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US Attack on Syria Coming Soon as US Warplanes being Moved in Number?:

by America Firster Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2003 at 4:32 PM

US Attack on Syria Coming Soon as US Warplanes being Moved in Number?:

Is this report from Scotland credible?

US Attack on Syria Coming Soon as US Warplanes being Moved in Number?:

The following report was sent out from Scotland (don't know how credible it is, but the article that follows it certainly is as is the excellent article in the Financial Times today by Professor Mazower ):


Our 11th Hour...
From: the Peacewatchers at USAF's Fairford and Welford bases in the UK

Since Saturday, people in the Highlands of Scotland have been witnessing large movements of US warplanes overhead. Experienced observers say the large numbers are reminiscent of those that preceded the bombing of Iraq in 1998 and military strikes on Libya in the1980's as well as the first Gulf War.

At the weekend warplanes were flying over at a rate of roughly one every 15 minutes. As well as watching them from the ground the plane spotters have also been able to overhear pilots talking by listening to their radio frequencies.

At this rate some 288 warplanes would have passed over Scotland in three days.

It is thought that the planes have flown on a route from the US over the North Pole to bases in Europe and the Mediterranean. The size and scale of the movement suggests that the US may be preparing to strike at a country in the Middle East in the next week to ten days.

Please pass this information on as widely as possible- the US may be planning to use the pretext of "foreign" terrorist attacks on US personnel in Iraq to attack Iran or Syria. Please alert any sympathetic elected representatives, media representatives and other sympathetic organizations. Publicizing this military movement may prevent the air-strikes.

!!! homepage:

> 11/03/03
> New Player Added to Secret White House Cabal
> "The question is, how does the vice president's [national security staff]
> function in relation to the president's national security staff and how
> important policy decisions are made in the White House. While the vice
> president has a critical role to play, the secrecy surrounding his
> unusually large foreign-policy staff raises many questions which the
> American public needs answered."
> OCTOBER 31, 2003
> Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast
> Despite mounting criticism of the administration's Iraq policy, Vice
> President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the
> circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President
> Bush's war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his
> national security staff in a little-noticed move last month.
> David Wurmser, a neoconservative scholar known for his close ties to the
> Israeli right, was appointed in mid-September to join the team led by
> Cheney's national security adviser, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. In recent years
> Wurmser, who boasts a complex network of relationships to a variety of
> pro-Likud think tanks and activist groups, has frequently written articles
> arguing for a joint American-Israeli effort to undermine the Syrian
> Wurmser's appointment sheds light on the prominent role played by Cheney
> and his national security staff in shaping foreign policy and coincides
> with the deterioration in the relations between Washington and Damascus.
> recent months, Washington has accused Syria of sheltering Iraqi leaders,
> weapons and money and of allowing terrorists into Iraq. The administration
> backed Israel's recent bombing of a suspected terrorist training camp in
> Syria and dropped its objections to a congressional bill that grants the
> president the right to impose sanctions on Damascus.
> "The vice president undoubtedly chooses staff whose views are compatible
> with the policies of the administration," wrote Judith Kipper, a Middle
> East scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations, in an e-mail to the
> Forward. "The question is, how does the vice president's [national
> staff] function in relation to the president's national security staff and
> how important policy decisions are made in the White House. While the vice
> president has a critical role to play, the secrecy surrounding his
> unusually large foreign-policy staff raises many questions which the
> American public needs answered."
> Cathy Martin, a spokeswoman for Cheney, confirmed that Wurmser had
> been hired, adding that he is serving as one of many foreign-policy
> advisers to the vice president. She declined to comment on questions about
> Cheney's or Wurmser's ideological leanings.
> Before his appointment, Wurmser had served as a senior adviser to John
> Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international
> security and one of the sharpest critics of Syria within the
> administration. In speeches and testimonies over the past year, Bolton has
> sounded increasingly alarmist far more so than the intelligence
> community about Syria's weapons programs.
> Wurmser's appointment was first reported by Inter-Press Service and
> elicited criticism from the Arab American Institute, an advocacy
> Wurmser is the main author of a 1996 policy paper drafted for then-Israeli
> prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a task force composed of
> neo-conservative scholars. The white paper, titled "A Clean Break: A New
> Strategy for Securing the Realm," advocated a remodeling of the Middle
> that some critics see as a rough blueprint for the policy adopted by the
> Bush administration after the September 11 attacks. The paper advocated a
> strategy of preemptive action to remove Saddam Hussein from power, a
> "rollback" of Syria and the search for alternatives to Yasser Arafat.
> "Whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant strategically," said
> paper, which was commissioned by the Jerusalem-based Institute for
> Strategic and Political Studies, where Wurmser was working at the time.
> The task force was headed by Richard Perle, now a key Pentagon adviser who
> sits on the Defense Policy Board. Its members included Douglas Feith,
> currently the undersecretary of defense for policy and one of the main
> proponents of the war in Iraq.
> Another member of the task force was Wurmser's Israeli-born wife, Meyrav
> Wurmser, who heads the Middle East studies department at the conservative
> Hudson Institute. She is a founder of the Middle East Media Research
> Institute, or Memri, which translates Arabic press reports and which
> critics say highlights negative views of the West.
> The policy paper suggested that in order to transform the "balance of
> power" in the Middle East in favor of an axis consisting of Israel, Turkey
> and Jordan, Saddam should be removed and replaced by a Hashemite ruler.
> The next step would be a "rollback" of Syria by sponsoring proxy attacks
> Lebanon and even striking at selected targets in Syria. In the late 1990s,
> Wurmser wrote frequently, arguing for a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to
> undermine the Syrian regime.
> On Tuesday, retired Air Force General James Clapper, director of the
> National Imagery and Mapping Agency, told reporters he was not surprised
> that U.S. forces had not discovered any chemical, biological or nuclear
> weapons in Iraq, citing a big increase in the number of vehicles heading
> Syria before the war. The administration also has renewed long-standing
> accusations that Damascus is developing chemical and biological weapons
> is supporting terrorist groups operating against Israel, despite pledges
> crack down on them

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