Syria, Conspiracy Theory, & Antisemitism
By Chip Berlet at Sep 07, 2012
An international network of conspiracy theorists is pressing their support of the brutal Syrian Assad regime in an alliance with neofascists and authoritarians, including some who peddle antisemitism.
Their attacks on United States foreign policies and criticism of Israeli government policies, fused with their conspiracist mindset, has led them to suggest that the anti-Assad forces are being manipulated as part of a plot to use the “the Syrian crisis to dismantle Hezbollah.”
This is the contention of Franklin P. Lamb, writing on Counterpunch on September 3, 2012 in an article titled “Is the Syrian Crisis Being Leveraged to Weaken Hezbollah?”
Franklin P. Lamb has written for the Voltaire Network, which describes him on an author page as "Lawyer and former Board member of the Sabra-Shatila Foundation ; Director, Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace (Beirut-Washington D.C.) ; Former Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon."
Thierry Meyssan is a leading international figure among those that claim the 9/11 terror attacks were part of a vast insidious plot by elites, not the acts of a handful of terrorists. The Voltaire Network includes two former LaRouchite authors, William Engdahl and Webster G. Tarpley; and U.S. anti-imperialist James Petras. Silvia Cattori is a frequent contributor to the Voltaire Network, with a special focus on interviews.
Voltaire Network participants also collaborate in several ways with a broader and more diffuse set of conspiracist networks, mostly visible online Participants in this broader network have held international meetings and attended conferences in the United States. The network, which has no formal name, fuses rightwing and leftwing ideological claims into a combined critic of elite power similar to that of pro-fascist ideologues prior to World War II. At least one group in the network is alleged to have support from allies of the Syrian government.
The Voltaire Network sponsored a 2005 gathering in Belgium titled the “Axis for Peace,” which included a number of current leaders and supporters of the LaRouche network, including LaRouche’s wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, who is the president of the Schiller Institute based in Germany. Christine Bierre, a panelist, is the editor in chief of the French LaRouchite publication New Solidarity, (Nouvelle Solidarité). Panelist Jacques Cheminade is the president of Solidarité et progrès (solidarity and progress), a political party advocating the ideas of Lyndon LaRouche, and candidate for the 2007 French presidential elections. Former LaRouche network staffer Webster G. Tarpley, a panelist, was a major architect and author of LaRouchite antisemitic investigative reports issued in the 1980s.
Christopher Bollyn, a panelist, is described as “an investigative journalist for American Free Press.” That the newspaper was created and run by notorious antisemite Willis Carto is not mentioned. The conference issued Final Declaration that ended up on the Centre for Research on Globalisation website.
See for background:Voltaire Network: Main Authors Page
Axis for Peace, 2005, “It is Time to Unite and to Ensure Peace:
Final Declaration of Brussel's Peace Conference,” November 20,
available at Global Research
Voltaire Network, http://www.voltairenet.org/Axis-for-Peace-Final-Declaration.