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NEO – The Coming of “First Northern War” in Syria

by Salman Rafi Sheikh,  … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

Does anyone remember this short live event?

[ Editor’s Note: Mr. Sheikh gives us the quick down and dirty on the US Coalition plans to ignore the Syrian political settlement in progress by continuing to light fires inside the country and around it.

The methods are the old ones it has been using. It will keep up the endless litany of bogeyman threats from theoretical opponents that the US Coalition has vast military superiority over in terms of wining a war of attrition.

Next would come the continued jihadi staged gas attacks that Western media and our own Nikki Haley at the UN do so love. But those are getting the “big yawn” from a public that is on to that scam, as with the bogeyman threats.

Israeli media openly admits that Israel is arming and supporting Sunni terrorists in the Golan Heights, and yet continues to claim that Hezbollah poses a threat. As I have editorialized endlessly, the West mis-characterization as a threat, any countries having a right to defend themselves from attack, or to retaliate against one, shows their contempt for the United Nations Charter which they agreed to honor.

As for allied military forces inside Syria, all I would say is that Europe, which is only under threat from itself and the US, has allied forces stationed all over itself.

The EU does this at great expense when the member states are buried under in debt, and the need for these levels of military power are completely orchestrated by Deep State interests only, and the jackals that feed off their scraps Jim W. Dean ]

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We still have not gotten a serious reparations for Syria discussion going

– First published … February 26, 2018

With war into its sixth year, it is by far clear to all the actors involved in the Syrian conflict that Syria’s Assad is not “going home” now. But then this war was never about one person only; it was more about changing fundamentally the Middle East’s geo-political landscape in favour of the Wahabbi centre of power and rid the region of a common enemy of the US, Israel and Wahabbism: Iran.

And the way the war in Syria progressed throughout these years and the way this has changed the geo-political landscape to the orchestrators’ disadvantage means that this war in not going to end any time soon.

A mere restoration of Syrian territory and sovereignty wouldn’t do that either, for the real target of the US-Saudi nexus, Iran, remains strong, in fact much stronger than it was before the beginning of this war. Therefore, now that Russia and its allies have succeeded in voiding imperial agenda of ‘regime change’ in Syria, the US still has no intention of withdrawing.

We saw no one in an officer’s uniform joining in

Instead, it is now demanding from Russia to ‘distance’ itself (its interests) from that of Iran in Syria, and thus allow some space for the US and its regional allies, Saudia and Israel, to push back Iran from Syria and limit its influence.

This is hardly any doubt that this is a sure-short recipe of new conflict in the region.

The US, on its part, has already started to build up pressure. This is evident from the video the Pentagon released in the second week of February, showing its fighter jets destroying a Russian tank, giving a message to Russia about the imperative of staying clear of the next fight-in-the-making in Syria in which Israel is taking the lead, evident from its last week’s air attacks and the consequent downing of one its jets.

There is no doubt that Israel has the US backing against Iran. And there is hardly any doubt that the momentum for an armed conflict isn’t being built. Its most recent manifestation came from James Mattis on February 12 when he defended Israel’s ‘right to self-defence.’ He said:

“Israel has an absolute right to defend itself, and I think that’s what happened yesterday.”….“They don’t have to wait until their citizens are dying under attack before they actually address that issue.

So when Syria, which has made no … excuse for what they’re doing alongside Iran, when they are providing throughout for Iran to give weapons, including more sophisticated weapons, to the Lebanese Hezbollah, Israel has an absolute right to defend themselves.

It is interesting that everywhere we find trouble in the Middle East, you find the same thing behind it. Whether it be in Yemen or Beirut, or in Syria, in Iraq, you always find Iran engaged.”

The “First Northern War”

And since the Israelis aren’t interested in waiting for a real attack to come to them, they are already preparing for what many in Israel have already started to call the “first northern war”, because it will be fought on both Lebanese and Syrian fronts.

The US mainstream media is not lagging behind in paving the way for this war. A New York Times report recently noted that Iran is expanding its ‘axis of resistance’ in Syria against Israel.

According to the rogue projections made in the report, “many Israelis say the danger is not just from the new Iranian-backed militias, but also from the Iranian efforts to give advanced, high-precision weapons capable of hitting sensitive infrastructure to Hezbollah.”

The claims made in the report about the possibility of Iran hitting Israel have been largely endorsed by the US officials too. According to McMaster, “What’s particularly concerning is that this network of proxies is becoming more and more capable as Iran seeds more and more” of its “destructive weapons into these networks”, requiring them to now start thinking in terms of acting “against Iran.”

Israel is prepared to do so as is evident from the recent Israeli attacks and as re-affirmed by the Israeli leadership. And while Israel’s war rhetoric has recently become highly charged, Israel doesn’t seem to be interesting in using its own ground forces. Instead, to counter Iranian presence in Syria, Israel has started to arm Syrian rebel groups. According to a report of Israeli media Hareetz:

“At least seven Sunni rebel organizations in the Syrian Golan are now getting arms and ammunition from Israel, along with money to buy additional armaments. This change has taken place at a time when America has greatly reduced its involvement in southern Syria.

This has already been officially confirmed. According to a separate report of Times of Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confirmed, in the last week of January, that “Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger.” While he didn’t define the nature of this “aid”, recent developments have already started to show that this “aid” isn’t just medical.

While the momentum of conflict is building up, there are many crucial go-betweens—and the most important of these is the Russian factor.

The Russians have installed its top of the line S-400 missiles in Syria, which they can use to sweep the Syrian skies any time they want. And as Russia’s Lavrov warned, sitting besides his Iranian counter-part in Moscow, the US of the dangers involved in ‘playing with fire’, it gave a clear hint of the fact that its position in Syria remains unchanged even after it has successfully protected the Syrian regime and that any new build up in Syria will have to duly consider the S-400 missile shield, which is capable of preventing the “first northern war.”

 Salman Rafi Sheikh, research-analyst of International Relations and Pakistan’s foreign and domestic affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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12 Replies to “NEO – The Coming of “First Northern War” in Syria

  1. Would the US really risk nuclear mutual assured destruction to defend the “shitty little state*” of Israel. If not, by the precedence the US and Israel have set, a first strike to take out their “Sampson Option” using any means necessary is justified.

    * As former French ambassador to the UK Daniel Bernard called it.

  2. It is beyond obvious that the only way to bring peace to the Middle East is to hit the Kharzarian occupiers of Palestine so hard that they pack up and go home.

  3. This article by Salman Rafi Sheikh seems like an important one to me. What was new to me, was this statement (from Ha Aretz):
    “ At least seven Sunni rebel organizations in the Syrian Golan are now getting arms and ammunition from Israel, along with money to buy additional armaments. This change has taken place at a time when America has greatly reduced its involvement in southern Syria ”.
    So America has reduced its involvement (in the South). But the question is : What does a (potential) israeli victory mean? Are they planning to occupy Syria? A large area like that would require a very large occupation force. And who are these seven Sunnni rebel groups? Would they, as Moslems, allow themselves to be ruled by israel?

  4. https://archive.org/stream/FarAndWide/far#page/n0/mode/2uphttps:

    Book Part Review. I am working my way through these three and find them very factual and useful for understanding.
    Douglass Reed was a long time “Times” journalist, extensively travelled and made his way up through the ranks. Got Black Listed after “Far and Away” (1951?), which if they haven’t read already; James, Gordon and other would appreciate, about the USA. “The Controversy of Zion” was written in the early 1950s and unpublished until after his death in 1976, when it was found in Manuscript Form on the top od his wardrobe.
    Benard Lazare was a French writer , published in 1898. The French know this stuff.

  5. Given the reality of US/Israeli military resources in the region, it is still difficult to imagine how Russia could successfully defend against a determined and expected multi-phased attack.

    1. Let me rephrase this reality: Given the reality of Russian dominance in the air defensively and offensively of military attacking resources in the region, it is still difficult to imagine how Israel/Saudi alliance could successfully defend against a determined and expected multi-phased counter attack. With Russian naval ships in the Mediterranean, Russian surface ship and submarine-launched anti-ship and coastal anti ship and land attack cruise missiles with the range of striking all military assets in the Med & ME to include naval and ground bases.

      Despite what the Atlantic Counsel, NGO’s and the MIC denial, their impotence against Khibiny electronic warfare has proved itself multiple times since 2014 of course you will not see that in MSM.

      Conventional war fare is not an option for changing the new sheriff’s posse in town. The US/NATO will not risk nuclear war and has no option but to stand down (the US loses would be so great as to be an immediate death knoll for US/NATO from sourcing and power) when it heats up.

      The American people stopped Congress from the first attempt to put boots on the ground in Syria and no false flag is going to change that now. Trump’s election was a throw the bums out and a vote against the MIC destroying our Treasure, Commons and Unalienable Rights for transnational criminal cabals.

    2. Given that Russia has such advanced ECM neither S.A. or israel would have a chance. The IDF would run for the hills and the Saudis are incompetent. It would be over in a matter of hours.
      Russia could plant its flag on the Golan heights as it routes out the juish squatters.

    3. “Khibiny electronic warfare”? Is that what happened to the USS Donald Duck and possibly to the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John McCain? Please explain. Dead in the water? Elecronic destabilisation of cruise missiles? Technical infromation about leading edge technology and also inherent weaknesses is very interesting, because these things decide outcomes in future conflicts. These are also well kept secrets. Maybe a speculative article about the strengths and weaknesses of Full Spectrum Systems would be very interesting. Technology Transfers as part of realigning dialectics for future conflict is also proven and part of my thinking. My friend Brendon O’Connell is highly suspicious about the real controllers of Russia and China, with the Chinese President trying to set up a dynasty around the Princelings of The Eight Immortals (a meme). Operation Talpiot has not had any great publicity on here with the penetration of Israeli Technology, likely loaded with Back Doors/ Trap Doors/ Kill Switches providing great scope for strong arming gutless know nothing politicians. Remember we are not dealing with Morality – just cold hard “Rationality”. This process is predicated on all round Death and Destruction and an overall plan for Global Domination by a Unipower (not just the USA as they aren’t the only ones with their strings pulled by the likes of AIPAC. Putin is not Immortal!).

    4. The President of Business International, a former Vickers Company “Hydraulic Salesman” (Submarines!), told me to read Tom Clancy and that was back in the late eighties. So I did. Apparently they gave this stuff to Thatcher. I was told that Clancy was a NATO War Game Planner. This sort of stuff can be helpful. I also read that he was one of The Many who suffered an Early Demise.

      Talking of those WW3 Scenario Books. I saw one along time ago that may be topical and explain why the USA and Japan are crapping their bags. North and South Korea United and with North Korea’s Nuclear capabilities and South Korea’s Delivery Capabilities and proximity to Japan, combined with historical grudges against both China and Japan, then that was an explosive scenario. Ian Greenhaugh postulated that Israel supplied nuclear technology to North Korea and this concept might explain some beyond Macchiavalian or Byzantine Jewish Thinking.

    5. @Chris Paul. Good info. Very revealing about the Eight Immortals, though not all are in the money-making game. Some of them do have ethics. Very interesting comment about a controlling power behind Russia and China; and USA not being the only place where strings are being pulled. The observation on a united Korea resonates with mine, since there is a 3rd Korea which is under occupation of China. Obviously it’s not in anyone’s interest to have a united Korea. Even without going into battle, the economic giant that would be created would be bothersome.

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