Sunday, April 20, 2014

Notes on the Conflict in Syria

Written on July 18th, 2012

   Mainstream media sources are saying the Assad regime could be toppled within days. Last year, Webster Tarpley reported that the events in Syria do not resemble a civil war, and that he had spoken to people who claim that death squads are sniping at civilians only for the purpose of destabilizing the country.

   Tarpley says the squads are backed by American, British, French, and Israeli intelligence agencies; funded by the Saudis, the U.A.E., and Qatar; and managed by former Syrian foreign minister Abdul Halim Khaddam, who Tarpley described as “groomed by N.A.T.O. as a new dictator”, and who has been described as having been a loyalist of Bashar al-Assad’s father Hafez. Even Fox News has reported that the U.S. is secretly funding the opposition in Syria in order to topple the Assad regime.

   Tarpley says Syria is “the most tolerant society in the Middle East”. Haaretz describes Assad as “an outspoken critic of Israel”, reporting that he attributes his regime’s strength to its opposition to that country. Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. recently said, “We do see a possible ouster of Mr. Assad as affording an opportunity to us”.

   YouTube reporter Rys2sense says that last year, there was a $10 billion deal for an Iran-Syria oil pipeline, that rival pipelines cannot be built if there are ongoing conflicts, that the goal is a complete cut-off of the flow of oil, and that Turkish mercenaries are also helping to destabilize Syria.

   This month, Syria, Iran, China, and Russia are coordinating a 90,000-troop military exercise in Syria; it is the largest joint exercise in Middle East history. In September, U.S. naval forces will be conducting mine-sweeping activities in the Persian Gulf (some media figures have conjectured that the U.S. may send a decommissioned aircraft carrier to the Gulf to be destroyed in a false-flag attack to be blamed on Iran).

   Russia has warned the N.A.T.O. countries not to attack Iran, and accused the Western powers of stirring up trouble in Syria; China and Russia have shown support of Syria in the U.N.; and China and Pakistan have said that they would consider an attack on Iran as an attack on themselves, and have suggested that they would retaliate as such. China and Russia have nearly twice as many nukes combined as the U.S..

   Iran recently confirmed that its plan to close the Strait of Hormuz is ready to be put into action. This could triple – or even quadruple – crude oil and gas prices. Some reports claim that Obama and / or Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu want to attack Iran's nuclear facilities in early October, around the beginning of the U.S. presidential debates.

   In my opinion, the world is closer to an international nuclear exchange and / or World War III than any other time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, and I expect this threat to ratchet-up exponentially over the next 3 ½ months.

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