Washington Escalates War on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Syria is Washington's war.
Ousting Assad was planned years ago. At issue is replacing him with a pro-Western puppet. After two years of conflict, he hangs on resiliently.
Whether he'll survive is uncertain. Syria's military is strong and supportive. Free Syrian Army and US-recruited death squads are weak by comparison.
Reports suggest direct US intervention appears likely. NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis said he's ready to act if asked. Saying it suggests planned escalation.
Two Press TV reports raise concerns. One headlined "US military has plans to bomb and send forces in Syria: Washington Post."
Plans include "aerial bombings to deploying troops to 'seize (chemical) weapons sites".' "
Washington "sent thousands of protective suits and more than 150 military personnel to help special forces teams"." They're in Jordan near Syria's border.
"More aggressive US military options".involve".'destroy(ing) Assad's air force to prevent it from using aerial munitions.' "
A second Press TV report said Israel established ties to militants in Golan. Doing so suggests direct intervention.
Arab Media Watch chairman Sharif Kikmat Nashashibi was interviewed. He thinks Israel and Turkey will "join forces against Syria." They're preparing the ground to intervene, he said.
Chemical weapons use increases the odds. So does confirmation that Washington's arming Syrian insurgents. It's been ongoing since conflict began. Now it's public knowledge. More on that below.
UK journalist Alex Thompson spent time in Syria. He reports for Channel 4 News. He was there last June. He said insurgents tried to kill him. He was " set up to be shot in Syria's no man's land."
"In a war where (insurgents) slit the throats of toddlers back to the spine," he said, "what's the big deal in" putting journalists in harm's way to die.