A political analyst says that we are seeing play out of a Machiavellian plot to continue the American presence in the Middle East as part of the neo-con agenda that has warped American foreign policy for over a decade.
The comments came after US Senator John McCain said Washington should do more to help militants fighting government forces in Syria. McCain made the remarks in a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Saturday.
Press TV has conducted an interview with James Fetzer, Veterans Today, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: It seems the US is pushing for regime change in Syria. Why not give dialogue a chance?
Fetzer: Well that is a very good question. John McCain is notorious for doing his little rendition of the Beach Boys song bomb, bomb, bomb Iran, it is disgusting. Iran is a peace loving country and has not attacked any other country for more than three hundred years that John McCain should say such outrageous things is disgusting and corrupt and immoral.
While the administration recognized the Syrian opposition council last month as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people, it provided no new legal basis to give weapons to Syrian rebels or to intervene.
The UN Charter prohibits member states from using force against or any intervening in the internal affairs of other states unless authorized by the UN Security Council or justified by self defense. Neither of those applies here.
Washington is in a hard way trying to figure out a way to do something it should have been doing in the first place.
Press TV: NATO is becoming physically involved in the crisis - with troops and equipment on the ground there near the Turkish border. How much are we are going to see a Libya-style invasion of Syria by NATO?
Fetzer: Well I think that is a very good question because as Wesley Clark reported when he returned to Washington from NATO Headquarters where he had been superior commander after 9/11 he was presented with a program to destabilize seven countries in the Middle East in the next five years beginning with Iraq, Afghanistan and of course Libya and indeed Syria and Iran.
I am afraid we are seeing play out of a Machiavellian plot to continue this American presence in the Middle East as part of the neo-con agenda that has warped American foreign policy for nearly, well actually over a decade now.
Press TV: Some observers say that Israel might be involved in this crisis. How much do you see this held true?
Fetzer: Well very powerfully Benjamin Netanyahu is all for. He was behind 9/11, the MOSSAD made a major contribution. The whole idea was to destabilize the modern sophisticated Arab states so that Israel could have an unchallenged hegemony over the Middle East.
That is still his agenda although many more seen through it. It is very, very unfortunate but in a recent article by John Belanger the third, in the Washington Post he suggested that there might not be a legal justification for entering the fray it could be done on moral grounds, that is preposterous with respect between nations is essence of moral relations internationally and the United States is doing nothing but violate legal and moral maxims worldwide in becoming the most despised and aggressive state in the world, sad to say.