Never bet against Washington's imperial plans. New tactics follow failed ones. Efforts to oust Bashar- al-Assad continue. Proxy killers can't do it alone. They're no match against Syria's superior military strength. It's committed to rout them.
Expect NATO intervention anytime or perhaps post-US November elections. Libya 2.0 looks increasingly likely. What better way to finesse it than by staging a false flag attack blamed on Assad.
America's false flag history suggests it. In 1898, Spain was falsely accused of blowing up the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba harbor. The Spanish-American war followed.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. South Korea was used to instigate war on the North. Lyndon Johnson wanted war on Vietnam and got it.
Fake threats sent US marines to Grenada. Manufactured incidents precipitated America's Panama invasion.
Saddam Hussein was head-faked into invading Kuwait. The [Persian]Gulf War, two decades of sanctions, another war, and occupation followed.
September 11, 2001 was the mother of all false flags. It's the big lie of our time. Eleven years of imperial wars followed. One segues to another without end. Syria is Washington's latest. Iran may be next. Proxy wars always rage. Media silence makes pretexts unnecessary.
On August 20, Barack Obama perhaps signaled US intervention intentions. He told reporters:
"I have indicated repeatedly that President al-Assad has lost legitimacy, that he needs to step down. So far, he hasn’t gotten the message, and instead has double downed in violence on his own people."
"I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical."
"That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria. It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people."
"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation."
"We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly."
These comments signal possible intervention. The New York Times said Obama's warning advances things "a step closer to direct American intervention."
Syrian Foreign Ministry Jihad Makdissi clearly said chemical weapons won't be used internally. Nor will they be used against other nations except in self-defense.
Of course they won't. Why would Assad give Washington and other NATO countries reason to intervene?
No matter. Incidents are easy to manufacture. Scoundrel media hyperbole manipulates readers and viewers to expect it. Propaganda hypes fear.
On August 17, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "Syria's neighbors braced for chemical threat. Assad warns Turkey on Stingers," saying:
"The US and its allies are discussing a worst-case scenario that could require up to 60,000 ground troops to go into Syria to secure chemical and biological weapons sites following the fall of the Assad government, an unnamed American source said Thursday night, Aug.16."
Securing weapons is deceptive cover perhaps for a planned chemical false flag blamed on Assad. DF, Obama, other officials, and Western media are manipulating public opinion to accept another full-scale war.
Alleged Iraq WMD threats facilitated Shock and Awe and occupation. Others initiated NATO's destruction of Libya. Expect something similar for Syria. Washington's bag of tricks contains all dirty ones.
Chemical warfare threats are hyped. DF said US Special Forces are positioned in Jordan, Turkey and Israel. "Reconnaissance teams from potentially targeted countries have infiltrated Syria."
Medical preparations have been made. "Israeli hospitals are on war alert." Fortified emergency wards were opened. "IDF Home Front Command units embarked on a series of chemical attack drills…."
Soldiers wore anti-contamination clothing. Underground parking areas are ready as bomb shelters. "Assad is resolved more than ever to stand fast" and fight.
DF hyperbole sounded like Western media reports during the Blitz.
On August 21, Voice of Russia headlined "Russia denies sending chemical weapons to Syria," saying:
Colonel Vladimir Mandych, deputy head of Russia's Federal Department for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, said none were sent to Syria, adding:
"Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction. (Their) use leads to colossal consequences for people involved in armed conflicts and the civilian population and inflicts irreparable damage to the environment."
"Of course, the international community should take measures to prevent the use of chemical weapons in different regions in the 21st century."
At the same time, SANA state media reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejects outside intervention and safe zones. He said:
"Statements saying (the Geneva agreement) is as good as dead imply that someone seeks a pretext for military intervention. This is worrying as it can only lead to catastrophe in the region."
He added that Russia continues discussions with "everyone" to prevent what's bad getting worse. He fears it for good reason.
US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland expects no Security Council resolution. On August 20, her follow-up comments suggested intervention, saying:
Washington's position is well-known. "We don’t think there’s going to be peace in Syria until Assad steps down and the bloodshed ends."
America's agenda remains unchanged, "that is to get to a political transition strategy, to get to an end to the bloodshed, and to get to a real transition with those countries who are willing to participate, outside the UN if necessary."
On August 19, SANA state media reported Britain's Sunday Times saying UK intelligence "is covertly aiding the armed terrorists to launch terrorist attacks in Syria…."
A Syrian opposition figure was quoted saying:
UK authorities "know about and approve 100%" of intelligence from their Cyprus military bases. It's being sent through Turkey to the foreign-backed Free Syrian Army forces.
"British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus. The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans and we are getting it from the Turks."
Information includes Syrian army movements in Aleppo. CIA elements are involved. So is German intelligence. The Bild am Sontag weekly reported that a spy ship off Syria's coast uses Federal Intelligence Service (BND) technology. It provides information to insurgents.
Germany's Defense Ministry confirmed its presence. The vessel Oker provides early warnings, communications and reconnaissance. It's able to monitor troop movements up to 600 km inside Syria. Information is sent to Washington, Britain and insurgents.
BND agents are also stationed in Adana, Turkey. They're monitoring Syrian telephone and radio communications.
Oker is part of Germany's UNIFIL mission (UN Interim Force in Lebanon since 1978 until August 31, 2012 unless renewed). It's not authorized to conduct Syrian intelligence. No parliamentary mandate approved it.
Perhaps Angela Merkel is freelancing on her own. She's part of NATO's imperial regime change coalition. Germany is also involved with the "Economic Reconstruction and Development" working group.
Last May, the foreign-backed Syrian National Council's (SNC) Finance and Economic Affairs Bureau (FEAB) adopted a post-Assad privatization plan. Dozens of countries and 10 organizations are involved. Germany and the UAE lead the initiative.
They want Syrian spoils carved up among them. Plunder is their mandate. Subterfuge masks it. They call it a mission to benefit all Syrians. They plan erasing the Syrian Arab Republic and remaking it in their own image.
They envision unfettered capitalism unleashed in its most savage form. They want Syria replicating the new Iraq and Libya. Profits, not people, matter. Iraq more closely resembles hell than "the cradle of civilization."
Violence ravages Libya. No end of conflict and human misery is imminent in either country. Full-scale war rages in Afghanistan. American-style liberation is more charnel house than democratic freedom.
Syrians experienced it for months. No end in sight is near. The worst is yet to come. Bet on it.
Stephen Lendman - Wed Aug 22, 2012
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. Supporting progressive causes and organizations, he began writing in summer 2005 on a broad range of issues. Topics regularly addressed include war and peace; social, economic and political equity; and justice for long-suffering peoples globally - notably, victims of America's imperial wars, Occupied Palestinians and Haitians. In early 2007, he began hosting his own radio program. Currently he hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. More articles by Stephen Lendman