Things are moving at a feverish pace in the past few days and I’m having a difficult time keeping up on what is happening in Syria and analyzing what it all means. I think this is part of the plan. It seems to be working very well. Most people I interact with don’t seem to know much about the conflicts in Syria.
There seems to be an ongoing campaign to keep the masses confused. There are reports out suggesting the US will wait until 2013 to do anything about Iran if the talks fail by then. Yet, on the contrary we see Israelis stocking up, and Israeli government officials declaring the talks have failed and diplomacy has ended.
Israel has decided to step up the war rhetoric by the above announcement and also preparing for a multi-front conflict, while preparing to attack Iran. I figured that was a logical move considering their history with their neighbors. I’m not so sure it is a strategic defensive maneuver, but rather setting up for a land grab as suggested by Michael Rivero, considering it looks as if the conflict is starting in the Sinai region, and Israel is talking about attacking Lebanon! Add to that, Saudi Arabia has told citizens to leave Lebanon immediately (another link), along with Qatar and the UAE following suit.
Israel seems to think that the conflict, once begun, will only last a short time (another link). However, as we have seen in other military conflicts of the recent past, brief will be one adjective we will not use to describe it. While Israel is preparing for a confrontation with Iran, they are also stepping up the war fever with Syria. Again the mention of Assad and chemical weapons paints a grim picture of what’s to come in the region (regime change…again). The Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren recently said:
“If you had to assign a clock to” Syria, Oren said, “that clock is ticking.”
The media tries to paint Assad as a loner and quickly without support, but that isn’t the truth. The war mongering surrounding Syria along with the Western backed rebels, is being watched by the entire world, and not going unnoticed. The Israeli government and the US government is trying the same tactics as they have in the past, however this time there is much less legitimacy to their claims.
Unlike Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Gaddafi, Syria’s leader cannot be easily demonized in the corrupt Western press. Unlike Saddam, Assad has never committed war crimes either against a minority in his country or a sovereign state. As a result, there is substantial and committed international support for his leadership and the current Syrian government.
What I can’t wrap my head around is why Jordan is now joining the fray on the side of the West, along with Turkey’s escalation of the hostilities and conflict. What is even more appalling is the fact that the Syrian rebels consists of mostly foreign influences and even members of al-Qaeda, but the West still supports their actions; thereby supporting terrorism and war crimes.