This post has been updated multiple times. The tone of the main stream media is alarming, very alarming.
There may be a brief extension of the UN observer mission according to Susan Rice-
She said the U.S. might be prepared to consider a final brief extension of the observer mission "if it would allow for the monitors and the civilian staff to withdraw safely."
Then she makes clear-
Rice stressed that the United States is not pinning its policy on the unarmed observer but will instead intensify its work "with a diverse range of partners outside the Security Council to bring pressure to bear on the Assad regime and to deliver assistance to those in need."It appears that a narrative is being created the use of chemical weapons with Israel having to "protect itself"
Read this one!-
We have been reading the chemical weapons/wmd narrative quite intensely this past week or two
Fears grow that Syria will use chemical weapons
British military intelligence chiefs told The Daily Telegraph there was a "high probability" of the Assad regime resorting to chemical agents
Any attack would be made to look "accidental" with either barrels of nerve agent or mustard gas dumped in a disused building that would be subjected to an artillery barrage to release the chemicals.
Alternatively Syrian intelligence could use al-Qaeda proxies to place a dirty chemical bomb in Homs to allow Mr Assad's regime to deny involvement and possible risk of prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
What the hell?! This won't be Syria using al-Qaeda "proxies" this will be NATO. They have been using their al Qaeda proxies all along.
May I remind you from yesterdays post...Who will start the fire in the ME? How badly will it burn?
A frantic effort, including on the ground activities attributed to Turkish, British and US special forces to locate Syria's non-conventional arms. Locate them? Or plant some chemical weapons somewhere "on the ground"?"a frantic effort is being made (including on-the-ground activities attributed to Turkish, British and perhaps US special forces) to identify the locations of the Syrian army’s non-conventional arms –"
You can see Homs on this map. Looks to be located right on a waterway that goes through
Lebanon & Turkey. Easy access and departure for Special Forces
Syrian rebels took control of all border crossings between Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Baghdad's deputy interior minister told AFP.
"All the border points between Iraq and Syria are under the control of the Free Syrian Army," Adnan al-Assadi told AFP by telephone.
"The border points and all the outposts are under the control of the Free Syrian Army.
"The Syrian army are focusing on Damascus."
Assadi also said there was fighting under way between the Syrian army and rebels across the border from the northern Iraqi region of Sinjar.
The top official said Iraqi border guards had witnessed the Free Syrian Army take control of a border outpost, detain a Syrian army lieutenant colonel, and then cut off his arms and legs.
"Then they executed 22 Syrian soldiers in front of the eyes of Iraqi soldiers."
The account of the killings could not be independently verified.
Assadi added: "If this situation continues, we are going to close the entire border with Syria."
Earlier, an Iraqi border police lieutenant colonel told AFP that clashes began at noon at the Albu Kamal crossing in Anbar province."
"And then in the evening, we saw the Syrian flag being brought down and the flag of the Free Syrian Army replaced it," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"We saw people wearing dishdashas (traditional Arab robes) and holding guns and they were walking inside the border post. We closed the border and we sent more patrols and more checkpoints along all the border with Syria."
Going to try and find out more...
Israel at the Syrian border
Defence Minister Ehud Barak, standing within earshot of fighting in Syria, said Thursday that Israel would stop Syrian refugees from entering the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights if they try to flee there. (Golan Heights is Syrian territory, it is illegally occupied by Israel)IDF raises alert in north, limits soldiers' leaves
Barak was touring the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.
Israel will have to take care of Syria before Iran
But before Israel can rain retaliatory hellfire down on Iran or Hamas or Hezbollah, it has other concerns that need addressing first. Syria somehow become even more unstable over the last day or two, and that, combined with concerns that the rebellion is becoming increasingly Islamist and less pro-democratic, threatens to present Israel with a sudden security nightmare along its northern flank
Next paragraph begins with "The sudden destabilization of Syria "?????
Looks as if Israel is going to start the attack on Syria.Israeli officials are reported to be working with U.S. military planners on possible options for a pre-emptive attack on the weapons.
Syria: There will be no happy ending to this civil war
President Bashar al-Assad will be toppled, but Syria will be left bitterly divided, adding to the instability of the Levant
A transitional government will be put in place by the United Nations Security Council containing members of the Syrian National Council, one or two of the internal Leftist opposition to placate the Russians, and some token relics of the regime to reassure Syria’s Alawite, Christian and other pro-Assad minorities that they are not about to be subject to vicious retribution.(yes they are)The Russians and Iranians, humiliated in the face of world opinion, will acquiesce in the arrival of Western “expert advisers”, perhaps behind a front of Arab League peace-keepers, to secure Syria’s chemical and other weapons stocks
As we are all aware Russia and China vetoed at the UN