I-BOOK | SYRIA: NATO’s Next “Humanitarian” War?, by Michel Chossudovsky

This I-Book was originally published in February 2012.


GLOBAL RESEARCH ONLINE INTERACTIVE READER SERIES

GR I-BOOK No.  3

SYRIA: NATO’s Next “Humanitarian” War?


Michel Chossudovsky (Editor)

February 2012 (updated June 2012)

 In Part I of the online interactive I-Book, an introductory essay is presented.
Part II examines the nature of the US-NATO-Israel sponsored insurgency, including the recruitment of terrorists and mercenaries. It also includes an examination of a 1957 Anglo-American covert intelligence plan to destabilize Syria and implement “regime change”. The 1957 plan envisaged the triggering of “internal disturbances as well as the mounting of “sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents” by the CIA and MI6.  What this essay suggests is continuity, i.e. today’s Intel. Ops, while more sophisticated than those of the Cold War era, belong to realm of DÉJÀ VU.
Part III examines the complicity of the “international community” focussing respectively on the role of non-governmental organizations, the dynamics within the United Nations Security Council and role of the Arab League, acting on behalf of Washington.
Part IV centers on the insidious role of the corporate media, which has carefully distorted the facts, providing systematically a biased understanding of the causes and consequences of the Syrian crisis.
Part V focuses on the broader military agenda and the process of military escalation in the Middle East.
The road to Tehran goes through Damascus. A US-NATO sponsored war on Iran would involve, as a first step, a destabilization campaign (“regime change”) including covert intelligence operations in support of rebel forces directed against the Syrian government.
A war on Syria could evolve towards a US-NATO military campaign directed against Iran, in which Turkey and Israel would be directly involved. It would also contribute to the ongoing destabilization of Lebanon.
It is crucial to spread the word and break the channels of media disinformation.
A critical and unbiased understanding of what is happening in Syria is of crucial importance in reversing the tide of military escalation towards a broader regional war.
Michel Chossudovsky, Montreal, February 11, 2012

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CONTENTS
Introduction 
A “Humanitarian War” on Syria? Military Escalation. Towards a Broader Middle East-Central Asian War?- by Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-08-09
The road to Tehran goes through Damascus. A US-NATO war on Iran would involve, as a first step, a destabilization campaign (“regime change”) directed against Syria.
VIDEO: US-NATO “Humanitarian Intervention” in Syria: Towards a Regional War?Latest report now available on GRTV
- by Michel Chossudovsky, Nile Bowie – 2012-06-08 [*]

PART II  
Covert Operations:
US-NATO-Israel Support to an Armed Insurgency 
SYRIA: CIA-MI6 Intel Ops and Sabotage
- by Felicity Arbuthnot – 2012-02-07
DÉJÀ VU? “The CIA is prepared, and MI6 will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria,… [using] capabilitites in both psychological and action fields to augment tension.” (Joint US-UK leaked Intelligence Document, London and Washington, 1957)
The Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria: Recruiting Jihadists to Wage NATO’s “Humanitarian Wars”  
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-09-02
The objective of this armed insurrection is to trigger the response of the police and armed forces, with a view to justifying a “humanitarian” military intervention by NATO
VIDEO: Death Squads in Syria Part of Intelligence Operation
New interview now on GRTV
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-08-18
The Pentagon’s “Salvador Option”: The Deployment of Death Squads in Iraq and Syria  
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-08-16
Recent developments in Syria point to a full-fledged armed insurgency, integrated by Islamist “freedom fighters” covertly supported, trained and equipped by foreign powers.
NATO and Turkey Support Armed Rebels in Syria. Campaign to Recruit Muslim “Freedom Fighters”
- by Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-08-15
VIDEO: NATO Recruiting Jihadists to Syria
New interview now on GRTV
- by Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-09-19
PART III
Building a Justification to Wage War. NATO’s “Responsibility to Protect”
The Roles of the United Nations, The Arab League and the NGOs
Libya Déjà Vu in Syria: Using Human Rights Organizations to Launch Wars- by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – 2011-11-20
Syria and the Russia-China Veto: Towards a Break Point at the UN Security Council?  
- by Carla Stea – 2012-02-08
How the Arab League Has Become a Tool of Western Imperialism  
- by Finian Cunningham – 2012-02-09
VIDEO: Arab League Gives Green Light to US-NATO to Intervene in Syria  
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-11-13
SYRIA. TEXT OF LEAKED ARAB LEAGUE MISSION REPORT Report Reveals Media Lies Regarding Syria  
Commentary by Michel Chossudovsky
- 2012-02-01
VIDEO: SYRIA: Armed Opposition Groups Supported by “Foreign Powers”
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2012-02-03
PART  IV 
The Media Disinformation Campaign
VIDEO: Skeptical on Syria: ‘Media reports framed & manipulated’
Watch now on GRTV
- by James Corbett – 2011-08-31
Syria Regime Change PR in High Gear: More ‘Newborn Baby Slaughter’ Propaganda  
- by Patrick Henningsen – 2012-02-09
Media Lies Used to Provide a Pretext for Another “Humanitarian War”: Protest in Syria: Who Counts the Dead?  
- by Julie Lévesque – 2011-11-25
The reliance of the mainstream media on information emanating from anonymous groups provides a biased understanding of the Syrian protests
Media Lies: Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad Sets ABC News Senior Propagandist Barbra Walters Straight.  
- by Tony Cartalucci – 2011-12-12
Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media  
Assad’s popularity, Arab League observers, US military involvement: all distorted in the west’s propaganda war
- by Jonathan Steele – 2012-01-18
Media Manipulation and the Drums of War: How Media is used to Whip the Nation into Wartime Frenzy  
Faking It: How the Media Manipulates the World into War
- by James Corbett – 2012-01-03
 PART V
Syria and the Broader War
The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War- by Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-06-17
If a military operation were to be launched against Syria, Israel would in all likelihood also be involved, leading to a process of escalation
Syria: The West’s Strategic Gateway For Global Military Supremacy
- by Rick Rozoff – 2011-11-15
The March to War: Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon
- by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – 2011-12-24
 Obama’s Secret Letter to Tehran: Is the War against Iran On Hold? “The Road to Tehran Goes through Damascus”  
- by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – 2012-01-20
VIDEO: A NATO Intervention in Syria would Engulf the Entire Middle East Central Asian Region
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2011-09-04
Beating the Drums of a Broader Middle East War  
Israel, Syria, and Lebanon Prepare the “Home Fronts”
- by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – 2008-05-07
Israel, Syria, and Lebanon Prepare the “Home Fronts”. The Levant could be the starting point of a major international conflict, with global ramifications, which could quickly spin out of control.

PART VI
War Propaganda and The Massacre of Innocent Civilians [*]
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2012-05-30
US military doctrine envisages the central role of “massive casualty producing events” in which innocent civilians are killed. The killings are carried out as part of a covert operation. The enemy is blamed for the resulting atrocities.
Armed rebels murdered “entire Alawi families” in village of Taldo in Houla
- by John Rosenthal – 2012-06-10
- by Thierry Meyssan – 2012-06-09
“Humanitarian War Criminals” in High Office: Was the Houla Massacre Ordered by the Western Military Alliance?  
- by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2012-06-11
Who is behind these rebel groups? What is the precise nature of the relationship between the FSA and the Western military alliance? What is the command structure? What is the nature of this diabolical covert operation? Who ordered these atrocities against the Syrian people?
“The desolation of Homs and the war of information “: the Words of a Greek-Catholic Bishop
- by Vatican News (Agenzia Fides) – 2012-06-04
Detailed Investigation
- by Marat Musin – 2012-06-01
The terrorists were not pro-government shabbiha militia as conveyed, in chorus, by the mainstream media, they were in large part mercenaries and professional killers operating under the auspices of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Latest report now available on GRTV
- by Michel Chossudovsky, Nile Bowie – 2012-06-08

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