US on brink of launching war against Syria

SRINAGAR: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry laid out a case for war against Syria Friday. Their statements made clear that Washington is on the brink of launching yet another unilateral war in violation of international law, and in direct opposition to the sentiments of both the people of the Middle East and the American public.

While both Obama and Kerry indicated that no decision has yet been taken in relation to military action against Syria the reports suggest otherwise. US Navy has positioned a fifth warship in the Mediterranean, while Air Force units are being beefed up at the US base in Qatar for a military assault that is planned and imminent. A possible target date is September 5, with a New Moon—the same conditions chosen for launching “shock and awe” against Iraq more than a decade ago.

He was followed shortly afterward by a perfunctory statement from Obama during a taped photo-op with three Baltic heads of state. The occasion only underscored the lack of international support for the coming US aggression, particularly in the wake of the British parliament’s stunning vote to reject participation in a new war.

Obama’s statement was aimed at assuring the American public that any US assault on Syria would be a “limited, narrow act” with no “boots on the ground”  or “open-ended commitment.” Kerry made similar promises that the Syrian intervention “will bear no resemblance to Afghanistan, Iraq or even Libya.”

There is no reason to lend any credibility to these claims either. The Washington Post Friday carried a front-page story based on interviews with US military personnel, calling the action “very dangerous” and warning that the US could not simply fire a few cruise missiles into Damascus and walk away.

Former US Central Command chief General James Mattis was quoted as warning: “If Americans take ownership of this, this is going to be a full-throated, very, very serious war.” KO Monitoring Desk

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