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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: ‘Do-Good’ Website AVAAZ Calls for No-Fly Zone in Syria

21st Century Wire says…

They say that ‘the road to tyranny is paved with good intentions’. That old adage couldn’t be more true today, despite all of our seemingly wonderful internet tools and ‘activist’ platforms online.

Despite the lessons of the past, it appears that mainstream followers of ‘social justice’ petitioning website Avaaz are still easily hoodwinked – unaware of how these social media tools are being used by the US State Department and other quangos in order to lay the PR groundwork for military interventions.

Their latest call for a “humanitarian intervention” in Syria through the establishment of a ‘No Fly Zone’ appears to be a repeat – as they pushed the identical “saving lives” scam on behalf of NATO back in 2011 with Libya. History shows that whenever a ‘No Fly Zone’ is implemented by the US or its European-based trading brand known as ‘NATO’, then a war quickly escalates. This was absolutely the case in Yugoslavia, in Iraq and in Libya, and it would certainly be the case in Syria too. The US is already on record as calling for ‘regime change’ in Syria and are currently flooding the country with arms, cash and supplies for terrorist groups operating there.

If Washington is able to establish a ‘No Fly Zone’ in Syria, then we can expect history to repeat itself, like with Avaaz’s last deception in promoting the “No Fly Zone” war in Libya (followed by years of anarchy and a terrorist hot-bed).

All we can say to anyone who has signed this Avaaz petition to escalate the war in Syria is: how naive and uninformed you truly are.

Avaaz also makes the sensational claim on its page that:

The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children. Their little bodies gasped for air on hospital stretchers as medics held back tears, and watched as they suffocated to death.

Of course, there is no proof of this wild tale, other than anecdotal stories being circulated by western ‘regime change’ advocates and intelligence persons. There is however, plenty of evidence which documents that US-backed ‘rebels’ in Syria have been deploying homemade chlorine bombs in Syria since 2013 – a key story which broke here first at 21st Century Wire. No mention of this on Avaaz’s website though. It’s as if John McCain’s office had personally supplied the copy for Avaaz’s deceptive stealth war campaign.

One of the most egregious examples of this type of stealth war PR was the KONY 2012 internet campaign run by an organization called Invisible Children which masqueraded as an innocuous charity, but targeted US school children and young activists in a coordinated effort with the US state Department, all designed to rally support for a completely unnecessary US military intervention in Africa. All this, to supposedly to fight an ‘invisible’ jungle warlord named Joseph Kony, who has not been seen since 2006. In the end, the KONY scam collapsed following the very public mental breakdown of its frontman, Jason Russell, but President Obama and the State Department achieved their objective in the end, by quietly deploying a small military force into Uganda and establishing a permanent US military footprint there.

Once again, Avaaz appears to be a functionary of the US State Department…

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(Screen shot of Avaaz’s latest ‘humanitarian’ war propaganda)

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Avaaz describe themselves as a ‘global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere’, and are fairly well known within human rights and development circles.

They had previously used their reach and status to drum up support for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya (a call which was ultimately realised, to disasterous effect), and this isn’t the first time they’ve called for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Syria either.

Their work within Syria itself has attracted controversy, with  Jillian C. York accusing them of being ‘naive’, among other things (lacking transparency, taking credit for work they haven’t carried out, potentially endangering lives, etc).

They’ve now reiterated their call for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Syria, in response to alleged chlorine gas attacks carried out by Syrian regime forces.

I just want to quickly outline why I think their call is misguided at best.

From their appeal:

‘The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering a safe zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support. That’s where we come in.

Let’s tell him we don’t want a world that just watches as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night. We want action.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/syria_safe_zone_loc_fb_tg_ctrl/?svAouab

(Emphasis mine)

What is this if it’s not an open admission that – at least in this case – Avaaz see their role as helping to drum up public support for U.S. foreign policy?

And will they be publicising the fact that U.S. led bombing has already caused at least 100+ civilian deaths in Syria? Will these deadly raids, which themselves have shattered far too many ‘little bodies’, be prohibited under the ‘no-fly zone’ as well?

Realistically of course, they won’t be. Because it’s the people who have caused these deaths that are being entrusted with enforcing the ‘no-fly zone’ by Avaaz.

And that enforcement will almost certainly require a significant escalation in airstrikes, with all the risks to civilians on the ground that this entails.

General Carter Ham, the head of AFRICOM when the ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya was being enforced, has said for example:

‘We should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties and increased risk to our own personnel’.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-september-28-2014-blinken-kaine-flournoy/

While Philip Breedlove, the senior General within NATO, has said:

‘I know it sounds stark, but what I always tell people when they talk to me about a no-fly zone is . . . it’s basically to start a war with that country because you are going to have to go in and kinetically take out their air defense capability’.

http://www.stripes.com/news/breedlove-no-fly-zone-over-syria-would-constitute-act-of-war-1.223788

Indeed, the U.S. themselves have openly said that ‘rules meant to temper the civilian death toll from unmanned U.S. drones won’t apply in the fight against terrorists in Iraq and Syria’, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in their ability or willingness to avoid civilian casualties.

Nor does their history of committing, facilitating and supporting almost continuous mass murder and repression around the globe for the last 70 years.

Which is why I for one won’t be joining Avaaz’s campaign to drum up public support for more predatory U.S. led mass murder disguised as ‘humanitarianism’ a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files

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