Speech by Len Cooper
International League of Peopels’ Struggle (ILPS) Australia Chairperson
at a large rally in Melbourne Sunday 7th October 2012
I speak to you today as an Australian Citizen who is disgusted with the Australian Government’s position on Syria and associated policies.
The Federal Government and mass media in Australia is spreading, or allowing the spread of lies, half-truths and distortions about the situation in Syria.
We must focus attention on these lies, half-truths and distortions to try to prevent what is becoming a tragic, dangerous situation in Syria and beyond.
We are told or led to believe that the problems in Syria have come about because the Syrian people are rising up against the Government and the Government is responding by oppressing its own people, to stay in power.
This is a blatant lie to deceive the world’s people.
This picture of the situation is being generated by the NATO military alliance, the U.S. state department and by the oppressive, sectarian rulers of Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who are client states of the U.S. and NATO.
They are spreading this simplistic, distorted and incorrect picture of the situation in Syria to try to cover up their own self-interest and aggression against a sovereign nation. NATO and the U.S. Government want to impose governments on the region, including Syria, which are totally subservient to their economic, political and strategic interests; their imperialist interests.