Monday, October 27, 2008

Why The Attack In Syria?

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Moon of Alabama

What the f--- was yesterdays special operation strike against Syria about?

A reader at Joshua Lanid's blog reports:

I just spoke on the phone with a doctor in ABou Kamal- He confirmed that the attack happened around sunset. The 4 helicopters came from the East of the township, he saw them coming. The soldiers debarked and shot people who were working in a building under construction on the periphery of the township.

9 people were pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital- Two more are severely wounded and are being operated on right now [he does not expect them to survive]- He has not read the papers (there are none to read at this time of the night) nor listened to the news and there is no internet there….His report was completely spontaneous-

I was not able to get the details on the ages of the injured but he described them as poor simple people (Masakeen) from the town. If the matter were otherwise, he would have let me know.

There were no recent reports or accusation from the military against infiltration in Iraq from Syria. So what was the point?

Such an invasion of a foreign country must have been ordered from the highest level of the White House.

The only motive I can think of is that this is supposed to help McCain. Others suspect the same:

What better way to move the American people back to a neoconservative view than by provoking a Syrian/American conflict days before one of the most fateful elections in American history. Most Americans are fed up with foreign wars, unbelievable debt from those wars, and economic failure. Yet if we can provoke Syria into retaliating against the United States somehow, then we can terrify the American people enough right now before the elections. Then they will vote from fear, not from the perspective of pragmatism and realism, and certainly not from a position of vision and hope. It has happened before in history.

But Syria is very unlikely to retaliate. It did not retaliate when the Israelis bombed the box on the Euphrates a year ago. It did not retaliate when Israel in February killed Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh with a car bomb in Damascus. Instead Syria continued with a policy of building better relation with its neighbors and even, for the first time in history, officially acknowledged the borders of Lebanon.

So if this was an attempt to stoke up an additional war, the lack of judgment is astonishing. Then again - the neo-cons have never shown good judgment at all.

Source: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2008/10/why-the-attack.html

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Just Numbers…

Posted by willyloman on October 26, 2008

by Scott Creighton

8 dead in a Syrian village.
20 dead in a village in Pakistan from a US drone attack.
24 Afghan guards killed in US attack by mistake.
1 US soldier died today on foreign soil.
21 Iraqis killed today alone.
50,000 Iraqis protest US occupation of their home.
2,700 Amercians per day from July through Sept. lost their homes due to foreclosure.
159,000 jobs lost in Sept. 2008.

Source: http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/just-numbers/

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Dane_Vetias's blog

Strike On Syria: A Gift from Cheney to McCain

The timing is amazing from a neoconservative point of view, a few days before the American elections. Right now, after years of scrupulously avoiding crossing into Syrian territory, the American military receives instructions to invade a town in Syria and kill 8 people.

A U.S. military official confirmed late Sunday an American helicopter attack in an area along Syria’s border with Iraq, which left 8 people dead and three people wounded.

Syria condemned the attack, which it called “serious aggression.”

We are closer than ever before to serious conversations between Israel and Syria, Syria has recognized an international border with Lebanon for the first time in modern history, and this is horrifying to neoconservatives who ran Washington for the last decade. They need to use force and force only to conquer Iraq, Iran and Syria. And they need to promote a conception of the American presidency that is focused on the use of military force.

It is vital to their conception of American hegemony. It is as opposite from a realist’s interests in exploring common interests internationally, with both allies and adversaries, as one could imagine.

What better way to move the American people back to a neoconservative view than by provoking a Syrian/American conflict days before one of the most fateful elections in American history. Most Americans are fed up with foreign wars, unbelievable debt from those wars, and economic failure. Yet if we can provoke Syria into retaliating against the United States somehow, then we can terrify the American people enough right now before the elections. Then they will vote from fear, not from the perspective of pragmatism and realism, and certainly not from a position of vision and hope. It has happened before in history.

I hope the Syrian regime sees this as bait, that they do not take the bait, that they do not become pawns in an internal American struggle that will only hurt them in the long run. And I hope the American people catch on to those who are attempting to manipulate them with tactics of fear.

The Iraqi/Syrian border: an appropriate place to decide an American election?

The Iraqi/Syrian border: an appropriate place to decide an American election?

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