Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was shown on national television. The country is being attacked by a US-backed program of regime-change., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
PANW Editor's Note: The Obama administration is not even creative enough to come up with another rationale for imperialist intervention in the Middle East once again. The same "weapons of mass destruction" fabrications are now being thrown at Syria.
This could be related as well to the recent United Nations General Assembly vote demanding that Israel open up its nuclear weapons programs for inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran allows its civilian nuclear program to be inspected and monitored, so why is there a different standard for the U.S., the EU and the State of Israel?
Obama having won re-election will now contemplate a direct military invasion of Syria in a more deliberative manner. NATO agreed to place patriot missiles in Turkey along the border with Syria.
There is no justification for these measures. They represent the imperialist quest for resources and geo-political influence over Iran, Russia and China.
Read this LA Times report below to get a glimpse of what the Wall Street and Pentagon rulers are plotting with the lockstep assistance of the Obama regime.
U.S., Israel monitoring Syria's cache of chemical weapons
By Patrick J. McDonnell
7:54 PM PST, December 5, 2012
BEIRUT -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated Wednesday that Washington is as concerned about Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of Syrian rebels as it is about the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad may decide to deploy them.
“Our concerns are that an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons, or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within Syria,” Clinton told reporters at the end of two days of NATO ministerial meetings in Brussels. “We have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would be held to account.”
Rebels have been making substantial territorial gains in Syria and have overrun a number of Syrian military bases, capturing supplies of conventional weapons. U.S. officials have indicated that Syria’s chemical weapons stocks remain secure, but officials and experts have voiced concern that insurgents could seize facilities where chemical agents are stored.
Western and Israeli officials are believed to be closely monitoring known Syrian chemical weapons depots. An unanswered question is whether signs of a rebel approach on a chemical facility would trigger an international response to prevent toxic weaponry from falling into the hands of insurgent militias.
The fragmented Syrian rebel force includes many Islamist units and several brigades said to be linked to Al Qaeda. The presence of such militants is one reason why the Obama administration has thus far declined to provide weapons to the rebels fighting to oust Assad, whom Obama has called on to step down.
Assad took steps to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of militants, the news agency Reuters reported Wednesday, citing an interview with Israel’s vice prime minister, Moshe Yaalon.
"Clear messages were relayed to Assad on a number of opportunities, and in response Assad in fact gathered up the weaponry and separated the material," Reuters quoted Yaalon as telling the Israeli news website Walla.
The disposition of Syria’s chemical stockpiles is an especially sensitive issue in Israel, with its close proximity to Syria, leaving it potentially vulnerable to Syrian ballistic missiles and warplanes. “There is speculation that the chemical arsenal will fall into the hostile and irresponsible hands of the likes of Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups,” Yaalon said.
In the interview, Yaalon confirmed that Washington had spotted “suspicious activity” at Syria’s chemical stockpiles, prompting President Obama to issue a stern warning to Assad this week that use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.
The prospect of a chemical attack via ballistic missiles is one reason NATO this week agreed to Turkey’s request that Patriot anti-missile batteries be deployed at points along Turkey’s more than 500-mile border with Syria. Turkish news reports Wednesday quoted Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying that Syria possesses about 700 missiles and that the government in Ankara knows exactly where they are.