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Ash writes: "What the U.S. commercial broadcast media failed to mention as they portrayed the president as strong and decisive was that emergency workers in Mosul are still pulling bodies from the rubble 22 days after U.S. airstrikes killed, at latest count, 300 civilians."

A boy amid the ruins in West Mosul, April 2017. (photo: Felipe Dana/AP)
A boy amid the ruins in West Mosul, April 2017. (photo: Felipe Dana/AP)

The President Is Horrified by Slaughtered Children. Good.

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

07 April 17


“It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

– U.S. President Donald Trump

hat’s a powerful renunciation of military crimes against civilians. What the U.S. commercial broadcast media failed to mention as they portrayed the president as strong and decisive was that emergency workers in Mosul are still pulling bodies from the rubble 22 days after U.S. airstrikes killed, at latest count, 300 civilians.

Many of the dead were beautiful babies and God’s children as well. Chemical weapons are indeed horrific and should absolutely be banned. It is likely little comfort, however, to the surviving family members in Mosul that their loved ones were killed by American-made high explosive bombs rather than by sarin gas.

The Mosul attack is particularly troubling in light of reports by Amnesty International that U.S.-backed Iraqi authorities instructed residents not to flee the area prior to the strikes, apparently increasing the death toll.

The Mosul attack was not the first time in Trump’s brief tenure that U.S. airstrikes have slaughtered civilians. Newsweek reports that as of March 31, estimates by human rights groups put the number of civilians killed by U.S. airstrikes under Donald Trump’s authority at nearly “1,500.”

Most of the talking heads on U.S. television last night seemed more intent on justifying the U.S. retaliatory strikes on the Syrian airbase at Homs than even mentioning the rapidly expanding death toll from U.S. military actions under the Trump administration, let alone the prodigious Obama era body count.

If beautiful babies slaughtered in horrific fashion actually do matter at this stage, as always, the United States now under the direction of a pathological liar and consummate propagandist is the not greatest defender, but the greatest offender.

Under sustained pressure over Russian collusion allegations and domestic policy failures, Trump appears enthusiastic about playing the role of military enforcer. Tough talk and body counts will reliably drive popularity ratings in America the beautiful, even if nothing else does.

George W. Bush was political toast on September 10th, 2001. He was seen as an illegitimate occupant of the White House after what was widely viewed as a stolen election. The Republicans looked poised to a take major beating in the 2002 midterms. That all changed the next day.

In America, war is the great unifier and the great destroyer of social fabric. If the president needs cheap political currency, he can always get it through military action.

Bashar al-Assad is a brutal, iron-fisted ruler who will not hesitate to use illegal weapons, torture, and murder against his own people. But newly-elected president Donald Trump is on pace to be a significantly more prolific killer than even Assad.

Trump may not know what he’s doing, but the people on the ground struggling to pull their loved ones, many beautiful babies, from the rubble do.

We are getting a steady stream of images of civilians killed by Assad’s attack. But the images of U.S. war strikes remain largely hidden from view. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”


Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+36 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-07 12:17
I agree that Trump is showing himself to be a world class hypocrite in shedding such public tears for the victims of the gas attack at Idlib and no reaction all from the images of the massacred people in Mosul.

But I'm still concerned that ALL the images we have from Idlib have been made by the White Helmets, a propaganda project of ISIS that is funded by government in the US and UK, principally. Many of the photos are clearly staged. The fact that many of the White Helmets are not wearing gloves, masks or any protective gear means that it was definitely not a Sarin attack.

Just like the last high profile gas attack at Ghouta, there are lots of children and no mothers or young women. There was a mass kidnapping of children just a week before the attack at Idlib. And there are flat bed trucks all around, suggesting that bodies were transported on truck to this place.

I would not call this "Assad's attack." I'm pretty sure that in the next few weeks we will have conclusive proof that this was a false flag. The White Helmets participated in a mass killing of children and staged their bodies for gullible western eyes, like Trump's. But it will be too late. We know that whoever captures the media narrative in the first few hours controls the story forever -- at least in the minds of Americans.

And I don't agree, "Bashar al-Assad is a brutal, iron-fisted ruler. . . ." Compared to whom? Since 9-11, three US president have killed about 15 million people. Assad?
+8 # Femihumanist 2017-04-07 13:24
[quote name="Rodion Raskolnikov"]
The fact that many of the White Helmets are not wearing gloves, masks or any protective gear means that it was definitely not a Sarin attack.

I'm not disagreeing with you and the US motivation you suggest sounds like it could really have been as you say.

However, I don't know how long after the attacks, the photos were taken. From what I understand, chemical weapons don't spread and they dissipate relatively quickly. If you weren't there when it happened, you're pretty safe.

I don't know. Let me know if I'm wrong.
+14 # Radscal 2017-04-07 15:01
These "rescuers" arrived immediately after the event is said to have happened. Sarin residues remain deadly for weeks. Note that when the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigates presumed sarin gas use even months later, they wear complete chemical weapons protection of the sort one sees at Ebola outbreaks.

And when one looks at the propaganda videos, the "medical treatment" these terrorists are providing is nothing like actual EMT work. One toddler is being tossed around. Another naked baby is being roughly massaged or something; not hear massage or CPR, just good "action movie" stuff for a gullible audience.
+2 # randrjwr 2017-04-08 10:26
Femihumanist: Some nerve agents, such as GD (Soman) and VX (no trivial name) are persistent, but GB (sarin) does have a high vapor pressure and dissipates rapidly. But if I (a former agent handler for a government contractor) were entering the site of a recent chemical attack, I would wear protection, carry a detector, and not remove the protection until my detector indicated the area was safe. Perhaps that had been done.

That said, the evidence presented (of which I was not aware) is highly suggestive, if not damning.
+19 # Radscal 2017-04-07 14:09
Thank you. And the heinous Ghouta murders were not the only time that outside, independent organizations determined that the guilty parties were out "moderate rebels."

Chemical weapons have been found in areas long held by the terrorists once they'd been liberated. The UN's Secretary-Gener al Ban Ki-moon wrote that Sarin gas itself was found in August, 2013 in "rebel" hands. Though it took the UN more than a year to admit that.

Turkish Members of Parliament presented proof that sarin and other chemical and conventional weapons were being shipped from Turkey into Syria. They, of course are no longer Members of Parliament, and could well be amongst the tens of thousands "disappeared" since the "failed coup."

Both Amnesty International and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have documented scores of instances in which the "moderate opposition" has used chemical weapons against both military and civilian targets.

And stockpiles of chemical weapons were found in schools and hospitals in Eastern Aleppo once the terrorists were routed.

The US knows all of this. Claims that the US operates on "ignorance" or "incompetence" are only apologetics.
+10 # dickbd 2017-04-07 15:22
Those are all excellent points, and I gave everyone green marks except Femihumanist--a nd I may go back to give him or her one!

When I was in the military in the early 50s, I was trained in Chemical, Biological, and Radiological warfare, and I attended atomic bomb testing at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada. My point is that we learned about "G Series" nerve gases, and they were not very persistent, but they were deadly and could harm through contact with the skins, as well as inhalation.

I have wondered many times in retrospect why we felt it necessary to create such things. Of course, it was all justified by what the dirty commies were doing.
+10 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-04-07 17:35
Not to mention Agent Orange in Viet Nam, with its hideous & long-lasting side effects.
+9 # Radscal 2017-04-07 23:05
Quite right. AO killed two dear friends of mine, decades after we thought they'd made it home safely.

Then there's the depleted uranium ordnance we're leaving all over the MidEast, which has caused skyrocketing cancer and birth defects rates.
+7 # wrknight 2017-04-07 21:02
"'Bashar al-Assad is a brutal, iron-fisted ruler. . . .' Compared to whom? Since 9-11, three US president have killed about 15 million people."

I think your numbers are a little high. I would put them closer to 1.5 million, but your point is well taken. I suspect that Asad and possibly Hussein together can't come close to the number of civilians killed by U.S. forces - especially if you include the aftermath of our so-called "victories".

But when you ask, "Compared to whom?" you have to consider also those who would fill the power vacuum created by regime change. Who will replace Asad? Will ISIS/ISIL (whatever they call themselves today) allow the so-called moderates to take power? And does anyone think for one minute that ISIS will be more kind and gentle than Asad?

Our biggest problem is we don't think through what will happen after regime change. We just want to kick ass and get rid of the bad guy. Then we walk away and let nature take its course.

And see what happened in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Ukraine. They are all kind, gentle and peaceful democracies now, right? And I'm Santa Clause.
+22 # Moxa 2017-04-07 12:25
There is a knee-jerk reaction to the sentiments expressed by Trump. Of course everyone is horrified at using poison gas against civilians, and especially children. Unfortunately, that can obfuscate the simplistic logic of violent retaliation. How many innocent lives will we kill in that retaliation? And even if we succeeded in deposing Assad, what equally insane despot would take over? In fact, was the intervention even based on Trump's sudden and new found sympathy for Muslim children, or just a way to justify an attack to increase his ratings?

It isn't as if moral outrage or compassion for his fellow humans has been in high relief up till now.
+24 # Radscal 2017-04-07 13:48
"And even if we succeeded in deposing Assad, what equally insane despot would take over?"

The plan, which has been written first in the Oded Yinon plan and CIA documents in the early 1980s, is not to replace Assad with any single despot.

The plan has always been to "Balkanize" Syria, creating a Kurdish State in the north, and giving a substantial portion of the South to Israel, and then the middle will serve as the corridor for the gas pipeline long planned by Saudi Arabia and Qatar (the two major sources of direct funding and arming of the terrorists who invaded Syria).

And now, just like in Libya, that central part would likely be held by Jihadist nut jobs who will slaughter the most ancient Christian communities in the world along with any apostates or others not pure enough for them, while fighting amongst themselves.

The propaganda against President Assad has been unrelenting for several years now, but the reality is that most Syrians voted for him and still support him. Syria was a modern, secular country with equal rights for all (including the many refugees from Palestine and Iraq, whom Assad welcomed). Syria had lower poverty rates than Israel, guaranteed food, health care and education through college for all.
+19 # desertprogressive 2017-04-07 14:49
"The propaganda against President Assad has been unrelenting for several years now, but the reality is that most Syrians voted for him and still support him."

It's the same propaganda (false flag operation) they tried to pull off in 2013. Assad was NOT responsible for chemical attacks on Syrians then and is NOT responsible for them now. Thank heavens Obama didn't get sucked into that one!

Like you stated, it was the U.S. and allies, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, behind the terrorism and false flag ops. Their goal is still to overthrow Assad ('regime change' is the less hostile term).

Thank you for calling it what it is instead of getting pulled into the 'hypocrisy' angle! In addition to the fact that Assad was elected by a majority, NOT like Trump, they have health care for all - UNLIKE the U.S.!
+11 # dickbd 2017-04-07 15:27
Great points! Clinton started talking about "regive change" long before W started his invastion.
-6 # Cassandra2012 2017-04-07 17:39
Hmm however, you neglect to point out that he has relentlessly sent barrel bombs and other modes of reprehensible attack against those in minority sects not his own for years. He is a smug supremacist who does not see those in other sects as completely human.
0 # LionMousePudding 2017-04-10 01:56
Like every President we have had for... how many years?
0 # Radscal 2017-04-10 13:07
No matter how much you wish it to be as you and the corporate media are claiming, Syria was a vibrantly secular country until our Jihadist head choppers started taking control over large parts of the country.

Assad has protected the most ancient Christian Communities in the world, who survive and thrive in government-cont rolled territory. But our "moderate rebels" have kidnapped and murdered thousands of Christians. One of their favorite tactics for Christians in crucifixion. Yes, they are literally crucifying Christians. Do a web search for images if you have the stomach for it.

And most of the members of Assad's Syrian Arab Army are Sunni Muslims who are fighting and dying to preserve the government of their Alawite President.

The ONLY sectarian brutes attacking "minority sects" are the US-supported head choppers.
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-04-07 17:43
Right. & 'cui bono'? Who imagines Assad or the Russians benefit by such attacks?
+3 # 2017-04-07 21:49
How can anyone believe in Trump's "outrage " for one second? His purported compassion sounds completely phony and hollow, as befits a pathological liar, devoid of any empathy and for whom manipulation is second nature. Did he react with any compassion to the larger deadly gas attack in 2013 when he tweeted it would be stupid for Obama to do anything about it or as Marc points out, it is completely absent for the civilian victims of his own military incursions? A rhetorical question. Trump is cynically wagging the dog to achieve the perfect trifecta: distracting from the allegations against him, his recent failure on healthcare and the infighting among his disastrous administration members, doing so with a move designed to show he is not Putin's puppet and boost his record low approval ratings, like Bush did post 9/11.
+3 # Radscal 2017-04-08 19:28
Of course the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found that the "rebels" committed the heinous sarin gas murders in 2013. They and Sy Hersh thought the sarin came from Libya, where the recent"regime change" by Obama and Hillary had placed both chemical/biolog ical and conventional weapons into the hands of these terrorists.

I would suspect that Trump knows this, and as you write is using this false flag attack. He's using it to excuse his picking up the torch dropped by Hillary and begin implementing her No Fly Zone.

But many of his supporters are livid that he's done this. Meanwhile, the MSM who are supposed to hate him are singing his praises. Brian Williams on MSDNC called his illegal attacks, "beautiful." CNN's Fareed Zakaria said it "made him the President."

Maybe he'll be campaigning for corporatist Democratic voters the way Hillary dumped progressives to campaign for "moderate" Republicans.
+12 # 2017-04-07 13:19
good piece, marc.

this is the easily predicted attack meant to shift the public's eyes from the utter incompetence of the trumpocalypse at home.

it's the final piece in making sense of our need for a coherent plan to take back our country.
+9 # Cassandra2012 2017-04-07 17:46
Trumpolini's crocodile tears notwithstanding , it is hard to believe anything this mealy mouthed hypocrite mumbles. Since when has Trump ever cared about anyone or anything other than himself and lining his pockets? Will he be sending his moocher sons to the front? Or his daughters either?
These 'beautiful babies' will never even get a pat on the head from this misogynist who left all the raising of his own to the women, as 'wome's work'; wake up, please this is just aploy to divert attention from the ramming through of the illegal omination of Gorsuch, the neo-zombie 'justice' who was keen on letting tat trucker freeze to death, and who thinks nothing of women and girls being relegated to third class ctizens.
+25 # Route 44 Toyota Sold Me A Lemon 2017-04-07 14:25
While questions remain about the origins of poison employed in Syria that killed civilians, it is beyond hypocrisy that the US armed both Iran and Iraq with chem/biological weapons [WMD] to fight each other [Iran-Contra], never mind flooding the US with drugs to do so.

The US employed Napalm and Agent Orange in South East Asia, as well as land mines.

More recently, the US employed depleted uranium in Iraq.

Silence prevails as we bomb and kill in Yemen.

As people south of our border seek democracy, a future and stable governments, the US can't seem to stop destabilizing those nations for cheap labor for International Corporations and the CIA continues installing brutal dictators.

The US armed the military with Russian weapons in East Timor to kill unarmed civilians for oil.

If we want to be outraged about children and civilians being killed, maybe we should be outraged with American Empire Building that has caused brutality around the Globe.

Where has US Foreign Policy ever provided a positive outcome? Please tell me.

Syria is merely another example of the Moral Bankruptcy of the US.
-3 # Robbee 2017-04-07 15:18
"what have you got to lose?" - ronald dump
+15 # Barrystanley 2017-04-07 15:36
If the chemical attack originated from the Shayrat airbase it would be likely that more would be stored there for further use: yet the missile attack did not result in any release of such gasses.
Would the missile attack have been carried out if there had been any risk of release of such gasses?
+10 # markovchhaney 2017-04-07 17:45
Hypocrisy in the White House? Say it ain't so, Marc.

And how about Hillary on NBC last night calling for this attack on Assad's bases?

How about the innocents killed in Libya under her (and Obama's) watch?

How about President Drone's murders?

Neither party has the market cornered on butchery in the name of some hypocritical bull. American exceptionalism + the lmperial Presidency have been mighty tough on innocents.
+7 # btbees 2017-04-08 04:29
Quoting markovchhaney:
Hypocrisy in the White House? Say it ain't so, Marc.

And how about Hillary on NBC last night calling for this attack on Assad's bases?

How about the innocents killed in Libya under her (and Obama's) watch?

How about President Drone's murders?

Neither party has the market cornered on butchery in the name of some hypocritical bull. American exceptionalism + the lmperial Presidency have been mighty tough on innocents.

Martin Luther King’s 1967 denunciation of the U.S. as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” is more accurate than ever.
+11 # lfeuille 2017-04-07 18:51
Accepting that this attack was Assad's without proof and against logic when he has to be aware that the last such attack in Syria was proven not to be Assad's since Ash reprinted the articles that exposed the truth is just astounding to me. Is it just because Assad is a Russian ally?
+6 # Wise woman 2017-04-07 19:32
The more I read this website, the more I am impressed by the brilliant information I glean from its contributors. Thank you all. Right now I think the middle east is so destabilized from our presence there for the last 60 years, the best thing we could do for those poor people is just pull out. I know this country with its focus on greed and world domination would scarcely consider that particularly with our war mongering administration. And all God's children will continue to die or suffer tremendous disfigurement. We must stop this evil once and for all!

PS - for Marc Ash, several times I have tried to donate. I have a Kindle and somehow your website doesn't accept my info. At the present time, I don't have an email address so I'm not able to log in. Perhaps other folks have the same problem???
+4 # tgemberl 2017-04-07 20:10
One piece of evidence that Trump does not intend to escalate this action is the fact that he notified the Russians of what he was going to do, at least by most accounts.

One person has even formulated a conspiracy theory that this is a matter of collusion between Trump, Putin, and Assad to improve Trump's polling numbers. Isn't it just possible that a flawed human being like Trump could be outraged by gassed children?
+2 # ptalady 2017-04-07 22:03
+2 # ptalady 2017-04-07 22:19
Puts me in mind of Nixon's re-election campaign in 1972: you can't take me out of the White House now--I'm on the verge of ending the war in Vietnam! Oh man, I am trying so hard to end that thing, and it's just about over, but...I just don't think I can actually end it until AFTER the election.... so ya gotta vote for me to end this thing." Even as a tweenager I was shocked to understand that an American president (i.e. The leader of the "good guys") would use waging war as a means to hold the white house. Also worked for Billy when the Monica thing was getting too hot-- hey, how about this human tragedy in Bosnia??!! Bombs away!!! Plus, Bill got the added bonus of "accidentally, in the fog of war you know," bombing the Chinese embassy. I don't know why they wanted it bombed, but ... ya know... it must have been on someone's to-do list....

In other words, I gotta assume the reason for the missiles is simply to distract or to mint some more bargaining chips for Trump as his list of lies is starting to combust.
+1 # Skeeziks 2017-04-07 23:07
Trump will be killing a lot more humans before his term is finished. That's what he does. That's what he'll do. And they all won't be enemies when you consider our troops will suffer deaths at his hands and future decisions that won't be as high minded as he says this last bombing by rockets was initiated.

Looks like it'll be in the cards.
+6 # tarantilla 2017-04-07 23:11
Trump is upset at sight of dead gassed children, as he should be. He seems not to mind these same children drowned and washed up on Turkish beaches. Trump has condemned to death these children as he accepts no Syrian refuges, children or adults. What is this "child of God" thing? Trump is without morals.
+5 # Radscal 2017-04-08 13:10
In other words, nothing has changed, despite candidate Trump's rhetoric about ending the "regime change" wars and working with Russia.
+3 # dascher 2017-04-09 04:57
When will people stop trying to understand what Trump says or does as anything more than what it so obviously is? The man is an incompetent, lying, insecure, cheating, ignorant, unintelligent, amoral, narcissist who will do or say anything at any time if he things at the time it will bring him more respect, money, or "love" (which are all pretty interchangeable to him).

People continue to ascribe devious and clever machinations to him as if Chauncey Gardner was a documentary. There is nothing inside this wretched man - no brains, no heart, no soul. He is dangerous because he is so stupid and easily manipulated by anybody who understands what drives him. Has nobody seen even one half of one episode of his grand epic TV show "The Apprentice" or even better "The Celebrity Apprentice"?

His attack on Syria now makes him a "War President" - which means he can start doing things that War Presidents do - like rounding up 'enemy aliens', imprisoning opponents of his actions, etc. This is not the time to be afraid. It is time to get real.
+1 # DongiC 2017-04-09 21:27
Trump as War Preesident is an absolutely chilling thought. He is a mass of egotism and is totally in love with himself. If the war goes badly, he may lose control sufficiently so that we get the Big One. Then, the species will not have to worry about Donald Trump or anything else for that matter.
+1 # wrknight 2017-04-10 07:44
We like to condemn chemical weapons, claiming that they cause inhumane suffering and death. But I don't know that they are any worse than any other weapons. Death rarely comes without pain and agony; and bombs, bullets, shrapnel, knives, swords, axes, and all other weapons can cause as much pain, agony and prolonged death as chemical agents. So why are we so fixated on condemning chemical weapons when we condone the use of the other weapons.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning the use of chemical weapons, I'm condemning the use of all these goddam weapons.
0 # elkingo 2017-04-11 01:38
That Syrian/Brit lady physician, who called Syria a "circus of death" was wearing gloves and mask attending to the foaming convulsing children.

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