As things heat up in Syria, will the U.S. become involved in another Libya-style intervention?
For those of you that are following this story about Syria, here's the story about Syria you may not have read about:
As the destabilization effort against Syria
continues, the connections between the terrorist “opposition” forces
and Anglo-American, pro-NATO governments are becoming more and more
obvious, even as the mainstream media refuses to address the issue in
any manner other than direct obfuscation.
Thankfully, a sizable portion of the alternative media, along with outspoken Syrians like YouTube blogger Syrian Girl
have played a major role in exposing the “rebels” for what they are –
foreign terrorists and criminal Syrian elements that are being backed by
Anglo-American and pro-NATO governments and intelligence agencies. Many
of these individuals are admittedly al-Qaeda, much like the Libyan
“rebels” who, after taking power with the help of NATO, immediately
began restricting freedoms and slaughtering black Libyans. Indeed, a
sizable portion of these terrorists have actually traveled from Libya to
Syria, with some working from across the borders of Turkey, Jordan, and
As author and historian, Webster Griffin Tarpley, has aptly stated before, it is now widely apparent that al-Qaeda is nothing more than the United States’ Arab legion.
addition, due the increasing level of brazenness with which the
Anglo-American empires are engaging in their operations, the actual
players involved in the destabilization efforts are also becoming more
visible as well.
Of course, all of the reporting by the mainstream media is glowing and supportive, making it seem as if Ford were a bona fide people’s hero fighting for an oppressed population.
Yet the reality is that he is nothing more than a globalist
destabilization expert who is merely taking over from his mentor John
Negroponte, who became quite refined as a enabler of mass slaughter in
Central America and Iraq. Indeed, Negroponte’s Iraq affair is where Ford
himself was able to hone his skills in the arming and assistance of
ruthless death squads who target innocent people in campaigns of terror
and mass murder.
Now, however, questions must arise over possible
connections to destabilization agents and potential participation in
these efforts by General Robert Mood, the Norwegian general which has
recently been appointed head of the United Nations Supervision Mission
in Syria (UNSMIS) as well as the ever-present David Petraeus in the
First, however, some background might be necessary
for those who are not familiar with the connections between the
prominent “officials” like Ford and Negroponte and how they are relevant
to the situation in Syria.
It should be noted that Prof. Michel Chossudovsky of GlobalResearch.ca
has provided an excellent historical presentation of the connections of
Negroponte, Ford, and Petraeus in relation to death squads and
destabilization in his article “The Pentagon’s ‘Salvador Option’: The Deployment of Death Squads in Iraq and Syria.” I encourage everyone to read this excellent piece for context and analysis as a companion to my own article.
Negroponte was the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In
this role, he was instrumental in supporting and overseeing the
Nicaraguan Contra killers who, although based in Honduras, engaged in
horrific acts of terrorism inside Nicaragua. Ultimately, this operation
claimed the lives of approximately 50,000 innocent civilians. This is
the origin of the term “Salvador Option” when speaking of the formation
of “death squads” for political purposes, an option that has become a
hallmark of Negroponte and the system which he represents.
was also responsible for the formation of the Honduran death squads who
engaged in a mission of terror against opponents of the US-backed
Honduran regime as well as the Sandinistas and civilian populations in
As Peter Roff and James Chapin write in their article “Face-off: Bush’s Foreign Policy Warriors,”
The Sun described the activities of a secret CIA-trained Honduran army
unit, Battalion 316, that used 'shock and suffocation devices in
interrogations. Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer
useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves.'
On August 27, 1997, CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz released a
211-page classified report entitled “Selected Issues Relating to CIA
Activities in Honduras in the 1980s.” This report was partly
declassified on Oct. 22, 1998, in response to demands by the Honduran
human rights ombudsman.
In 2005, Negroponte was appointed as ambassador to Iraq. In this role,
he again oversaw the formation of death squads who targeted both the
civilian populations and the Iraqi insurgency. The goal here was to
foment division within the insurgency and turn it into a fragmented
front. A divided opposition is obviously much easier to defeat than a
united one. This theory has been proven accurate time and time again.
Indeed, in 2005, a story was leaked to Newsweek
where the Pentagon confirmed that it was “considering forming hit
squads of Kurdish and Shia fighters to target leaders of the Iraqi
insurgency in a strategic shift borrowed from the American struggle
against left-wing guerrillas in Central America 20 years ago.”
Pentagon did more than “consider” this option. Not very long after this
information was leaked, Iraq began to see the results of its
implementation. As Dahr Jamail of Antiwar.com wrote in 2007,
Under the 'Salvador Option,' Negroponte had assistance from his
colleague from his days in Central America during the 1980s, Ret. Col
James Steele. Steele, whose title in Baghdad was Counselor for Iraqi
Security Forces supervised the selection and training of members of the
Badr Organization and Mehdi Army, the two largest Shi'ite militias in
Iraq, in order to target the leadership and support networks of a
primarily Sunni resistance.
Planned or not, these death squads promptly spiraled out of control to
become the leading cause of death in Iraq. Intentional or not, the
scores of tortured, mutilated bodies which turn up on the streets of
Baghdad each day are generated by the death squads whose impetus was
John Negroponte. And it is this U.S.-backed sectarian violence which
largely led to the hell-disaster that Iraq is today.
course, the fact that the death squad option was implemented so quickly
after the release of the report suggests that the mercenaries were
being organized and applied long before
was made aware of them.
serving in Iraq at the same time that the death squads were beginning
to make their bloody mark on the cohesion of the “insurgency,” was
Robert Ford who, at the time, had been appointed political counselor to
the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Ford remained in this post from 2004-2006
where he worked closely with Negroponte. He was also heavily involved in
the organization of the death squads. Ford was instrumental in helping
make “contacts” with these individuals as well as developing and
maintaining relations with them for other purposes such as continued and
future terror campaigns.
In fact, Ford was once described by
Negroponte as “one of these very tireless people . . . who didn’t mind
putting on his flak jacket and helmet and going out of the Green Zone to
meet contacts.” In short, Ford acted as a foot soldier in death squad
Attempting to summarize the death squad plan, Michael Hirsh and John Barry of Newsweek wrote in 2005:
[O]ne Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise,
support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish
Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents
and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria,
according to military insiders familiar with the discussions. It remains
unclear, however, whether this would be a policy of assassination or
so-called 'snatch' operations, in which the targets are sent to secret
facilities for interrogation. The current thinking is that while U.S. Special Forces would lead operations in, say, Syria, activities inside Iraq itself would be carried out by Iraqi paramilitaries. [emphasis added]
Commenting further on the
article, the Times Online added, “Nor is it clear who would take
responsibility for such a programme – the Pentagon or the Central
Intelligence Agency. Such covert operations have traditionally been run
by the CIA at arm’s length from the administration in power, giving US
officials the ability to deny knowledge of it.”
the focus of these articles revolve around the question of CIA/Pentagon
death squads in Iraq, it is important to notice that, as far back as
2005, it was admitted that there were clear plans to create, fund, and
operate death squads in Syria.
Ford and Negroponte are not the
only high-profile US officials in the trenches of death squad
development however. General David Petraeus , now Director of the CIA,
established and subsequently assumed command of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq
(MNSTC) under the auspices of training and equipping the Iraqi army,
police, and security forces. Petraeus’ personal command of the MNSTC
began in 2004, at virtually the same time Negroponte was appointed
In reality, MNSTC was not merely about training Iraqi
forces, but about establishing death squads. Indeed, it was a true
counterinsurgency strategy that was instrumental to the Iraqi “Salvador
Option” employed by the Pentagon and, likely, the CIA.
Petraeus is now Director of the CIA, his military connections are no
doubt intact. Indeed, relationships of this nature do not change with
the mere presentation of a new title on one operative or another.
Likewise, Robert Ford’s 2009 appointment as ambassador to Syria is
merely the insertion of yet another destabilization agent into the
Ford’s current action in Syria serves the exact
same purpose as his presence in Iraq only a few years previous. This
time, however, it seems that Ford is taking on a more central role in
the affair. Indeed, many Syrians, if not aware of the more sinister acts
of Ford, are at least aware that he has been instrumental in fomenting
violent rebellion and negative Western public opinion against the ruling
government. This is why Ford’s convoy was attacked by “pro-government” Syrians as he rode through town meeting with his terrorist pets.
Ford’s very presence in Syria has been nothing more than a destabilization tactic.
Indeed, he has drawn quite a bit of international attention to himself
by traveling across the country at will, “meeting with protestors” and
turning terrorists into martyrs in the minds of the gullible Western
Logically, by “meeting with protestors” one can read
“instigating terrorism.” The mainstream media, however, reports Ford’s
terror encouragement tour as a heroic act of solidarity with “the
Eventually, after a succession of terror tours the Assad
regime finally slapped restrictions on Ford’s travel, requiring him not
to leave the boundaries of Damascus. However, Ford openly disregarded those limitations and brazenly began traveling all over Syria, meeting with his terrorist brethren.
course, one should not forget that Petraeus, as CIA Director and a
direct connection and common denominator between U.S. military and NATO
contacts, is also a major player in the Syrian “Salvador Option” which
is now taking shape. The death squad strategy is largely useless without
at least of one these institutions, a relatively easy accomplish since,
at the top of both, the establishment merges to form the same shadow
Nevertheless, there is one more major player in the
Syrian destabilization that should be drawing some more attention for
his potential role in the early development of the Syrian death squads.
General Robert Mood, the Norwegian general who is now the head of the United Nations Supervision Mission In Syria (UNSMIS), is not without his own potential for connections to destabilization efforts in Syria.
Mood has extensive connections with NATO, the organization (by virtue
of its member nations) which is responsible for the Syrian
destabilization to begin with. So, as it stands, we now have NATO being
sent in to Syria to observe and report on the actions of NATO (the death
squads). One can already assume what observations will be made to the
general public in the coming days (or weeks).
It is worth noting that General Mood
holds a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps.
University as well as attending his own countries Norwegian Army Staff
College and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense
College located in Rome – truly a citizen of the world.
From 2008 to 2011, Mood was the Commander in Chief of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
(UNTSO), an organization whose stated purpose is to provide a military
command structure for UN peacekeeping functions in the Middle East. Mood
was also Operations Officer for the Norwegian Battalion of UNIFL (United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon) during the 1980s.
interestingly enough, Mood, in his position as Commander in Chief of
UNTSO, oversaw the various established groups of UN “observers,” some of
which were (and still are) located in Syria. One of those groups OGG
(Observer Group Golan) is split into two different substations with one
of those stations headquartered in Damascus (OGG – Damascus). Other
outposts of UNTSO are based in Israel, Lebanon (which borders Syria),
Mood’s position then, would put him squarely involved
in Syria at the same time as Robert Ford and presumably, David Petraeus
via his personally delegated presence. With that in mind, one must
wonder what role Mood might have had in the formation of the death
squads being developed at the time. Webster Tarpley alluded to this
possibility in an interview conducted with PressTV when he said:
Any analysis that doesn’t start with the death squads and the role of
[American diplomat John Dimitri]Negroponte in Baghdad and then Robert
Ford in Damascus I would actually ask [Head of United Nations
Supervision Mission in Syria, Major] General Robert Mood if you were
there from 2009 to 2011 in Damascus what did you know about the
formation of these death squads. That would be a really interesting
The fact that the “rebellion” in Syria is actually a
NATO/Anglo-American/Arab puppet state fostered destabilization effort is
not debatable to anyone who has even a basic grasp of the events now
transpiring in the region. Although it is taking much longer to do to
Syria what these same forces
, the game plan remains exactly the same.
In fact, many of the players that took part in the dismantling the Gaddafi regime are now involved in the destruction of Assad’s government. The same al-Qaeda terrorists that emerged in Libya have now traveled to Syria
for round two of imperial moves to establish puppet governments and
reduce the living standards of an entire nation. The infamous Libyan
“rebel” leader Belhaj is now reportedly conducting operations in Syria as well.
Of course, all of these forces work with the direct aid of the Anglo-Americans and the de facto world army known as NATO. It has even been reported by Thierry Meyssan
of the Voltaire Network that French agents acting as mercenaries/death
squad participants were captured by the Syrian government early on in
the “rebellion.” All the while, the mainstream Western media reported
the events as “peaceful protest” and a grass-roots level organic Syrian
uprising against an oppressive regime.
In examining the behavior
and writings of the world elite, it is abundantly clear that Syria
exists as the last stepping stone before war is launched against Iran.
It seems almost certain that the Assad regime must be replaced by a
puppet government more favorable to the Anglo-American imperial powers
or, at the very least, one that is incapable of resisting them. While
Syria has lasted much longer than its counterparts Libya and Egypt, it
is unlikely that it will be able to hold out much longer, particularly
with the acceptance of the UN “observer” forces inside its borders and
an ever-growing pro-war sentiment expressed by Western governments.
war is launched on Iran, whether by the Western powers or by Israel,
World War Three is likely to follow. While the United States and hence
the rest of NATO will undoubtedly follow the footsteps of the mad dog of
the Middle East, Russia will likely take the opposing side. China and
India are likely to follow Russia. A direct clash of these world powers
has the potential to produce more destruction than the previous two
world wars put together.
Although not the architects of the war,
it is important that the names of Negroponte, Ford, Petraeus, and Mood
be remembered for posterity as the worker bees who facilitated it.
“El Salvador-style ‘death squads’ to be deployed by US against Iraq
militants.” Times Online. January 10, 2005. As quoted and sourced by
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky of GlobalResearch.ca in his article, “ The Pentagon’s ‘Salvador Option’: The Deployment of Death Squads in Iraq and Syria.”
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