Berto Jongman Et Al: Syria Round-Up 5.1

08 Wild Cards, Cultural Intelligence
Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman: CIA Fabrication of Evidence

Berto Jongman: Critical Analysis of Obama Speech on Syria

Berto Jongman: Expert Views on Russian Proposal

Berto Jongman: Hearing on US Domestic Implications of Syria Confrontation

Berto Jongman: Israeli Bio-Chemical Program and Capabilities

Berto Jongman: Porter on Cherrypicking Intelligence

Berto Jongman: Rebels and Chemical Weapons in Syria

Berto Jongman: Syria Chemical Weapons

Paul Craig Roberts:  Another False Flag in the Making?

Paul Craig Roberts: John Pilger on Hiroshima to Syria

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington’s Use of Chemical Weapons Over Time

NIGHTWATCH:

Russia-Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov picked on an off-hand sarcastic suggestion by the US Secretary of State today. Russia proposed that Syria place its chemical weapons under international/UN control. It urged Syria to concentrate the chemical weapons and prepare to dismantle them.

Syrian Foreign Minister Mu’allim replied that Syria welcomed the Russian proposal and invited UN inspectors to return to Syria to begin the process..

Comment: Western commentators opined that the Russians and Syrians were bluffing. However, Lavrov was the first to suggest that the US Secretary of State might not be serious. Nevertheless, he indicated Russia would immediately begin to work with Damascus on the proposition if it makes it possible to avoid strikes against Syrian.

In this proposal, the Asad government would stay in power, as multiple commentators have noted, and the UN or some other international entity would become the referee. A US attack could not be justified as long as good faith negotiations made progress.

The opposition would consider itself betrayed and might attempt to demonstrate that sentiment. It had been preparing an offensive surge to coincide with the US cruise missile attacks.

Syria also requested an assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency of the effects of a Tomahawk missile strike on Syrians nuclear reactor. The US objected to the request as beyond the scope of the Agency’s charter