Syria Escalation: Media And Diplomatic Fronts

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On April 10, a meeting of the UN Security Council took place amid open US preparations to attack Syria. Three resolutions on the “independent mechanism of investigation” over the alleged chemical attack were drafted.

The first resolution was introduced by the USA and vetoed by Russia. It was the 12th time Russian veto to block the UN Security Council action on Syria. Slamming Russian veto, the US representative Nikki Haley stated:

“History will record that, on this day, Russia chose to protect a monster over the lives of the Syrian people”.

In response, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya vowed to carry out the joint international investigation of the Douma incident. He emphasized that the US moves are designed to “mask reality”:

“This has nothing to do with being independent,” replied. “You do not need the investigation… you have simply been looking for a pretext [to attack Assad]”.

The second draft was proposed by Russia. According to it there would be established the mechanism for one year, but would have given the UN Security Council the responsibility to assign responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Seven countries, including the veto’s ones rejected this resolution.

The third draft was also penned by Russia. It concerned the work of the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM).

“The threats you are proffering that you’re stating vis-a-vis Syria should make us seriously worried, all of us, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events,” Nebenzia told U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

During the UNSC meeting, Nebenzia also revealed that two groups of the UN chemical watchdog’s experts will leave for Syria:

“As far as we know, two OPCW expert teams are to be sent to Syria at the end of the current week”.

It is to underline, that the OPCW has announced that it will deploy Fact-Finding Mission to Douma “shortly.”

Following the UNSC meeting, the US stated they wouldn’t wait the results of the international investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma. Regardless the OPCW conclusion the US could decide if an attack on Syria should be accomplished or not, the US State Department says.

“The United States government has its own mechanisms to be able to look into things,” the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

Since the very first reports of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria and Russia have demanded the OPCW to investigate this incident amid the deteriorating international provocations and accusations toward Syria, Russia and Iran.

The UK newspaper the Guardian reported on April 11 that the Prime Minister Theresa May had once again condemned the “brutality” of the attack, pointing:

“Of course we’ll be talking about this issue, including the discussions that have been taking place at the security council of the United Nations”.

Another US ally France has repeatedly promised to strike Syrian government forces, and that Paris is prepared to act. French President Emmanuel Macron said that a decision on whether or not to carry out military action against Syria was being discussed between Washington, London and Paris. He also assured that Syria’s allies (Russia and Iran) wouldn’t be targeted.

“We will continue exchanges of technical and strategic information with our partners in particular Britain and America, and in the coming days we will announce our decision,” the French president said Tuesday.

These careful British and French statements describe their apprehensions in the escalating tensions between the US and Russia. The awareness of the Russian power in the case of their attack makes the US allies so “punctual” and “prudent” in their speech.

Confronting all these “soft” rhetoric and procrastinating actions, Trump threatened Damascus and Moscow and said Russia has be “ready” for a US military action.  He blamed Russia for the corrupted investigation and stressed that Russia “needs US help in the economy”.

The US and its allies are not event trying to find some kind of formal justification of their aggressive actions. These approach are used over both the Douma “chemical attack” and the Skripal poisoning. In the both cases, they have used a fabricated media information event to escalate the situation or as a pretext for direct actions.

The Douma “chemical attack” accusations against the Assad government, Russia and Iran are even more cynical. The White Helmets, the key source of the “chemical attack” reports have just failed to fabricate solid video proofs of the “Assad regime” involvement.

Furthermore, Syria and Russia have repeatedly warned of possibility of provocations involving chemical weapons across Syria, including the Eastern Ghouta region where Douma is located. However, these warnings have beeen ignored.

Syrian suggestions to provide all possible assistance to the OPCW or other international investigators of the events have been also ignored. President Trump likes “smart” missiles more than a proper investigation.

According to some experts, the US administration has just decided to showcase its modern offensive means as a preventive reaction to the development of new Russian nuclear weapon systems.

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  • roberto

    Trump is insane.

    • jerry hamilton

      No, he’s a child. Exactly how his masters like a president.

      • Terence Silvestre Jr.

        Please do not insult the children by comparing Trump to one of them.
        More than compare it with someone or something, Trump is unique in its kind, as volatile as the weather and so light in its decisions and ideas, as a summer breeze blowing without fixed direction and clear destination.
        With these simple words I just defined Trump as much as I could, my friend.

        • jerry hamilton

          I have to admit, I am at a loss as to how to adequately describe him.
          The main clown in the circus bizarre? He is such a narcasist.

          Here is a bit from 60 Minutes Sep 27 2015

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          Donald Trump: Well, I have a lot of covers.
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          Donald Trump: –well, it’s cheaper than wallpaper.
          Scott Pelley: What are we supposed to take from that?
          Donald Trump: You know, look, I’m on a lot of covers. I think maybe more than almost any supermodel. I think more than any supermodel.

      • roberto

        Yes, you’re right.

  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    ”The awareness of the Russian power in the case of their attack makes the US allies so “punctual” and “prudent” in their speech.”
    That’s what I’ve been commenting on here for almost one year.
    If Russia would pulled out its teeth from the beginning instead of being so peaceful for fear of a third world war, things would be so different today and much more favorable for both Russia and all its allies in Syria, being feared, respected and left in peace for each one of his enemies in the region.
    But the same Russian passivity to avoid a third world war seems to be the motivation that most catapults its enemies to start one against him without even the slightest fear, real or feigned, of a little or big possible nuclear russian retaliation.

    • 1691

      You sound like a jewish troll who call him/herself starlight.

      • Terence Silvestre Jr.

        Please, Instead of writing pure nonsense why do you not use your good judgment better
        by providing good and logical counter-arguments, if you do not agree with some special point in particular in my comments, my dear and good old friend?

        • 1691

          I am not your friend, (please, do not insult me! thanks) and it might help you to check for yourself. I am not here to enlighten certain elements or argue with them. Pointless.

          • Terence Silvestre Jr.

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            But do not be so angry please, wasting so much energy that you could have used to write very good and logical comments to the delight of all here,
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    • Concrete Mike

      I dont know bud… your surrounded by thugs, striking the first chance you get is falling in the trap. I think the us will back down. The premise is too weak, nobody is buying it the press can regurgitate as much as they want, it matters not.

      Cheers

      • Terence Silvestre Jr.

        Hopefully that is the case, what you comment for the good of all at the end, my friend.
        Hopefully.

      • RichardD

        Let’s hope you’re right.

  • jorge

    How many time takes, to a destroyer, for launch all its 59 tomahwk?

    • Pave Way IV

      If you use, say, 20 seconds between the two cells sharing a common exhaust port of an 8-cell module in a Mk-41 launcher, then 20 seconds for all 59. Navy guys say it’s more like just seconds before the second cell of a exhaust-port pair can be fired. If there’s some limitation on adjacent cells and you had to stagger the 8 cells, it would still take way less than five minutes. Theoretically, anyways.

      The Tomahawks on a destroyer are just never launched like that in real life. During the last attack on Syria, the USS Porter videos only show a group of five being launched in sequence at about 20-second intervals each. Of course they wouldn’t show initial launches of decoys, jammers or anti-radiation missiles first. And for high-value targets, the ship is going to wait until they determine if the first strike(s) were successful before they launch additional Tomahawks or chose other targets. Even if the intent is to hit several targets at the same time, the launches might have to be staggered because of different flight paths and times. I don’t think launching several missiles at the same time can confuse an S-400, otherwise they would have done that. The S-400 systems can engage 10 different targets with 20 missiles simultaneously, and the S-300 6 targets with 12 SAMs. That’s each system, so the entire Syrian/Russian air defense may be able to handle something like a hundred Tomahawks at once – I don’t know the actual number.

      Flight II Arleigh-Burke class destroyers like the USS Donald Cook have 96 cells in their vertical launch systems. They could all be loaded with Tomahawks or none of them could – the cells are also used for various anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic and anti-ship missiles. They’re loaded in port, so they can’t change missile types at sea. I doubt anyone besides the US Navy knows for certain what or how many of anything are loaded on the USS Donald Cook. 59 might be a good guess for how many cells have Tomahawks, but I suppose it depends entirely on the mission. I’m not sure who came up with the number 59 or what they based that on, but no USN destroyer (or Russian missile cruisers for that matter) publishes its load-out on Twitter.

      • Jim Prendergast

        Something always goes wrong.

      • jorge

        Thanks Pave Way IV.

  • Jesus

    “””Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?”””

    Russia does not need US help with their economy, US sanctions are making Russian economy more self sufficient, as far as stopping the arms race, Russia has developed weapons US has no answer to, in spite of spending 12 times more on their defense budget.
    President Trump and the rest of the airhead neocons should eat some humble pie and see reality for what it is.

    • Terence Silvestre Jr.

      Totally correct, your analysis, my friend.

    • RichardD

      They’l eat a lot more than humble pie if they get in a dust up with the Russians. And dead Americans, destroyed military equipment and a destroyed presidency will be the price paid.

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  • Dr. Ronald Cutburth

    Trumps switch of rhetoric is driven by the Zionist homicidal maniacs that control the US. They have shown they will not work with Russian on economics or war.

  • RichardD

    “History will record that, on this day, Russia chose to protect a monster over the lives of the Syrian people”.

    Nikki Haley

    https://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/content/2012/0908-cia-screwup-on-wmd.jpg/13696628-1-eng-US/0908-cia-screwup-on-wmd.jpg_full_600.jpg

  • RichardD

    It would be the end of the Trump presidency, which is already on very thin ice, if he starts a war with the Russians. The last time a US president tried this, the public opposition coming into congressional offices was almost universally opposed:

    “About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.”

    – As Syria war escalates, Americans cool to U.S. intervention –

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-usa-poll/as-syria-war-escalates-americans-cool-to-u-s-intervention-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSBRE97O00E20130825

    • First Lastname

      But don’t forget that a lot of MAGApedes and boomers will be all for Trump’s war, especially if the Donald Cook is attacked, or some other engineered justification. A lot of those same people opposed the same thing simply because Obama was a Democrat.

      • RichardD

        That wouldn’t be my take. When Americans see their capitol ships sunk, planes and missiles shot down, and a lot of coffins rather than healthy returning service people coming back. They won’t be happy or supportive of this fabricated and unnecessary military adventure that could escalate to a major attack on their homes and lives. They’l want Trump out of office and replaced with someone sane and rational who’l deliver on America First, rather than a fool who betrayed it for evil Jews, and put everyone’s lives in jeopardy.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    When will Russia wake up and understand that the US is /not/ its “partner?”

    • jerry hamilton

      They were once.
      U.S. Civil War: The US-Russian Alliance that Saved the Union
      http://www.voltairenet.org/article169488.html

    • goingbrokes

      Diplomatic language. UZA has abandoned the niceties now, Russia still tries to abide by them, because it makes life better. But Russia is not fooled just because it uses diplomatic language.

  • Oscar Silva Martinez

    Let the games begin!!!

    • RichardD

      Easy for you to say, you don’t live in ground zero. But you’l have a front row seat if it gets there.

      • Oscar Silva Martinez

        That is true!!!

  • Jim Prendergast

    Good time to buy Ruble.

  • Nigel Maund

    The big question is this: do the US, UK and Israel understand what the word lying means? …………because they do it all the time. Also, do they understand the meaning of the words duplicitous and deceit because they describe these countries and their criminal Government’s perfectly

    • wwinsti

      It’s an old story, but it does explain some of the bizarrely eager zeal for war on display from the Anglo-zionist empire of late. The story was dismissed by some because it appeared on VT early on, Fars news ran with it again today, so I’ll link to it here.

      The deep state is so willing to risk war with Russia because large numbers ofUS/Mossad assets were in Gouda to re-establish the movement to destroy the Syrian government via an attack on central Damascus. These assets were beaten in Aleppo in 2017 and allowed to escape with the understanding that such an operation would not happen aside from proxies again. So Gouda fell before the deep state could rescue their jackals, and the Assad gov. now has hundreds of Mossad/US assets as permanent guests, with no chance of escape.

      So here come the carriers to smash up the command and control of the SAA and re-establish the numerous proxy
      Forces throughout Syria.

      http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970122001526

      • Nigel Maund

        The US Deep State is controlled by the Anglo – American Zionist Bankster – Corporatist Cabal headed up by the Rothschild clan. Their objective has always been to achieve Global Hegemony at any price. Their last two attempts have failed (Communist Russia and Nazi Germany) this is theiir 3rd majot attempt as the financial system they created is now set to implode plus all the diabolical revelations of their criminal activities including extortion, embezzlement, paedophilia, murder, political assassinations, bogus regime changes, false flag attacks, fraud on a grand scale, wholesale market manipulations and so on and on are about to be exposed in the US. These exosures are extensive, stunning in their scale and thousands of people will be shown to be major criminals. Most notable of these are the Clinton’s. But the shit goes all the way up the food chain to the Rockefellers and Rothschilds. ,

  • Philip Nash

    The USA wants to showcase its weapons to get more sales.