|Moon of Alabama | May 30, 2017|
It seems like France is looking for excuses to extend the war on Syria.
On May 25 the French news agency AFP published a propaganda piece about Arab horse racing in Idleb:
The spectators broke out into a lively line-dance and shot celebratory gunfire into the air as each muscled creature blasted past the finish line, kicking up clouds of golden sand."Muscled creatures", "clouds of golden sands" - is that modern French poetry?
Why is AFP publishing such recruiting and public relation pieces for al-Qaeda? Why can a fully named AFP photographer work openly in Idleb without any fear of abduction or being killed? Most important: Why is AFP coming out with this right now?
The next remarkable news via French media came yesterday:
[Macron] said that any use of such weapons in Syria would lead to "reprisals" from France — without specifying exactly what form they would take.That "red line" is of course an invitation to al-Qaeda and its allied Saudi financed "Syrian opposition" to stage another fake "chemical weapon attack". It will then get "reprisal"(?) for that by French bombing of the Syrian army and its allies.
The Macron remark was prepared, not spontaneous, and it is obvious what it means. This was not a threat against al-Qaeda should it again use the chemical weapons it has. This was a threat to attack the Syrian government independent of who uses whatever seems "chemical" in al-Qaeda produced pictures. Any unproven claim of chemical weapon use will will be sufficient.
Today another piece of the puzzle fell into place:
The unannounced meeting with Riad Hijab and a broader delegation from the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which includes political and armed groups, came as Macron seeks to review French policy on the six-year civil war. "The president spoke of his personal commitment to the Syria dossier and of his support for the Syrian opposition in view of a political transition," his office said in a statement.The HNC "armed groups" are allied with al-Qaeda.
The U.S. military currently fails with its attempt to occupy south-east Syria. Iraq and Syrian forces will prevent the move (recom). The U.S. proxy "New Syrian Army" is retreating as the Syrian army comes near. More U.S. weapons for it will not be enough to change the picture. Trump seems not willing right now to dive deeper into the Syrian cauldron. The British government has been burned by the Manchester blowback attack which was committed by a British "Libyan rebel" it had pushed to fight with Jihadis when Theresa May was the responsible Home Secretary, There is little appetite right now for another such blunder.
That leaves France's Macron as the "western" regime changer in chief. Little Emmanuel needs to make his foreign policy mark to impress mama. A "heroic" little bombing campaign as "reprisal" for a fake chemical weapon attack may well be on his mind. I doubt though that the capable Russian air defense and air forces in Syria will let him get away with it.