Syria working on retaliation against Israel and its allies

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | FEBRUARY 4, 2013

Syria and its allies warned on Sunday that Israel’s attack against a military complex on the outskirts of Damascus will not go unanswered and that it is working on a way to respond through the use of force.

Beset by an internal revolt that has lasted almost two years and has claimed 60,000 lives, the Syrian President Bashar Assad accused Israel of wanting to destabilize his country and assured the public that, even with an internal conflict, his country is able to “respond to any aggression against Syrian citizens.”

Iran, an ally of Damascus, also said that there is the possibility of retaliation for that attack.

Meantime, Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called the act of “state terrorism”.

“Israel’s aggression against the Jamariya Research Center shows the true position of Israel, working with foreign enemy forces and Syrian factions on the ground to try to destabilize and weaken Syria,” said Assad, after holding a meeting with Iran’s Secretary of National Security, Saeed Jalili, who was visiting Damascus on Sunday.

Several Iranian officials and military personnel also promised that Israel’s attack will not go unanswered. Corps Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said at a public event that “resistance and retaliation are the only possible way” to deal with Israel after the attack on Syrian territory, as reported by Iran’s official media. In his meeting with Assad, Jalili said that cooperation between Iran and Syria is crucial to curb “plots and foreign missions aimed at destabilizing security in the region.”

Though Israel does not admit publicly the nature of the attacks occurred on Wednesday, the defense minister of that country, Ehud Barak, claimed responsibility for the attack while participating in the Munich Security Conference. Barak said that although he can not “add anything to what people read in the newspapers about what happened in Syria,” the bombing “is further proof that when Israel promises something, it delivers.”

The bombing took place on Wednesday morning, when the Israeli Air Force attacked a nearby military research area near Damascus. U.S. intelligence sources believe that the target was a convoy loaded with missiles from Lebanon and en route to the Syrian capital, where it would be received by the Shiite militia Hezbollah, along with Iran, which is the main ally of Assad in the area .

Two days before the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told a delegation of U.S. lawmakers that their choices regarding Syria are “between bad and worse.” Israel has spent months warning of the possibility that the stockpiles of missiles and chemical weapons falling into the hands of Syrian Al Qaeda or Hezbollah.

The U.S. and Israel have claimed for months that Assad has deposits of sarin, mustard gas and cyanide and that he is prepared to use them against his own people, which the U.S. said would be the red line on the sand that would lead to a military intervention.

The Munich conference highlighted the gap that still separates Moscow and Washington over the Syrian conflict. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Assad a “tyrant” and attempted to predict his fall. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said that the demand that Assad go is the reason why the negotiations are going nowhere. However, Moscow has also shown signs of opening up to the Syrian opposition, after Lavrov himself met in Munich for the first time with Syrian opposition leader, Moaz Al Khatib.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said in the Bavarian capital that Western intervention in Syria would “extend the flames of conflict throughout the region.” Only on Saturday, about 150 people were killed during clashes between government forces and rebels who are openly supported by Western allies of Israel.

Given the volatility of the situation in Syria, Israel has mobilized a battery of missile shield known as the Iron Dome to the city of Haifa, in northern Israel, which is 140 kilometers from Damascus. Haifa, with 268,000 inhabitants, was just one of the cities where more missiles fell during the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.

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Hillary Clinton reitera compromiso de EE.UU. de continuar agitando conflictos en África y Oriente Medio

POR LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | ENERO 25, 2013

Mientras los grandes conflictos en el Medio Oriente comienzan a menguar, los Estados Unidos se prepara para la apoyar guerras y  conflictos en otras regiones del mundo. De hecho, la historia muestra que el intervencionismo de EE.UU. ha sido un popurrí de intentos de desestabilización de gobiernos mediante la activación de grupos terroristas que hacen el trabajo sucio en nombre de Washington.

Si las palabras de Hillary Clinton realmente reflejan lo que se avecina en los próximos meses y años, el mundo verá una continuación de la actual política exterior estadounidense, que además de ataques militares, está compuesto también por guerra económica y financiera.

En su última aparición relevante como la Secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton advirtió al Congreso el miércoles que Estados Unidos tendrá que luchar contra Al Qaeda en el norte de África y lidiar con la inestabilidad y la inseguridad causada por las revoluciones en varios países árabes, que el propio EE.UU. ayudó a instigar. En su opinión, el gobierno de EE.UU. se verá obligado a participar directamente en la prevención de la propagación del terrorismo en la región. Clinton se olvidó de decir que la mayoría si no todos los actos de terrorismo se llevan a cabo ya sea por fuerzas especiales de Estados Unidos y miembros de la comunidad de inteligencia o por grupos terroristas armados y financiados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos.

“El ataque terrorista en Bengasi ocurrido el 11 de septiembre de 2012, en el que murieron cuatro estadounidenses valientes, son parte de un desafío estratégico más amplio para Estados Unidos y nuestros aliados en el norte de África”, dijo Clinton ante la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores del Senado que investiga los hechos. Ningún miembro de la Comisión preguntó a Clinton sobre el papel de las fuerzas especiales de Estados Unidos o de otros grupos en el conflicto y tampoco ningún congresista le preguntó acerca de por qué las fuerzas estadounidenses recibieron la orden de retirarse, aunque estaban lo suficientemente cerca como para intervenir durante el ataque a la oficina consular estadounidense en Bengasi, Libia.

Clinton ha asumido la responsabilidad personal por los errores que se hayan podido cometer y que inevitablemente facilitaron el asesinato de los estadounidenses en Libia, pero dijo que no es un hecho aislado, atribuible a la falta de medidas de seguridad en el consulado en Bengasi, sino a una ofensiva más amplia a la que los EE.UU. está obligado a responder con urgencia. “Lo que significa,” ella dijo, “es que tenemos que redoblar nuestros esfuerzos para luchar contra el terrorismo y para encontrar maneras de apoyar a la naciente democracia en el Norte de África y en otros lugares.”

“Nos enfrentamos”, recordó, “a un ambiente amenazador que cambia rápidamente, y debemos trabajar para aumentar la presión sobre Al Qaeda en el Magreb Islámico y otros grupos terroristas en la región. Hemos diezmado a Al Qaeda en Afganistán y Pakistán, pero sus miembros se han dispersado a otros países “, agregó. Como se ha informado por los medios de comunicación, Estados Unidos patrocina a grupos afiliados a Al Qaeda en Libia y Siria como parte de un contingente internacional de terroristas que trabajaron con grupos de la oposición para derrocar a Gaddafi y que ahora están trabajando para destronar a Bashar al-Assad.

La Secretario de Estado se ha referido en particular a Malí “, donde la inestabilidad”, dijo, “ha creado un gran santuario para los terroristas, que tratan de extender su influencia y preparar nuevos ataques como el que vimos la semana pasada en Argelia”.

Clinton no se refirió a la actual operación militar francesa en ese país, pero dijo que “es importante que los EE.UU. mantenga su liderazgo en el Oriente Medio, África del Norte y el resto del mundo. Hemos avanzado mucho en los últimos cuatro años y no podemos salir ahora “, dijo, reafirmando el compromiso de Estados Unidos para ocupar algunas de las regiones más volátiles del mundo, donde, según la BBC, Francia y otros aliados han vuelto a reconquistar lo que una vez fue parte de sus colonias.

EE.UU. ha comenzado a ayudar a Francia mediante el transporte aéreo de las tropas francesas y equipo militar.

Clinton dijo que la diplomacia estadounidense está en pleno funcionamiento en la zona – lo que significa infiltración militar – lo que sugiere que otras medidas más fuertes se tomarán en los próximos meses. “Cuando los EE.UU. está ausente”, dijo, “el extremismo echa raíces, y nuestros intereses de seguridad en el país están amenazados.”

La Secretaria de Estado ha admitido que los movimientos revolucionarios ocurridos en los últimos dos años en el mundo árabe “tienen una dinámica complicada y han destruido las fuerzas de seguridad en la región, lo que establece las bases para la expansión del terrorismo. Afirmó que “muchas de las armas utilizadas por los terroristas en Argelia y Malí proceden de Libia, donde las autoridades actuales son incapaces de controlar todos los grupos armados que surgieron durante la revuelta contra Muammar Gaddafi.” En realidad las poderosas armas de las que Clinton habla, fueron proporcionados por los EE.UU. a esos mismos grupos terroristas para llevar a cabo ataques contra civiles inocentes en Libia.

Sólo John McCain y Rand Paul mostraron su descontento acerca de las excusas de Clinton. El congresista Paul dijo a Clinton que dada su falta de liderazgo la habría despedido de su cargo en el Departamento de Estado. Sin embargo, Paul y los demás miembros de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores fracasaron miserablemente pues no hicieron preguntas relevantes sobre lo que realmente sucedió en Bengasi.

El Demócrata John Kerry será sustituto de Clinton en el Departamento de Estado una vez que sea confirmado por el Congreso.

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U.S. amasses troops and missiles on Turkish border with Syria

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | DECEMBER 17, 2012

As tension escalates in Syria, the U.S. defense secretary, Leon Panetta, signed the order to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey, along with more than 400 U.S. soldiers.

“The purpose of this display is to show that the U.S., working with its NATO allies, will support Turkey’s defense, especially threats that may come from Syria,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little , shortly before Panetta landed in Incirlik Air Base (southern Turkey), in a surprise visit. No one at the conference dared to ask why had the U.S. sent troops, weapons and cash before this last shipment.

American missile batteries will join two from Germany and two from Holland and will be operational in late January next year. The Pentagon spokesman did not report where the missiles will be located and only said that the missiles would arrive in Turkey in the coming weeks.

After landing at Incirlik, from Afghanistan, Leon Panneta told reporters traveling with him that the U.S. is working with Turkey, Jordan and Israel to assess the situation in Syria and its supposed storage of chemical weapons. As usual, Panetta showed no proof of the existence of such weapons, much less any evidence that Syrian intends to use them on its people, a claim put out by U.S. intelligence and that the world’s corporate media have been megaphoning for two weeks in a row.

The Secretary of Defense, State and the U.S. President warned of “serious consequences” should Bashar Assad decided to use such weapons against the population. “We have designed various plans to present to the president,” said Panneta. “We have to be prepared.” Up until now, there is no evidence that plans have been drawn by Assad’s regime to use chemical weapons on anyone. In fact, the idea that the supposed movement of the weapons inside Syria is a step forward to launch attacks on Syrians is as valid as believing that Assad is trying to hide the weapons from rebel groups that may use them against the population to blame the Assad regime.

Unfortunately, the terrorist rebel groups do not need to use Assad’s chemicals to pull that one off, since the U.S. and its allies in the region possess enough chemicals to provide to the rebels so they can launch chemical attacks which they will then blame on Bashar Assad’s regime. In a sense, that action would be the perfect false-flag for the U.S. and NATO allies to launch an open assault from air, sea and land.

The idea to send missile batteries to Turkey originated in the country’s complicity on a series of terrorist attacks in Syria, after which its government called for protection from NATO members fearing Syrian retaliation. Such retaliation never came, although Turkey accused Syria of launching missile attacks from across the border. The Turkish regime never showed any proof to support such accusation.

The Patriot missiles deployed in Turkey are ground-air missiles designed to intercept other missiles, with the advantage that the batteries can move quickly and resist jamming. The current model is an evolution that the U.S. began using in the mid-80s, which were used against Iraq in the first Gulf War.

With almost all significant players in Europe recognizing the rebels in Syria as the “true representative” government, the second day of the Brussels European Council meeting, focused its the agenda on foreign policy issues, especially the conflict in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.

The French president said that the European Union must aim to oust the Syrian president. “Now we have to get him off power as soon as possible,” said Hollande, who recalled that on the ground in Syria, there is a civil war.

Hollande forgot to point out that the civil war was fueled by western powers who have a stake in Syria. France, Germany, Italy, and the United States have all, in one way or another, supported the invasion of Syria and will surely come together if a decision to launch an full scale attack is made.

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Obama supports Syrian rebel groups that pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | DECEMBER 12, 2012

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, recognized the new National Coalition Forces of the Revolution and the Syrian opposition (CNFROS) as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people. Obama affirmed his support for a coalition of rebels that have officially pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda-sponsored terrorist groups responsible for the killing of innocent civilians in their fight to bring down current Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

“We have decided that the Syrian opposition coalition is sufficiently inclusive and representative enough to reflect the Syrian population, who regard it as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people opposed to the Assad regime,” Obama said in excerpts from the interview given to ABC News and that will be broadcast in full on Friday.

The president described this change in policy towards Syria as “a big step” but cautioned, however, that “obviously, with that recognition come responsibilities.”

Part of those responsibilities, Obama said, is “to ensure that the rebel groups organize effectively” hosting all parties and that “they commit to a political transition that respects the rights of women and minorities.”

For Obama, the recognition of CNFROS as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, after almost two years of armed conflict, is “a big step” in the framework of the international community’s efforts to end the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. support for CNFROS comes after Obama has been criticized for allegedly not responding strongly enough to the conflict in Syria, which analysts say is part of a new phase of pressure to isolate Assad U.S. allies in Europe have also officially recognized the terrorist rebel coalition as the representatives of the Syrian people.

Obama made the announcement on the eve of the fourth meeting of the “Group of Friends of the Syrian people”, a multi=stake holder meeting that will take place tomorrow in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh and will serve as another test of the legitimacy of the CNFROS.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, today canceled her trip to this international conference due to a stomach virus, said hes spokesman, Philippe Reines. The United States will be represented by Undersecretary of State William Burns.

The U.S. government announced today that it has added the Al Nusra Front, an extremist group opposed to the Assad government to the coalition, even though this group is linked to Al- Qaeda in Iraq. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department today announced sanctions against two leaders of the Front Nusra, precisely because of their links with Al Qaeda in Iraq, and against two pro-government militias.

According to the Treasury, the Waterfront Nusra is responsible for more than 600 terrorist attacks in Syria since November 2011 and has killed and wounded hundreds of Syrians to “hijack the struggle of the Syrian opposition to increase their own extremist ideology. Not all who are participating in the fight on the ground against Assad are people with whom we feel comfortable. There are some that I think have adopted an extremist agenda, an anti-American agenda, and we will sure make a clear distinction between those elements, ” said Obama.

According to observers, Obama’s decision is an important political and psychological boost support to groups seeking to overthrow the Syrian regime, although it is not clear that the Washington government will offer financial or military support in the short term. That is not after officially supporting the group as a coalition, because Washington has been providing cash and weapons to various rebel groups since before the conflict started back in 2011.

Before Obama made his expected announcement before the cameras of ABC, UK, France, Turkey and several U.S. allies in the Arab world had already given their recognition to CNFROS last month.

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Conflict in Syria is an example of War 2.0

Another case of Slam Dunk, Yellow Cake, WMDs.

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | DECEMBER 7, 2012

Nothing makes a better case for war than fear. There is not a better way to create fear than with allegories and hyperbole that remind people about past painful events, even though such events have nothing to do with the present. But during the George W. Bush administration, both fear and hyperbole came in handy as fuel to ‘justify’ another war in Iraq.

Now, in 2012, the same deceivers who swindled the international community into believing that Iraq posed a nuclear threat are out at their best game generating fear about chemical weapons in Syria. No one is arguing that Bashar al-Assad possesses or not chemical weapons just as no one argues that the U.S. possesses them, too. Nobody is questioning whether Assad is a tyrant who might decide to use chemical weapons just as nobody questions that the U.S. has used them and continues to use them in every conflict it intervenes.

The question is, why is the military industrial complex, aided by its minions resorting to the same rhetoric it used a few years ago to carry out another war? Well, first, because war is very profitable. Second, because it may the only possible way to destroy Assad aside from massively invading Syria with foreign troops both through air and land.

The war in Syria has been built around character assassination techniques to a point where people may buy the argument that Assad intends to use chemical weapons on his own people. Recent events resemble similar attacks; for example when the U.S. government said that Saddam Hussein was roasting babies in microwave ovens, or that Al-Qaeda was operating out of Iraq.

Now, after seeing the strong build up to war, with American battleships off the coast of Syria for no apparent reason, the Assad government has, for the thousandth time, publicly said that it has no intention of using chemicals weapons in any way, shape or form, despite the scaremongering from Western oppressors.

Since their indirect attacks on Syria have not worked as expected, the globalist who seek to control Syria — after invading and controlling Egypt and Libya — are using the tool of last resort, which is to create a fake threat to justify their invasion of yet another country in what is perhaps the most volatile region in the planet.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Maqdad, said that the controversy about the possible use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar al-Assad is a “pretext for international intervention” in Syria.

In an interview with Lebanese television station Al Manar, Maqdad insisted that the Syrian regime “would not use chemical weapons against its people” if it had any. In his opinion, the latest allegations about the possible use of these weapons by the Syrian regime “are part of a psychological warfare and a pretext for intervention” in the country, which would imply a “regional catastrophe.”

The U.S. network NBC released yesterday accusations by U.S. officials against Damascus, which include statements suggesting that Assad is preparing to use such weapons, and that the it is only a matter of receiving a final order from the president.

This week, the UN expressed concern over the possible presence of chemical weapons in the country, while the United States warned the Assad regime that the use of such weapons would have consequences. The U.S. knows very well what it is talking about as it has a long history of using chemical and biological weapons in almost every country it has invaded as well as against its own citizens.

“We fear that the U.S. and European countries could provide such weapons to terrorist organizations to say later that it was Syria who used them,” the deputy minister said, He added that he saw the controversy as a “theater to increase pressure” on Syrian authorities.

Maqdad also warned that the results of a possible intervention in Syria “will be catastrophic for the region” while implying that the Lebanese opposition was  collaborating with the rebels Syrians.

Violence has intensified in Syria amid political paralysis and mediating efforts that have failed to end a conflict that has resulted in an open civil war. The rebels have been fully advised, financed and armed by Western forces from NATO countries. Turkey, the Western puppet in the region has facilitated the air and land invasion of Syria by rebel groups and foreign military and paramilitary forces, who have been perpetrating attacks on cities all over the country.

It is estimated that since March 2011 at least 30,000 people have died in Syria as a direct result of the war between the rebels and the Syrian army. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have left the country and turned into refugees in neighboring countries. The United Nations estimates that at least 200,000 have fled the country since the conflict began 9 months ago.

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