Assad admitted on Tuesday June 26th that Syria is in a state of war, and asked his government to spare no effort to achieve victory. The fighting has been going on for about 16 months now, and yesterday there were reports that fighting has reached the Syrian capital Damascus. The rebels were reported as blocking the “old road” from Beirut to Damascus.
This is a major change for Bashar al-Assad, because up until now he’s downplayed the insurrection in his country. I believe the fighting in the capital has woken him to the realization that NATO will not rest until he is removed from power. The goal of NATO is to dominate all of the middle east and keep Russia and China out. Once Syria is gone only Iran will stand in NATO’s way.
I’m sure Russia is fully aware of this, and it makes sense now why Vlad Putin stopped off in Israel to speak to Netanyahu. Turkey on the other hand won’t attack Syria without NATO help, and they are already backing down from their strong rhetoric after their Jet was shot down. They talk tough, but they don’t act tough. One only has to think back to when Turkish citizens were killed by the IDF enroute to Gaza. Turkey basically did the politically equivalent of yelling at them, and said bad, bad, bad Israel!
I don’t see NATO putting boots on the ground in Syria, until they wait a few more months to see how their “rebels” do. The stakes have been raised by Russia. If Russia back’s off, then Syria’s days are quickly reduced. I’m ceasing to write on the subject of Syria until something of serious significance changes for the better or the worse.
I hope for the better, but I’m afraid it’s obvious the direction this has taken.