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    Kennedy to Sputnik: 'Pipeline War' is at the Roots of Syrian Crisis

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    Radio Sputnik discusses the origins of the Syrian crisis with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., attorney and nephew of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    Kennedy writes that the US decided to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power after he refused to back a Qatari gas pipeline project. Sputnik also touched upon US foreign policy, the refugee crisis and why Donald Trump would be a better president than Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

    “We've compromised our own constitution, including the Bill of Rights in the name of the national security state and a warfare state. We've gotten rid, in many cases, of the right of jury trial. We've gotten rid of the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. We talked ourselves into this idea that it's okay to water board and torture people.”

    He went on to say that the US public is disillusioned to think that the US is still a beacon of democracy. He spoke about how the government stood for freedom of people before. But the United States has intervened fifty eight times since WW2.

    Kennedy further said that, “WW2 was a huge lesson to us. It was a moral lesson to the United States. It was something that we learned in school, that the Allied forces have done a wonderful thing by defeating Hitler.”

    “But we haven't been responsive to the refugee crisis. And today we are doing the same thing. And the problem is that we really have been creating this refugee crisis. We are the ones that destroyed the government of Libya.”

    “We are the ones that in this pipeline dispute helped destroy the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. We are the ones who invaded Iraq, when there were no weapons of mass destruction, when Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. And Saddam Hussein was very hostile to al-Qaeda, as was Muammar Gadaffi. Gaddafi was helping us fight Al-Qaeda,” Kennedy said.

    “Bashar Assad after 9/11 gave us the dossiers on terrorists from the Islamic jihadist groups because he saw them as mutual enemies.”

    Kennedy said, “I am not saying that we should ally ourselves with the dictators. But we ally ourselves with the Saudis. And the Saudis don't let women drive a car. You go to jail if you drive a car. They behead people every Wednesday in Mecca. They torture people and they suppress free speech and they do a lot that is probably worse.”

    He went on to say that, “When we decide to overthrow those people, if you examine the real motives, almost always they serve the interests of large United States corporations who have an economic interest in the region. And in this case that was true. If you look at the roots of this war it is a pipeline war.”

    “It was a Sunni revolution that was funded by our allies, by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. And in many cases the soldiers of this revolution were trained and armed by the United States.”

    The first part of the interview you can find here.


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    • avatar
      All that facts we know since years
      Well and truly said.
    • Mother Gorilla
      Always everything about oil! Even blood for oil!
    • Victor S
      This is what being the real leader, a true citizen is all about. He doesn't just point his finger at US government for all the evil that THEY/WE did in the world, but as private citizen includes himself in it, as part of the problem/responsibility, even though i'm sure, he personally didn't have any more say in the matter, than the rest of us, ordinary citizens. But everybody, by their actions/inactions, always get the goverment they deserve, and not knowing any better, doesn't excuse any of us.
    • avatar
      No surprises there at least not to anyone that has payed attention to what's going on in the world the last 70 odd years.

      Ps , the citizens of the us don't have much of a choice anymore about who runs the country and haven't for a long time now and corruption is so deeply embedded in the politics that change is probably impossible. Their is and has not been any real freedom to choose leaders for a long long time Americans are just not smart enough to get it I guess . The political parties
      Are the same just different in name they are both enemies of freedom and justice and liberty for all.
    • avatar
      Is Kennedy a drag queen? Ever time an image is shown of Kennedy it looks like a female.
      I don't know really I am just curious. Good talker though. Reminds a person of PCR.
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      The one Who knows
      Finally someone speaking up loudly about those things. War is money and during war also you don't nee to pay your debt - it is perfect solution when on the side you try to take more and more control off the hands of your political opponents. check on top of that what is Sunni Kingdom angle in Yemen independenttrader.org/the-most-important-events-of-january-2016.html
    • avatar
      Since the creation of the USA country, the USA has distinguish itself as the most false, hypocritical and betrayal people in the government sphere. It is clear that ‘saying’ that says it is to the highest degree much better to bribe a despot dictator than to bribe all the parlament or congress. Pseudo dictators as Gaddafi, Assad, Putin and others were/are just defender of the nation wealth and the wellbeing of their people. The USA and its cronies could/cannot bribe these leaders and therefore created a machinery of misinformation and lies in the media stream and representatives of their own government to spread smear around those peoples. Kerry, Hollande, Cameron, Obama, and leaders of those Middle East monarchies and many more are united as a gang of bandits that break the international law at will. There are not difference in the end purposes among ISIS and those countries that extend smear.
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
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      This information is not getting any play in the US, as expected.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      Thanks to RFK, Jr. for speaking up in public on this issue. He is showing the courage his father had by standing up to the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson with respect to American policy in Vietnam. America never should have sent troops to Vietnam just as France made a mistake before America did in Vietnam. France added to this crime by using German POWs to fight in the French Foreign Legion - the French didn't even have the courage to send their own troops into harm's way. France and America should respected Vietnam and left Vietnam alone.
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      he's moving towards a political future, maybe a crack at the wh in four years??
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
      Blackie, I have an old German lady friend, she told me that WWII (and probably WWI) started exactly the same way, by assassinations and other provocations behind the scenes, The NAZIs of course always blaming the other side. US/NATO these days does it exactly the same way.
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