Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Putin's End Game In Syria, Syrian Army Kills 70 Militants East Of Palmyra

The Great Game; Partitioning Of Syria

Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. Russia is to maintain a military presence at its naval base in Tartous and at the Khmeymim airbase. In fact Russia is “withdrawing without withdrawing”.
The partial withdrawal is seen by many as a message to the Assad government to not take Russia’s military aid for granted, and to be more flexible in the upcoming peace negotiations.
As Robert F. Kennedy Jr., attorney and nephew of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy explains, the major reason for the west’s attempt to overthrow the Assad government was to build a natural gas pipeline from Qatar that traversed Syria, capturing its newly discovered offshore reserves, and continued on through Turkey to the EU, as a major competitor to Russia’s Gazprom.

By re-establishing the Assad government in Syria, and permanently placing its forces at Syrian bases, the Russian’s have placed an impenetrable obstacle to the development of the Qatar gas pipeline. Russia has also placed itself at the nexus point of other new offshore gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Israel, Cyprus, and Greece.
It’s not hard to imagine a new Russian pipeline to Europe serving these new partners. Could easing of sanctions also lead to the implementation of the long-stalled plans of Gazprom for a second pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany for Russia and its partners, Royal Dutch Shell, Germany’s E.ON, and Austria’s OMV?

Although the powers involved in Syria are trying to project the partition of Syria as a last resort and a stable political solution that would bring equilibrium, it is not a conclusion reached after all other options were exhausted which has brought many experts to question whether the Partition of Syria was the objective all along?

Syrian Army Kills 70 Daesh Militants in Battle East of Palmyra 

The Syrian army and allied militia took full control of the Haya mountain range east of Palmyra, killing at least 70 Islamic State (Daesh) militants in the past 24 hours, a source in the command of the Syrian Armed Forces in Palmyra told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

 Last week, the Syrian army accompanied with patriotic militia group Desert Falcons finished the first stage of their offensive to drive radical Islamists from the ancient city of Palmyra.

"The militia from the Desert Hawk Brigade directed by the Syrian Air Force and the artillery completely took control of the Haya mountain range…. and took control over a strategic crossroads on the road Palmyra — Damascus — Deir ez-Zor. About 70 Daesh militants were been killed in a single day," the source said.

The Desert Falcons, or the Desert Hawk Brigade is an armed branch of the Syrian Arab Army fighting on the side of the Syrian government.

Palmyra has been under Daesh control since May 2015. The jihadist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States, has already destroyed part of the ancient city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fascism, American Style

We have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age. You can call it the age of authoritarianism. Or fascism. Or oligarchy. Or the American police state.

Whatever label you want to put on it, the end result is the same.

Driven by our fears, we have entered into a corporate-controlled, militaristic state where all citizens are suspects, security trumps freedom, and the U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens but instead is ruled by the rich and powerful.

Any semblance of constitutional government that we might still enjoy today is a mere shadow, a mockery of what the founders envisioned. Constitutional government today—much like the farcical circus that purports to be the presidential election—is a sham, a hoax, an elaborate ruse maintained by the powers-that-be to mollify us into believing that we still have a say in the workings of our government. We do not.

Shortly after World War II, historian William L. Shirer predicted that America may be the first country in which fascism comes to power through democratic elections.

Former presidential advisor Bertram Gross also warned that we would not recognize fascism when it took over:

Anyone looking for black shirts, mass parties, or men on horseback will miss the telltale clues of creeping fascism… In America, it would be supermodern and multi-ethnic—as American as Madison Avenue, executive luncheons, credit cards, and apple pie. It would be fascism with a smile. As a warning against its cosmetic facade, subtle manipulation, and velvet gloves, I call it friendly fascism. What scares me most is its subtle appeal.

They were both right.

However, what we failed to realize is that the fascist coup took place long ago. It was that subtle and that incremental.

We are now ruled by the velvet-gloved, technologically savvy, militarized iron fist of what Gross termed “friendly fascism” or fascism with a smile. Having studied Shirer and Gross, tracked the rise of fascism in past regimes, and assimilated the necessary ingredients for a fascist state, I can attest to the fact—as I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People—that the parallels to modern America are impossible to ignore.

Fascism thrives by hiding behind the entertainment spectacle that is partisan politics. As Tucker points out, “It’s incorrect to call fascism either right wing or left wing. It is both and neither… fascism does not seek to overthrow institutions like commercial establishments, family, religious centers, and civic traditions. It seeks to control them… it preserves most of what people hold dear but promises to improve economic, social, and cultural life through unifying their operations under government control.”

In this way, American-style fascism is deceptively appealing.
It appears friendly.
The news media covers the entertainment and political trivia. The basic forms of government remain intact. The legislators remain in session. There are elections.

Consent of the governed, however, no longer applies. Actual control has finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes.


WVBORN56 said...

Great article from Zero Hedge Scott. I know it is a losing battle since we are so close to the tribulation but this article sums up why I am trying to identify a Presidential candidate that is not controlled from behind the scenes by the ruling oligarchic elites. I think it explains why those same folks are in meltdown over Trump. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to break through their system onto the national stage unless they are independently wealthy and very well known. Trump with all his "warts" loves America and puts her first. This is a unique opportunity to break free..... but knowing how close we are to the rapture and how evil TPTB are I doubt he succeeds. Still fighting the good fight but more importantly I am looking up.....Maranatha!

Scott said...

That pretty much sums up my feelings WV. I think its too late in the game to reverse course as sad as that is. " They" are just too far into their agenda at this point and too much is at stake. This has all been planned for years and they arent going to let anything get in the way now. Its going to be interesting (but hopefully not tragic) to see what they have planned to thwart Trump. They could do the usual (manipulate voting, false charges, etc) or, if necessary something more radical. We shall see

WVBORN56 said...

Scott, absolutely agree....praying for the safety of Donald Trump. Maybe the rapture will be the game changer and usher in Marshall law an 7 more years of Obama. Glad we will be checking out our new heavenly mansions in our new glorified bodies. :)

Scott said...

Yesssss sir! Ill vote for that option! Having said that I DO believe the "agenda" can only go so far as long as the restrainer is here