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originally posted by: sg1642
a thread I made a while ago
Regime change in Syria is nothing new and has been on the cards since as far back as the 50s. Iran, Syria and Iraq were all on the cards as far back as the first Gulf war. If you control the resources, you control the world. That's what the middle East is all about. In the days of Empire this was called the great game. That's what can be seen again here.
What worries me is the fact that, even here on this forum, when this issue is raised people can be dismissive. It doesn't matter where people would want to live or if Putin is worse than Clinton. Some of these replies are the kind of replies you would expect to see from people who believe everything their TV tells them. The fact is Western Governments are hell bent on domination and some of the stunts we have pulled in the past few decades are nothing short of Tyranny.
Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot
Part of the "preferred plan" reads: "In order to facilitate the action of liberative forces, reduce the capabilities of the Syrian regime to organise and direct its military actions, to hold losses and destruction to a minimum, and to bring about desired results in the shortest possible time, a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals. Their removal should be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention and in the light of circumstances existing at the time."
The document, approved by London and Washington, named three men: Abd al-Hamid Sarraj, head of Syrian military intelligence; Afif al-Bizri, chief of the Syrian general staff; and Khalid Bakdash, leader of the Syrian Communist party.
For a prime minister who had largely come to power on the back of Anthony Eden's disastrous antics in Suez just a year before, Mr Macmillan was remarkably bellicose. He described it in his diary as "a most formidable report". Secrecy was so great, Mr Macmillan ordered the plan withheld even from British chiefs of staff, because of their tendency "to chatter".
Concern about the increasingly anti-western and pro-Soviet sympathies of Syria had been growing in Downing Street and the White House since the overthrow of the conservative military regime of Colonel Adib Shishakli by an alliance of Ba'ath party and Communist party politicians and their allies in the Syrian army, in 1954.
Driving the call for action was the CIA's Middle East chief Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of former president Theodore Roosevelt. He identified Colonel Sarraj, General al-Bizri and Mr Bakdash as the real power behind a figurehead president. The triumvirate had moved even closer to Nikita Khrushchev's orbit after the previous year's disastrous attempt by Britain and France, in collusion with Israel, to reverse the nationalisation of the Suez canal.
By 1957, despite America's opposition to the Suez move, President Eisenhower felt he could no longer ignore the danger of Syria becoming a centre for Moscow to spread communism throughout the Middle East. He and Mr Macmillan feared Syria would destabilise pro-western neighbours by exporting terrorism and encouraging internal dissent. More importantly, Syria also had control of one of the main oil arteries of the Middle East, the pipeline which connected pro-western Iraq's oilfields to Turkey.
He was assassinated, probably at the instigation of al-Qaeda, in a suicide bombing on September 9, 2001, just two days before the September 11 attacks in the United States
He was a powerful military commander during the resistance against the Soviet occupation between 1979 and 1989
originally posted by: ketsuko
Is it so wrong to say I think we should work with Russia to stabilize the region, but at the same time say, "Yeah, I know Assad is your SOB, but let's be plain. Maybe you need a new SOB."
We had Saddam as our SOB for a long time, and he had to go finally because he wasn't worth it.