In a comparison with Egypt, where the military is controlled by the US.
From Foreign Policy:
"What made the critical difference on the ground was the fact that the Egyptian army refused to intervene and fire at the protestors"
That is correct the Egyptian army did not intervene and did not fire at protestors.
Not because the Egyptian army is a bunch of good guys.
Not because they really wanted Mubarek to fall.
After all, he was one of them.
The reason the Egyptian army stood down was because that is what they were ordered to do!
By their true leadership in Washington.
-In 2010, $1.3 billion went to strengthen Egyptian forces.
-The Obama administration has asked Congress to approve similar sums for the 2011 fiscal year.
-U.S.-Egyptian co-production of the M1A1 Abrams Battle tank is one of the cornerstones of U.S. military assistance. Egypt plans to acquire 1,200 of the tanks. General Dynamics Corp is the prime contractor for the program.
-- Lockheed Martin Corp is building 20 new advanced F-16C/D fighter aircraft for Egypt. The final Egyptian F-16 under contract is to be delivered in 2013, joining the 240 Egypt already has purchased, according to Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's biggest supplier by sales.
-- Egypt was the first Arab country to buy F-16s, widely viewed as a symbol of political and security ties with the United States.
-- The United States also has supplied Boeing Co CH-47D CHINOOK transport helicopters, Northrop Grumman Corp E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning Command & Control aircraft and Patriot air-defense systems built by Lockheed and Raytheon Co.Put plainly the Egyptian Army is owned, lock, stock and barrel by the US.
The Syrian army is not controlled by outside forces. At least not yet.
But, this is what is being encouraged..
Foreign Policy is even setting out the how to get the army infiltration done.
Target the grunts!
Analysts are divided on that crucial question.
Some have argued that the Syrian army will not hesitate to act against the "uprisings.
Others have maintained that while the Syrian generals do enjoy a favorable clientelistic relationship with President Bashar Assad and his cronies in the Ba'ath party, the foot soldiers do not. Therefore, the poor Syrian soldier is more likely to sympathize with the plight of the Syrian people, refuse to engage militarily, and potentially split with the army.
So, the outside forces will most definitely be targeting the foot soldiers in the Syrian Army.
And of course the split will be along that old line of sectarianism. Sunni vs Alawites.
Goodness people stop letting yourselves be split apart by man's religion.
Foreign Policy goes on-
For Washington to effectively manipulate the Syrian military's calculations it is essential that it know what the Syrian military values most and what are some of the reasonable and realistic concessions it may be willing to make. Like all modern national military organizations around the world, the Syrian military's number one priority is the wellbeing and modernization of its forces.
For Washington to effectively manipulate the Syrian military........
Obvious enough for you yet?
If not, here is a bit more.
The United States should also make it clear to the Syrian army, both publicly and privately, that there would be extensive rewards for joining the dissent movement and splitting with the regime.
The US could make it clear there would be extensive rewards!
Cash, drugs, hookers?? What extensive rewards? Bribes of all sorts. American taxpayer dollars at work.
Anyway, if you still doubt that the revolution is Syria is being orchestrated from outside of the nation, Irish Times, let a gem slip through.
"But interlocutors have not come forward, perhaps because most co-ordinators of the demonstrations are outside the country and veteran opposition figures in Syria do not represent the protesters."
Most co-ordinators of the demonstrations are OUTSIDE of Syria!
I am going to repeat that below, because, it is absolutely worth reading twice.
But interlocutors have not come forward, perhaps because most co-ordinators of the demonstrations are outside the country and veteran opposition figures in Syria do not represent the protesters."