Tension remains high in Syria. This time its not the military successes of the rebels that are the cause, but rather the rapidly deteriorating international background. This week saw talking heads once again bring up the Syrian chemical weapons issue and the possibility of military intervention by the international community. We have already noted the connection between the rebels and the West: each rebel failure results in more radical saber-rattling by their Western supporters. Now Barack Obama has threatened retaliation with what he called adequate measures, in the event that Assad loses control over his chemical weapons. He was immediately supported by the British Prime Minister David Cameron. France joined the threat, proposing to create a no-fly zone over Syria, as it did in Libya.
In other words the West is continuing to set the stage for a chemical weapons provocation, which can then be used to justify military intervention. This is a tried and true scenario. For example, a chemical diversion could be staged in one the Syrian cities, with Assad taking the blame for the attack. Or, rebels could be made to attack one of the chemical weapons warehouses, and a military operation could be launched to prevent the weapons from falling into the wrong hands. We are sure the western military command is more than capable of coming up with an array of reasons to launch an attack on Assad's army.
There are reports that the U.S. special forces in Israel and Jordan are on standby to perform a special operation to capture Syrian chemical weapons depots. However, this information cannot be verified at the moment.
On a slightly different note, we find it curious that a growing number of Syrian rebels are refusing to play the role of supporters of democracy, instead preferring to openly join groups of Islamic radicals. They say that Al-Qaeda supports them more than the West, and therefore they we will fight on their side. And this is very worrying. It is known that the Wahhabi bands in Syria are in constant supply of mercenaries from Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and other countries. Even Chechens have made their mark in Syria. Rustam Gelayev, son of the Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev, who was destroyed by Russian border police in 2004, was recently killed in a skirmish in Syria.