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4/30/2013 1:07:00 PM
Letter: The Syrian civil war is a proxy war by Western nations

Editor:

Although an April 26 letter from John A. Bond implies otherwise, the recent Korean chest poundings are a joke. Allegations that Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in Syria are not.

Many people following the Syrian civil war closely have speculated that, eventually, a false attribution of chemical weapons use by Assad would give justification for an escalation of U.S. involvement. That may now be happening.

On April 26, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “I think we have to take it to the next step ... we have tolerated for too long all of the assaults on the Syrian people made by its own government.”

“The next step” has little to do with “assaults on the Syrian people.” Some of the militias fighting Assad now would happily fight the U.S. later.

Much as rebellion in Afghanistan in the 1980s was a proxy war by Western nations against the USSR, the Syrian civil war is a proxy war by Western nations (along with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) against Iran. The U.S. has again been empowering potential enemies to fight a declared enemy. Arranging shipments of Libyan arms from Benghazi to Syrian rebels via Turkey was almost certainly discussed at Ambassador Stevens’s meeting with the Turkish Ambassador at the Benghazi compound (not a “consulate” as claimed by the State Department) where Stevens was murdered.

And so it goes.

David Perrell

Clarkdale



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

I just read an in-depth article on the Syrian situation in The New Yorker's May 13 issue that says essentially the same thing.

"The Thin Red Line" is a good background piece for anyone who wants the U.S. to remain relatively unengaged. It's also a must read for liberals who want to defend the Obama Administration instead of simply calling the opposition names, but intervention hawks who can ignore the occasional jab at Bush might get the most out of it. Dexter Filkins knows his Middle East conflicts and how, in hindsight, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama all were sucked into making a preordained move.


Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

John Bond's "Military Industrial Complex is in full propaganda mode" is more a general condemnation of the U.S. and other western powers' picking those nations who can and those nations who can't have nuclear armaments (for instance).

Just something to keep in mind. This is not only true, it's been going on since the West decided it was more advanced than the East. The only difference between the current manipulations and those at the turn of the 20th Century is that the United States has become a member of the Five Powers and Russia has been dropped for the moment. The goal of world domination remains the same. The need for imperial nations to control their own populations remains the same. The need for military engagements remain the same.

Of course, the eastern bloc believes exactly the same thing, so "world peace" is the real joke.

The Syrian civil conflict is simply another example of international tactics in action.




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