America's Next Imperial Target?
Planned months or years in advance like all US imperial wars, Washington, Israel, and several regional allies armed mercenaries to destabilize Syria since January, mainly since mid-March when uprisings escalated. In fact, in mid-June, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said:
"We started to expand contacts with the Syrians, those who are calling for change, both inside and outside the country."
On May 19, America's global Voice of America propaganda arm headlined, "Obama Tells Syria's Assad to Lead Transition or Leave," saying:
"In his Middle East policy speech," he told him either to initiate change or get "out of the way. The comment came a day after the US administration imposed sanctions on the Syrian leader and key aides," one of its many imperial policies, dictating how other leaders should govern, demanding they obey or leave, and arrogantly asserting Washington's right to impose its will globally, backing it up with an iron fist.
At the same time, America and other NATO allies are provocatively conducting Black Sea naval exercises off Ukraine's coast near Russia's Sebastopol Black Sea Fleet headquarters. As a result, Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the USS Monterrey's presence, an Aegis class attack ship equipped with sophisticated SM-3 interceptor (offensive) missiles, as well as powerful computers and tracking radar for first-strike capability.
An official Moscow statement said:
"While leaving aside the unsettled issue of a possible European missile shield architecture, Russia would like to know, in compliance with the Russia-NATO Lisbon summit decisions, what 'aggravation' the US command meant by moving the basic strike unit of the regional missile defense grouping being formed by NATO in the region, from the Mediterranean to the East?"