US war minister James Mattis has finally explained why the US has been at war for the last 65 years to the tune of untold trillions and hundreds of thousands of victims, mostly civilians. It is official. According to the military chief, Washington was shedding blood and treasure for the sake of “Western values.” Never mind that these elusive values have never been officially defined and that there is heated debate as to what they are. These unicorns are the cause of incalculable human misery worldwide.
The Washington Post quotes Mattis as saying to his European partners:
“No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values.” Unfortunately, Mattis forgot to define these values for us.
Over the years, observers have taken numerous shots in the dark as to what Western values may be:
Here, for instance, is an attempted definition by the Westminster Institute:
“The great ideas of the West—rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, the rule of law, equality before the law, freedom of conscience and expression, human rights, liberal democracy—together constitute quite an achievement, surely, for any civilization.”
And the site Abagond takes its own stab:
“Western values (fl. 1946- ) are those moral ideas that many in the West say they value most, like freedom and democracy.”
But none of the sites describing Western values mentions one of the cornerstones of that concept, namely, oil. Yes, oil is a value for which Mattis’ US is risking capital, lives and, particularly, the last vestige of US prestige.
Clues that oil is indeed a value Mattis is willing to risk the planet for are coming in thick and fast for those willing to search them out.
Here is a bombshell from the on-site investigative war reporter E.J. Magnier:
“Russia has bigger plans in the Levant: during my visit to the city of Palmyra and its surroundings, the presence of thousands of Russian troops is striking, indicating that Moscow is sending new infantry and special forces in very large numbers. This large presence has not been announced.”
There have been sporadic attacks by Israel and the US on the Syrian forces – yes, the ones the US and Israel insist they are not at war with – over the last few years, especially since Russia joined the fray in September 2015. In fact, the Israeli defence minister admitted Israel has attacked Syria over a hundred times since the Russians got involved, and a few days ago, unknown aircraft attacked Syrian troops. Israel was blamed by the US itself, a very rare occurrence.
We know that just before the famous Trump shiny new Tomahawk attack on Syria, Russia had warned that, while they would not get involved, there had better not be any collateral damage to Russian facilities or personnel because in that case, Russia reserves to right to retaliate against not only the missiles fired but also the platforms whence they came. The Pentagon rightly calculated they were talking about sinking major naval assets – an unthinkable scenario – and they wisely and assiduously avoided hitting anything Russian on the ground. But missing in this East-West exchange was any reference to what the US coalition might undertake in retaliation for such a counter-attack. It was clear that the US had not contemplated such a scenario and would be at a loss for a response. This speaks volumes about US war preparedness and intentions. There simply are vague threats and absurd Russophobic pronouncements, but no one would dare suggest to the public that the defence department would endanger the lives of every one of its citizens plus planet earth by actually touching a hair on the head of an official Russian military asset. Ok, there had been Russian mercenaries targeted and allegedly killed, but none were official defence ministry personnel. Thus while talking a good fight for the sake of its constituents, America – Trump included – very well knows its place and is keenly aware of who is boss in the Middle East. One might assume it is all just a political show staged for Western public consumption, as we outlined here. Are Trump and Putin perhaps orchestrating it all behind the scenes?
Recently, the Russian defence ministry has been issuing statements about another false flag chemical attack like the previous one which it correctly forecast in Dhouma. The new attack is reportedly to be staged at Deir Ezzor this time, and just in time for this event, the US has resumed payments to the terror-supporting White Helmets, who staged the last attack. According to the defence ministry, the chlorine canisters have already been delivered to the “rebels.” Regular readers of NSS will recall that the US has “accidentally” killed 80 pro-Syrian fighters under Obama, followed by several more killings by the US of Syrians and Russian mercenaries under Trump in this same area, on the pretext that the US air base there felt “threatened” by the Syria-friendly troops. You will no doubt have noticed that we refuse to play the msm’s game of calling these troops “regime friendly” or “Assad-supporting.” Assad was duly elected by the Syrian people so his troops and their allies are simply supporters of the Syrian people. The same hypocrites who routinely call the legitimate Assad government a “regime” also assiduously avoid reminding their readers that the Saudis are a bona fide dictatorship, and one that sponsors terror to boot. Our readers also know that Deir Ezzor is home to the al-Omar oil fields, the richest in Syria. Again, we remind you that the US is in Syria illegally, having never been invited by the Syrian people, and that it has no legitimate right to warn anyone to stay away from “its” base near here. Further, while the US is using the Kurdish army SDF as a proxy and has pretended to be protecting these Kurds, Deir Ezzor is not within the territory of Kurdistan and has no more excuse to be there than the US military. They are both squatters and very much unwelcome to the Syrian people. Therefore, the US warning to Syrian troops in no way excuses the attack on the Syrians and Russians fighting ISIS there. Their presence has so far been tolerated by an incredibly tolerant President Putin, whose patience could be wearing thin.
All of the above could explain the presence of thousands of Russian troops in Syria. Because Russia knows that the US is wary of actually attacking Russian assets and therefore it has sent additional ones in a kind of calculated risk, gambling that neither the US nor Israel would dare to attack these Russians. The US can also reasonably assume that these troops – unlike the mercenaries murdered by the USAF back in February – are protected by Russian air defence systems such as the S-400 and the Pantsir. Just the very presence of such deadly systems could be expected to keep away enemy aircraft.
But that leaves precious few options for the other side. What’s a Western invader to do?
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