ARAB STATES WILLING TO PAY FOR SYRIAN STRIKES BY THE US – The U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry has told reporters that a number of Arab countries are willing to pay the cost of any missile strikes against Syrian by the United States.
Arab nations are said to be fearful that Bashar al-Assad may have access to Biological Weapons which puts the region in grave peril.
It is now the view of many Arab states that Assad must be removed from power before any further attacks are made on his people that could result in the conflict spilling across borders.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, gave further warnings today that any missile strike that accidentally hit the nuclear power plant in Damascus could be catastrophic due to the reactor containing enriched uranium.
Putin pointed out that nearly 6 million people live in and around the Syrian capital and any accident could wipe out a large number of the population. Again Putin is calling on restraint and feels that a full investigation by the United Nations nuclear agency (IAEA) should be undertaken before any decision to strike is made.
John Kerry did not bother to state which Arab nations made the offer to bankroll its military action however, Saudi Arabia has before privately urged the U.S to remove Assad from power due to the threat Syria poses to peace with its alliance with Iran. According to inside reports the Saudi monarchy feels that Iran would have a lesser military position if Syria was taken out of the equation.
Earlier in the week Congress and the House of Representatives gave tentative support for military strikes however they did impose conditions which would only allow military action for a maximum of 90 days and that no U.S ground troops must be used.
The Pentagon has stated that in order to remove Assad and bring peace in Syria U.S ground troops would be needed in order to secure chemical and or biological weapons sites within Syria.
U.S intelligence services currently believe that Syria’s biological weapons programme has been largely dormant since the 1980s but that in no way indicates that Assad doesn’t have stockpiles of such weapons and could, if he does possess them, be used against Syrians and any U.S forces that attack the country.
Putin again cemented his position that UN Weapons Inspectors must be allowed to complete their investigations and any acts of aggression towards Syria without the support of the UN would be, and could only be, viewed as nothing more than an ‘act of aggression’ by invading forces.
Despite President Barack Obama giving the House of Representatives the vote and with them and Congress laying down guidelines it appears that if any military action was to occur it is almost certain that U.S troops will be deployed on the ground and under the guise of ‘securing weapons sites’.
Once again the west could be throwing itself into a conflict where they will end up fighting a war on two fronts; one with the Syrian Army and one from the known terrorist groups referred to as Rebel freedom fighters.
As the days slip by there appears to be a growing realization that Obama will order military strikes against Syria and this may well be without UN approval or having evidence that Assad was indeed responsible for the chemical weapons attacks in Damascus on 21 August 2013.
As time goes by I am beginning to wonder if the U.S has learned anything from the Iraqi war for any attack on Syria will almost certainly involved a long and protracted attempt at cleaning up and policing Syria.
Despite a number of Arab nations offering to foot the bill I doubt the costs will stop at launching a few missiles and if the U.S agrees to such an offer then it should include a clause in the contract that would require payments to continue until the Syrian conflict has been fully resolved.
Regardless of the financial cost there can be no doubt or denying that any incursion into Syria will cost human life and President Obama could end up with just as much blood on his hands as his predecessor George W. Bush.