New ‘safety zone’ will be a launchpad for terrorism in Syria
NATO wants to place war refugees in a so-called safety zone from which anti-government forces, armed and funded by Turkey, NATO and the US, will attack civilians in Syria. Should Assad respond to those attacks launched from the safety zone, he will be accused of bombing the refugees, which will in turn build support for an open military intervention in the country.
The Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition to the Syrian political alliance, urged NATO to impose a “security zone” in northern Syria, as proposed by Turkey.
That area would be “an important first step to ensure the protection of civilians throughout the country,” said the president of the coalition, Khalid Joya..
In his view, the security zone would contribute to “protect civilians from terror of the Islamic State and the indiscriminate bombing by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the greatest murderer of Syrian civilians”.
He also suggested that NATO consider a new mechanism for a comprehensive approach that addresses both ISIS and the regime in Damascus.
The Syrian opposition leader, whose organization is based in Istanbul, also praised “the initiative from Turkey to address directly the danger presented by ISIS and the root of extremism.”
The North Atlantic Council, the main organ of decision of NATO, held a special meeting in Brussels at the request of Turkey. The meeting concluded that the alliance is indivisible and showed its ‘solidarity’ with Ankara after the recent terrorist attacks.
The Council also stressed that terrorism is “a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and that it threatens international stability and prosperity.”
At dawn on Friday, Turkey began an air offensive against alleged ISIS positions in northern Syria, which extended to the next day expanded to bomb positions of the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) in northern Iraq.
However, activists and kurdo-Syrian sources reported yesterday that Turkish artillery had targeted objectives of the People’s Protection Units, kurdo-Syrian militias in the province of Aleppo.
The US newspaper The Washington Post reported yesterday that Washington and Ankara had agreed on the details for creating a “safety zone” that would be free from ISIS fighters on the border between Turkey and Syria’s northwest.
In theory, the intention of both states is to build an area of more than 100 kilometers along the border and 65 kilometers into Syria, whose control would be given to opposing Assad regime military forces.
Reality is stranger than fiction
The case of ISIS in Northern Africa and the Middle East is part of the Problem, Reaction, Solution strategy, whereby western powers create a threat, observe the reaction of those affected by it and then offer a ‘solution’ to that threat.
Despite all claims about Assad and all the colorful descriptions made about ISIS, we now know that it has been the United States and Turkey the ones responsible for training and supplying ISIS fighters with weapons. In fact, a report by Business Insider tells how Turkey is undoubtedly linked to ISIS, which confirms earlier reports about how the Erdogan regime transported weapons and ISIS fighters into Syria to help destabilize the country.
It is not a surprise that the request made by Turkey and the Syrian Coalition has been immediately supported by NATO, mainly the United States and Turkey who have already announced the creation of a “safety zone” in northern Syria under the excuse that it is intended to keep war refugees safe, when in reality the plan is to give ISIS fighters a launching pad to continue attacking Syria.
United Nations issues warning on “safety zone”
The UN official for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien, has urged caution when talking about the creation of a “safety zone” in Syria and stressed that it should be done only when the safety of civilians who arrive there can be guaranteed .
“What we do not want is to call something a safety zone, to have people flee there, but then find out it does not have enough protection,” O’Brien said.
Mr. O’Brien is way to naive to understand the western-backed strategy. What the western imperialists supported by NATO want to do, is to place war refugees in a so-called safety zone from which anti-government forces armed and funded by Turkey, NATO and the US will attack civilians in Syria. Should Assad respond to those attacks launched from the so-called safety zone, he will be accused of bombing the refugees, which will in turn build support for an open military intervention in the country.
The Turkish government has announced it intends to establish, in cooperation with the United States, a “safety zone” in northwest Syria, which Erdogan says will help moderate opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and to expel the jihadists of the Islamic State.
O’Brien, speaking to reporters, said his office is in permanent contact with all parties on these new proposals.
“Since our main objective is the protection of civilians, we need to be sure that there will be protection,” he said. O’Brien appeared before the Security Council of the UN, where he said the violence in Syria has continued to increase in recent weeks, with “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks by all parties.”