Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2013

Syria War is turning into Regional War. South African President declares BRICS Support for Geneva Declaration

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo by www.gcis.gov.za

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo by www.gcis.gov.za

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc).- Russian-US relations are in a deep-freeze as the Syria war is spilling across the borders to Lebanon and Iraq. NATO is laboring at opening a new front in Jordan and Iraq and has begun to overtly target Iran with terrorists, trained in Kosovo. While the war is bound to widen into a regional war with global consequences, the South African President Jacob Zuma declared, that South Africa and the BRICS will not spare any effort to implement the Geneva declaration.

After lasts weeks deterioration in Russia-US diplomatic relations over Syria and an emergency meeting of Russia´s Security Council, called by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the crisis in Syria continues deteriorating into a regional war. (1  South Africa´s President Jacob Zuma, during a meeting with the Syrian President´s Political and Media Adviser Dr. Bouthania Shaaban in Johannesburg on Saturday stated, that South Africa and the BRICS will spare no efforts to implement the Geneva agreement to put an end to violence in Syria as soon as possible and to launch a political dialog.

Zuma, expressing regret over the current events in Syria, stressed the usefulness of the direct exchange of information between Syria and South Africa about the crisis. Dr. Shaaban briefed the South African President on the Syrian national dialog. Dr. Shaaban stressed the importance of the political program for national dialog which is making significant progress. (2  The progress of the Syrian national dialog has remained largely ignored by western mainstream media, and is being systematically sabotaged by the USA´s, Saudi Arabia´s, Qatar´s, the EU´s and others sponsorship of terrorist organizations.

The adviser to President Bashar al-Assad called on South Africa´s President Jacob Zuma to support the program at the upcoming BRICS summit, due to be held in South Africa on 26 March. She also briefed President Zuma on the regional and international dimensions of the crisis in Syria, stressing the repercussions for the region. Dr. Shaaban also met with the South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ebrahim. Both meetings were attended by Syria´s Ambassador to South Africa, Bassam Darwish.

The Statement by South African President Jacob Zuma, that South Africa and the BRICS support the implementation of the Geneva Declaration, has for the first time aligned the BRICS as an organization, behind the position of Russia and China, who have rejected any foreign military intervention in Syria, and who have demanded that the USA, Saudi Arabia, the European Union and its member states and other stop financing and arming the al Qaeda and Muslim brotherhood tied terrorist organizations, militia and mercenary corps in Syria. The Russian and Chinese demands have so far not only been neglected by the USA and its allies, but have been countered with increasing the flow of money, arms and other material and logistic support.

While the statements of South Africa´s President Jacob Zuma has elicited, that the world is increasingly divided into two blocks with regard to Syria and the Middle East, the war in Syria is spilling over into a regional war. The development of the Syria crisis into a regional war with global consequences has been predicted by analysts for more than a year, although no diplomatic efforts from the sides of Iran, Russia, China and others have been spared to prevent the disastrous development.

NATO backed insurgents have over the course of the last week intensified their artillery and infantry assaults across the Lebanese Syrian border, targeting Syrian troops and civilians. The Syrian government and military has repeatedly warned, that a continuation of the attacks will force the Syrian military to target terrorists and mercenary positions in Lebanon. Lebanon´s President has ordered he Lebanese military to increase its presence along the border to prevent further cross border attacks and the smuggling of arms and troops into Syria. According to some reports, Lebanon´s Hezbollah is readying its troops to also secure the border and to combat the NATO and allied backed troops which have been massing in the border region.

Also Iraq is increasingly being drawn into the conflict. Cross-border attacks have repeatedly targeted Syrian troops in Iraq. Several border checkpoints between Syria and Iraq have repeatedly been attacked by insurgents to facilitate the smuggling of weapons from Saudi Arabia. Over the course of the last month, Iraq has been repeatedly targeted by Saudi-backed terrorists, resulting among other, in the assassination of a high-ranking member of Iraq´s military intelligence service, Brigadier General Awni Ali . (3 On Friday, millions of Iraqi citizens went to the streets to protest against the resurgence of sectarian violence which is currently being manufactured in the country by Saudi-Arabia. As a response to the public mass protests against sectarianism and violence, terrorists exploded two bombs in Baghdad today.

Security analysts speculate, that the recent increase in terrorist attacks in Iraq is tied to NATO support to the MKO. The MKO, which has been fighting against the Iranian government for three decades and killed an estimated 17,000 Iranian, has been removed from the terror lists of the European Union, after the former US secretary of State Hillary Clinton removed it from the US terror list in 2012. 212 MKO members have in 2012 received asylum in the NATO occupied Serbian Kosovo, where it, in spite of declarations, that it renounces violence, has taken part in the training of insurgents with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK). The KLA/UCK is training terrorists, recruited through Saudi-Arabian charities and saudi-backed Al-Qaeda-tied organizations from Asia, the Middle East and Africa, where after they are deployed in battle groups.  The MKO also continued to advocate publicly for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government. An Iranian analyst, advising nsnbc, expects that the MKO will cooperate with NATO intelligence to destabilize Iran at the next coming elections, and that it until than is building forces and takes part in the Syria and Iraq campaigns.

Iraq´s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has demanded that the MKO leaves Iraq´s territory if it takes up arms against Iran again. However, according to a nsnbc informant in Kosovo, the MKO is actively preparing increased attacks inside Iran as well as in Iraq, expecting that the conflict in Syria will be spilling over the borders to Iran and Iran soon.

MKO, removed from list of terrorist organizations by fmr US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

MKO, removed from list of terrorist organizations by fmr US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Kosovo has, since the onset of the Arab Spring, functioned as a European forward base, where NATO mercenaries recruited from Asia, the Middle East and Africa, have been trained and then deployed to respectively Libya and Syria. According to reliable sources, the Kosovo Liberation Army is training the mercenaries in cooperation with US Special Forces which are usually stationed in Frankfurt Germany.

According to reports nsnbc received from a Palestinian with ties to a Palestinian factions intelligence service, Israel is increasing the deployment of mercenaries in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan. Increased troop movements have also been reported from the Syrian – Jordanian border region, the Palestinian informant explained.

A widening of the conflict to Iraq, Lebanon and Iran has been expected by analysts for over a year. One of the main causes of the conflict is the PARS gas-pipeline from Iran, via Iraq and Syria to the Eastern Mediterranean coast and a lack of convergence in the energy security requirements of the EU, USA, Russia, Iran, Israel, Qatar and other stake-holders as explained in “The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria; Conflict versus Conflict Resolution”.  (4

After the recent weeks increased Russian assertiveness and repeated statements, that a foreign military intervention and arming the insurgents is unacceptable, the recent emergency meeting of the Russian Security Council, with violence spilling over the borders to Lebanon, Iraq and the Golan, and with a de-facto declaration of war against Iran, by proclaiming that NATO will support the MKO terrorists against Iran, with the increased resurgence of Saudi-manufactured “sectarian violence” in Iraq, and with the international community increasingly being polarized in two block which are divided by an atmosphere of diplomatic deep freeze, it is likely that the war in Syria will develop into a regional war within months.

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Notes:

1) Russian Security Council Emergency Meeting as Russian Warships arrive in Syria

2) National Dialog in Syria continues with Regional Initiatives

3) Saudi-Arabia the Prime Suspect behind Suicide Bomb that killed Iraqi Brigadier General Awni Ali

4) The Dynamics of the Crisis in Syria. Conflict Versus Conflict Resolution. (Part 1/6)

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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  1. the reason behind the destruction of the palestinian refugee camps in syria is to destroy the palestinian right of return coupled with the israeli drive at the un to rescind the need for the term refugee to be applied to descendents of the current refugees..so this is one of the byproducts of the syrian war that has not been looked at so far

    • Fahwad al Khadoumi says:

      Good that you are bringing up the point. Actually Lehmann is one of the very few who has taken the issue up in articles already in very early 2012 and many times again. If you look through the archives “Palestine, Lehmann” you will find many. In one article he states, that the “final solution” Israel envisions is a Palestine, exclusively existing of an Egyptian – Muslim Brotherhood / Hamas administred Gaza, and small enclaves in the West Bank administred with limited autonomy and by Jordan (which also soon will have its Muslim Brotherhood “revolution”. The rights of Palestinians to return will be negated totally and we need to do much more about it. I think that the only way to salvage the right of return is to assure the integrity of Syria. Palestinians ought to wake up to that reality and begin to take side. The “non interference into other nations internal affairs ” of the PLO for the time being, is self-destructive. Unless we Palestinians stand united behind Syria now, who will ever take a stand for our right to return. The USA ? EU ? The Saudis ? Qatar ? Thank you for bringing this up Margaret.

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