Now that Assad’s government in Syria has agreed to hand over supervision of its chemical weapons to the United Nations, some of the wind in the sails of the West’s determination to attack Syria has dissipated.
Yet France and its Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius are determined to ensure that a military strike remains likely, with France’s tabling of a UN resolution that would require “serious consequences” if the chemical weapons handover was not completed according to UN requirements or on time. Currently it is unclear what is motivating Fabius’ need to be the leader of the dogs of war against Syria. It is possibly some attempt by the Socialist government to regain some political support in France-although every French poll is indicating that French involvement in Syria would have the entirely opposite effect. Or is it an attempt to revive the glories of colonial France by re-bombing Damascus all over again , as it did in 1925-26 when those dark-skinned natives dared to fight for their own freedom from their French oppressors?
Or is it simply a matter of cash?, as Wayne Madsen reports for Iranian Press TV, where he states that the Saudi Arabian spy chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been spending large amounts of Saudi oil money to “pay off” key members of the US Senate and House leadership as well as key ministers of the French government.
It may also be that Fabius’ war-mongering, like the UK foreign minister’s William Hague’s foreign policy decisions, appear wholly based on unconditional support for the Israeli state and its expansion. Hague the UK Foreign Minister , who , in an interview with the Israeli website YNetNews describes himself as “a natural friend of Israel”. Any actions that turn Shi-ite against Sunni in the countries surrounding Israel have to be, they reason, good for Israel.
Its my guess, that Al Qaeda think otherwise…
What is certain is that “Western” bombing of Syrian infrastructure will cause even greater suffering than Syrians from both sides are experiencing now. The experience of Libya in the last Western bombing campaign, is sadly illustrative. And what should by now be evident to anyone is that bombings or cruise missiles are not “precision targeted’ despite the hype . They frequently make errors both in their electronic targetting and, as is so often the case, the targeting coordinates are based on unreliable inadequate or false information.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia,Qatar, the UK, France and the US have been steadfast that there should be no negotiations while Assad is in power; in other words, that Assad’s forces will have to be defeated first before there are “negotiations”!-these are not the principles of those who espouse peace and reconciliation- what they appear to want is the destruction of the Syrian state, with their pundits arguing ( as they have done in Iraq) that Syria must be broken up into its constituent sectarian geographies. Such a breakup, (largely fomented by those outside powers themselves) will certainly not benefit the Syrian citizens of those enclaves, but will certainly benefit Israel (in the short term) and Saudi Arabia’s salafist mercenaries.
Moon of Alabama covers many of the issues regarding how a chemical weapons transfer might occur.
A very French (and implausible) take on French jingoism for war in Syria