Assad: Syria Officially in State of War
After over two decades of being in Western crosshairs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared to his new cabinet “We live in a real state of war from all angles.” He couldn’t be more right as virtually the entire northern hemisphere in one way or another converges on this ancient plot of land in the eastern Mediterranean.
No doubt due to the Turkish warplane shot down last week Tukey has moved from passive facilitator of the foreign insurrection in Syria to active aggressor and is mobilizing its military for war. On Tuesday the Times of Israel reported:
Large numbers of Turkish troops — including at least 15 long-range artillery pieces and tanks – moved to the Syrian frontier from the eastern city of Diyarbakir. A video published by the Turkish Cihan News Agency showed Turkish tanks being transported by carrier trucks toward the frontier.
While the circumstances surrounding the downed fighter are hotly contested we must remember that truth is the first casualty of war. Who did what and when is irrelevant. To risk the peace of the entire region over one fighter jet shows the motives for war rest with NATO and its front line ally Turkey as they are obviously not in the interests of Syria or the embattled administration of al-Assad.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the “rules of engagement have changed” since the shoot-down and in caustic eloquence declared “As awe-inspiring as Turkey’s friendship is, Turkey’s wrath is equally awe-inspiring.” Erdogan alludes to a friendship with Syria, however, it would be quite disingenuous to claim that friendship ended only after last week’s incident.
Erdogan admonished Syrian authorities: “”Every military element approaching Turkey from the Syrian border and representing a security risk and danger will be assessed as a military threat and will be treated as a military target.” This is quite ironic since for over a year the Syrian National Council (SNC) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, peppered with foreign back terrorists, have been using the safety of the Turkish border to coordinate and launch sorties into against the Assad regime.
This was of course the plan all along. Considering Tukey’s problem with the PKK and their own brutal crack down on Kurdish separatist “terrorists” they could not very well attack Syria for justly attempting to restore order. As any fight begins with knocking the chip off the others shoulder Turkey has in effect placed it forcefully upon Syria. How is that for friendship? But why have they turned their back?
Two reasons come to mind. The first is the US government and the rest of NATO has a long standing commitment to use the lowest cost means for its designs in the Middle East, which is to say, they prefer staying out of the fight choosing to directly fund and train terrorists or coordinate its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) proxy states to do so. Turkey, after reviewing the deep bench of NATO backed secessionist militias including Al Qaeda affiliate Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) currently consulting the FSA, Iranian MEK trained in the Nevada desert, and among others their PKK antagonists with whom they’ve been fighting since the 80s, Ankara is more than willing to lend a helping hand to avoid any “uprisings” of their own.
The second (probably the most compelling) motive among the Turkish elite to aid the West is to become part of the neoliberal “New Middle East,” in other words, to be a good soldier in the New World Order. Similar to jumping in a prospective gangster or taking a “young blood” out for his first drive by Syria is going to oust for the Anglo-European Empire their first Middle East dictator. Rather than pursuing economic prospects with the BRICS as priority the new and improved US-Turkish relations may bring forward the carrot of an otherwise nonexistent US-Tukey free trade zone paved in the blood of one Syrian tyrant.
The immediate feeling from new more brazen attacks on Assad’s elite guards only miles away from the center of Damascus shows an increasingly emboldened rebellion and foreign insurgency. Save a decisive effort on the part of Russia, China and or Iran Syria will increasingly bear all the hallmarks of Libya. Assad’s days appear numbered. Whether Libya’s dystopian post-revolution will resemble Syria’s is almost assured.