The Syrian civil war remains volatile and the likelihood of the two arch rival superpowers (US, Russia) along within their allies being drawn into a direct confrontation is real.
Will future historian mark the current tensions in Syria as the preliminary stage to WWWIII?
It is a sobering question to ask.
US President Trump's knee-jerk missile strike on a Syrian airfield in response to the Syrian army's (alleged) use of chemical weapons breached the president's protocol for authorising military action. Congress was denied the opportunity to debate a military strike on a Syrian airfield. Moreover, the United Nation's charter article 2(4) which states that, “all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations” was also completely ignored.
So did the twitter president base his decision to bomb another sovereign nation on images of dead babies broadcasted on the oligarch's controlled and owned mainstream media? There is nothing more emotive than seeing maimed and dead children on a TV screen a normal (instinctive) human reaction is disgust, rage and hunger for justice.
In a bizarre twist, Trump's missile strike probably boosted his political popularity on both sides of the political spectrum.
But we also know that emotions (which distinguishes humans from robots) somehow short-circuits the naked ape's high-level cognitive thinking.
Imagine going in front of a judge and jury holding up an image of a cadaver, pointing to the accused murder and claiming that he committed the crime. Surely, the jury would want to see proof before convicting.
Considering that the US government spent over $500 million on fake Al Qaeda propaganda
A former contractor for a UK-based public relations firm says that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the production and dissemination of fake Al ...
demands for an investigation into the alleged Syrian army's chemical attack would not be unpatriotic but actually appropriate and called for.
However, the oligarchy's owned and controlled media isn't interested in uncovering the truth after all its main function is mass mind control and shaping public opinion like a sheep dog rounding up the herd through the gate to the slaughterhouse.
Making a (pending) war “beautiful” is the corporate media's next mission. A link below shows MSNBC’s Brian Williams reporter referring to weapons as “beautiful”-he repeats the word “beautiful” three times. www.washingtonpost.com/news/beautiful-brian-williams-says-of-syria-missile-strike-proceeds-to-quote-leonard-cohen
Weapon systems are typically discussed in terms of the extent of their lethality, their effective range and appropriate kinetic energy to immobilise a threat be it infantry, light skinned and armoured vehicles. Weapons are designed and engineered to kill, destroy and immobilise. So when the mainstream media described death and destruction as “beautiful” then it becomes obvious that the mass mind control machine to make war “beautiful” is in full swing. How can killing and destroying be beautiful? Beautiful weapons???
Moreover, let's assume that the US military campaign in Syria has just begun. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (also known as “mad dog Mattis” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mattis
James Norman "Jim" Mattis (born September 8, 1950) is the 26th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the Trump Administration.
is a classic textbook military strategist. The first battle for military dominance over a territory doesn't unusually start on the ground but in the skies. In other words, there is no gain sending a large contingency of assets on the ground if the skies above are dotted with enemy “birds”. Ground troops would easily be identified from above by the opposing air force then clubbed like baby seals.
So the first battle is for air superiority over the disputed territory. Fighter jets dogfighting in the skies? But that implies eagles (US) shooting bears (Russian) over Syrian airspace which would be an obvious act of war.
However, bombing Syrian airfields (under the disguise of humanitarian grounds) and providing the Russians with a heads up so as to avoid Russian casualties would deal a severe blow to the Syrian air force. So the tomahawk cruise missiles (with an accuracy of one meter) were targeted on fighter jets parked on a Syrian airfield.
Put another way, US missile strikes could have been planned to weaken Syrian and Russian air power over Syria for the coming US and allied land war in Syria. The aim of the US's government is to oust the democratically elected leader of Syria, Assad.
Not only is the US war machine swinging into action, so too is US diplomacy.
“Washington's UN ambassador said that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad cannot stay in power after a suspected chemical attack that prompted the first direct US military action against his government.”
Washington's UN ambassador said that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad cannot stay in power after a suspected chemical attack that prompted the first direct US military action against his government.
Furthermore, US closest ally, the UK has decided not to help calm tension with Russia. UK's foreign secretary Borris Johnson's decision to cancel his Moscow trip underscores the above.
Are the US and her allies angling for war?
Frankly, I see no de-escalation in tensions in Syria. There is no diplomatic effort to calm tensions and the US's military campaign is likely to continue, the battle for the skies could soon escalate to the land.
As I wrote in my previous piece if war is on the agenda then Trump is the puppet master's useful idiot.This new Commander and Chief shoots, asks questions later and doesn't respect UN conventions. Trump isn't showing signs of being a deep thinker but he is masterful in tuning into human emotion, particularly anger and playing with it. Meanwhile, Russia and Iran is warning the US not to cross “the red line” and is threatening a military response if they do.
Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again | Zero Hedge
"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."
Russia is not known for starting wars, but once they start fighting they are unlikely to stop until they have reached Washington, Brussels. Dark and dangerous times could lie ahead.
There is unlikely to be much stomach for risk until tensions de-escalate. A flight to safe haven assets is currently playing out (as I write this piece) and there is chatter that the Treasury bear market could have ended. Moreover, precious metals should be a lot higher too if only their price was not being suppressed.