France's official said "Syria won't be a Libya-type situation in that France would be gung-ho about going in. Not in an election year."
Britain's also reluctant but is "looking for ways to reassert itself on the continent following the renegotiation of the EU treaty."
US army experts said "the idea 'hypothetically' is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within."
Stratfor won't comment on the emails, but didn't deny them. What it knows, in fact, isn't clear. Russia Today's Max Keiser calls it the Economist a week later. In other words, it's talk of high-level insider contacts may be more bravado than fact to sell subscriptions.
On March 4, the Syrian Free Press claimed 100 foreign mercenaries captured after regaining control of Homs. Most were French. Others were from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states. They had weapons supplied by America and Israel.
On March 5, 13 French officers were captured. RT said Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper reported it.
On March 7, RT said Mossad, CIA and Blackwater elements are operating inside Syria. In addition, according to Lebanon's Al-Manar, "around 700 gunmen were recently arrested in the former rebel stronghold of Babar Amr."
They came from Gulf states, Iraq and Lebanon. Qatari intelligence operatives were with them, as well as fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, France and other European countries.
Syrian forces said American, Israeli and European weapons were seized. "The Syrian army also uncovered tunnels and equipment," as well as "advance" Western and Israeli arms not net tested in real time.
"The Syrian security forces have documents and confessions that could harm everyone who conspired against Syria, and could make a security and political change, not just on the internal Syrian level, but also on the regional level."
Stratfor's email suggested covert NATO forces operating in Syria. Internal security reports confirm what's been known for weeks, perhaps months. However, Syrian authorities won't reveal all they know, but called their evidence "high value."
For months, many independent analysts said Western supported foreign killer gangs operated in Syria for months. China and Russia said so.
On March 7, China Daily contributor MD Nalapat (an Indian geopolitics professor) said "NATO behav(es) like a law unto itself," and now is involved in Syria.
"(A)rmed gangs are being encouraged to kill not just security forces but elements of the population that favor the recognized regime in Damascus. And while NATO may gain from such unethical actions, the rest of the world is the loser."
"But everything done by NATO indicates that it has set itself up not only as the enforcer of international law, but also the law itself."