If VOR is right, all-out war looms. Perhaps it's Obama's way of celebrating electoral victory.
On November 12, Russia Today (RT) headlined "Britain could intervene in Syria within months - top UK general," saying:
Britain's Chief of the Defense Staff General David Richards said:
"The situation this winter I think may deteriorate and may well provoke calls to intervene in a limited way. It's my job".to make sure these options are continually brushed over to make sure we can deliver them."
Britain's Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond also suggested direct intervention can't be ruled out. "At the moment," he said, "we don't have a legal basis for delivering military assistance to the rebels."
"This is something the prime minister keeps asking us to test - the legal position, the practical military position, and we will continue to look at all options."
Politics First editor, Marcus Papadopoulous, disagrees, saying:
"I think (what's said is) more designed to actually invigorate the Syrian militants - who are, of course, (Western) proxies - and at the same time to try and scare (Assad's) government (and) try to demoralize the Syrian armed forces"."- Advertisement -
The London Guardian said London will "host talks on further support for opposition" on Friday. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain "will host a meeting (of) donors and coalition representatives which will consider further support to the Syrian opposition at this critical time."
These and similar reports are worrisome. It suggests full-scale war looms. It could happen before yearend or early next year. If so, all bets are off. Neighboring countries and perhaps the entire region will be affected.
The new opposition organization replaces the Syrian National Council (SNC). It's called the Syrian National Coalition for the Forces of the Opposition and the Revolution (SNC 2.0).
Syrian loyalists want no part of foreign interference. Doha attendees have no legitimacy whatever.
Done deal, said Reuters . "Syria's opposition groups strike unity deal against Assad."
US strong-arming forced agreement. Days of dissension and wrangling succumbed to pressure. A so-called government in exile was formed.
Muslim Brotherhood leader/Syrian exile attendee Sadr el-Din Bayanouni said, "We have agreed on the broad platform and all (opposition) parties, without any exception, support this initiative."