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Media Scoundrels Promote War

by Stephen Lendman

Syria is target one, then Iran. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Western-backed insurgents can't match Assad's security forces.

In 2011, Libyan killer gangs had air force support. Without NATO, they'd have been routed.

Expect stepped up intervention in Syria. All signs suggest it. The April 10 deadline came and went. Assad began pulling back. Insurgent violence continues. He's obligated to confront it. Responsible leaders can do no less. Their people depend on it. If governments won't protect them, who will?

Nonetheless, Assad's vilified for doing his job. Calls for greater intervention grow. Turkey wants a new Security Council resolution. Ankara says Annan's peace plan failed. 

Its designed intention was failure, not success. It's sham cover for Washington's longstanding regime change plans. Kofi Annan's imperial tool credentials got him appointed Arab League Syrian envoy. 

He keeps pointing fingers the wrong way. His demands on Assad are relentless. He insists he pull back and leave his people defenseless. His comments about insurgent violence are muted, disingenuous, and intended to solve nothing.

In a letter to the Security Council, he accused Assad of failure to comply with peace plan terms. He said he hasn't withdrawn troops or ceased violence. He claimed Syrian forces keep "conduct(ing) rolling military operations in population centers, characterized by troop movements into towns supported by artillery fire."

"While some troops and heavy weapons have been withdrawn from some localities, this appears to be often limited to a repositioning of heavy weapons that keeps cities within firing range."

He added that demanding insurgents provide written ceasefire guarantees jeopardizes conflict resolution. He accused Assad of introducing "ex post facto requirements that are not part of the six-point plan that they agreed to implement."

Doing so ignores the obvious. Peace can't happen unless both sides agree and jointly implement terms, not one, then maybe the other later or not at all.

He also turned a blind eye to ongoing heavy weapons and other equipment supplied insurgents, as well as funding, and US/UK, and perhaps other outside Special Forces on the ground providing training and direction for months.

Under these conditions, conflict resolution's impossible. That's the whole idea. It's part of Annan's mission. Most important is who's in charge for what purpose. Fingers point straight to Washington.

Obama administration dirty hands control things. Events on the ground are manipulated. Calls for greater intervention grow louder. At issue is establishing another client state, isolating Iran, then repeating the same strategy there. All options are open, including war. Eruption in Syria could happen any time.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments suggest it. He warned his military may use force to set up an (illegal) buffer zone in Syria. Doing so assures escalated conflict. 

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The best thing that could happen is that Assad (te... by Skeptic1 on Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:01:51 PM