Washington's Syrian regime
change plans are longstanding. All independent governments are targeted.
At issue isn't whether they're despotic, democratic, or anything in
between. It's about establishing client states subservient to Western
interests. That matters most.
Heated rhetoric supports it. Targeted leaders are vilified. Since early
last year, Western-generated violence and rhetorical assaults targeted
Like lyrics from the old Sinatra favorite, they go together like love
and marriage. You can't one without the other.
Daily reports highlight more insurgent violence. On June 28, Reuters
headlined "Blast hits Damascus as Turkey sends troops to border," saying:
Insurgents "attacked Syria's main court in central Damascus on Thursday...."
A loud explosion was heard. A cloud of black smoke rose. State television
accurately called it a terrorist attack. It followed escalated Damascus
It came a day after the privately owned Al-Ikhbariaya television station
was targeted. Seven deaths resulted. It's facilities sustained heavy
SANA state media reported "three injuries and material damage to 20
cars...." The parking area of the Justice Palace "in the Center of Damascus
at al-Marjeh area" was struck.
"Dozens of wrecked and burning cars were strewn over a car park used
by lawyers and judges."
Other reports said Turkey deployed missile batteries, rocket launchers,
and anti-aircraft weapons close to Syria's border. About 30 military
trucks arrived in the coastal town of Iskenderun.
Armored military vehicles also headed for Sanliurfa and Reyhanli in
Southern Turkey's Hatay Province. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
announced new rules of engagement, adding:
"Any risk posed by Syria on the Turkish border, any military element
that could post a threat, will be considered a threat and treated as
a military target.”
No further explanation followed. He's spoiling for a fight and may get
Washington directs Syrian operations. Turkey runs point for what's planned.
Expect Obama to choose his time and pretext for full-scale intervention.
According to the Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF), it's not now.
On June 27, it headlined "Obama rebuffs Erdogan's appeal to lead Turkey
in Syria attack," saying:
On June 26, Erdogan and Obama spoke by phone. He "argued forcefully
that" Friday's aircraft downing incident "provided the perfect opening
for a Western-Muslim-Arab offensive...."
Launching it "could drive into Syria, create no-fly zones, attack regime
and military targets, and establish safe zones for rebels and refugees."
He said Turkey's military forces are "ready for immediate action," but
Washington "must take the military lead in this operation...."
Obama said not now. Let insurgent and "American, British, Turkish, and
French" covert actions continue. He'll decide when the time is right
for full-scale intervention. Expect it. It's coming. They'll be no uncertainty
when it's launched.
In readiness, Turkish troops are on "red alert" with instructions "to
shoot to kill" if ordered.
"Ankara is more than ready to hit back at Syria," said DF. So is Israel
against Iran. Washington will decide when. Heated rhetoric suggests
what to expect. Only it's timing is unknown.
Assad knows the threat. He faces it daily. On June 26, he told his cabinet:
"We are in a state of real war in every respect of the word and when
we’re in a state of war, all of our politics must be concentrated on
winning this war."
DF added that British special forces in Syria actively aid insurgents.
Tactics replicate earlier ones in Libya. UK, US and other special forces
together with MI6 and CIA operatives direct anti-Assad activities.
Mercenary fighters need leadership. Western specialists provide it.
They're experts at killing, destruction, and choosing targets.
Their fingerprints are all over major terror attacks and bombings. Insurgents
didn't plan or carry them out on their own.
Heated Rhetoric Supports the Drumbeat for War
John Bolton represents the worst of right wing extremism. He supports
imperial wars, defies democratic values, and spurns rule of law principles.
On June 25, his National Review article headlined "What to Do about
Syria? It didn't need reading to know his views. He rose in the Republican
neocon ranks as a Jesse Helms protege.
As North Carolina senator from 1973 - 2003, his virulent anti-communism,
racism, and other extremist views were well known.
Bolton matched his support for despots, imperial wars, and Bush's torture
policy. He represents the dark side of US policy.
He accused Obama of "dither(ing) over whether" or not to intervene militarily.
Syria is an "Iranian satellite," he claimed. Tehran has "growing regional
influence. Syria remains a threat to Israel. (It) support(s) the terrorist
It gives Russia a regional base. Regime change is "in America's interest
as well as....Israel and our Arab allies...."
It's time to stop "coddl(ing)" and start acting, said Bolton.
Russia, China and Iran help Assad retain power. Washington's "intervention
should not be confined to Syria and would inevitably entail confronting
Iran and possibly Russia. This the Obama administration is unwilling
to do, although it should."
UN efforts failed, said Bolton. Obama isn't up to the job. "Russia should
be told in no uncertain terms that it can forget about sustained good
relations with the United States as long as it continues to back Assad."
Perhaps Bolton hadn't noticed the resurgence of Cold War politics. Putin
may displace Assad and Iranian leaders as public enemy number one. His
opposition to America's imperial agenda draws condemnation.
Today's stakes are huge. World peace is threatened. Bolton's bent on
heightening tensions. Withdraw from New START, he urges. Accelerate
and expand America's missile shield. Let Moscow and Beijing know who's
boss. Send them "a wake-up call."
Give Iran "a stark choice." Go along with what we say, or else. In Syria,
"we should do now what we could have begun ten years ago." Go all-out
to oust Assad "on our terms....Better late than never."
Imagine extremists like Bolton holding high positions in government.
Imagine him back under Romney. If not him, others like him will influence
US policies under any president.
Washington is infested with hardline zealots. War on humanity tops their
agenda. Expect no end of conflicts ahead.
On June 23, a Washington Post editorial headlined "The West lags behind
on Assad," saying:
Debate in Washington "is being overtaken by developments on the ground.
For months the Obama administration has been resisting" more aggressive
"(G)rowing rebel strength is welcome news...."
Post writers worry about Syria "tumbling into chaos" or fighting spilling
across borders to neighboring countries. Perhaps Israel is most on their
They're unconcerned about insurgent killings and other atrocities. The
editorial ignored them. WP editors focus solely on winning. Mounting
deaths and destruction don't matter. Nor does ravaging another country
for wealth, power, and imperial dominance.
WP urges more aggressive efforts "to shape and support" insurgent fighters.
Hastening Assad's removal matters most. "(R)emaining passive (is not)
Post writers barely stopped short of declaring war. Expect a future
editorial to cross the line and endorse it.
Expect lots of other scoundrel media support unless Obama preempts them
by attacking. Given how events on the ground are escalating, it could
happen any time.
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