NATO In Syria: The Lion Is Ready To Pounce
Voice of Russia
December 6, 2012
NATO-Syria: the lion is ready to jump
The world press is bursting with headlines like “The US military is training in anticipation of intervention in Syria” and “NATO threatens war”.
Washington and Brussels state that if the regime of Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons against the armed units of the opposition, it may serve as a cause of war.
However, a number of experts believe that today the use of such a weapon is technically impossible for Syria.
Nevertheless, these days, warnings from the NATO leadership and the chief Atlantic partner of the Alliance simply follow each other. According to Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in case Damascus uses chemical weapons, an “immediate reaction of the world community” will follow. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted her country would not leave the use of such weapons “against the Syrian people” unpunished. At a press conference, the head of the White House Barack Obama spoke about inevitable “consequences” for the Assad regime if it dares to cross the so-called “red line”. And, according to President Obama, this means not only the use of the chemical weapons but also a situation in which they fall into the hands of terrorists.
At the same time, it is interesting that, according to news agencies, in the next few days US authorities decided to include the Al-Nusra Front fighting against al-Assad in the list of terrorist organizations. As it turned out, it is a division of al-Qaeda. But even without it, passions are running high. For example, the American Fox News TV channel reported in recent days with reference to sources in the presidential administration that Damascus was ready to use the poison gas sarin. As this chemical mixture only lasts two months before it is no longer effective, we should expect the use of this weapon in the near future. And according to the NBC TV Company, dozens of Syrian bombs are already loaded with sarin, and pilots are only waiting for orders.
The German Frankfurter Rundschau, with reference to American sources, writes that the Pentagon had conducted war games practicing actions in case of a military invasion in Syria. According to the same newspaper, part of the US special forces are deployed in Syria’s neighbor Jordan, and CIA agents on Syrian territory coordinate actions of the opposition’s detachments.
According to some data, the newspaper writes, the Pentagon has determined the number of the invading forces at about 75,000 servicemen; and now they are specifying plans for a ground operation. At the same time, German and Dutch anti-aircraft Patriot missile complexes are being deployed on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Deputy Chairman of the Left Party and expert on foreign policy of this party’s faction in the Bundestag, Jan van Aken (Germany), called the departure of the Patriot complexes and Bundeswehr service personnel to Turkey “sheer madness”.
In an interview with the Voice of Russia he very sharply spoke about the escalation of tensions around Syria.
“NATO’s intervention in Syria will very quickly grow into a war. This will inevitably provoke a situation like in Iraq, where civil war lasts for years. In any case, by making this decision, NATO should think about possible consequences. I believe that any military intervention in the Syrian conflict will be an utter catastrophe for Syria”.
Meanwhile, news agencies with reference to official sources reported that in the coming days, the United States intends to recognize the National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the people. It has already been officially recognized by all 27 countries of the “Big Europe”. What’s next?