Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We've Been Involved In This Syrian War For Quite Some Time Now

The United States, along with four major Sunni Muslim states in the Middle East--Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia--have been involved in funneling weapons to the Syrian rebels for nearly two years now.  There seems to be little doubt about it, and extensive details can be found in this article in the New York Times from last March.

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.
The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

In other words, the US and its major allies have been involved in promoting civil war in Syria for two years.  Likewise, Iran and Russia have been helping the Syrian government in a similar fashion.  

If anyone thinks that our involvement in or concern about Syria just began with a recent chemical weapons attack, then think again.  And if you think our involvement will end if the chemical weapons are given over to international control, think again.  

This looks like it's going to be a long, drawn-out struggle, and we're in the thick of it, albeit mostly covertly.  But that of course is our normal modus operandi in these matters, about which most of us know very little. (See this recent piece on US/Nato scheming on Syria, for example.)

It's simply amazing what we (average Americans) are not told and have no clue about when it comes to what our military-intelligence complex is doing around the world.

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