Bush escalates Iraqi child-killing into Syria

This video from CNN in the USA is called:

US helicopter attack on Syrian town

From British daily The Guardian:

US helicopter raid on Syria kills eight

• Four children among dead, says Damascus

US helicopters flying from Iraq landed inside Syria yesterday and dropped special forces who killed eight people, the Damascus government said today as Washington admitted it had targeted “foreign fighters”.

Syria warned it held the US “wholly responsible for this act of aggression and all its repercussions”.

Russia and Iran condemned the raid. Iraq said it had had prior knowledge of the attack, but described it as regrettable. It was trying to contain the fallout from the incident, it said.

The Syrian government said eight people had been killed, among them a man and his four children, and a woman. …

Syrian state television said the attack had been against a farm near Abu Kamal, five miles from the Iraqi border. Doctors in nearby al-Sukkariya said another seven people were taken to hospital with bullet wounds.

The attack threatened to unleash a new wave of anti-US feeling in Syria and across the Middle East.

During the funeral procession, a crowd of angry residents shouted anti-US slogans and carried banners reading: “Down with Bush and the American enemy.”

The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, is being courted by Europe. He had also been looking forward to improved relations with Washington after the November 4 presidential election.

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United States forces in Afghanistan have repeatedly killed children in Pakistan, officially a US ally.

The Bush administration has threatened with war Iran [see also here], a de facto ally in both the invasion of Iraq and of Afghanistan.

Now, the Bush admininistration invades the sovereign territory of Syria, an ally in the 1990s Gulf war against Iraq.

Maybe Bush wants to help his fellow Republicans, as maybe he thinks that an atmosphere of war might scare the electorate into voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin?

How the recession could end the Iraq war: here.

8 thoughts on “Bush escalates Iraqi child-killing into Syria


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  3. ANSWER: Mass actions on the 6th anniversary of the Iraq War — March 21, 2009
    Marking the sixth anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, thousands will take to the streets of Washington D.C. and other cities across the U.S. and around the world in March 2009 to say, “Bring the Troops Home NOW!” We will also demand “End Colonial Occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Everywhere,” and “Fund Peoples’ Needs Not Militarism and Bank Bailouts.” We also insist on an end to the war threats and economic sanctions against Iran.



    Sign the online petition at: http://www.iacenter.org/syriapakistan

    All who want to stop the Bush White House from starting another war should immediately protest the unilateral, unjustifiable and criminal October 26 U.S. assaults on Syrian and Pakistani sovereignty. Don’t let Bush get away with expanded war crimes in the Middle East. Condemn his efforts to hand a wider war to the next administration.

    * Make your opposition heard NOW! Sign the online petition (text below) and send a strong, clear message to the White House, Congress, the media and the UN.
    * You can also help by donating now to help circulate anti-war material in an urgent national campaign – donate online at http://iacenter.org/donate.

    Online petition text:

    To: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Security Council President Wang Guangya, President Bush, Secretary Rice, Secretary Gates, Senators Obama and McCain, and Congressional leaders
    cc: members of the media

    The criminal acts of war on October 26 against both Syria and Pakistan by U.S. armed forces violates the sovereignty of both countries and must be roundly condemned. The attempt by the Bush administration to justify them by invoking an expanded theory of a right to carry out acts of war on any country’s territory without permission or even consultation with the country’s government is a complete repudiation of the principle of national sovereignty on which the U.N. charter is based.

    These acts of war are unjustified and illegal, and can lead to wider U.S. wars in the Middle East and South Asia. The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost hundreds of thousands of deaths and over $1 trillion. At the same time, the entire world is in the grip of the largest economic catastrophe since the great depression. It is more urgent than ever that all the U.S. troops be brought home now and money be used for human needs, not newly expanded wars of aggression whether in Syria or Pakistan or Iran.

    (Your signature here)
    To sign, edit and send the above statement to the U.N., administration officials, congressional leaders and the media, go to http://www.iacenter.org/syriapakistan


    The International Action Center condemns the U.S. attacks of October 26 in Syria and Pakistan. Eight Syrian civilians died in the latest U.S. attack, including three children. Washington first refused to admit a U.S. role in the attack. Then the U.S. State Department defended it as a new and provocative strategy – the U.S. military forces can attack across any border of any country whenever they think it might give them a military advantage.

    As U.S. Special Forces moved into Syria, a U.S. drone aircraft flew from Afghanistan into Pakistan and killed 20 Pakistanis. The Pentagon is not only expanding its war drive, it is presenting this expansion as a dangerous new doctrine.

    This is the arrogant behavior that led to the two current disastrous wars that more than 70 percent of people in this country—and 90 percent in the world oppose.

    Throughout the world people and governments have greeted this war doctrine with the hostility it deserves. Syria condemned the attack as “terrorist aggression”. Russia, China and Iran condemned the attack for violating Syrian sovereignty. Even U.S. client states and allies had to dissociate themselves from the attack. This included the pro-U.S. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora of Lebanon, the U.S. client regime in Egypt, the Arab League and the rightist French government of Sarkozy. Even the puppet Iraqi regime has criticized the attack.

    Faced with such broad opposition abroad, the Pentagon tried to build support at home by claiming it had killed an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq agent. While there is no way to independently check this information, it is interesting that al-Qaeda sources say the person named has been dead since 2004. Since we’ve heard nothing but lies out of Washington since “weapons of mass destruction,” there’s no reason to believe these new “terrorist” stories from the White House. To the Pentagon every peasant family in Syria and every wedding party in Pakistan are considered “terrorist” gatherings.

    This new aggression raises the danger that Bush, Cheney and the rest of the gang of war profiteers will try to use their last months in office to start a new war—perhaps against Iran. They were frustrated a year ago in this effort when 16 U.S. spy agencies publicly exposed the lack of evidence that Iran was manufacturing nuclear weapons, Washington’s favorite excuse for new aggression.

    With the cooperation of both political parties and the media, from 2001 to 2003 Bush led the U.S. into two major wars of aggression and occupation, in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, cost over a trillion dollars and turned into quagmires for the Pentagon. While they have isolated Bush, he still has three months to cause far greater destruction. And neither of the major presidential candidates is confronting and condemning the invasion of Syria or the attacks on Pakistan.

    This is a time when the global economy is in crisis. Millions face unemployment, the loss of their homes, savings and futures.

    Under these circumstances, it is up to independent anti-war forces to protest this latest example of blatant U.S. military aggression, to mobilize to condemn the invasion of Syria, the attacks on Pakistan and to demand: “bring the troops home now and stop further war adventures. We need jobs, housing and health care, not endless war.”

    Make your opposition heard NOW! Sign the online petition and send a strong, clear message to the White House, Congress, the media and the UN. You can sign online at http://www.iacenter.org/syriapakistan


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