I think that in effect that this is Israel's way of blackmailing the West and particularly the United States into going ahead and launching these military operations at a time when doing so would isolate the West politically, particularly in light of all of these negotiations taking place at the UN."The failed bid for UN approval of military intervention in Syria and the failed use of terrorist gangs now sees Israel preparing to mount a military operation. Israeli Minister of Military Affairs, Ehud Barak stated that if Syria attempts to transfer chemical weapons or munitions systems specifically SA2 missiles across to Lebanon to Hezbollah this would be crossing a red line and Israel would launch a pre-emptive military attack on Damascus. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has extended its Observer Mission inside Syria for an additional 30 days. Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, author and journalist, Idaho about threats made from Israel to declare war on Syria. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: We have the Israeli defense minister saying Israel is preparing for war on Syria. What would this mean and how could we interpret it? Glenn: I think the first thing we need to understand and agree upon from the beginning of this discussion is that nothing that has taken place with regards to Syria or the Arab Spring in general has been a surprise to Israel. She knew that all of this was forthcoming particularly her feigned worry about chemical weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah or other groups. So, all of these things were planned long in advance before any of the protests began taking place in Tunisia or in Egypt or Libya or Syria. That's number one.
Number two - I think we have to look at this latest development in light of watching news report of the fact that Russia and China vetoed this latest Security Council resolution in the UN and the fact that Israel basically here is putting pressure on the US and other Western countries to go ahead and to launch military action against Syria using as the threat that if they don't do it i.e. if the West doesn't do it, Israel is going to do it.This of course would complicate things immensely for the West who wants to make this appear that this is all being done for reasons of democracy and Western values and all the rest of that. So, I think that in effect that this is Israel's way of blackmailing the West and particularly the United States into going ahead and launching these military operations at a time when doing so would isolate the West politically, particularly in light of all of these negotiations taking place at the UN. And the fact that you have two nuclear armed powers namely Russia and China who are using at least the appearance of diplomacy to try to prevent any more human suffering in the region from taking place. Press TV: We have the UN Mission being extended for another month. Just how effective has the UN Mission been in Syria during this period? Glenn: Well, I think the UN Mission basically is an opportunity for Russia and for these other players involved in this to dig in so to speak and to strengthen their position in order to prevent a repeat of what we saw take place against Libya earlier this year. I think that yes on the service there's no question about it this resolution and these observer missions they don't do much, but they do offer Russia and some of these other powers the opportunity to strengthen their position so that they can prevent the kind of disaster that we saw take place earlier this year against Muammar Gaddafi and against at least 100,000 innocent Libyan civilians who lost their lives. SC/PKH