The Catholic Herald reports that:
“Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria have criticised the US missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported earlier this week……
….. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph Younan called the attack an aggression and told Catholic News Service: ‘It is a shame that the United States administration didn’t wait until an honest United Nations investigation was thoroughly made into what is said to be a chemical air strike in Khan Shaykun’.
‘The agglomerate media and the supremacist policy of the USA just want the killing and destroying conflict in Syria to continue, and this primarily to kill whatever attempt to resolve the bloody crisis,’ added Patriarch Younan, who was born in Syria and served for 14 years as bishop of the New Jersey-based Diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics in the United States and Canada.
Bishop Georges Khazen, who serves Latin-rite Catholics in Aleppo, told the Rome-based Fides news agency that he was baffled by ‘the speed with which it was decided and carried out, without any adequate investigation into the tragic massacre with chemical weapons which took place in Idlib province.’
He said the attack ‘opens new disturbing scenarios for all.‘ ……
….. Syrian officials called the attack a ‘blatant aggression,’ and the General Command of the Syrian army said it ‘confirms the continuation of the wrong American strategy and restricts the counterterrorist operation that the Syrian army is conducting.’
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the US attack. SANA said the civilians died in villages near the airbase and that seven more people were wounded. It was not clear whether this figure included any of the six dead announced by the Syrian army earlier.
Patriarch Younan, who said he passed Shayrat Air Base after the strike, en route to celebrate a funeral in Hafar, noted the US was accusing Syria – a UN member – of using chemical weapons, but had not investigated the charge.
‘The Syrian army was fighting successfully to end the bloody conflict going on for long. It did not need any military intervention that would be condemned by international agencies, such as using chemicals,’ he said. He added that Christians would suffer the consequences, and the final results of displacement and persecution would not be known for decades.
After the chemical attack was reported, Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told Fides that although he understood things were not always what they seemed, he could not imagine the Syrian government ‘is so naive and ignorant to be able to do such errors.’ …..
….. ‘Two days ago, US President Donald Trump said that Assad is part of the solution of the Syrian problem. Now he makes statements that say the contrary,’ Bishop Audo told Fides. ‘There are interests of regional powers involved in the war. We should always take this into account, especially when certain things are repeated with similar dynamics, and trigger the same reactions and the same effects already experienced in the past.’ ”
In the aftermath of the war in Iraq, the country’s Christian population has decreased from 1.4 million to 250,000.
The advice on the ground from British Embassy staff was “For all his faults, Saddam does, for now, mean stability and peace”.
Read more at Catholic Herald
“We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak – all based on no evidence. But we – knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:
If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States
will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.
“………. There is no objective reason why US and Russia should consider each other as adversaries. The current confrontation is entirely the result of the extremist views of the neo-conservative movement, whose members have infiltrated the US Federal government, and who consider any country that refuses to obey their dictates as an enemy to be crushed. Thanks to their tireless efforts, over a million innocent people have already died in the former Yugoslavia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, the Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia and in many other countries—all because of their maniacal insistence that the USA must be a world empire, not a just a regular, normal country, and that every national leader must either bow down before it, or be overthrown. In Russia, the irresistible force that is the neo-con movement has finally encountered the immovable object. They must be forced to back down before they destroy us all”.
In a previous blogpost we recommended two excellent books produced by the Catholic publishing house IHS Press, and wrote that:
“Two seminal books were published nine years ago that laid out Catholic Just War principles, and questioned from every conceivable angle the morality of pursuing War in Iraq. Those principles of Catholic Just War doctrine remain just as profound, just as vital and just as applicable today whether it be in regard to the ongoing butchering of Syria and Iraq, or the insane provocations continually pursued against Iran and Russia, whether it be by direct military intervention, or by the training and funding of Takfiri or Banderite terror forces. ”
Here is Catholic author and publisher E. Michael Jones with his own unique social commentary regarding Just War in song!
Oh, my name is Irving Kristol, And my son his name is Bill, In my youth I followed Trotsky, But in truth I follow him still, But to say you are a Bolshevik, Would fill the world with dread, So please don’t call me a commie, Call me a neocon instead.
Yes we are the neoconservatives. We rule the world says I. And that dumb goy we call Georgie Boy, Doesn’t understand how or why, Oh we beat the wogs in Afghanistan, The fun has just begun, Comrade Trotsky would be proud to be, Known as a neocon.
To Keep the goyim pacified, While watching their TV, We let them watch dumb Irishmen, Like Comes and Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews, They will lick our boots and sigh, But to run the New World Order, No dumb Irish need apply.
David Frum can excommunicate, Paleocons from National Review, For to be a neoconservative, Is to be one of a chosen few, Oh we’re marching into Syria, The fun has just begun, Comrade Trotsky would be proud to be, Known as a neocon.
Comrade Trotsky and Podhoretz, Both believe in perpetual war, And ever since Norman won World War III, He’s calling this World War IV, David Brooks and Comrade Trotsky, Both believe in one world class, And if you don’t want to be bourgeoisie, You can kiss David’s middle-class ass.
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, Support us on TV, While waiting to be raptured, Into pre-eternity, Oh we’re marching into Syria, The fun has just begun, Comrade Trotsky would be proud to be, Known as a neocon.
Hammurabi’s tablets got busted, During the looting in Iraq, But we’re marching into Syria, Behind George Bush’s back, They’ve got weapons of mass destruction, They got ’em from Saddam Hussein, they’ve got weapons of mass destruction, Let’s all say it once again,
They’ve got weapons of mass destruction, Oh, believe me, please believe, If you want to know just where they are, They’re hidden in Tel Aviv, Oh we’re marching into Syria, The fun has just begun, Comrade Trotsky would be proud to be, Known as a neocon.
Lyrics Copyright 2003 E. Michael Jones
The armistice signed ninety-seven years ago, which was hailed as putting an end to ‘The War That Will End War,’ was really only a temporary halt to the genocidal objectives of the New Unhappy Lords of the Modern Age. Every war and conflict that followed throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st can trace its cause to the social upheavals, fragmentation of Old Empires and the consolidation of a growing New World Empire that resulted from the ‘Great War’.
Two seminal books were published nine years ago that laid out Catholic Just War principles, and questioned from every conceivable angle the morality of pursuing War in Iraq. Those principles of Catholic Just War doctrine remain just as profound, just as vital and just as applicable today whether it be in regard to the ongoing butchering of Syria and Iraq, or the insane provocations continually pursued against Iran and Russia, whether it be by direct military intervention, or by the training and funding of Takfiri or Banderite terror forces.
Refuting the myth that America’s socially conservative thinkers, journalists, and commentators tended to support the war in Iraq, Neo-Conned: A Condemnation of War in Iraq incorporates the opinions of some of the leading figures in America’s conservative movement on why the decision to go to war and the continuing occupation of Iraq was and is the wrong course of action. Twenty-five articles by influential thinkers such as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, syndicated columnists Sam Francis, Joseph Sobran, Eric Margolis, and Charley Reese, leading economist Jude Wanniski, social critics Tom Fleming and Paul Gottfried, and religious figures Bishop John Michael Botean and the late Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani make the case against the Iraqi conflict using conservative arguments on geopolitics, Christian morality, and common sense. Four detailed appendices on the war teachings of the Catholic Church are also provided.
In Neo-Conned Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness and the Rape of Iraq the moral, political, and legal problems surrounding the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are addressed with uncommon frankness by an eclectic mix of some of the world’s most influential academics, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and military, intelligence, and media experts. Contributions include academics such as Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Claes Ryn; journalists Milton Viorst, Robert Fisk, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Justin Raimondo; former CIA professional Ray McGovern; former Defense Intelligence Agency professional W. Patrick Lang; and Fr. Jean-Marie Benjamin, personal friend of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Traiq Aziz. Discussing the Iraq war and related issues such as the legal foundation of the war on terror, the detention practices at Guantanamo Bay, and the roots of the American Neo-Conservative ideology, the essays illustrate the hypocrisy and illegality of America’s stance on terrorism and its policies of aggression in the Middle East.