In June this year I went to a lecture at LSE by Gilles Keppel. professor at the Ecole Superieure in Paris, titled “The Middle East after Isis – what comes next.” He didn’t get near the answer till the question session at the end, one of which I asked, specifically about what was France’s reason for the bombing attack on Syria on May 4th. He didn’t want to go into detail about the supposed (in my opinion false flag) use of chlorine in Gouta, but did say that it was to give a signal that France, the UK and the US intended to stay involved to make sure that the Russians, Turks and Syrians didn’t get to resolve the remaining issues around the terrorist enclave in Idlib.
Further confirmation about what was really intended came in the Washington Post last week, quoting an unnamed official saying:
“Right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want,” says one administration official, explaining the effort to resist an Idlib onslaught.
A good overall assessment of the background is provided in this post by Bernhard at Moonofalabama. He summarises it thus:
The new U.S. aim in Syria is to hinder all potential progress in the reestablishing of government control as well as to obstruct any repair of the damage its war on Syria caused.
The official’s statement clarifies what many than thought was the aim of US policy for many years, in supporting “regime change”, proxy terrorism, colour revolutions and endless wars throughout the middle East and elsewhere. The overall objective is to enable US corporations to profit from military spending and also ensure in Trump’s words “energy dominance” for the US corporates.
Things are due to come to a head on September 7th in Ankara when Russia, Turkey and Syria are scheduled to meet to discuss the terrorist occupation of Idlib in northwest Syria adjacent to the Turkish border. the various terrorist groups have concentrated there after the Syrian government’s victories over them in the south of the country.
Two weeks ago Sergey Lavrov the Russian foreign minister warned that another false flag chemical weapons excuse was being planned by the terrorists in Idlib. US neocon John Bolton was quick to warn that any such attack would be met with greater force that the May attack. French and UK governments also made the same threat.
The May attack was unusual in many respects. Supposedly to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons capability and supposedly 100% successful, that proved to be nowhere near the real story. With over 60% of cruise missiles launched shot down, with misfires from the French and the British, and with the only verified result the complete destruction of a possibly empty building with others around it untouched, as a warning it lacked a certain something. This may have been because the Russians had warned the various parties that if any missiles targeted Russian personnel or assets they would be shot down. Russian anti-air capability is widely held to be far in advance of the West, so the Russians were avoided.
This time the Russians have issued their warning before another false flag “chemical” attack, providing the US with specific evidence.
I have to say that the Russian spokesmen I have watched, from Putin on down, are far more impressive than their western countrparts. This performance from UK Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce, as reported by Australian blogger Caitlin Johnstone, beggars belief. The Russians can’t be believed because they are Russians.
However the Russians are not that stupid. They have also significantly beefed up their military presence in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean, possibly in anticipation of the next attempt by the US and its allies, UK and France, this time to try to swamp Syrian and Russian air defences.
The situation is extremely serious. Donald Trump has waded in with his own warning, indicating that he is under neocon control. We could be on the brink of the most serious shooting war since Korea, with unintended consequences galore. US defense strategy has shifted officially from the war on terrorism to war between the major powers, specifically identifying Russia, China and Iran as the opponents.
The situation has changed since the US created quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which they are still mired. The Russians have seen them coming, and have issued fair warning. Lets hope this time the US and its few allies pull back instead of doubling down. A great deal is at stake.