Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

US intervention in Syria ‘likely to develop into a regional war’ – expert

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nsnbc & VoR , - The US Congress is to discuss a Syria intervention on September 9. The Voice of Russia turns to Dr. Christof Lehmann, a consultant in politics at Lehmann International Services, Denmark, and editor-in-chief at nsnbc international, to discuss the controversial issue and inquire about his opinion on whether the House would approve Obama’s request.

Do you think the US-led intervention in Syria will stir up anti-American sentiment in the Arab world, in Europe or elsewhere?

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I think the military intervention would of course stir up additional anti-American sentiment, that is, in addition to the anti-American sentiment that already exists in the course of the US´s blatant support of terrorist organizations since 2011 and prior to that.

Will the US congress say ‘yes’ to the use of force against Syria? What’s your forecast?

I don’t know, that is very hard to know right now. Most of the members of Congress in the US receive most of their information from the mainstream media and the mainstream media are propagandizing the American people. So, it is not unlikely that the Congress would give its approval in spite of the fact that it is known that a vast majority of Americans are opposed to another military adventure of the USA. Another factor is, that there is a strong and influential Israeli lobby in the USA, and that it is quite influential in the Congress too.

Why do you think the US is pushing through this campaign so hard? Why would it be interested in the intervention?

The intervention was originally already planned in 1996 within the framework of the RAND Corporation´s Greater Middle East Project. Then, in 2007 the discovery of the world’s largest known gas resources in the Persian Gulf, which are shared between Iran and Qatar, triggered the conflict.

Especially the planned gas pipeline from Iran through Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean was problematic. If it was to be completed, the EU would receive 45 percent or more of its natural gas for the next 100 – 120 years from Russian and Iranian sources.

Neither the USA no Israel are interested in the potential political leverage Iran would acquire over EU foreign policy with regards to Palestine and the Middle East, if the EU was so dependent on Iranian and Russian gas, and so on….

Do you think there will be a large-scale military campaign and do you think there is a chance that it would also evolve into a ground campaign as well?

I believe that it would be very difficult for Iran to contain Hezbollah if the USA attacks Syria, especially when considering that Israel may get involved. Israelis military officials said that a limited war against Syria is possible. If Israel or Hezbollah become involved this may very well develop into a regional war. There is a high risk for that.

And we may also see US troops in Syria at the very end. There is a very great risk for this to be developing into a regional war, and I think it is about time that we choose whether we would like to have a world community, which is abiding to international law or whether we want to have a world community that is ruled by anarchy, tyranny and despotism.

What about America´s European partners? If the USA remains with their position, if they don’t give any other evidence of a chemical attack, do you think the European partners will support them?

I believe that this will be so, yes, because we see already now, that in the UK, there are certain members of parliament who are already lobbying through the back door, very sneakily, by saying that some British companies have delivered chemicals to Syria which could be used for chemical weapons production and so on.

You will most likely see that they will blame one or two British companies for delivering chemicals to Syria, and then use the fact to imply that this establishes proof for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Everything will be done to the British Members of Parliament and the British people say yes to yet another, completely and utterly illegal war.

Interview for The Voice of Russia by Evgeny Sukhoi with Christof Lehmann

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. Michael says:

    “the RU would receive 45 percent or more of its natural gas…” Das Kürzel sollte wohl eher EU heißen (Tippfehler)!

    Liebe Grüße
    Michael

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