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Sunday, August 28


Heeeere comes the cavalry Pundita stop hopping up and down on the couch. Besides it's not a done deal. Not yet. 

I think it must be a first for the Iranian government news agency to quote an Israeli source but the FARS editorial staff is probably also hopping up and down in excitement.

However, from my quick trip to DEBKAfile just now, the report there quoted by FARS must be behind a paywall because I don't see it -- unless DF took down the report after they saw FARS had picked it up.

How right are DEBKAfile's intelligence reports? They claim they can demonstrate 80 percent accuracy. Anyhow the report is too juicy not to headline.  

And I don't want to hear that I'm being contradictory by cheering on China in Syria. The West had its chance. It preferred supporting Al Saud and Al Thani, and the Turks. While a very old pluralistic people are methodically destroyed. Already it's being called a holocaust. 

August 27, 2016 - 12:41 local time

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed that a Chinese military delegation in a visit to Damascus explored avenues for the dispatch of a number of warplanes to Syria to intensify the war on terrorism in the Middle-Eastern country.

"In a surprising visit, a Chinese military delegation conferred with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij over engagement of Chinese fighter jets in bombardments of terrorist groups' positions in Syria, mainly in Aleppo," Debka file quoted a military analyst as saying.

"Chinese jets may launch bombing of positions of Jeish al-Islami al-Turkistani with over 3,000 Uighur fighter," the analyst quoted senior spy officers of the US intelligence as saying.

Earlier this month, Beijing and Damascus agreed that the Chinese military to provide humanitarian aid to Syria, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors was also been discussed.

Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China's Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus for talks with al-Freij.

During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.

"The Chinese and Syrian militaries traditionally have a friendly relationship, and the Chinese military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the Syrian military," he said.

Guan and al-Freij discussed the enhancement of training and "reached a consensus" on the Chinese military providing humanitarian aid to Syria. Guam also met with a Russian general during his visit to the Syrian capital.

Despite being a permanent UN Security Council member and relying on the Middle East for oil, China was previously reluctant to become involved in the Syrian conflict.

Beijing preferred to concentrate on domestic affairs and the territorial dispute with its neighbors in the South China Sea.

It praised Moscow’s anti-terrorism efforts in Syria as Russia staged a bombing campaign there in September 2015 to March 2016. Russia still has some of its forces in the country to provide humanitarian and military assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Last year, there were reports that China was sending dozens of military advisers to Syria to help the country fight terrorists.


Your paragraph on the West's having had its chance is poignant. Indeed we did.

But no. We allied ourselves with scum, except in the case of the Kurds. If we didn't wage a pretend war against ISIS (ISIL in Obama's and toadies' grating locution), I have apparently watched too much Chinese opera and see artificial and highly stylized performances everywhere I look.

What we have done is roll around in filth in pursuit of murderous agenda that must not be named that has killed hundreds of thousands.

WE caused the killing but, as Mark Levin likes to say, Assad is "a thug," revealing just the kind of nuanced foreign policy analysis you find in today's America. Apparently, if your nation is attacked you are morally prohibited from using real bullets to defend yourself and resulting casualties are on you if you do.

Add a dash of "Putin the expansionist" and "Assad's nerve gas" and you're good to go.

What might have been is nothing more exalted than just minding our own business and leaving a decent fellow in charge of an Arab regime that's exactly the sort that a sane policy would try to see flourish everywhere in the Muslim world. But no. America is exceptional.
Righto. We're also terribly shocked if a nation considers its airspace sovereign.
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