by Chris Martenson, Peak Prosperity:
NATO vs Russia. Will they blink? Or fight?
The events of the past few days involving Syria, the US and Russia are highly concerning.
Currently, the US is busy readying to drop missiles on Syria to punish it for an alleged poison gas attack on its civilians. I say “alleged” because no on-the-ground investigation has been conducted.
At this point, we don’t really know with confidence what was done by whom. But America’s war machine is straining hard against it’s chain, eager to strike. And this poison gas atrocity may just be the excuse the West needs to unleash it.
We do know that Syria at one time indeed had stockpiles of chemical weapons. But they handed them over to international inspectors some years back. Could have kept some stocks hidden? Sure.
But we also know that the rebel jihadists in Syria have been caught making and using chemical weapons many times in the recent past. Russia has repeatedly brought forth evidence of chemical manufacturing sites (very crude basement laboratories, really), located in areas recently recaptured from Syrian jihadists and mercenaries. So it easily could have been the jihadists that conducted the gas attack.
Are these so-called “moderate rebels” morally capable of using poison gas on civilians, children especially? You bet they are. These are proven head-choppers, supported by the US, who have publicly posted numerous videos of themselves beading children. Morals are not part of their framework or this war.
Plus, the gas war crime certainly serves their interest more than it does Assad’s at this time.
Between the two suspects, it’s far more likely that the increasingly desperate jihadists, who are clearly losing the fight at this point, would use any and every method at their employ to their advantage.
The West’s response right now feels like a bad detective movie. Imagine the lead investigator of a grisly murder choosing to focuses first on the neighbor down the hall, while ignoring the spouse with a past history of domestic abuse and who recently took out a very large life insurance policy on the victim. The current “Blame Assad!” narrative seems a poorly written script where you have to overlook a lot of gaping plot holes to get through the movie.
So there hasn’t been an independent investigation to clarify with confidence who is the guilty party here. But that hasn’t stopped a swift verdict from circulating throughout the western press: “Assad’s government did it, and must be punished.”
Keep in mind that US-made cluster bombs are busy killing children in Yemen. And nearly 130 Yemen children die every day from starvation thanks to the combined actions of Saudi and US forces blockading that nation’s access to world markets.
Suddenly, children in Syria matter a lot to the West, while Yemen’s child victims are rarely ever mentioned. Suddenly there’s an urgent moral issue being rushed through the court of public opinion.
This has all the hallmarks of the prior propaganda campaigns we’ve seen before. Scant evidence, immediate assignment of blame, and a quick rush to military action before anybody can really properly question the train of events.
The Rising Risk Of War
Which leads us to where we are now: the US and several NATO countries may attack Syria very soon with cruise missiles launched from ships (highest likelihood) and possibly airplanes.
Any such attack, it needs repeating, would be illegal under world laws if it happens without prior UN Security Council approval. Receiving such approval will be highly unlikely, because Russia sits on that council and has veto vote power. So any attack will, by definition be illegal, and not a sanctioned affair.
However, the US and its allies have been operating illegally in Syria for many years. They haven’t shown much concern to-date for securing international approval of their actions. It’s unlikely to expect that to change anytime soon.
But the US isn’t the only one on the schoolyard who can throw a punch. Russia, which has been supporting the Bashir regime in Syria, is now taking a much harder line.
After years of being increasingly painted as the West’s favorite villain (the latest campaign instantly blaming Putin for the poisoning of ex-spy Skripal was particularly hamfisted), Russia has made it clear: they are done being provoked. They won’t backpedal any farther. If/when the US launches missiles at Syria, Russia has promised to shoot them down and fire a counter-strike at the launchers.
This is serious folks:
Russia will shoot down all US missiles and sources of fire, Russian Ambassador says
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in an interview with the Lebanese TV channel Al-Manar that Russia would shoot down all missiles in case of US military aggression against Syria, RIA Novosti reports.
Russian air defence systems will be used to destroy both the weapons and the sources of fire.
Earlier, The New York Times reported that US presidential aides recommended the head of the White House to inflict a series of fierce attacks on several targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, even though the fact of the chemical attack itself was never proved.
If Russia shoots back at the “sources of fire”, that means the US ships and planes used to launch the cruise missiles
I’d personally be worried sick if someone I loved was on the USS Donald Cook right now. This is the “source of fire” most likely to be employed.