Preemptive Strike on Syria Looms
Expect US-led war on Syria.
by Stephen Lendman
Washington planned war on Syria years ago. Only its timing and methodology remained to be decided.
US administrations want all independent governments replaced by pro-Western puppet regimes. War is the bottom line option when other methods fail.
Washington's proxy war on Syria raged since winter 2011. Full-scale intervention looms. Pretexts are easy to invent when none exist.
Fabricating a chemical weapons threat appears the option of choice. Iraq WMD 2.0 hype headlined enough convinces most people of a nonexistent danger.
Full-scale war could erupt anytime. Washington positioned a powerful fighting force off Syria's coast. British and French warships joined it. Offensive Patriot missiles are being placed in Turkey on Syria's border.
On December 8, Today's Zaman headlined "Six Patriot batteries, 600 foreign troops to be deployed in Turkey."
They'll be positioned within weeks. Perhaps around yearend or early 2013. Washington, Germany and the Netherlands are involved. Deploying them is for offense, not defense.
Except for Israel's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons arsenal, Turkey is the region's most powerful military. It's one of the world's largest fighting forces.
It needs no protection from Syria or other regional states. Damascus, of course, has no reason or intention to attack Turkey. Doing so would be suicide.
Alleging the possibility is falsified hype. Doing so escalates tensions. It advances the ball toward full-scale US-led NATO intervention.
On December 8, The Hill headlined "Report: DOD drafting plans to strike Syrian chemical weapons targets," saying:
Plans are being readied to preemptively attack. Doing so is "prompted by concerns over (Syria's) chemical weapon stockpiles."