A Response to Henry Kissinger on Syria and the Global Order by Christof Lehmann.
By Dr. Christof Lehmann. Dr. Kissinger. This article is an open response to your recent article on principles in international law, the Treaty of Westphalia, the Arab Spring, and questions about military intervention into the internal affairs of sovereign nations based on humanitarian principles. (1)
In your article, you write that “the Arab Spring is generally discussed in terms of the prospects for democracy“, and you continue by stating, “equally significant is the increasing appeal – most recently in Syria – of outside intervention to bring about regime change, overturning prevalent notions of international order“.(ibid.)
You then continue, by constructing an argument for, that the principles of the Treaty of Westphalia (2) do not fully apply for nation states within the Middle East, because of their lack of historical existence. But, let us stay with your initial statements first, that is, that “The Arab Spring is generally discussed in terms of the prospects for democracy“.
The Manufacturing of a context for the use of “the responsibility to protect”.
I believe that it can not have escaped you, that the phenomenon, which is euphemistically called “The Arab Spring“, has been selectively emphasized by Western Political Players and Western Main Stream Media, in nations who have had or have an ambivalent or unsympathetic position towards regional interests of European Union member states and the United States of America.
Interestingly the popular demands for political change are exclusively finding support by Western nations, if the demands are voiced in countries, where a regime change could bring about political and geo-political advantages for the USA, EU member states, or any of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.
On the other hand, the legitimate demands for political, social and legal reform in the GCC member states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Qatar, or in Kuwait and Jordan, the violent military crack-downs, like those in Bahrain, and wide-spread human rights abuses in these countries are being neglected. The fact that Saudi Arabia is beheading women for “sorcery” seems hardly worth mentioning. (3) I will return to this point when looking at the part of your article where you relate to problems in “allied countries“.
I find it also unbelievable that it should have escaped you, that the Arab Spring has been a long-planned, meticulously executed operation by NATO member states and allies, with the purpose to bring about regime change in Libya, Syria, Iran.
In my article “Arabian Summer or NATO´s Fall from August 2011, I informed about an officer, serving among the US Special Forces, who blew the whistle and reported, that US Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina had been actively training and preparing for a war on Libya, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Further more, the officer reported, that US Special Forces had been training with foreign fighters, and that the USA already in August 2011 had Special Forces operating in Syria.(4)
In another article, Martin Iqbal is drawing attention to the fact, that I have provided information which I have received via a Palestinian Intelligence Source in Turkey, who has provided evidence for the fact, that the Arab Spring, including a covert war on Syria by an alliance of NATO, Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas was being “implemented” since at least 2010, and that the shooting of nine Turks on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessel Marvi Marmara was a precursor for the war on Syria. (5)
The fact that Al Jazeera has “produced” images of violence can not have escaped you either, and if it has, I would not advise making use of you as political adviser. One of the best examples to demonstrate the complicity of co-opted media is the false “Tripoli Green Square” with celebrating Libyan “rebels” filmed in Doha, Qatar. (6) Need I say more ?
To describe the Arab Spring in terms of popular demands for democracy is at best misinformation. The victims in Egypt are those who now see how their “revolution” has been and is being co-opted. The victims in Libya are the entire people of Libya. Dr. Kissinger, I find it appalling that you implicitly mention Libya within the context of demands for democracy.
I find it unbelievable that it has escaped you, that the US-Administration, when it sent CIA operatives to Benghazi and Derna to contact the “rebels” and the “National Transitional Council” must have been fully aware of the fact, that they would be contacting and co-operating with the Al-Qaeda associated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. A West Point Anti Terrorism Study clearly documents that the greatest per capita contributor of foreign Al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq was Libya, and that the vast majority of those Libyan Al-Qaeda fighters came from Benghazi and Derna. (7)
I find it unbelievable that it either has escaped you, or that you are omitting the fact that the commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Abdelhakim Belhadj, whom the USA and NATO endorsed as ally is the very person about whom the former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar reported, that he was the mastermind behind the Madrid Train bombings, unbelievable that you would not have known about the fact that the USA and NATO were arming and financing terrorists, supervising their murderous campaign with NATO special operations forces, while selling to the public a narrative about Libyan “rebels”.
I have published an article on Abdelhakim Belhadj in 2011 and I could make his register of war crimes and acts of terrorism more comprehensive today. (8)
Today he is the military governor of Tripoli and taking part in elections in a Libya which found it necessary to pass a law, that makes speaking positively about Ghadafi, his government, his family or achievements for Libya punishable with life imprisonment. Abdelhakim Belhadj is also, as it often is the fact with agents of NATO Intelligence, a multi purpose man. The former terrorist and present ally and military governor of Tripoli is now commanding at least 18.000 NATO mercenaries ( Al-Qaeda ) who are murdering Syrians under the banner of a Free Syrian Army.
Turning to Syria, Dr. Kissinger, has it escaped you, that the majority of the known members of the National Council of Syria have ties to organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy, and institutes and organizations where you, and/or Zbigniev Brzezinsky are solidly “present”? If you have not noticed the fact, you could read my article “The National Council of Syria and US Unconventional Warfare“. (9)
Dr. Kissinger, I find it absolutely appalling, that a man in your position, who is actively taking part in manufacturing murderous post-modern coup de etats, who is co-operating with known terrorists and terrorist organizations, who is advising others to do the same, is speaking about democracy and international law. Dr. Kissinger, according to international law, You are a war criminal of the most dangerous kind, and the words “international law and human rights” coming from your mouth are an outrage.
Has it escaped you, Dr. Kissinger, that Russian and Syrian intelligence services already in late 2011 knew, and informed the public about the fact, that the Al-Qaeda Omar Brigade, an assassination, death squad and bomb-terror specialist brigade had been detached from Saudi Arabia to take part in the attempted subversion of the Syrian government ? Has it escaped you that the Omar Brigade is under the control of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the Interior ?(10) Has it escaped you, Dr. Kissinger, that the reason for the war on Syria is the PARS gas pipeline and its energy-political and geo-political implications; and has it escaped you that the government of Qatar transferred USD 10 billion to the Turkish Foreign Minister Davotogly ” and that the USD 10 billion were ear-marked for preparing the subversion of Syria in collusion with the Muslim brotherhood and its military brigades” ? That, was in 2007 Dr. Kissinger.
Has it escaped you, Dr. Kissinger, that the Training Circular TC 18-01, which the US Special Forces at Ft. Bragg and other stations, like in Frankfurt and Kosovo provide for international terrorists whom they are training, sponsoring, supervising and unleashing against the people of Syria, is a step by step manual for bringing about the very “emergency” which the USA, NATO, the Dictatorships of the GCC member states, and their proxy Syrians now use as a pretext for calling for a military intervention against Syria.
A military intervention under the guise of the “responsibility to protect” civilian populations. The very populations whom they are murdering with apparent impunity ? The TC 18-01 is printed with a destruction notice, to destroy the document by all necessary means to prevent unauthorized dissemination. I call it an attempt to cover up the fact, that the war crimes and crimes against humanity which are being instigate by the US administration.
I have therefore published the TC 18-01 and invite you to study it. Any and all of the actions it is teaching are crimes, violating international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the Treaty of Westphalia. Youcan find a complete PDF copy of this outrage here: (11)
In your article, you are referring to the Treaty of Westphalia. The Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War in Europe and which was established, to distinguish domestic from foreign affairs in international diplomacy. It provided sovereignty to national states. It provided a legal remedy against foreign interference into the internal affairs of sovereign nations and against interventions.
What you are forgetting to mention, Dr. Kissinger, is the fact that the principles of the Treaty of Westphalia also are enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. Thus, the Treaty of Westphalia is not merely a classic, traditional principle, it is the very foundation of the Charter of the United Nations, Dr. Kissinger, and you of all people I am sure, are acutely aware of this fact.
But rather than recognizing the fact, you are applying a modo-colonialist perspective, stating, that nation states which were colonies and whose borders were arbitrarily drawn by the occupying colonial power do not enjoy protection against interference and intervention, and you base your argument on historical grounds.
You are implicitly making the argument, that the principles of the Treaty of Westphalia are not fully applicable for many of the nations in the Middle East. You argue, that “only three of the region´s Muslim states had a historical basis: Turkey, Egypt and Iran. The borders of the others reflected a division of the spoils of the defunct Ottoman Empire among the victors of World War I, with minimal regard for ethnic and sectarian divisions .” You then continue stating, that “The diplomacy generated by the Arab Spring replaces Westphalian principles of equilibrium with a generalized doctrine of humanitarian intervention”.
Dr. Kissinger, either you have made a semantic mistake or your sentence includes a logical fallacy. It is not the diplomacy, that is trying to substitute Westphalian principles, you are.
As far as I am aware, Russia, China and the majority of peace-loving nations vehemently opposes that the Westphalian principles are violated with respect to Syria. It is however, a fact that NATO has signed a Secretariat Coordination Treaty with the UN, and that NATO has made violations of nations sovereignty based on humanitarian principles a part of it´s official doctrine – all the while, it is creating the humanitarian crisis to create a pretext for invasion. War by procurement of the United Nations (NATO), by creating a crisis with the aid of NATO Special Forces and terrorists or mercenaries. See my article about the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago and the deconstruction of an article by NATO top-bras Ivo H. Daalder and Jamed G. Stavridis. (12)
It is somewhat telling, Dr. Kissinger, that you are exclusively mentioning “Muslim” nations as not having a historical basis. I believe, Dr. Kissinger, that you are acutely aware of the fact, that the state of Israel also has derived it´s apparent legitimization via the Balfour Declaration, the UN, and that the “historical argument” for the legitimacy of the state of Israel is so problematic that using it as precedence for nation building could potentially result in the most obscure claims for national independence. I am sure that you are acutely aware of it, but you could read my article Palestine Israel History and Theirstory. (13)
In my article “Palestine Israel History and Theirstory” (ibid.) I have argued and demonstrated, that the “historical basis” for granting or respecting a nations rights and sovereignty is opening a Pandora´s box of problems which is impossible to close again. Making use of historical principles, Dr. Kissinger, how then about claiming Parts of Poland back for Germany, or what about the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation claiming major parts of Europe. How about the first nations of America demanding that the US administration and its military leave the continent ? What year should we be counting from ? Before or after the great migration of Asian and European tribes ? The results of similar claims to sovereignty have resulted in the second world war and tens of millions of death Dr. Kissinger, and that is precisely what you are seeming to promote.
However, what you are implicitly stating, is that The Syrian Arab Republic, for example, has no historical basis; that it is the “result of the victory of European Powers over the defunct Ottoman Empire”. You aregue, that Syria is the product of European powers arbitrary drawing of national borders.
And naturally, Dr. Kissinger, such a creation, which owes it´s existence to the mercy of it´s former colonial masters, does not deserve the protection of the principles of the Treaty of Westphalia or by implication of the principles which are enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, right ?
Dr. Kissinger, you have a wonderful ability to convey the most grotesque outrages and make them sound plausible – unless one really listens or reads and understands what outrages and crimes you are trying to market, they are almost palatable. One of the sure recipes for becoming a Nobel Peace Laureate?
Now let´s have a look at what you consider as being the problems which will follow along with an implementation of the “illegal” principle to intervene into sovereign states on the grounds of the “responsibility to protect”.
NATO and the principle of the “responsibility to protect”
First of all Dr. Kissinger, you are writing “If adopted as a principle of foreign policy, this form of intervention raises broader questions for U.S. strategy“. That statement has several flaws. First, it is not a question “If” the principle will be adopted. It has been adopted already and preparations to implement the policy in Syria have been underway since at least 2007, when Qatar invested USD 10 billion preparing the subversion of Syria. Second, the question of legitimacy should have primate over the questions for U.S. strategy – but not of course, if one is so used to reasoning along the lines of reasoning which are typical for a war criminal as you are, U.S. strategy has primacy over international law ?
Dr. Kissinger, listen for one moment to yourself. Ask yourself the question how people in China, Russia, or in third world nations, as you would call them, are hearing you say “does America feel obliged to support every popular uprising against a non-democratic government“. You mean like the one in Bahrain ? Saudi Arabia ? But first back to NATO and the responsibility to protect.
In 2008 the UN and NATO signed a treaty which has been kept out of the press as long as possible. The coordination of the UN and NATO secretariats transformed the UN into a de-facto instrument of US foreign policy and it rendered NATO to the UN as its official military force. The NATO statements at the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago spoke a clear language.
The illegal abuse of UNSC resolution 1973-2011 on Libya, the illegal destruction of Libyan infrastructure, the illegal ousting of the Libyan government, the illegal special forces, the massacres on tens of thousands of black African migrant workers was described as a “teachable moment”. (ibid.)
The use of cluster bombs in civilian populated areas like Brega, the use of Fuel-Air Bombs against civilians in Bani Walid, the thousands of murdered and maimed in Sirte , which was compared to Guernica, were described as an air-campaign of unprecedented precision.
The Libya campaign was described as model intervention for future interventions. A teachable moment. Dr. Kissinger, the criminal adoption of the principle is not a question of IF, it has been adopted and is being ruthlessly implemented in Syria.
To the question if the USA should feel obliged also to intervene in Saudi Arabia Dr. Kissinger; You know as well as anybody, that the USA has plans to intervene when and where it perceives an advantage from doing so. Anything else is a question of fabricating the proper context and pretext, which you, I must say, are an expert at.
Dr. Kissinger, I spare you from de-constructing the rest of the article and in fairness I provided a link to it.
To be perfectly honest, it is not worth the time. With your article you have once again proven that you are one of the most dangerous war criminals, and that you are extremely skillful at spinning the facts and making your warmongering sound plausible and humane. Rather than de-constructing more of your words, I will rather spend my time and energy to see that people like you are indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity and placed behind bars where they belong. I encourage decent people to do the same.
The world does not need a Global Order based on NATO expansionism and imperialism under the guise of humanitarian principles. Regardless how skillful you are, at trying to make the criminal intent palatable, you are a common criminal and a menace to humanity.
Dr. Christof Lehmann