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Foreign-backed death squads facing collapse in Syria: Dr. Webster Tarpley
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Interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley
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I think that the reason for war is that the rebellion maybe collapsing and at that point all the countries that have put so much effort and investment into this rebel coalition of death squads, terrorists, al-Nusra and so forth, they are confronted with the fact that their entire tactic may fail..."

A political analyst says that the reason for war in Syria is that the opposition may collapse and all the countries that have backed the Syrian National Coalition will be confronted with the fact that their entire tactic may fail.


Foreign-backed opposition in Syria has stopped short of throwing its weight behind the Syrian government’s possible retaliation against the Israeli airstrike on a research center near the capital Damascus. On Friday, the opposition contented itself with promising the Syrians to use political and diplomatic means to bring a halt to such attacks by the Israeli regime.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: We see a soft stance by the Syrian armed forces towards the Israeli aggression on Syria on the research center there. How should one interpret such a move?

Tarpley: Well on the surface of course it is an outrageous violation of the UN Charter, it is an active naked aggression, a threat to international peace and security.

Under normal circumstances we should have an emergency session of the UN Security Council which I imagine it has been blocked by the NATO powers in the background and of course Russia has condemned it very strongly, Iran has condemned it strongly and it shows once again that the Israelis really are incorrigible aggressors.

It may have something to do in passing with Netanyahu forming a cabinet, maybe this is a gesture that helps him get some lunatic right-wing party into his government but I think we can also take a step back.

This is a propagation and it is a diversion. I think it all started around midweek when al-Khatib, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, the new puppet group not the old one but the new one, said that he wanted to have talks with the Assad government. He said let’s start negotiations with Assad and in that point things began to happen around the world.

Brahimi of the UN said that is wonderful, let’s do it right away, Ban Ki-moon was delighted but then at the White House we had Jay Carney freaking out saying no, no, Assad must leave, Assad must leave.

And I think people interpreted this call from al-Khatib as a sign that the Syrian rebellion maybe near collapse, otherwise he is basically asking for an armistice, he is asking for a truce. Why would he do that not if he is winning but if he is loosing?

And at that point the Israelis rushed in with the bombing and we have a bombing also at the US Embassy in Turkey.

Now all of that doesn’t exactly help the Syrian National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army because they are acutely embarrassed because now it is clear who they are. They are in a united front with Israel, they are the infantry of the Israeli defense forces-- very, very embarrassing for them.

They claimed that the Israeli bombings were not the Israelis but some mortar shells that the Syrian rebels had fired and now the latest thing I heard an hour or two ago was that the Syrian rebels are attacking Assad because he doesn’t have the guts to attack the Israelis and of course why would he?

This is close to the border, the wreckage of the plane might fall within Israel, it might be a pretext that could be used for further attacks on Syria but I think it all underlines the growing weakness of the Syrian rebel Coalition.

Press TV: Very briefly Dr., as far as the situation is concerned, how close are we to seeing war rather than dialogue?

Tarpley: I think that the reason for war is that the rebellion maybe collapsing and at that point all the countries that have put so much effort and investment into this rebel coalition of death squads, terrorists, al-Nusra and so forth, they are confronted with the fact that their entire tactic may fail and a lot of careers are bound up with that and a lot of prestige for the United States, the Israelis, the French, various other NATO states, the British to be sure and it seems to me the main danger right now is a freak out coming from the NATO and Israeli side if they see what is going on and they are about to lose big, they may take some kind of a flight forward. I think that is the main danger right now.

There will be a meeting in Munich, Germany tomorrow with Biden, Lavrov and Brahimi, so that might yield some interesting results but generally it is a freak out by the Western powers I think. That is the main danger.

AHK/JR
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