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The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War

June 4, 2013 by  

The last war America fought openly through proxy was the Vietnam War. The idea was not necessarily “new”; General Smedley Butler’s exposé on his career as a conqueror-for-hire, titled War is a Racket, uncovered a long history of bloodshed by U.S. government and corporate interests in third world countries designed to destroy sovereign nations and plunder their resources. This was done through the use of mercenaries for hire, military men acting covertly or guerilla forces with a pre-existing agenda supplied through back channels.

The sad and disturbing reality is that most wars fought by our country over the course of the past century have not been fought on principle. Instead, they have been fought for profit and for the consolidation of power and oligarchy.

Vietnam was a break in the tradition of secret puppet conflicts, sending the U.S. into the realm of openly admitted proxy. The establishment wanted the American people to know that we were supplying funding and weapons to the South Vietnamese nationalists, meddling in a civil war which had absolutely no bearing on U.S. international relations or domestic policy. The rationalization then was that America had to stop the spread of communism. Ironically, the communists of North Vietnam were a minimal threat compared to the elitist communists within our own borders sitting in positions of political power.

Ultimately, the Vietnam War had absolutely nothing to do with fighting communism, and everything to do with manipulating the public into accepting the concept of foreign intervention. That is to say, we were being conditioned to think of interventionism as a perfectly normal U.S. policy.

The war in Vietnam was achieved in stages. First, the U.S. aided then abandoned the government of Ngo Dinh Diem, who was assassinated during a military coup inspired partly by Diem’s despotic mistreatment of the Vietnamese populace. Money was then sent to cement the power of the military junta in the name of countering the rise of the communist North. Soon, weapons and heavy ordinance were being shipped to the South. Then, U.S. “advisors” were sent to train South Vietnamese soldiers.

Full intervention was successfully avoided by the John F. Kennedy Administration until his assassination, after which President Lyndon B. Johnson launched into a full-spectrum U.S. invasion which the mainstream referred to as a “police action.” Simultaneously, Chinese and Russian interests began supplying the North, though their involvement never officially led to boots on the ground.

I rehash this history because I think it is important to note that the Vietnam theatre seems to have been recycled in Syria today, though the cast of characters has been rearranged slightly. This time, the U.S. and Europe has supported the insurgency. The government of Bashar al-Assad has been cast as the “villain”. Russia and China are now playing the role of mediators and peacemakers, while the West now sends men like Senator John McCain to throw money and weapons into the hands of a rebellion permeated with members of al-Qaida, who decapitate and eat the hearts of prisoners on video, and who, last time I checked, were supposedly our enemy.

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Edward Adam’s “Saigon Execution” epitomized not knowing who is who in war.

The process and escalation of the conflict has been very similar to our adventures in Southeast Asia. Money has been openly sent to the rebels. Weapons have likely been covertly sent (evidence suggests that this program was perhaps a part of the reason for the Benghazi incident and subsequent cover-up). Now, certain parties within the U.S., Israel, and the EU have suggested open armament of the insurgency, while destabilization of the region is blamed on Assad by the Western media.

In response to the accelerated armament of what many now consider an entirely fabricated revolution, Russia, Iran, and Lebanon have offered aid to Assad. Russia has supplied Syria with weaponry for years, though shipments have increased in recent months, including a new shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles which has infuriated Israel (Israel has claimed it has no intention to escalate, even thought it has twice used airstrikes within Syria’s borders — their anger over S-300 shipments only shows that they intend to continue such aggression).

Iran has a longstanding mutual defense pact with Syria and has stated that any further direct incursions by the West will result in Iranian involvement (though I think it likely that they are already involved sending arms and advisors of their own). Lebanon has supplied actual ground troops to Assad through Hezbollah. They are aiding the Syrian army in what appears to be a successful campaign against the insurgency. Hezbollah was very effective in repelling an invasion by Israel in 2006, causing the United Nations to step in to provide face-saving resolutions and an excuse for Israeli retreat. I believe their involvement in Syria will be a game changer.

I have been writing and warning about Syria’s potential as a catalyst for an expanded global war for years, long before most people had ever hear of Assad, and much of what I have predicted in the past is now coming true. Whether you believe the Assad regime is good or evil, it is important to realize that our government’s involvement in the region has nothing to do with Assad. This conflict is about setting off chain reactions in the Middle East, and, perhaps, even triggering a world war. You can read more about this in my article “Syria And Iran Dominos Lead To World War.”

Using Vietnam and other proxy wars as a reference, here is how I believe the war in Syria is likely to progress over the coming months:

  1. Heavy weapons will be supplied to the insurgency, including anti-aircraft weapons, leading to increased casualties, especially civilian casualties.
  2. Assad will respond with expanded and deadly airstrikes and ground troops will advance with the aid of Hezbollah.
  3. Iran will begin openly supplying arms, and step up covert supplies of advisors and ground troops.
  4. Russia will increase arms shipments even further, including anti-ship, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles in order to dissuade U.S. and Israeli interests from sending their own forces into the area.
  5. Syrian insurgents will begin losing ground quickly. The UN will offer to “mediate” a ceasefire, but this will only be designed to allow the insurgents time to regroup, and for the U.S., EU and Israel to position themselves for attack.
  6. The UN ceasefire talks will be a wash, if they even take place. Israel will begin regular airstrikes in the name of stopping Iran and Hezbollah from interfering in the war, or to stop them from obtaining “chemical weapons.” The strikes will be aimed at Syrian military facilities and Syrian infrastructure. There will be many civilian casualties.
  7. Syria will respond with ground to air and ground to ground missiles. Israeli cities will see far more precise targeting than the scud missiles used by Iraq during Gulf I and Gulf II. Civilian deaths will be much higher than expected.
  8. A no-fly zone will be announced over Syria, enforced by U.S. and Israeli planes, along with anti-aircraft batteries.
  9. A violent attack will take place in Israel, likely against a civilian population center (I would not be surprised if chemical weapons are involved). The attack will be blamed on the Assad government, or affiliated allies. It might be a real attack or it might be a false flag. In either case, the result will be the commitment of Israeli ground troops.
  10. I think it highly probable that Israel will be the first Western country to invade Syria. However, their involvement will immediately draw a declaration of war from Iran, and, increased ship movements from Russia, which maintains a strategic naval base off the coast of Tartus.
  11. Israel will be swallowed up in a strategic quandary, and will demand U.S. military action. The U.S. will supply that action. Combat will spread into cross-border battles in countries not directly engaged in the fight (as it did in Cambodia during Vietnam).
  12. China will respond with economic retaliation, dumping the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. Russia will respond by reducing petro-product exports to Europe and staging a massive naval presence in the region. From this point, all bets are off…

Now, the temptation here is for one to immediately take sides and to look at this conflict through the lens of “East vs. West.” This would be a mistake. The Syrian government has in the past acted in tyrannical fashion (though much of the latest accusations appear to be propaganda designed to lure the American public into rallying around another war).

Russia is just as restrictive an oligarchy as the U.S. or the EU. China’s society is a communist nightmare state and the average globalist’s aspiration for what they want America to become one day. Iran has many oppressive policies and is certainly not the kind of country I would ever want to live in. The Syrian insurgency is a mixture of immoral and unprincipled death squads and paid covert wet-work agents. The U.S. government is immorally supplying the cash and weapons for them to operate in the name of fighting the same kind of tyranny that is being instituting here at home.

The point is, there are no “good guys” in this story. There are no heroes; only the insiders, the outsiders and the general public. It has been the habit of the public to ignore most past proxy wars and then flip on the patriotism switch during the rare occasions that American troops are actually deployed. Given time for adequate contemplation (as well as significant American losses), the citizenry eventually turns sour against the paradigm and demands a change. This time, however, there may be no time for such contemplation. I believe that any forward ground action in Syria on the part of the U.S. or Israel will result in a very fast moving global war.

Such a war would seem like insanity, but it serves a vital purpose for certain special interests. It would provide perfect cover for a global economic crash which is about to occur anyway, except in the midst of war, international bankers can divert blame away from themselves. It would provide a rationalization for overt domestic security and the reduction of civil liberties in the name of public safety. It would allow an excuse for a government crackdown on activist groups, who can be labeled “traitors” who aid the enemy simply by speaking ill of government policy. It would give credence to the ideology of globalization and centralized governance. The elites could claim that sovereignty must be erased and all nations must come together under a single banner so that such a “terrible catastrophe” will never happen again.

The war in Syria will not be about Syria. It will not be about the freedom of the people. It will not be about dethroning Assad or establishing democracy. It will not be about defusing violence in the region. Syria will not be the target; we will be the target — our society, our rights, our nation.

America is in the middle of the most insidious consolidation of power in history and Syria is merely a stepping stone in the game. If we cannot maintain our vigilance and allow ourselves to be sucked into the proxy war façade, the elites will get their global conflict with little to no home opposition. The globalists will win, and everyone else will lose.

-Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

is the founder of the Alternative Market Project, an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for barter and mutual aid. Join Alt-Market.com today and learn what it means to step away from the unstable mainstream system and build something better. You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com

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  • Daniel farley

    Hal lindsey reported on this days ago and relates
    the outcome to Bible prophecy. Damascus will be destroyed in a night.

  • http://wnd Eddie Webb

    God has this down in revelations and it is all coming to pass. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is coming back to earth to rule and rein forever and forever. 3 wars are set to be fought. Damascus is set to be destroyed. Man God sure wrote this down in the bible so we would be informed and get to our knees and ask him for forgiveness and make Jesus our Lord and Savior. Please do it he’s knocking at the door of your heart answer he wants to come into your life to choose life.

  • Random Erik

    I had soldiers who were returning home on leave from the Middle East reporting that they were training for an invasion of Syria as early as 2004. One of them, and Army Ranger who had been in Afghanistan for more than 2 years, remarked to me,”We aren’t the good guys over there.”

    I watched as my wife’s company was deployed to Adghanistan and Iraq, instilled with the full conviction that they were on a mission of “freedom”… and listened to them as they began returning 14 months later, reporting that the level of material support they had once they got there was appallingly bad or nonexistent. Stories in the media that they were well received by the Iraqi civilians were quickly dismissed as lies by most most of them, with a few stating, “it really depended where we were, and whether or not we were distributing aid.” Most of them, these same soldiers who when leaving proclaimed,”we are going to fight for freedom,” returned saying,” There’s no doubt we are there for the oil.”

    The history of US destabilization efforts throughout the Middle East is hardly limited to recent years. After all, it was US involvement which helped Saddam Hussein come to power and hold it… and it was US involvement which led to his eventual demise once he adopted a policy of refusing to accept US dollars for Iraqi oil. Similarly, US intervention in Afghanistan spans decades, having resulted in recent years in the installation of formoer UnoCal CEO Harmid Karzai… construction of a long sought pipeline through that country began 6 months after the invasion, though the war rages on today… Karzai’s presidency propped up by further US military intervention, and an endless supply of millions of dollars in cash provided by the CIA.

    I don’t make these remarks because I hate America – I love my country. I don’t make them because I “don’t support our troop,” as some occasionally suggest when I make these types of observations. I say them specifically because I do support out troops – and I hold the conviction that the men and women who dedicate their lives to the defense of our nation shouldn’t be misused and return armless or legless to be treated like potential terrorists simply because they know the TRUTH, or have their remains thrown in a landfill in Virginia.

  • http://Yahoo LB Duncan

    Always be wars and rumors of wars the Bible says!!

  • http://expoundtruth.wordpress.com expoundtruth

    Great points, ‘nam comparisons, ‘n reality with the mindset of this admins anti-’nam war learned, ‘n lived lives, they want to prove, of their “fathers dreams”. This time though, with investments, alliances made, in the ANHAM, OPEC, cause during the Clintonian era, and today coupled with U.S. banking, ‘n investment cabal, using stimulous funds has a hedge to invest in China, African infrastructure. China, ‘n Asian markets being prefered design of a 1 world gov’t, ‘n even a fight against, though allowing Russia, to believe they are too, partners in war for ME energy resources, ‘n control.

  • Mark

    Fully agree. Great article bringing some reality to bear on a situation that I fear is poorly understood in the West.

    There is no positive path forward for any Western intervention in Syria. The rebels are a disjointed collection vof criminals, Islamists and foreign trained terrorists.

    Saudi Arabia recently had to rebuke Qatar for its ineffective intervention in the north where government forces have broken through and set the rebels back.

    Saudi and Qatar are in trouble here and their Sunni expansion programme is not something worth support . Let them learn their own lessons about foreign intervention. The worst thing the west could do is to allow itself to be cajoled into jumping over the cliff with them.

  • Kristine Brock

    Outstanding, well thought out article. The stages and steps are beautifully outlined in your article. We are being magnificently played into the hands of our enemies. We are in short, selling ourselves down the river. I pray that more of our people will wake up and take a stand — before it is too late to save ourselves.

  • Dennis

    Brandon is a moron,and he sounds totally brainwashed with his parroted ,twisted, historyof the Vietnam war. I am surprised hiis last name is not Rubin,Hoffman,, Chomsky,Zinn, Elsberg,Halberstam, Abzug ,or pick your Zionist favorite. Yes,according to this clown, all the south Vietnamese army soldiers who bravey fought defending south Vietnam by the tens of thousands long before and after we first supported and then abandoned them in 1973, wanted to be left alone because they wanted Saigon to be communist , and all of south Vietnam free from those united states’ evil soldiers. The people of south Vietnam fought the communists from 1945-1975, and a new book Black April,documents just how badly the people of south Vietnam wanted their freedom from the communist bastards in the North!

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