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Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 13, 2016



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Geoffrey Chia, October 2016



Some errors I made in previous essays:



"SYRIA VIEWED THROUGH MULTIPLE LENSES"



I wrote that Netanyahu advocated bombing the crap out of Syria in his address to the US congress in 2015*, which was incorrect.



It was actually in his address to the UN in 2015, in which Netanyahu claimed Syria was a proxy of Iran, which he said was an existential threat to Israel, and declared that "no one should question Israel's determination to defend itself against those who seek its destruction". In such newspeak, defence=offence, as is also evidenced by America's term for their offensive military establishment, the so-called "Department of Defense".



Israel had in fact previously bombed Syria eg. on 3 May 2013 when they bombed a Syrian convoy and on 5 May 2013 when they bombed a scientific research facility near Damascus. Israel ludicrously claimed they were neutralising threats against themselves from Syria. However it made no sense whatsoever that Assad would plan to attack Israel for no reason, while simultaneously fighting for his very survival within his own borders. Israel was in fact neutralising Assad's ability to defend himself against the "Syrian rebels" (who actually consisted of many foreign mercenaries employed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar), which would help with America's agenda of "regime change" in Syria.



Subsequently the US decided they would bomb the crap out of Syria while pretending to fight ISIS. Last month they killed at least sixty-two Syrian government troops (and wounded at least 100) when US jets bombed a Syrian government base on Al-Tharda mountain near Deir ez-Zor, which the US later claimed was a "mistake". Interestingly, last October in Kunduz, Afganistan, the USA bombed an MSF hospital killing many patients and medical personnel, which they also claimed was a "mistake". When Russia bombs the wrong targets, it is a war crime. When USA bombs the wrong targets it is OK so long as it is an "honest mistake", just like the "honest mistake" they made when invading Iraq. The difference between Russian and US bombing is that the Russians have actually been able to liberate Palmyra and are on the verge of liberating Aleppo city, whereas US bombing has just killed and maimed a lot of people, achieving nothing except chaos (which, just coincidentally, serves Israel's interests).



*Netanyahu's rant to Congress in 2015, at the invitation of the insane Republicans (who egged him on with standing ovations and cheers after each utterance) was an attempt to derail Obama's negotiations with Iran by demonising Iran and exaggerating its nuclear weapons capability (which was and is in fact zero). No mention by Netanyahu however that Israel has in fact possessed nuclear weapons for many years now. Funny thing that.



 



"A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS: PART 1: IMPERIALISM, THE GREAT GAME AND PETROPOLITICS"



I wrote: From 1932 onwards, numerous massive oil fields were discovered on the Arabian peninsula. Ghawar, the largest of them all, was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1948.



That should read "From 1938 onwards…"



 



"A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS: PART 2: CAPITALISM, THE PETRODOLLAR AND FINANCIAL BUBBLES"



I wrote: It is possible the 16 trillion dollars or so of insolvent US debt, if called in by creditors, may cause the core to implode sooner rather than later.



Around the time of writing of that essay, US debt was around 18 trillion dollars and is at present just shy of 20 trillion dollars.



 



"HOW TO CURE TERRORISM"



I wrote: Before 2013, Iraq was blameless with regard to Blowback terrorism. Nevertheless the Halliburton terrorists used 9/11 to motivate their braindead American followers to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda.



That should read, "Before 2003, Iraq was blameless with regard to Blowback terrorism." After 2003 of course, the collapsed state of Iraq became the centre of terrorism, mostly inflicted within Iraq itself, however Iraq also became the fertile ground for the creation of ISIS, all thanks to the USA, the greatest creator of terror in the world.





 

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