Syria attacked no one.
It threatens no one. It's victimized by naked Western aggression. Proxy
death squads are used. They're armed, funded, trained, and directed
by regional and Western states.
Washington's scorched earth mass killing and destruction constitutes
total war. It's US policy in all conflicts. Syrians struggle to survive.
They're proud, partisan, and not about to roll over for America.
High stakes define the conflict. At issue is freedom or neoserfdom slavery.
Meanwhile, Washington's turning another regional country into charnel
house hell. At the same time, it has other targets in mind.
So far Syrian strategy failed. Stepped up violence is certain. More
sanctions are planned. Russia and China vetoed Security Council authorization.
On August 2, the General Assembly votes.
Saudi Arabia openly supports mass Syrian killing and destruction. It's
supplying heavy weapons and funding. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
At the same time, Saudi officials drafted a resolution condemning Security
Council inaction. It calls for illegal sanctions. It points fingers
the wrong way. It blames Assad for Saudi crimes and death squads it
Moscow and Beijing stand firmly opposed. On July 28, Itar Tass headlined
"Additional sanctions against Syria violate sovereignty of that country,"
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said:
"We would like to confirm our principle and steady position of unacceptable
unilateral sanctions against Syria."
"We consider their implementation as actions, violating sovereignty
of the country, the principle of non-interference in home affairs, as
well as the prerogative of the UN Security Council in supporting international
peace and security."
"We are not intending to participate in an activities in pursuance of
decisions of the European Union aimed against Syria, and we shall not
consider applications or agree to examine ships carrying the Russian
flag, or use of any limiting measures to them."
Proposed sanctions include more strictly embargoing arms at the same
time Western and regional allies supply heavy weapons to death squads
Other sanctions include inspecting Syrian-bound ships and planes, 26
new names and three organizations added to Washington's black list,
and targeting Damascus' defense and interior ministries.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said new sanctions violate previous
agreements, "including with the United Nations." He stressed Russia's
opposition to "unilateral sanctions."
A separate Foreign Ministry statement called new measures a "sea and
air blockade of Syria."
Blockades are acts of war. International and US law call them:
surrounding a nation or objective with hostile forces;
measures to isolate an enemy;
encirclement and besieging;
preventing the passage in or out of supplies, military forces or aid
in time of or as an act of war; and
an act of naval warfare to block access to an enemy's coastline and
deny entry to all vessels and aircraft.
The 1856 Declaration of Paris and 1909 Declaration of London called
blockades acts of war. America approved them. Under the Constitution's
Supremacy Clause, they're binding US law.
Dwight Eisenhower and Jack Kennedy called blockades acts of war. So
did the US Supreme Court. In Bas v. Tingy (1800), it called seizing
a French vessel "an act of hostility or reprisal requiring congressional
In Little v. Barreme (1804), the Court ruled that even presidential
orders don't justify violating laws and customs of warfare.
Chief Justice John Marshall said a US warship captain could be held
personally liable for acting without congressional approval.
The 1963 Prize Cases are definitive. Lincoln ordered Confederate state
coastlines blockaded. The Supreme Court called doing so an act of war
permitted only if constitutionally authorized.
Blockading a nonbelligerent country clearly breaches international and
constitutional law. All UN member states are bound by inviolable legal
General Assembly blockade authorization is nonbinding and illegal. On
August 2, it may approve it. It shocks the conscience to wonder why
independent states would willfully endorse lawless measures harming
their credibility and interests.
Syria attacked no one. It threatens no one. It's victimized by lawless
aggression. Destroying and suffocating it by violence, blockading its
coasts and air space, and other lawless acts constitutes high crimes
The UN is sworn to oppose them. All Secretary-Generals take oaths to
uphold UN Charter principles. They include affirming peace, opposing
war, supporting human rights, and respecting fundamental international
Ban Ki-moon violates his mandate. So did Kofi Annan. They're imperial
tools. They support lawless aggression. They blame victims of Western
crimes. They mock law and order principles and justice.
They hypocritically express concern for violence and bloodshed. At the
same time, they point fingers the wrong way. They back Western aggression
and mass killing. They lost credibility. So did the world body long
Syrians are struggling to survive. They're on their own without UN help.
On August 1, Bashar al-Assad addressed Syria's army on the 67th anniversary
of Army Foundation Day.
He said foreign "enemies wanted to prevent our people from their national
decision but they were surprised by the Syrian people who stood as one
man against their schemes and defeated them, leading them to look for
a way out of their defeats, plot more schemes and assign the task of
carrying out such schemes to local agents."
"You wrote the greatest epic of heroism and pride and proved through
facing the war waged against our country and confronting the criminal
terrorist gangs that you are entrusted with the values of our people
to whom you belong and faithful to their history and civilization."
"You represent the aspiration of our people in defending their dignity
and honor and restoring stability and security of the homeland due to
your determination to implement your sacred duty towards the homeland."
He expressed confidence that armed forces readiness and resilience will
continue defending Syria's homeland courageously. He "greeted the spirits
of our martyrs who sacrificed their souls" to stay free.
The struggle to defeat foreign invaders continues.
Defense Minister Lt. General Fahd Jassem al-Freij said armed terrorist
groups, their funders and suppliers "are deluded (to) think that by
having money and arms flowed from Gulf, regional and international governments
upon hirelings could ever deviate Syria, leadership, people and army,
from its approach of resistance, adherence to rights and rejection of
all forms of subordination and surrender."
He expressed confidence in Syria's ability to resist and prevail. He
said "victory over the conspiracy hatched against the homeland is close...."
Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed
denounced "a huge conspiracy targeting Arabism and the existence of
the Syrian people."
He blamed America, other Western nations and Israel. He urged patience.
He said Syria will emerge victorious. Security and stability will be
Success won't come easily or quickly. Millions of Syrians face the "mother
of all struggles" to stay free.
People living outside war zones can't imagine what they endure. Hopefully
they'll persist and prevail. The alternative is too grim to accept.
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