Remember what the 2012 leaked Stratfor memo said about the focal point of western airborne power? Here it is again: “Syrian air defenses are a lot more robust and are much denser, esp around Damascus and on the borders with Israel, Turkey. They are most worried about mobile air defenses, particularly the SA-17s that they’ve been getting recently. It’s still a doable mission, it’s just not an easy one. The main base they would use is Cyprus, hands down. Brits and French would fly out of there. They kept stressing how much is stored at Cyprus and how much recce comes out of there. The group was split on whether Turkey would be involved, but said Turkey would be pretty critical to the mission to base stuff out of there. Even if Turkey had a poltical problem with Cyprus, they said there is no way the Brits and the French wouldn’t use Cyprus as their main air force base.” (sic) Well, it has begun. Guardian reports that “Warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain’s Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast, in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria.”
During his remarks today at the State Department, Secretary Kerry exploited the shock value of the chemical attack last week in Syria but did not provide a shred of verifiable evidence that the attack was the work of Bashar al-Assad and his military. Kerry said Syria destroyed any evidence by shelling the Jobar neighborhood outside of Damascus where the attack allegedly occurred. He failed to mention, however, that the government of Syria is involved in ongoing hostilities with so-called “rebels” who are CIA mercenaries consisting primarily of al-Nusra and al-Qaeda terrorists and shelling enemy positions is normal activity during war.
Kerry’s remarks on Monday are a precursor to a WMD rationale. It will be reminiscent of the Bush administration’s WMD pretext prior to the invasion of Iraq. Despite then Secretary of State Colin Powell’s ludicrous theatrics at the United Nations when he famously wagged a model vial of anthrax and presented other fabricated evidence like mobile biological weapon labs, it was clearly determined before and after the invasion that Iraq did not possess nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
Desperate to maintain a narrative that will justify a cruise missile attack on Syria, the Obama administration is seemingly trying everything within its power to sabotage the UN chemical weapons investigation in Syria.
The reason is obvious — the last time the United Nations investigated claims of chemical weapons use in Syria, its inspectors concluded that it was the rebels and not Assad’s forces who were likely behind the sarin gas attack.
In the latest example, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration told UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that “there wasn’t adequate security for the U.N. inspectors to visit the affected areas to conduct their mission,” a clear warning (or a blatant threat) that inspectors should pull out entirely.
This warning followed an incident, almost certainly the work of US-backed rebels, where a convoy of UN vehicles was fired upon by a sniper, causing the inspectors to temporarily suspend their work. Rebels have repeatedly acted with hostility against UN workers and peacekeepers, with one FSA group kidnapping 21 peacekeepers back in March.
Washington and Downing Street are preparing to dive headlong into another potentially catastrophic war in the Middle East based on the evidence of a collection of YouTube videos. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon