French General: NATO Attack On Syria “Feasible”
Russian opposition to new military assault in Middle East weakening?
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, August 12, 2011
Former French General Jean Rannou has outlined the technicalities of a NATO attack on Syria as a bid to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime moves closer despite the ongoing failure of NATO’s campaign in Libya to defeat Muammar Gaddafi.
Speaking with the EU Observer, Rannou warned that any attack would worsen the country’s internal situation, something that doesn’t appear to have been of much concern to NATO in Libya, but that Syria would be left largely defenseless if western powers launched an attack.
“I don’t see any purely military problems. Syria has no defence against Western systems … [But] it would be more risky than Libya. It would be a heavy military operation,” said Rannou, former chief of the French air force.
“Nato member countries would begin by using satellite technology to spot Syrian air defences. A few days later, warplanes, in larger numbers than Libya, would take off from the UK base in Cyprus and spend some 48 hours destroying Syrian surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and jets. Alliance aircraft would then start an open-ended bombardment of Syrian tanks and ground troops,” states the report, adding that the Syrian air force would pose little threat to such a plan.
Efforts to isolate Syria in the build up to a military attack accelerated this week after the Guardian reported that President Barack Obama is poised to make a speech in which he directly calls on Assad to step down.