said attacks on civilians in general constituted war crimes.