In the course of a interview with EIR publications in Munich, Germany, this week, Virginia State Senator Richard Black made the following remarks aimed at stopping the drive to war. Excerpts of the interview with Senator Black follow, and more will appear in our English and German publications.
Senator, as a member of the Virginia State Senate, please start now by commenting on the Syria war, first.
SENATOR BLACK: Yes, that's my primary interest right now, is to stop the war in Syria. And I've told my local congressman, I've said, "I will do anything that I can do, to stop this war.
What's so interesting, is that they have evidence that the gas was used, and this is in all of the media, and nobody says who used it! And, you know, I'm a former prosecutor and so, you always look for motive. What's the motive to do it?
Well, there was no motive, whatsoever, for the Syrian government to do this. He — President Assad, has gas supplies. He's sworn not to use them, and in very difficult battles, particularly in Aleppo and Idlib, where things are not going real well for the Syrian government in those areas, he's withheld the use of gas, and he's fought conventionally, at great cost, you know, often losing battles. So, if he's going to avoid using gas where it would benefit him militarily, why would he turn around and just use it on civilians? It's rather absurd.
Q: There is a lot of talk of limited actions, only strategic strikes, how do you assess the likelihood of the action remaining limited, or how do you see the danger of escalating and expanding the conflict?
SENATOR BLACK: I think the argument that it will be limited, is designed to get us into the war. Something similar happened with Libya: We had absolutely no reason to attack Libya, nothing, and we said, "Well, we're going to bomb a little bit out in the desert, to do" — I don't know exactly what our express purpose. But then, before it was over, we had bombed Libya, into the Dark Ages!
Now, today, it has no government, it has no police force. People are raped and murdered at will. There's no economy.
Q: Water systems are destroyed, which is rather significant... [crosstalk]
SENATOR BLACK: Everything! Absolutely everything was destroyed. ....
Now, probably the best evidence of where we're headed is from comments made by Sen. John McCain. He is sort of the leading warhawk, and he has said that it makes no sense to go in there, if we're not going to topple President Assad. And then, he speaks about a regional war, and the idea that we ultimately, we need to go into Iran.
Now, many people don't realize, but Iran is a very large country: It's very large, it's very populous. It borders on Russia, so Russia, while they've had their tensions with Iran over time, they're forced, I think to funnel supplies into Iran, if it becomes a big war.
The problem with Syria is that it's a linchpin for the spread of regional conflict, and it could conceivably be a world war....