by Tony Cartalucci
July 26, 2012
- The Washington Post has just published an article with the very misleading titled, "Turkey a hub for Syria revolution as illegal border crossing points abound
in which it describes "Salafi Muslims," who have "come to offer help
from the countries of the Persian Gulf region" arming and joining the
so-called "Free Syrian Army." The article also claims "weapons are
ferried into Syria, delivered by Turkish military trucks and
picked up by fighters on the other side in the dead of night."
A more apt title would be, "Turkey hosts invading Saudi and Qatari mercenary army."
This confirms earlier reports featured in the New York Times
and the Washington Post
that not only are the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar funding and
arming militants via Turkey, but that the US is coordinating the
logistical aspects of the operation as well.
Likewise, CNN has attempted to spin concessions made by its own Ivan Watson, traveling with sectarian extremists into Syria, where it was admitted
CNN has now added
Meanwhile, residents of
the village where the Syrian Falcons were headquartered said there were
fighters of several North African nationalities also serving with the
A volunteer Libyan
fighter has also told CNN he intends to travel from Turkey to Syria
within days to add a "platoon" of Libyan fighters to armed movement.
On Wednesday, CNNís crew met a Libyan fighter who had crossed into
Syria from Turkey with four other Libyans. The fighter wore full
camouflage and was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle. He said more Libyan
fighters were on the way.
The foreign fighters, some of them are clearly drawn because they
see this as Ö a jihad. So this is a magnet for jihadists who see this as
a fight for Sunni Muslims.
CNN then attempts to claim the "real" Syrian "revolutionaries" "do not
want an Islamist political agenda to be mixed in with their revolution."
The face of Libya's "revolution" was literally Al Qaeda. Abdul Hakim
Belhaj, commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) listed by the US State Department
as a "Foreign Terrorists Organization," was armed and backed by NATO
(including the US) in his efforts to topple the government of Libya.
Belhaj more recently pledged (NATO) weapons, cash, and Libyan militants to the "Free Syrian Army."
Unfortunately for CNN, despite its best efforts, it cannot qualify its
claim that these foreign fighters are "unwanted," - for the so-called
"Free Syrian Army" (FSA) has long since exposed itself as a sectarian extremist front
infiltrated with foreign fighters and foreign weapons, stretching back as far as 2007
Saudis and Qataris Attempt "Arab League-UN" Rescue of Faltering Mercenaries
Perhaps as a sign the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are
stretched to the limits of their ability to covertly undermine Syria,
they have announced plans to seek "UN General Assembly action
for a "political transition and establishment of a democratic
government in Syria." For the despotic, unelected, grandiose nepotism of
Saudi Arabia and Qatar to call for a "democratic government in Syria"
is truly a move made as much out of desperation as it is one of farcical
Image: In "progressive" Saudi Arabia, who is calling for a
"democratic transition" in Syria, women are not even allowed to drive,
let alone vote for their leaders - who with Qatar, are amongst the few
remaining absolute monarchies on Earth.
Both Gulf State nations are run by absolute monarchies - some of the
only kind still left in the world. In Saudi Arabia, not only are
elections out of the question, but women are in fact, prohibited from even driving
How the Saudis themselves are not subject to UN resolutions, open
condemnations, sanctions of all kinds, and ultimatums over their own
dictatorship is a true indication of the bankrupted, hypocritical,
self-serving dysfunction that punctuates a Western corporate-financier dominated
"international order." It is an "international community" that creates
the illusion of urgency and injustice when it seeks to expand its
interests into one nation, but conveniently ignores real injustice when
it jeopardizes their interests elsewhere.
Turkey Supports Subversion of Syria, While Crushing Dissent at Home
Turkey itself has been waging a decades-long bloody campaign against its
own armed uprising in predominately Kurdish areas bordering Syria,
Iraq, and Iran. In fact, at one point, the US allowed Turkish tanks to
cross into American-occupied Iraq to attack villages suspected of
harboring armed Kurdish separatists in 2008, mirroring the very tactics
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is now condemning Syria for. The
Guardian reported in their 2008
article, "Iraq demands Turkey withdraw from border conflict with Kurds
," that the conflict had been raging since 1984 and had cost the lives of 40,000 people.
Turkey has in recent weeks, violated Iraq's airspace in order to strafe and bomb Kurdish villages
inside Iraqi territory. Iraq has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council - a complaint likely to go unnoticed.
One can only imagine the "threat" Syria would be portrayed as if it were
to likewise strafe and bomb targets beyond its borders in pursuit of
now admittedly foreign-armed, foreign fighters invading its country via
Turkey. Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, would most likely invoke
"Chapter V" of NATO's treaty, a mutual defense clause that makes an
attack on one alliance member an attack on all members - thus opening up
the door for more direct foreign military intervention.
Turkey's ruling government led by PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in fact
undermining its own national security by running errands for NATO versus
Syria. By supporting foreign terrorists invading neighboring Syria, it
undermines the legitimacy of its own campaign against Kurdish rebels
within its borders, not to mention beyond them. Turkey's current stance
vis-a-vis Syria is not shared by all members of Turkey's government, and
at this critical stage, now more than ever they need to make their
voices heard both to the Turkish people and to the people of the world.
Carving Out "Safe Havens" for the US State Department's SNC
The ultimate goal of inundating Syria with foreign fighters and weapons
while Saudi Arabia and Qatar farcically call for a "democratic
transition" in Syria is to create a "safe haven" from which the US State
Department coached and directed "Syrian National Council
" (SNC) can rule from - further dividing and undermining the Syrian nation-state.
This geopolitical objective was first summarized in the Fortune
500-funded Brookings Institution's March 2012 Middle East Memo #21 "Assessing Options for Regime Change (.pdf)
and recently reiterated almost verbatim
by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The US foreign-policy
think-tank, Brookings Institution blueprinted designs for
regime change in Libya
as well as both Syria
. In their report, "Assessing Options for Regime Change
" it is specifically stated (emphasis added):
"An alternative is for diplomatic efforts to focus first on how to end the violence and how to gain humanitarian access, as is being done under Annanís leadership. This may lead to the creation of safe-havens and humanitarian corridors,
which would have to be backed by limited military power. This would,
of course, fall short of U.S. goals for Syria and could preserve Asad
in power. From that starting point,
however, it is possible that a broad coalition with the appropriate
international mandate could add further coercive action to its efforts." -page 4, Assessing Options for Regime Change, Brookings Institution.
Image: Also out of the Brookings Institution, Middle East Memo #21 "Assessing Options for Regime Change (.pdf)," makes no secret that the humanitarian "responsibility to protect" is but a pretext for long-planned regime change.
The Brookings Institution's "safe havens" and "humanitarian corridors" are meant to be established by NATO-member Turkey, who had been threatening to partially invade Syria
in order to accomplish this. And while Turkey claims this is based on "humanitarian concerns," examining Turkey's abysmal human rights record
in addition to its own ongoing armed campaign against the Kurdish
people both within and beyond its borders, it is clear they are simply
fulfilling the agenda established by their Western patrons on Wall
Street and in the city of London.
There is still extreme danger that with Aleppo still under threat by
foreign fighters and the so-called "Free Syrian Army," NATO is preparing cross-border provocations
to justify the "limited military power" Brookings calls for in
establishing its prescribed "safe havens." Fabricated "massacres,"
"humanitarian crisis," and false flag attacks involving chemical weapons
are also pretexts the West might use for a limited military incursions
into Syria in an attempt to cripple its military and lend its militant
proxies a "safe haven" in Syria to rule over.