" Did you know that the United Nations has had evidence that the Syrian rebels have been using sarin gas against Syrian government forces since May? This was reported by Reuters and other major news organizations around the world, but there has been an almost total blackout of this information by the big corporate news outlets in the
In November 2011 The Telegraphreported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.
Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.”The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Those heavy weapons are most likely from Muammar Gaddafi’s stock of about 20,000 portable heat-seeking missiles—the bulk of them SA-7s—that the Libyan leader obtained from the former Eastern bloc. Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.
The ship’s captain was “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,”which was presumably established by the new government.
That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between him and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.
Last week The Telegraph reported that an FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”
And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria througha port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact duringthe Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.
Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at [the] rented villa where Stevens died.”
And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.
In any case, the connection between Benghazi and Syrian rebels is stronger than has been officially acknowledged.
“Information Clearing House - Russia has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles. In fact, the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missilesthat Russia has equipped Syria with are the most advanced anti-ship missiles that Russia has. When the United States strikes Syria,they might be quite surprised at how hard Syria can hit back. The Syrian military is the most formidable adversary that the U.S. military has tangled with in the Middle East by far. From Syria, P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles can cover much of the eastern Mediterranean and can even reach air bases in Cyprus. If the U.S. Navy is not very careful to stay out of range, we could easily see footage of destroyed U.S. naval vessels sinking into the Mediterranean Sea on the evening news. And once the American people see such footage, it will be impossible to stop a full-blown war between the United States and Syria.
Syria has highly advanced weapons systems that Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya did not have. Anyone that thinks that we can just sit back and lob cruise missiles at them is being naive. Syria has weapons that “have never before been seen” in the Middle East. The following is from a recent article by Mac Slavo…
According to the report from Syrian-based Dam Press and the Dyar Newspaper, the Russians aren’t backing off their Syria policy and they are getting ready to double down by supplying Assad’s military with weapons the have never before been seen in the middle east.
If and when Western forces engage the Syrian army you can be assured that it will be nothing like the 1991 conflict in Iraqwhen a hundred thousand of Saddam Hussein’s soldiers surrendered without firing a shot. Nor will it be a no-fly zone free-for-all where air forces will be able to target military assets as they did in Libya without being challenged.
The Patriot Missiles will be hit and repealed with S300 SAM [already installed in Syria]. Putin also threatened to deliver the more advanced S400 anti-aircraft missiles
He added that Russia will also supply Syria with state-of-the-art 24-Barrell rocket launchers which have a range of 60 km ranked as the most developed artillery weapon of its kind.
Putin clearly stated that the Middle East is going to witness a significant change. Syria will be armed with weapons that have never been seen before [in the Middle East] including computer guided smart missiles that never miss their target.
He also added that Russia will supply Syria with Skean 5 ground-to-sea missiles that are capable of hitting and sinking any target up to 250 km off the Syrian coast.
The weapons systems mentioned in that article are very powerful. For instance, the video posted below contains footage of the rocket launchers mentioned in the article…
But of most immediate concern for the U.S. military are the anti-ship missiles which Syria has reportedly acquired.
According to the New York Times, the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Russia has sent to Syria are equipped with highly advanced radar capabilities…
Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday.
Russia has previously provided a version of the missiles, called Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more effective, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports and would only discuss the shipment on the basis of anonymity.
These missiles have a range of approximately 180 miles, and they can do an extraordinary amount of damage…
The missiles are about 22 feet long, carry either a high-explosive or armor-piercing warhead, and have a range of about 180 miles, according to Jane’s.
They can be steered to a target’s general location by longer-range radars, but each missile has its own radar to help evade a ship’s defenses and home in as it approaches its target.
Two senior American officials said that the most recent shipment contained missiles with a more advanced guidance system than earlier shipments.
Posted below is video footage of a test firing of a P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missile…
It also looks like the Syrians are going to have plenty of naval targets to shoot at as well. According to Reuters, a U.S. carrier group will soon be joining the five U.S. destroyers that are already parked in the eastern Mediterranean…
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.
The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. It was not immediately clear when the ships would enter the Red Sea, but they had not arrived by Sunday evening, said one official.
“It’s about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be needed,” said the official.
In addition, ABC News says that an amphibious ship “with several hundred Marines aboard” is also parked in the eastern Mediterranean...
On Friday, the USS San Antonio, a Navy amphibious ship with several hundred Marines aboard, was ordered to remain in the eastern Mediterranean though defense officials said it too was not part of the U.S. military planning for a limited strike against Syria. Defense officials described the move as “a prudent decision should the ship’s capabilities be required.
The San Antonio was originally to be in the Mediterranean as part of a long-scheduled commitment to support U.S. Africa Command, several officials said. The ship was on its way to a port call at the U.S naval base at Souda Bay on the Greek Island of Crete when it was ordered to remain in the area.
The San Antonio has resources that could prove useful in future operations in the region. For example, the ship has several hundred Marines aboard from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), as well as several helicopters or V-22 Ospreys that could be useful in helping to rescue downed pilots.
So what do you think will happen if the Syrians are able to hit any of our ships or any of the air bases in Cyprus?
Do you think that there is any chance that we will be able to avoida full-blown war at that point?
Of course, politics and diplomacy one can not treat them out of the economy and the interests of capital of each state. Besides, urban propaganda has showcased in all its glory this fact, leaving aside the pretenses of imperialist intervention in Syria, as the so-called “humanitarian problem” or “restoration of democracy”.
The issue of energy and transport routes emerges as key issue of developments in the region, developments that certainly incited the powerful capitalist states which now have ready plans for military intervention. In fact, have already begun to talk about the negative impact on capitalist economies dependent on oil from the Middle East due to the increase in the price of which will cause the war.
Therefore, the veto shows contrasting interests in the region and of course rivalries have sharpened the fullest. That have no relationship with Syria, Egypt, but the destabilization in the East. Mediterranean and the Middle East who value themselves and the bourgeoisie that will bring an imperialist military intervention in Syria.
When started the military conflict in Syria, with states outside intervention, writes about the intensification of competition in the area, between the U.S., EU and Russia and China because of the sources of energy and geostrategic point of the region. Their U.S. competition with China in the area gives the specific analysis closes as follows: “It is inevitable that at some stage, China may wonder: Why should the U.S. to protect our oil?”.
China and the Middle East
Writes but this analysis:
“The Middle East is the largest supplier of crude oil to China. Without it, the second largest economy in the world would face serious problems. It is significant that in the first seven months of this year, China imported from the Middle East about 83 million tons of crude oil, equivalent to 50% of total production …
China has major economic interests in Syria itself, but a strategic and diplomatic interests to ensure stability in the Middle East in order to protect a critical source for Beijing Energy …Moreover, the Chinese leadership does not consider that it is its responsibility to security in the Middle East, as it has the means to engage effectively in this case, says Yin Gang, an expert on the policy of China in the Middle East.
“If there is stability, this is good for China and if chaos is bad for China. But China does not have the ability to ensure stability in the region,” he says. ”It is impossible, absolutely impossible. China has the ability to use military force to protect its interests in the Middle East. The best way to protect its interests would be to diversify its oil imports to import more oil from Russia, other parts of the world, “he adds …”.
Undermining the U.S. competitors
“Nevertheless - continues the analysis - the subject of an “aggressive” China’s presence in the Middle East has been widely discussed lately, since the country depends, basically, on strong U.S. military presence in the region as a guarantee for stability and smooth oil flow, especially through the Strait of Hormuz. This fact, in itself, could serve as a challenge to the Chinese and make them seek a strategic role in the region, told Reuters, diplomatic source with knowledge of the situation. “
From the above analysis become clearer contrasts of interest and monopolistic competition. It has been written that the last U.S. with hydrocarbon production, ie energy from shale, encounter without problem the energy needs of the economy. If that is the case, excel their competitors.
It is a fact and has been proven historically that competition between capitalist states embody the political subversion of the capitalist economy by a competitor to his opponent. By any means. And it seems that, among other things, that the pursuit of U.S. subversion and the economy of China and its interests in the region is more than noticeable.
TheSyrian government is demanding thatthe United Nationsimmediately investigate three alleged chemical attacks carried out by rebel groups on the outskirts of Damascus last week, Syria’s envoy to the UN said.
The attacks took place on August 22, 24 and 25, Bashar Jaafari told journalists Wednesday. The “militants” used toxic chemical gas against the Syrian army,the Syrian diplomat told reporters.
“We are asking UN to incorporate 3 more locations where the Syrian soldiers inhaled the nerve gas also in the suburbs of Damascus. So the spectrum of investigation is increasing compared to the initial phase of investigation,” Jaafari said.
Jaafari spoke shortly after an informal meeting of the UN Security Council, where its five permanent members discussed the UK’s proposed draft resolution. The text blames Assad’s government for an alleged chemical attack on August 21, and demands a swift response.
“There is no consensus in the Council on any draft of the resolution, whether it is British or French or American… because members of the Council do not believe the authenticity of the accusations provided by this delegation or that delegation,” the Syrian diplomat said.
Jaafari also accused the US, UK and France of being “part of the problem,” rather than “a solution to the crisis.” These Western states are providing “armed terrorists groups”in Syria with weapons and all kinds of logistical support, he stated.