How do Australians feel about this, I wonder?
Australia's media has been very effective at confusing and misinforming the public about what is really going on, so how meaningful is "public opinion" anyway?
By Dr. Denis G. Rancourt
The US military-finance-corporate empire (US-Empire) is characterized by
- global military projection using over 1000 military bases
- control over the global finance instruments (and the money supply)
- corporate exploitation of labour and resources on the scale of entire continents
- dominant influence on World organizations such as the United Nations
- a demonstrated willingness to annihilate entire populations and societies -- directly or by proxy -- in order to ensure complete compliance
No other regime in today's world is responsible for such premeditated and repeated acts of mass murder against entire modern societies. The US with its military allies, most notably Israel, is presently by far the greatest threat to peace and the greatest purveyor of terror on the planet.
This is not debatable by reasonable people.
It is also apparent that the US-Empire's projects of nation destruction are strategic and premeditated.
It is in this realistic context of a ferocious, rogue and barely-constrained superpower that we must understand Obama's emanations about ISIS as nothing but a pretext to "remove Assad".
The legitimate political dissidence in Syria was used as a front and a pretext to inject massive numbers of externally-funded foreign rebels into a proxy war for the US-Empire and its regional partners-in-crime. This is established by every credible researcher. (And, of course actively masked by the US-Empire's propaganda.)
And now an element (ISIS) of the injected foreign rebels is used as a pretext for all-out war US-style.
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By Moon Of Alabama
"There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position...
The anti-government forces cooperating for this operation are the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which is backed by the United States, assisted by the Islamic Front, backed by Saudi Arabia, and al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusrah which just received some $20 million from Qatar.
These forces infiltrated from Jordan through Daara and then up north-westward along the border with Israel.
This movement, during which some UN observers were kidnapped by these forces, was supported by Israeli artillery strikes against Syrian units that tried to prevent it.
The sole border station between Israel and Syria is now in the hands of the anti-government forces.
The Israeli military is also providing medical support to these anti-government forces. The UN has pulled out all peacekeepers from the Syrian side of the Golan height demarcation line...
The rather empty Quneitra area makes little sense to conquer except to be used as a launching pad for an attack from the south towards Damascus. The distance to the capital is only some 40 miles (60km).
While two Syrian army divisions are stationed between Quneitra governate and Damascus, coordinated air attacks against them could open and secure a route from Quneitra governate into the capital.
Recent truceagreements between the U.S. supported Syrian Revolutionary Front and ISIS in the area south of Damascus may have been concluded with these attack plans in mind...
The U.S. military... may well plan to use the murky new "war on ISIS" as pretext for attacks on the Syrian army divisions protecting Damascus from the south...
The stampede to attack ISIS may have been pure maskirovka to hide this violent regime change attack plan against Syria under some "anti-terrorism" label.
This at the same time as the plan is coordinated with and actively supported by Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and made possible through truce agreements with ISIS."