NATO wages a covert war against the Syrian government

NATO has waged a covert war against the Syrian government by sending thousands of al-Qaeda militants into the country to fight against the government, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Author and historian Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley said in an interview on Wednesday that NATO is fueling the unrest in Syria by creating chaos across the country and siding with al-Qaeda militants against the Damascus government.

“Military tacticians know the tactic of swarming and swarming means that you can throw a lot of inferior forces at an enemy with the point being to create chaos and confusion in which more qualified forces can then go on and take certain key points,” Tarpley said.

“The reports that I have now are that NATO brought in thousands and thousands of fighters from Libya in particular but also from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, a whole swat of countries and they’ve essentially gone to the bottom of the barrel of the al-Qaeda sort of patsy milieu in these countries and they’ve thrown them across the borders,” he added.

He also described the July 18 deadly explosion at the headquarters of the National Security in the Syrian capital which killed top security officials, as an attempt by NATO to overestimate the level of violence in Syria ahead of the UN Security Council meeting.

“It looks like what was done last week was an attempt by NATO to orchestrate such a perfect storm. We had the resolution brought into the United Nations if that had passed, that would have led to a collapse of some parts of Syria,” Tarpley said adding that “There was the attempted decapitation of the Syrian leadership structure by I believe a predator drone firing a missile and not some suicide bomber coming into the building where that occurred, where the four intelligence and military leaders were slain but you’ve also got an attempt to bring down the currency which seems to have misfired.

He also described Kofi Anan’s peace plan for Syria as a smokescreen to hide the reality of all Western-backed operations in the country.


US justifies terrorism against Syria: Russia

Russian foreign minister says Washington is justifying terrorism against the Syrian government by failing to condemn atrocities committed by the armed groups fighting against Damascus.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday criticized the US for supporting armed groups in Syria and its failure to condemn the July 18 terrorist bomb attack in the Syrian capital that killed at least four high-profile security officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and his deputy Assef Shawkat who is also President Assad’s brother-in-law.

“This is quite an awful position, I cannot even find the words to make clear how we feel. This is directly justifying terrorism. How can this be understood?” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

The top Russian diplomat also criticized the US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for arguing last week that the violence in Damascus meant the UN Security Council had to agree on a sanctions resolution against the Syrian government.

“In other words, to say it in plain Russian, this means ‘we (the United States) will continue to support such terrorist acts for as long as the UN Security Council has not done what we want’,” Lavrov said.

He also criticized a recent Arab League call for Assad’s rapid resignation in return for a safe exit, accusing the bloc of offering ‘conflicting solutions’ to the Syrian issue.

Russia, along with China, has so far vetoed three UNSC resolutions against Syria and has repeatedly expressed opposition to outside meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.


US using al-Qaeda to overthrow Syrian government

A prominent political analyst says the US and its allies have once again failed in their attempt to overthrow Syria’s government despite using all the tools at their disposal including al-Qaeda militants, Press TV reports.

“Obama relies on drones, he relies on special forces; he relies on irregular forces and his irregular forces include al-Qaeda, interestingly enough and all kinds of terrorist groups around the world that have now been recruited into this US strategy, so I do not think any intelligent observer is going to be much impressed by what Obama has said,” Webster Griffin Tarpley told Press TV on Tuesday.

On July 21, The New York Times reported that “[US President Barack] Obama’s administration has for now abandoned efforts for a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Syria, and instead it is increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad.”

According to the report, the US diplomats have been in contact with Israeli and Turkish officials over how to overthrow Assad’s government.

Tarpley added, however, that these efforts against Syria “by some indications at least, have been a failure.”

The analyst said the Western media are blacking out democratic movements in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia and ignoring the terrible situation in those countries while concentrating on Syria.

“So I think it would be important to shift the attention to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, [and] the United Arab Emirates [UAE]; all these reactionary monarchies of the Persian Gulf, it seems to me, really are the ones that ought to be on the hot seat and that might give Syria some sort of cease,” he added.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since mid-March, 2011, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.


US stance on Syria ‘justification of terrorism’ – Lavrov
Published on 25 Jul 2012 by RussiaToday

Moscow has hit out at Washington over its comments on last week’s blasts in Damascus which killed President Assad’s key aides. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US practically justified terrorism.