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ANALYSIS – Despite warnings from Syria, it would appear that there’s going to be an intervention on behalf of the rebels by US air power backed by Turkish troops and other Gulf troops. That would be a mistake as the rebels who were a ragtag bunch before the conflict turned on them at Aleppo are now even less credible. There are only two ‘rebel’ factions who are profiting from the chaos of the Syrian conflict – al Nusra in Idlib and of course DAESH in Raqqa. As for the others they are too divided to form a united front and are odds with the Kurds in the north, where America has begun to use an airstrip. Syria’s hard fought success on the battlefield has come at an appalling cost in lives – dead and destroyed – and any prolonging of this conflict can only result in further suffering. Waves and waves of desperate people with nowhere to go are already stranded on the Turkish border as Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah and Russian airpower close in on Aleppo. There will of course be more fighting – against al Nusra and Daesh – whether this will also include the horrendous spectacle of another Western backed intervention is the question.
SYRIA – Coalition denies Syrian claim that an army base in deir al zouheir was hit by US air strikes. UK, FRANCE and the US are conducting air strikes backing the Free Syrian army. RUSSIA is backing the Syrian regime of President Assad. Both sides are conducting air strikes against DAESH in it’s de facto capital of Raqqa where the Syrian army says its base was hit. This is the first coalition strike against Syrian troops and Damascus has condemned it as ‘an act of aggression.’
Merkel concern at ‘US phone spying’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24647268
Some six million people are now awaiting their fate as a superpower decides whether or not to launch strikes on their capital.
From time to time, the calm is punctuated with blasts as rebels on the outside of the city fire into Damascus.
The rebels who have been militarily defeated are pushing for strikes on this still beautiful and largely untouched gem of a capital.
No doubt the people on whose behalf they claim to be acting, are the ones who are now looking into the sky and wondering what horror is going to be visited upon them.
And there lies the dilemma of any humanitarian intervention, namely that there’s no such thing as a clean war.
People always suffer in war, the carnage leaves a mark and as the attacks of 9/11 showed any intervention can have unintended consequences.
So, as the American congress meets on September 11 to decide the fate of the regime in Damascus, they may want to consider what has happened to coalition of the willing that had been built for Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when one American president . rushed to war, eager to punish that ‘son of a bitch’ Saddam.
They may also want to consider this:
when Iraq invaded Kuwait, the leader of that country could never have imagined that he had set in place a change of events that would tod
The nuclear-armed rogue state of North Korea is up to its old tricks again – sabre-rattling against the South and as a consequence annoying the United States of America.
The young leader at Pyongyang appears to have been emboldened by a successful rocket launch and nuclear test, which began on December 12, with the launch of a rocket and the claim to have put a satellite into orbit. That was followed one-month later with an underground nuclear test.
Washington responded in March by flying B-52s over the South and then later stealth bombers.
On March 30, the North said it was at a state of war with the South and yesterday restarted the Yongbyon reactor.
Observers said things can’t be that bad as South Korean workers were still able to work at Kaesong. Today that is no longer the case.
North Korea needs to be taken seriously – it is capable of inflicting severe damage on the South and Japan. Of course, it can not take on the US, but then is Washington prepared for a confrontation with China?