According to The director of national intelligence in the US, James Clapper, “the erosion of the Syrian regime’s capabilities is capabilities is accelerating”. That quote was picked up from “The Guardian”, but interestingly it comes from an article in “The New York Times” entitled, Syria military Shows Strain in a War It Wasn’t Built to Fight”. And the war it was supposed to fight?
Well, “it was designed not for sustained asymmetrical combat, but to repel an Israeli invasion”. Is this “The New York Times” inadvertently clearing a number of issues for the more myopic among us? We can at least deduce that Syria never threatened Israel, but that Israel did, and does, pose a very real threat to Syria. How opportune for Israel that a force which might have resisted it is now engaged in “sustained asymmetrical combat”.
Just one aspect of the very real motivating forces behind this conflict; there is the Qatari-Saudi agenda, there is Turkey actively pursuing regime change, and there is, of course, the compatible but overriding interests of the West to secure Syria’s gas reserves, which has prompted F. William Engdahl to say:
“The battle for the future control of Syria is at the heart of this enormous geopolitical war and tug of war. Its resolution will have enormous consequences for either world peace or endless war and conflict and slaughter.”
Should you, however, gleam some sort of hope implicit in that statement, you might want to think again. For, although neither the director of US national intelligence,who would have us believe that the Syrian government is crumbling, nor the Institute for the Study of War, which argues that Assad’s forces are suffering from “tremendous fatigue“, should be taken at face value, it is not quite the same as official IDF sources quoting what is happening in Gaza for, even if these contentions, are a bit removed from what is actually happening on the ground, they do still reflect where the West is taking us. There will be no compromise, unless it is a “compromise” dictated in the West and the madmen will have their way as capitalism ups the ante and takes us towards the end days on a planet of finite resources.