Syria is the domino that could spark World War III.
By Greg Hunter
30 AUGUST 2013
To bomb or not to bomb. That is the question for President Obama on Syria. This is the only real story to be concerned with as Syria is the domino that could spark World War III. I am not being dramatic. It looks like the President has already made his choice with five U.S. Navy destroyers off the Syrian coast. Will our closest allies help? In a word–No. France says there should be a diplomatic solution. The Parliament in the UK voted “No” to bombing Syria. According to a recent poll, 91% of Americans do not want the U.S. to take military action in Syria. It should come as no surprise the President is not going to get formal approval from Congress, even though nearly 120 members from both parties want him to. Congress would surely vote No, and that would include many Democrats that think this this is a very bad idea. Even so, it looks like the President and his “Red Line” talk on the use of chemical weapons in Syria has painted him into a very tight corner. By the way, the Russian and Syrians say the rebels used chemical weapons, not the Syrian government. If President Obama bombs, he looks like a cowboy and a loner. If he holds back, he looks weak. This is the ultimate lose-lose choice.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House John Boehner sent the President a letter asking him about his plan and goals. Boehner did not ask the President to ask for Congressional approval. Some say the President doesn’t need it and cite past presidential actions in places like Panama and Grenada. Those places could not set off a global war. The President has said this is a “shot across the bow.” Firing a couple hundred missiles into a country is not a “shot across the bow.” It is an act of war, just like firing missiles into New York City or firing missiles into a U.S. military base would be an act of war.
The Iranians and Syrians say if attacked, they will attack Israel. Israel will surely counter- attack. What would the world look like then? The Russians have also warned against an attack and have moved warships off the Syrian coast as well. Will the Russians shoot down our cruise missiles? Will a counter-attack close the Strait of Hormuz? Shut down the Suez Canal? How fast could the world spin into war if poison gas was shot into Israel? Would Israel directly counter-attack Iran? What would happen to the financial system? Could the banks crash? Could the derivative market go haywire? Could the battle turn nuclear? The answer is maybe to all the above, and that should scare the heck out of everybody.
I have been telling you about the Syria story for the better part of a year. Gerald Celente warned at the beginning of the year when countries get into financial trouble, they often turn to war. People like Jim Rogers and Greg Mannarino of TradersChoice.net say war is coming, and gold, silver and oil will go much higher in price. If this conflict turns nuclear, and it could, that will be the least of our problems.
Finally, I have one last word on Edward Snowden. Up until now, I thought he was a hero for exposing a massive NSA program that spied on millions of innocent Americans. I applauded him for exposing unconstitutional acts. That said, his latest release of our black budget has gone too far. He exposed our strengths and weaknesses. What we know about our enemies and what we do not know. He surely exposed our agents in the field and probably put some in jeopardy. I think releasing this information to the Washington Post had nothing to do with unconstitutional acts and just hurts America’s national interests.
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