Thursday, January 05, 2017

And Rightly So -

Water service to the 5.5 million residents of Damascus, Syria has been disrupted causing the UN to warn, quite correctly, that targeting water sources constitutes a war crime. UN observers aren't sure yet whether to blame the Syrian government bombarding the area or rebel sabotage. Whoever is to blame, it's a war crime.

However when other nations do it, especially our ally, Israel, it doesn't seem to be treated as a war crime. Google Dahiyah or Dahiyah Doctrine and you'll see what I mean.

It's a tactic of deliberately targeting civilian populations first developed in the Beirut suburb of Dahiyah and subsequently introduced in Israeli campaigns against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

The assault opens with two or three days of air strikes targeting essential infrastructure - electricity, water and sewage utilities. Once those essential resources are destroyed, the attacks proceed to schools and hospitals, police and government offices before, finally,  reverting to residential neighbourhoods.

As for Canada, well Ottawa just looks the other way.


UU4077 said...

One of many issues I am disappointed about with our current federal government.

Anonymous said...

The so called 'Coalition Forces" deliberately targeted infrastructure in Iraq during Iraqi storm , desert victory or WTF could be sellable on CNN, BBC etc.
This 'condition' is the rule of the day, modern warfare; acceptable conflict in the eyes of Western "civilisation".

Thankfully the Western domination and subjection of the world is being challenged by Russia and new alliances.
Not that I wish to see the end of the West but only of it's born to rule pratts

Now the born to rule crowd are arguing amongst themselves.
Add to this the Republicans now endorse Julian Assange( who would have thought) and the world wide squabble begins.

Mark my words; we have not seen anything yet.
The West is disintegrating within a delirious attempt to control that they no longer can control.


The Mound of Sound said...

TB - your observation that, "the West is disintegrating," strikes a chilling chord. You may be quite right. Vision, like national sovereignty, seems to have been gored by the powers and incidents of neoliberal governance. Politically, economically, socially and environmentally we seem to be at or near the cusp of chaos of a truly global dimension. Like some latter day Icarus we might have attempted to fly too near the sun.

Anonymous said...

Coincidentally this showed up today.


The Mound of Sound said...

And a Happy New Year to you too, Trail Blazer. I have been coming across a few very apocalyptic outlooks recently. There's Cassandra himself, Dr. Guy McPherson, of the cheery web site "Nature Bats Last" who opines that the extinction of man is just ten years off. Another PhD of some sort suggests 2020, just a few years longer.

Then there's this business from RT. That, of course, is a synopsis of the rise and fall of the American empire only without the Goths and Huns. America collapsing in on itself. I suppose that's easy enough to predict because the scenario virtually writes itself.

A couple of things I noticed was that the depiction was only of the United States in isolation. What might the rest of the world - the developed nations, the Third World and the emerging economies be enduring while America craters? The more glaring omission was the absence of any reference to environmental - climate and ecology - impacts that the US and other temperate/sub-tropical/tropical nations may be experiencing by that time.

Our global "whistling past the graveyard" mechanism today is to avoid discussing our overall resilience/fragility to these disruptive forces. We have never been more affluent, more powerful while, at the same time, never weaker, more vulnerable.

My New Year's resolution was to start spending more time at the rifle range and do an accurate inventory of my ammunition stocks. It's also time to ensure all that fishing and crabbing gear is in good order.

Anonymous said...

It's not all bad news.
There is some humanity left in us.

Walk a dog, in the bush, every day on Vancouver Island and you will realise that life is good and worth fighting for.