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'Smell of Gunpowder' Has Arabs on Edge

 

"Israel has broken through the mental barrier to launching a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear reactors. and the decision for regime change in Syria, which was part of Bush's plans for a 'New Middle East' dating back to the period after the Iraq occupation, is now coming to fruition. Last time the scheme was foiled by the Iraqi resistance."

 

By Mohamed Kawash

 

Translated By Hannah Bakheit

 

November 15, 2011

 

Jordan - Al-Arab al-Yawm - Original Article (Arabic)

A woman protests the Syrian regime at a rally in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Nov. 17.

 

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How similar today is to yesterday. History is repeating itself. We are now living in an atmosphere like that before the Iraq War, but the goal is now a dual one. I refer to Syria and Iran.

 

This may all be conjecture, but it seems that Israel has broken through the mental barrier to launching a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear reactors. And it was already halfway there after Americans and Europeans issued such inflammatory statements backing the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

 

As for Syria, the atmosphere is the same at that which existed on the eve of the Iraqi invasion. As far as Arab nations are concerned - at least some of them - the way has been paved for the internationalization and escalation of the crisis. They are prepared to hand Syria over to the NATO Alliance. This is a sure sign that the decision for regime change in Syria, which was part of Bush's plans for a "New Middle East" dating back to the period after the Iraq occupation, is now coming to fruition. Last time the scheme was foiled by the Iraqi resistance.

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It seems to those of us observing the situation, that the only difference between the Iraq and Syria scenarios is that NATO today, given the exhaustion of financial resources consumed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is unable to mount a ground invasion. This is even more acute given the financial crisis and recession in the U.S. and Europe.

 

If the Iraqi opposition was nurtured in America's lap, it returned only to find the occupation tanks and armies. The Syrian opposition was also nourished in America's lap - not to mention Turkey's. Turkey sees a looming chance to repeat the Erdogan experiment and establish Islamic rule in Damascus.

 

I would like to repeat that of these are all forecasts unsupported by hard data. These are merely expectations arising from an atmosphere saturated with the smell of gunpowder and from statements by Europeans that suggest there are plans afoot to win Arab approval of intervention, especially after the Arab League's decision to suspend Damascus.

 

 

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Kayhan, Iran: NATO was Mistaken; But Congratulations to Libya
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Satisfying Times for Defenders of Freedom

Huanqui, China: Qaddafi's Demise May Mark New Global Democratic Era
The Daily Star, Lebanon: Qaddafi: Servant of None

Novosti, Russia: Libya: Russia and China Won't Get Burned Again
Novosit, Russia: Russian Duma Rejects Condolence Statement for Qaddafi
Estadao, Brazil: To Shorten Crisis, U.S., E.U. Should Look to Latin America
Yedioth Ahronot, Israel: Obama's Libyan Victory
Guardian, U.K.: Qaddafi's 'Trophy' Body on Show in Misrata Meat Store
Guardian, U.K.: Another Win for the Obama Doctrine
Daily Mail, U.K.: A Widow's Fury at 'Mob Execution'
Der Spiegel, Germany: German Editorial Roundup: The Death of Qaddafi

 

After a press conference by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, I understood that Syria is seeking to calm the situation and limit any repercussions from the Arab League's allegations [that the Syrian regime is killing peaceful protesters]. But more than quiet diplomacy is needed from Damascus - and by that I mean it needs to take difficult, firm and immediate decisions to remove the fuse before the bomb explodes. The region is now prepared for the worst.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US, Nov. 17, 9:18pm]

 

 

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