Thursday, 22 August 2013

Syria : The Hague and Fabius Duet.

The usual propaganda mechanisms are being cranked up fast as the momentum of a drive towards war proceeds in accordance with the usual formats. This time it is a blend of the 2003 Iraq War one ( Chemical Weapons) and the 2011 Libyan War version ( Dictator Out of Control ).

First, Britain via Hague pops up rather sprightly and acts a public diplomatic mouthpiece by squarely blaming the Assad regime without giving the UN weapons inspectors time to get to the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack. That's the Iraq Format.

Secondly, then Fabius of France ratchets up the pressure by claiming that even if "no ground troops' will be used" but states “There would have to be reaction with force in Syria from the international community”. That is the Libyan Format. So far the political choreography is as predictable as it could be.

By "international community" it is meant that Britain, France and, lastly, the USA who Hague and Fabius hope will give them green light for either supplying arms to "the rebels" or perhaps even using air power. Expect to hear the phrase 'all the options are on the table" a lot in the next few days.

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