Syria

The west's intervention in Syria risks blowback and regional war. 19 December 2012, Seumas Milne, Syria

The west's intervention in Syria risks blowback and regional war
19 December 2012     Seumas Milne     Syria

Not only will more intervention by the western powers increase the death toll, it may not give them the control they crave either.

By Seumas Milne
The Guardian
19 December 2012

THE SIGNS ARE UNMISTAKABLE. Once again, the west is preparing to escalate military intervention in the Arab and Muslim world.

This time the target is Syria. Since the US presidential election, the warnings have multiplied. First, in a breathtaking reprise of the falsehood that paved the way for the invasion of Iraq, US and British leaders claimed the Syrian regime might be about to use chemical weapons against rebel forces, and threatened dire consequences.

Then the US authorised the stationing of Patriot missile batteries along the Turkish-Syrian border. Ostensibly intended to protect Turkey from stray Syrian artillery fire, they could rather more plausibly be used to help enforce a Libya-style no-fly zone.

There has since been a flurry of media briefings about increased covert US arms supplies and rebel training, along with plans for intensified intelligence and special forces deployment, or even all-out air and naval power support. Direct intervention, US and British officials are reported to insist, is "now inevitable".

Next Britain followed France in recognising the new opposition Syrian National Coalition, stitched together under Nato and Gulf tutelage, as the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people". Since the coalition clearly isn't the sole representative of Syrians, the declaration (which goes beyond even what was said during the Libyan war) sets a precedent that is likely to come back to haunt them. But it was followed by only a slightly less sweeping statement from the US and around 100 allies.

Syria slides from a fight for democracy and human rights into holy war 17 December 2012 Patrick Cockburn Syria

Syria slides from a fight for democracy and human rights into holy war
17 December 2012     Patrick Cockburn     Syria
Patrick Cockburn says the situation in areas of Syria he has visited is wholly different from the picture given to the world both by foreign leaders and by the foreign media.

By Patrick Cockburn
The Independent
16 December 2012

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST horrifying videos of the war in Syria.

It shows two men being beheaded by Syrian rebels, one of them by a child. He hacks with a machete at the neck of a middle-aged man who has been forced to lie in the street with his head on a concrete block.

At the end of the film, a soldier, apparently from the Free Syrian Army, holds up the severed heads by their hair in triumph.

The film is being widely watched on YouTube by Syrians, reinforcing their fears that Syria is imitating Iraq's descent into murderous warfare in the years after the US invasion in 2003. It fosters a belief among Syria's non-Sunni Muslim minorities, and Sunnis associated with the government as soldiers or civil servants, that there will be no safe future for them in Syria if the rebels win.

In one version of the video, several of which are circulating, the men who are beheaded are identified as officers belonging to the 2.5 million-strong Alawite community. This is the Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad and core members of his regime belong. The beheadings, so proudly filmed by the perpetrators, may well convince them that they have no alternative but to fight to the end.

ROBERT FISK - Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons

ROBERT FISK

Saturday 8 December 2012
Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons
Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?

The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. We all know who said that – but it still works. Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own Syrian people. If he does, the West will respond. We heard all this stuff last year – and Assad’s regime repeatedly said that if – if  – it had chemical weapons, it would never use them against Syrians.
But now Washington is playing the same gas-chanty all over again. Bashar has chemical weapons. He may use them against his own people. And if he does…

Well if he does, Obama and Madame Clinton and Nato will be very, very angry. But over the past week, all the usual pseudo-experts who couldn’t find Syria on a map have been warning us again of the mustard gas, chemical agents, biological agents that Syria might possess – and might use. And the sources? The same fantasy specialists who didn’t warn us about 9/11 but insisted that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in 2003: “unnamed military intelligence sources”. Henceforth to be acronymed as UMIS.

Coup de théâtre

"Bashar must die!" The Brahimi Plan

The Brahimi Plan

By Thierry Meyssan

August 30, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -  In the aftermath of the second Russian-Chinese veto which formally prohibited foreign intervention in Syria on February 4, the West feigned seeking peace while actively organizing a vast secret war. On the diplomatic front, they appeared to accept the Lavrov-Annan Plan, even as these same countries were facilitating the movement into Syria of tens of thousands of mercenaries and while UN Observers were escorting the leaders of the Free Syrian Army to get them through the roadblocks.

Obama Does Syriana By Pepe Escobar

Obama Does Syriana
August 03, 2012 "
Asia Times" --

ICC - International Anti-NATO Alliance statement on Syria

Stop the war in Syria –No intervention

The ominous signs of impending war with Syria are escalating. A nightmare is unfoldingacross the countryand has now reached the streetsof Damascusand Aleppo. As we are writing these lines, the Minister of Defence Dawoud Raha and Assad’s brother in-law Assef Shawkat have just been assassinated, supposedly by terrorist attack. And we all sense how the story will probably end: Thousands of soldiers and civilians killed, towns and families destroyed, and President Assad and his family beaten to death in a ditch.

NATO and the EU are backing Turkish support to the opposition, along with Saudi Arabian and Qatari millions and arms flowing into Syria from every corner. Any arms trade, by Western countries and their allies and by Russia, intensifies the civil war and conflict.Western media repeats arguments to justify foreign intervention.

The International Coordinating Committee of the Network No to War –No to NATO, opposes any military, economic, diplomatic, orcovert intervention aimed at controlling the internal affairs of Syria or any other country:

Sanctions harm the people of Syria causing food shortages, power outages, and block the distribution of goods.

Foreign intervention from all sides is contributing to the escalation of violence, the possibility of civil war, and total destabilization. This includes any interventions under the cover of “securing” against the possible use of chemical weapons. The people who always suffer the most are the peoplnot engaged directly in the armed conflict.

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