Syria has continued to remain in the news. Some days it is sidelined due to the amount of civil conflicts in 2012. Other days it is at the fore front of any news as the World looks on and the people of Syria remain unable to create peace. At the heart of the country's woes is its regime and the country's leader President Assad. Rebels across the country have been trying to oust the regime since the so called Arab Spring. The ensuing violence has cost many lives and seemed in danger of spilling out affecting other countries.Turkey a huge country so close to Syria and at one time an ally of Assad has been affected. It has huge camps of displaced Syrians held close to the border. Turkey has apparently tried to stay out of the conflict but is gradually been drawn in. Hostile fire has already infringed on Turkish airspace and caused problems.
Whether this was by way of the Assad regime or rather outside forces attempting to interfere in the civil war is not known in truth. There have been many words said about those who support the regime and supply weapons but of course someone is supplying the rebels and ultimately pulling their strings.
In the midst of warmongering there are always the ordinary people just trying to live the brief life we are all given as best they can. Their hardship is great. If and when Assad is ousted hopefully their lot will improve but there are no guarantees.
Egypt once hailed as a shining example of the Arab Spring remains torn. Tomorrow the people will vote on a consitution drawn up by President Morsi. He has given the army powers to ensure that the vote passes peacefully but many fear those powers will be here to stay.
As Morsi was so useful to the West in the recent Palestinian Israeli conflict the West appear to have chosen to ignore some of what is going on in Egypt. What is new I hear you ask? After all the West propped MubareKup in Office until it was convenient to get rid of him. And so on it goes.
This preamble is the lead up to today's news which is that the USA are going to deploy Patriot Missiles along the Turkish Syrian Border. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been in Turkey shaking hands and signing the US up to more military actiion. Initially it is claimed that it will be as a purely defensive measure but, as they say, watch this space. Such missiles will be useful for the USA in the continued support of the State of Israel.
According to Fox News, "two Patriot air defense missile batteries and 400 American troops will be sent to Turkey as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization effort to protect Turkish territory from a potential cross-border missile attack by Syria."
On the face of it all right and proper as long as that is as far as it goes. Many countries in the West have now recognized the Syrian rebels as the legitimate regime of Syria. It can be called government but with no elections it just another regime that may or may not have the majority support of the people.
It seems we have learned few lessons from our conflicts and involement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and more.
Alongside the US batteries German and Dutch ones will operate. Presumably we in the UK will be raring to get in there too. The reason given is a show of force to the Syrian regime. A united we stand face of NATO.
All it will take of course is a Syrian hit on one of these batteries to escalate the situation. The West is gaily destroying much of the Middle East. Perhaps the words should be, is gaily being a part to the destruction of the Middle East.
As austerity bites you would think that we had more important things to spend our money on than death and destruction. However take a step back. In times of economic depression in the 2oth Century along came global wars reducing populations and thinning out the work force. A cycnical view but perhaps not that far from the truth.
Heaven forbiod that Korea launch a missile but of course we are different as we have right and "God on our side"
Shame on them and good luck to the people of Syria, Turkey and the ME.