29/11/2012

Turkey and France: former colonizators of Syria

Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria,.1916..jpg

Since 2010, C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

On August 9, 2012, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, called for 'rapid international action on Syria', comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya. Sarkozy spoke with the Syrian opposition leader, Abdulbaset Sieda and they noted a 'total convergence in their views on the seriousness of the Syrian crisis as well as the need for rapid action by the international community to avoid massacres,' said a statement signed by Sarkozy and Sieda, the president of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council. "They agreed that there are great similarities with the Libyan crisis," said the statement. On this way Sarkozy was putting pressure on French President Hollande, who has been much more moderate on the issue compared to his flamboyant predecessor.

On August 11, 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding talks in Istanbul. According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington 'need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone'.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), held a Closed-Door Meeting In Turkey. They met with Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place on Tuesday at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff on Wednesday. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 28, 2012, NATO General-Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO allies 'will respond positively to Turkey’s demand for Patriot missiles within “days” and that command of the system will be under NATO control'. “Russia has no right to intervene in this process. This is a NATO decision; third parties have nothing to say,” Rasmussen said about Russian objections to the deployment.

Earlier this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu declared that Turkey would be the 'owner, pioneer and servant of the post-Arab Spring Middle East'. Turkey has the second largest NATO army.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916. After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and France occupied Syria. The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946. France was the first NATO-member to recognize the so called Syrian opposition. It is clear that Turkey and France want to re-colonize Syria with the aid if its NATO-partners and that they have big personal ambitions for the 'New Middle East'.

Interesting links (if not blocked by Washington that leads a misleading war-campaign):

http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-holds-secret-meeting-approving-syrian-operation/5303457

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/185833

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/world/syria-history.html

http://rt.com/news/sarkozy-urges-syria-intervention-208/

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/top-nato-military-commander-holds-closed-door-meeting-in-turkey/

NATO Secretary General Speech - New NATO, New Turkey (published on February 20, 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3YNJ3ESIW0