Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has asked Damascus to declare that the mortar bomb attack on the Turkish border, which led to five dead Turkish civilians, was an accident and that there will be no such attacks in the future. Now, while the Syrian authorities might honestly claim that it was indeed unintentional, any promise to desist from further such attacks could represent the government in Damascus committing collective suicide. Or is it not to be suspected that Turkey and its NATO allies will manufacture further incidents as a pretext for intervening in Syria? Indeed, the rather strange video of the missing U.S. journalist, Austin Tice, is only one of many indications that not only have they been doing so for some time, but that they are continuing to do so.
Of course, the questions that have to be asked are quite simply, what could Syria possibly hope to gain by launching an attack on Turkey and, why would the Syrian government capture an American journalist, blindfold him, and then display him on a rocky hillside to the whole world? On the other hand, with a Pentagon spokesman, George Little, referring to the “attack” on Turkey as, “another example of the depraved behaviour of the Syrian regime”, while the White House adds that it is time for the Assad regime to step aside, and the British foreign minister saying that there is “a need for an urgent resolution of the UN security council”, it becomes quite obvious who is profiting from incidents that are more often than not stage-managed.
Or does anyone really believe that the “long-overdue political transition process”, that Washington is calling for is a process that will end with anything other than government in Damascus, which is anything other than favourably inclined towards the United States and its allies? Not many, and that is why it is really absurd to think that this is anything other than an attempt to ensure that Teheran’s only ally in the region is neutralised before the coming war against Iran.