11/11/2012

Turkish government wants a new Ottoman empire

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu: 'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'. 

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Formed around 2500 BC, the Syrian civilization is one of the most ancient on earth, and is strategically placed along the eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea at the doorway to Asia and the Middle East.

Damascus, the capital, historically called the Fragrant City, is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, and to this day remains one of the most important cultural and political centers in the Arab world.

For endless centuries Syria was fought over and subsequently controlled by varied factions, including the Egyptian, Roman and Ottoman empires.

The Syrian economy struggled under Ottoman rule, and any attempts at rebuilding were destroyed by the Mongols.

After World War I ended, the Ottoman Turks were finally driven out, and the French influence began.

The French administered and exercised control of Syria until it finally gained its independence in 1946.

In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel, and since then, both countries have occasionally discussed its return to Syria.

Observing that a "new Middle East is about to be born," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently stated before the Turkish parliament that "we will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East." 

In reality, the Turkish government wants, as was the case under the Ottoman empire, to dominate Syria and the Middle East regio and it hopes to realize its dream with the support of NATO.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

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

On November 7, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Photo: Fighters against Ottoman Empire in Syria, 1916.

11/09/2012

Pentagon Plans for Air-Sea War in Asia

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'The Japanese government has thrown down the gauntlet before China. China should take it up with an iron resolve and crush any Japanese act of aggression. Whatever the motives are behind Japan's attempts to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, Japan is not and will never be the legitimate owner of them'. (China Daily, September 11, 2012)

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Pentagon Plans for Air-Sea War in Asia Inflame China Tensions

John Glaser, August 2, 2012

The Pentagon is drawing up new plans to prepare for an air and sea war in Asia, presumably against China, in the Obama administration’s most belligerent manifestation yet of the so-called pivot to Asia-Pacific.

Fighting counterinsurgency campaigns and building up institutions over long periods of military occupations would be a thing of the past in this new theater of war. New war strategies called “Air-Sea Battle” reveal Washington’s broader goals in the region and illustrate how a war with China – which the US apparently yearns for – would play out.

“Stealthy American bombers and submarines would knock out China’s long-range surveillance radar and precision missile systems located deep inside the country,” reports the Washington Post.  ”The initial ‘blinding campaign’ would be followed by a larger air and naval assault.”

The Obama administration has been ramping up the pressure on China with an increasingly antagonistic foreign policy. The so-called ‘Asia pivot’ is an aggressive policy that involves surging American military presence throughout the region – in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, Singapore, etc. – in an unprovoked scheme to contain rising Chinese economic and military influence.

“As part of the Air-Sea Battle concept,” reports Military.com, the US is refurbishing old WWII bases, looking “to disperse its air forces stationed at its handful of major bases in the western Pacific in the event of a major conflict with China.”

The idea is to have enough US bases peppered throughout the region so that China would be too surrounded to safely attack. “Doing so would make it more difficult for China to wipe out entire squadrons sitting on the ground with surprise attacks from its long range ballistic missiles.”

Chinese officials have not appreciated this unprovoked bellicosity. In May the Chinese Defense Ministry accused the Pentagon of hyping a Chinese military threat out of thin air. Others have said these Pentagon moves could start an arms race.

“If the U.S. military develops Air-Sea Battle to deal with the [People’s Liberation Army], the PLA will be forced to develop anti-Air-Sea Battle,” one officer, Col. Gaoyue Fan, said last year in a debate sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a defense think tank.

“Some Asia analysts worry that conventional strikes aimed at China could spark a nuclear war,” according to the Washington Post. Other “critics see a dangerous tendency toward alarmism that is exaggerating the China threat to drive up defense spending.”

Such increased tensions were a predictable result of America’s needlessly aggressive postures. A recent report from the Center for Strategic International Studies predicted that next year “could see a shift in Chinese foreign policy based on the new leadership’s judgment that it must respond to a US strategy that seeks to prevent China’s reemergence as a great power.”

“Signs of a potential harsh reaction are already detectable,” the report said. “The US Asia pivot has triggered an outpouring of anti-American sentiment in China that will increase pressure on China’s incoming leadership to stand up to the United States. Nationalistic voices are calling for military countermeasures to the bolstering of America’s military posture in the region and the new US defense strategic guidelines.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/08/02/pentagon-plans-for-air...

War in Asia: Japan, China Heading Toward Armed Conflict?

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U.S. planners don't like China's development of antiship ballistic missiles that 'could threaten' the Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers, critical to the U.S. projection of power in Asia. On August 23th, 2012, Mr. Hildreth of the Congressional Research Service said the U.S. was "laying the foundations for a regionwide missile defense system that would combine U.S. ballistic missile defenses with those of regional powers, particularly Japan, South Korea and Australia".

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China Daily, September 11, 2012

Japan's further provocation

The Japanese government has thrown down the gauntlet before China. China should take it up with an iron resolve and crush any Japanese act of aggression.

The Japanese Cabinet decided officially on Monday to bring China's Diaoyu Islands under Japanese control, and the Japanese government is considering striking a deal soon with the "owner" of three of the islets that it wants to purchase.

The decision came a day after President Hu Jintao admonished Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda not to proceed with the "nationalization" plan.

Japan's action reveals outright disregard for our efforts for peace.

If being reasonable is no longer the right way to deal with the Japanese, we must prepare for a worse, and perhaps the worst, scenario, no matter how reluctant we are to do so.

Concrete actions are needed to show we won't retreat an inch from our duty to protect our sovereignty over these islands. Japan is turning the Diaoyu Islands into an area of conflict and is making it impossible for China and itself to have a normal relationship.

On Monday, Noda claimed that the Japanese government will bring the islands under stable and peaceful management.

That was sheer nonsense.

A thief is never a legitimate owner of stolen property. The Japanese government is not entitled to the Diaoyu Islands. These islets, regardless of claims that they are "owned" by a Japanese individual, a local government or a state, are a part of China.

It's certainly questionable if the Japanese government will prove capable of keeping them stable and peaceful.

A general election is expected to take place in Japan in November. Several of the political heavyweights who are aspiring to become the next prime minister of the country already have their eyes on the Diaoyu Islands.

Nobuteru Ishihara, secretary-general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and the eldest son of the right-wing Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, is one of those who are hoping to ratchet up the tension.

Whatever the motives are behind Japan's attempts to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands, Japan is not and will never be the legitimate owner of them.

China publicized the territorial sea baselines of the Diaoyu Islands and other islets on Monday. Chinese boats will patrol them regularly.

Japan should prepare to face the consequences of its actions.

by richardrozoff

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/japan-china-he...

Photo: Casualties of a mass panic during a June 1941 Japanese bombing of Chongqing. More than 5000 civilians died during the first two days of air raids in 1939.