A political analyst says the United States President Barack Obama’s administration and NATO should be held responsible for the killing of thousands of civilians in Syria, Press TV reports.

“There is ample documentation to the effect that the Free Syrian Army which is supported by NATO and the United States has committed unspoken atrocities against the civilian population; and this is documented – it’s even documented by the Vatican,” said Professor Michael Chossudovsky, director of Center for Research on Globalization, in a Sunday interview with Press TV.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy by attacking the armed groups in the city.

Panetta claimed the Syrian government has been “attacking its own people in Aleppo” and that “Assad’s regime is coming to an end and has lost all legitimacy”.

“These are very strong statements because they accuse, they imply an accusation directed against President Bashar al-Assad to the effect that the Syrian government ordered these killings when, in fact, the Free Syrian Army – I’m talking about the killing of civilians – the Free Syrian Army is involved, and we know it, in terrorist activities right from day one for more than 16 months,” Chossudovsky explained.

He further added that the Obama administration and Leon Panetta should be held responsible for the killing of the Syrian civilians adding that they are “threats directed against a sovereign country”.

The Canadian analyst also argued that any foreign intervention in Syria is “the breakdown of international law”.

“Unfortunately, the broader public is mislead because the truth is being withheld as to the nature of this military intervention where the so-called Free Syrian Army are essentially the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance. The Western military alliance is in the process of recruiting terrorists with the support of Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” he concluded.


‘Panetta has blood on his hands for supporting Syria rebels’
Published on 30 Jul 2012 by RussiaToday

The U.S. military chief says the fighting in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo will ultimately be ‘a nail in President Assad’s coffin’. Leon Panetta is currently on a Middle East tour, promising to continue to push for Assad’s departure. RT spoke to Michel Chossudovsky from the Centre for Research on Globalization. He believes there are indications that NATO states may soon move from war mongering against the Syrian regime to real action.