Sunday, 2 October 2016

He Who Hesitates Is Lost And Russia Hesitated — Paul Craig Roberts

The Russian government deceived itself with its fantasy belief that Russia and Washington had a common cause in fighting ISIS. The Russian government even went along with the pretense that the various ISIS groups operating under various pen names were “moderate rebels” who could be separated from the extremists, all the while agreeing to cease fighting on successive verges of victory so that Washington could resupply ISIS and prepare to introduce US and NATO forces into the conflict. The Russian government apparently also thought that as a result of the coup against Erdogan, which was said to implicate Washington, Turkey was going to cease supporting ISIS and cooperate with Russia.

Alas, the Russians so fervently, or perhaps I should say feverishly, desired an agreement with Washington that they deceived themselves. If Finian Cunningham’s report is correct, Washington has taken advantage of Russia’s urging that Washington and Turkey join in the attack on ISIS by invading northern Syria under the guise of “fighting ISIS.”
Syria has now been partitioned, and the pretend or fake “moderate rebels” can be built up inside the US/Turkish occupied areas of Syria and the war against Syria kept going for as long as Washington wants. The western presstitutes will report that the Turkish/American forces occupying areas of Syria are not invaders but are attacking ISIS.

With US, Turkish, and, little doubt, soon other NATO troops operating inside Syria, the neoconservatives will have many opportunities to provoke a conflict with Russia from which Russia will have to stand down or reply with force.

Russia needs to team up with China and massively intervene on the side of the Syrians, while repeatedly citing International Law, and showing that they are legally fighting terrorist forces while demanding the US list which groups it considers 'moderate'.

Russia and China, along with the Syrian Government should also declare a No-Fly Zone over all of Syria, stating that co-operation with US coalition aircraft, that have a dubious record when it comes to striking ISIS, and a proven record of killing soldiers fighting ISIS, are thereby excluded.

Russia and China should also open proceedings in the International Criminal Court against the unlawful intervention of the US in Syria - both supporting armed terrorist groups, and intervening overtly. Similar action should be taken against Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

An acceleration of the military solution in Syria will put the US on the back foot and make their propaganda irrelevant. If the war can be 'wrapped up', or very near to it, then it will not matter what the Washington propagandists say. 

Related Info:

US To Suspend Syria Diplomacy With Russia, Prepares "Military Options"

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 2nd, 2016.]

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