Sep 2, 2013

Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

The Labor Party takes a far more nuanced view of Syria than recent bellicose statements from the Foreign Minister would suggest.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

As the US prepares to rain down cruise missiles on Damascus, the Labor government has declared its support for unilateral action, claiming that a targeted airstrike is the only way to send a message to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad over his widely reported use of chemical weapons. But deep down, some on the Labor frontbench may be squeamish about toeing the party line.


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11 thoughts on “Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

  1. Venise Alstergren

    The editor of the Herald Sun: “”These are the kinds of shows that interest the vast majority of our readers.””

    Quite so! Heaven forbid that any of your readers has to think.

  2. Venise Alstergren


    I’m so sorry. My finger slipped and the comment meant for another article wandered into here.

  3. Ruach Shua

    What ever Danby says, do the opposite.

  4. Corrie Marlo

    Yes, I agree with the above comment. The minister for Haifa Ports should stop exposing his Zionist agenda so obviously. Atleast conceal it a bit better and allow the Australian public to give him the B.O.D. That’s a Cricket term, but Mr Danby probably would n’t know that.

  5. Kevin Herbert

    The followinbg take on the Syrian crisis by Australia’s Dr Gideon Polya covers all of the bases in this discussion:

    “US state terrorism and Israeli state terrorism are poised to destroy another largely Muslim country, Syria . The US has been funding the rebsls (support for terrorism) and Apartheid Israel has already been bombing Syria (a war crime). The serial war-maker, war criminal and pro-Zionist Obama Administration asserts that the Syrian Government has used chemical agents against civilians and is positioning American forces to bomb and devastate Syria . However there is no conclusive evidence for the Obama Adminstration conclusion as set out in great detail by Stephen Gowans in an article entitled “Accusations continue, but still no evidence of a Syrian military gas attack” in Global Research, 24 August 2013: http://www.globalresearch.ca/accusations-continue-but-still-no-evidence-of-a-syrian-military-gas-attack/5346851 . Indeed the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal concede the absence of conclusive evidence for the Obama Administration claim.

    The UK Parliament is not convinced and has voted “no” to bombing Syria., the UN investigators have not made their report, and there is no hard evidence for Assad regime complicity in the gas attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked why would Assad use gas when his forces were already winning, stating : “”That is why I am convinced that [the chemical attack] is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States” (see “Syria: Putin rubbishes chemical attack claims”, Guardian, 31 August 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/31/syria-un-weapons-inspectors-leave ).

    Indeed hard right-wing Israeli journalist Aaron Klein links the gas attack to Turkey-backed rebels (see “Aaron Klein: Turkey behind Syria gas attack”, Rockland County Times, 29 August 2013: http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/08/29/aaron-klein-turkey-behind-syria-gas-attack/ ). True to their endlessly lying form, the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist-subverted and perverted Western Mainstream media (including the Australian taxpayer-funded ABC and the universities-backed The Conversation) have censored the January 2013 report by UK Daily Mail journalist Louise Boyle that documented a US-backed Qatari plan for a false flag gas attack on Syrians to provide an excuse for US intervention (for details see Gideon Polya, “Mainstream media censorship “disappears” US-backed war plan to gas Syrians and blame Assad regime”, Countercurrents, 30 August 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya300813.htm ).

    However the Rudd Labor Government has slavishly fallen in step with the US Government’s “story” and plans to attack already war-devastated Syria just as did the Howard Coalition Government in 2003 over the fictional “Iraqi WMD” excuse for the illegal and genocidal invasion of Iraq (2.7 million Iraqi deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation, 0.8 million under-5 infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross contravention of the Geneva Convention; see “Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/ ).

    Just as Australia takes over chairmanship of the UN Security Council, the warmongering, pro-war, pro-Zionist, serial war criminal, US lackey, Rudd Labor Government supports US military action without UN sanction .

    Decent pro-peace, pro-Humanity Labor voters will never again vote for this warmongering, pro-war, pro-Zionist, serial war criminal, US lackey Australian Labor Party (the ALP = the American Lackey Party) which has utterly betrayed decent Labor voters and values.”

    Nice work Gideon..

  6. Corrie Marlo

    Thanks for that Kevin. It confirms what we already know from other sources.

  7. Mike R

    Clearly some of the commentators above have received an advance copy of the UN report or have independently conducted their own investigations on the ground in Syria. I have no idea if the chemical weapons attack was conducted by the Syrian government or the Syrian opposition. At this stage, blame for the chemical weapons attack is being apportioned according to one’s own particular prejudices which are clearly on display here.

    Events have overtaken some of the comments above. I note that a comment was made a couple of days before the election regarding Kevin Rudd and the ‘Australian Lackey Party’. Clearly the author of this comment’s prescience regarding the originators of the Syria chemical weapon attack was badly lacking when it came to domestic politics. Due to the above correspondent’s refusal to read Western Main Stream Media he may have not heard that Kevin Rudd is no longer prime minister of Australia and the Australian Lackey Party is no longer in power. He may however be delighted to hear that Tony Abbott, our new prime minister of the Lapdog Party (Moscovian miniature terrier division), with his characteristic incisive analysis described the Syrian conflict as a dispute between ‘baddies and baddies’ and rejected by implication western involvement in the affairs of Syria.

    Abbott is clearly channeling Putin. However if Abbott continues to support the foreign policy of Putin he may have cause to rethink if Russia feels the need to again obliterate a large part of the Muslim community of Chechnya,and Dagestan . At the time (in 2003). the United Nations called the capital of the Chechen republic, Grozny the most destroyed city on Earth. There are probably candidates in Iraq and now Syria that probably deserve the award.

  8. Mike R

    As a postscript to references that have appeared in Crikey to ‘false flag’ ruses. Clearly it is a possibility that the Syrian opposition may have conspired to either fabricate the evidence for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime or may have been themselves responsible. We may never know the truth, which may be moot, as both sides appear to be pulling back from confrontation, which is excellent news.

    The whole idea of false flag conspiracies is pertinent at this time of the year as we are coming up to the 12th anniversary of 9/11.n In this context, the above cut and paste efforts from the web site ‘countercurrents.org’ are pertinent. In particular the contributions from Dr Gideon Polya who is a regular contributor to this site. One of his favourite conspiracy theories(see http://www.countercurrents.org/polya130910.htm), is that the whole 9/11 business was a US/Zionist false flag plot.

    There are clearly people who believe a range of conspiracy theories such as Roswell, vapour trails, birthers, faked lunar landing, anti-vaxers ( you can find a collection of at http://skepdic.com).
    With regard to 9/11 conspiracy theories , the YouTube video of Noam Chomsky’s response, armed only with logic, refuting this nonsense is enlightening, see- http://skepdic.com/911conspiracy.html.

    Looking at the other contents of this web page I also recommend purchase in book form of ‘the Skeptics Dictionary’ and in particular the book ‘Becoming a Critical Thinker’. These books would be worth their weight in gold if they dissuade the posting of links to nonsense peddled by people, such as the good Doctor, who have a surfeit of axes to grind.

  9. Kevin Herbert

    BEWARE: lightweight Wikipedia based polemicists abound…what a waste of space

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