Mar 2, 2012

Syria – Next Step of NATO Military Strategy: Bombing & Annexation of a Quarter of Syrian Territory

From empirestrikesback:
As the next step of NATO’s military strategy in Syria is revealed, the Orwellian buzzwords evolve a stage further to include ‘collective air shields’ as well as the ‘humanitarian corridor’ – euphemisms for the deadly bombardment, annexation and occupation of Syria’s sovereign territory.

As Syrian rebels retreat from the Babr Amr district of Homs, yesterday’s report from Israeli intelligence outfit DEBKAfile reveals the military strategy being adopted by the NATO powers. In summary this strategy involves an effective annexation of a portion of Syria’s territory under the guise of a ‘humanitarian corridor’, as well as the standard ‘no-fly zone’ (this time it is termed as a ‘collective air shield’).
Though the report states (as is customary for the contemporary ‘humanitarian intervention’) that there will be “no boots on the ground”, several reports of foreign special forces already being on the ground have put paid to this myth. The recent Russia Today report of French troops being detained in Homs, as well as reports of British special forces on the ground in early February (in Homs, no less), should remove any shred of doubt from observers’ minds.
‘Humanitarian corridors’ is the new buzzword for the next stage of the ongoing Syrian intervention. This is Orwellian parlance for the effective annexation of Syria’s sovereign territory, enforced by a ‘collective air shield’ (read: carpet bombing by NATO forces). This evolution of language is designed to ensure public opinion continues to be deceived about the true intentions of NATO, after the brutal and merciless decimation of Libya.
DEBKAfile reveals the eight-point plan that delineates the emerging military strategy being pursued by NATO. The first point of the plan involves annexing 25% of Syria’s territory as a ‘safe haven’ that will be protected by a ‘collective air shield’.
1. A group of nations led by the United States will reserve a quarter of Syrian territory (185,180 sq. km) as a safe haven for protecting more than a quarter of the nation’s population (5.5 million people) a under a collective air shield.

5. The safe haven will be placed off limits to Syrian military and security personnel and its air space declared a no fly zone. Syrian intruders will be challenged by the Western fighter-bombers shielding the protected area.
Of course ‘collective air shield’ is code for a ‘no-fly zone’, which is code for relentless aerial bombardment of civilians, civilian infrastructure (ostensibly to prevent the movement of military forces) as well as any and all military targets, using fighter-bombers, Tomahawk missiles, heavy explosive ordnance and depleted uranium.
Whereas the Libyan intervention began as a ‘no-fly zone’ and then evolved into the outright targeting of all military targets including ‘troop concentrations’, the Syrian strategy begins immediately with this stated mandate of attacking any and all ‘Syrian intruders’. Most notably this will also include all Syrians (army or otherwise) who decide to defend their homeland from criminal foreign invasion and occupation.
2. The operation will be exclusively airborne. No foreign boots will touch the ground in Syria. American, Turkish, French, Italian and British Air Force planes will fly out from three Middle East air bases – Incirlik and Diyarbakir in Turkey, where the US maintains substantial air force strength, and the British facility in Akrotiri, Cyprus.
As we saw with Libya, and as we have already seen with Syria, the operation, if successfully initiated, will most definitely not be confined to aerial operations. French troops have reportedly already been captured in Homs, and in fact DEBKAfile itself had reported foreign special forces (British & Qatari) on the ground in Syria as far back as early February.
British and Qatari troops were instrumental in the war on Libya, and they likely played a central role in the murder of Muammar Gaddafi also.
Point 3 of the plan reinforces the importance of the American military in any full-scale assault on Syria:
3. France has offered to make its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle available but accepts that without US air power, spy satellites and operational and logistical resources, the operation will not be feasible.
This is reminiscent of the Libya war, wherein Obama had ordered American pilots to fly French jets to make up for shortcomings in French military capabilities. Any large-scale intervention in Syria will only be possible with the central involvement of the U.S. military, regardless of public proclamations to the contrary.
The ‘no boots’ myth is terminally shattered in the seventh point of the eight-point plan:
7. A regional Syrian administration assisted by Western liaison officers would run the safe haven’s day-to-day affairs. The coalition would take care of the population’s food, medicines and medical care needs.
In this case, “Western liaison officers” is a euphemism for soldiers, special forces, and military consultants who will be completely running the show for all intents and purposes. This was the model for the war on Libya, and this aspect of the strategy has not changed whatsoever.
The final point of the plan states that the military coalition “would not seek Bashar Assad’s ouster as a mission goal“. Again, this is precisly what these international criminals claimed with respect to Muammar Gaddafi as they relentlessly hunted him down with SAS death squads, before mercilessly putting him to death.
Every single point of this plan, without exception, is taken from the strategy demonstrably used in Libya, the only difference being that certain points have been watered down somewhat due to NATO’s frustrated progress thus far in Syria. This strategy to annex only a quarter of Syria’s territory indicates a piecemeal approach, no doubt adopted in the face of the Security Council vetos cast by Russia and China.
The fact that this eight-point plan was first revealed exclusively by Mossad-connected DEBKAfile in the DEBKA-Net-Weekly 530 of Feb. 24 gives a clue as to who the main player behind the war on Syria is – Tel Aviv.

Twenty Facts You Should Know

From The Economic Collapse:

#1 The United States has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.
#2 The European Commission has formally declared that Europe has now entered another recession.  German banks are leveraged 32 to 1 and the European financial system is rapidly approaching a nightmare.  Lehman Brothers was only leveraged 30 to 1 when it finally collapsed.
#3 There are clear signs that economic activity is also significantly slowing down in the United States.  For example, new orders for goods manufactured in the United States experienced the biggest drop in three years in January.
#4 U.S. consumers are busy racking up staggering amounts of debt once again.  Total consumer debt rose at an annual rate of 9.3 percent in December.  It is now sitting at a grand total of 2.498 trillion dollars.
#5 The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to eliminate 35,000 more jobs.
#6 There are more unemployed Americans than there are people living in the entire nation of Greece.
#7 The percentage of American men that have jobs is near an all-time record low.
#8 Right now, there are 88 million working age Americans that do not have jobs and that the government says are not looking for jobs.
#9 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.
#10 In January 2009, there were 2.6 million “long-term unemployed workers” according to the federal government.  Today, there are 5.6 million.
#11 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen by14 cents in just the past week, and the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the state of California is now an astounding $4.29.  Sadly, the price of gas is expected to continue rising over the next few months.
#12 The U.S. housing market continues to struggle deeply.  Home prices in the 4th quarter of 2011 were four percent lower than they were during the 4th quarter of 2010.  Overall, U.S. home prices are 34 percent lower than they were back at the peak of the housing bubble.
#13 Large numbers of Americans are putting off basic health procedures due to the declining economy.  Just consider the following example from a recent Huffington Post article….
Americans between the ages of 50 to 64 got 500,000 fewer colonoscopies, or screenings aimed at detecting colon cancer, during the recession, compared to the two years before, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s medical school.
#14 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased by almost 50 percent since Barack Obama first took office.
#15 Right now, 48 percent of all Americans are considered to be either “low income” or “living in poverty”.
#16 The U.S. government is stealing about 150 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.
#17 If Bill Gates gave all of his money to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.
#18 Since the Federal Reserve was created, the U.S. dollar has declined in value by more than 95 percent and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.
#19 Approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.  Most of them are doing it for economic reasons.
#20 According to a new Politico poll, only 30 percent of all Americans believe that the next generation will be “better off economically” than the previous generation.

Credit System Subverted - Implosion Imminent With Trillion Euro Gamble

From MARCH 01, 2012  :

On Wednesday, the second long-term refinancing operation (LTRO), sponsored by Mario Draghi's European Central Bank, lent out a staggering €529 billion to faltering banks, which could put up almost Any Collateral to get these short term life rafts. Nearly 800 commercial banks took advantage of the ECB's half trillion euro currency blast—taking the grand total of the European Central Bank's LTRO program to over a trillion euros. 
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the Telegraph quotes a few congratulatory bakers and academics, who make it seem as if Draghi's central bank just saved the credit system and the entire universe:
Mr Draghi has won high praise from monetarists around the world, convinced that he has acted just in time to head off a dangerous contraction of the money supply and a full-blown banking disaster. "Draghi has been very astute, and has given the single currency project another lease of life," said Professor Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research.
"It helps enormously that banks have time to recover. Cheap loans will boost M3 money growth and drive a wider economic recovery this year. 

And guess what those banks did with that currency? They went right ahead and bought more sovereign bonds from Spain and Italy—amongst the weakest sovereign bonds you can buy. The weakest banks used the funding to buy the weakest government bonds. 

Bob Janjuah from Nomura said the whole credit system is being subverted. "We have monetary anarchy running riot where the elastic band between the real economy and the current liquidity-fuelled markets is stretched further and further beyond credulity," he said.
Professor Charles Wyplosz from Geneva University said the ECB ploy of bailing out insolvent states by the back door will come back to haunt if Europe’s leaders fail to sort out EMU’s fundamental woes and later face a "contagious wave" of sovereign defaults.
"The LTROs make things massively more dangerous. The banks borrow cash from the ECB to acquire sovereign bonds. The more the banks accumulate these bonds, the riskier the situation is becoming. The ECB seems to be making a trillion euro bet," he said.
Does any of this really matter? Are Draghi and the ECB actually strengthening anything or is he actually weakening the system he is trying to protect by weakening the balance sheet of his collective banking system? In reality this is simply window dressing to what's really going on Europe. 
The Financial Times quotes Peter Sands, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank:
But Peter Sands, chief executive of Standard Chartered, said that the glut of central bank money risked “laying the seeds for the next crisis”. Mr Sands, whose Asia-focused bank is insulated from the eurozone crisis, said that no thought had been given to long-term consequences. “It is not clear what the exit strategy is. What happens in three years’ time when it needs to be refinanced?”


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