Press TV – Insurgents, Syrian army clash in Damascus suburb of al-Tadamun
Finian Cunningham – Annan Quits as Syria Peace Envoy – the Western Gloves Come Off
Kofi Annan’s resignation as the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria resembles a wounded body being dumped out of a moving car as it recklessly speeds on.
The 74-year-old former UN secretary general was assigned to the conflict-riven Middle East country in April – with the apparent backing of the five permanent members of the Security Council – to implement a six-point peace plan.
But in truth, Annan’s peace plan never stood a chance of succeeding. This was because the US, Britain and France were talking out of both sides of their mouths. While these powers were purportedly endorsing the Annan proposal, they were at the same time stepping up support for the armed mercenaries that have infiltrated Syria since March 2011.
In a comment article published in the Financial Times on Thursday, Annan acknowledges that the Syrian government of President Bashar Al Assad implemented the ceasefire on 12 April, but that “sustained international support did not follow, however. The ceasefire quickly unravelled.” In other words, what the tepid diplomat refrains from saying is that the US and its allies wrecked an opportunity for peace.
Recall that on 1 April, less than two weeks before the Annan ceasefire was supposed to come into effect, the Western powers and their Turk and Gulf Arab allies unveiled a $100 million war chest for the armed opposition groups in their mission to topple the Assad government. Ever since, the quantity and caliber of weapons flowing through Turkey to the Western-backed mercenaries have got heavier and deadlier to the point now where the UN confirms that these groups possess surface-to-air missiles, mortars and even tanks.
Commensurate with the massive funding and weaponry, the legions of foreign fighters entering into Syria have also multiplied. Even the corporate media, which has tried to paint the conflict in Syria with a simplistic “Arab Spring” narrative consisting of a brutal regime pitted against a civilian protest movement, could no longer conceal the burgeoning numbers of jihadists coming from Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and even as far away as Pakistan and Chechnya.
With the pretense of diplomacy having floundered on the rocks of Russian and Chinese intransigence, what we can expect now is a dangerous escalation of violence in Syria fuelled by the US, Britain, France and their regional allies. That will of course bring more death and suffering to Syrian civilians, but it also pushes conflict into an international dimension. With violence already spilling over into Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, a powder keg situation is building that could explode into a war involving Western powers, Iran, Russia and China.
Beijing’s Global Times reported: “On 24 July, ships from the Chinese Fifth Fleet sailed out of the northern exit of the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean.” The Chinese authorities clarified that this mobilization had nothing to do with the situation in Syria.
Meanwhile, a Reuters report on 3 August says that Moscow is sending three large landing ships with a total of 300 marines onboard to its naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus. The convoy will arrive next week and will be joined by three other warships being sent from the Russian Navy’s Black Sea and Northern Sea Fleets.
China and Russia lost billions of dollars worth of assets and investments in Libya’s oil industry following the duplicitous NATO intervention in that country last year, where Beijing and Moscow were duped at the UN. It looks like these powers are preparing this time to not forfeit so easily their respective interests in Syria.
But with US-led Western geopolitical ambitions for the region aimed at going through Damascus and Tehran, the gravitational convergence of low-intensity conflict appears increasingly like a head-on collision course.
RT talks to Patrick Hayes, reporter for the online current affairs magazine Spiked
US-led West extends its generous support to al-Qaeda in Syria, Press TV on its Middle East Today program has extensively interviewed Franklin Lamb, international lawyer in Beirut about the latest developments concerning Syria, the opposition, the UN plan and future scenarios
UN General Assembly condemns Security Council for failing to end Syria unrest
Ismail Salami – West setting stage for Syria invasion
In alliance with the West and Israel, the Saudi-led al-Qaeda elements have already started an all-out proxy war in Syria in the high hopes that the government of Bashar Assad will be meet its doom soon. However, this is a figment of their imagination which they have nursed over years and the fire they have blazed will certainly engulf the entire region including Israel the US love child.
‘US, West seek imperialist policy in Syria’, Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Rickard, an activist and former American Intelligence Linguist from Washington
This is classical American imperialism and American takeover. We are looking at a century of just incredible warfare and it has got to come to stop. The people really need to stand up against this government and they need to wake up.
Michel Chossudovsky – Towards A ”Soft Invasion”? The Launching of a ”Humanitarian War” against Syria
What can we expect in the months ahead:
1) a naval deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean, the military objective of which has not been clearly defined by allied forces.
2) a greater influx of foreign fighters and death squads into Syria and the conduct of of carefully targeted terrorist attacks in coordination with US-NATO.
3) an escalation in the deployment of allied special forces including mercenaries from private security companies on contract to Western intelligence
Annan resigns as Syria envoy
Obama authorizes US support for anti-Assad armed groups
Thierry Meyssan – The West and the Glorification of Terrorism
Everyone understands that the Syrian crisis is not or is no longer an internal confrontation but is the result of a global readjustment of power relations. Washington is attempting to remodel of the Greater Middle East and to change the regional military equation. Moscow challenges that authority and is attempting to usher in a new international order based on international law and on multilateralism. Syria is the line of demarcation between these new blocs.
Hence Sergei Lavrov’s perplexity: Are the Western powers in the process of acknowledging both their immorality and their impotence? What lies hidden behind their behavior? Could it be that their decadence is even more advanced than anyone has dared to conceive?
Sergei Lavrov considers Washington to be terminally ill. Aware that “empires do not die in their beds,” he is attempting to calm the “American empire” to prevent paroxysms of madness while gently accompanying the patient to his final resting place. He is observing the patient with care. Is the West’s current apologia for terrorism the onset of a crisis of dementia or the sign of irreversible anemia?