Friday, August 3, 2012

What on earth is happening with Syria

Syria has warships massing off its coast. China and Russia have sworn to enter into war should western powers attack Syria; and USA/NATO/Israel have been covertly supporting the uprising three (supplying training, arms and covert leadership).

Some months ago, Venezuela was criticised for having warships in the eastern Mediterranean also. The plot thickens. Who knows exactly which powers are there right now! Certainly France, Germany (and NATO in general), USA, Canada, & Turkey in the blue corner; with Russia, China, Iran and perhaps Venezuela (western media doesn't say much about this side) in the red corner. 

Some news articles that substantiate the mass of military hardware meeting in this large pond include:
As you can see, the sources are very varied here.

The questions are:
  1. What on earth is happening with Syria?
  2. Why is all this happening?
  3. What will take place next?
  4. Where will it all lead?
Let's take a look at these, in order. This article addresses point #1, more points coming soon...

1. What on earth is happening with Syria?

I have included two articles from Global Research below to give an overview so you don't have to go to all the above links. These will fill you in a bit on what's going on.

Russian warships enter the Med, bound for Syria

A Russian naval flotilla of warships destined for the Syrian port of Tartus has entered the Mediterranean, Russia's defence ministry said today.
"The Russian ships today passed the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean at 1200 GMT," said a defence ministry spokesman, quoted by Itar-Tass agency.
Led by the Admiral Chabanenko anti-submarine destroyer, the three landing craft left their home port of Severomorsk in the Arctic Circle earlier this month. They are due to be joined in the Mediterranean by the Russian patrol ship Yaroslav Mudry as well as an assistance vessel.
The ships will perform "planned military manoeuvres", said the ministry. Earlier in the month a military source said the ships would be topping up on supplies of fuel, water and foodstuffs.
Russia has denied that the deployment is linked to the escalating conflict in Syria.

source: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120724/world/russian-warships-enter-the-med-bound-for-syria.429985

The US-NATO War on Syria: Western Naval Forces Confront Russia Off the Syrian Coastline?

Global Research, July 26, 2012



















"As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff
officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said.
But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said,
and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya,
Iran, Somalia, and Sudan."

Former Nato Commander General Wesley Clark.
  
"Let me say to the soldiers and officials still supporting the Syrian regime -- the Syrian
people will remember the choices you make in the coming days...."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Friends of Syria conference in Paris' July 7, 2012

While confrontation between Russia and the West was, until recently, confined to
the polite ambit of international diplomacy, within the confines of the UN Nations
Security Council, an uncertain and perilous situation is now unfolding in the
Eastern Mediterranean.

Allied forces including intelligence operatives and special forces have reinforced
their presence on the ground in Syria following the UN stalemate. Meanwhile,
coinciding with the UN Security Council deadlock, Moscow has dispatched to
the Mediterranean a flotilla of ten Russian warships and escort vessels led by the
Admiral Chabanenko anti-submarine destroyer. Russia's flotilla is currently
stationed off the Southern Syrian coastline.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in St. Petersburg on June 29, 2012, on the eve of international talks in Geneva to find a political solution to the Syria crisis 
"Polite Diplomacy" (without smiles). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L)  and Russia's Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov meet in St. Petersbourg, June 29, 2012

Back in August of last year, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin warned
that "NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the
regime of President Bashar al-Assad with a long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead
for an attack on Iran,..."  In relation to the current naval deployment, Russia’s navy chief,
Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov, confirmed, however, that while the [Russian] flotilla was
carrying marines, the warships would "not be engaged in Syria Tasks".
"The ships will
perform "planned military manoeuvres", said the [Russian Defense] ministry" 
The US-NATO alliance has retorted to Russia's naval initiative, with a much larger naval
deployment, a formidable Western armada, consisting of British, French and American
warships, slated to be deployed later this Summer in the Eastern Mediterranean, leading
to a potential "Cold War style confrontation" between Russian and Western naval forces.
Meanwhile, US-NATO military planners have announced that various "military options"
and "intervention scenarios" are being contemplated in the wake of the Russian-Chinese
veto in the UN Security Council.

The planned naval deployment is coordinated with allied ground operations in support
of the US-NATO sponsored "Free Syrian Army"(FSA). In this regard, US-NATO has speeded
up the recruitment of foreign fighters trained in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Russian warship in the Syrian port of Tartus
Franco-British War Games: "Warship Diplomacy"
France and Britain will be participating later this Summer in war games codenamed
Exercise Cougar 12 [2012]. The games will be conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean
as part of a Franco-British  "Response Force Task Group
" involving  Britain's HMS
Bulwark and France's Charles De Gaulle carrier battle group. The focus of these naval
exercises will be on amphibious operations involving the (planned simulated) landing
ashore of troops on "enemy territory". 
File:HMS Bulwark midships.jpg
Britain's HMS Bulwark
Fichier:Charles De Gaulle (R91) underway 2009.jpg
France's Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier
Smokescreen: The Proposed Evacuation of Western Nationals "Using a Humanitarian
Naval Fleet of WMDs"
Barely mentioned by the mainstream media, the warships involved in the Cougar 12
naval exercise will also participate in the planned evacuation of  "British nationals from
the Middle East, should the ongoing conflict in Syria further spill across borders into
neighboring Lebanon and Jordan.":
The British would likely send the HMS Illustrious, a helicopter carrier, along with
the HMS Bulwark, an amphibious ship, as well as an advanced destroyer to provide
defenses for the task force. On board will be several hundred Royal Marine
commandos, as well as a complement of AH-64 attack helicopters (the same ones
used in Libya last year). A fleet of French ships, including the Charles De Gaulle
aircraft carrier, carrying a complement of Rafale fighter aircraft, are expected
to join them.

Those forces are expected stay offshore and could escort specially chartered
civilian ships meant to pick up foreign nationals fleeing Syria and surrounding
countries.  (ibtimes.com, 24 July 2012). 
Sources in the British Ministry of Defense, while confirming the Royal Navy's
"humanitarian mandate" in the planned evacuation program, have categorically
denied "any intention of a combat role for British forces [against Syria]".

The evacuation plan using the most advanced military hardware including the HMS
Bulwark, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is an obvious smokescreen. The not so
hidden agenda is military threat and intimidation directed against a sovereign nation
located in the historical cradle of civilization in Mespotamia: 
"The Charles De Gaulle alone is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with an entire
squadron of jets more advanced than anything the Syrians have -- is sparking
speculation that those forces could become involved in a NATO operation against
Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad...

The HMS Illustrious, which is currently sitting on the Thames in central London,
will likely only be sent to the region after the end of the Olympics." (Ibid)
This impressive deployment of Franco-British  naval power could also include the USS
John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, which is to be sent back to the Middle East:  
[On July 16, 2912], the Pentagon also confirmed that it would be redeploying the
USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear-powered supercarrier capable of carrying 90
aircraft, to the Middle East... The Stennis would be arriving in the region with an
advanced missile-launching cruiser, .... The carrier USS Eisenhower is already
expected to be in the Middle East by that time (two carriers currently in the region
are to be relieved and sent back to the U.S.).
Amid unpredictable situations in both Syria and Iran, that would have left
U.S. forces stretched and overly burdened if a firm military response were
needed in either circumstance.
(Ibid, emphasis added)

The USS Stennis, at left, and the HMS Illustrious, at right, together in the Persian Gulf in April 1998. The two ships may be sailing together again sooner than expected. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
USS Stennis aircraft carrier
The USS Stennis strike group is to be sent back to the Middle East "by an unspecified
date in the late summer" to be deployed to the Central Command area of responsibility:  
"The Defense Department said that the early deployment had come from a
request made by Marine Corps General James N. Mattis, the commander for
Central Command (the U.S. military authority area that covers the Middle East),
partly out of concern that there would be a short period where only one carrier
would be located in the region." ((Strike group headed to Central Command
early - Stripes Central - Stripes
, July 16, 2012)
Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, "asked to move up
the strike group’s deployment based on “a range of factors,” and  Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta approved it"... (Ibid)
A Pentagon spokesman stated that the deployment shift of the USS Stennis strike
group pertained to "a wide range of U.S. security interests in the region". "We’re
always mindful of the challenges posed by Iran. Let me be very clear: This is not a
decision that is based solely on the challenges posed by Iran, ... " This is not about
any one particular country or one particular threat.”
intimating that Syria was also
part of planned deployment. (Ibid, emphasis added) 
"Intervention Scenarios" 
This massive deployment of naval power is an act of coercion with a view to terrorizing
the Syrian people. The threat of military intervention purports to destabilize Syria as a
nation state as well as confront and weaken Russia's role in brokering the Syrian crisis.  
The UN diplomatic game is at an impasse. The UN Security Council is defunct. The
transition is towards Twenty-first Century "Warship Diplomacy".  
While an all out allied military operation directed against Syria is not "officially"
contemplated, military planners are currently involved in preparing various
"intervention scenarios": 
‘Western political leaders may have no appetite for deeper intervention. But
as history has shown, we do not always choose which wars to fight - sometimes
wars choose us. ‘Military planners have a responsibility to prepare for
intervention options in Syria for their political masters in case this conflict
chooses them. ‘Preparation will be proceeding today in several Western
capitals and on the ground in Syria and in Turkey
. ‘Up to the point of Assad’s
collapse, we are most likely to see a continuation or intensification of the
under-the-radar options of financial support, arming and advising the rebels,
clandestine operations and perhaps cyber warfare from the West. ‘After any
collapse, however, the military options will be seen in a different light.’
(Daily Mail, July 24, 2012, emphasis added)
Concluding Remarks
The World is at a dangerous crossroads.

The shape of this planned naval deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean with
US-NATO warships contiguous to those of Russia is unprecedented in recent history.  
History tells us that wars are often triggered unexpectedly as a result of "political
mistakes" and human error. The latter are all the more likely within the realm of a
divisive and corrupt political system in the US and Western Europe.
US-NATO military planning is overseen by a centralised military hierarchy. Command
and Control operations are in theory "coordinated" but in practice they are often
marked by human error. Intelligence operatives often function independently and
outside the realm of political accountability.
Military planners are acutely aware of the dangers of escalation. Syria has significant
air defense capabilities as well as ground forces. Syria has been building up its air
defense system with the delivery of Russian Pantsir S1 air-defense missiles.
Any form of US-NATO direct military intervention against Syria would destabilize the
entire region, potentially leading to escalation over a vast geographical area, extending
from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with Tajikistan
and China.
Military planning involves intricate scenarios and war games by both sides including
military options pertaining to advanced weapons systems. A Third World War scenario
has been contemplated by US-NATO-Israeli military planners since early 2000. 
Escalation is an integral part of the military agenda. War preparations to attack Syria
and Iran have been in "an advanced state of readiness" for several years.
We are dealing with complex political and strategic decision-making involving the
interplay of powerful economic interest groups, the actions of covert intelligence
operatives.
The role of war propaganda is paramount not only in moulding public opinion into
accepting a war agenda, but also in establishing a consensus within the upper echelons
of the decision-making process. A selective form of war propaganda intended for
"Top Officials" (TOPOFF) in government agencies, intelligence, the Military, law
enforcement, etc. is intended to create an unbending consensus in favor of War
and the Police State.
For the war project to go ahead, it is essential that both politicians and military
planners are rightfully committed to leading the war "in the name of justice and
democracy". For this to occur, they must firmly believe in their own propaganda,
namely that war is "an instrument of peace and democracy".
They have no concern for the devastating impacts of advanced weapons systems,
routinely categorized as "collateral damage", let alone the meaning and significance
of pre-emptive warfare, using nuclear weapons.
Wars are invariably decided upon by civilian leaders and interest groups rather
than by the military. War serves dominant economic interests which operate from
behind the scenes, behind closed doors in corporate boardrooms, in the Washington
think tanks, etc.
Realities are turned upside down. War is peace. The Lie becomes the Truth.

War propaganda, namely media lies, constitutes the most powerful instrument of
warfare.
Without media disinformation, the US-NATO led war agenda would collapse like a
deck of cards. The legitimacy of  the war criminals in high office would be broken.
It is therefore essential to disarm not only the mainstream media but also a segment
of the self proclaimed "progressive" alternative media, which has provided legitimacy
to NATO's "Responsibility to protect" (R2P)  mandate, largely with a view to dismantling
the antiwar movement.  
The road to Tehran goes through Damascus. A US-NATO sponsored war on Iran would
involve, as a first step, the destabilization of Syria as a nation state. Military planning
pertaining to Syria is an integral part of the war on Iran agenda. 
A war on Syria could evolve towards a US-NATO military campaign directed against
Iran, in which Turkey and Israel would be directly involved.

It is crucial to spread the word and break the channels of media disinformation.
A critical and unbiased understanding of what is happening in Syria is of crucial
importance in reversing the tide of military escalation towards a broader regional war.
Our objective is ultimately to dismantle the US-NATO-Israeli military arsenal and restore
World Peace.

It is essential that people in the UK, France and the US prevent "the late Summer"
naval WMD deployment to the Eastern Mediterraean from occurring.

It is essential that people in the UK, France and the US prevent "the late Summer"
naval WMD deployment to the Eastern Mediterraean from occurring.

The British
Ministry of Defense has announced that several British warships are required
"to ensure the security" of the Olympic Games. HMS Bulwark is stationed in Weymouth
Bay for the duration of the games. HMS Illustrious is "currently sitting on the Thames in
central London". The deployment of British warships including HMS Bulwark and HMS
Illustrious to the Middle East is envisaged  "after" the Olympic Games.
source: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32079