US President Obama returned to Washington from the G20 summit in Russia with no firm support for military action against Syria, although ten countries reportedly offered some support. Saturday US Secretary of State John Kerry claims the number of countries who would support America with military strikes against Syria is now in double figures. Kerry claims the US now has more direct support than it needs for its planned mission. This follows a busy day with Kerry bobbing around Europe trying to rally support for military strikes against Assad.
What the point of the mission is seems to change almost by the hour. Initially it was to help the people of Syria, then to send a message to Assad and other tyrannts that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated, then to oust Assad, then to help the rebels push forward and on it goes.
As many people question how more deaths can help the people of Syria US President Obama seems determined to strike at Assad. Russia still maintains that the rebels launched the chemical attacks in order too draw in western intervention.
Lies, proganada and spin are rife -- what is proving difficult to determine is the truth.
Saudi Arabia reportedly want rid of Assad and this week the mail online reported:
"Secretary of State John Kerry said during a hearing Wednesday in the House of Representatives that counties in the Arab world have offered to foot the entire bill for a U.S. military mission that destroys the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.
Dedicated to what then? The mission seems to mean different things to different people. Little wonder then that many people in the US and UK do not support military strikes. President Obama will address America Tuesday but will the crisis be any clearer?
Why do Saudi Arabia want military action against Assad? Well it has nothing to do with the use of chemical weapons, nor the humanitarian crisis. There are some claims that it is because Assad is destabilizing the region but here is one view:
Saudi preoccupation with Syria is a reflection of deep-rooted fear of Iran’s rising influence. After giving up on the United States dealing a blow to this influence in the form of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, more than ever, Saudi Arabia feels encircled by Iran from all directions. The Saudi leadership imagines itself surrounded by hostile forces, among whom are the Yemeni Houthis in the south, and Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in the north, all dubbed agents of Iran. The Syrian uprising gave the Saudis an opportunity to undermine the most vital link in the Iranian influence that stretched from Baghdad to Beirut. Defeating Assad became a priority for the Saudi national interest, which so far has taken the form of direct military aid to the rebels and promotion of the Syrian cause in international and regional forums. Nothing would alleviate Saudi fears like a pro-Saudi Sunni government in Damascus, breaking the chain of Iranian influence.