The April 6 illegal US missile strikes on a Syrian air base have not only put a chill on US-Russian relations, they have increased the risk of a full-fledged war between the US and Russia—essentially a Third World War.
Try as they may, the predatory Western powers and their regional puppets--Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and Israel--cannot hide the fact that the uprising in Syria is a foreign-backed and supported conspiracy. Julian Assanage of WikiLeaks fame has confirmed yet again in his latest book, the WikiLeaks Files, that as early as 2006, the US had planned to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad...
Tiny Qatar is trying to punch way above its weight in regional affairs. It has just been revealed through hacked emails that it tried to smuggle chemical weapons into Syria using a British arms contractor. The plot also involved using Russian speaking Ukrainians, Serbs and Croats to implicate Russia as well and thereby create a pretext for direct US attack on Syria.
Saudi king Abdullah may appear dour at the ripe old age of 87 and with one leg already in the grave, but he is not without sense of humor. On August 8, he broadcast a message on Saudi television calling on President Bashar al-Asad of Syria to implement “comprehensive and quick reforms” in his country.
George W. Bush’s tour of the Middle East last month was reminiscent of old-style imperialism, when emperors would occasionally tour their vassal states to assert their overlordship and remind their local underlings of their place. George W. Bush concluded his Middle East tour last month by telling Syria, Iran and their allies to “end their interference” in Lebanese politics. This came just a few days after the US president sent “a clear message to the Syrians – that you will continue to be isolated, you will continue to be viewed as a nation that is thwarting the will of the Lebanese people.”
The stage now appears to be set for the growing US and European pressure on Syria to come to fruit. Applied directly but also through the UN, the EU and Arab leaders such as president Husni Mubarak of Egypt...1
The Assads of Syria have a great deal to learn from Jordan’s Hashemite family about the arrangement of a peaceful succession. When, early this year, the dying king Husain dismissed his younger brother and crown-prince of 33 years, the 53-year-old prince Hassan, to clear the way for his son to succeed him, the matter ended there...