Emissaries from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have held meetings with high level U.S. government officials in Washington, the Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. The CIA, MI6 and Mossad supported rebels consulted with Obama’s National Security Council and presented a shopping list of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles.
On Thursday, we reported that the Pentagon had finalized plans to attack Syria. “The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring countries in the event action was ordered, officials tell CNN.”
Syrian ambassador Robert Ford and Frederick Hoff, special coordinator for the Middle East, also met with FSA representatives in the last week at the State Department.
The high level talks preface a meeting of the G20 next week in Los Cabos, Mexico, where U.S. and British officials will try to convince Russia’s Vladimir Putin to join the effort to militarily overthrow the al-Assad regime. Russia and China have blocked efforts by the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Syria.
According to the Daily Telegraph, western officials have privately admitted they do not expect Russia to change its position.
Funds from the oil-rich sheikdoms of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and weapons imported from Libya, including anti-tank weapons, are expected to be used for the “inevitable” intervention. Officials describe the planned military intervention as “Libya Lite,” according to the newspaper.
At least 30,000 people died as a result of the NATO and U.S. effort to depose the Libyan government. Radical Islamists and al-Qaeda now control much of the country. Tribal and sectarian clashes have engulfed Libya in the wake of NATO’s brutal intervention and the murder of Gaddafi.
Earlier this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Syria may become “the next Bosnia.”
“As we see the regime using heavy weapons against civilian-populated areas and then sending in militias to kill and murder people – this is reminiscent of Bosnia in the early ’90s,” Hague said. “So I don’t think we should be thinking of it in terms of the Libya situation last year.”
In December, an Arab League observers’ report on Syria revealed that the FSA and “armed opposition groups” were responsible for many of the killings. The findings were ignored by the U.S. and the establishment media.
Hague also failed to mention that NATO was responsible for importing al-Qaeda fighters into Bosnia in the 1990s. CIA supported and trained Mujahideen “migrated to Bosnia hoping to assist their Islamic brethren in a struggle against Serbian [and for a time] Croatian forces,” Lenard Cohen, professor of political science at Simon Fraser University, told the National Post. The Pentagon used countries such as Turkey and Iran to arm al-Qaeda and other Islamist warriors in the Balkans in order to foment ethnic and religious tensions.
Moreover, atrocities committed by these Muslim forces were generally ignored by the western media. For instance, the Serb attack on Srebrenica, widely exploited by the West prior to the attack on Yugoslavia by Clinton and NATO, was a response to attacks and beheadings by Muslims.
Muslim forces based in Srebrenica had “engaged in attacks during Orthodox holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region,” General Philippe Morillon, commander of the UN troops in Bosnia from 1992 to 1993, told International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.