World is waking up over war on Syria: Analyst
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A global front is being formed against Washington's potential unilateral plan to wage war against Syria, a political analyst tells Press TV. "As the world wakes up, as the British parliament votes against a war on Syria, as people here in the US plan to turn out in a massive demonstration which will begin against war on Syria, it seems that Russia and China are also emboldened to stand up," said Kevin Barrett in a Friday interview. "I think the world is waking up. We have been living in an era of nonstop deception and with illegal wars of aggression since the September 11 coup d'état in the US and slowly but surely the world is catching on to these deceptions," he added. The analyst noted that the new US scenario against Syria is reminiscent of Washington's similar plot "in the run-up to the war on Iraq when lies about alleged weapons of mass destruction were being said around by the same people." In 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction. But no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq. "Everyday more information comes out showing that it was almost certainly Syrian rebels, with help from their Western suppliers, who used these chemical weapons in a false-flag attack designed to bring the West into a war on Syria," Barrett pointed out. The rhetoric of war against Syria primarily intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. A number of Western countries, including the United States, France, and the UK, were quick to engage in a major publicity campaign to promote war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the claim that it has been behind the attack. On Tuesday, August 27, speculations became stronger about the possibility of a military attack on Syria. Media outlets reported US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of "cruise-missile strikes," and "could rely on four US destroyers in the Mediterranean [Sea]." The plan was said to be awaiting US President Barack Obama's go-ahead. On Wednesday however, the British government, the United States' closest ally, announced that its support for military intervention in Syria would require a second vote in the country's parliament. A first non-binding vote in the British legislature on August 29 rejected a British role in a potential war on Syria. On Friday, August 30, NATO also distanced itself from participating in any military intervention in Syria, with the chief of the Western military coalition, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, saying he did not "foresee any NATO role" in an international war on Syria. Nevertheless, Washington has remained defiant, saying that it is willing to go ahead with its plans for a strike on Syria without the approval of the United Nations or even the support of its allies. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. Iran, Russia, and China, as well as the United Nations, have warned against war.