On March 6, the BBC reported
Obama saying Washington won't intervene in Syria unilaterally. At the
same time, he stopped short of ruling out joint Western aggression.
In his first 2012 news conference, he said:
"The notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to
deploy our military, that hasn't been true in the past, and it won't
be true now."
"We've got to think through what we do through the lens of what's going
to be effective - but also through what's critical for US security interests."
Since taking office, Obama launched more belligerence than all his predecessors.
He's not shy about initiating more. As a result, his comments ring hollow,
especially given his record as a serial liar. Believe nothing he says.
On March 5, Russia Today (RT) headlined, "Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos
in illegal special ops in Syria," saying:
According to hacked Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks, NATO forces
already operate covertly in Syria. The company's analysis director,
Reva Bhalla, wrote them for internal use.
They discusses "a confidential Pentagon meeting in December." Allegedly,
senior US, UK and French analysts attended. Western powers categorically
denied involvement. It's known they've been supplying opposition forces
with heavy weapons for months.
Syrian National Council leader Bassma Kodmani admitted it. Moreover,
Assad's forces intercepted smuggled supplies and uncovered internal
Bhalla claimed US officials "said....SOF (special operations forces)
teams are already on the ground, focused on recce (reconnaissance) missions
and training operations forces."
She also said the December meeting focused on possible US air strikes.
Comments included saying Washington has "high tolerance for killings,"
but won't initiate attacks without "enough media attention on a massacre
like the" falsified one attributed to Gaddafi on Benghazi.
Attacks are "doable, (but) the air campaign in Syria makes Libya look
like a piece of cake." At issue, is Syria's ballistic missile capability
and alleged chemical weapons.
France's official said "Syria won't be a Libya-type situation in that
France would be gung-ho about going in. Not in an election year."
Britain's also reluctant but is "looking for ways to reassert itself
on the continent following the renegotiation of the EU treaty."
US army experts said "the idea 'hypothetically' is to commit guerrilla
attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite
forces, elicit collapse from within."
Stratfor won't comment on the emails, but didn't deny them. What it
knows, in fact, isn't clear. Russia Today's Max Keiser calls it the
Economist a week later. In other words, it's talk of high-level insider
contacts may be more bravado than fact to sell subscriptions.
On March 4, the Syrian Free Press claimed 100 foreign mercenaries captured
after regaining control of Homs. Most were French. Others were from
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states. They had weapons supplied
by America and Israel.
On March 5, 13 French officers were captured. RT said Lebanon's Daily
Star newspaper reported it.
On March 7, RT said Mossad, CIA and Blackwater elements are operating
inside Syria. In addition, according to Lebanon's Al-Manar, "around
700 gunmen were recently arrested in the former rebel stronghold of
They came from Gulf states, Iraq and Lebanon. Qatari intelligence operatives
were with them, as well as fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, France
and other European countries.
Syrian forces said American, Israeli and European weapons were seized.
"The Syrian army also uncovered tunnels and equipment," as well as "advance"
Western and Israeli arms not net tested in real time.
“The Syrian security forces have documents and confessions that could
harm everyone who conspired against Syria, and could make a security
and political change, not just on the internal Syrian level, but also
on the regional level."
Stratfor's email suggested covert NATO forces operating in Syria. Internal
security reports confirm what's been known for weeks, perhaps months.
However, Syrian authorities won't reveal all they know, but called their
evidence "high value."
For months, many independent analysts said Western supported foreign
killer gangs operated in Syria for months. China and Russia said so.
On March 7, China Daily contributor MD Nalapat (an Indian geopolitics
professor) said "NATO behav(es) like a law unto itself," and now is
involved in Syria.
"(A)rmed gangs are being encouraged to kill not just security forces
but elements of the population that favor the recognized regime in Damascus.
And while NATO may gain from such unethical actions, the rest of the
world is the loser."
"But everything done by NATO indicates that it has set itself up not
only as the enforcer of international law, but also the law itself."
Washington's Latest Security Council Proposal: Little Different from
Its Last One
Washington's again trying to strong-arm through another anti-Assad Security
Council resolution. While paying more attention to opposition violence,
Russia said the document remains unbalanced.
A draft demands Syria grant "unhindered humanitarian access (and) condemns
the continued widespread, systematic, and gross violations of human
rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities."
It also demands Assad "immediately put an end to such violations."
The hypocrisy's galling. Assad's more victim than villain. Washington,
Britain, France, Turkey, Israel, and rogue Arab League allies bear main
responsibility. Assad responded to violence their killer gangs initiated.
The draft merely called on "the armed elements of the Syrian opposition
to refrain from all violence only after the government forces" cease
attacks. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called it
a "slightly renewed version of the previous document" Russia and China
Russia's Foreign Ministry added:
“We would like to warn our American and European partners from wishful
thinking. Russia's stance on the Syrian settlement has never been subject
to any short-term considerations and hasn't formed under the influence
of electoral cycles, unlike that of some of our Western colleagues."
Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad saying:
“The Syrian people, who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots…have
again proven their ability to defend the nation and to build a new Syria
through their determination to pursue reforms while confronting foreign-backed
RT also said Washington plans more aggressive intervention, including
more aid for Syria's opposition. An unnamed US official said America's
now helping opposition forces overthrow Assad.
Admitting it signifies a significant change in US policy. Is direct
military intervention next, putting a lie to Obama's latest denial of
A Final Comment
Iran's Fars News Agency says Tehran has "corroborative evidence to prove
US involvement in arms smuggling into Syria."
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein
Amir Abdollahian said thousands of weapons and mercenaries have entered
a number of Syrian border towns and cities.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar said they're prepared to help opposition
forces. Of course, they've been doing it all along with Turkey, Jordan,
Washington, Britain, France, and Israel.
Kuwait's parliament passed a nonbinding resolution calling for providing
opposition forces weapons and breaking ties with Damascus.
Washington's dirty hands want Assad replaced by a pro-Western regime.
If current methods fail, expect war to follow.
In recent days, this writer established contact with a Syrian monitoring
events on the ground. His name's unmentioned for his safety.
On March 4, he said a major Al Qaeda figure was arrested in Damascus.
The same day, he emailed as follows:
"Sources familiar with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a secret
military order includes plans by senior Syrian military officials to
confront a possible United States surprise attack."
"The plan involves Syria's military responding immediately and decisively,
including launching rocket and missile attacks against Israeli and US
"Syrian forces established a joint military operations Chamber, involving
officers from the Syrian army, Iran, and Hezbollah, to coordinate military
action if ordered. This means that any U.S. military attack against
Syria Sijah will be met by the greatest possible missile force."
Clearly the stakes are drawn. Heated rhetoric's picking up. John McCain
wants air attacks launched. Assad's preparing to respond defensively.
Anything ahead may erupt suddenly and violently.
When America plans regime change, everything's on the table to achieve
it, including war. As things now stand, bet on it.
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