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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Target: Syria Posted by Hello
Greetings to all. Well, it's looking more and more like it is only a matter of time before a rehash of "shock and awe" comes to the Syrian Arab Republic. The "usual suspects" of neocons and chickenhawks are already slithering, maneuvering and manipulating in hopes of making this a done deal, check out http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1314637.html and http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_28-2-2005_pg4_1 for an overview of the situation. In fact, they've been maneuvering for some time now, as Globalsecurity.org explains at http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/syria/2003/syria-030917-rferl-160046.htm; and Jim Lobe continues to expound on the subject matter in "Foreign Policy in Focus" at http://www.globalpolicy.org/wtc/targets/2003/0416hawks.htm. The sabre rattling is reaching such a crescendo that even Syria's leader, Bashir Assad, is convinced the United States and/or its allies will attack Syria in the not too distant future, http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=7149. Antiwar.com, a fine website, discusses how dangerous the situation is (for all involved) in this fine article by Justin Raimondo titled "Syria in the Crosshairs" at http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4861. Here's a section of the article, to give you an idea of its flavor:

"...we are now entering phase two – the Syrian phase – of the "Clean Break" strategy. Get ready for "shock and awe" over Damascus. The neoconservatives in the administration have long planned to go after Syria: two years ago, Julian Borger of the Guardian reported that plans for an invasion were readied by Rumsfeld, but vetoed by Bush: to our perspicacious neocons, a veto is only a postponement. The propaganda barrage started last year, and it is now reaching its climax with the assassination of Hariri and the subsequent outcry".

Yes, it is only a matter of time before the United States military machine is directing a mass of its resources in a war with Syria. Yes, the situation is getting well out of hand. But, that's what the Republican neocons wanted all along, wasn't it? They wanted another world war, didn't they? One that begins in the Middle East, in the Holy Lands? Isn't that right...that's what they wanted? However, the Syrian military is no slouch...it is a force that will be reckoned with. Once again, Globalsecurity.org does not disappoint in its critical analysis of Syria's capability vis a vis the Syrian Arab Army's history, table of organization and fighting potential (among other aspects of the Syrian military) at the following link http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/syria/army.htm. Here is a brief overview of Syrian military capability, courtesy of Globalsecurity.org:

"...The Syrian army is organized into three corps with six to seven armored divisions, three mechanized divisions, a special forces division, and one Republican Guard division. The armored divisions each have three armored brigades, one mechanized infantry brigade and one division artillery regiment comprised of four battalions. The mechanized divisions each have two armored brigades, two mechanized brigades and a division artillery regiment also comprised of four battalions.
A typical armored division numbers roughly 8,000 soldiers and a mechanized division may include 11,000 personnel"


"...Syria's artillery capability is significant, as it is armed with 122mm Type 2S1s and 152mm 2S3s. Its towed artillery is comprised mostly of 122mm, 130mm and 152mm weapons. Its multiple rocket launcher inventory consists of Type 63 107mm and BM-21 122mms. According to Anthony Cordesman, Syria relies principally on static massed fires and is unable to rapidly shift fires. Accuracy beyond line of site is also lacking as their ability to maneuver and exploit counterbattery radars and targeting systems".

Now, am I trying to suggest that the military forces of the United States will not be able to overwhelm Syria's military forces? Not at all. What I am suggesting is that the assault on Syria will not be as "free of significant complication" as the intial assault on Iraq's already decrepit forces turned out to be; the Iraqi military's impotence was due, of course, to the devastating shalacking the Iraqi armed forces took from Coalition forces during the first Gulf War. For all intents and purposes, Iraq's forces were "combat ineffective" when Gulf War II came around in March 2003. Syria's military will not have had the same "softening-up" experience before we attack them, so (in my estimation) standby for a slug-fest. Thomas Sowell, the conservative columnist and economist (and former Marine), once said "...most wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances". Now, I usually don't agree with much of what Mr. Sowell and his conservative ilk espouse, but he is right on the money in this regard. I think devildog Sowell's comments just about sums up the whole neocon "war-wanderlust" situation. Most of these people, not including Mr. Sowell (who actually served as a Marine in the Korean War, http://www.townhall.com/columnists/BIOS/cbsowell.html) have never donned a uniform nor humped a pack much less served in a forward area; and yet they have an unquenchable lust for war, an unsatiable desire for warfare and warfighting...just as long as someone else is footing the bill in terms of the actual blood and sacrifice. These neocons are major league a**holes that must be forcefully resisted. We must resist them fellow Democrats, at every turn and at every opportunity. Semper Fidelis


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