NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg refused to “speculate” on who bears responsibility for the attack on the UN-Red Crescent aid convoy near Aleppo, saying we should “get the facts” first, as he spoke to RT after his meeting with the Russian FM.
“The attack on the humanitarian convoy is morally totally unacceptable and it’s a blatant violation of international law,” Stoltenberg said in a brief interview to RT’s Ilya Petrenko, as he emerged from the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday.
However, the NATO chief refrained from accusing any side of perpetrating the attack.
“I will not speculate about that. It’s important to get the facts and to find out how this could happened, but I won’t speculate,” he said, praising the talks with Lavrov as a “frank” and “useful” meeting.
Syria’s envoy to the UN has blasted deadly airstrikes on an airbase, saying the raids show the US, along with Turkey and Israel, have moved from a proxy war to a “personal” one on the Arab state.
Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York, Bashar Ja’afari said the US flouted the terms of the ceasefire meant to end hostilities in Syria, but Damascus committed itself to the deal.
He also criticized the international community for its failure to condemn US airstrikes near the Dayr al-Zawr airbase, saying the raid killed 83 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.
The truce, brokered by Russia and the US, began on September 12 and was agreed to last seven days, but Damascus did not extend it after its army base came under attack in violation of the deal.
Ja’afari further dismissed as unfounded some Western media reports that Russia had targeted a UN aid convoy on the outskirts of Aleppo in revenge for the airstrikes on Syrian troops.
“The current dirty propaganda campaign is being pursued by the parties that seek political blackmail to advance their agendas,” he said.
Ja’afari also denounced Turkey’s “illegitimate” ground and aerial attacks on the Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting Daesh. The attacks, he said, are carried out without Damascus’ consent and cooperation with the Russian operational command center in Syria.
“These attacks amount to aggression against Syria under the international law,” Ja’afari noted.
Israel has also carried out a series of attacks against Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights, which some believe are meant to provide air cover for Takfiri terrorists operating there.
US-Israel Wage War on Iran in Syria by Tony Cartolucci - Global Research
As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report “The Redirection” Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.
The report would cite various serving and former US officials who warned that the extremists the West was backing were “preparing for cataclysmic conflict.”
In retrospect, considering the emergence of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), Hersh’s warning has turned out to be prophetic. The destabilization of Syria and Lebanon were noted in particular as prerequisites for a coming war with Iran. Confirming this would be the lengthy policy treatise published by the Brookings Institution in 2009 titled, “Which Path to Persia?” [co-author Martin Indyk – Oui]
In it, it is openly discussed that regime change for the purpose of establishing regional hegemony is the only goal of the United States and its regional partners, with attempts to frame the conflict with Iran as an issue of “national security” and “global stability” serving as mere canards.
Crazy Pills: Ruminations on Sy Hersh by Curmudgette on Tue Feb 27th, 2007
For this Administration to talk about “protecting the troops” is as Orwellian as their entire “war is peace” strategy. Sometimes I think their overarching strategy is to short-circuit the collective psyche of the American public with cognitive dissonance. They’ll just keep bombarding us with illogic until we shut down like the Mudd’s androids. Reading this latest from Sy Hersh, I am left feeling, once again, like I’m taking crazy pills.
“The Redirection” may be the most mind-melting expose of the Bush agenda yet. As near as I can tell, the goal is simply to make the Middle East as unstable as possible; just knocking over as many dominoes as they can to see if they form a pattern. That’s certainly what it looks like, as they progress with their impossible plans for attacking Iran. According to Hersh they themselves made this attack necessary by destroying the only viable check on Iran: Iraq. To paraphrase Colin Powell: They Broke it. We bought it.
It’s pretty clear to those of us who scrolled through the PNAC papers back in the day, that Iran was always in their sights. That Iraq is in a shambles, Afghanistan is erupting, and our military is nearly broken, doesn’t even slow the Bush juggernaut down. They have so little respect for our cognitive abilities that they don’t even bother to update their sales pitch.
There are weapons of mass destruction!
They’re over here. No they’re over here.
Did I say that? Look over here.
Make no mistake. We are in no way prepared to attack Iran. And that’s why the generals are balking.
- ○ Security chiefs refused order from PM Netanyahu in 2010 to prepare military to strike Iran within hours if necessary, TV report says
○ Security Breach Inside Netanyahu’s Bunker on Iran Strike by Oui @BooMan on Sept. 5, 2012