How long until NATO airstrikes begin? Syria at the breaking point even as the Syrian National Congress disintigrates
Foreign Policy Magazine Mideast Brief notes ever so gently the Syrian National Congress Opposition party that isn’t, even according to themselves, really about ‘opposition’ but intends ‘overthrow’, is coming apart at the seams (along with a note that the FSA’s commander was injured by a bomb)
“Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, the head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), announced his resignation on Sunday via a statement written on his Facebook page. Al-Khatib wrote, “I announce my resignation from the National Coalition, so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution.” MORE
Joshua Landis at Syria Comment has a harsher view of the SNC and illustrates the rift between the loyal-to-Syria opposition and the mercenaries being ‘run’ under the ageis of ‘opposition’:
“In this interview (video @ post) with Al-Arabiya, Syrian opposition leader Michel Kilo accuses the Muslim Brotherhood and Mustafa Sabbagh’s Qatari-backed faction in the Syrian opposition of catapulting Ghassan Hitto to the Prime Ministership of the interim government in a non-consensual manner: “Qatar wanted Hitto…and the Qatari-backed group in the National Coalition agreed on Hitto and imposed Hitto without any political or consensual considerations that considers Syrian interests in terms of a national cause…” Kilo argues that the Hitto election sidelined Muaz al-Khatib and led to his resignation. Here is my article on these tensions.
This was particularly true after Qatar invited Hitto to represent Syria in the Arab Summit meeting to take place on Tuesday. Khatib was also invited, but he would be a third wheel. All eyes will be on Hitto, the newly elected Prime Minister, who is expected to form a government.
Liz Sly has a good article, “Syrian opposition in disarray as its leader resigns, The Syrian opposition is now leaderless at a time when the United States is stepping up its support. She quotes Amr al-Azm, who has great insight into the opposition.
“The coalition is on verge of disintegrating,” he said. “It’s a big mess.”
The trigger for Khatib’s departure was the selection last week of Ghassan Hitto, a relatively unknown Syrian-born U.S. citizen, to head a proposed interim government. Khatib and his supporters had opposed the creation of an interim government at this time, as had the United States, whose diplomats argued against the move on the grounds that it created an unnecessarily divisive distraction from the goal of bringing down Assad’s regime, according to Syrian opposition members.” MORE
Landis also notes the US and Britian are chomping at the bit for a siege of Damascus. But who will do that? Certainly not a fragmented SNC. NATO will… Eventually… When the damage to the civilian morale of Damascus done by the so-called ‘rebels’ reaches ‘critical mass’, and according to reports there has been mortar fire targeting the Syrian National Broacasting network in the city. Mortars have a range of about 3-4 miles maximum… Meaning the FSA is already operating in Damascus terrorizing it’s citizens. Can NATO air strikes be far behind with US congress discussing military action against the Assad government of Syria?
Asked during a Friday morning television interview whether there now is an “inevitability” of U.S. or multilateral intervention, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., replied: “Yes.”
“Circumstances on the ground in Syria continue to change in ways that will move us closer and closer toward some sort of multilateral action,” Coons told MSNBC, “especially if there is a confirmation that the Assad regime … has used chemical weapons.”
Several senators referenced the Levin-McCain letter, calling it a signal of a worsening situation inside Syria and growing worries on the Hill.
“We believe there are credible options at your disposal, including limited military options, that would require neither putting U.S. troops on the ground nor acting unilaterally,” the senators wrote to Obama.
In the letter, the duo suggests Obama take several steps, including U.S. airstrikes to cripple Assad’s Air Force to “ease the suffering of the Syrian people and protect U.S. national security interests.”
Levin and McCain believe Obama should order air strikes targeting Assad’s combat aircraft and Scud missile batteries.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a close ally on McCain who shares his interventionist foreign policy and national policy philosophy, said she is “very supportive of further action in Syria.” But she added she has yet to discuss with McCain and Levin the possibility of using U.S. air power to end the war — and Assad’s reign. MORE
10 years ago the prostitutes of the Western Media ‘came out of the closet’ as a de facto Ministry of Lies and still to this day have NOT apologized to their respective citizens. If you read the news today you’ll see them ignore and/or rationalize their own UNPATRIOTIC TREACHERY AND DERELICTION OF JOURNALISTIC DUTY that led the citizens of many industrialized nations into the ‘slow motion diplomacy train wreck’ to end all ‘wrecks’.
Mayhem aside (and honestly it’s not easy for me to ‘put it aside’), if the Western powers DID want to secure the continued supply of reasonably priced oil and other extractive resources from the region there could NOT have been a LESS EFFECTIVE WAY to do it, and as can be clearly seen now, the sociopaths who control the levers of power in the industrial world DIDN’T shoot THEMSELVES in the foot.
They amputated a whole “leg” of the global civilian economy for their own monetary benefit."
Razer Ray @ Auntie Imperial’s News & Blog Review
Paul Craig Roberts:
March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United Nations and the American people.
The US Secretary of State at that time, General Colin Powell, has expressed his regrets that he was used by the Bush regime to deceive the United Nations with fake intelligence that the Bush and Blair regimes knew to be fake. But the despicable presstitute media has not apologized to the American people for serving the corrupt Bush regime as its Ministry of Propaganda and Lies.
It is difficult to discern which is the most despicable, the corrupt Bush regime, the presstitutes that enabled it, or the corrupt Obama regime that refuses to prosecute the Bush regime for its unambiguous war crimes, crimes against the US Constitution, crimes against US statutory law, and crimes against humanity… [Read More: Iraq After Ten Years]
Operation Northwoods was a series of false-flag proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962, but were rejected by the Kennedy administration. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or other operatives, to commit perceived acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of Operation Northwoods was to “develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington”.
For more on the Sociopath’s way of viewing the world see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
Also see this excellent Spiegel article about DroneWars operations, “Dreams in Infrared: The Woes of an American Drone Operator” and read what the commander of operations has to say… A textbook case of sociopathy by his own admission.
Everywhere in the Middle East the great hopes are disappearing rapidly - in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. The Islamists seem to be getting all the benefits of the courageous struggles of the masses. And they could easily initiate the process of establishing their fanatical rule, without strong opposition from the masses.
I could feel exactly like Emma Goldman felt in 1922 when she broke with the Bolsheviks and finally became disillusioned with their rule. In fact, no one in the whole Arab and Muslim world looks closer to the Bolsheviks nowadays than the Islamists."
— A Close (Anarchist) look at the Syrian revolution
November 06, 2012, by ‘A Syrian comrade’
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