NATO isn’t stopping with Libya where an extensive air campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has failed to achieve any meaningful objectives and has resulted in a stalemate. The daily bombing regime, which has also resulted in the death of civilians, is racking up a hefty price tag that NATO countries can nowhere near afford during economic collapse
Syria may be next. A former French air chief named Jean Rannou provided an outline of what a NATO strike on Syria would entail.
Nato member countries would begin by using satellite technology to spot Syrian air defences. A few days later, warplanes, in larger numbers than Libya, would take off from the UK base in Cyprus and spend some 48 hours destroying Syrian surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and jets. Alliance aircraft would then start an open-ended bombardment of Syrian tanks and ground troops, according to EUobserver.com.
By the time generals start revealing this information to the press, the decision to pull the trigger on this was made a long time ago. Just like Libya, where rebel forces made up of al-Qaeda are receiving arms support from NATO, Syria may soon have its own NATO-backed guerrilla army.
A cache of weapons, consisting of 1,000 assault rifles that were reportedly destined for the city of Baniyas in Syria, was linked by Lebanese army investigators to the political entourage of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
“Baniyas is one of a number of cities hit by protests against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the months since the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The Syrian regime has mobilized the Syrian army against these protests, which have been concentrated in majority-Sunni regions of the country, claiming it was trying to repress violent opposition by armed guerrilla movements,” Sahand Avedis writes for World Socialist Web Site.
Back in June, AP reported that “armed men killed 120 Syrian security forces and torched government buildings …”.
Although the crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in Syria has been apparently much more violent than that in Libya, the West has so far been reluctant to intervene. Granted, Libya is sitting on top of much more wealth in oil, water, gold and probably some pretty nasty biological weapons.
Syria isn’t strategically a very dire threat, but hell, NATO has to launch all of those cruise missiles at something. And with Isreal vs. Iran on the table for September alongside a possible full-on ground invasion in Libya, Syria is well within NATO’s sights.
(futuredispatch.com / 27.08.2011)