Syrian violence rages.
Washington bears direct responsibility. Regime change plans are longstanding.
Military intervention is planned. Expect it. It's coming.
Pretexts are easy to create. Large scale insurgent massacres blamed
on Assad may trigger war. False flags always work. So does intense propaganda.
More on that below.
On June 14, CNN said:
"The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops
would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring
countries in the event action was ordered...."
"In recent weeks, the Pentagon has finalized its assessment of what
types of units would be needed, how many troops, and even the cost of
certain potential operations...."
Pentagon officials spoke on condition of anonymity. Joint Chiefs head
General Martin Dempsey said the Pentagon expedited plans to intervene
militarily if asked.
Expect Britain, France, other NATO states, and regional involvement.
"US special forces are training and advising Jordanian troops on a range
of specific military tasks....to undertake if (Syrian) unrest....spills
over into Jordan or poses a threat to that country...."
Replicating the Sebia/Kosovo/Iraq/Libya model looks likely. Senators
John McCain (R. AR), Joe Lieberman (I. CT), Lindsey Graham (R. SC),
and other congressional hawks urge direct intervention regardless of
international and constitutional law.
Earlier this year, McCain said:
"NATO took military action to save Kosovo in 1999 without formal UN
"There is no reason why the Arab League, or NATO, or a leading coalition
within the Friends of Syria contact group, or all of them speaking in
unison, could not provide a similar international mandate for military
measures to save Syria today."
NATO's Yugoslavia, Afghan, Iraq and Libya wars violated international
and constitutional law. War crime charges are called for.
Military intervention requires Security Council authorization.
US wars need congressional approval. Extrajudicial attacks are lawless.
International law prohibits intervening in the internal affairs of other
nations, except in self-defense. Attacking nonbelligerent states is
Syria threatens no one. Saying so is spurious misinformation.
Advocating lawless intervention crosses the line. So do media and other
propaganda reports promoting it. More on that below.
On June 15, DEBKAfile headlined "Big powers move in on Syria: Russian
troops for Tartus. US forces ready to go," saying:
According to Pentagon officials, "Russian special forces" are heading
for Tartus. They're "coming by ship." They include "naval marines."
Their arrival is imminent.
Defense Department sources said America's military "completed its own
planning for a variety of US operations against Syria...."
Other regional countries are involved. They include "Turkey, Jordan
and Israel." So are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states.
Syria's conflict "is moving into a new phase...." It includes "major
power military intervention."
Sending Russian troops "without UN Security Council approval," sets
a precedent for US intervention.
Russia denies sending any troops or warships. More below.
Either way, no precedent whatever is set. Russia has a strategically
important Tartus base. It'll do what it takes to defend it. It's Moscow's
only Mediterranean one. Positioning forces on its own facility falls
far short of intervention.
Nonetheless, expect EU and regional states to follow Washington's lead.
Pentagon sources said finalized plans include types and numbers of forces,
no-fly zone protection, limited air strikes, and safeguarding chemical
and biological sites.
Timeline information wasn't indicated. Intervention could come anytime.
Earlier reports said insurgents have Libya-supplied chemical weapons.
Others falsely accused Assad of using them in Deraa, Hama and Idlib.
Spurious accusations give Washington greater pretext to intervene. Western
chemical attacks could be blamed on him.
US naval forces are "maintaining a presence of three surface combatants
and a submarine in the easter Mediterranean. They're conducting "electronic
surveillance and reconnaissance...."
On June 15, The New York Times headlined "Russia Sending Missile Systems
to Shield Syria," saying:
"Russiaís chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping
advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot
down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try
to intervene to halt the countryís spiral of violence."
On Friday, Rosoboronexport general director Anatoly Isaykin said:
"I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defense,
a reliable defense against attacks from the air or sea."
"This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think
Moscow military analyst Aleksander Golts said weapons shipments warn
Western countries against intervening.
"Russia uses these statements as a form of deterrence in Syria. They
show other countries that they are more likely to suffer losses."
Weapons sent include:
Pantsyr-Si radar-guided missile and artillery systems able to hit high-altitude
aircraft up to 12 miles away;
Buk-M2 antiaircraft missiles capable of higher altitude strikes up to
82,000 feet at longer ranges; and
land-based Bastion anti-ship missiles able to target vessels up to 180
Whether or not Syria has S-300 missiles isn't clear. They're Russia's
most advanced system. In April, Itar Tass said they won't be sent. Other
reports indicate otherwise otherwise.
On June 15, Itar Tass said Russia's General Staff said:
"The Mediterranean Sea is a zone of the Black Sea Fleet responsibility.
Hence, warships may go there in the case it is necessary to protect
the Russian logistics base in Tartous, Syria."
"Several warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, including large landing
ships with marines aboard, are fully prepared to go on the voyage."
Moscow said NBC News claiming Russia sent warships and combat troops
to Tartus is false.
Scoundrel Media Reports
Daniel Byman is a former 9/11 Commission staff member. He's currently
a Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy research director and
Georgetown University security studies professor.
On June 14, his Foreign Policy article headlined "No More Half Measures,"
"A compromise solution that removes Syria's Bashar al-Assad but replaces
him with a crony is now fully off the table. It's time for Washington
to back the opposition."
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous
says violence escalated dramatically. Unexplained was who's responsible.
According to Bynam, Annan's peace plan is "stillborn." From inception,
it's been sham cover for what's planned. Violence rages daily. Washington
needs it to intervene.
Bynam spuriously claims "the Syrian regime is executing children and
indiscriminately shelling civilians."
America "and its allies (should) back the Syrian opposition more aggressively."
"....Assad is trying to terrorize the Syrian people into submission
through repeated demonstrations of brutal force."
Russia "intends to give Assad time to quell the rebellion by butchering
his own people."
Regime change "is better than chasing a compromise solution that is
likely to fail and, even if successful, would not advance U.S. interests."
Bynam and like-minded hawks want Assad replaced with puppet leaders
supporting US interests. Body counts don't matter, just imperial goals.
Danielle Pletka is the right wing American Enterprise Institute's foreign
and defense policy studies vice president.
On June 1, her Washington Post op-ed headlined "For Obama, intervening
in Syria would be good policy and good politics," saying:
America's failure to intervene, "plays to Bashar al-Assadís regime as
tacit permission to continue killing thousands."
She quoted Washington's hawkish UN envoy Susan Rice, saying:
"(W)eíre just sitting here watching this movie in slow motion, and we
all know whatís going to happen."
She spuriously accused Assad of massacring Houla civilians. Clear evidence
exonerates him. Western death squads bear full responsibility.
Pletka supports more aggressive regime change policies. Benefits include
isolating Iran, she says. She also claims it's morally imperative and
makes political sense.
Unstated were America's imperial aims and rule of law issues. Intervention
is prohibited. Doing so constitutes illegal aggression. Pletka supports
power politics. Other issues don't matter.
Daily reports spuriously claim Syrian forces are killing civilians.
Anti-government sources are cited. Some reside outside Syria. Others
aren't named. Instead of pointing fingers the right way, Assad is falsely
blamed for insurgent violence and deaths.
Spurious Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report
On June 15, HRW claimed Syrian forces use "sexual violence to torture
men, women, and boys detained during the conflict."
Unnamed "witnesses" were cited. HRW interviewed 10 former detainees.
Who detained them isn't clear. Earlier, HRW said insurgents committed
targeted killings, summary executions, kidnappings for ransom, torture,
hostage taking, and other violent crimes.
A March 29 Der Spiegel article headlined, "An Executioner for Syria's
Rebels Tells His Story," saying:
Hussein was part of the "Homs burial brigade." He and comrades "kill
in the name of the Syrian revolution. They leave torture (to) the so-called
"They do the ugly work," he said. He believes in violence he explained.
He "cut the throats of four men." With a heavy machine gun he "killed
a lot more men...."
"The rebels in Homs began carrying out regular executions in August
of last year." It continues daily, including prisoners killed in cold
Amnesty International (AI) Points Fingers the Wrong Way
On June 14, AI spuriously blamed Assad for insurgent atrocities, saying:
"The shocking escalation in unlawful killings, torture, arbitrary detention
and the wanton destruction of homes in Syria demonstrates just how urgent
the need for decisive international action to stem the tide of increasingly
widespread attacks on civilians by government forces and militias which
act with utter impunity...."
"Soldiers and shabiha militias burned down homes and properties and
fired indiscriminately into residential areas, killing and injuring
"Those who were arrested, including the sick and elderly, were routinely
tortured, sometimes to death. Many have been subjected to enforced disappearance;
their fate remains unknown."
"The patterns of abuses committed in these areas are not isolated, and
have been widely reported elsewhere in the country, including in the
attack by Syrian forces on Houla on 25 May."
In 2011, HRW and AI reported false anti-Gaddafi accusations. The pattern
repeats now against Assad. Doing so allies both organizations with imperial
crimes. It also exposes their pro-Western agenda.
Separating Facts from Fiction
On June 7, the Frankfurther Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published an article
titled "Again massacres in Syria." It pointed fingers the right way.
Anti-Assad elements were interviewed. They claimed responsibility.
On June 13, FAZ published a follow-up article titled "Eine Ausloschung
(An Extinction or Extermination), saying:
"The Houla massacre was a turning point in the Syrian drama."
"World opinion almost unanimously blamed the regular Syrian army and
the Syrian regime's Shabiha militia for the massacre."
"In the past week and based on reports from eyewitnesses the Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung put this version into question. It reported that
the civilians killed were Alawites and Shiites."
"They were deliberately killed by armed Sunnis in Taldou, a town in
the plains of Houla, while fierce fighting between the regular army
and Free Syrian Army was taking place at checkpoints around the village."
Western media rejected FAZ's report. Why are credible eye witnesses
dismissed out of hand?
No one believes Syrian state media. Credible reports are dismissed.
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya "have become key sources even as their owners,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are two states which are actively involved in
"The militias that operate under the banner of the Free Syrian Army
control wide parts of the provinces of Homs and Idlib and extend their
dominion over other parts of the country."
"The increasing lawlessness has led to a wave of criminal kidnappings
and also facilitates the settling of old disputes."
Houla, Qubeir, and Taldou (a large Houla region/Homs District town)
victims were pro-Assad loyalists. They were also called Hezbollah sympathizers.
Anti-Assad residents were spared.
"FAZ was not the first to report on a new version of the massacre of
Houla. Other reports could just not compete with the big key media."
"The Russian journalist Marat Musin, who works for the small news agency
Anna, was in Houla on May 25 and 26, in part became an eyewitness and
also published the statements of other eyewitnesses."
"Additionally the Dutch Arabist and freelance journalist Martin Janssen,
who lives in Damascus, contacted the Jacob Monastery in Qara, which
has taken in many victims of the conflict with the nuns doing devote
humanitarian work, after the massacre."
"Sunni rebels perpetrated 'liquidation' of all minorities. The nuns
told him how on that May 25th more than 700 armed rebels, coming from
Rastan, overran a roadside checkpoint of the army near Taldou, how these,
after the massacre, piled up the corpses of the killed soldiers and
civilians in front of the mosque and how they, on next day, told their
version of the alleged massacre by the Syrian army in front of the cameras
of rebel-friendly channels and to the UN observers."
Major media featured their reports. Others were dismissed out of hand.
Assad is falsely accused of insurgent crimes.
Quietly on his blog site, BBC world news editor Jon Williams now admits
his earlier Houla massacre reports were false. No evidence whatever
BBC sticks to its original version. FAZ's account was ignored. Big lies
are featured. Media scoundrels spread them. Wars follow. Similar patterns
repeat every time.
On June 11, Voltaire Network's Thierry Meyssan headlined "NATO preparing
vast disinformation campaign," saying:
CIA-created videos will air on television. They'll blame Assad for recent
massacres. They'll falsify anti-regime demonstrations. They'll claim
ministers and army generals are resigning, "Assad fleeing, the rebels
gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself
in the presidential palace."
US deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes is managing US disinformation.
At issue is demoralizing Syrians and preparing for coup d'etat transition.
Plans are for "NATO, (and) discontent about the double veto of Russia
and China" to remove Assad without direct intervention.
Arab League officials asked "satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat
to stop broadcasting Syrian media, either public or private (Syria TV,
Al-Ekbariya, Ad-Dounia, Cham TV, etc."
Last year, Libyan TV was blocked. Meetings were held to discuss disinformation
campaigns. Attending were "PSYOP officers, embedded in the satellite
TV channels of Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France 24, Future
TV and MTV."
CNN collaborates with US Army PSYOP activities. So do other Western
Reports are pre-scripted. Videos are fake. Major broadcasters and cable
channels pretend they're real.
"During the past weeks, studios in Saudi Arabia have been set up to
build replicas of the two presidential palaces in Syria and the main
squares of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs."
"Studios of this type already exist in Doha (Qatar), but they are not
Planning began months ago. At issue is flooding airwaves with fabricated
information and images to enlist public support for intervention.
Fabricating information to facilitate war violates the letter and spirit
of international law.
General Assembly Resolution 110 (November 1947) "(c)ondems all forms
of propaganda, in whatsoever coutry conducted, which is either designed
or likely to provoque or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of
the peace, or act of aggression...."
GA Resolution 181 (November 1950) condemns propaganda "(i)ncitement
to conflicts or acts of aggression, (and) (m)easures tending to isolate
the peoples from any contact with the outside world, by preventing the
Press, radio and other media of communication from reporting international
events, and thus hindering mutual comprehension and understanding between
GA Resolution 819 (December 1954) "condemn(s) all forms of propaganda,
in whatsoever country conducted, which is either designed or likely
to provoke or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of the peace
or act of aggression."
What's ahead looks clear. Wars beget more of them. It's the American
way. Syria's next in line. Bombs away could happen any time.
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