22.8 C
Byron Shire
September 20, 2021

Drums of war now beating over Syria

Latest News

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Other News

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

New COVID – casual contact location – BP Chinderah Southbound

NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a...

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic...

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

Predictably, responsibility for the appalling chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun is being attributed to the Syrian government even before a full investigation has taken place and now the drums of war are beating.

Turnbull is calling for a ‘strong response’ while dodging questions about what that means and what Australia’s role would be.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said given the gas attack, ‘it would seem that there would be no role for [Mr Assad] to govern the Syrian people’.

He also said removing Mr Assad needed an international effort and, when asked if the US would organise that effort, said ‘those steps are under way’.

Given that Russia and the Syrian government have gained the military upper hand over the Al-Nusra front and its caliphate colleagues, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, we have to ask why it would draw down universal opprobrium on itself and provide a trigger for Western military intervention.

According to Seymour Hirsch and other analysts, this attack, like many before it, has all the markings of False Flag propaganda.
We would do well to remember that the morally pristine US supplied Saddam Hussein with germs and chemicals.

‘The CDC, meanwhile, sent shipments of germs to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission and other agencies involved in Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. It sent samples in 1986 of botulinum toxin and botulinum toxoid — used to make vaccines against botulinum toxin — directly to the Iraqi chemical and biological weapons complex at al-Muthanna, the records show’. (Associated Press, October 1, 2002.)

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Australians have always been fascinated by Hollywood and its stars, Gary Cooper, in High Noon and Jimmy Stewart, and John Wayne in True Grit. All action men and leading men and heart throbs riding horses across the movie screen.
    Now we have an action man, Donald John Trump striding the world stage giving orders “Fire 59 Cruise missiles”.
    What do you think of that placid man of history now, that man named Barack Obama?
    Wow, this is exciting, we could go to war.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.