The issue has always been balkanization of Syria. The manipulation of militant groups, be it al-Qaeda, the PKK out of Kurdistan or otherwise, has always been an aspect of destabilization.”An American intelligence analyst tells Press TV that there has always been a plot to balkanize Syria by manipulating militant groups, being al-Qaeda, the PKK, or otherwise. The Israeli military's northern command allegedly harbors plan to establish a “buffer zone” inside Syria towards the alleged aim of fending off militant attacks. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had earlier said that Israel was trying to destabilize Syria by its recent attack outside Damascus. Press TV has conducted an interview with Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today (Ohio), to further discuss the issue of Iran-US relations. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview with Gordon Duff. Press TV: Now, I am trying to get my head around this, first of all, Israeli officials say that they prefer the fall of President Bashar al-Assad even if it means seeing extremists insurgents coming to power in Syria. However, now they are saying they need a buffer zone because Israel will not be safe. What do you make of this? Duff: Well, there has been collusion between, in particular, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Israel for the entire two years of this conflict. They have manipulated it from the background. They have armed the militants, they have guided much of what is going on, the buffer zone aided by US air defenses has always been the plan the Turks were talking about a year ago.
The Israelis, frankly, on the Golan Heights are already in a buffer zone. They are illegally as part of Syria to begin with. They are just asking for it to creep even closer to Damascus.Press TV: Right, so we are going to see a further land grab as far as Syria goes on the part of Israel. Do you see this culminating into something even more serious as far as Israel’s role goes, as far as a post-Bashar al-Assad Syria? Duff: The issue has always been balkanization of Syria. The manipulation of militant groups, be it al-Qaeda, the PKK out of Kurdistan or otherwise, has always been an aspect of destabilization.
On of the sadder aspects is how the Turks got involved in this and have been played. They do not realize that they are going to be a target for destabilization next, that this is very much a domino game.The Russians are responding to this right now by increasing their military presence in Armenia. They see the expansion heading their direction and plan on heading off moves to join an occupied Syria with what would have been Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan to flank and directly border Iran. This is part of a move that has been in the plans for many years. Press TV: Right, now, Mr. Duff, how do you think this is going to go down with these so-called insurgents that are fighting for Syrian aspirations of democracy and freedom? Do you think they are going to bite the hand that is technically feeding them? Duff: Well, one of the interesting things about the insurgents, they are not doing a very good job winning. They are not doing well at all. And the recently Israelis and the Turks and frankly the United States stepping in is because the insurgents and the many foreign fighters that are being brought in including extremist elements are proving themselves to be unsatisfactory at taking on the people of Syria who frankly they are no longer accepted by. There was an idea that the insurgents were bringing about positive and democratic changes in the government. No one takes that seriously right now based on their history of barbaric behaviors. MAY/JR