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The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

Today President Obama said America’s invasion of Iraq is nothing compared to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Coffin makers agree.

In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a stable country, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the US invasion was illegal and it was soon determined that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

Today President Obama said America’s invasion of Iraq is nothing compared to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Coffin makers agree.In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a stable country, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The UN Se… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Russia’s Crimea is different from America’s Iraq

The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The thing about chemical weapons is that an odor usually follows their use, what is odd about Syria is that it is the United States’ decision to arm the rebels that stinks.

The US, despite its poor track record of linking weapons to nations, has recently announced that because it now believes the Syrian government . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The thing about chemical weapons is that an odor usually follows their use, what is odd about Syria is that it is the United States’ decision to arm the rebels that stinks.

The US, despite its poor track record of linking weapons to nations, has recently announced that because it now believes the Syrian government did use chemical weapons, arming the rebels is now a moral imperative. However the often under-reported and plainly ignored facts strongly suggest it was not the Syrian government that used chemical weapons, but the rebels.

Besides of course that a significant amount of rebels belong to Jabhat al-Nusra a group classified as terrorists by the US and the UN, perhaps the most striking evidence that the Syrian rebels used chemical weapons is that a large portion of those who died from them are government soldiers.

Time World has reported that there are four alleged instances of chemical weapon use in Syria with other news agencies reporting that in at least one of these the majority of deaths were pro-Assad forces.

From Time, June 5 2013: “On Monday, the U.N. panel charged with investigating Syria’s hostilities issued a report in Geneva, saying that there was evidence that “limited quantities of toxic chemicals” had been used in four attacks in March and April, twice in Aleppo, once in Damascus, and once in Idlib.”

In March of this year both Fox News And Reuters confirm that most of the deaths in a chemical weapon attack in Aleppo were government forces: “Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters that 16 Syrian Army soldiers were killed in the explosion, and 10 others died in a local hospital. He did not elaborate whether they were soldiers or civilians.”

The idea that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would use chemical weapons to kill his own soldiers who at the time were fighting the rebels is just one of the many inconsistencies in the US narrative in this civil war.

Another is that Assad, who knew using chemical weapons would bring US intervention, would have little reason to fire them, especially since his forces have had the upper hand for months. And not only did he not have a reason to use them, but using them to only kill a total of 100 to 150 people in four separate incidences would be inefficient; more traditional rockets and firepower are more accurate and far cheaper.

On top of all this is of course the fact that the UN has not only reported there is no evidence that Assad used chemical weapons, but that a UN inspector, independently, said it was the rebels who were the ones who used chemical weapons, which just so happens to explain why so many Syrian soldiers died from them.

Nonetheless, the United States has decided, despite the inconsistencies in its justification, to intervene in Syria’s civil war.

And because of that some may draw parallels between US involvement in Iraq with Syria, but some caution is required. Yes, both involved fictitious weapon allegations and will only lead to more violence, more extremists, and more years if not decades of instability, but this time a government gets overturned, a nation is ruined, and millions of lives are affected without any Americans getting their boots dirty.

Smell that? That’s progress. . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why US Narrative On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stinks

The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Syrian civil war has been raging for so long that nobody remembers why the rebels are wrong.The rebels are wrong of course because this war started, not because the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was overzealous in repressing protesters, but beca… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for so long that nobody remembers why the rebels are wrong.

The rebels are wrong of course because the Syrian Civil War started, not because Assad was overzealous in repressing protesters, but because Assad was overzealous in repressing terrorists.

Today it is admitted by the United States that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why The Syrian Rebels Are Wrong

The Scott Ross: Public Health Care Is Our White Whale

The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung. – Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Perhaps if the revenge-obsessed Captain Ahab had access to Canada’s public health . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Public Health Care Is Our White Whale

The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It

Why were you outraged over Russia locking up Pussy Riot but ambivalent over America bringing its full weight down on open access activist Aaron Swartz? Simple, because hating a Russian government is easier than improving your own.

When Russian punk band Pussy Riot received 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” there were weeks . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It

The Scott Ross: US Gen. McChrystal Warns Against Drones

This is quite shocking.

This statement might appear to be commonsense, but it is a radical divergence from the standard view that terrorism against the US government is never justified or deserved.

In essence this is a warning from a four-star US General to his government about the use of drones, saying that if . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: US Gen. McChrystal Warns Against Drones

The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

“Washington is broken.” – Barack Obama

Looking at the Canadian Senate in isolation might motivate many to question it, but compared to the American Senate, Canadians should be proud of their upper chamber.

Besides the fact that googling “Ottawa is broken” brings zero related results, the American Senate is so dysfunctional quite a . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

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The Scott Ross: Why Banning Guns Is Pointless, Or Soon Will Be

Thanks to 3D printing, a government ban on guns soon will be as enforceable as a government ban on pictures of guns.

That is because, not in the too distant future, printing objects will be as easy as printing pictures, and if the government can’t prevent anyone from printing pictures of guns, it surely won’t . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Banning Guns Is Pointless, Or Soon Will Be

The Scott Ross: Republicans Show Government Can Create Jobs

One month after the Sandy Hook shootings, with fears of an assault weapons ban, not only are sales for assault rifles at record highs, but all gun sales are up, ammunition sales are up, and even firearm stocks are up.

The irony of all this is that all these people who are now buying up . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Republicans Show Government Can Create Jobs

The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.

In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

The Scott Ross: Your Country’s Finances Are Exactly Like Yours

Many scoff at the conservative analogy that the American government should manage its finances like a household, but little do they realize the idea doesn’t strengthen conservativism, it weakens it.

After a fiscal cliff deal that only increased taxes, many right-leaning politicians are preparing for a fight in order to cut spending. To bring the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Your Country’s Finances Are Exactly Like Yours

The Scott Ross: 2013 Predictions

Justin Trudeau will become the next Liberal Leader and the party will actually air an advertisement or two as part of a determined strategy to define him and the party before the Conservatives do. Something the Liberals failed to do with Dion and Ignatieff.

Gerard Kennedy will become the next Liberal Leader in Ontario; working . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: 2013 Predictions

The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

Liberals had their leader defined by their opposition in 2006 and 2009. Republicans suffered the same fate in 2012 and Democrats are already attempting to define likely candidate Senator Marco Rubio (video below). Liberals like to think they share a f… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

The Queen is unelected by Canadians, is ultimately responsible for Canada’s well-being, and exerts no influence over Canadian affairs. The President of the United States is unelected by Canadians, has no responsibility for Canada’s well-being, and exer… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

The Scott Ross: Why Your Vote Means Something

If your vote is meaningless because it’s only one out of 140 million cast, what does that say about you, the importance of your one life on a planet with 7 billion others? Not to mention the short span of your years compared to the billions that came before it and the billions of years . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Your Vote Means Something

The Scott Ross: There Is No End For Hope & Change

It is hard to imagine how much Obama has let the American people down from his lofty rhetoric in 2008 and how little hope and change he has actually delivered. This of course is not because Obama failed to uphold these particular promises, though it’s readily admitted he’s failed to uphold others; there is resentment . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: There Is No End For Hope & Change

The Scott Ross: Racial Divide Ruining America

America is a politically divided country, racial groups have picked sides and aren’t making things any better.

On January 1st the country is set to suffer a 5% cut to its economic output mostly as a result of the fiscal cliff that has loomed ever since Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a plan . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Racial Divide Ruining America

The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.

As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

The Scott Ross: America Falling Or World Rising

The United States’ influence is declining in the world, but there is at least one reason why Americans shouldn’t lament.

It is not that the United States is falling behind but it is that the world is catching up.

The weakening of America’s superiority may raise concern at home, but Americans should draw comfort in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: America Falling Or World Rising

The Scott Ross: China’s 21st Century Pollution With The West’s 20th Century Ignorance

China has a right to pollute like the West did when it industrialized, but China must become just as ignorant.

In defending China’s emisssions, the highest in the world and only growing, the country often claims it has a right to pollute just as America and Europe did when those regions built their modern industrial . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: China’s 21st Century Pollution With The West’s 20th Century Ignorance

The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America

Though it is unclear whether Obamacare will improve the health of Americans, the recent US Supreme Court ruling will at least improve the health of American institutions.

America is a sick country, not only because of the millions of people uninsured and vulnerable to the cost of already one of the most expensive health care . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America