…it defies any code of morality…

As if it wasn’t hard enough to remember the names and how to pronounce them, then came the challenge to match the names with the countries, and remember which of these countries must be denounced for misbehaving in his backyard by failing to grovel. Now this, the Secretary of State has to deal with another secular Arab country called Syria (not in Latin America) and whether it should be destroyed and its leader deposed like Iraq and Libya for those lucrative business and military contracts.

Is this all Snowdenian timing – the release of information that discredits the utterance of the official just as the lie, presented as fact, is about to register with the public, and adds the evidence to show that the liar is not only aware of, but also complicit in, the lie being propagated. Or is it just comic timing of circus clowns?

The US Secretary of State expresses his outrage:

“…It defies any code of morality. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons, is a moral obscenity. By any standards, it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable…”

And given his outrage, if he is speaking of what follows, we allow a small sample of analysts to examine the evidence. From firedoglake (FDL), CIA Files Show America Helped Saddam Hussein As He Gassed Iran. An excerpt from FDL

To be clear, the United States government not only knew that Saddam was using chemical weapons they were helping him effectively use them by providing actionable intelligence to him. Perhaps this underwrote some of the confidence by the Bush Administration – packed to the gills with former Reagan officials –  that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction going into the 2003 invasion.

From Common Dreams comes, US Complicity in ‘Some of the Most Gruesome Chemical Weapons Attacks’ Revealed

As the U.S. and its allies weigh the possibility of military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons, new reporting by Foreign Policy reveals details of how the U.S. helped Iraq launch multiple chemical weapons attacks during the Iran-Iraq war.


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.

The magazine reports that formerly unnoticed documents in the National Archives in addition to information obtained in interviews with former intelligence officials “are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.”

And from the journal that accessed the official sources to expose what has been an open secret for years. Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

Of course, in the case of Syria there is no such evidence implicating the government on this occasion, just as there was none on the last – though the impression remains that its opponents may have been culpable. The jaded do surmise wearily that these febrile fabrications arise whenever any favoured faction that is wreaking the intended destruction fails to make the expected gains.

So, then, the evidence is there. What action will be taken? And what lesson is there from Martin Luther King, whom the pretenders will be quoting on Wednesday, 28 August 2013, and with whom they will seek to associate themselves? We already know what the corporate media will say. And the question for extra points: which secular Arab or Moslem country has not been attacked, damaged, or destroyed by the US and its Western allies in the last ten years? The value of those Arab and Moslem lives, well…