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Syria Peace Process: The Ten Year (Shock and Awe) Itch

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A general view shows damaged cars at the scene of a powerful car bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013.(AFP Photo/Louai Beshara)

Ten years after Iraq was inflicted with "Shock and Awe," the target is now Syria. It's Marx all over again -- history repeating itself as a double tragedy and double farce.

Let's start with that Stooge Central; the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which is nothing but a US State Department/Qatar concoction.

The head of the SNC, Moaz al-Khatib, resigned this past Sunday, blaming Qatar for trying to "control" it. Al-Khatib, crucially, was in favor of civilized negotiations with Damascus, as he told Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. 

Moaz Al-Khatib, President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)

So he had to disagree with the new "interim Prime Minister" invented by Washington and Doha; one Ghasan Hitto, a Syrian-American IT business executive based in Texas who has not been to Syria for three decades. 

It's the same old story. This Syrian Ahmed Chalabi [President of the Governing Council of Iraq in September 2003 who spent most of his life in the United States and the United Kingdom -- RT] -- himself a deadly joke harking back to those heady pre-Shock and Awe days in 2002 -- already had a Libyan counterpart; Abdurraheem el-Keib, a US citizen involved in the oil industry and the Prime Minister installed in Libya after NATO "liberated" it via humanitarian bombing.

Along with al-Khatib, the collection of gangs known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) also refused to recognize the Syrian Chalabi. And still, it's this Qatar-approved entity who is representing the Syrian "rebels" in the widely discredited Arab League summit dedicated to Syria on Tuesday in Qatar.

Syria's provisional prime minister Ghassan Hitto.(Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Washington/Doha's game is to de facto legitimize a puppet "Free Syria" enclave in the north -- a bunch of scrawny villages -- and thus totally discard any possibility of a negotiated solution for the Syrian civil war tragedy; the UN's Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi might as well pack up and go home.

What Washington/Doha want -- which is what the Muslim Brotherhood wants -- is, in the Big Picture, what the NATO-GCC compound wants; regime change. The feudal "petro-monarchies" of the GCC -- Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-Revolution Club -- are essentially an annex to NATO.

Blowback, it goes without saying, will be horrendous. The top warring actors in Syria are Iraqi-Syrian jihadis. Jabhat al-Nusra -- which Washington regards as a terrorist outfit -- strictly follows the modus operandi of Iraqi jihadis. Iraqi tribal clans are up to their necks in their operations -- as in the tribal confederation Aqidat, the largest in eastern Syria, stretching all the way to Saudi Arabia.

This is how the GCC directly interferes inside Syria; weapon smuggling is controlled by powerful Sunni clans. In the future, when jihadis return from Syria, they will raise hell inside Iraq.

That Desert Storm feeling

By now everyone knows that most "Syrian revolutionaries" are remote-controlled by Washington and Doha.

Yet it gets worse. Not only because in early March the proverbial "US official" leaked that the CIA has been training "rebels" in Jordan since 2012. The notion that the CIA, the Pentagon and the State Department are successfully "vetting" militias in Jordan and Turkey and only supporting "friendly" incarnations of "freedom fighters" is ludicrous. The fighters that really matter are weaponized directly, privileging from Saudi, Qatari and Emirati funds.

With a Syrian Chalabi and an army of mercenaries in place, the only piece missing for full regime change would have to be a "Shock and Awe" remix. And that's exactly what US European Command head Admiral James Stavridis confirmed last week to the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Pentagon and NATO -- which is essentially the Pentagon in Europe -- are practically ready to roll.

Stavridis spelled it out as the US "being prepared if called upon to be engaged as we were in Libya." This implies a NATO-imposed no-fly zone, which in Libya immediately translated into war. NATO is at the stage of "discussing" a no-fly zone.

In the main stage, we're actually getting closer to an imminent false flag -- certainly involving Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons. US President Barack Obama has already framed any chemical weapons movement as his "red line" .

Diplomats in Brussels told me this process does not mean NATO acting as a whole; it's essentially Britain and France. David "of Arabia" Cameron and Francois "Desert Storm" Hollande have already called an emergency EU foreign minister meeting this week to plug their new war -- starting with the EU lifting their arms embargo, the first step towards a no-fly zone.

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