Although SANA stated on Friday,
“At 11:40 AM on 22/6/2012, an unidentified aerial target violated Syrian airspace, coming from the west at a very low altitude and at high speed over territorial waters, so the Syrian anti-air defenses counteracted with anti-aircraft artillery, hitting it directly as it was 1 kilometer away from land, causing it to crash into Syrian territorial waters west of Om al-Tuyour village in Lattakia province, 10 kilometers from the beach.” (Link)
…a confidential source has informed Syria 360° that there were two separate events on that day.
First, a Turkish Phantom F4 aircraft entered Syrian airspace. It crashed into the Mediterranean due to catastrophic mechanical failure. The Phantom F-Series are old, plagued by mechanical and structural defects. The two crew members safely ejected and were later rescued.
Six hours after this event, Syria fired at other Turkish planes that had entered it’s airspace. These made it safely back to Turkey. Turkey claims that they were unarmed rescue planes (types unknown), not combat aircraft.
Only in one of the incidents did Turkish planes violate Syria’s sovereign airspace and Syria did have the legitimate right to take defensive action.
These details may be of critical importance in the coming days. The most likely outcome of the NATO meeting this week will be that Turkey will invoke NATO’S ARTICLE FIVE.
There is no doubt that NATO, through Turkey’s invoking article five, is implementing option four of THE SABAN-BROOKINGS PLAN FOR REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA, having failed in options one through three.
OPTION ONE: DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATIONS
OPTION TWO: REGIME CHANGE THROUGH COERCION
OPTION THREE: ARMING THE OPPOSITION
- OPTION FOUR: AIR CAMPAIGN – “LIBERATION FROM ABOVE”
“Because of the limitations of the Syrian opposition and their uncertain ability to bring down the Asad regime on their own, a critical question is whether the United States and allied countries might provide air support in addition to arms and training, as the United States did for Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance in 2001 and NATO did for the Libyan opposition in 2011. The theory here is that powerful American air support could tip the balance in favor of the FSA without miring American ground troops in the fight that will have to be waged for Syria’s cities and mountain fastnesses. In crass terms, the hope is that the United States could fight a “clean” war from 10,000 feet and leave the dirty work on the ground to the FSA, perhaps even obviating a massive commitment to Iraq-style nation-building.” (Link)
Should that fail, option five and six remain.
OPTION FIVE: REGIME CHANGE THROUGH INVASION
OPTION SIX: MULTILATERAL NATO-LED INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION
To defeat this nefarious plot, Russia and China must remain steadfast and the Syrian people united.