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    US, Allies Massacre at Will, Yet Condemn Russia

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    We really have entered a macabre twilight zone when US-led warplanes are massacring civilians in several countries – and yet Washington and its allies condemn others for war crimes.

    Of course, governments that act criminally cannot be expected to be honest. But what about nominally independent organizations like the United Nations and Western media? The collective deception is damning of systematic complicity.

    What makes it more disturbing is that if criminality can be so capriciously covered-up by institutions that are relied upon for law and accountability then the world really is in a dangerous, dark place.

    The latest atrocity involved US coalition aircraft reportedly killing 15 women and injuring 50 others when they hit a funeral procession near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday.

    American-led coalition warplanes, including from Britain, France, and Turkey, are bombing Iraq, supposedly to help defeat the Islamic State (Daesh) terror group.

    Shamefully, the Western news media, which have been blaring allegations of war crimes against Russia over its military operations in Syria, were largely silent on the massacre near Kirkuk.

    Only days before that barbarity, there were several other mass atrocities committed by American allies elsewhere in the Middle East.

    In Syria, two F-16 fighter jets belonging to NATO member Belgium killed six civilians in the village of Hassadjek, near Aleppo.

    Within hours of that murderous assault, warplanes from Turkey, another NATO member, were responsible for killing some 150 Syrian civilians in multiple air raids also in Aleppo countryside, according to Syrian state media.

    Meanwhile, in Yemen, the US-backed Saudi air bombardment continued its slaughter of innocents despite cynically declaring a non-entity ceasefire earlier in the week. Three farmers were killed in Saudi air strikes in Saada province – almost a week after American and Saudi warplanes massacred 140 people attending a funeral ceremony in the capital Sanaa. Another grotesque “anti-terror” operation.

    Washington and its allies are now openly bombing sovereign countries without any legal mandate. As such, these actions constitute the crime of aggression – the most grave violation of international law. This is a redux of 1930s fascist banditry by Western states who haughtily pontificate to Russia.

    In Syria, the US-led coalition including Britain and France have been carrying out air strikes on that country for over two years, killing hundreds of civilians – all in the name of “fighting terrorism”. Three months ago, in late July, US and French warplanes murdered over 100 civilians, including women and children, in and around the town of Manbij, near Aleppo, in wave after wave of bombings.

    Occasionally, the Western news media do give reports on such crimes. But, generally, their duty is to minimize, by describing such incidents as unfortunate “collateral damage”, if not to willfully cover-up, as in the latest atrocity near Kirkuk.

    Nevertheless, the entire hideous Western charade is gradually being exposed.

    In Syria, for nearly six years the Arab country has been almost completely destroyed by a US-led covert war for regime change. To achieve this illicit objective, Washington and its NATO and regional allies funded, armed and directed a proxy army of the most vile terror groups.

    When Russia and Iran intervened last year to help their Syrian ally against this international criminal conspiracy, the country was brought back from the brink of devastation. The terrorist proxy army supported by Washington, London, Paris, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has been routed from hundreds of towns and villages.

    Syria is being liberated from a scourge unleashed in March 2011 by US-led insurgents under the guise of a “pro-democracy uprising”. That narrative has always been absurd for anyone with critical thinking. Head-chopping jihadists for democracy? Sword-wielding Saudi and Qatari despots advocating pluralist elections?

    Besides, Syria already had a relatively robust democracy under President Bashar al Assad. Before the US-led war for regime change, Syria enjoyed a reputation for religious freedom, peaceful coexistence and benign social development.

    The Western media, in the service of promoting their governments’ geopolitical agenda, have grossly distorted events in Syria. Instead of investigating a Western-backed criminal subversion involving state-sponsorship of terrorism, the media have violated honest, independent journalism with outright lies and fabrications. The Western public have been told that Washington and its allies are bombing a (sovereign) country to “defeat terrorism” when in fact any genuine, critical inquiry shows the opposite to be the case.

    In the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian army supported by Russia is liberating tens of thousands of civilians who have been held under siege, against their will, by the West’s terror proxies since 2012.

    Western media coverage on Aleppo is a diabolical sham. The US, British and French governments, as well as other Europeans, are jumping up and down with accusations of war crimes against Russia and its Syrian ally.

    Scarcely any evidence is presented to substantiate these unhinged Western claims of what is happening in Aleppo. Virtually all the information that the West relies on for its allegations is sourced from Western and Saudi-funded organizations such as the so-called White Helmets and Aleppo Media Center, both of whom are embedded with proscribed terror groups like Jabhat al Nusra and Ahrar al Sham.

    The Western capacity for denial is astounding. The vast majority of Aleppo residents – some 1.6 million people – are living willingly under the protection of the Syrian army. Yet the Western media never report this. Rather they focus on a minority district besieged by terrorists whom they lionize as “heroic rebels”.

    Even when verifiable live broadcasts in Aleppo, set up at the humanitarian aid corridors established by Russian and Syrian authorities, demonstrate beyond doubt that the truces are flagrantly violated by the Western-beloved “rebels”, still the myth-making continues. During three days of humanitarian pause to help vacate civilians, the militants were seen shelling neutral transport arrangements and of holding people as human shields.

    However, Western media vaguely and mendaciously report on “lack of security” hampering aid delivery.

    Washington and its European allies, primarily Britain and France, as well as UN chiefs Ban Ki-Moon and Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy to Syria, are a disgrace. So too are the Western corporate news media who have lied all the way to conceal the real criminals in Syria.

    In this mayhem and madness, it might seem perhaps counterintuitive to be optimistic. But good reason for optimism is that Western governments and their servile media are exposing themselves for the criminals and liars that they are.

    The rogue-state behavior of Washington and its allies has become so rampant it is no longer possible to hide.

    The public anger and disdain for this murdering cabal is fueled not only by what they see in Syria and the region. People all around the world are making the connection that US-led warmongering and dirty wars are rooted in the same murdering and plundering capitalist system that is killing their own societies and communities.

    People are realizing more than ever that the high and mighty Western leaders who presume to sit as judges casting condemnations on others are actually the lowest, most despicable criminals.

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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    • avatar
      gbiyanju
      The western fascist media is beyond question as the means to dispense propaganda and lies on behalf of the so-called 'international community'.
      Now the aberrant behaviours of the UN is coming with more frequency and flagrance to the point that the UN is no longer a nominally independent entity.
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      jameskees
      Nothing more to be added. Criminals make their laws and call themselves "International Community".
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      westerntyrants&hypocrisyin reply togbiyanju(Show commentHide comment)
      Absolutely totally agree with your sentiments. The wests hypocrisy is only out done by its war on Freedom, freedom to live according to how each and every nation on this planet wants to within its own borders. To have economic and military ties to any country it wishes to without the fear that some imperialist tyrannical despot will undermine said nations economics, domestic and foreign partnerships, but this is exactly what the west has done and is doing. The west has committed more war crimes against humanity (in the name of democracy), than any of the terrorist groups it has funded and trained (Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Isil), and the lame UN sits back and allows it. War crimes have been committed and the majority of them by the West against innocent men, women and children. It appears as if the US and its cohorts in crime, UK and EU, will do anything to ensure western hegemony continues unabated.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      US behavior, historically speaking, is very consistent. They attack civilian populations in order to break the spirits of a population by destroying their entire society. Thus making it impossible to engage in effective military resistance. American behavior towards Arabs and others is remarkably similar to what it was towards the various Native American tribes. It is obvious that they are using the same playbook. Names and technology change of course but this is still just a rerun of past crimes nonetheless..
    • Tony Rossini
      I thought that Ban Ki-Moon had finished his role as the worse UN Secretary General in modern times?
    • avatar
      westerntyrants&hypocrisy
      "the high and mighty Western leaders who presume to sit as judges casting condemnations on others are actually the lowest, most despicable criminals."
      As a New Zealander i am in total agreement with this article and this statement! The west has lost its way, and greed appears to be its main focus irrespective of the lifes it takes to fulfill this imperialist objective.
      Best wishes Mr Assad and Russia from New Zealand
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      westerntyrants&hypocrisyin reply togbiyanju(Show commentHide comment)
      gbiyanju, "the high and mighty Western leaders who presume to sit as judges casting condemnations on others are actually the lowest, most despicable criminals."

      As a New Zealander i am in total with this article and this statement! The west has lost its way, and greed appears to be its main focus irrespective of the lifes it takes to fulfill this imperialist objective. Best wishes Mr Assad and Russia from New Zealand

      Read more: sputniknews.com/columnists/201610231046633284-us-allies-condemn-russia
    • avatar
      westerntyrants&hypocrisy
      "the high and mighty Western leaders who presume to sit as judges casting condemnations on others are actually the lowest, most despicable criminals."

      As a New Zealander i am in total agreement with this article and this statement! The west has lost its way, and greed appears to be its main focus irrespective of the lives it takes to fulfill this imperialist objective. Best wishes Mr Assad and Mr Putin from New Zealand
    • avatar
      ptcjm
      To read the comments in this article on RT.COM on the former Swedish minister of foreign affairs Carl Bildt whose most accurate description, in his function as informator and war propagandist for the war criminals in USA, is the genocide millionaire.
      With information in relation to the massacre at Utøya of July 2011, where 69 of Youth were killed, somehow it was kind of odd to read his twitter. The timeline of his updated information that day raised questions
      www.rt.com/usa/364031-podesta-bildt-wikileaks-conspiracy
    • avatar
      Randall Lee Hilburn
      Bob Hoferer, Those who have a good working knowledge of ancient history are beginning to recognize that the US is a resurrection of the Roman Empire. It is amazing how similar the ideology and rhetoric of the US Imperialists are to those of the Roman Imperialists. It is blatantly obvious that we are in a remake of the transition from the Republic to the Empire. They are using the same script updated to fit in a different centaury. But otherwise the same. My main point being that the US is behaving just like Rome did. For example compare the Roman conquest of Gaul with the attempted US conquest of the Middle East. Persia/Iran is/was a thorn in the side of both empires. While the Russian "barbarians" are analogous to the Germanic "barbarians" who turned out to be Rome's nemesis.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      Bob Hoferer, Thanks for the compliment. Contrary to popular belief the much maligned study of the Classics really do have practical value in understanding the modern world.
    • avatar
      redrooster
      Im an Australian and it makes my blood boil to know my government is one of these sleazy allies of the USA bombing and killing men women and children without any mention of it to us constituents.But they will pay for it as war criminals.Theyre breaking International law by bombing a sovereign country by aggression. I will push for these scum to be arrested and charged for war crimes for as long as I live.I wouldnt get away with anything near that so why should they? If the truth be known its the Israelis who are behind all this madness.They are following whats written in the Talmud. The western mainstream media is 96% owned by Jews.The Federal Reserve Treasurey in the USA is a private company owned by Jews and Congress is made up of over 60% Dual Israeli Citizens.So you can see how these wars are being funded and fought while Israel is getting Billions and Billions of taxpayers dollars every year because Congress sends it back home. FFS!
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      Regula
      Ban ki-Moon is largely afraid of the US - afraid that if he doesn't agree with the US and play the game, the US could and would retaliate against South Korea, his homeland, the way it retaliated against Malaysia and the EU with the downed civil planes MH370 and MH17. The public may not have understood these connections, but Ban did. And he is terrified. Ban has no authority to agree with the US/NATO to bomb inside Syria. The only person who has such authority is Assad and he has not agreed to it. But unless Assad and Russia make it clear that they will take any foreign fighter jets intruding into Syrian airspace down, the bombardment on Syrian civilians and civilian infrastructure inside Syria will continue.

      Russia - Putin that is - appears to have a strange tactics recently to prevent the Syrian army to go ahead full speed against the rebels in eastern Aleppo with Russian and Syrian air cover intact, and instead to uphold a one-sided cease fire that is not having any effect except prolonging the plight of the civilians in east Aleppo and giving the rebels/al Nusra the time to try again and again to break out of the encirclement by the Syrian army. The US meanwhile uses the cease fire to bomb Mosul and in time Raqqa to push more ISIS fighters towards Aleppo in support of the rebels while the US elections slowly happen: until the new president is known, the US cannot go ahead full steam, because if Trump wins he wants a different course from what Hillary wants. So for the time being, all is preparation in anticipation that Hillary wins - which win will be fabricated by the Clinton/Obama machine at any cost - so that as soon as she won, the US can then overrun Assad and the Syrian army and including the Russian base and ships. It is obvious that there aren't two kinds of fighters in Aleppo, rebels and terrorists, there is only one kind: al Nusra. For Russia to hope or wait that the US will separate the rebels from al Nusra and cooperate with Russia to liberate Aleppo, is a complete illusion. On the contrary, the US false accusations of Russia of committing war crimes was only a ruse to intimidate Russia and get Russia to try again and again to get the US to cooperate all the while using these positive efforts by Russia as a means to undermine Russian efforts in Syria. The US wants to drag the war on terror in Syria out indefinitely. That is how the military industrial sector makes its money and how the US government circles get their millions. The US is not interested in peace in Syria.
    • avatar
      heit.7
      what us & western criminals do best? CRIMES!!!
    • avatar
      demooij
      The art of lying first have a sister. Her name is media silent. Media staff, worldwide, are carefully selected on quality's like obeying blindly to given instructions. Smell of money as reward. Read what thy earn and the cent drop. Complaining is a waist of time. Counter news to. The humans involved are like weed. Needing kind of roundup treatment with a Tsar bomb. In the meantime. The most effective counter news is showing new killing war machines. At least thy know what plan C means ones in execution.
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      kasivasantha
      There is proverb in tamil an ancient indian language.It goes as "mamiar vudaicha mun koodam-marumagal vudaicha pon koodam". The aooroximate meanning is if the earthern pot is broken by mother in law it is just a earthern pot and if the same pot is broken by the daughter in law it is a gold pot.
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      kasivasantha
      There is proverb in tamil an ancient indian language.It goes as "mamiar vudaicha mun koodam-marumagal vudaicha pon koodam". The aooroximate meanning is if the earthern pot is broken by mother in law it is just a earthern pot and if the same pot is broken by the daughter in law it is a gold pot.
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