8/26 US NATO,Israel, GCC, AlQaeda: "Responsibility to Protect' Syria, p.2

National News Alert
Kerry says Obama will hold Syria accountable for use of chemical weapons
Secretary of State John F. Kerry says President Obama is determined to hold Syria accountable for using chemical weapons and will decide soon how to respond. Kerry called Syria's actions "a moral obscenity."
Monday, August 26, 2013 3:12:35 pm http://www.washingtonpost.com/

"Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day"
8/26/13 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Izvestia interview

Syria: Al-Qaeda's al-Zawahiri lends support
2/12/12 www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17002573

Assad says West will pay for backing al Qaeda in Syria
4/17/13 worldnews.nbcnews.com/ _news/ 2013/ 04/ 17/ 17797919-assad-says-west-will-pay-for-backing-al-qaeda-in-syria?

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the group .
6/17/ www.cnn.com/2013/06/17/world/meast/syria-civil-war

Dempsey: Syrian rebels won't back U.S. interests
8/21 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/21/dempsey-syrian-rebel...
"It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor. Today, they are not." This dour assessment from Dempsey comes as Syrian rebel groups made fresh claims Wednesday that government forces loyal to Assad carried out a "poisonous gas" attack near the capital Damascus that has left hundreds dead.

Qatar-funded Syrian rebel brigade backs al Qaeda groups in Syria
7/26/13 http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/07/qatar-funde...
...Qatar backs the large rebel force Ahfad al Rasoul Brigade whose leader Ziad Haj Obaidis is on the US-backed Arms Committee for the Free Syrian Army-dominated Supreme Military Command... which the US government will be arming and funding... the US says it relies on countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia to ensure weapons and aid do not fall into the wrong hands.

2011 wikileaks cable
Syria military intervention, Iraq post withdrawal status of forces agreement
Date 07-12 -11 Released 03-06-12 Email-ID 1671459 Insight From bhalla@stratfor.com To secure@stratfor.com

Military commanders summit in Jordan to discuss Syria
US has 'very little doubt' of Syria gas attack
The Jordan meeting was coordinated by Gen. Lloyd Austin, Commander of U.S. Centcom - responsible for 20 countries in the Middle East and Central Asia - and Jordan's chief of staff Meshaal Mohamed al-Zaban. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey was also (ed: note 'also' - he opposed armed invasion] set to participate, along with the chiefs of staff from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Canada, said an official cited by Jordan's state news agency....

8/26/13 Netanyahu: “Syria has become Iran’s testing ground, and Iran is closely watching whether and how the world responds...our finger is responsible, and when needed it is also on the trigger."

Surge in Israel's Military QME
8/15/13 http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130815/DEFREG04/308150008/
US President Barack Obama announced plans to begin discussions toward a new 10-year aid package during his visit to Israel last March. At a news conference in Jerusalem, Obama said “Our current agreement lasts through 2017, and we’ve directed our teams to start working on extending it for the years beyond”...Under the existing US $30 billion aid agreement signed in 2007...“We’re looking at a holistic Mideast picture, including growth of missile arsenals in Lebanon and Gaza; the strategic situation in Sinai; the Syrian situation as it impacts us and other countries, including Jordan...US and Israeli officials said initial work toward a new 10-year military aid package, to extend through 2027, focused on full spectrum Israeli security... including military modernization, new threats from regional instability and the erosion of Israel’s "qualitative military edge" (QME) due to US arms sales in the Mideast... Israel does not object to such sales. Latest available data from the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) lists $91.9 billion in new US arms agreements from 2008 through 2011..

Israel strikes Lebanon after rocket attack
8/22 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/22/rocket-attack-israel-south-...
Israeli military officials speaking on condition of anonymity, accused "global jihad" elements, groups either linked to or inspired by al-Qaida, of being behind the attack

Why U.S. Ensures Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge)
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
11/4/11 http://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rm/176684.htm
President Obama said: “the United States sees the historic changes sweeping the Middle East and North Africa as a moment of great challenge, but also a moment of opportunity for greater peace and security for the entire region, including the State of Israel.”…"A Strong Partnership Supports U.S. National Security. So let me first turn to why this relationship is so important to the United States….The most direct tool the US uses to ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge is security assistance. For some three decades, Israel has been the leading beneficiary of US security assistance through the Foreign Military Financing program, FMF..Ensuring Israel’s military strength and its superiority in the region, is critical to regional stability and as a result is fundamentally a core interest of the United States. The United States and Israel also see eye to eye on host of strategic questions. Indeed, a new Washington Institute report by Robert Blackwill and Walter Slocombe articulates the strategic benefits of the relationship for the United States...” Israel is a vital ally and serves as a cornerstone of our regional security commitments....

Libya dejavu
U.S. Responsibility to Protect - R2P
NATO members could act against Syria without UN mandate
Kosovo-style humanitarian intervention could justify NATO military action against Assad regime after alleged chemical attacks

Does Syria Mean the End of the Responsibility to Protect?
6/13/13 http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/does-syria-mean...
The crisis underscores the difficulty of reconciling humanitarian ideals with geopolitical concerns.

USAID - R2P http://www.globalr2p.org/search?q=SYRIA+USAID+SUPPORT

Special Advisers on Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect condemn use of chemical weapons in Syria
8/23/13 http://www.UNmultimedia.org/radio/english/2013/08/special-advisers-on-pr...
...If he decides to act militarily, Mr. Obama would prefer to do so with U.N. Security Council backing, but a senior administration official said "We'll consult with the U.N. They're an important avenue. But they're not the only avenue,"...Administration lawyers have been crafting legal justifications for an intervention without U.N. approval that could be based on findings that Mr. Assad used chemical weapons and created a major humanitarian crisis. 8/25 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732340710457903463366326325...

Reuters/Ipsos poll released Saturday found 65% of Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria, 9% in favor. 25% would back intervention if the chemical attacks are established, 46% would still strongly oppose it. The poll, taken Aug. 19-23, reveals decline in support for U.S. action since Aug. 13,

"USAID & a major Soros NGO 'news' of "Syrian chemical weapons attacks"

Syria: Thousands Suffering Neurotoxic Symptoms Treated in Hospitals Supported by MSF
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Press Release | August 24, 2013
8/21/13 http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=7029&cat=press...
Three hospitals in Damascus governorate supported by MSF reported to MSF they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours on

*Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders: www.msf.org.... Agency for International Development (USAID): www.usaid.gov....www.kibera.org.uk/Links.html
*Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)...9/16/11.review for US Agency for International Development (USAID).www.starvedforattention.org/blog/category/malnutrition/ *Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ...Guardian op-ed by MSF International President: ... USAID Director Rajiv Shah tells ABC's Christiane Amanpour

MSF Open Letter: Words Must be Turned into Humanitarian Action for Syrians
6/5/13 http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/article.cfm

Open Society Foundations - Médecins Sans Frontières...t George Soros
www.opensocietyfoundations.org/ sites/ default/ files/ a_complete_report_0.pdf -

www.stblaw.com/practice_exemptOrg.htm -
Public Charity and International Work ...Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres...Soros Fund Charitable Foundation www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Man in hospital to inspectors: ‘This is the effect of chemicals’
“This is the effect of chemicals,” one man, who appears to be a doctor, is heard explaining to one of the UN inspectors who took notes on a clipboard. The U.N. Chemical Weapons Investigation Team, dressed in blue helmets and bulletproof vests, was shown examining patients and talking to doctors who treated some of the victims...The convoy of inspectors came under sniper fire in its first attempt to access the affected areas, and one vehicle was hit, a U.N. official said...but was able to retreat then travel to the town of Moadamiya, west of Damascus.
Also Monday, three key US allies — Britain, France and Turkey — said they would back U.S. military against Syria in response to the alleged attacks, even without a United Nations mandate....Based on activist photographs, videos and witness accounts, U.S. officials have“little doubt” that Assad’s forces carried out the attack...The nonprofit Doctors Without Borders estimates 355 people were killed and more than 3,600 were injured. If confirmed, it would be the worst chemical weapons attack since Saddam Hussein gassed more than 3,000 people in an Iraqi Kurdish village 25 years ago.

8/25/13 "I have no affection for Mr. Assad. I've dealt with him. I know him. And he is a pathological liar..."
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on CBS' "Face the Nation"
2/05/03 Powell addressed the UN Security Council regarding WMD he said Sadam Hussein was hiding, holding up a vial of anthrax as evidence

3/27/03 http://www.laweekly.com/2003-03-27/news/made-in-the-usa /
...Powell neglected to mention that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta sent Iraq three shipments of West Nile virus for medical research in 1985. Powell also failed to acknowledge that Iraq obtained some of its initial anthrax bacilli from American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), a Maryland/Virginia–based nonprofit bio-resource center that supplies viruses and germs to governments, companies and academic institutions worldwide. Between 1985 and 1989, ATCC sent Iraq deadly shipments that included a variety of anthrax bacteria and germs that cause meningitis, influenza, botulism, lung failure and tetanus, according to media reports and U.N. records.Thiodiglycol, a substance needed to manufacture deadly mustard gas, made its way to Iraq via Alcolac International, Inc. , a Maryland company, since dissolved and reformed as Alcolac Inc. and Phillips, once a subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum, now part of ConocoPhillips a U.S. oil and energy company.

Nov 1, 1983 Iraqi use of Chemical Weapons..."in order to maintain the credibility of US policy on CW"
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq24.pdf .
U.S. Declassified Documents at the George Washington University:http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons
www.counterpunch.org/ 2004/ 06/ 17/ how-reagan-armed-saddam-with-chemical-weapons/

Western declarations of humanitarian assistance are declarations of war
By Basel Mohaisen and Lizzie Phelanhttp://lizzie-phelan.blogspot.com/2012/02/western-declarations-of-humanitarian.html
The UN General Assembly Resolution passed three days ago, following the Russian and Chinese veto to the Security Council Resolution that would have given the green light for direct military intervention in Syria, has further cleared the way for that intervention....an eventuality that would explode into an all out war with Syria that would draw in Iran, Russia and also knock on the door of China...Of course, an unofficial military intervention began a year ago when [US] NATO planted its experts in the Turkish province of Hatai to train and supply weapons, financial and logistical support to insurgents to cross the border into Syria. This in addition to the other key supply route through the Lebanese border, particularly between Tripoli and Homs...imperialists' General Assembly Resolution (supported by US Arab client states) is the slippery slope to an official military intervention, including the use of aerial bombardment order to “protect civilians”, R2P, Libya style.. the US is responsible that Al Qaeda fighters from Iraq are streaming into Syria ...
By all accounts, including admissions by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Osama Bin Laden's organization that would become Al Qaeda was created during the Soviet-Afghan war in in the late 70's and throughout the 80's. The funding of these militants did not begin after the Soviet invasion, but actually several years before. US intervention in Afghanistan by training and arming Afghanistan's Mujaheddin, along with Osama Bin Laden's Arab fighters...
Libya is just one example of why the US insistence it is “Friends of Syria”, its intervention is “humanitarian” and would be even more humanitarian if they had their buffer zone and humanitarian corridors, cannot be taken seriously for a second. Declarations of humanitarian assistance by the west are in fact declarations of war.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect condemns ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed in Syria and calls upon the UN Security Council to take immediate action aimed at holding perpetrators accountable.

Responsibility to Protect in the Real World
7/22/13 U.S. Institute of Peace, Donald Steinberg, Keynote address
The New World of R2P
It is a great honor to be here this evening to help launch the report, “The United States and R2P – From Words to Action,” a combined effort of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Brookings Institution.I want to begin by saluting Secretary Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Richard Williamson, and the members and staff of the commission for coming together in the best non-partisan tradition to address an issue that transcends politics. As with the Albright/Cohen report on atrocity prevention several years ago, which I served as a working member, this report can be a game changer if we heed its wise counsel and follow its recommendations. Throughout my 38 years in diplomacy and development, issues of atrocity prevention and conflict resolution have dominated my career: from my first diplomatic assignment in the Central African Republic; to the transition in South Africa; to Rwanda and Angola and more recently, to Libya, Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya and Syria....Within the US government, the new kid on the block is the Atrocity Prevention Board (APB). Again, I want to salute the Albright/Cohen commission, which formed the basis for much that the President announced at the Holocaust Museum last April and much that the APB members...
USAID and Atrocity Prevention: Toolkits, Training and Technology
At USAID, under the leadership of Sarah Mendelson, Mark Goldenbaum, Lawrence Woocher, and Nancy Lindborg, this means ensuring that in the darkest corners of the world, USAID’s officials serve as the eyes, the ears and the conscience of the global community. Working with the State Department and other agencies... The State Department and USAID are also
training personnel dealing with real or potential atrocity situations, including a Foreign Service Institute course designed by Tori Holt and Sarah Mendelson for US government agency personnel serving in “at risk” posts....USAID is harnessing new technologies, in particular using social media networks and the world’s 6.5 billion cellphones to share information quickly and broadly. USAID’s three tech challenges are generating fascinating new ideas. There are tools to help companies avoid sourcing from armed combatants and potential abusers. There are voice recognition capabilities... There are data-mining technologies to cull, integrate and analyze public and private sources to reveal relationships and transactions previously hidden...and supplementing these with datapaloozas, crowd sourcing and hack-a-thons...
I want to endorse the report’s conclusion vis-à-vis the tragedy in Syria. Three weeks removed from the White House Sitroom meetings on Syria, it would be inappropriate and unseemly for me to go into detail. But the report itself sums it up well: The terrible carnage in Syria illustrates the international community’s embrace of R2P is not sufficient, in itself, to prevent a ruthless dictator from inflicting grievous harm on his own citizens, especially when Security Council permanent members are divided and external military intervention is difficult. Our challenge is to minimize the likelihood of such situations through persistent diplomacy, support for democracy, and greater insistence on respect for fundamental civil and human rights.
America’s National Security Interest in Atrocity Prevention. I agree with the report’s recommendation we collectively reinforce the message communicated at the Holocaust Museum by President Obama in April 2012, that preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest of the United States and national sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your own people....Secretary Albright, Ambassador Williamson, thanks again for your leadership in keeping America on the right side of history.

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, asked about the price paid to remove Saddam Hussein
5/12/96 Interview with Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0WDCYcUJ4o
Stahl: "We have heard that a half a million [Iraqi] children have died... that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And--you know, is the price worth it?"
Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it."

Global War on Terror now 'Overseas Contingency Operations"
voices.washingtonpost.com/ 44/ 2009/ 03/ 23/ the_end_of_the_global_war_on_t.html

'Combat ops' now 'Stability Ops'
After the August deadline Obama set as end of the combat mission in Iraq... hunting insurgents, joint raids to kill militants...will be “stability operations.”..In practical terms, nothing will change,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, top US military spokesman in Iraq. “We are already doing stability operations....