Skripal and Syria… The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia

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Written by Finian Cunningham; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

There is a direct link between Britain’s sensational allegations against Russia in the Skripal affair and NATO’s losing covert war in Syria.

That’s not just the opinion of critical observers. Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations made the explicit link when she called an “emergency meeting” of the Security Council earlier this week.

Skripal and Syria... The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia

The Security Council meeting was convened only hours after British counter-terrorism police released video images claiming to identify two Russian men, whom it said were responsible for the alleged poison assassination attempt on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in England earlier this year.

The council meeting also followed swiftly on the heels of British Prime Minister Theresa May telling her parliament that the culprits were Russian military intelligence officers acting on orders from the Kremlin. May did not give supporting evidence. It was bald assertion.

In this short clip, Britain’s envoy to the UN Karen Pierce tells reporters the rationale of the British government in convening the emergency session at the Security Council. The envoy reveals more than she intended.

She says that the United Kingdom and its allies would “continue to contest the Russian view of the world in which their state operatives can carry out these sorts of attacks [in England] and can encourage and support the Syrian authorities in their attacks on civilians.”

Pierce added: “So this is actually a continuum, if you like, of contesting that view of the world where you can act outside the norms of international rules and civilized behavior.”

Evidently, the British government is trying to criminalize both Russia and Syria at the same time, over the same alleged crime – unlawful use of chemical weapons.

That would account for why the British authorities have been unduly hasty in accusing the Russian state of culpability in the Skripal affair. By undermining and smearing Russia as a “pariah state”, it is then possible to stifle Russia’s crucial military support for Syria. This is especially urgent given the juncture in the Syria war where NATO-backed militants are staring at final defeat.

The US, Britain and France have all recently threatened to use military power against the Syrian government forces “if” the latter launch chemical weapons attacks. That of course is a cynical pretext for the NATO states to find a legal cover for aggression against Syria.

The allegations of “imminent” chemical weapon use by the Syrian government are also baseless since Damascus no longer possesses any such munitions, or indeed has any military need for such weapons.

What the Skripal affair is therefore trying to do is inculcate in the public mind that Russia has no scruples about using chemical weapons to kill people, which in turn reinforces the notion that Moscow’s Syrian ally also has no scruples about killing people with toxic materials.

The NATO claims of Syrian national forces using chemical weapons have been shown to be false. In recent days, Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia demanded that the US present details of a Pentagon target list of chemical weapons sites in Syria. The US balked.

By contrast, there is a healthy skepticism among the Western public about official allegations against the Syrian government. Pink Floyd’s legendary singer-songwriter Roger Waters speaks for many when he recently called out the NATO-backed so-called rescue group, the White Helmets, as being implicated in orchestrating chemical attacks for propaganda purposes.

In order to overcome the propaganda problem of demonizing the Syrian government and giving itself a pretext for launching military strikes on Syria, the NATO powers therefore have to boost their flagging “false flag” narrative of chemical weapons responsibility.

By criminalizing Russia for allegedly using chemical weapons “on the streets of Britain”, it is a ploy to augment the dubious narrative criminalizing Syria.

Here is British envoy Pierce speaking again: “The reason the Security Council has not been able to act on CW [chemical weapon] use in Syria is because of Russia. There is a circularity here. Russia is the key to upholding the universal ban on CW use. And the world would be better if Russia would join us in making that ban absolutely watertight.”

Britain’s use of the word “circularity” is certainly apt – albeit for a completely different reason. The actual circular logic is to criminalize both Russia and Syria over chemical weapons. Russia, it is calculated, will then not have the authority to use its veto power at the Security Council in order to prevent the three NATO powers on the council from launching their much-desired military attack on Syria to salvage their losing covert war.

The reckless haste by which the British authorities are accusing Russia over the Skripal affair – a haste which makes a mockery of legal due process and diplomatic norms – can plausibly be explained by the urgency of the NATO powers to free up their military plans on Syria.

How can the release of video images allegedly of two Russian nationals in Britain be possibly attributed to the Kremlin? Two Russian men – if indeed that is genuine information – are supposed to be “compelling evidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an assassination. It is a preposterous leap of imagination and a travesty of legal process, but it is revealing of an execrable British prejudice of Russophobia.

One possible theory in the Skripal affair is that the two alleged Russian men were members of organized crime. Reports emerged this week that former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal was working with Spanish state security services to crackdown on Russian underworld gangs. It is possible that the gangs uncovered Skripal’s meddling in their illicit business model, and simply sent a couple of heavies over to Britain to deal with him. But how such a hypothetical account can be twisted by the British authorities to be “proof” of Kremlin involvement is a telling question.

It is significant that the British authorities have flatly refused requests from the Russian side for information to identify the alleged Skripal hitmen. For example, British regulations require fingerprints to be submitted by all visitors to the country. Why have the British refused to give fingerprints to Russian authorities which could then lead to an identification and perhaps explanation of the two alleged suspects?

The British don’t want to know the truth, because their official narrative of criminalizing the Russian state is the imperative one. And that is because of the urgency for NATO to find a legal, political cover for its military aggression against Syria.

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  • Tudor Miron

    This toad in the picture above… Do you Brits really want this kind to represent you? Do you even have a say regarding such thing?

    • Jens Holm

      Ours mainly are chosen for qualificarions and not family relations.

      • Sinbad2

        LOL.

        My dog is more British than you, and I certainly am, born in Fulham, and can read and write in English.

    • jorge

      Good night, Tudor, it’s curious that the Error Crassus happened (or was killed) more or less in this place (in the actual borders, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harran ). As Putin said, we only can conclude that the new Enver Pashas are not going to die on russian soil.

    • Fred

      She is just another professional liar. What is disturbing is that so many people blindly believe anything the government spin doctors tell them. They completely ignore the killing and suffering their governments cause with all this selfish regime change shit and they blithely go along with any swill they are fed by people like her. They know it is all horseshit but it is easier to swallow the puckies whole no matter how big the lie or the taste, than to go against the elites and appear disloyal. They are weak mainly because they fear more the way their piers and higher ups think of them and their views rather than fearing how God thinks of them and what is really right and wrong. If there were not so many cowards and ass kissers in the world there would not be so many wars.

    • Nightcrawler136

      No we don’t! in answer to both questions.

    • AM Hants

      We have no say. Even our politicians are pre-selected by the party leadership. You can vote for one of three, of their choice. The two that do not get through, then go to another ‘electorate’, to go through the same charade. Orwell would be so proud. Remember, before Karen Pierce, who we do not get the chance to vote, with regards UN representation, replaced Tony Blair’s Private Secretary, from the times they were spinning ‘Sadam and his WMDs’. The time when Blair stood up in Parliament and blatently lied to the people of the UK. Remember, the Chilcot Report, which was released in 2016. Ironically, during those times, John Bolton was the US Permanent Envoy to the UN, when Bush Junior was the President of the US. Karen Pierce, who cut her teeth in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, back in 1981. Now who funds the White Helmets?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93aa314f0cc53c117ee231786ac3af1bcf59da3232ef01f5258e6b3bcb7a8b7f.png

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/389ce11164e6b90b23fa30601ef18c52a5ce157527ba754eb8dbab3fb71f3030.jpg

      “In respect of Karl Marx, I think he must be turning in his grave to see what the country that was founded on many of his precepts is doing in the name of supporting Syria by condoning the use of chemical weapons on Syrian territory.” – Karen Pierce, UNSC

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/78844a0bcce608db1b2f85a643945aa9c423c2a7bc0b515d9d5d43fa9093b77e.jpg

      Haven’t The Netherlands been caught out, for supporting and funding terrorists?

      The Netherlands stops supporting Syrian rebels, ahead of Idlib offensive… In addition to funding ‘moderate’ rebels, the Netherland had also put money into their police forces and to the White Helmets programme, the civilian rescue service. Funding for the first two programmes has stopped immediately while the White Helmet support will end in December.

      Netherlands ends support for Syrian militant groups, including one labeled ‘terrorist’ by Dutch govt… https://www.rt.com/news/438117-netherlands-syria-militants-funding/

      Read more at DutchNews.nl:…https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/the-netherlands-stops-supporting-syrian-rebels-ahead-of-idlib-offensive/

      • FlorianGeyer

        I suspect that little of the Mayday Rescue funding went to the low budget White Helmets Pantomime Crisis Actors and that being the case WHO has pocketed the cash :)

    • Sinbad2

      I have observed for many years, that Britain consistently has the lowest caliber politicians of any western nation. I don’t know why, but I suspect that Britain would be a much better place today, if Guy Fawkes had succeeded.

    • FlorianGeyer

      She and her disgraceful government certainly do not represent me Tudor. :)

  • Jan Sammer

    Where are the Skripals and why are they being detained? Make Karen Pierce answer that question before anything else. Under Stalin, being detained without right of correspondence meant only one thing.

  • RichardD

    “The Kill List remains in operation to this day and has hundreds (around 700) of names listed, is updated monthly, and now includes not just high value targets but low level members of the Taliban …

    Once on the ‘kill list’ these individuals are hunted down and murdered without judicial oversight. But much worse is the result of these attacks as The Guardian reported back in November 2014 when 41 men had been targeted by US drone attacks but 1,147 innocent people were killed. There is no evidence to suggest that any other drone manufactured by Britain is any more discriminating at killing than that. At the time, we had no knowledge of Britain’s policy on the matter but it was clear that Britain and America were prepared to kill innocent civilians who were standing in the way. In this context, 27 innocent civilians will die for each confirmed kill.”

    – Britain’s secret assassinations programme and extended kill list –

    http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/britains-secret-assassinations-programme-extended-kill-list/

  • enriqueferro

    The British don’t want to know the truth because thay have made it all up.

  • RichardD

    British “values” are that the UK is near the top of the list of those responsible for fabricating and waging an unnecessary regime change war, for the scofflaw crime state known as Israel, that has killed a half a million innocent people and injured and displaced millions more.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Think about it. There have to be hundreds of thousands of Brits involved in these lies, accepting the lies and willingly and deliberately and actively supporting the lies;
    Medie journalists, authorities, policemen, generals, engineers, hospitals, scientists, social workers, all accomplices.
    An evidence the sheeple are worse than their leaders. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/059f68e339202c281c333bec7831690898be946399f2b99991d38750ec876c67.jpg

    • FlorianGeyer

      This year is of course the 100th anniversary of WW1 and back then the sheeple volunteered in the many hundreds of thousands to line up and be shot by volunteers from the enemy team :)

      What makes it worse is the fact that all the warring Royal Families etc were related.

  • AM Hants

    Yesterday, I came across two videos, which support the above, plus, informed me of ‘Operation Beluga’. Funny how those involved in all the wars, from the 90s to the present day, are heavily involved in Syria. Including the same ‘spin doctors’ to manipulate events.

    Remember Colin Powell, when John Bolton was the US Permanent Envoy to the UN, under Bush, when he presented the fake test tube in the UN? Remember Tony Blair, standing up in Parliament and lying to the people of the UK? Funny, his private secretary at the time, ended up the UK Permanent Envoy to the UN, replace by Karen Pierce, back in January of this year. They just keep recycling the same old savages of spin.

    Operation Beluga: A US-UK Plot to Discredit Putin and Destabilize the Russian Federation
    By William Dunkerley … https://www.opednews.com/articles/Operation-Beluga-A-US-UK-by-William-Dunkerley-Antiterrorism-Database_France_Litvinenko_Putin-160327-385.html

    ‘Novichok would have affected many more people’ – former OPCW head (EXCLUSIVE) (includes conversation with John Bolton)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRONBTkNogY

    Russia to OPCW: Russia gave proof ‘Novichok’ patented in US in 2015… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=AT03p_2dWTU

  • Sinbad2

    For the US to continue ruling the world, they must control energy supplies, and that energy must be traded in US dollars.
    The Saudis are running out of oil, and Russia is a major energy supplier.
    So the US has to destroy Russia, and turn it into a client state like Saudi Arabia.
    The British used to control global energy supplies, and started WWI to protect their monopoly.
    Nowadays they play Mini Me to the American Dr Evil, but they still have a lot of money in the energy business.

  • leon mc pilibin

    Shel ooks like a man in drag,,like most zionists,including MAY.