As the Organization of Islamic Cooperation met in Saudi Arabia to finalize Syria's expulsion from that body, the British-Obama war provocation of setting up a No-Fly Zone over Syria pressed forward.
At the Aug. 13 daily press briefing, Pentagon spokesman George Little lashed out at the Assad government, saying, "We've seen a very troubling and despicable uptick in attacks from the air, perpetrated by the Syrian regime. This is yet another example of their depraved behavior. This needs to stop as does the violence they continue to pursue against their own people."
A Reuters wire on Little's remarks emphasized that he had "stopped short of suggesting a move toward any additional steps like a no-fly zone," but lunatic Sen. Joe Lieberman had not: "The U.S. should work with our allies to defend the de facto safe zones the rebels have already established in northern Syria... It makes sense for us to put in place a no-fly zone to help defend them — something, as in Libya, that would not require putting any American boots on the ground."
But opposition to the British-Obama war provocations continues to come from the highest level of the U.S. military, including head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, as well as Russia and China (see separate slugs).
An article in the Aug. 13 Christian Science Monitor poured oil on the fire, arguing that Hillary Clinton's remarks on Sunday after meeting with Turkish leaders had intentionally left open the option of a no-fly zone. Citing Brookings Institution "expert" Michael O'Hanlon, the article states: "Clinton may have intended this as a final shot across the bow to Russia... [to say] we're trying to avoid something you'd be very unhappy about," signaling that "with or without the UN, we are going to be getting more involved in this [conflict] if Assad remains in power." O'Hanlon added: "You have to consider the slippery-slope phenomenon. If no-fly fails to stop Assad's attacks, then there's a lot of pressure to strike at Syrian tanks and artillery." The article then points to the danger of a broader war with Russia and China: "But the US, already worried about the potential for the Syria conflict to balloon into a proxy war for dueling regional interests, is well aware that Russia, Iran and others are unlikely to sit back (and indeed are already intervening) as the West jumps in."
The situation is worrying enough for the German government to have weighed in again against a no-fly zone. Minister for Developing Sector Relations, Dirk Niebel, said Monday night on nationwide TV ARD that any no-fly zone would require a resolution of the United Nations, which he is convinced won't happen. Furthermore, it could only be enforced and controlled by military means, when a political solution is what is required.