Western hawks(Bankers) come to roost in Syria, but will Trump torpedo the coalition?

Friday, April 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

Robert Bridge
13 Apr, 2018

Grasping at a tenuous casus belli in Syria, major Western powers appear anxious for a military showdown. But many allies have declined to join the war party. Will others follow?
What is it about springtime that brings out the worst side of the West’s neoconservative pro-war faction?

On March 20, 2003, a coalition made up of the US, UK, Australia, and Poland opened a military campaign against Iraq; on March 19, 2011, the US, UK, and France led a NATO charge against Libya; and now here we are, in early April, and the usual suspects are rearing their ugly heads for yet another regime change, this time in Syria.

But this time around, the warmongers are facing a dramatically changed landscape. First, despite efforts by the Western powers to portray Syrian President Bashar Assad as the latest menace on the block, so evil he would even resort to chemical weapons when military victory was in the bag, many people are expressing heated skepticism over that story.

One such critic is Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria. This week he told BBC Radio Scotland in an interview that the “correct response is obviously to get inspectors on to the alleged sites of the alleged offences” as opposed to sending off the military in a mindless “stampede to war.”

Another major difference between Syria and other regime change victims, like Iraq and Libya, is that the Syrian theater is a sold-out show, with a number of serious military powers, including the US, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Russia jockeying for position. To call such a situation dangerous would be the understatement of the century.

And now that the Western powers have convinced themselves in true Salisbury style that it is “highly likely” that Assad used chemical weapons, without the benefit of an investigation, they are now staring down the barrel of a possible military conflict, or even a global conflagration involving Russia.

It should come as no surprise that several NATO members, many of which still cling to the illusion that theirs is a non-aggressive ‘defensive’ bloc, are politely declining the offer to send a military contingency to Syria.

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