The Guardian October 22, 2003


US backs long-planned attack on Syria

Pentagon adviser Richard Perle said that the recent Israeli 
attack on Syria was long overdue and that he would not rule out 
US military action against the Arab State. Perle is a close 
advisor to the US President and Defence Secretary Rumsfeld.

Perle was addressing a conference in Jerusalem of conservatives 
from the US and Israel. He said he was "happy to see that Israel 
has now taken a similar step in responding to acts of terror that 
originate in Lebanese territory by going to the rulers of Lebanon 
in Damascus". Perle also said he hoped the air strike reflected a 
new Israeli policy similar to the Bush doctrine.

"We have problems with the Syrians who continue to support 
terrorism. We have to find a way to get them to stop", Perle told 
journalists.

When Perle was asked if this would include US military action 
against Syria, he said: "Everything is possible".

He added that Syria was very weak militarily and the US would not 
find it difficult to commit its forces to Syria despite its heavy 
commitment in Iraq and South Korea, and a continued presence in 
the Balkans and Liberia.

US veto

When the Israeli bombing came before the UN Security Council, the 
US found no support for Bush's claims that Israel was exercising 
a legitimate right to "defend its citizens". No one else accepted 
the Israeli argument that the bombing of Syria was a "deterrent" 
move, either.

The US, as it has done consistently in the past, vetoed a 
resolution condemning Israel's actions.

The US and Israeli leaders do not hide the fact that their aims 
are "regime change" and the occupation of the territory of 
sovereign states.

The occupation policies of the US have taken a beating in both 
Afghanistan and Iraq. Desperate attempts to prove that Iraq is a 
success story and that the Americans are liberators and heroes, 
falter every time another body bag is secretly shipped back to 
the US.

A phoney letter-campaign has been launched in the US to tell the 
folks back home that everybody in Iraq loves the American troops 
and that all is going well.

The original new world order blue-print of the US remains 
unchanged. It is based on the Statement of Principles issued by a 
group of neo-conservatives who formed an entity called the 
Project for the New American Century (PNAC) in June 1997.

Pre-emptive strike policy

"The history of the 20th Century", the statement said in part, 
"should have taught us that it is important to shape 
circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before 
they become dire". One of the project's major principles called 
for a major increase in military spending "to carry out our 
global responsibilities today".

Among the 25 signatories to the PNAC founding statement were Dick 
Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's No.2 at the 
Pentagon) and Jeb Bush. Rumsfeld was head of the Pentagon policy 
team in the first Bush presidency and Dick Cheney was then 
Defence Secretary).

In September 2000, well before George W Bush became President, 
PNAC issued a detailed 81-page report Rebuilding America's 
Defenses. The report talked of several "core" missions for the US 
military. These included nuclear superiority, expansion of the 
armed forces to 200,000 active-duty personnel, and 
"repositioning" the military forces "to respond to 21st century 
strategic realities".

Multiple wars

One of the project's missions was to "fight and decisively win 
multiple, simultaneous major theater wars". The report described 
those wars as "large scale" and "spread across the globe".

Another mission for the military was to "perform the 
'constabulary' duties associated with the security environment in 
critical regions".

The PNAC report also described the homeland security plan  
"develop and deploy global missile defences to defend the 
American homeland and America's allies, and to provide a secure 
base for US power projection around the world. America is to 
control the new 'international commons' of space and 
'cyberspace', and pave the way for the creation of a new military 
service  US Space Forces  with the mission of space control".

President Bush targeted three countries in his January 2002 State 
of the Union address  Iraq, North Korea and Iran  as the 
"axis of evil".

Iraq is no longer part of the "axis of evil". It has been 
"liberated" from weapons of mass destruction it never had and is 
presently under US occupation.

The list of target countries for never-ending US military 
adventures keeps growing. As John Bolton, Under Secretary of 
State for arms control said at the US embassy in London last 
week, "We're now turning our attention to Iraq, Syria, Libya and 
Cuba".

Long-planned

This US policy was worked out a long time ago. Wesley Clark, a 
retired general and a Democratic Party presidential nominee for 
the coming US mid-term elections, recounts a conversation he had 
in the Pentagon with one of the senior military staff officers in 
November 2001.

The officer told him that the US was on track to attack Iraq. 
This was advanced as part of a five-year campaign plan and that 
there was a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then 
Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.

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