Reports of Coming Military Action in Syria

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The rhetoric of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan towards Assad has become much more aggressive over the past week. He accused him of “cowardice” and said he’ll share the fate of Hitler, Mussolini and Qaddafi if he doesn’t resign.

“Just remove yourself from that seat before shedding more blood, before torturing more and for the welfare of your country as well as the region,” Erdogan said to Assad. He has been saying as far back as August that “the Syrian issue is an internal Turkish affair.”

Jordanian King Abdullah II became the first Arab leader to explicitly tell Assad to give up power. “If I were in his shoes, I would step down…If Bashar has the interest of the country, he would step down,” he said.

The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in a measure that only Yemen (where Syrian pilots are reportedly helping the regime) and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon voted against. Iraq abstained, likely out of fear of Iranian proxy Moqtada al-Sadr, who is standing by Assad. The Arab League is signaling its support for regime change by meeting with the Syrian National Council in Cairo. An advisor to the Secretary-General of the Arab League said sanctions are being prepared against Assad and that it is working on “uniting the Syrian opposition on a united vision regarding the future of Syria during the transitional period.” Syria has until the end of Friday to allow a team of 500 human rights monitors into the country.

Iran is standing by Assad, helping his forces to put down the revolution. At the same time, Iran tried to reach out to the National Coordinating Committee opposition group, which is opposed to foreign intervention. It is unknown if Iran is trying to build relations with the opposition in case Assad loses or if Iran is trying to split the opposition and empower the one opposed to outside help. Either way, the Committee rejected Iran because “no one trusted Iran.”

Russia has deployed warships to the Mediterranean Sea, which was widely interpreted as an expression of solidarity with Assad. According to one Arab newspaper, the Russian ships transported technical advisors to Syria to install advanced radar systems at every critical site. The advisors are said to be helping Assad set up the Russian S-300, an advanced air defense system, which the report says was delivered in recent weeks. Iran paid for the delivery. The Russians offered the same kind of aid to Saddam Hussein shortly before the invasion of Iraq.

Iran and Assad will not take this lying down, and Assad will not go down without a bloody fight. The Middle East is about to become an even hotter place.

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  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Certainly not laying down.
    They will take it several tens feet under underground and go even farther down after.
    They will harm us and perhaps temporarily slow down the flow of oil, but they will never be able to do that again.

  • 1minuteman

    russia is such a good ally the way they help iran and syria. to think we have to rely on russia to put a man in space. great job obama you sure have screwed up the world.

  • mrbean

    No US military action period- let them kill each other. The fewer number of Muslims, the better. Not worth the life of one American soldier nor the expenditire of one dollar.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Note the implied threat against Israel: The Russians are setting up the S-300 air defense system, paid for by Iran. This system will lie in the most direct path towards Iran, should the Israelis decide to carry out a strike against them.

    Mr. Bean, I generally like what you have to say, at this site. But notice the triad – Russia, Iran, Turkey, that is developing in the region. Obama has withdrawn this nation from the responsibilities … the responsibilities .. that go with great power. We did not ask for this power, but it was thrust upon us by the forces of history. If we do not lead, who will follow?

    I will go so far as to call for a request for Congressional authorization, if the president decides to support the people of Syria against their murderous dictator (unlike Libya). However, the withdrawal of the United States from world affairs does not make the world a safer place, it makes it much more dangerous. The year is 1933, and if Obama has his way, we will go back to biplanes and an army of 100,000. The dictators and authoritarians are on the move.

    What will be our next move?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The U.S. will be involved behind-the-scenes, offering logistical support but no direct participation. NATO has ruled out military action in Syria.

    The US must stay out of it. We have no vital interest at stake whatsoever. Indeed, we don't even know if the devil we don't know will be worse than the devil we do know, as both devils regardless will be our enemies and the enemy of our most valuable ally in the region Israel nonetheless.

    In this case, I would probably cross my fingers hoping that the devil we know be ousted, just to strategically weaken Iran, but other than that, I would never advocate intervention in any kind of way, other than to help evacuate non-Muslim unbelievers that will inevitably get targeted if the devil we know gets ousted by the devil we don't know.

    Nevertheless, I can assure you one thing that will never happen: A secular and liberal Western-style form of democracy will never emerge, as the freedoms and liberties such a democracy embodies leaves the door wide open for its inevitable demise.

    Indeed, the USA must learn never to become involved whenever Muslims fight other Muslims. Indeed, it should learn from how the Reagan administration handled the jihad waged between the Iranians and the Iraqis in the 80s in that it acted to prolong the jihad as long as possible.

    The rhetoric of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan towards Assad has become much more aggressive over the past week. He accused him of “cowardice” and said he’ll share the fate of Hitler, Mussolini and Qaddafi if he doesn’t resign.

    If we are lucky Erdogan will share that same fate as well one of these days too.

  • Sergey

    Here is a FP article about Al-Qaeda involvement in anti Assad rebellion. The only real beneficiaries of Syria uprising and the so called "Arab Spring" are Islamic terrorists and fanatics seeking Mid-East wide (and eventually worldwide) Islamic Caliphate and aiding them militarily by the US or any other Western power is suicide.
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/09/16/al-qaeda-joins

  • UCSPanther

    We always knew the Syrian rebellion was the game-changer in the ME and Iran knows it too.

    As far as they're concerned, they are in danger of losing a very useful ally.

  • John_Kelly

    Watch closely America. In any political upheaval Obama will always support the side who will ultimately support the Islamic Caliphate.

    His rhetoric is often diametrically opposed to his end game plan as he is above all a very polished liar.

    Obama has no loyalty what so ever to America or the Constitution as his egotistical vision is global rather than U.S. centric

    • johnnywoods

      That is why I refer to him as "al- Obama".

  • Jessum

    The US has no dog in this fight. Who cares what Syria and Iran are doing? They're half a world away, and they're no threat to us. We need to stop this insane wars in the Middle East and stop bankrupting ourselves. Israel's a strong country; let it take care of its own problems. We don't need to be funding them to the tune of $3 billion a year, much less sending our soldiers over there to die for Zionism. This is the single largest reason, along with these crazy wars, why the jihad types over there hate us. Ron Paul is the only man brave enough to say these things in the public sphere. RP 2012!

    • mah29001

      You are an idiot to say that we're fighting for Israel if we go to war with Syria….guess who is backing the Syrian opposition? Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. No Zionists in that bunch. And furthermore, because of your rabid anti-Israel/anti-Semitic tone of voice I'll never vote for wRONg Paul.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Neville chamberlain was brave, also.

      But It took a man of true courage to clean up the mess that Chamberlain made, and that wouldn't have happened without US support. Should we not have sent Churchill assistance, prior to our involvement in the war, in 1941? What were our vital national interests in helping Britain against Hitler? Perhaps, we should have continued sendng oil and other strategic resources to Japan, after they invaded China? What vital interests did we have in the Far East?

      If Ron Paul's message was ONLY about the economy, I would be one of his strongest supporters. However, his foreign policy ideas are wrongheaded, at the least, and potentially fatal for America, at their worst. He is America's modern Neville Chamberlain. After he makes "friends" with the Mullahs and Ahmadinjad, will he come back home waving a paper, proclaiming "Peace", in our time?

      Thanks be to God that this is his last presidential campaign.

    • aspacia

      Jessum,

      The West, not just the USA has a huge amount of economic and strategic interest in the ME.

      The 3 billion that aid to Israel is miniscules compared to the aid we provide around the world. You are anitJewish if you focus on this tiny country and not Darfer, Somalia, Congo, Syria, Egypt. Regardless of what we do, and what any infidel does, Muslims will always despise the nonMuslim–read their media, their book, and what their leaders claim in Arabic–they want all but Muslims dead or enslaved.

      Oh, a Pauline who wants to make nice with Iran–right, just like Chamberlame made nice with Hitler.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Muslims will always despise the nonMuslim–read their media, their book, and what their leaders claim in Arabic–they want all but Muslims dead or enslaved.

        Except, of course, for Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. He is the only legit true so-called moderate Muslim in the world at least according to you.

        • aspacia

          I stand corrected for my stereotypical response. There are many Muslims, like Jasser, living in the West, who oppose Islamists.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            I stand corrected for my stereotypical response. There are many Muslims, like Jasser, living in the West, who oppose Islamists.

            Stereotypical? If any post is stereotypical it is this one as it is dripping with PC multiculturalism. In Islam ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS in the world are jihadists. A few of them are violent jihadists, while most of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists or not Muslims at all, but instead a blasphemous apostate that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

            With respect to the presence of so-called moderate Muslims as opposed to to the presence so-called extremist Muslims or so-called radical Muslims or so-called Islamists, which are all PC multicultural loaded terms that should always be avoided like the plague, along with the presence of a so-called moderate Islam that is diametrically opposed to a so-called radical Islam or so-called extremist Islam, all of those things are in fact false and fantasy based PC multicultural myths.

            The reality is because the texts and tenets of Islam are considered to be divine, that is emanating directly from Allah, the texts and tenets of Islam are immutable. Therefore, there is only one true Islam – mainstream orthodox Islam – and because the sixth and most important pillar of which Islam stands makes it an obligatory duty for EVERY MUSLIM without exception to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, all Muslims are jihadists and the ones that are not jihadists again are not Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam should be executed.

            Now, this isn't to say that there isn't a Shi'a Islam vs.a Sunni Islam or that all Muslims adhere to the same Islamic school of jurisprudence, because they don't. However, on approximately 75 percent of all substantial matters in Islam, all schools of Islamic jurisprudence are in full agreement and it is only on the minor issues where there is some disagreement and even then the differences are very minor.

            In addition, the doctrine of abrogation, which governs the interpretation of the Koran, is universally accepted by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence in both Shi'a and Sunni Islam. Therefore, the main goal, overriding fundamental mission, and sole purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam is to make Islam supreme via the imposition of Sharia, and any person that is diametrically opposed to that fundamental mission of Islam is not a so-called moderate Muslim. That person is an apostate instead that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

            Thus, the existence of so-called moderate Muslims is a false PC multicultural myth, and Muslims that self-proclaim to be so-called moderate Muslims like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser are really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists. Indeed, if you listen to his spiel he sounds like a neo-con on steroids, as he advocates, promotes, and encourages going after extremist Muslims that are terrorists, fantasy based nation-building missions, and democratizing the Islamic world.

            However, targeting alleged extremist Muslims to empower alleged moderate Muslims is a fool's game and is fantasy based, as all Muslims are jihadists, whether of the violent variety or the non-violent variety, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

            Jasser also deliberately advocates, promotes, and encourages the US to continue pursuing what are fantasy based nation-building missions, while also promoting the democratization of the Islamic world. Even though winning the hearts and minds of Muslims again is a fool's game because it is impossible, as ALL MUSLIMS are obligated per the dictates of Islam to hate non-Muslim unbelievers no matter what and also even though secular and liberal Western-style democracy in the Islamic world is also impossible exactly because the freedoms and liberties it embodies leaves the door wide open for its inevitable demise, as Islam does not tolerate anything other than Sharia law.

            –continued below

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Thus, everything Jasser advocates, promotes, and encourages is incredibly fantasy based, as his mission is to mislead our federal government and the American people at the same time via misinformation. Indeed, he is totally against terrorism. However, all Muslims are also totally against terrorism as well, because terrorism is a Western manifestation only and therefore is un-Islamic. While jihad, on the other hand, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme is a holy obligation in stark contrast and a manifestation of Islamic civilization only. Nevertheless, because of the prevalence of leftwing PC multiculturalism that pervades the discourse of our society today, jihad is always conflated and morally equated as being terrorism, and thus Jasser takes full advantage of that phenomenon to promote misinformation.

            Therefore, anyone that is duped by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser's game is a gullible useful idiot, as his deceptive game is to incessantly promote the very misguided “War on Terror,” as terrorism is a manifestation of Western civilization only and considered to be un-Islamic in the Islamic world, to promote winning the hearts and minds of Muslims, which is completely impossible, to promote fighting so-called extremist and radical Muslims that are terrorists to empower so-called moderate Muslims and moderate Islam, which is totally fantasy-based, and to promote democratizing the Islamic world, which is also impossible.

            What the USA needs to do ASAP is to drop the totally misguided “War on Terror” because it is completely fantasy based and transition to a saner strategy of containing the growth and expansion of Islam instead. However, Jasser's non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad is to prevent that transition from ever occurring, and because you have been duped by Jasser's non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, you are irrefutably a gullible useful idiot on steroids.

    • Dave

      That's a cop out. They hate us because we defeated the Ottoman empire in WW1 which controlled the middle east for about 700 years, thus breaking up the 'caliphate'. The Turks or 'Ottomans' treated the arabs appallingly but because they are all muslim, they are allowed. The irony is that we handed the middle east back to the arabs because they helped us defeat the turks, so the fact they hate us is ridiculous as they are now the big boys in the middle east and have done all they can to wipe out Persian culture, Jewish culture, Coptic culture, Ba'hai culture etc etc from there and be the dominant culture, they are completely facist, nationalist bullies. They hate us because they feel humiliated that we beat the Ottomans and controlled the mid east for 60 years. Israel is a constant reminder to them of this fact and they don't want any other ethnic group controlling any country in the middle east unless they are arab.

      • Blaze Pascal

        They hate us because they want Islam to rule the world.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      With all due disrespect, Jessum, you Ron Paul anarcho-kooks are all mentally incompetent. While I agree with you in this particular case that we should not become involved in Syria because the devil we know may not be as bad as the devil we don't know, the notion that the $3 billion dollars in foreign aid we provide to Israel on an annual basis is not worth it and the notion that we supply troops to die for Zionism are out and out lies that constitutes anti-Semitic bigotry.

      The truth is if we didn't have Israel, which acts as a humongous American military base in the heart of the Islamic Middle East, we would have to fund, stock, and staff several military bases simultaneously to make up for the loss of Israel. In addition, considering all the intelligence we receive from Israel absolutely free regarding our Islamic enemies, if we didn't have Israel to gather that intelligence for us free, we would have to significantly beef up our capabilities to collect and gather that intelligence at a very significant cost that would easily exceed the amount of foreign aid we provide Israel today on a annual basis.

      Thus, try not to assume that everyone else is as nearly as self-hating and unhinged as you always blame America first suicidal anarcho-kooks.

  • HJM

    What is Syria begins to fire missiles southwest to divert attention from internal conflict in an attempt to unify neighbors against enemy number one?

    • aspacia

      Saddam did this too!

  • http://www.currencyconverterrate.com/ Rhyscurrency

    I really doubt NATO will intervene in Syria. It will only act to safeguard the evacuation of its own citizens out of Syria and that will be all. Also, I agree with that. If the citizens want to get rid of Assad, and more power to them, they should be prepared to do so on their own.

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  • skulldiggerin

    Like it or not, Assad is fighting the MB, and is clearly losing, whatever loyalty he still commands in the army.
    Awkward of the Russkis to still support him.

    However remember 1974 Ethiopia and Eritrea ?
    King Haile Selassie was toppled and a militaristic mob replaced him.
    The leftists Eritreans equipped by the Sov-Un rose up against the new Addis-Adeba regime, and tried to take the capital Asmara.
    The junta barely held its own in the face of the insurgents.

    Then it went more leftward and got into a conflict in 1977 with its neighbour Somalia,
    a longtime client state of the Sov-Un, over the Ogaden Desert which it temporarily lost.
    After this defeat, the junta strongman Mengistu Haile Mariam got rid of his fellow thugs,
    and turned to the Sov-Un for military help.
    Not only did Soviet weapons pour in but also Cuban troops, already present in Angola.
    And not only the Somalis got crushed, but also the Eritreans who had to give up their dreams of independence from Ethiopia.

    It wasn't the first time, nor will it be the last time the Russ betray their kom-rats.

    Assad is next when Vlad finds it more profitable to support Muslim Brotherhood
    hegemony. For the destruction of Israel, the dream of every megalomaniac.