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A Very Good Reason NOT to Attack Syria: “Bandar Bush” at Epicenter of U.S. Syrian Operation

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Dubya and Ban­dar Bush

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: We are cer­tain­ly not in pos­ses­sion of defin­i­tive infor­ma­tion about the chem­i­cal weapons attack in Syr­ia. The Syr­i­an gov­ern­ment has coun­tered claims that they launched the attack with claims that it was the rebels or allied forces.

As grotesque as Assad is, he may well be the less­er of the evils in the Syr­i­an imbroglio, which one might com­pare to a quick­sand bog locat­ed down­stream from a slaugh­ter­house drain­ing to the water­way.

Life is not a Holy­wood movie, with pos­i­tive end­ings to scripts insert­ed at will. Often, there are no good options, only bad ones. We feel that Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syr­ia and Egypt all fall into that cat­e­go­ry. Nonethe­less, there are some options that are worse than oth­ers. 

For exam­ple, we sup­port the Egypt­ian army in their takeover in Egypt, although we feel that it is unlike­ly that real democ­ra­cy will stem from a mil­i­tary takeover. Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing (pun intend­ed), that does not take place. Nonethe­less, the major­i­ty of Egyp­tians backed removal of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s fas­cist regime, and the army alone had the pow­er to imple­ment that polit­i­cal will.

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George H.W. Bush and Ban­dar Bush

We do not feel that this coun­try should engage in mil­i­tary action in Syr­ia. The Syr­i­an rebels appear to be large­ly Al Qaeda/Taliban knock-offs, with direct, demon­stra­ble ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, and through the Broth­er­hood, to the Under­ground Reich. [4]

Exact­ly who DID use the chem­i­cal weapons? We don’t know, how­ev­er Mus­lim Broth­er­hood-relat­ed ter­ror­ists have been seek­ing chem­i­cal weapons for years. Who knows if they may have suc­ceed­ed? Might they have got­ten some of Sad­dam Hus­sein’s old CBW toys after the U.S. failed to secure those capa­bil­i­ties after the extreme­ly ill-advised for­ay into Iraq?

It is also inter­est­ing that the tide of bat­tle had begun to turn against the rebels, with the entry into the war by the well-armed and bat­tle-test­ed Hezbol­lah cadre. Would Assad have been stu­pid enough to do the one thing that could reli­ably have been count­ed on to draw the U.S. into the con­flict? We don’t know, but we are skep­ti­cal.

In short, is this a provo­ca­tion? Might the rebels have actu­al­ly used sarin [5]?

Among the rea­sons why we view this affair with the most jaun­diced of eyes con­cerns the fact that none oth­er than Prince Ban­dar of Sau­di Ara­bia [6] is the sin­gle most impor­tant coor­di­na­tor of aid to the rebels.

Oba­ma would be play­ing into their hands and fur­ther alien­at­ing the lib­er­al wing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty by get­ting involved in the Syr­i­an hor­ror show.

“Syr­ia, the Sau­di con­nec­tion: The Prince with Close Ties to Wash­ing­ton at the Heart of the Push for War” by David Usburne; The Inde­pen­dent [UK]; 8/26/2013. [9]

EXCERPT: He has been gone from the cap­i­tal for eight years, but Prince Ban­dar bin Sul­tan, who as Sau­di Arabia’s ambas­sador to Wash­ing­ton wield­ed influ­ence over no few­er than five dif­fer­ent US pres­i­dents, has re-emerged as a piv­otal fig­ure in the strug­gle by Amer­i­ca and its allies to tilt the bat­tle­field bal­ance against the regime in Syr­ia.

Appoint­ed by the Sau­di king, his uncle, last year as the head of the Sau­di Gen­er­al Intel­li­gence Agency, Prince Ban­dar has report­ed­ly for months been focused exclu­sive­ly on gar­ner­ing inter­na­tion­al sup­port, includ­ing arms and train­ing, for Syr­i­an rebel fac­tions in pur­suit of the even­tu­al top­pling of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-Assad.

It is a long-term Sau­di goal, that in the past sev­er­al days has been sub­sumed by the more imme­di­ate cri­sis over the pur­port­ed use of chem­i­cal weapons by Dam­as­cus, which, accord­ing to Riyadh, must be met by a stern response. That mes­sage is being deliv­ered to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma by the cur­rent Sau­di Ambas­sador in Wash­ing­ton, Adel al-Jubeir, who is a Ban­dar pro­tégé.

It was Prince Bandar’s intel­li­gence agency that first alert­ed West­ern allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syr­i­an regime in Feb­ru­ary. . . .

. . . . As ambas­sador, Prince Ban­dar left an imprint that still has not quite fad­ed. His voice was one of the loud­est urg­ing the Unit­ed States to invade Iraq in 2003. In the 1980s, Prince Ban­dar became mired in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal in Nicaragua. . . .

Ban­dar bin Sul­tan; [7]Wikipedia [7]

EXCERPT: . . . . Ban­dar has formed close rela­tion­ships with sev­er­al Amer­i­can pres­i­dents, notably George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the lat­ter giv­ing him the affec­tion­ate and con­tro­ver­sial nick­name “Ban­dar Bush”[10] His par­tic­u­lar­ly close rela­tion­ship with the Bush fam­i­ly was high­light­ed in Michael Moore’s doc­u­men­tary Fahren­heit 9/11. He was report­ed­ly so close to George H. W. Bush that he was often described as a mem­ber of the for­mer pres­i­den­t’s family.[3][11] He advo­cat­ed Sad­dam Hus­sein’s over­throw in Iraq in March 2003.[12] He encour­aged mil­i­tary action against Iraq and sup­port­ed Dick Cheney’s agen­da for “The New Mid­dle East”, which called for pro-democ­ra­cy pro­grams in both Syr­ia and Iran. . . .

“Rig­gs Bank”; Wikipedia. [8]

EXCERPT: . . .  A Sau­di named Omar al-Bay­ou­mi housed and opened bank accounts for two of the 9/11 hijack­ers. About two weeks after the assis­tance began, al-Bay­oumi’s wife began receiv­ing month­ly pay­ments total­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars from Princess Haifa bint Faisal, the wife of Sau­di ambas­sador and Bush fam­i­ly con­fi­dant, Prince Ban­dar bin Sul­tan, through a Rig­gs bank account. [1] (Jonathan Bush, uncle of Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, was an exec­u­tive at Rig­gs Bank dur­ing this peri­od.) . . .