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On to Tehran - or Is It Damascus by Patrick J. Buchanan ~ link ~ This is most certainly a 'Good One'. Please take the time to read it all at the link if you can. Stirling
The Road to Damascus...And On To Armageddon? ~ link ~ Paris: What if pollsters put this question to citizens of the United States and the European Union “Which is more important, ensuring disgruntled Islamists freedom to overthrow the secular regime in Syria, or avoiding World War Three?”
I’ll bet that there might be a majority for avoiding World War III. But of course, the question is never framed like that.
That would be a “realistic” question, and we Westerners from the heights of our moral superiority have no time for vulgar “realism” in foreign policy (except the eccentric Ron Paul, crying out in the wilderness of Republican primaries). Because, in the minds of our political ruling class, the United States has the power to “make reality”, we need pay no attention to the remnants of whatever reality we didn’t invent ourselves.
Our artificial reality is coming into collision with the reality perceived by most or at least much of the rest of the world. The tenants of these conflicting views of reality are armed to the teeth, including with nuclear weapons capable of leaving the planet to insects.
Foreign Powers Behind Syria Unrest - with video ~ link ~ Chossudovsky: Well, I should disclose the fact that this news concerning British special forces is nothing new. There's evidence of foreign interference in affairs of Syria, going back right to the beginning, when you know the... started in Dara'a, in southern Syria in March of 2011. We know, that these armed groups, which were recognized in fact in the Arab League report, are all supported by foreign powers, and they are operatives of those foreign powers on the ground inside Syria. We know that Turkey is involved, and we know that they are supporting those groups.
Geopolitical Destabilization and Regional War: The Road to Tehran Goes Through Damascus ~ link ~ Take the time to read all of this excellent article at the link. Stirling
"To achieve this objective, China supports efforts consistent with the UN charter and principles and we are ready to strengthen communication with all parties in Syria and the international community and continue to play a constructive role," he added.
The Chinese premier made the comment after a meeting with the European Council and the European Commission presidents at the start of an EU-China summit in Beijing.
The head of the Russian General Staff, General Nikolai Makarov, said Moscow is closely watching the situation and is not ruling out the possibility of a coordinated attack on Iran, Russia Today reported.
"Iran is a sore spot," the general told reporters on Tuesday. "I think a decision will be made by the summer."
The Islamic Republic enjoys ample might and military capabilities to counter any threats against the country and hence the US and Israel will not dare to launch a military attack on Iran, Head of the IRGC Public Relations Department Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif said on Tuesday. He warned that any military strike against Iran will have “terrible and inconceivable consequences” for Washington and its allies.
On February 2, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said if the Western sanctions against Iran fail to halt its nuclear program, military action against the country must be put on the agenda.
So get ready for war with Iran. Because once Assad is gone, that is what comes next.