Who Benefits From a War In Syria?

A street in Syria before and during the warThe Syrian war is a perfect example of how the western countries utilize media to sway and manipulate the public into a false understanding of reality. The story being repeated is how the Arabic spring during 2011 spread to Syria – and where the Syrian demonstrators desired to have democracy. However, Bashar al-Assad and his regime instead responded with violence, which lead to the current civil war. This is simplification and a biased view on what have occurred in Syria. Even though Bashar al-Assad have potentially taken actions that should be condemned, there are other indirect parties in this war that bare a great responsibility for what has happened.

“Both the Syrian government and the opposition have received support, militarily and diplomatically, from foreign countries leading the conflict to often be described as a proxy war. The major parties supporting the Syrian Government are Iran and Hezbollah. Both of these are involved in the war politically and logistically by providing military equipment, training and battle troops. The Syrian government has also received arms from Russia and SIGINT support directly from GRU, in addition to significant political support from Russia.

The main Syrian opposition body – the Syrian coalition – receives political, logistic and military support from the United States, Britain and France. Some Syrian rebels get training from the CIA at bases in Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Syrian coalition also receives logistic and political support from Sunni states, most notably Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia; all the three major supporting states however have not contributed any troops for direct involvement in the war, though Turkey was involved in border incidents with the Syrian Army. The Financial Times and The Independent reported that Qatar had funded the Syrian rebellion by as much as $3 billion. It reported that Qatar was offering refugee packages of about $50,000 a year to defectors and family. Saudi Arabia has emerged as the main group to finance and arm the rebels.”

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War) (2015-09-23)

Thus we have western super powers engaging indirectly in a military conflict far from their own borders, through supply funding, weapons and training. We, the inhabitants of these western countries, should ask ourselves what is really going on? How is it that we accept and allow our leaders to use our tax money, to support wars far away with abstract, and bogus goals such as creating ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ for the people in these countries?

It is ridiculous when you look at the situation, how we accept and allow our political representatives to abuse, and misuse their power, and utilize their public trust to support actions of war – and then some of us have the stomach to blame the Syrian immigrants arriving in Europe. Without the financial support of the western countries, there would not be a Syrian Civil War, and there would not be a refugee crisis in Europe. We have ourselves placed us into this position. We can not blame Bashar al-Assad, because without the weapons, the money, and the training, this conflict would have been long over.

It is evident that we cannot solve conflicts and disagreements through wars and weaponry. Still, this is the option that our governments gravitate towards when given the chance. Here we should ask ourselves, who really benefits from these ongoing wars? Who benefits from weapons being exported to lowly educated, and poverty stricken people in Syria, and Iraq? Who benefits from the world existing in a constant state of war?

”The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint. The Commission on Wartime Contracting — a bipartisan congressional body — estimates that there was $30 to $60 billion in waste, fraud and abuse associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — a total of $12 million per day. Even worse, at least $6 billion is completely missing, never accounted for, gone forever. That is a stunning amount of taxpayer dollars — yours and mine — to simply disappear into the wind.”

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” The direct costs of the wars in Iraq and Syria may only be a small part of the new business that will flow to Lockheed Martin and its cohorts in the next few years. The new wars will almost certainly extend the life of the Pentagon’s war budget, known more formally as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. For the past few years, OCO has served as a slush fund to pay for Pentagon projects that have nothing to do with fighting any war. In its most recent effort to raid the OCO account, the Pentagon has proposed using it to fund eight costly F-35 combat aircraft that haven’t even been certified for combat yet. There will be a strong temptation on the part of the Pentagon to continue padding this slush fund to levels far beyond anything being spent in Iraq or Syria.

Last, but not least, the arms industry will join with the Pentagon and hawks on Capitol Hill to use the current Middle East crisis as leverage to lift the caps on the Pentagon’s base budget that exist under current law. If they are successful, it could mean tens or even hundreds of billions of new business for Pentagon contractors over the next decade.”

Stephen Miles and William Hartung, Huffington post, Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-hartung/who-will-profit-from-the_b_5915794.html) (2015-09-23)

It is time that we understand something, which is that behind the sanctimonious exterior of the international superpowers there are greedy and power hungry corporate interests. These interests determine the policy, the direction, and the decisions of our leaders. These interests have invested enormous amounts of money to get into the very heart of the democratic decision making process that we have come to trust. Hence, we cannot anymore say that we are living in democracies; most of the western countries are but corporatocracys. They are ruled by the law of profit and have no squirms about using war as a way of increasing cash flow. This is not acceptable, and as citizens of the western world, it is our responsibility to stand up and say no more. We cannot anymore accept and allow our tax money, and our political machinery to be used as tools of destruction.

I suggest that we implement a new economic system, and a new way of life. We have created the current situation, and we can reverse it. War does not have to exist – and together we can make it a thing of the past.

Investigate the Living Income Guaranteed.

Investigate the Living Income Guaranteed.

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The Secret of Modern Day Imperialism

ImageGrowing up in the country of Sweden I was taught by my parents and in school that Sweden is a great and benevolent nation. I was taught that Sweden gives aid to the poor nations of Africa, that we support gender equality, and that we stand for a society without discrimination, where you should be treated the same regardless of sexual preference, religion, class or place of birth. Looking at the news back then, where it was shown how the western world with UN in the forefront through military effort protected the people of less democratic nations of the world, I actually believed that we as the western world, as Europe and America, had it down – we knew what we were doing and what we were doing was something good.

It is fascinating to see how many people and in particular the older generations that still hold unto this view of our country, because the truth of the matter is the my naïve childhood belief of the benevolent nation of Sweden and western industrialized countries is an absolute and complete sham. The reality is that Sweden is a big exporter of weapons and the fact is that weapons are designed to kill and wreak havoc; as such the very act of building and selling a weapon is in its nature a crime against life – a crime against human rights.

The reality is that America and Europe since long have been using organizations such as the UN to cover up their true imperialist ambitions – utilizing pretty words and fluffy terms such as the “Security Council”, “Democracy”, “Freedom”, “Solidarity” and “Human Rights” to hide the reality of their actions. The indisputable truth is the America and Europe have waged a systematic war against less fortunate nations in order to gain power and influence, in order to have access to resources, and in this NO considerations whatsoever have been given to the people of these targeted nations and the suffering that they have gone through in order to make some very few elitists disgustingly wealthy.

What I have understood through the research that I have done over the years is that our current system depicts itself in one way but the truth of what the system in-fact exists as is the complete opposite – and this is why one is not able to trust any information that is emitted through the main media channels of the world – the views coming through here are deliberately twisted and aligned to fit the picture as how the system wants to be seen.

In order to see the reality of the system it is as such suggested to research some of the more underground sources of information – and here a great source of information is the journalist John Pilger. He makes absolutely astonishing documentaries and one I warmly recommend for everyone to see is called Paying the Price – Killing the Children of Iraq, which clearly depicts the separation that exists between how the system presents itself to exist and how the system in-fact functions and exists in actuality.

What is then the Solution to this problem?

We have leaders in position of power that do not have integrity or common sense and this is our creation – we the people have through democracy selected the people in charge of making decisions that do not support life and as such it is our responsibility to utilize our power of voting and our power of becoming politically aware to select leaders that do have integrity. A first step in the right direction and a practical way that we on a individual level can contribute to this change is through assisting and supporting with the reeducation of humanity – and this can be done through such simple means as writing blogs, making vlogs, and sharing the documentaries and articles that have already been created that effectively show what issues we are facing – and within this that we also share the Solution so that we do not keep ourselves stuck in a perpetual state of feeling helpless and hopeless – but that we show that there are practical steps we can take in order to make a difference in this world.

To create a lasting impact on a global level we do require a new economic system and in this we require to ban such harmful and destructive points as the weapons industry – the Living Income Guaranteed is a political proposal that will end much of the strife, suffering and hardship that is currently existent in this world – and it will put an effective halt to the imperialistic machinery currently driving the economies of the western world. We really do not need imperialism in order to have an effective economy – what we need is humanity coming together supporting and assisting one another and this is what the Living Income Guaranteed will support with.

Thus – make your voice heard, stand up as a catalyst of common sense and effective reasoning and show those still blind to the obvious that there is another way to live where all are included and where the Human Rights of each human-being will be honored practically and where it doesn’t remain but fluffy and nicely sounding words.

Let’s get this done!