Category Archives: U.S.

The Meaninglessness of War: Aleppo

Here my 6th photo series from Aleppo – hashtag #keepfocusonaleppo.

Lund, Sweden – March 24, 2017


Can the almost total destruction of Eastern Aleppo be used constructively?

Only if we are willing to ask and dialogue about this:

• Why does the world go on investing US$ 2000 billion annually in warfare and US$ 30 in all the UN does – only to create destruction of people, places, past and future?

How absurd, how meaningless – indeed how far must it go to destroy the West itself – before we learn to conflict intelligently?

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Discussing NATO with a former U.S. Ass. Sec. of Defence

A 30 min debate about NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Yugoslavia, Syria the eternal enemy images and the – obsolete – philosophy on which NATO builds.

Time for something new, I argue in the debate with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence under Reagon, Mr. Lawrence J. Korb who at the time was in command of 70% of Pentagon’s budget.

Here in TFF PressInfo # 403  is a little longer text about this debate and there is also a little about my experience and policy vis-a-vis the media.

I wonder about Aleppo…

By Jan Oberg

I shot this simple video out of the window on December 13, 2016. I wonder about Aleppo and say #keepfocusonaleppo

© Jan Oberg 2016

Here in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo lived and worked 40,000 people. It had 50% of Syria’s industrial capacity.

Today – after the occupation by Western-backed militants and terrorist groups – this is what is left.

I wonder why the Syrian government did not destroy this industrial city between 2000 and 2012. We are told that all this destruction is caused only by that side and the dictator kills his own.

I wonder where the terrorists used the weapons and spent the money they got from NATO countries – Turkey in particular – Saudi and Qatar since they did not do any of this destruction here – according to Western media and the White Helmet reporters and a series of humanitarian organisations.

I also wonder where the Western left is? Solidarity with the workers who lived here?

No many among them defend this and want to arm this or that group even more.

The more I study, the more I wonder.

And something doesn’t seem right.

On Trump endorsing torture

Human rights is not my field but we have to speak up against Trump’s personal endorsement of it. This is nothing new, the US has used it all the time.

But isn’t it tragic that almost 70 years after torture was prohibited in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we see 141 countries still using torture – according to Amnesty International.

Here my short comment on Iran’s PressTV



Faces of Aleppo

Fourth photo story from Aleppo: “Faces of Aleppo. Just out of 4,5 years of occupation hell”

January 25, 2017

Unique photos from Eastern Aleppo in Syria when it was finally liberated on December 11-12, 2016.

The people you see here have just come out to freedom from 4,5 years of the occupation by what can be called RIOTs – Rebels-Insurgents-Opposition-Terrorists – mostly the latter.

And most of them with some kind of support by NATO countries.

Western media, politics and humanitarian organisations focus on the victims from Eastern Aleppo who left to RIOT territories elsewhere, such as Idlib, after the liberation – family members and supporters of the occupiers.

That’s not the whole truth about Aleppo.

They conveniently ignore the thousands of other Aleppians: Those who were happy beyond words to see all of Aleppo back under the control of the Syrian government.


Man from Eastern Aleppo in the Jibrin Reception Center – relieved, smoking and getting a little food. In freedom © Jan Oberg 2016 

These are the people in this photo story. They are among the 13 million Syrians who, according to the UN in Syria, are in need of humanitarian assistance – thanks to U.S. – non-UN – sanctions since 1979 and thanks to the war since 2011.

They too need and deserve the world’s attention and help.All of them and not just the politically chosen few.

Until the immense historical significance of the liberation of Aleppo is understood much better by many more and the biased Western media coverage has changed we will continue to highlight important but hidden dimensions of the conflicts in Syria.

Because peace will be impossible within the present dominant Western narrative and discourse.

And given the incomprehensible suffering of the Syrian people and the destruction of their society since 2011 possibilities for peace – rather than war – should occupy anyone with a human heart.

If you agree, please use the hashtag: #keepfocusonaleppo

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If we do not care about the single individual, can we care about humanity?

My other stories have had quite a lot of texts. You may check them out to get the background and situation.

Here I just want you to see and reflect on how the Allepians I met expressed happiness, despair, hope, kindness but also anger at one and the same time. Pictures can say much more than words, particularly when we contemplate mindfully on what there is to see in every and each face of these victims of what is often called high politics – which often implies low morality.

So, please don’t rush. See and empathize.

© Jan Oberg 2017. Under no circumstance may the photos in this series be reprinted, reproduced or otherwise used without my prior consent.


From Obama to Trump

Commenting with David Swanson, leading and sharp peace intellectual, on the inauguration of Trump – also about the legacy of Barrack Obama.

For Iran’s international PressTV. Posted on TFF’s blog.



Danske specialstyrker til Syrien og Irak!

Sådan står der på Politikens forside om aftenen den 19. januar 2017 

Dansk militærpolitik
Danmark slog ind på sin bane som bøllestat i 1999 med bombningen af Serbien. Derpå militær deltagelse i Afghanistan, besættelsesmagt 2003-2007 i en af historiens mest tragiske krige – drabet på 1 million sagesløse mennesker i Irak. Så hovedbombenation i Libyen under dansk NATO-ledelse, så atter bombninger i Irak og tillige Syrien og nu skal der så danske tropper på landjorden i begge lande.
Uanset hvad problemet er så tilsiger den aktive danske militærpolitik – ikke udenrigspolitik – at militæret altid er løsningen, det første valg. I klokkeklar strid med FN-Erklæringen om at alle civile midler skal være prøvet inden man, som sidste udvej, benytter militære midler.
Danmarks indsats i såvel Irak som Syrien strider mod folkeretten. Og etisk udtrykt burde begavede mennesker kunne komme på noget bedre end at slå mennesker ihjel, man ikke bryder sig om.
At bekæmpe terrorister som ISIS ved at forsøge at slå dem ihjel én for én kan sammenlignes med idéen om at udrydde alle sygdomme ved at slå alle syge ihjel, én efter én.
Dette tiltag kan kun reducere danskernes egen sikkerhed og øge risikoen for terror mod Europa herunder mod Danmark.


Husk at statsministeren flere gange har sagt at han ikke kunne se for sig at der skal tropper på landjorden. Det er en skelsættende beslutning: Mission creep bliver det næste.
60 vil blive til flere…for der er vel ingen, der for alvor tror at 60 danske jægersoldater kan gøre en større militær forskel i et vrimmel af titusindvis af vildt blandede militante enheder?
Der vil blive endnu meget mere kaos i Syrien. Selvom Aleppo gudskelov er blevet befriet, så har alle Assad-hadere nok ikke tænkt at pakke sammen og rejse hjem til de omkring hundrede lande de kommer fra.

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