Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sarin: US imperialism tries to create a pretext for intervening in Syria

US imperialism must not be allowed to further inflame the violence in Syria.

The same criminals who misled the world about the “Gulf ofTonkin Incident” in order to openly wage a war of aggression against Vietnam, and who misled the world about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” in order to invade and occupy that sovereign state are now misleading the world with allegations of Syrian president Assad’s use of sarin gas in order to invade and occupy the sovereign state of Syria.
With an estimated 65% of US citizens opposed to such a course of action, perhaps it’s time to wheel out Colin Powell to make a presentation to the UN about the use of sarin.

But that might not be possible, because the UN has already heard a report from one of its own.
On May 5, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte alleged that the so-called “rebels” were likely to have used sarin against Syrian government troops and civilian supporters.

Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said that testimony gathered from casualties and medical staff indicated that the nerve agent sarin was used by rebel fighters.
“Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Ms Del Ponte said in an interview broadcast on Swiss-Italian television on Sunday.

“This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added.
Del Ponte’s “strong, concrete suspicions” are confirmed by Turkish state media reports that Turkish police have seized sarin gas from Al Nusrah rebels preparing to leave Turkey for Syria.

In 2012, the President of US imperialism had made much of a “red line” that Assad would be deemed to have crossed if Syrian government forces used chemical weapons.
But when del Ponte made her allegations against the US mercenary “rebels” he was strangely silent.

So there is a “red line” for those you are trying to overthrow, but no “red line” for your agents in that overthrow.
To add to the hypocrisy of the imperialists, there are reports that the CIA has supplied chemical weapons to its proxies among the heart-devouring “rebels” and trained them in their use.

The reports add to suspicions that the US imperialists have used “rebel” forces to use chemical weapons as a means of then laying the blame at the feet of the Assad government, feet that will then be deemed to have crossed the “red line”.
There appear to be no end to the crimes that imperialism can engage in.

There appear to be no lies that imperialism cannot spread.
There appear to be no hypocrisies that imperialism cannot create.

Either the “red line” applies equally to the Assad government and to the US mercenary Al Qaeda “rebels” OR US imperialism stands exposed and condemned for aiding and abetting a war crime by its proxies at the same time as it alleges a war crime by a sovereign state.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nationalise the Australian auto industry!

US carmaker General Motors Holden is pressuring its vehicle assembly plant workers at Elizabeth in South Australia to take a wage cut of around $200 per week as it plunges into further financial difficulties.

The US giant plans to put a series of proposals to reduce production costs to workers and ask them to vote on them.
"This is about giving Holden employees a direct say in their future," managing director Mike Devereux, a US citizen, said in a statement on Tuesday June 15.
Of course, such noble sentiments of workplace democracy were never raised by management in earlier and more profitable times.

"We made $100 million in profits this year - better call the workers to a meeting and let them vote on how much they want to take out of that."

The company in recent times has cut shifts and reduced working hours, putting workers on reduced pay via a four day week.

It has also received millions of dollars in state and federal government assistance.

Never was there a more cynical example of privatising the profits and socialising the losses.

Well, if we’re going to have to socialise the losses, let there be no hesitation in raising the demand that the whole operation be socialised.

Auto manufacturing should be possible in Australia.

With Ford shutting down, and Holden teetering on the brink of closure, it’s time to nationalise the whole industry, rationalise the whole industry and concentrate on advanced technologies and processes to support green energy car, commercial vehicle and public transport production in line with market requirements.

Planned production, not market anarchy.

Nationalise the auto industry in Australia!