Syria Marks A Change In The Geopolitical Equation

On September 30th, 2015 Russia began airstrikes against ISIS and its affiliates in Syria. These strikes were conducted at the request of the Syrian government. Iran followed announcing that they were preparing to send in ground troops

These developments completely change the geopolitical equation, and not just in Syria.

Western politicians and their corporate media lapdogs are obviously not happy about where this is headed, and they have taken to the airwaves in force to voice their condemnation. First they claimed that Russia was hitting “moderate”, U.S. backed rebels rather than exclusively focusing on ISIS.

Wait, on September 16th General Lloyd Austin of the US Central Command testified that there were only 4 or 5 U.S. trained fighters in all of Syria, and now these fighters are supposedly in control of an entire region?

This assertion would be absurd enough on its own, but the reality of the matter is that the area in question has been controlled by Al-Nusra, for at least two years. And just so we’re clear here, Al-Nusra is Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, and they have direct alliances with ISIS.

Not that this distinction between Al-Nusra and the FSA would really change the equation. The FSA has publicly acknowledged on several occasions that they are cooperating Al-Nusra, and the FSA command itself has been dominated by Islamic extremists since at least 2012…

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The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is reporting today that President Putin has authorized combat ground operations to begin in Syria utilizing strategic Aerospace Forces protection operations in support of the internationally authorized military forces under the control of the legitimate government of Syria.

According to this report, President Putin issued this order after the Obama regime notified the MoD that there were only militants in the areas of Russia’s military operation against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) forces in Syria. Which was confirmed by Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, who stated: “The Americans informed us during contacts that there was no one except terrorists in this region”.

Further leading President Putin to issue this order, this report continues, were battlefield reports showing ISIS / ISIL forces fleeing from those areas in Syria being targeted by massive Aerospace Forces strategic bombing attacks so fearsome the Islamic State was forced to call prayer services yesterday.

Of the authorized military forces in Syria who will be protected in their ground operation against ISIS/ISIL by Aerospace Forces, this report notes, are all elements attached to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) by official documentation provided to the MoD by the Syrian government.  Though not explicitly stated in this report, those forces currently operating within the SAA are widely known to include Shiite armed fighters associated with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards along with various Iraqi Shiite militia forces pouring into this war zone.

Interestingly too is this MoD report stating that both the Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are, likewise, to be afforded Aerospace Forces protections.

These US-Kurdish allies have welcomed Russian airstrikes and have offered to fight alongside Russia against the Islamic State and have, also, asked Moscow for weapons. The YPG, it’s important to note, has recently had to slow its offensive against ISIS/ISL forces after Turkey, a US-NATO ally and bitter rival of the Kurds, objected to its success, and US bombing missions over northern Syria have dropped precipitously since leaving them at the Islamic States mercy…

Gerald Celente: This Is A Turning Point Event (Syria)

Obama Apologizes Privately For Bombing Hospital

In a surprise move that followed days of excuse-making and altered narratives, the White House today confirmed that President Obama called Doctors Without Borders president Dr. Joanne Liu to formally apologize for the Saturday US attack against one of their hospitals near Kunduz, killing 12 staff members and 22 overall.

Dr. Liu’s office issued a statement confirming the apology, but reiterating Doctors Without Borders’ position that the attack on the hospital requires a full, independent investigation led by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to figure out exactly what happened and why.

The US appears to be spurning that call, and keeps reiterating simply that the Pentagon is conducting its own investigation into the matter, and Gen. John Campbell has announced intentions to hold additional training for special forces troops on the importance of not bombing hospitals…



The World’s Silliest Empire

I couldn’t help but notice that over the past few weeks the Empire has become extremely silly—so silly that I believe it deserves the title of the World’s Silliest Empire. One could claim that it has been silly before, but recent developments seem to signal a quantum leap in its silliness level.

The first bit of extreme silliness surfaced when Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the head of the United States Central Command, told a Senate panel that only a very small number of Syrian fighters trained by the United States remained in the fight—perhaps as few as five. The tab for training and equipping them was $500 million. That’s $100 million per fighter, but that’s OK, because it’s all good as long as the military contractors are getting paid. Things got even sillier when it later turned out that even these few fighters got car-jacked by ISIS/al Qaeda in Syria (whatever they are currently calling themselves) and got their vehicles and weapons taken away from them.

General Austin’s previous role as as Lt. General Casey in Tim Burton’s film Mars Attacks! It was already a very silly role, but his current role is a definite career advancement, both in terms of rank and in terms of silliness level.

The next silly moment arrived at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, where Obama, who went on for 30 minutes instead of the allotted 15 (does Mr. Silly President know how to read a clock?) managed to use up all of this time and say absolutely nothing that made any sense to anyone.

But it was Putin’s speech that laid out the Empire’s silliness for all to see when he scolded the US for making a bloody mess of the Middle East with its ham-handed interventions. The oft-repeated quote is “Do you understand what you have done?” but that’s not quite right. The Russian «Вы хоть понимаете теперь, чего вы натворили?» can be more accurately translated as “How can you even now fail to understand what a mess you have made?” Words matter: this is not how one talks to a superpower before an assembly of the world’s leaders; this is how one scolds a stupid and wayward child. In the eyes of the whole world, this made the Empire look rather silly.

What happened next is that Russia announced the start of its bombing campaign against all manner of terrorists in Syria (and perhaps Iraq too; the Iraqi request is in Putin’s in-box). What’s notable about this bombing campaign is that it is entirely legal. The legitimate, elected government of Syria asked Russia for help; the campaign was approved by the Russian legislature. On the other hand, the bombing campaign that the US has been conducting in Syria is entirely illegal. There are exactly two ways to legally bomb the territory of another country: 1. an invitation from that country’s government and 2. a UN Security Council resolution. The US has not obtained either of them.

Why is this important? Because the UN, with its Security Council, was instituted to prevent war, by making it difficult for nations to engage each other militarily without all sorts of international economic and political repercussions. After World War II it was thought that wars are rather nasty and that something should be done to prevent them. But the US feels that this is rather unnecessary. When a Russian correspondent (Gayane Chichakyan from RT) asked the White House press secretary under what legal authority the US was bombing Syria, he at first pretended to not understand the question, then babbled incoherently, looking rather silly. You see, the US likes to fight wars (or rather, its military contractors like to fight wars, because that’s how they make money, and they happen to own a big piece of the US government). But the US can’t win any wars, and that makes its entire war effort rather silly (in a murderous sort of way).

In spite of American recalcitrance, the UN does in fact prevent wars. Recently it prevented the US from mounting a “limited strike against the Assad regime in response to the brazen use of chemical weapons” (or so said Obama during his UN speech). This was helped by a deft bit of Russian diplomacy, in the course of which Syria voluntarily gave up its chemical weapons stockpiles. Undeterred by diplomacy, the US squeezed off a couple of cruise missiles in the general direction of Syria, but the Russians promptly shot them out of the sky, triggering a major rethink at the Pentagon and, of course, making the US look rather silly.

But once you make a fool of yourself, why stop? Indeed, Obama shows no intention of stopping. Just about the entire audience at the UN General Assembly knew that the Syrian government’s chemical attack on its own people never happened. The chemicals were provided by the Saudis and were unwittingly used by the Syrian rebels on themselves. Lying, when everybody knows that you are lying, and knows that you know that you are lying: what could possibly be sillier?…

True enough, it is silly, but also dangerous to its citizens and the world.  When will somebody remember that ALL EMPIRES MUST FALL?  Please read the rest of the article.

A No-Float Zone In Syria

Moskva_missile_cruiser23.11.12While brazen psychopaths like Hillary Clinton and warmongers like Marco Rubio call for a No-Fly Zone in Syria, it appears that Russia has declared a “No-Go Zone” of its own. The Russian version, however, consists of a “No-Float Zone” and is located off the coast of Syria.

The “No-Float Zone” as Ziad Fadel of Syrian Perspective has labeled it, is focused on the Mediterranean sea, with ships already within the vicinity of the Mediterranean preparing to meet with those currently based in the Black Sea but who are now heading into the Mediterranean. Both ships and reconnaissance vessels are reportedly prepared to establish a “No-Float Zone” to serve as protection for approximately 140,000 Russian troops that appear to be heading to Syria.

Fadel reports,

Russian warships and reconnaissance vessels are speeding out of the Black Sea into the Mediterranean as I write. The ships will establish a no float zone for any ships trying to interdict the arrival of over 140,000 Russian soldiers at the ports of Tartous and Latakia. Moreover, it appears Russian aircraft are increasing sorties over Syria and have crossed the border into Turkey in pursuit of Erdoghan’s murderous criminals. The decision to increase Russia’s role in the conflict was not made yesterday, as Waleed Mu’allim, Syria’s Foreign Minister, stated in an interview. This was, as I reported, a plan that had been drawn up by General Gerasimov and his assistants years ago. The only impediments were Syria’s obsession with keeping foreign boots off Syrian soil and the assurances from Syrian Army generals that the war would be over by now without foreign intervention. Dr. Assad has made the intelligent and courageous decision to set aside Ba’athist fears of occupation and bring Russia fully into the conflict.

Officially, Russia has not announced the troop movement. However, unofficially, it is appears that troop movements are being prepared. For instance, Sputnik recently reported that Putin has signed an order to draft over 147,000 soldiers into the Russian military.

CNN has also reported that Russia has stepped up its “ground” activity and that it has moved several ground combat weapons and troops which it posits will be used to “back up” Assad’s own ground forces in Western Syria.

With Russian and American planes both flying in the skies above Syria, Fadel’s report suggests that the naval chess pieces are also being set. If Russian troops are indeed deployed to Syria, the American response will definitely be one to watch, particularly since the United States has had personnel operating inside Syria since the beginning of the crisis.

Although no mainstream media outlets have confirmed the reports of the No-Float Zone, it is important to note that Fadel’s information has proven reliable time and time again.

It is very important to remember that Russian forces are in Syria LEGALLY under international law, since the ELECTED Syrian government invited them.  So when the corporate media talks about “Russian aggression,” challenge them.  Moreover, Russia’s commitment is consistent with their national interest:

As the potential for direct military confrontation between the United States/NATO and Russia in Syria escalates by the day, the vast majority of Americans have little clue why the Russians would have ever become involved in the crisis to begin with. Undoubtedly, most of them believe what they are told through the mainstream media – that Russia is yet again acting aggressively in its plans for total world domination and the establishment of the Fourth Reich.

For many observers in the alternative media, understanding the Russian move is somewhat more sophisticated but still substantially lacking. For instance, while some simply oppose the Russian involvement on the basis of not wanting to see any further escalation, others heap lavish praise upon Putin for his decisions and present the Russian president as the potential leader for the world. At times, the adulation borders on the cult of personality, a dangerous situation regardless of the pure motives of the individual at the center of worship.

It is true that, in the recent geopolitical back and forth that has been taking place between Russia and the West, the Russians have acted entirely in self-defense and that is has been the West that has provoked the current tensions. Indeed, in the context of Syria, Iran, and Ukraine, Russia has clearly stood on the right side of history while the United States and NATO move further and further in the opposite direction.

However, while Russia has indeed acted and continues to act as a savior in Syria, Iran, and Ukraine, it is important to note that Russian foreign policy is not an act of charity and that, ultimately, Putin’s concern is centered with the fate of Russia. Whatever the world wishes to see Putin do in Syria will be subject to the geopolitical, national, and domestic interest of Russia, a stance once can scarcely criticize any national leader for maintaining.

Below are a number of reasons that Putin and Russia are so concerned with the fate of Syria…

And Putin has been effective:

ISIS Fighters Deserting After Russia Nails Them with 60 Sorties in 72 Hours. The US Couldn’t do This for a Full Year, WHY?

The fact that the US couldn’t do this for a full year is yet more proof they didn’t really want to

Not just tactically, but strategically:

…Putin does not lie. When he says something, he means it.

Somebody in Washington had better listen to this man, because Washington is no longer The Unipower. There are now three superpowers—Russia, China, and the US—and probably in that order.

In America all forms of evil and corruption have become routine. Bob Dylan told us that vice and corruption have become routine: “People’s lives today are filled on so many levels with vice and the trappings of it. Ambition, greed and selfishness all have to do with vice. . . . We don’t see the people that vice destroys. We just see the glamour of vice on a daily basis—everywhere we look, from billboard signs to movies, to newspapers, to magazines. We see the destruction of human life and the mockery of it, everywhere we look.”

Vice is Washington’s signature. A fish rots from the head, and Washington has led our country into vice, greed, selfishness and the mockery and destruction of human life.

The Golden Rule is to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Allegedly, America is a Christian country. This means that Christian America is following Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in a masochistic way. Do we really want other countries to bomb and invade us, to reduce our towns and cities to rubble, to destroy our social and economic infrastructure, to kill millions of us and make most of the rest of us into refugees?

This is what America has done to the world. This is why Vladimir Putin said Russia can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world and why he asked America, “Do you realize what you have done?”