Syria: Next for Libya-style ‘humanitarian’ intervention?
With the destruction of Libya winding down, the Western imperialist machine is looking for the next target for destabilization and exploitation.
If John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is any indication, it is likely the case that Syria is on the top of the list.
I have speculated about Syria being the next target for foreign military intervention under the guise of humanitarianism for several months now, dating back to early April.
The evidence for this position has only grown since then and the public statements from McCain at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Jordan made it that much more concrete.
“Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria,” said McCain at the World Economic Forum meeting
The situation in Syria is far from transparent as the armed status of the “protesters” is regularly glossed over in the Western corporate media.
In the few instances in which it is mentioned, they are just labeled “opposition gunmen” then the mainstream media continues to pretend they are peaceful pro-democracy activists who are victim of an evil government.
If Americans took up guns against the United States government, you can bet they wouldn’t be characterized as peaceful pro-democracy protesters, yet when it happens in Syria they are given special status.
Furthermore, the information coming out of Syria is sketchy at best given the fact that none of it is independently verified and the vast majority comes from so-called “activists” and “human rights groups” which, like the rebels in Libya, have a strong incentive to falsify information.
AFP claims that more than 3,000 people were killed in Syrian crackdowns on pro-democracy protests, citing the United Nations. They say that this includes 187 children who have been killed since mid-March.
Like in Libya, McCain is claiming that the domestic opposition in Syria is asking for foreign military intervention.
“There are even growing calls among the opposition for some foreign military intervention. We hear these pleas for assistance. We are listening to and engaging with the (opposition) National Council,” McCain said.
Interestingly, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Syrian opposition has called for no such thing and the Obama administration claims they do not seek to intervene in Syria militarily according to The Washington Post.
Also contrary to McCain’s claim, The Washington Post is reporting, “Most Syrian opposition groups, inside and outside Syria, also have said they oppose military intervention.
One member of Syria’s outgoing parliament, Mohammad Habash, told The Washington Post that foreign military intervention “will only bring catastrophes, wars and blood and this is what we don’t wish at all.”
Clinton did say that Washington supports regime change in Syria and “an opposition that only engages in peaceful demonstration” although the opposition is doing no such thing as of now.
McCain said that there are growing reports of defections from the Syrian military and he claims that the fact that the opposition formed the Syrian National Council points to “a new phase” in the uprising in Syria.