First; The news breaking in Australian media as I type.
The rest that follows was a post began yesterday, but sidetracked by the UN vote regarding Israel's nukes.
A NO-FLY zone, ground troops and special forces form the main planks of British-US contingency plans drawn up over recent months in anticipation of a Syrian chemical attack.
If a political decision is made to intervene, a limited no-fly zone could be imposed to stop the Syrian Air Force dropping bombs with chemical warheads.
Special operations forces would be deployed, backed by a substantial number of support troops, up to 75,000, to seize or safeguard the Syrian regime's chemical weapons facilities.
"We have (US) special operations forces at the right posture, they don't have to be sent," a US official said, suggesting those troops are already in the region.
The preferred method of armed intervention would be for a "multinational coalition", according to the US official. Partners in any operation to deal with Syria's chemical weapons could include Jordan, Turkey, Israel and Britain.
Authorisation for military intervention in Syria from the UN Security Council remained "improbable" because of resistance from Russia and China, the US official said.
As an alternative, the Obama administration would turn to other international legal options, such as charging Syria with "gross violation of international humanitarian law" as a legal basis for any military action.
The official said: "That wouldn't require a UN mandate. We could make a strong argument that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime crosses not just the US red line, but the red line of the conscience of humanity."
NATO, World Bully Army has run out of patience with it's MERCS.
Makdisi. Defection or sacked? Irrelevant
At this point in time this “news’ ain’t much of an issue.
The alleged defection reported by “ A diplomat in the region”, of Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi appears to be all allegations.Golan Heights- no spin, just facts
Defection claims conflict with reports that Makdisi was ousted by the Syrian government.
“Press reports also indicated that Jihad al-Makdissi has reportedly been sacked as Syria's foreign ministry spokesman.
Despite headlines screaming of Syria’s breach...Israel’s breach is clear for all to see.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused the Syrian government Monday of serious violations of the 1974 agreement that separated Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights and called on both countries to halt firing across the cease-fire line.Both countries stop firing. Problem? Definitely.
We really don’t know who is firing on the Syrian side. Since Ban Ki is quoted expressing concerns about the presence of armed opposition members in the demilitarized zone. The 'armed opposition' is of course the NATO mercs.
The UN secretary-general said that he was concerned that the presence of "armed members of the opposition"Which means it could be the NATO mercs firing across the ceasefire line.
We can be absolutely sure what entity is firing from the Israeli side. That would be the IDF.
Therefore which nation is truly in breach of the ceasefire agreement? Israel.
"I am concerned that the presence of armed members of the opposition and the ongoing military activities of the Syrian security forces have the potential to ignite a larger conflict between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic with grave consequences,"
Just what Israel wants.... a larger conflict.
As reflected in this editorial from JP: Syrian people need urgent help from Israel, Turkey
The author is a political and religious commentator from Turkey, and an executive producer at A9 TV. She is also the spokesperson of a prominent international interfaith organization.
The disorder and bloodshed in Syria today is of greater concern to Turkey and Israel than to any other countries.So forth and so on- How many post have I written on the topic of Israel and Turkey colluding against Syria? Diplomatic relations are hunky dory between the two nations despite the nonsense in this JP piece.
If normal diplomatic relations still existed between the two countries, there is no doubt that the Syria issue is the first thing their leaders would have sat down to discuss.
The last paragraph quoted below says it all. When Turkey and Israel act together and they will under the NATO umbrella, Russian and Chinese resistance becomes moot.
In conclusion, if Israel and Turkey were in accord with their foreign policies, it goes without saying that things would be solved more swiftly and it is very likely that this alliance would stem the current support of Russia for the ruthless Syrian government.
Turkey will help Israel as a NATO proxy to both attack Syria and aid Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facility.
The “chemical weapons” meme is back in the news.
I hope you read the first news story opening this post?
This meme has, of course, been seen previously. And, repeatedly. Iraq. Libya.
This meme is as predictable as incubator baby memes and of course the unsubstantiated rape meme
Personally I find this type of propaganda appalling. The use of fabricated narratives created solely to demonize a targeted government or nation, takes away from all the horrific crimes against humanity that are actually taking place and are not getting any notice or recognition.
Are rapes taking place? Probably. That is what makes this type of propaganda believable. However this story from CNN reeks to high heaven. . No names. Very emotional devices. Tears welling up, etc.
“A woman approached me as I was rushing toward the D.C. Metro after giving a talk on rape in Syria last month. She asked in a low voice if she could share some information.” She had DVDs, she said.
Who is this no name woman in Washington promoting the narrative? How did this no name woman know where the CNN mouthpiece, Lauren Wolfe, was going to be at just the right time, in just the right place, so that the unnamed woman could just so happen to approach CNN’s journalist as she was rushing towards DC Metro? Was the unnamed woman stalking the CNN mouthpiece?
Lauren Wolfe's unbelievable tale continues on with this...
In a taxi recently en route to Heathrow Airport, I was told another startling story. The driver turned to me and said, "I am Syrian. And I have a story to tell you that I keep wishing is not true."Unbelievable. Not in the way of "fantastic" Just plain, not believable. As in lies. Do these people just drop out of the sky and happen onto this CNN writer??
“The first casualty of war is TRUTH”
Let's get back to the chemical weapons meme:
Syria is not going to use chemical weapons. NATO will do that. NATO’s mercs will do that. NATO has the most to gain from chemical weapons being employed. Therefore, if 'chemical weapons' do happen to be used we would be most definitely be looking at a false flag, perpetrated by NATO's mercs, with the assistance of one of the NATO allied nations. I have serious doubt that a false flag will even be resorted to.
Just repeating the meme over and over will see some people believe it actually happened.
Like many believe WMD’s were actually found in Iraq. When they weren’t
One just has to keep “catapulting the propaganda’
Just to expose the utter bullshit of this most recent media hype
Tue Dec 4, 2012 7:36pm IST
The chemical threat made it urgent for the alliance to send Patriot anti-missile missiles to Turkey, Rasmussen said.Nonsense! Chemical threat? Turkey requested patriot missiles some time ago on the basis of “border security”
It seems doubtful that anyone would believe the "border security" narrative as a viable meme. Since Turkey has allowed the free flow of terrorists and weapons over it's border into Syria, hence the chemical weapon rehash.
Flashback to an older post from Nov /2012: Turkey's right way to intervene
Turkey plans to officially request NATO deploy a Patriot missile defense system in its territories as a security precaution against a potential large-scale military offensive from Syria as Syrian shelling on the border raises tensions.
Initially reported on November 2/12- Excellent catch by the Anonymous link commenter
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