Turkey Says “Massive Escalation” Under Way In Syria As Saudis Launch Airstrikes

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As US proxies in Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, make threatening noises, Russia deployes 4 of its Su35 strike aircraft to the war zone – as if Putin is saying to NATO, “Come and have a go if you think you are hard enough”

Didn’t the leading military powers just agree to a ceasefire in Syria, you might well ask.

Well yes, just yesterday the print and television media was full of the ‘ceasefire’ the major powers had agreed to avert a humanitarian crisis in Syria. The usual suspects led by Scooby – doo villain lookalike John Kerry the Unites States Secretary of State mouth pious words about peace into the proffered microphones, paparazzi papped away with their cameras, breakthroughs were announced, <del>undeserving warmongers</del> world leaders were praised and everyone forgot the ISIS and Al Nusra Islamist groups who are involved in 99% of the fighting were not part of the agreement.

But the whole ceasefire thing was a scam. ISIS and al Nusra have been supported by the USA’s Central Intelligence Agency, funded by Turkey and armed by Saudi Arabia from the start.

So they are still bombing the allied coalition led by the USA and flicking V signs at Russian and Iranian forces because they daren’t actually shoot at the Russians in case it reveals to Putin’s boys where the rebels are hiding.

So it was looking like business as usual. Then we saw this:

Turkey Says “Massive Escalation” In Syria Imminent As Saudis Set To Launch Airstrikes

(from Zero hedge) Even as all sides – including the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and select rebel groups – pretend to be working towards a ceasefire and a diplomatic solution to the five year conflict in Syria, actions speak louder than words, and to put it as succinctly as possible, everyone is still fighting.

In fact, the fighting is more intense than ever. Russia and Hezbollah are closing in on Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a key urban center where rebels are dug in for what amounts to a last stand. If the city is liberated by the government (and yes, “liberated” is more accurate than “falls” because occupied territory belongs to the Syrian government, not to Sunni extremists), Assad will have regained control of the country’s backbone in the west.

That would effectively mean the end of the rebellion and the Gulf monarchies, not to mention Turkey, are not happy about it. “The main battle is about cutting the road between Aleppo and Turkey, for Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists,” Assad said in an interview with AFP on Friday.

That supply line has been severed and now, it’s do or die time for the rebels’ Sunni benefactors in Ankara, Riyadh, and Doha. Either intervene or watch as Hezbollah rolls up the opposition under cover of Russian airstrikes, restoring the Assad government and securing the Shiite crescent for the Iranians.

As we documented extensively this week, the Saudis and the Turks are now set to invade. Assad has promised to “confront them”, which of course means that the IRGC and Hassan Nasrallah’s army are set to come into direct contact with Turkish and Saudi troops, setting the stage for an all-out sectarian war that will almost invariably end up pitting NATO against the Russians. Note that this is different from Yemen, where Tehran fights via proxies rather than directly against the Saudi military.

On Saturday the stakes were raised when Turkey said Saudi Arabia is set to send warplanes to Incirlik.

As a reminder, access to Incirlik was the carrot Erdogan used last summer to convince NATO to acquiesce to Ankara’s brutal crackdown on the PKK. “Let me wage war against my political rivals, and you can use our airbase,” is a fair approximation of Erdogan’s proposition.

Now, it appears the Saudis are set to use the base as a staging ground for strikes in Syria.

We new media journos tend to be ahead of the wave in news reporting of course (well those of us who can enter and move around in ‘the dark web’ without trepidation anyway – it’s not all private data for sale, malware merchants, goat porn and bomb making instructions you know) so over a week ago I was able to report:

Turkey and Sadui Arabia Already Have Troops Fighting In Syria

Now the Turkish government is admitting the ‘ceasefire is a joke:

from Zero Hedge:
Even as all sides – including the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and select rebel groups – pretend to be working towards a ceasefire and a diplomatic solution to the five year conflict in Syria, actions speak louder than words, and to put it as succinctly as possible, everyone is still fighting.

In fact, the fighting is more intense than ever. Russia and Hezbollah are closing in on Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a key urban center where rebels are dug in for what amounts to a last stand. If the city is liberated by the government (and yes, “liberated” is more accurate than “falls” because occupied territory belongs to the Syrian government, not to Sunni extremists), Assad will have regained control of the country’s backbone in the west.

That would effectively mean the end of the rebellion and the Gulf monarchies, not to mention Turkey, are not happy about it. “The main battle is about cutting the road between Aleppo and Turkey, for Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists,” Assad said in an interview with AFP on Friday.

That supply line has been severed and now, it’s do or die time for the rebels’ Sunni benefactors in Ankara, Riyadh, and Doha. Either intervene or watch as Hezbollah rolls up the opposition under cover of Russian airstrikes, restoring the Assad government and securing the Shiite crescent for the Iranians.

As we documented extensively this week, the Saudis and the Turks are now set to invade. Assad has promised to “confront them”, which of course means that the IRGC and Hassan Nasrallah’s army are set to come into direct contact with Turkish and Saudi troops, setting the stage for an all-out sectarian war that will almost invariably end up pitting NATO against the Russians. Note that this is different from Yemen, where Tehran fights via proxies rather than directly against the Saudi military.

On Saturday the stakes were raised when Turkey said Saudi Arabia is set to send warplanes to Incirlik.

As a reminder, access to Incirlik was the carrot Erdogan used last summer to convince NATO to acquiesce to Ankara’s brutal crackdown on the PKK. “Let me wage war against my political rivals, and you can use our airbase,” is a fair approximation of Erdogan’s proposition.

Now, it appears the Saudis are set to use the base as a staging ground for strikes in Syria.

Realistically we think this Turkish / Saudi action will amount to to little more than a calculated provocation to Russia NATO might want war against Russia and China, but they don’t want to fire the first shot because the public opinion backlash will undermine the push for global government which is the real agenda behind all this shite.

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Chilcott and Burying Bad News

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Were he real Malcolm Tucker would be busy burying shitloads of bad news between now and May (source)

The long General Election campaign looks like it might be quite entertaining. This morning as the staunchly conservative Daily Telegraph ran an op-ed that wittered at length about how UKIP support was flowing back to the Tories and the Greens are going to be the surprise package in May, taking over 10% of the vote, two new polls were published, both showing a narrow lead for The Conservatives and Labour support ebbing away to The Greens. UKIP polled 20% and 18%, but figures higher than their recent average. UKIP haemorrhaging support seems a rather perverse interpretaion of those figures.

That was not what promises the most fun however, even if watching pundits and my critics eat their words is a favourite pastime of mine. No, the thing that offers the most potential for wallowing in schadenfreude is the attempts to justify holding back the publication of The Chilcott report into the Iraq war of 2003 with its dodgy dossiers, weapons of mass destruction, sexing up evidence and the likely exposure of a former Labour as a traitor and war criminal.

I am talking about Anthony Charles Lynton Blair of course. He’s long gone from the domestic politics scene of course, but even so the full disclosure of dodgy deals he cooked up with the Bush administration in Washington would result in Labour meltdown.

And trying to ‘bury bad news’ to employ a Blairism, might well be more harmful. Not only does it hand Nigel Farage a stick with which to beat Labour (note the correct syntax – us Libertarians are well educated), it reinforces the impression that the main parties are all uniformly corrupt and dishonest.

Manipulating the ‘free press’ is of course par for the course in the western democracies these days, as this article from US News site Washington’s blog explains very clearly.

And if they’re doing it in America you can bet our lot are at it too.

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Former Army Chief Talks Bollocks About ISIS

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ISIS fighting force (Picture: The Daily Beast)

Former chief of the British Army, General Waddack – Hunt (OK, Lord Richards really) has supported a call from the Defence for Turkey to become involved in defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but has gone even further by insisting the war could be over in six months if Britain and America deployed troops.

Lord Richards’s comments were made during an interview with Huffington Post, when he expressed concern that current Western strategy of air strikes and arming local resistance groups may not be enough to stop ISIS, or even to save the Kurds who are in danger of being overrun by the Islamic State.

Lord Richards said: “The idea that you can make [the Free Syrian Army or the Peshmerga] successful in the time we have available to us… without much more active and fulsome western involvement is, I think, naive”.

Indeed, were Western democracies to take a less distant approach to the problem, Richards believes “if Western boots were on the ground, if western armies were to be applied to the problem [of Islamic State], it could be over in six months”.

Boggart Blog will demolish this idiot’s argument with one word:

AFGHANIFUCKINGSTAN

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War In Iraq? Lard Bombs Away

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 How to prevent Islamic State fighters raping non Mulim women. (source: cdnlolzbook)

As usual Boggart Blog is totally against Britain becoming embroiled in another sectarian conflict in the middle east (the theme tune of which will be I Hate You Babe by Sunni and Shia.)

It looks however very much as though or parlimentarians who are debating the issue of whether we should join in the Obama administration’s air strikes on the Islamic State forces in Iraq will approve our return to the killing fields of Iraq.

But rather than send our clapped out, thirty year old warplanes to fire rockets and heavy calibre cannons and drop bombs on the IS, bearing in mind these guys are all fundamentalist Muslims we have a better idea. We can beat the Islamic State without shedding blood.

All we have to do is get our Kurdish allies fire bacon rolls from Mortars while US and British cargo planes drop Lard Bombs from cargo planes. At meddle east surface temperatures the lard will be soft when it hits the ground and will splatter over a wide area, taking out many IS fighters as their Imams declare them unclean.

Better still, to drive the fundamentalists out of the occupied area altogether liquify the lard by mixing it with vegetable oil, stir in pureed SPAM and spray the whole area with the resulting mixture from high flying planes adapted for the job. If the Islamists touch anything or even breathe in any droplets they are unclean and cannot fight because if they die they can’t get into heaven, no eternal life singing the praises of Allah, no virgins, nothing.

Our solution is humane (although not very good for pigs used to make bacon, SPAM and Lard), non lethal, biodegradable, and quite cheap compared to smart bombs that cost £2million a bang and no matter what target they are programmed to hit will seek out and destroy the only wedding party in a ten thousand square mile area.

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I’m always a bit wary about referring to The Daily Mail because mere mention of that rather sensationalist but immensely popular newspaper (compare its circulation figures with those of The Guardian or The Independent) is likely to attract a Two Minutes Hate session from Britain’s biggest fascist movement, Unite Against Fascism, Britain’s biggest Nazi movement, The Anti Nazi League and all the left wing Sheeple who unthinkingly follow their rabid attempts to prevent intelligent conversation.

Many of us are confused about what is going on in the Middle East however, and The Mail has run an article that sums it up perfectly. I don’t read The Mail myself but sometimes follow links to specific items of content and unlike our Labour and Lib Dem supporting neo -fascist friends I’m open minded enough to know that the fact something has been published in The Daily Mail does not necessarily mean it is wrong.

So as clueless Dave prepares to follow Obama into yet another unwinnable war (lets hope Parliament kicks him in the balls again) and I know my leftie readers are too bigoted to follow a link to the Mail I’ll summarise the article for you.

We support the Iraqi government in it’s fight against Islamic State (IS/ISIL/ISIS/Alky Ada/The Silent Three/The Famous Five/whatever they are called this week). Our leaders say IS poses an existential threat to the west (now where have we heard something like that before?) but IS is supported (i.e. funded) by Saudi Arabia whom we do like (because they have oil, lots of oil.)so even though they are a bunch of fanatical Islamist theocrats we are their allies.

We don’t like President Assad in Syria because he only has a bit of oil, but our leaders can’t fight him because he’s best mates with Putin (who has oil AND gas and threatens to turn off the tap if we attack his friends).

IS are fighting Assad. We support their fight against him by giving them weapons and sending military advisers to train up human organ noshing terrorists on how to use them. But though we don’t want to fight the IS terrorists who are trying to overthrow the Syrian government because assad is our enemy, we do (we are told) have to fight the IS terrorists who are fighting the Iraqi government who are our puppets friends.

We don’t like Iran because like Saudi Arabia they are a bunch of Islamist Theocrats except they are the wrong sort of Islamists, but the Iranian government supports the Iraqi government against IS and we support the Iraqi government against IS.

Therefore some of our friends are our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting our other enemies, and some of our friends are fighting our other friends. We don’t want our friends to lose unless they are fighting our other friends, and we don’t want our enemies to win unless they are fighting our other enemies.

If we respond to Obama’s demand for support we will not know if we are fighting our friends or our enemies because they change their names more often than they change their shirts.

If we join Obama’s coalition of the terminally confused and help our friends defeat our enemies we may find our friends are even more repugnant than the enemies we helped them defeat (remember what happened in Libya)

What more obvious reason could there be for going to war.

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Obama hasn’t an arm, he hasn’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo

Yesterday on Little Nicky Machiavelli I posted an article by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge that discussed Barack Obama’s Coalition Of The (Un)Willing the U S rent-boy President was assembling to fight the non threat of ISIS to the security of western nations. Tyler opened his piece by quoting a 1960s peace movement version of the old folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

The version he used was an American Civil War song to an old Scottish melody. Here are some extracts of the lyric that was sung as an anti war song for Vietnam in folk clubs around Manchester in the 1960s (full lyric HERE):

Where are the eyes that looked so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did ye scadaddle from me and the child
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Chorus
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg
Ye’re an armless, boneless, chickenless egg
Ye’ll have to be put with a bowl out to beg
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Ironic really that a couplet in the final stanza is: “They’re rolling out the guns again, But they never will take my sons again,” because today it is Obama and his sidekick the Scooby Doo villain lookalike John Kerry who are holding out the begging bowl for donations to their latest war as the usual allies of the US say, “You’ll never take our sons again.”.

The ‘broad coalition’ President Obama so confidently spoke of in pitching his latest war on television to the American nation two days ago is crumbling faster than a biscuit (cookie) dunked in hot coffee. First the UK and Germany refused to support airstrikes on Syrian territory and now Turkey refuses to allow a U.S. led coalition to attack ISIS / ISIL / whatever forces in Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, according to senior government officials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara this morning to ‘build the coalition’ but, as AFP reports, Turkish officials have already made their position clear, “Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations.” Their ‘excuse’: “our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages,” but follows PM Erdogan’s recent shunning of Obama.

Associated Press reports:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds “direct” telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

In an interview with Turkey’s ATV television late Monday, Erdogan said that “in the past, I used to call him directly. Because I was not able to get direct results on Syria, now our foreign ministers talk to each other.”

With The Netherlands having said some time ago they would not take part in any further military adventures in the middle east this leaves only France, beset by economic chaos and paralyzed by political scandals to join the broad coalition.

Kerry is now holding out the begging bowl to basket case nations in Africa and South America who will traditionally pledge support in return for a promise of some development aid but actually have no significant military forces to deploy. The world is sick of America’s perpetual war.

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What A Joke These Leftie Hypocrites Are

Much of the build up to the NATO summit at Newport’s Celtic Manor on 4 and 5 September, which will attempt to formulate a united strategy for dealing with ‘threats’ to western security in Ukraine and Iraq, has been focused on the world leaders who will be attending, along with the security operation.

NATO are being coy about exactly how much of our money they are spending in order to keep our leaders safe from harmless hippy types yelling peace slogans, but you can bet it will be more than the annual GDP on many small nation. Paranoia does not come cheap.

Apparently Barack Obama is tearing himself off Reggie Love’s cock the golf course and will be attending. This means of course the conference has failed before it starts.

Behind the scenes of course there are many lesser-known people who are preparing for the two-day event. They include Welsh people and businesses who will have some involvement during the Nato summit. Most interesting however, mainly because they will not get a mention in mainstream media are the anti – corporatism, anti – militsarism, anti – war protestors gathering as near as they are allowed to the venue.

From 30 August protesters will flock to South Wales for international actions including a national demonstration, counter summit, and week-long peace camp. Stop the War and CND have organised NO TO NATO – NO NEW WARS protests from 30 August to 5 September. See the timetable of action and events planned by Stop The War.

I’m with Stop The War of course, I’ve always opposed war, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Iraq again. And yet some people here who have always supported war, especially when there was a chance to bomb the crap out of some powerless little nation whose air force consisted of a few World War Two Fokkers (no planes, just a few octogenarian German fokkers), call themselves left wing and describe me as a right wing extremist. Effing political illiterates.

So tell me when was supporting war in pursuit of corporate profit, American hegemony and getting a kick out of killing lots of innocent, defenceless people (have you ever seen the grin on Obama’s face when he signs an executive order for more drone strikes?)become acceptable alongside the traditional left wing values of pacifism, humanitarianism and fraternity?

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