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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Syria: two years of civil war

Looks like the Americans are finding military ways to support the Syrian rebels despite their official position:

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. [...]The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

After two years of war and a deadlock it is inevitable the US will arm the rebels - they think they can win by attrition and that the Russians will be forced to let go once a few big bases fall. That's how the plan is shaping up. But like all US moves they don't seem to care who they use or what they break in the process of installing their preferred government.

TEL AVIV – Has the White House been misleading the public by repeatedly denying it was coordinating arms shipments to the rebels in Syria, insurgents known to consist in large part of al-Qaida and other jihadist groups?
Other top U.S. officials and former officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have implied in congressional testimony that they didn’t know about any U.S. involvement in procuring weapons for them.

See no arms deals, hear no arms deals, say no arms deals...

For all the Western bitching about Iran and Russia helping Assad's regime we should remember that the US and their allies helping the opposition is equally deserving of some bitching. What the US and the West is doing is prolonging the war rather than shortening it - they are promoting war rather than on a quest for peace. They also are rolling the dice on the unpredictable element of Islamist fanatics in the hope they can be utilised and then jetisoned later; but we know how these things pan out from previous interventions - a mess.


At 27/3/13 11:05 pm, Blogger Libertyscott said...

"we should remember that the US and their allies helping the opposition is equally deserving of some bitching"

Equally deserving? So two dictatorships arming and assisting another to slaughter its opposition is morally equivalent to providing some assistance to those opposing it? Bearing in mind Qataris, Saudies and the rest are already arming rebels of course, which shouldn't be forgotten.

So presumably the correct solution is that Assad jnr should follow Assad snr in engaging in mass slaughter till he has quelled the uprising, using Iranian and Russian weapons. Will arming selected rebel groups mean the same? That's far from clear.

The options are bleak. Stand by and let that happen (which it will), with the side effect of seriously radicalising any opposition or help those seeking to overthrow the gangster family tyranny that has run the place for 42 years, knowing that some of those wont be particularly friendly.

I don't know the answer, but there should at least be a no fly zone as civilian governments should not be able to open fire on their populations with air power. The precedents for this are now quite extensive (and it was a roaring success for the Iraqi Kurds and helpful if not sufficient in Bosnia).

Beyond that, it is difficult to see a scenario where others helping the rebels in a military way is a low risk strategy. The real hope can be if Russia sees its interests in not maintaining this colonial outpost in the Middle East.

At 28/3/13 9:23 am, Blogger DebsisDead said...

A mess is precisely what fukusi cartel is aiming for. A mess just like the one in Libya where 50 years worth of social and capital infrastructure was destroyed leaving no institutions to provide Health Education or Welfare to the citizens. The initial upshot of destroying a society so completely is that it leaves the inhabitants unable to defend themselves much less provide support to others in their region who are resisting the onslaught of corporate capitalism.
Libya was the lynchpin for protecting indigenous cultures and economies in North Africa.
Syria performs the same function for the Levant and the Jordan Valley.
By reducing both areas to a state of malign anarchy fukusi hopes to be able to pick out 'the good bits' it wants without having to confront organised resistance.
Queen Victoria's favourite uncle did the same in central africa, slaughtering 8 million humans and hacking the limbs off children in order to control the silver mines there & corner the world's silver market.
In the 130 years since the Congo has been kept in a state of chaos by european/amerikan bought gangster gangs manned by abductees from Rwanda & Uganda and led by afrikaneer 'adventurers'. Millions upon millions of deaths and mutilations so that corporations can get the cheapest price for the Congo's mineral wealth, which at the moment is the rare earth minerals used to make phones smart. Enjoy your Iphone - by my rough calculations 2.3333' Africans have died for each one.

Syrians are going to have their society destroyed and their lives reduced to misery so that israel the sentry for western greed, can increased it's area of unimpeded surveillance.
The real target is Iran where a desperate, technically bankrupt amerika hopes to recharge its coffers by stealing back Iran's oil. The wealth which Joe Stalin had offered up to Frank Roosevelt for amerika at the Tehran conference in 1943. "Gimme tanks and planes, guns n bullets and when we've kicked the shit outta Adolf all this oil is yours " old Joe offered.
The Russians stuck to that deal for 50 years even when Russia refused to equip the much more popular leftist resistance to Pahlavi repression and the oppressed turned the only viable alternative, creating militant Islam.
These are the inevitable results of imperialism violence and more violence ever expanding until it reaches the source. As Romans Egyptians and Persians can attest.

At 28/3/13 2:28 pm, Blogger Arto said...

The most unbelievable part about it all is that the USA are actively sponsoring Al Qaeda with money and weapons to do their dirty work!


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