USS Nimitz Carrier Group ready for War on Syria
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – The USA continues its military build up in preparation of a unilateral aggression against Syria by deploying the USS Nimitz Carrier Group westwards in the Arabian Sea towards the Red Sea, bringing the nuclear-powered carrier USS Nimitz and four destroyers within striking range to take part in a military aggression against Syria if ordered to.
According to officials at the U.S. Department of Defense, the USS Nimitz and the four destroyers have entered the Red Sea yesterday, at approximately 6 am EDT. The carrier group has reportedly not yet received any orders to move into the Mediterranean Sea, but it would be capable of supporting a military aggression on Syria from its current position. An unnamed US defense official has reportedly said to Reuters, that “it is about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the capabilities of the carrier strike group be needed”.
The Nimitz carrier group was scheduled to return to its home port in Everett, Washington, after having been deployed in support of the US military involvement in Afghanistan. The decision to redeploy the carrier group was, according to the US defense official, made in consideration of the volatility of the situation pertaining Syria and the looming decision to launch military strikes against Syria.
Besides the amphibious transport vessel, the USS San Antonio, which was deployed to the Mediterranean over the weekend, the US Navy has five destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean, which are carrying an estimated 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
On 9 September, members of the US Congress will return from summer vacations and decide whether to sanction a unilateral military aggression against Syria. US President Barak Obama states, that military strikes, which are not time-sensitive, have been prepared, and that he is ready to give the order to launch the strikes at any moment.
According to international law, any military strike against a UN member state, which has not been sanctioned by the concurrent vote of all permanent members of the UN Security Council constitutes a crime against peace, making all subsequent actions war crimes. Even with the concurrent vote of all permanent Security Council members an aggression is still unlawful if other international laws would be violated. Russia and China oppose any military intervention in Syria and are warning the USA not to violate international law.
Both Russia and China have repeatedly warned against any unilateral aggression against Syria. Last week, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, warned against the NATO threat of military action against Syria without a UN mandate, stressed the buildup of military force against Syria and stated, that a military aggression would be illegitimate and that it would be a terrible mistake.
On Thursday, last week, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, warned against any military aggression against Syria. The Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying:
“Any foreign military intervention will contradict the UN Charter, as it may spread chaos in the Middle East….the political solution is always considered as the only realistic means for the crisis in Syria”.
Wang called on all sides to show restraint and calm in dealing with the Syria crisis and added, that:
“No one should meddle in Syria or pre-empt the investigation results on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.”
The Chinese Foreign Minister stressed, that China is watching the situation in Syria closely, that China strongly rejects the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and that China supports an objective, independent and honest investigation by the United Nations.
Yesterday, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that the US Congress is in no position to give a green light for a “collective” military intervention in crisis-hit Syria. “Only the UN Security Council, under special circumstances, can authorize a collective action, and that [will be] under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, and this issue needs the approval of the Security Council,” said Zarif.
UN Spokesperson, Nesirki, has stressed, that the UN is uniquely equipped to analyze evidence for chemical weapons use, stressed the necessity of allowing the UN Inspectors to complete their work and present their findings, and that any unilateral military action against Syria without the approval of the Security Council violates international law and the Charter of the United Nations.