The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops
The estimated size of the potential effort, provided to the White House by the military’s Central Command and Joint Staff, called into question whether the United States would have the resources to act quickly if it detected the movement of chemical weapons
Check out the perception management!
“The discovery that Hezbollah has set up camps close to some of the (chemical weapon) depots”
Scary. Be scared. Be afraid. Fear, fear, fear.
Claim contradicted just a few sentences later in the same article...
So far, there is no evidence that Hezbollah, which is based in Lebanon but has become increasingly active in protecting the government of President Bashar al-Assad, is making any effort to gain control over the chemical weapons.
The venerable NYT’s? How about the propaganda tool of the state?
There is NO EVIDENCE that Hezbollah in Lebanon is making any effort to gain control over chemical weapons. Therefore the claim of close encampment is most probably false.
Perception management, always.
More spin and a hat tip to Freethinker who brought this up the other day remarking on the timing?
Breaking news today but this happened back in May - timing?
South Korean authorities inspected North Korean cargo bound for Syria in May and confiscated hundreds of cylinders that could be used to build the weapons, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday.
American intelligence and security officials, in interviews in recent days, said that the United States had picked up evidence ( in May, six months ago) that North Korea had resumed providing Syria with some missile technology, including assistance with Scud missiles.
The “evidence” came from the US occupied territory of South Korea and according to reports all was confiscated so if the claim was ever true, which is not likely, this whole scenario is a non issue.
Israeli tanks are seen close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, near Alonei Habashan in the Golan Heights November 7, 2012.
Regarding talk of securing borders.
I would think this is a difficult task during the best of times.Adding to the problem of securing Syrian borders in the Golan Heights area is the presence of UN “peacekeepers”.
The United Nations has protested to the Syrian government for claiming it had UN permission to attack rebel opponents in the Golan Heights demilitarized zone, according to a letter revealed Thursday and obtained by AFP.
"We regard it as a serious matter that Syrian authorities would claim that a United Nations senior official would approve activities in violation of Security Council resolutions," UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said in a letter to Syria's UN ambassador.
Ladsous demanded that the Syrian army halt "incursions" into the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel, which he said were a threat to the unarmed UN observers and civilians.
Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Muqdad, told AFP on Wednesday that the commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) had approved Syrian action to pursue rebels.
Certain extremist forces entered the demilitarized zone, occupied two or three villages and threatened to kill the inhabitants," Muqdad told AFP. "We consulted the UNDOF mission, who said: 'Yes, you can solve the problem.'"
Ladsous, however, said in the letter to Syria's ambassador Bashar Jaafari that the UNDOF commander "strongly denied" having given any approval.
Ladsous said the Syrian activities undermined the UNDOF mission and "exposed United Nations personnel to serious safety and security risks" and could jeopardize the ceasefire accord between Israel and Syria.
"On the contrary, the force commander informed the Syrian authorities that should the SAAF (Syrian Arab Armed Forces) proceed with the operations, UNDOF would protest officially," the peacekeeping chief added.
What letter has the UN sent to Israel? Israel has twice fired across the line. Is the UN silent on that activity. It could jeopardize civilians and threaten “peacekeepers”. If I may? Ah hell you know I will! Peacekeepers that appear to be asleep? Or turning a blind eye? One wonders how is it that NATO mercs are entering the demilitarized zone and laying siege to villages on the peacekeepers watch? Unless the peacekeepers are allowing this activity to take place?
Israel has twice in the past week fired across the ceasefire line, established in 1974, in response to stray fire from Syrian troops fighting rebels inside the zone.
Turkey evacuating villages and air force on standbye
Turkey has begun evacuating villages close to its border with Syria and scrambled its air force as the Assad regime bombarded rebel positions close to the frontier fence
Turkey has recognized the NATO “coalition” (Not a surprise)
Interesting piece from the Chicago Times
This piece, likely unintentionally, sheds some light on how the NATO mercs are laying siege to villages and ensuring the deaths of countless innocent civilians. How the NATO mercs put themselves right into peoples homes thereby endangering the very people they claim to be fighting to free.....
"I don't want the rebels in my town," the 25-year-old Kurdish man laments. "Why would I want Assad's planes to come and bomb us? His is a familiar sentiment among refugees from Ras al-Ain, a mixed Arab and Kurdish town
Kurdish activists opposed to Assad (?) called for the rebels to pull out of Ras al-Ain, warning that their presence would make the town a target for government forces.
Kurdish activists said those that had taken the townwere extremist Jihadist fighters"The rebels wait outside and when they hear the planes, they come into our houses and then the planes bomb our houses," saidYousuf, 36, an Arab refugee
Others said rebel fighters had stolen from them or pressured them to allow the use of their homes.
NATO’s mercs. Such fine, upstanding citizens...
Interesting piece from Asia Times.. Here’s to you WWM!!!
Walt you have often voiced concerns about the “angry arab” I have never read his writings and still haven’t, until this morning. That said, there is a quote from him in the linked piece that I find interesting and disturbing. I must mention the Angry Arab piece Asia Times is quoting from is apparently, now, unavailable.
Nonetheless here is some of the quote and the relevant bits highlighted
I spent last night reading the writings of ... Ahmad Ma'adh Al-Khatib: a clear follower of the Muslim Brotherhood and a disciple of Yusuf Al-Qaradawi [an important theological mentor to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood]. He has many views that his Western sponsors did not know about. Take his treatise on masturbation here: he maintains that this "sinister habit" causes tuberculosis and tears down the flesh.
“He has many views that his Western sponsors did not know about”????
Enjoy him, please, especially those in Western governments which approved him and promoted him without reading a word of his writings.
How does angry arab know this choice was made without western knowledge of Khatib's writings? Angry Arab cannot make this claim with any certainty? So why is he? If ‘angry arab’ can read Khatib’s writings, how is it even credible to suggest that his ‘western sponsors’ did not!
Myself, I find that problematic. Is angry arab participating in narrative creation that will justify military action/occupation further down the road...???
I am sure that the US Zionists who approved the appointment of Mr Al-Khatib as head of the exile Syrian opposition did not know that he referred to Zionism as a "cancerous racist movement."
Au contraire, I am certain the US Zionists that approved the appointment of Mr Khatib knew exactly the language used by Mr Khatib. He will be a very useful “boogey man” for Israel’s perpetual victim gambit
To be clear on what I am suggesting by using the word gambit, see definition below
A device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage.