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US war threats against Syria as fighting intensifies across Near East

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Saturday August 25, 2012 16:24author by pat c Report this post to the editors

The US have turned down a Syrian offer of negotiations. Meanwhile France has joined with the US in threats to impose a No Fly Zone within Syria. Full text at link.

Fighting is intensifying in Syria and throughout the Near East, as US and NATO officials escalate threats against Syria after US President Barack Obama’s statement Monday night that Washington is planning for a US invasion of Syria. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil’s subsequent offer of talks, even though Jamil offered to discuss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation.

Jamil said that Assad’s resignation could be discussed during a “national dialogue,” as an external attempt to force a president’s ouster on the Syrian people would set a “very dangerous precedent.” It is hardly clear that the outcome of a “national dialogue” would be favorable to Washington, however, even assuming it could somehow be held in a country torn apart by a US proxy war. A January poll found 55 percent of Syrians support keeping Assad in office. ...

Yesterday French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also stated that France was prepared to help enforce a partial no-fly zone in Syria, a measure that would involve shooting down Syrian aircraft in Syrian air space.

The US and its allies are dismissing Assad’s attempts to negotiate and continuing to arm Sunni anti-Assad forces. At the same time, they are cynically pushing for war by stoking fears that chemical weapons could be used by Assad—a possibility described as remote even by Western press sources—or that they could end up in the possession of Al Qaeda elements among the US-backed forces.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Imperialist hypocrisy     lefty    Sat Aug 25, 2012 16:34 
   and bounding on..     opus diablos    Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:38 
   ARE THE RUSSIAN STALINISTS BETRAYING AGAIN?     Felix Quigley    Thu Aug 30, 2012 13:20 
   I think you are very confused felix     feudal castrato    Fri Aug 31, 2012 03:23 
   You lie!     Felix Quigley    Sat Sep 01, 2012 14:46 
   utter nonsense     feudal castrato    Sun Sep 02, 2012 03:26 
   and, once again..     opus diablos    Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:54 
   US Imperialists terrorists and Iranian Imperialist terrorists (behind the theatre) are in this together     Felix Quigley    Tue Sep 04, 2012 17:28 
   Hang on, felix..     opus diablos    Wed Sep 05, 2012 04:40 
 10   The Shah was their man, THEN Khomeini     Felix Quigley    Wed Sep 05, 2012 07:52 
 11   just did..     opus diablos    Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:01 
 12   So do your own research     Felix Quigley    Wed Sep 05, 2012 16:42 
 13   I just did, felix...     opus diablos    Wed Sep 05, 2012 17:00 
 15   Stevens knew the risks...     LiveByTheSword    Fri Sep 14, 2012 13:10 
 16   But why the silence on Indymedia, like 4 days later....     Felix Quigley    Fri Sep 14, 2012 16:49 
 17   Felix     pat c    Fri Sep 14, 2012 18:17 
 18   Middle class people always have an answer     Felix Quigley    Sat Sep 15, 2012 08:13 
 19   Need to discuss Libya and threat of censorship     Felix Quigley    Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:43 
 20   Help needed     Independent    Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:12 
 21   You are playing the man not the ball     Felix Quigley    Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:39 
 22   The man not the ball     Independent    Sat Sep 15, 2012 16:58 
 23   Build on that! and HOPE IT IS BUT AM NOT SURE THAT IT IS!     Felix Quigley    Sat Sep 15, 2012 19:03 
 24   Felix     pat c    Sat Sep 15, 2012 19:28 
 25   A number of disagreements right there     Felix Quigley    Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:46 
 26   Aha! felix accidentally lets slip something telling     fred    Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:34 
 27   Fred     JoeMc    Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:59 

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